It has come to my attention that somethings may not seam as simple as you think they are. Those things that look like "oh, I got this" then when you're in the moment you freeze up a little bit and are more like "I need instructions. I should have googled"
Adult Cake Smash Sessions.
Seems simple right?
Sit in front of cake. Eat cake with hands. Done deal.
Well, yes and no.
As adults (most of us) are used to eating things with a fork or spoon- spork if you're fancy. We stopped eating every food we come in contact with with our hands by at least age 5, give or take a couple years. So when adult you is told to sit in front of a cake and eat it with your hands your brain is like ...
"Wait. you want me to what?
My hands are going to get dirty.
That looks slimy, I don't want to touch it.
ok fine. Just a little off the side nothing too serious."
Yeah, trust me it happens. You're instantly overthinking the situation and your images are going to come out super tame- not the point of an adult cake smash session now is it? No.
So how do we fix that problem?
Step 1. Tap into your inner kid.
Yes, you're probably doing this for a birthday that is bigger than the age of 18. Meaning you are an adult. You have adult tendencies and do adult things- like eat with a fork. Well toss it all out the window. Think back to the last time you saw a freshly new 1 year old rip into a cake for the first time. What did they do? They wall all in. They went compleatly CRAY on that cake. Handful after handful of sweet sweet cake right into that kids mouth.
Step 2. Turn off the part of your brain that says "Don't touch that" .
Seriously, go ape shit on that cake! Go face first and make sure to get in there really good so it's all over your face when you come back up for air. Also, it's 100% ok to blow the icing out your noes to breath. I know from personal experience it will happen and breathing is important.
Step 3. Get into it.
The key to allowing your photographer to get some seriously amazing shots is to make sure you have handfuls of cake in your hands again, demolish the cake in front of you. Its acceptable... more so encouraged to make a face when you eat it too. Remember, you are tapping into your inner kid who is super stoked about cake. Of course you're going to have some sort of weird/hilarious face going on when your in the moment.
Step 4. Let it happen.
Half way through the session your fingers are going to feel gross, Cake will 100% be all over your hands. You will feel sticky. You may even really be over eating the cake but keep going. The messier the better. The more moments worth photographing.
Now that you know the basics. I know you have got this covered.
Now get out there and cake smash like the boss I know you are!
P.s. It never hurts to bring along a friend/husband/family/coworker/stranger... along to participate in your fun!