A few weeks ago I went to visit my sister to do a first birthday photo shoot for my nephew. She’d seen the cake smash idea floating around and decided that she wanted one for the little guy’s birthday. Having a photographer for a brother meant that she could have the shoot in her own house, with someone he already knows to make him more relaxed about the whole thing… plus I was cheap (my fee for the day was a bacon roll and a couple of coffee’s) and more than happy to do it.
So it was on a beautiful Sunday morning a week or so after his birthday that I found myself getting all my gear together and catching a train down to their house. I spent the morning hanging out with the little guy, and getting him a little more comfortable with me and my camera. Plus I like spending time with him so we had a few hours of playing around the house and in the nearby park before we sat down for lunch.
Once he was fed, much more active, and my sister had finished icing the cake (she made it that morning), we got everything for the shoot organised and then let him have at it.
He was a little unsure of it at first, but after a few minutes he got quite into it. The full gallery of the shoot can be found here.
Looking back at the shots from that day there are so many that I love, and there are shots from before the cake smash when I was getting him used to the camera that just make me laugh, he’s a little poser when he wants to be. But, as much as I love them, looking at them with a critical eye, there are things I would do differently, both technically with the camera and in the framing. Though for a very first attempt at a cake smash shoot I think the final images came out pretty well.
It was a fun day and it’s made me think I have to come up with photo shoot ideas for his next birthday. Thankfully I have nearly a year to figure that out and grow as a photographer. It should be fun.