How to prepare for your cake smash session | Ottawa baby photographer

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A cake smash session is a fun and joyful way to commemorate this milestone in your Baby’s life.  Take this opportunity to capture your child’s delight as they tear into their first real taste of sugar!

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you prepare for your session:

What to Expect

First year/Cake Smash sessions last about 60 minutes.  The first 30 minutes  is comprised of family/sibling pictures, and also milestone pictures, in which we capture the personality of your little one in a variety of different backgrounds and sets.  We typically have time to get through 2-3 outfit and backdrop changes, depending on the cooperation of our subject.  The last 30 minutes is the cake smash.  We begin by taking pictures of your little one in their cake smash outfit before introducing the cake.  Once we bring in the cake, the photo session takes approximately 15 minutes.  We let your baby set the pace, as some little ones dig right in and destroy the cake, and others need a little bit of encouragement and sometimes even help to get into their cake.  Be ready to get your hands dirty and help your little one get past all that frosting to the cake underneath!

Choosing or Making a Cake

Select a small cake or large cupcake, approximately 6 inches around.  Due to concern for allergens, Urban Bent studio Photography is not able to provide the cake.  I am happy to recommend some local bakers if you will not be making the cake yourself.  Whether you are making the cake, or having it made, please consider the following items:

  • Please make sure that the cake is placed onto a cake round (something that can be used to transfer the cake easily from one surface to another)  A piece of cardboard cut into a circle and covered in aluminum foil works just as well if you are making the cake yourself.
  • Think light colors for the cake itself and vanilla is preferred- (red cake smeared on baby’s face tends to look like your little one just ate someone – not the best look!)
  • Remove the cake from the refrigerator 2-3 hours before the session to allow the frosting to come to room temperature.

What to Wear

Choose the theme or color of your little one’s cake smash first, and then you can choose the outfit.
Bring all the props you wish to use for the session.  For the family portion of the session choose seasonal coordinating colors (I encourage layering and accessories for photos e.i. hats, scarf, shawls etc)

Things to Bring

  • Cake
  • Cake Smash Outfit
  • 2-3 additional outfits for Baby
  • Change of clothes for parents, just in case
  • diapers
  • Sippy cup to help wash down the cake
  • Snacks (think cheerios, or puffs) in case they don’t like the cake.  We sometimes have to hide them the cake to make it look like your little one is actually eating the cake.  Ssshhh.. If you don’t tell, we won’t 🙂

The Mess

We hope that your little one makes a huge mess!  That’s the whole point of this session, and most of the fun of the day.  We will finish the session with a warm bath, so please bring a clean outfit for the ride home.

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How to prepare for your Christmas mini session

So you’re finally booked for your Christmas mini session! Tick that off the Holiday to do list!

This year we have 3 beautiful sets ready to rock your Christmas portraits; Rustic Christmas porch (outdoors), Christmas mantle (indoors), Christmas bed (indoors).

This guide will help you prepare for your upcoming Holiday session.


I always suggest to my clients to pick out THREE coordinating colors that go well together and one of those colors being a neutral color ((Red, denims, plaid and knits look amazing in holiday portraits). You don’t  have to be wearing matching sweaters and identical pants. Instead, mix it up a little with different textures, but stick to the color palette you have chosen. Take a look at the photos below to get an idea of coordinating outfits.  P.s. Red looks great in holiday portraits!


I’m all about the little EXTRAS! Add some flare and personality to your session by incorporating some seasonal accessories. Winter hats, Mittens, cozy blanket, winter boots for the outdoor photos look great.  Avoid wearing heavy winter jackets as they hide the subjects face instead layer sweaters or cozy blanket works well.  For the indoor images Christmas PJ’s looks adorable for the Christmas bed set.



Your fur babies are welcome to the session.  All dogs MUST BE LEASHED while on the property. Just remember, this is a MINI session and if you think your dog will not cooperate, I recommend leaving them at home. Another option is to have them in the car and bring them out during the outdoor portion of the session (bring treats).   If you plan to bring your pet to the session, please let me know ahead of time.




Please arrive a little early to your session to allow meet and greet and for children to warm-up.  I suggest putting the location in GPS in advance to plan your arrival time.  We are located in Greely which is roughly 30 minutes South of Ottawa, Kanata or Orleans.


After your session has taken place, you will receive your proofing gallery within 3 business days and the final gallery within 2 business days of your final selection. Your mini session package includes 10 digital images with the option to purchase extra images or purchase prints separately.


MOST importantly is to just HAVE FUN and be yourself.

I look forward to capturing your 2018 Holiday memories!

If you have any questions please contact me at or 613-867-6497

Studio address: 6881 Sparkling Lake Way, Greely ON K4P 1R7



Summer minis | Ottawa family photographer

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Summer minis are here for a limited time only!

Summer minis are a quick and easy way to get updated portraits done in under 30 minutes.

Sessions are held weekdays or evenings here at my Studio in Greely

What’s included?

30 minute session, 10 digital images, Private online gallery and PIN (extra images are available a la Carte)


Send me an email at or by filling webform here to book your spot today!

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