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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. Kristy says

    What are the cute bottoms you have on her?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Those are just a random pair of bloomers from one of her dresses :)

  2. Crystal says

    Does the bulletin board need to be white?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I mean, no. It’s a matter of personal preference. I think it makes the kiddo stand out so much more if it is.

  3. AnaZ says

    Love the idea!!! I’m doing for my baby girl and ur post is super helpful, I’m following it step by step :-) I have a question, what is the dimensions of the Bulletin Board Paper?!?!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Is there any chance that you used evaporated milk and not sweetened condensed milk? It would be so easy to grab the wrong can.

  4. Katie says

    I am looking at doing this in a month. Can you tell me how the refector boards worked? Why you used them. Also…my little ones outfit is coral… what color backdrop would you recommend?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Katie! I would go with a white background because it will make her pop, and then I would pick some streamers that are complimentary in the far background, maybe teal? The reflector boards are what they sound like, big boards that reflect light onto your kiddo. You can buy professional ones, but it’s just as easy to buy a foam core board and cover it in aluminum foil. Put the reflector board opposite of your light source. If the light source is coming from in front of your kiddo (as was the case for me) put them on both sides.

  5. Kellee Taylor says

    how much bulletin board paper did you use? excited to do this with my twins!!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Sorry this is so late, Kellee! I didn’t measure how much paper. I just pulled the roll up the wall and across the floor

  6. aradhana says

    I did my baby’s cake smash photoshoot myself too ;) loved the results.

  7. aradhana says

    I did my baby’s cake smash photoshoot myself too ;) loved the results.your seems good . I am gonna try this setup for sure.

  8. Mandy says

    What size white bulletin board paper did you get ?

    Did it tear easily ?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I don’t remember the size, but it was a BIG roll. I didn’t tear it, I cut it.

  9. Rachana says

    Lovely post. wanted to ask one thing, garland from backdrop (rainbow colors) looks wavey to me. Did you do something extra for that look?

  10. Rahana Kazi says

    Hi, lovely post.. my son is 9mos old and will are planning to do this cake smash photoshoot.
    The Rainbow banner behind baby looks wavay, did you did something to get that look? The Amazon link which you share looks different from what’s in the picture.

    • Lisa Longley says

      It was a slightly different banner that I bought at a party store :)

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