A year ago I met a snuggly, squirmy little baby named Jace. He was a roly-poly little thing, and we stuck him in a skunk outfit and melted into hormonal puddles on the floor over his adorable and squishy facial expressions tucked away in his little critter costume.
The year flew by, and not-so-little Jace came back to the studio to celebrate his first birthday! And he did not hesitate for one second in smashing his cake into the floor, between the rolls of his thighs and pretty well smearing it into all the cracks and crevices, both on his body and in his surroundings, that he could find. He had one goal and one goal only - make as big of a mess as possible.
He didn't eat much of his cake, but that's not to say that he didn't enjoy it through and through. Amidst his squeals of joy and hilarious expressions, he was fully involved in showing that cake who was boss - and I loved every single minute of it!
I have to create a new and different set for every single cake smash I do. I love creating sets that are as unique and different as each little one that comes smashing through my studio, so even when my most requested theme is "woodland" or "lumberjack", I love putting in the time and energy in putting together something fresh and new for every session. Thank you to Baby Dream Backdrops for the PERFECT backdrop!
Jace's Mom had made two very specific requests that were must-haves: 1) a cake that looked like a stump and, 2) a little tent.
Ruffles & Lace Artisan Cakes is my go-to lady when it comes to creating the perfect cake! I trust her and her amazing ability to put together the most stunning (and delicious) cakes. They always smell sooo amazing, and I constantly have to fight the urge to have a taste when I pick them up from her. But, I must resist. They are simply amazing though. There is nothing she can't do in the form of a perfectly tasty birthday treat!
As for the tent, well. I got crafty with that one! I built in myself out of hot glue and felt. Not gonna lie, I had my doubts. But it worked out and I actually ended up using it the next day for a second cake smash! I have it carefully stashed away and definitely plan to use it again, it's so cute!
I have to make a shout out to another amazing contributor to my cute little cake smashes. HoneyBee Props is usually my main source of adorable smash outfits that always perfectly compliment my set ups. Best of all, they're upcycled. I love the idea that something old can be turned into something new, especially when that something new is an adorable baby outfit that perfectly shows off rolly legs!
And enter the bathtub. Once Jace lots interest in his obliterated cake and started threatening the rest of the studio with his sticky little fingers, we prepped his bubble bath and plopped him in.
Woweee... just when I thought he couldn't make much more of a bigger mess, he proved me wrong! I have never had such HUGE splashes and large volumes of water cascading through my studio! I even had a wave of water come crashing down onto my camera - but all is fine. Just a pass-over with a towel and we were good to go again. I had to lay towels down around the floor-drop to prevent water from flowing throughout the studio! It was so hilarious; I always say that huge aftermath to clean up after a cake smash means a successful cake smash!
After a few rounds of being in the splash zone, Jace discovered his little toes and started giggling at them as he poked them out of the water. I was keeled over laughing, it was the cutest thing to see and I was so happy to see Jace enjoying his time in the studio. His mom and brother were having a blast, too; our laughs were echoing throughout my house and all in all we had an amazing time celebrating Jace and his first 365 days!
The happiest of birthdays to this happy little camper! I thoroughly enjoyed this cake smash from prepping, to shooting, to editing and delivering!