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posted: 05/08/15

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Take those cute pictures of your baby’s first birthday and them eating their cake right at home with this DIY Cake Smash Photo Shoot!Take those cute pictures of your baby's first birthday and them eating their cake right at home with this DIY Cake Smash Photo Shoot!

 I’m not going to lie.

One of the main reasons for this post is to show off my baby.

Isn’t she adorable??

Okay, moving on.

So I love all those cute cake smash photos I see popping up on Pinterest and Facebook . . . but I didn’t want to pay for one. So I did my own! Here’s the caveat:  I have some experience behind a camera. I don’t want you to think the average Joe who picks up a point and shoot camera and the supplies I have listed is going to capture similar pictures. But! It is totally possible to do this at home.

Here’s my set up:

Take those cute pictures of your baby's first birthday and them eating their cake right at home with this DIY Cake Smash Photo Shoot!

The supplies:

  • White Bulletin Board Paper – I got mine at JoAnn’s with a 40% off coupon for about $5.
  • Duct Tape – It’s what I used to hold the paper up to the wall. I only had it on my wall for about two hours and it came off perfectly without taking off paint, but if you are worried, you could use painter’s tape.
  • Two DIY Reflector Boards – Get some foam core boards at the dollar store and while you are there pick up some aluminum foil. Then tape the foil to the foam core boards. Place them on either side of the paper.
  • Decorative Banner – Go to a party store and grab a decorative banner of some kind. It adds great color to the picture. (If you buy the one linked, keep in mind that I pushed the tassels much closer together.)
  • Cake
  • Baby

Take those cute pictures of your baby's first birthday and them eating their cake right at home with this DIY Cake Smash Photo Shoot!

Like I mentioned, I have some experience using my camera. If you are just starting out with a DSLR, I would recommend this book, Plate to Pixel. Even if you aren’t shooting food, it is so helpful with the basics. I have a Nikon D5300, which I love. And for this photo shoot I used a 35 mm lens on manual/automatic focus. It gave me a lot more room to work with than my fixed 50 mm which I typically use when shooting food.

Take those cute pictures of your baby's first birthday and them eating their cake right at home with this DIY Cake Smash Photo Shoot!

Other tips:

It’s important to put your set up in a well lit area, but not in direct sunlight. Keep an eye on different areas of your house leading up to the photo shoot and get a sense of what area has the best light and what time of day.

Before you put your baby in front of the cake, check out the lighting and take a couple test shots to see if you have the settings on your camera right.

Take those cute pictures of your baby's first birthday and them eating their cake right at home with this DIY Cake Smash Photo Shoot!

We started out with the cake on a cake stand I got at Target . . . . and Piper had zero interest in it.

Take those cute pictures of your baby's first birthday and them eating their cake right at home with this DIY Cake Smash Photo Shoot!

We gave her one of her spoons, and then she just wanted to stab it. Still no interest in eating it.

Take those cute pictures of your baby's first birthday and them eating their cake right at home with this DIY Cake Smash Photo Shoot!

We finally took it off of the cake stand and started ripping chunks off for her.

Take those cute pictures of your baby's first birthday and them eating their cake right at home with this DIY Cake Smash Photo Shoot!

She still wasn’t really sure  . . . . but she did love feeding us.

Take those cute pictures of your baby's first birthday and them eating their cake right at home with this DIY Cake Smash Photo Shoot!

She finally had a little taste.

Take those cute pictures of your baby's first birthday and them eating their cake right at home with this DIY Cake Smash Photo Shoot!

 

Take those cute pictures of your baby's first birthday and them eating their cake right at home with this DIY Cake Smash Photo Shoot!

And then she was spent.

Take those cute pictures of your baby's first birthday and them eating their cake right at home with this DIY Cake Smash Photo Shoot!

And I could not have been happier that we did the Cake Smash. :)

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GENERAL QUESTIONS

What do people mean when they say cake smash?

A cake smash is a when you take photos of your baby around their one year old birthday with an entire cake. It is fun to let them loose with a cake as you take pictures.

What is best for a cake smash backdrop?

You can make a cake smash backdrop out of so many different things. A bedsheet would work, but I love this white bulletin board paper best.

Why do a cake smash?

A cake smash is such a cute way to commemorate your baby’s first birthday. Getting through the first year of parenting is a milestone you should celebrate!

Can you only do a cake smash for first birthdays?

The sky is the limit with cake smashes. I think this would be cute for second birthdays and very funny for 32nd birthdays.

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Amy @Very Culinary says

    Cake? I want to eat HER up!

    • Lisa Longley says

      What is it about babies that make you just want to chew on them, Amy?

  2. Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) says

    Such a cute idea! She is just precious!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you Jaren!

  3. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    I love this post so much. SO MUCH! She’s adorable. Also – pinterest makes me regret all my choices as an early mother. Who knew cake smash photo shoots were a thing? Think it would be weird to do it with a 10 year old? :)

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you Dorothy!

    • nay says

      If you have a couple of kids photograph a food fight. Same principle lol

      • Tanya says

        That’s an awesome idea about the food fight.

  4. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says

    Aaw your sweet lil girl is so so adorable! I love the set up for the cake smash. My daughter is a little over a year and I totally want to do this since I didn’t get a chance yet on her actual birthday. I can’t wait to pick up some white bullet paper this weekend :)

  5. Emily says

    These turned out great! How wide was the roll of paper you used?

    • Lisa Longley says

      48 inches Emily!

      • Kellee Taylor says

        Where did you purchase that large of paper?

        • Lisa Longley says

          JoAnn’s!

          • maria gonzalez says

            HI what size is the roll of paper? I’m getting ready to go by the store tm

          • Lisa Longley says

            I’m not sure the size of the paper, Maria. I just bought a big roll of bulletin board paper and had lots left over.

  6. Abbey says

    She is super adorable! Did you have a party with this set up?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Abbey! Nope, it would really be too chaotic to get the pictures I wanted to get during a party. I actually did this a week prior to her turning one.

  7. Diana says

    Love this!!! My babygirl is turning 1 next week i was gonna go to a photostudio to do this but ill do it myself!!! Ill save some cash and make more memories doing it at home. Thank you so much for the tips!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope the photos turn out great, Diana!

  8. G says

    Thank you for this post! Quite helpful! I will be shooting some new year photos this week. I am not sure if I can find card board here :( Can you recommend anything similar? Greetings from İstanbul :)

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi there! Do you mean for the reflector boards? Anything that is flat and has a big surface area that you can wrap aluminum foil around will work.

      • gokce says

        Hi again :) I meaned the white bulletin board paper!

        • Lisa Longley says

          Oh, I’m so sorry! You could try a white bed sheet!

          • says

            I will do that :)

  9. Tjitske says

    Thank you so much for sharing. I am preparing for my daughters shoot :) such a cute girl you have. Greetings from The Netherlands

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you Tjitske! Hope it goes well!

  10. Erica says

    She is adorable!! So in wondering…. Will the DIY reflectors make the shadows behind the subject not be there? I always have this problem!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Erica! It’s not quite as simple as will reflectors make the shadows go away yes or no. Yes! They have the potential to, but it all depends on how strong the lighting is, where they are positioned, etc. That said, I had her and the set up in indirect light and with the reflector boards I had no shadows :)

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