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Tips for a Successful Cake Smash Session – Indianapolis Cake Smash Photography

In my last post, I explain – What is a Cake Smash Session.

Now that you know what a cake smash session is, here are some tips for a successful cake smash session with KristeenMarie Photography.

cake smash cakes

Tips for the Cake Smash Cake

  • The cake can either be a small smash cake or a large cupcake.
  • For optimal mess I recommend soft frosting. This means that the cake shouldn’t have fondant frosting. If the cake needs to be refrigerated, I recommend that you take it out of the refrigerator a few hours before your session to Indianapolis Cake Smashallow the frosting to soften.
  • Parents have the option of providing their own cake or I can provide it for you for a small additional fee. I work with a local cake maker to provide you with a custom smash cake.
  • If you decide to bring your own cake the cake can be homemade or purchased locally. Here are a few recommendations for places in Indianapolis to purchase a cake:

Tips for Cake Smash Outfits

  • Picking your child’s outfit for the session is important. My personal style preference is simple with a splash of color. I love babies with lots of skin showing. Think birthday hat and diaper cover, or tutu with no top, or bow tie and suspenders, etc.
  • If you are looking to purchase a simple outfit for your session, I highly recommend! Here is a link to get you started.
  • If you aren’t a creative person and want help picking out an outfit, just let Kristeen know and she will provide you with some customized options based on your preferences.

How the Cake Smash Backdrop Works

  • Each child will have their own custom setup based on your preferences and child’s clothing/theme.
  • washing up after cake smash sessionYou have two options for your cake smash backdrop – indoor studio setup or outdoor setup.
  • You choose the above option and KristeenMaire Photogrpahy will provide the rest.
  • Kristeen recommends providing info about what your child will be wearing for the session at least 2-3 weeks before the session. This will allow her time to gather the necessary props.
Tips for Clean-up after the Cake Smash
  • Clean-up for these session is easier then it looks! We let the kids make as much of a mess as they like and then we just throw everything away when we are done.
  • The backdrop will be a thick photography paper, but it is disposable.
  • I recommend having an exit strategy for the little ones. I’ve got lots of towels and such in the studio, but the child will likely need a bath after the get home.
  • If you want to do some non-cake smashing pictures I recommend doing that before the cake smashing begins.


Here are a few examples of what the sessions look like behind the scene.

behind the scenes Indianapolis cake smash





Like what you see? Ready to book an Indianapolis cake smash session for your one-year-old? The next step

is to contact me (Kristeen) to find out more about pricing, availability, and next steps!

photography gift cardLike the idea of a cake smash session but don’t have a one-year-old? You can always purchase a cake smash session as a gift for your favorite little one in your life!

Comments +
  1. Jennifer says:

    We’re going to be having a smash cake session later on today!! Thanks for the tip about pulling the cake out of the fridge. I’ll post some photos soon!

  2. Gary says:

    Hi..beautiful artical…are these continous lights or strobes??

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