How do you prepare and plan for a 1 year old Smash Cake experience?  I’ll get to that in just a minute, but first, let’s just talk about planning. 

I started this year helping other creates get their goals in focus. We took a deep dive into their dreams for the future and planning out what that can look like. Every new month fuels me to look at my goals again and really decide how I am going to show up for my clients to the fullest!!

My Spark 2.0 Mastermind group has already reported in with their goals for the week and I’ve just checked in with a handful of my Spring brides to make sure that they are on track.

It all takes community, right? It takes accountability to stay on track to make sure you don’t wander off like this ADORABLE one year old in this photo here who just wanted to crawl away at every chance during our photo session yesterday.

Speaking of….want to know more about a Smash Cake portrait session? This is for a one year old’s first birthday. Basically, it is an adorable way to document this moment in time and cherish their first year of life with a delightful celebration. I, personally, wish that this was a “thing” when my boys were little. It has become popular within the last decade and so I am thrilled to offer this type of session.

In a nutshell, you place a large cake in front of a toddler and letting him/her go after it.  This can also turn into a hysterical moment in time. It is always funny to see what the toddler will do. Does the one year old even know what it is? As you can see in these photos here, Beckett was more excited about the candle sticking up in the middle of the cake than with the delicious cake in front of him!  He even started crawling away from it multiple times!

I always suggest to my clients to think about their child first. Make sure the child has had a nap, and some healthy food beforehand. I always snap a few portraits of the mom and babe before the cake experience because there will definetly be a mess afterwards.  Lastly, think about what type of background you’d like for your photos beceause this will play a large role in your images.

Now going back to my original train of thought, the good news is that you don’t have to crawl away when life gets tough. Surround yourself with a sister tribe to make your goals feasible.

This is your month to make that happen because this is your year!!!

Sheila Mraz asheville photographer

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