First birthday and family portraits – Toronto Photographers

January 19, 2023

You might have heard of ‘Cake Smash Photography’. But just in case you are not familiar with it, we’d like to explain what cake smash photography is before we share an adorable cake smash session.

The Cake Smash is a popular photoshoot that marks turning one, a huge milestone for your baby. The first birthday session is one of the most important photography sessions to shoot.  Watch your baby dive into a cake or simply play with the icing. Whatever the reaction, a cake smash session is always a fun and hilarious way to commemorate the milestone of turning one. 

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Typically cake smash photography is a baby photography session to celebrate the baby’s 1st year milestone (but some clients love to do it again at 2, 3 or even 4 years old milestones). It is a fun way to capture that milestone. Your baby sits with a cake and we capture whatever he/she does with the cake and that whatever can be from ‘doing nothing with it’ to ‘completely smashing it.

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What to expect from your baby’s cake smash session

Babies respond very differently to the cake as most of 1 year old babies have not been introduced to a cake or sweets. We’ve had babies:

crying as soon as being placed next to the cake – who knew a cake could be the scariest thing to the baby?

  • sitting there but not touching the cake at all
  • loving to play with it but not being a fan of the new sweet taste
  • not wanting to touch it (not liking the messy feel in the hands) but eating the cake with her mouth
  • full on smashing it good and eating until we pull the baby away from the cake.

We need to prepare you for the worst case because there is an extra investment – cake, special outfit, some decoration materials, etc. – but you can expect one of these scenarios. As long as you are prepared to be ok with whatever your baby does with the cake, the session can be quite enjoyable exciting fun experience. Mom and dad also might get a bit messy to help the baby to dig into the cake.

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Cake smash photography is a great way to capture your child’s special day. It’s about more than just taking a picture of the cake. There are so many wonderful moments in a child’s life that deserve to be captured. Whether you do a cake smash for your child’s birthday or any other special occasion, these tips will help you create some lasting memories.

I’d like to think that choosing us here at Anchor Studio Photography makes you feel that you’ll have such a great time with me and that we’ll get to capture the memories of your family as they grow in the years to come. If you want to find out more about our sessionspackages and pricing, just click here to visit our website.

Here are more blog posts in different locations in Toronto both outdoors and in-studio showing you different locations and themes for what your child’s cake smash session could look like.

Cake smash session at Mint Room Studios in The White Loft

Cake smash session in The Solarium Studio

Twin cake smash session in The Ballroom

Smash the cake session at Summerset Studio

Cake smash session in The Lounge at Mint Room Studios


There are a few ways you can book. You can book right online using this tab which leads you to my online booking calendar. However, not all available dates are on that calendar so if you need a different date, send me an email! You can reach me at hello@anchorstudio.ca

Anchor Studio Photography specializes providing a full service experience that starts with booking your session and ends with getting beautiful tangible heirloom products being displayed in your home. My style of soft, candid and timeless photos can be seen in all my maternitynewbornchild and family portraits in Greater Toronto Area, including Oakville, Mississauga, North York and Richmond Hill. If you are interested in booking a portrait session for your family, you can click here to book your session. I am now booking sessions for 2023, so don’t hesitate to get in touch soon!

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