Cake Smash and Splash Photo Session

Cake smash and splash photo session – Alena Photography – Charleston SC cake smash photographer

Tradition to celebrate baby’s first birthday has been sweeping families for the past few years. There are many ideas and spin-offs, like Smash and splash, where baby gets to splash in the tub after eating cake. Paint smash, where baby or toddler gets to paint. Even adults are enjoying this type of sessions with Fabulous themes.

Cake smash tradition

It’s generaly thought that cake smash tradition comes from two similar combined cake-focused celebrations. In Mexico there is will known event called the Mordida in which a child take s bite of the cake first time in their life. Mordida means bite in Spanish. In front of family and friends baby gets covered in icing eating his cake.

There is also classic tradition to share a cake on the wedding day. Many people link this to the beginning of cake smashing.

In the past, a loaf of bread was shared at the wedding and crumbs were sprinkled over brides head. Guests would grab crumbs and eat them for good luck.

There is also an old Roman tradition where couples would throw wedding cake at each other. Bride and groom and US fed each other cake to lovingly ensure a good marriage.

Cake smash and splash

In the modern time cake smash and splash photo session takes place in the photography studio. In some occasions outside is also a good choice. Just add a beautiful cake, cute baby and camera and you are all set. Be prepared for a lot of funny and messy faces , then clean it up in the bath.

With many ideas circulating the internet possibilities are endless. Essentially, when it comes to cake smash photo session, the baby is usually too young to pick a theme on his own. Most parents consult for some ideas or trust their chosen photographer designs.

I’ve been lucky enough to photograph this particular family from maternity to cake smash. Mom picked one of the most popular theme : Where the wild things are.

For more examples of my cake smashes check out this post

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Children photography and self-esteem

Children photography and self-esteem Alena Photography Charleston SC Photographer

Children photography is one the most important and unique genres. Every child is different. With the help of a photographer it is a fun experience to bring out a child’s personality during photo shoot. Why exactly do we take pictures of children? One of the answers can be to help with self-esteem.

Psychologists and experts had some research in recent decades learning this topic.

“Self-esteem is a set of attitudes and beliefs that a person brings with him or herself when facing the world. It includes beliefs as to whether he or she can expect success or failure, how much effort should be put forth, whether failure at a task will “hurt,” and whether he or she will become more capable as a result of different experiences. In psychological terms, self-esteem provides a mental set that prepares the person to respond according to expectations of success, acceptance, and personal strength.”

Stanley Coopersmith, Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventories Manual

Murfreesboro study

There was one particular study that stood out. In 1975 Jerry Fryrear of Tulane University and Mary Ammerman with Murfreesboro  City Schools tested many 4th graders in Tennessee.

The children were selected from a set of test results indicating they had self-esteem scores below the median score of all the fourth-grade students. These chosen students participated in a carefully set-up study over the course of five-weeks.

During those five weeks children took photos of themselves using Polaroid cameras in different settings. Later scrapbooks were created out of those images.

New testing after completing of this project revealed 37% increase of children self-esteem. Groups of kids not participating in the project only showed increase of 10%.

Here is the link to this study:;2-X/abstract

So the Murfreesboro study showed that personal children photography can help boost self-esteem.

Power of prints

In this digital era many people are relying on electronic devices to hold their photos. There is something special about holding a beautiful printed child portrait. Experts recommend placing photos with family in friends in child’s room. Print your photos!

Contact me today to book your child portrait session

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Cake Smash – fun to turn one!

Cake smash photo session – Alena Photography – Charleston SC

This year has been a year of creativity for me. My first newborn clients growing up and coming back for a fun cake smash photo shoot.

I’ve met baby Luca and her family last year and was excited when her mom contacted me about first birthday photosession. Turning one is so much fun and the best way is to celebrate with cake!

Mom wanted to recreate a set up all her kids had for their sessions. We started with a bunch of balloons and simple outfit.

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A lot of the times parents are unsure about what kind of set up they want. In this case mom wanted “flowers and greens” for cake smash portion in studio.


What exactly can you expect from a cake smash session? You you will have a customized set up with flowers, balloon, cake. I add touches of the theme to bring set to life. Custom coordinating outfit will be ordered. I will take care of small details and you and your baby prepare to have a blast. Don’t know where to order cake? I have a list of amazing bakers in the area.

Session always starts with baby on set without the cake mess, then i bring in the cake and capture those sweet moments, onto splashing in the tub to clean up! it is fun and messy experience and makes for the best expressions!

Baby Luca was nothing but fun and cute faces! From start to finish all of us had a great time. I am so glad my wonderful clients have a trust in me to create this wonderful memories.

What are you waiting for?! It’s time to start planning your session ( I recommend at least 6 weeks to prepare)

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