People often ask me "What is the difference between a regular cake smash and an Epic Cake Smash?" I figure it's just easier to show them.
HeartStrings Photography is the ONLY studio in Central New York offering the signature Epic Cake Smash Session. This exclusive session type was dreamed up by me for my son's first birthday portrait (see the story here). I spend many hours crafting every detail of the set by hand and work closely with one of the area's most talented cake designers to create one of a kind smash cakes (see behind the scenes here). Epic Cake Smash clients may choose one of the predesigned themes (many seen below) or I will happily create a theme unique to their child. Even the predesigned themes can be altered a little bit to fit the child's personality.
What I call a Basic Cake Smash is really just a standard Portrait Session with a little added treat. Half of the one hour session is a one year portrait in an outfit of the client's choosing, either in studio or outside. The second half of the session is when we get messy!
I use a white vinyl backdrop with some basic props and add a handmade banner across the back. The banner is customized to each family's color scheme. Clients are welcome to bring their own cake or they can choose to have the cake provided for a small fee. The cake I provide is a delicious and beautiful 6" round buttercream smash cake from my cake designer, Melanie, which is decorated with fondant accents in the chosen color scheme.
Both types of cake smash sessions will include full body shots, close ups of messy faces, and some pretty funny action shots. If you are looking for a Pinterest inspired or a more minimalist style cake smash session, the Basic Cake Smash is the way to go. If you want a one of a kind, never before seen, wow the pants off your family when they see the gallery style cake smash session, then you definitely need the Epic Cake Smash!
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Cassandra Zingaro - photographer, mom, wife, owner of HeartStrings Photography and first time blogger