Anyone can have a cake smash! Whether you’re one-year-old, eight-years-old, or hundred-years-old. If I make it to 100, I definitely want to have a cake smash. I just don’t want one now, because I’m pretty sure I would look ridiculous. Heck, I think I even look ridiculous in photos without cake. Just sayin’…..Alrighty then, moving on.
My sweet, sweet girl wanted a cake smash photo session for her eighth birthday and I was totally on board with it. Excited even! I mean, cake! She had just recently assisted with a one-year-old girl’s cake smash and I think we just got cake on the brain.
So, one day, after guitar lessons the boy and I picked up some vegetables, fruit, and a cake from our little local store. The baby cake was $4.99. I like chocolate, so I picked chocolate. After leaving the store, it dawned on me that maybe a white cake would have photographed better. But who cares!? I like chocolate.
We met the girl on the road coming home, she had been to skating practice. When she got in the car, she seemed pretty excited to see I had gotten a cake. I set up the backdrop while she changed out of her skating outfit and into some “fuffy”. I’m the one who used the word, “fuffy.” I think my girl came out with a perfectly fuffy outfit. I couldn’t have chosen better myself.
It was a cloudy, dreary day here. Usually it’s sunny and bright, so those cloudy days throw me off. Screws up my lighting and I have no idea what to do. Okay, I’m just being dramatic, but I’d rather have the sunshine on steady. I decided to try out my Canon EOS M mirrorless camera with the 22mm lens for these portraits. I use it for my daily shooting, but I’ve never done a “portrait” session with it. Yes, yes….I was so excited! I played with the camera and I think I figured out how to do a custom white balance. I’m pretty confident I figured it out. Because before I did the custom white balance, it was way off. As in…things were looking green. Or cool. I prefer warm. And sunshine. And chocolate.
Where am I going with this? Oh, we did photos of the cake first.
Then my girl got in and we did some holding the cake photos. Then my girl kindly took a spoon and dug some of the cake out of the back to give to her brother. He has this strange fetish of not wanting to touch food that other people have touched (or even looked at), so she gave him some cake before she dove into it.
Actually, she was pretty dainty with the cake. She started licking some frosting, which was super good and chocolately. I’m pretty picky with my frosting and this was awesome!
Eventually, she decided to get a fork. It’s much easier as an eight-year-old to eat your cake with a fork. She got a bright orange fork. That was one change I made, I told her to get another color and she came back with yellow. That was better and yellow is her favorite color.
The girl slowly and carefully dug into her cake with the fork. I think she was a little confused by the colorful sprinkles. We try our best to limit the amount of food dyes she ingests, so I rarely ever buy anything with food coloring in it and I’ve been making all our cakes from scratch (lots of boxed cakes and store cakes have food dyes!). I figured a few sprinkles wouldn’t kill her.
My girl is a character. She can make faces like no other. I didn’t capture them all, but I got some. I found the Canon doesn’t “recycle” as fast between photos as my Nikon DSLR. I’ve got to play with it more and see if I can set in on a burst mode or something. One shot at a time took a bit.
At the end of the session, there was still quite a bit of cake left. The boy even took some more from an untouched portion. I won’t say how much I ate. Oh boy, did I feel sugar highish later. I hadn’t had much sugar all day and yeppers, I felt that frosting. But oh, that cake was good. I don’t think I’ve had a chocolate cake in awhile. I may have to try making one for something some time. Mother’s Day? Or they can just buy me a baby cake for Mother’s Day. I even got a photo with my girl while we were eating cake. She has my eye color and hair color. And she’s getting close to catching up in the freckle department, even with daily sunscreen.
I always wander in my thoughts. I’m impressed if anyone can follow me on this blog. That’s why I get for staying up late to write posts. Back to my girl…..and her absolutely fun cake session. It was a clean session. She even cleaned herself off with a paper towel and that was it.
Editing the photos was a cinch too. I did a quick levels adjustment and then the girl wanted a soft pink fade. Done!
And you know what? I’m so ahead of my game on this one! I just ordered the girl a 20 page photo book with her photos for her. (We didn’t do presents from parents this year…she got activities and now this photo book.) I have never ordered a photo book less than one week after a photo shoot (actually one day, I did the photos on a Tuesday and had the book ordered Wednesday night!). Seriously, it must have been all that sugar! When I excitedly told my husband that I had ordered our girl a photo book already, he looked at me and asked, “How are the family year books coming?” Hard to make it come across on the computer, but he was being funny with that comment. I’m pretty sure. I think. I need to start 2007 tomorrow. That was the year the girl was born. Eventually I’ll get up to 2014, but not this year. Dang. I’m so behind. But at least I have my girl’s eight year old birthday photos done! I need to pat myself on the back when I can, because usually I’m smacking my forehead.
Now I’m smacking my forehead because as I was uploading the photos for this post, I realized I either didn’t edit some of my favorite ones or I saved them in a different file. This working late at night thing is not always working for me. I’ve got to go see if I can locate those, because I thought I edited them. Where did they go?
Oh, my girl just lost another tooth. So, since we took the photos she’s missing another tooth up top. Good thing one of them has started to grow in, she’s got a lot of blank spots! For a quick trip down memory lane, here’s my girl’s first birthday.
I’m off to search my hard drive. What are you off to? Anyone else want to do a cake photo session for their birthday?