A cake smash session is a great way to celebrate a baby’s first birthday however, some parents are concerned about giving a 12-month-old sugar for the first time. There are many options for a cake smash alternative and all kinds of foods that can be used during a birthday photo session that is cake-free!
If you don’t like your baby to have a cake for their cake smash session, you can choose any other food that your baby enjoys and that is sugar-free. Fruits (my favourites are watermelon, strawberry and orange), pizza, spaghetti, chicken wings, pancakes, you name it! There are many fun ways to celebrate and capture your baby’s birthday photography session.
Another alternative is a Paint Session! Babies put everything in their mouths, so you want to make sure that you don’t use real paint for these sessions. In the photos below from my son’s paint session done in my photography studio, I used plain greek yogurt and added food colouring. Safe, yummy and so easy to make. You can also make this at home for your toddler to play with (hello if you are looking for some cool ideas to entertain your little one during quarantine!).
My son Lucas (and I) had so much fun during his painting session! It was very messy and he showed us the great artist he already is!
If you are looking for a cake-free birthday photo session for your little one, have a look at those photos below and let me know what you think!
Paint Sessions can also be done with younger or older babies and not only for birthdays. Lucas was 16 months when we did his paint photography session. Paint sessions are available in my photography studio in Calgary for babies from 6 months old and up. Contact me if you would like more info.