One of the hottest portrait ideas in the photography fields, The Cake Smash shot, can also prove to be one of your studios biggest moneymakers. If for some recent you haven’t heard of this phenom, it involves a tiny child, a big cake and the freedom for them to make a complete mess as they please!
All you need to do is be willing to get a little slovenly yourself and put up with some tough little characters. There may be a lot of crying from your subjects (and yourself you when you go to clean up after the session) but you’ll be so busy with clients you want ever look back.
The Advantages of Seamless Paper
Absolutely the best background for the cake smash shot is the beloved roll of seamless paper. Most people will not have this lying around their house or may not have the room to set up a shot with a roll of seamless in their home. This is where you, the professional photographer can beef up your bottom line.
In your marketing efforts, boast about the ease of coming to your studio and capturing priceless moments with your clients child. And, most importantly, the mess is in your studio and not their house!
With 68 colors to choose from in bright vibrant colors that can match any theme, you can quickly build a portfolio of classic smash shot portraits to lure even more clients. It’s also inexpensive enough that you’ll be able to tear off the used portions and clean up in a snap.
Here are some tips to create the perfect Cake Smash Photo Session:
Choosing a Backdrop Color
Colors such as Coral work great for little girls and Regal Blue for little boys. Or, keep it neutral with colors like Canary and Mint Green. Underneath the seamless you may want to add a hard surface with some vinyl flooring so the paper doesn’t crinkle while the child moves around during the shoot.
See more: 9 Best Cake Smash Photo Shoots!
Creating A Background
To add more fun and creativity to the shot, you can go crazy and use some really interesting objects to place on or in front of your seamless. Some ideas to try are:
- Helium balloons with varying lengths of curled ribbons. Mix up the colors and ribbon lengths.
- Streamers again in varying colors. Twist the streamers to add texture.
- Paste any and all light objects on the seamless to create patterns, themes and more. Stickers, colorful duct tape, faux butterflies and flowers all work great. Explore your local craft store to get ideas for your next shoot.
- Encourage your client to get a special cake made from a good local bakery. The more colorful and unusual the better. Capture the cake alone in front of your backdrop before you add your subject. Also try to get them to have a back up cake in case something goes awry.
- Ask them to bring several extra outfits in the event the session needs to start over.
- Be sure to get off a few frames before the child gets their hands on the cake.
- Once the smashing starts being in burst mode is a must! The action will happened quickly and you’ll want to get every shot.
Other Tools for The Session
If you really want to extend the life of your seamless paper, try getting a square piece of clear Plexiglas from your local big box home supply store. Not only will it be easy to clean, the reflection from the Plexiglas adds an interesting element to the shoot. You can pick up a good-sized piece for about $30.00. Spray the Plexiglas with Scotch guard so the surface does not become too slippery once the cake starts flying! Be sure to disinfect it while you clean since small children are more susceptible to bacteria.
A large piece of inexpensive dry erase board is also a nice choice. You can draw different designs for holidays such as Christmas or Easter and quickly erase and start over. The store should be able to cut this to any size you like.
Vinyl backgrounds also work well for the Cake Smash shot. They too clean up easily and can be easily cut off once they are used numerous times. They can be a bit heavy and tend to get dents. Read all about how to avoid dings and dents in your vinyl backdrop here.