Find out how you can take your very own smash cake photo shoot at home with this super easy DIY Smash Cake Photoshoot tutorial.
*updated 8/1/19 to include pictures from our sweet baby Jo’s smash cake photo shoot.
I admit, I too became a victim of the smash cake picture ‘wave’ and I was determined to have some taken for Ju!
I was initially nervous about taking his smash cake pictures ourselves, but turns out, once you decide on a theme, the rest is pretty easy.
Buuuut you definitely wanna have some help nearby because this can get really messy!
Since Ju is pretty much obsessed with everything Sesame Street, we decided that it would be the perfect theme for his pictures.
He had a bunch of the characters already laying around and we made the sign from scratch.
For Jo, we decided to something a bit simpler since he and Ju have such different personalities. We considered a few characters since he loves Mickey Mouse and Paw Patrol. We ultimately decided against characters and went with a more rustic theme and the pictures turned out amazing!
The props you use will be largely dependent on the theme you pick so for the purposes of this super easy DIY, we’ll focus on the essentials.
What You Need:
Backdrop (We got ours from Amazon-my only complaint was that it wasn’t very long)
Backdrop Stand (optional-you could tape it to the wall)
Camera (or your phone)
Tissue Pom-Poms (found these at Dollar Tree; optional)
Theme Specific Characters & Props (optional)
Glass (or plexiglass) Optional*
Your Little One
Next, set up your backdrop stand (or tape backdrop to the wall) and clip your backdrop on to the stand.
Next, position all props and characters where you would like for them to be.
Remember, since your little one doesn’t take up much space, the area that you take your photo’s in doesn’t have to be huge.
Initially, I was worried that we didn’t have enough balloons but 6 balloons were perfect for these! (We ran and got them from Party City (Publix for Jo’s Pics) the day of the photoshoot).
Once you have everything staged, it’s a good idea to take a couple of test shots to ensure that you have the proper lighting and spacing.
Next, add your smash cake (check out my post for this giant cupcake here) and get some pictures of it in front of the set-up – before your little one destroys it!
Next, add your little one and have fun!!
Ju wasn’t really interested in the smash cake in the beginning so I ended up cutting into it half-way through the photoshoot.
Oh, and make sure you take a TON of pictures!
We ended up taking over 100 pictures. Then we narrowed that down to about 15-20 photos.
One-year-old’s do a bunch of moving around so instead of trying to catch the “perfect pose’, snap as many pictures as you can.
There’s sure to be a couple of gems in there!
All in all, this DIY smash cake photoshoot cost us less than 100 bucks! We were able to prep(including the cake), take the pictures, and edit them all in the same day!
Have you ever done a DIY photoshoot with your little one?