Cake Smash Alternatives

cake smash first birthday photoshoot

Missed your cake smash session? No need to miss out – here are our alternatives!

Lockdown has been responsible for many disappointments – some more serious than others, granted. 

But missing your baby’s milestone sessions definitely sucks! Feeling rubbish and thinking you’ve missed out? 

Wishing the cake smash could have gone ahead on time? Never fear! There are alternatives!

A professional photoshoot at any point will still achieve those beautiful captured memories, even if a little late. 

cake smash alternatives for a missed cake smash

1. Have the cake anyway! 


Cake is ALWAYS good!  Even a few months late.  Your little one will have JUST as good a time bashing it up, and getting sticky with icing, a few months later than usual.  In fact, slightly older babies are often much more engaged with messy play – so it’s often even more fun!

all my cakes are from the fabulous Gabriella in Olney – and her cakes are certainly a cure for most things!  https://www.gabriellasolney.co.uk/

Remember, cake makes EVERYTHING BETTER! 

Cake Smash baby girl on her first birthday with balloons
cake smash alternative paint splash baby boy covered in paint for first birthday
first birthday celebration with baby boy having fruit smash as an alternative to a cake smash

2. Paint splash 

What child doesn’t enjoy getting messy? With an array of safe, non-toxic paints to dabble with, mess is positively encouraged! And you get to take their masterpiece canvas home as a keepsake.

3. Fruit smash 

All kids love fruit.  letting them loose to play with it makes for a fun photoshoot! Smash it, eat it, throw it! They will be in their element. Who can resist fruit smeared, happy faces, having fun? 

4. Milestone session 

Forget the cake, let’s talk themes!  We can discuss backdrops, props and colours to achieve a stunning set of milestone images.  We could incorporate  a fruit bath, a favourite toy – whatever suits your baby’s blossoming personality. 

alternative to a cake smash a baby milestone session for first birthday

5. Simple Family session

Let’s get the family involved! Pets, parents, siblings! Timeless and fun.

Capturing that connection between you all is just priceless. Now more than ever.

We are also more than happy to discuss any of your own ideas, for an alternative shoot.

If you’d like to see what other photographers suggest as an alternative for a missed session, check out my friend Lisa’s blog – Cosy Toes Photography in East Grinstead, West Sussex – for ideas. 

If you like the sound of our alternative ideas, but thought you’d missed out, do get in touch via the website.  It’s not too late to join our waiting list!

Cake smash alternative ideas - family photograph with parents and toddler in studio


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