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BN Living Trends: Oh, the Joys of Cake Smashing! Baby Photoshoots with Kids and Cake | M12 Photography



One great way to spice up your child’s birthday photography is having a cake smash session incorporated into the photo shoot. It is a current trend of getting your child messy with the cake while the photographer clicks away. It is a perfect way to celebrate their birthday in a fun way, kids love cake!

Family photographer, Bisola Ijalana of M12Photography spoke to BN Living about the cake smashing trend and told us all that happens behind the scenes before, after and during the photoshoot.

I love cake smash sessions. It is fun watching kids exploring with their hands, legs etc all in an attempt to smash the cake.

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Before the Shoot:

We usually have cake smash photo sessions for 1 year old kids and sometimes 2 year old kids. Prior to the shoot I am contacted by a parent(s) of the child about scheduling a birthday shoot for their child. Depending on the sex and age of the child we discuss the theme on such things as colour, backgrounds, outfit, props, and set-up for the shoot.

I also suggest incorporating a cake smash set- up and in some cases the parent(s) make the suggestion because they have seen some of my works with the cake smash theme and they love it. We discuss the design of the cake, and I send the sample to a cake baker to produce.

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The Cake Smash Session:

The cake smash is usually the last set-up for the photo session. The goal is to capture the child devouring his/her birthday cake. Always a fun filled session. Does this come easy? I wish it does. It surely takes lots of patience on the part of the photographer and the parent(s) to get the child to touch the cake.

Depending on the mood of the child it can run into some good number of minutes. We sing for the child, play music and sometimes put some in the child’s mouth to taste or our mouths to make the child move close to the cake and smash it. When this is achieved it sure can be messy but fun for the child and everyone.

Post Photo Session:

Whether the cake smash is done at the client’s home or at the photographer’s studio, everywhere is surely messy. The floor, backgrounds or any prop smeared with cake gets cleaned and our fun loving kid gets cleaned also either with baby wipes or water depending on how messy is the kid.

Welcome to the World of Cake Smash Birthday Photography

Be Inspired!

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Photography: Abisola Ijalana | M12 Photography, Poshclick


  1. Burriful gal

    September 3, 2016 at 1:01 pm


  2. haba people

    September 3, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    cake smashing is not a new idea, stolen idea from obodo oyibo again

  3. chi

    September 3, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Love it. Especially girl with the black tutu skirt and girl with the purple background photo. Great job M12

  4. Ranyinudo

    September 3, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Aww….Adorable kids!? But sha watching them kids mash up the cakes ( after long hours of baking and rolling the fondants to perfect the cake) in seconds just made me sigh…lol. And yeah…I’m a baker???

    • Anon

      September 3, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      The beauty and innocence of kids. Lovely.

      Sisi Yemmie’s son Tito (last three pictures.) Cutie.

  5. Idomagirl

    September 3, 2016 at 2:35 pm


  6. jide

    September 3, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    More fun when the kid is cute and deliberatly smashing the cake. Some of those cakes look mummy-smashed and rubbed the hands on the kids face. Naija can take obodo ideas and make it tiresome

  7. Mz Socially Awkward....

    September 3, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Bless her, looking like such a proper little princess & with a look on her face that seems to say, “what? Smash a cake and mess up my outfit? I think not.” ?

    Is that Tito (Sisi Yemmie’s wee one)?

  8. Great Lady

    September 3, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    I really hate this trend. As a baker it’s just painful watching all your hard work destroyed

    • Lacey

      September 4, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      @thank you o great lady! Teaching kids to be destructive! say na trend!How can cake which is delicate be smashed ?

  9. pretty

    September 3, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    nice pics but bellanaija easy on the featuring cos soon she will increase her rates. lol

  10. Sheesha

    September 4, 2016 at 8:51 am

    I see Tito! That video of him sweeping was so cute

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