Calgary Cake Smash
A luxury cake smash photography experience
Cake smash photography sessions take place in my photography studio in Beltline Calgary, AB. Babies change so fast and it’s so important to capture each and every milestone of them!
Cake Smash Session is a great and exciting way to celebrate your baby’s first year! We always have lots of fun during these birthday sessions. It is also available for older children. All ages should be celebrated!
You may choose from pre-made themes or we can create a custom theme if booked in advance.
We hand-picked the best professional labs around the world to provide you with a unique selection of products.
When to book a cake smash photography session?
2-12 MONTHS IN ADVANCE
COLOURS & THEMES
If you are looking for a specific theme that we have never worked on before, we need at least 2 months in advance to get everything needed for your perfect session!
I will provide the decoration and outfit based on the colours/theme of your choice. If you don’t have any idea of what you want, don’t worry, I’m here to help you to find the perfect theme for your little one!
Some clients book a cake smash session as early as 1 year in advance. It’s never too early to start planning your baby’s first birthday photos!
I’m ready to book a cake smash photography session!
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE
Is Cake Smash only for the first birthday?
Not at all, all ages should be celebrated!
Although the majority of cake smash sessions are for the one-year-old milestone, many parents keep coming back every year.
It’s a great way to celebrate, have fun and create memories!
If you are not fond of your kid having a cake every year, we may also do a fruit smash, paint session, or no food at all! They will have fun one way or another.
“ Amanda is the best and I am so glad that we picked her to do our daughter’s cake smash photos!“
– AMY T
Life is busy and we want to make it easy for you. For us, the experience is just as important as the final product! When you choose Amanda Dams Photography you get the very best one of a kind experience to celebrate an important moment of your life and you get to cherish the images we create now and for years to come.
A custom photo shoot starts with a plan and I’d love to hear your ideas! During your in-home consultation, we will discuss all your goals and preferences for the photography session, colours, theme, wardrobe and how you can display your portraits in your home.
My goal is to capture exactly what YOU love.
Relax and have fun! After our pre-consultation, I have everything that I need to create a session of your dreams. When you arrive for the photoshoot, we will start with parents’ and siblings’ shots followed by baby’s cake smash photos.
Not all babies will eat the cake, and that’s ok! If your little one doesn’t like to get messy or is not a big fan of the cake, no worries as I have plenty of experience and many tricks to help me capture amazing photos!
View & Order Appointment
Get ready for the tears! The reveal party happens within 1 or 2 weeks after the session. I will start with a slideshow and you get to see your beautiful portraits for the first time. During your ordering appointment, I will guide you through your favourite images and the best way to display them.
Receive your Photos & Products
The most exciting part of the journey! This is when you get to see your little one’s images printed on our custom-designed European albums and print boxes, or hanging in the highest-quality, professionally-made wall art for your space.
“The images she managed to capture of my little one turned out perfect and her work is exquisite
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL
We don’t only offer our clients exquisite art, but an unforgettable experience and irresistible products. I will help you to choose and design the best products for you to display your portraits in your home.
I would hire Amanda again in a heartbeat. She is beyond professional, extremely patient and above all else, trustworthy. The images she managed to capture of my little one turned out perfect and her work is exquisite, she’s everything you could ever hope for when seeking a photographer to capture such sentimental moments.
I found Amanda through a friend who had her sons photos done and I loved everything about it! I loved how some of Amanda’s themes were super detailed and it was exactly what I wanted for my sons 1 year cake smash birthday shoot. I cannot express how happy I am with the photos, they look AMAZING and I definitely recommend Amanda!!
Amanda is the best!! She has been taking pictures for us for the last 3 years! It has been an amazing way to celebrate the milestones with beautiful pictures. They have ranged from newborn to first birthday cake smash to Christmas and Easter pictures. Amanda is so patient and so good with babies…we say that she is the baby whisperer.
There is a $290 session fee required to secure your place on our calendar and is non-refundable.
What does the session fee include?
Pre-consultation to discuss your goals for the session, props and colour preference, clothing, and session advice
During the session
- Hair & makeup artistry for mom
- Photographer’s time and talent
- Parents and/or siblings’ photos with the birthday baby
- Custom birthday setup, bubble bath and use of outfits from our studio collection.
after the session
- View&Order appointment
- Complimentary in-home wall art installation
The session fee DOES NOT include any prints or digital images. Products and images are purchased separately.
FINE ART PRINTS
The very first step is to choose the images you loved the most!
Every portrait you purchase includes a matching digital file.
Our custom-designed European albums and print boxes are an exceptional way to display your favourite portraits!
WALL ART DISPLAY
We offer the highest-quality, professionally-made wall art for your space.
Every wall art you purchase includes the matching digital file & free in-home installation.
What if my baby doesn’t like the cake?
Working with children you can always expect the unexpected. I cannot promise your baby will love the cake, and to be honest, some babies cry during the cake smash. However, I have many tricks that help your baby to enjoy the session and have fun, and I’m always able to capture the cute and sweet moments of your little one. Remember the baby is just one year old and is often shy of exploring a new texture, shape or taste, especially when surrounded by adults making funny noises and clapping to egg them on. So, take away the anxiety and have fun!
My baby needs extra time to warm up, do I have to come earlier?
I understand some babies need extra time to warm up in a different environment and that’s totally ok. You don’t need to come earlier to your session, and if you do I probably won’t be ready yet, but if your baby needs more time we will have a longer session (and there is no additional fee for that). You only leave my studio once I have a full gallery for you.
Do you provide the cake for the cake smash session?
When booking with me, you have the option to upgrade to include a custom-designed cake. You may also bring your own cake if you prefer.
Do I have to bring an outfit?
I have some outfits available at the studio and you are more than welcome to use them. If you are doing family photos, I recommend that you bring some outfits on your own to coordinate with the parents’ and/or siblings’ outfits.
I don’t want my baby to eat cake, can we do a cake smash session without a cake?
Absolutely! If you don’t want your baby to eat cake, we can simply do a birthday setup without a cake. Another option is to include something more natural, like fruits, and do what I call “Fruit Smash”.
I would like to use these photos for my baby’s birthday party next weekend, can you send me some photos earlier?
Please keep in mind that the whole process, from shooting to the delivery of the images, takes 3-5 weeks and no image will be provided before that. So if you want to display these images at your little one’s birthday party, please book your cake smash session in advance.
Can we include some bubble bath shots at the end of the session?
Absolutely! I love to include some bubble bath shots at the end of the session. This is a great way to clean your baby after the mess, and also a good opportunity to capture some smiles (especially when the baby didn’t like the cake).
When is the best time to schedule a Cake Smash session?
I recommend booking your cake smash session 2-12 months in advance so we have enough time to discuss the setup and I can order custom items if necessary. Although, if I have any last-minute openings, the cake smash session can be booked 7 days prior to the session and we use the setups that I already have available at the studio.
My child has a small scratch/bruise on their face, is that ok?
I know kids at this age are on the move! Lots of falling and tripping. If your child has a small mark on their face, do not worry as I am able to touch it up in Photoshop.
What products do you offer?
The true treasure of your portrait session is the creation of stunning custom portraits for display in your home. I offer many different albums, print boxes, canvases, and fine art prints to choose from. I partnered with one of the best professional labs in the world to make sure your photos will stand out at your home. Please contact me to receive the full list of products and pricing.
How do I place an order?
You will decide which products and the number of images on your View&Order appointment, usually a week after your photo session. This is a one-to-one meeting with Amanda so she can help you materialize your memories from your cake smash photography session.
What type of payments do you accept?
Credit/Debit cards, cash or e-transfer, and depending on how much your total is, instalment payments are available.
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“I’m Amanda & I’m passionate about cake smash photography.
Welcome to my website! I am an award-winner maternity, newborn, baby and cake smash photographer in Calgary, AB.
I’m a full-time mom to Lucas and Sarah and a full-time photographer (oh, and I sleep somewhere in between.. haha!).
Photographing babies is my passion for many years, but after having a child, I started to love my job even more. As a mom, I fully understand what those precious memories of our little ones mean and how important is to have them.