Basically, this is exactly what you would expect – you place a birthday cake in reach of your curious little one and let them explore for themselves – think messy play rather than lunch as it is more about smearing than it is about eating!
You bring along a birthday cake to your session (we don’t provide the cake here because of risks of food allergies). Some people bring along a professionally made cake and some people bring along a home made cake – you can be as simple or as elaborate as you like but either way plenty of icing is an absolute must. Buttercream icing works better than fondant icing as it is more smearable and generally more fun to play with and I’d steer away from chocolate cake or icing as it doesn’t look so pretty in the finished pictures.
Anything your baby is wearing whilst exploring their cake is obviously likely to get messy so some people choose to just have them smash in a nappy (and I’d definitely recommend either a nappy cover or swim nappy for this as they look better in the finished images). However, it’s totally up to you – smash in a fancy dress, first birthday outfit, plain vest, whatever works for you. When the cake has well and truly been smashed, we have a quick pause and then we are on to the Splash part of the session.
The tub splash serves two purposes – firstly, you get great shots of your baby playing in the bubbles and enjoying the warm water and secondly, you get to take home a clean baby! Everyone’s a winner…
I have a choice of two tubs for this section of the photo shoot – a rustic styled tin tub and a modern and super cute miniature white roll top bath – whichever you prefer. Once you’ve chosen we top it up with warm water and get everything ready for bath time. For this part of the session, you just need to bring along some bubble bath (the more bubbles the better in my opinion), a flannel and a towel. If you have favourite bath toys you would like to include then by all means bring them along – the more the merrier. I have a bubble machine here if we want bubbles in the air as well as in the bath. Then we let the splashy fun commence and capture the action!