Becoming one is quite a milestone, leaving babyhood and becoming a toddler.
Walking, talking and growing up rapidly before our eyes. It is worth a celebration, and one that deserves to be documented.
Cake smash photos are unique and fun and are traditionally done just before a baby turns one, the images are perfect for birthday invitations, home decor or family gifts.
I get quite excited when someone inquires about doing a cake smash photo shoot. Preparing for a cake smash is so much fun. It all starts when I get the booking and begin to plan and picture how it will look. Where is the best location going to be, what will baby sit on, does the client like certain colours?
I will ask a few questions to make sure we agree on how it will look.
I definitely prefer the outdoors for the location, its a much more relaxed and attractive place to photograph and the new one year old seems to be happier outside.
First item to be considered of course is the main prop - the cake, these can be made by a professional cake maker, ...
... supermarket bought or you can make one at home, your budget and imagination will decide, you certainly don't have to go overboard.
What I have noticed though is as long as it looks interesting your one year old wont be able to resist sticking their fingers in it.
I have also noticed that normally the one year old starts with a few little finger swipes into the cream/icing, a little taste and is very very dainty, but it doesn't take long before there are big hand grabs, whole handfuls getting smooshed all over the face. So funny.
Very soon, the cake becomes very messy, knocked over, sat in, all hopes of having some with a cup of tea is gone.
A sponge with cream is great, add colourful sprinkles, blues or greens for boys and pinks and purples for girls, or crazy multi colours for anyone. Lighter colours photograph better than darker colours, but pure white can be difficult to photograph and reds looks like blood when all over a little ones face, so steer away from those colours.
Outfits and props... I will work with you to decide what to dress your one year old in, I have a good number of outfits to dress up your little person. Matching the cake, outfits and props always looks a lot more cohesive.
I have different colours and types of tutus, beads, I will make hats to match, crowns or flower head bands, anything to make each cake smash different and personal to each child. Boys look great in ties or caps and a pair of jeans, maybe a little waistcoat...
Banners, balloons, ribbons, stars, tea party style, tee pees, letters and numbers, names, blackboards the ideas are numerous.
If you would like to book, please give plenty of advance notice so you will have a well planned event. It would be my pleasure to work with you and craft a special experience for your young person.
Enjoy the following photos from a couple of recent sessions.
Family portraits are such a special and lasting memory that will be treasured for generations.
There are a few things to consider when you decide to book a family session, location being number one. The location should to be something personal to the family.
Is there a place you like to visit together?
Where do you spend time together,
the beach, a park?
In choosing somewhere more personal the family will feel a lot more comfortable and natural during the session.
In saying that, studio portraits are quite fun, and a lot more intimate. My aim is to get you all close and connected. I don't like the standing poses, to me they look uncomfortable, I would rather you all got close and laughed, kids got tickled, jokes told, cuddles, these are the memories your kids will treasure later.
Making the photos look natural and not posed will give them some life, they will become photos you want to show off and the generations to come will get to know more of your personality.
Real memories, genuine interactions, authentic moments
"All the babies in your photos are so gorgeously perfect, not a blemish in sight, and when I look at my own little cherub I see little milk pimples everywhere, flaky skin and little scratches from her fingernails, how on earth can I go and get photos done when her skin is not so perfect?
This is a question that comes up a lot and there's nothing to worry about, all babies look the same when they come into the studio, their skin is getting used to being in oxygen and drinking milk, giving them little pimples, flaky skin and red blotches, and probably not the photo that will become a canvas on the wall or the photos that will get pulled out regularly over the years, but with a little editing I can clear up and brighten babies skin.
I would really like to share a short but beautiful video that shows exactly what goes into the preparation, photographing and editing from an award winning photographer in Brisbane.
My recent newborn session was with beautiful Grace, 2 weeks old and just starting to get a little more alert, but we got some very cute photos. She had a few little milk pimples, she looked stunning in her finished photos.
I say it all the time, but I love doing this!
I have been so spoilt with the little cherubs I have met recently, none more so than little 3 month old Georgie.
Lovely auburn hair, blue eyes and little rose bud mouth.
Sweet sweet sweet!
I get a little nervous before a photo shoot, not having met the little ones before hand, to them all of a sudden this strange woman is picking them up and putting them into different positions, there was a little bit of a concerned look on Georgie's face to start with but she came right and let me put her in a few really cute positions.
It takes time, we can't rush them into something they don't want to do, I don't have a set plan of poses or what to put them in, I just go with the flow and see what suits mum and baby. I have heaps f props but there maybe some family heirloom, piece of clothing, or anything mum would like to add to the mix, I am very open to anything, it is for you and your family after all.
I also don't really work to a strict timeline - when you book an appointment I don't expect you to turn up exactly on time, you have a baby that sleeps to their own clock, then to feed, change and clothe, pack a bag big enough to stay a few nights!
I do tend to put aside the whole afternoon for you, the photos themselves are probably between 1 - 2 hours, but in between, mum can feed baby, change them, give them some reassuring cuddles. If its rushed, mum and baby wont be relaxed, and I can only imagine photographing an un-relaxed baby would be so hard, I have been spoilt so far.......
Well Little Georgie, thank you for an enjoyable afternoon, I know I'm going to meet you again soon, you'll be sitting up by then and have the hugest smiles!
I am so excited to be getting the opportunity to photograph some adorable young babies, lately I have had the joy of meeting Luke, only 2 weeks old and the perfect model with little rose bud lips.
He was quite happy to go wherever I put him. The first part of the shoot he was nice and sleepy but even when he became more aware of what was going on he just lay back and enjoyed it all.
The secret I think is keeping the room very warm.
Or have I just been lucky with perfect babies....
Yes, another perfect baby... this week I met Billy. This wee man had bright eyes and very long eyelashes.
He wasn't too much into posing, he enjoyed just lying back on the warmth deep in thought, he looked like an angel.
He was very good for a long time but then decided enough was enough, but that was ok as we had some lovely shots of him.
After posting the latest pictures on Facebook I have had so many wonderful and positive comments, I'm very excited about the future.
I couldn't think of a better job in the world, I get to spend time with very special people, who trust me to capture a moment in time, a gift that will last a lifetime and beyond.
Although I specialise in baby photography, please don't hesitate to have a chat about family and sibling portraits - just ask and we can make a plan.
This coming week I get to meet a little girl! Yay, I am so looking forward to capturing her, and also I will be shooting Luke again with his beautiful sister who is very happy to have a little brother to look after.
Have a great week
My first newborn photo session with 6 day old Dublin was so enjoyable, he made it effortless, the perfect model. Dublin spoilt me, he was so happy, sleepy and relaxed, such a pleasure to photograph. I am addicted now!
Leading up to this I had read many, many tutorials from new born photographers, watched youtube videos and viewed loads of photos... I was ready for anything lol. The room was as hot as the desert, sound, lighting, props, yep all ready....
I must admit I was expecting the worst, a baby who wouldn't sleep, and I couldn't put into the positions I imagined... but little Dublin just went where he was put, woke a little and then dropped off again. He was an angel. Mum fed him half way through and he just went back to sleep. I felt a bit mean moving him around so only did a few positions and will get together with him again soon to do a few others.
Editing the photos was a great learning experience, I really enjoy this part, taking away those little baby blemishes, red skin tones, flaky skin and giving baby the soft delicate look that a newborn photo needs, each photo has to be individually done but well worth it in the end as you can see by the photos of Dublin.
But what's most important is giving the parent something to treasure forever.
To get started I accosted a few ladies who were pregnant and said I would love to practice with their new bundle when they arrive. So I have met a couple of new little friends and I'm hooked completely.
Luckily in the wee hours of this morning a good friend has just had her little man, can't wait to meet him, welcome to the world Dublin Frank!
Aw what's better than giving cuddles, and getting smiles, I am so looking forward to the road ahead.
My name is Sandy and I am blessed to have a fantastic family, and 5 grandsons, with one more grandson to arrive in a few months.
I love spending time with children it's so special, but they grow so fast!
I am an amateur photographer, and have trained myself over the last 10 years or so, taking photos of all sorts of everything, but photos of people and especially children and babies are the most interesting to look at again and again.
I stumbled on some baby photo props a little while ago, and I just about did a somersault, I was so excited, they were so cute and I couldn't wait to get my camera out and take some cute baby photos. Crochet hats, wraps and fabulous backgrounds, headbands from a local artisan and fluffy blankets, and plenty more to come. I feel the props will add a little artistic interest to the photo, not just a formal portrait, I hope to create an art piece that will give joy for many years to come.
Sandy Jones, photographer and Grandma.