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What Do I Need for a Cake Smash Photoshoot?

What better way to celebrate your child’s first birthday than with cake smash photos? Cake smash photoshoots are an adorable way to allow your child to enjoy a sweet treat while also getting sensory play by smashing the cake with their hands.

These timeless photos make for a memorable shoot. Continue reading to see what you need for a successful cake smash photoshoot.


This may seem obvious, but to carry out this fun and messy shoot, you’ll need a cake. You can buy a large, one-tiered cake or opt for small cupcakes for your little one to enjoy and smash during the shoot. You can add candles and help your child blow them out for a photo-op moment or get a simple cake (you’ll smash it anyway) for them to enjoy.


Props are a must-have when it comes to doing a cake smash photoshoot. You can add balloons, streamers, confetti, or even toys to help add vibrant pops of color and visual interest to the shoot. You can use props from around the home, like framed pictures, stools, and beanbag pillows.

Adorable Outfit

An adorable birthday outfit is a must for a cake smash photoshoot. However, opt for something plainer, like a white dress or plain top and bottoms, since it will be soiled by the end of the shoot anyway. Many parents even opt to have their children wear plain diapers. However, it would also be a great option to put your child in a onesie for the shoot.


You can find the perfect baby girl cake smash backdrop or baby boy backdrop to complete the set for your cake smash photoshoot. A backdrop sets the tone and theme of the shoot. You can opt for neutrals or go for vibrant colors and patterns to create the perfect atmospheric set.

Natural Lighting

Natural lighting is a great way to capture your cake smash photoshoot. If you’re performing this photoshoot from home, natural lighting will help illuminate the space flatteringly without spending additional funds on professional lighting. However, if you’d like to book a professional session, that’s also a great option for capturing your little one in a good light.

Cleaning Wipes

Cleaning wipes are a must if you’re doing a DIY cake smash photoshoot. After the shoot, you should be prepared to clean the area and your baby. Having cleaning wipes and towels on hand is smart, so add these necessary items to your photoshoot day.

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