These 5 easy photography props are something every smash cake photography business MUST have on hand. They aren’t large ticket props, but before you photograph your next Smash Cake portrait session - make sure you have your bases covered.
We shot this same theme a couple of months earlier. Here are both ideas so you can see what a difference that a darker background and a different lighting pattern makes. The first birthday cake smash picture with the brick background was shot in the summer, and is a mix of natural and canned light. The wooden plank backdrop picture was shot in the winter and is 100% artificial light.
Those of you who use shorter focal lengths like the 50mm and a 35mm, you know that there are two things that affect how blurry the background is. The first thing of course is aperture and the second thing is distance. When working with a longer lens both of those things are still true but you do have one more weapon in your arsenal. That weapon of course is the compression caused by zooming in.
A couple of years back I was wandering through Pinterest and realized that a lot of my pinned images were starting to look the same. I went back, and sure enough, 90% of them were the same photographer. And then I realized the images I was LOVING from Intuition Backgrounds? Also Jennifer Nace.
Photography Business Insurance: Nothing on any shoot matters more than the the safety of your clients, especially the safety of your little clients. Anyone who has ever been within 40 feet of one year olds and toddlers can tell you they're not the most stable on their feet and when it comes to bonking their head, they make a habit out of it.
Only by being in the room can you counsel your client to buy the right product for the right picture. No amount of attached notes is going to convey how A-MAZ-ING those deep rich colors are going to look on metal. And really, who’s going to buy a 24x36 metal art piece of smash cake baby, unless you suggest it?
These little ladies have persevered through multiple heart surgeries and are thriving. Daniel and I have family in similar struggles, this piece pulls at my heartstrings. As I am sure it will pull on yours.
Parents frequently coordinate doctor appointments with other appointments, and don’t think about the fact that shots and the mini-fevers they bring don’t make for happy smash cake babies. Until it’s too late.
Smearing plexiglass with frosting makes it slicker than a politician on an election year. And you’re telling me that you want to place a little tyke who can barely walk on top of it? You're basically choosing style over the safety of your little clients.
I stumbled across this site the other day via my Pinterest page, and fell in LOVE with this set and this adorable little girl. I don’t think I’ve ever found an Alice in Wonderland smash cake design I love as much as this. The original Lewis Carroll inks, the Cricut cut banner - absolutely beautiful. The set colors were spot on, and I was enamored with that amazing backdrop.
A simple list of preparations to create the best first birthday smash cake pictures for your client. It’s easy to get caught up in the creation of the set and what you are expecting and experiencing as a photographer and a business person - sometimes we need to go back to the basics, slow down, and remember we are working for them, they aren’t just bringing us a toy (the child) to photograph.
Smash cake themes for boys are pretty interesting in the northwest United States. Our communities are proud of our outdoors, proud of our self-reliance, and don’t mind getting our hands dirty. We’ve been working with this particular family for over a year now, through multiple shoots and really appreciate their thoughts and contributions to our photography.
Daniel and I will always believe that more information is better. Especially with a photography (and thus tech) business. The photography world changes overnight. He loves videos and YouTube, I will forever love the written word, and Audible.
Over the last several years I’ve actually gotten comfortable chatting with people about our minimums and why they want to come to us anyway. We don’t chase off that many people, our session fee is on the website and people who call respect our time and our quality.
This picture is going back aways - I was reminded of how much I love it a couple of weeks ago when we photographed her little sister - how time flies. I wanted to take a minute and talk about how DIY-ing isn't just to keep your cost down. DIY-ing keeps the creative juices flowing in your head AND keeps your smash cake sets looking unique.
One of the things I LOVE that's L-O-V-E about First Birthday Smash Cake sessions is that I get to be just the tiniest bit creative. Daniel gets to design portraits, take pictures, create scenes - but I get to build smash cake sets :)
For those not familiar, Goodwill is a nationwide for-profit second hand store that finds jobs for special needs workers. Goodwill gets a lot of credit for that. But their CEO also made 700+ thousand dollars last year and there is also some concern Goodwill exploits their workers. Most of the general public thinks they are nonprofit, and they certainly aren’t doing anything to dispel the myth.
We insist on pre-consultations with our clients. In fact, when we have a lackluster shoot or sale, we can always track it back to some routine part of our “normal” production getting skipped to make it easier or faster, only to have it trip us up later.