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Hi, there! I’m Karen - a boutique family photographer with a special love for babies! 

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Let’s dive straight into the heart of cake smash photography. It’s a trend that captures the messy milestone of a baby’s first birthday in full, vivid color. In this article, we’ll go over why it’s snagged such a spotlight in family albums everywhere. We’ll also walk you through setting up your own session. Think themes, cakes, and keeping your little one camera-ready for those unforgettable shots. And when it comes time to click away at the chaos? We’ve got pro tips to help you nail those candid moments safely.

Understanding Cake Smash Photography

Cake smash photography is a joyous and creative photo session where a baby is given the freedom to literally smash and eat a birthday cake, capturing all the pure bliss and excitement that comes with it. This type of photoshoot is all about capturing genuine reactions, laughter, and the sheer adorable messiness as the baby explores the world of cake in their own unique way.

Parents are constantly seeking one-of-a-kind ways to celebrate their baby’s first birthday, and cake smash photography perfectly fits the bill. It allows for unscripted moments of pure delight, showcasing the baby’s personality and bringing out their genuine joy. This photoshoot not only captures the milestone of turning one but also showcases the child’s individuality and creates lasting memories for both the child and their parents.

But what does it involve? Picture this: A scene set to match your baby’s budding personality, complete with a scrumptious cake at center stage. The camera clicks away as tiny fingers dive into fluffy layers—capturing every giggle and squish. You’ll end up with photos that are sweet, messy, and utterly adorable—a perfect memento of your little one’s first birthday.

The Photoshoot Setup

Typically, the setup for a cake smash photoshoot involves a well-decorated, themed backdrop and a specially crafted cake. The cake is often designed to coordinate with the chosen theme and can be as elaborate or as simple as parents desire. The baby is then placed in front of the cake, eagerly awaiting their chance to dig in.

Once the camera starts clicking, the magic begins. It’s fascinating to witness the range of emotions babies go through during a cake smash photoshoot: curiosity, surprise, delight, hesitation, and, of course, the inevitable messiness that ensues. The photographer captures these raw and authentic moments, ensuring that the memories are forever preserved.

Cake Smash Photography: A Celebration of Joy and Delightful Messiness

So, you’ve plunged into the world of cake smash photography. You now know it’s not just about snapping photos—it’s a celebration of your baby’s first big milestone.

Cake smash photography should be fun and memorable. Remember to plan with care, choose a theme that reflects your child’s personality, and find a photographer who clicks with kids.

And after the party? Cherish these memories by picking out favorites for prints or albums because these messy moments are precious—and they only happen once. Contact today to book this adorable milestone photoshoot for your baby.

- L. (maternity and newborn sessions customer)

I had an extremely anxious pregnancy after my miscarriage, which is why I didn't reach out to you until so late, but you really went out of your way to accommodate and make it happen for me and my family. I'm so glad that I have all these photos of this special time in our lives and the captures of (our) brand new baby. I'll be forever grateful for the perfect moments you captured. Thank you again, so much."

"Hi Karen. Just wanted to really say thank you again for everything with our sessions. I could not be happier with how they both turned out."

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- ZHAO FAMILY

We have gotten many compliments from visiting guests. The photos you took are candid and captured true moments of joy. The product has amazing quality and yet very easy to install. I can’t wait to get another great collage for the upcoming family shoots. Thank you Karen.

"We absolutely loved the wall collage you designed for us. It has become the focal point of our great room"

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- JESSICA JACKSON

She listened to what type of photos we were looking to achieve and offered suggestions since she is in fact the professional! Karen was always very responsive if I had any questions leading up to the actual photo shoot and was an absolute pleasure to work with the day of our session. Everything went very smooth, and our proofs were delivered very quickly. After the selection process, our final images were delivered also very quickly and looked so amazing. We have received so many compliments and will be using Karen again in the future. I highly recommend MuSen Photography to anyone looking for quality professional photography!

"Karen was amazing to work with from the very beginning through to the delivery of our final photos"

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- SUE COLON

I hired her to do my daughters first birthday party photos and she captured the moment perfectly. I was so pleased with her work I hired her again to do a mother and daughters photo shoot for Mother’s Day. She NAILED IT one of the most beautiful photo shoots I have ever seen. Karen picked the location, lighting, told us how to pose her eye for perfection is beyond words she saw my vision and made it come true. She also was very easy to contact and communicate with. The turn over time to receive the photos was fast and easy. Karen is also very sweet it was truly a pleasure working with her.  I highly recommend her and if perfection is what you seek Karen is definitely the one.  I look forward to working with her again. Thank you so much Karen you rock .

"Karen is absolutely amazing."

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- STEPHANIE

Truthfully from the beginning when we met in the diner to the very end of our day to stay to capture all of our memories. You were a pleasure to work with and we will be using you again for sure for our family photos and every event we have. I love most about you that your attention to details and making sure you get everything right and perfect for us. 

"Karen what can I say but you are fabulous"

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