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What to expect during a cake smash

Cake smash photography has become a new “craze” in the photography world lately, and good thing!  They are so much fun and what a great way to capture memories of your wee ones entering the beginning stages of toddler hood.

A cake smash session takes place around your child’s first birthday.  I try to schedule them a month or two in advance to ensure you have the session booked especially during busy season.  I do not have a studio as you know so I come to your house and set up a spot or I do have a great place to set up a “studio” at my house and it works perfect for cake smashes.  We can discuss this at the time of booking.

What to expect during the session:

I like to start Cake smash sessions first by doing some portraits of your child.  Some clients prefer to display fully clothed, clean photos and then just distribute the cake smash photos to friends and family.  So I like to make sure we have a full range of options.  Now, it’s time to get dirty!  I’ll allow you to take the cloth off your babe.  I recommend a cloth diaper cover in a solid colour to cover your pamper/huggies diaper.  It just looks a little better in the photographs.  Don’t worry if you don’t have one.  I have a WIDE range of colours in cloth and we would just discuss this in our session details beforehand.

While you’re doing this I’m going to photograph the cake.  I like to get a few angles of the cake before it gets “smashed” by your child.  I’ll get the detail shots, the banner, the cake, the balloons, whatever else is included in the cake smash besides your child.

Now it’s time for some giggles!  We will encourage along the way if needed, help by putting toes in the icing, fingers in the cake, etc.  At this point, some children are very easily producing the results you will want from a cake smash but on the other hand some babes are crying, they do nott enjoy getting messy, and want nothing to do with the cake.  This is  when we will start encouraging, and helping with the “smash”.  We’ll put toes in the cake, fingers in the icing.  Icing on the noes, etc.

Depending of course on the child, a session usually lasts about 20-30 minutes with the cake.  That’s perfect.  Plenty of time to get the photos we need and I’m sure we’ve had a blast watching the action.

Off you go with your very messy, sticky baby in tow for a bath.  If we are at my house – you are welcome to use the main upstairs washroom for a washing.  I wouldn’t expect you head home with such a mess.  If we are at your location, easy as pie.  I just clean up my mess.   Most of all the mess is contained to my area and I’m done.

We say good bye and in about 1-2 weeks I’ll have proofs for you to decide on.  Included in the session fee of my cake smashes are 20 5×7 custom templated cards that can be distribute to friends and family.  If you’re interested in ordering other images from your cake smash session we can definitely make arrangements for this as well.  Although I do not plan for a one on one ordering session for cake smashes, if you would like to set this up I am 100% willing to work with you.

If you are interested in setting up a date and time for a cake smash now is the time to send me a quick email to k.shiell.photography@gmail.com to get the ball rolling.  I hope this helped you understand exactly what happens during the session and I hope to hear from you soon!

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Casting call #2

Last week I posted my first casting call for siblings and very quickly they were filled.  Thank you very much for that! 🙂  I appreciate everyone that sent emails to help out!!  I love it!

This week I’m looking for something a little more specific.  I understand this will take a bit longer to fill so please share with friends and family and let them know what I’m looking for!

What I’m looking for

  • A pregnant mama that will be right around 35-37 weeks pregnant in January around the 3rd week (I need snow on the ground) but dates will be figured out closer to the session date.
  • A great sense of style
  • Lots of energy

This will be an outside shootin January so please do not apply if you are allergic to snow, don’t like evergreen trees, are afraid of trekking though the snow, hate being cold, do not like hot chocolate or are NOT interested in this type of shoot.

How to “apply”

If you are okay with the above “requirements” and would like to “apply” please send me an email to k.shiell.photography@gmail.com with a bit of your story.  Why would you like to do this?  What would you offer that someone else might not have?  You tell me.  Make it fun, make it exciting.

I’m looking for something pretty specific for this shoot and I don’t mean you have to be 5’10” and 180 lbs. I just want someone fun, energetic, excited about be pregnant, willing to get cold/snowy/etc.

What will you get from the session

From the session you will be able to pick 1 8×10 image and of course you can purchase any of the images separately (packages, mounted images, books, etc)  in a one on one viewing about 2-3 weeks after the session takes place.  And of course the pride in helping a photographer 🙂

Why should you do this?

It’ll be fun!  You’ll have the opportunity to have a session done without paying session fees.  You are helping me out of my creativity lull.  You’re being inspirational.  It’s exciting and you’ll have photos to cherish for the rest of your life!  Why wouldn’t you!? 😉


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Watch out for a few Casting Calls in the next couple of months

Hi everyone!

If you’re a creative person, I’m sure you faced the dreaded creativity dull.  You find your doing the same thing over and over and you’re getting bored and just looking for the inspiration.  Well I’m there.  I’m finding I’m looking for something and just don’t seem to attain it.  So that’s why I’m reaching out to you, my readers, my clients, my friends and family.

I’m going to start of my whole series of “planned/themed/personal/creative/’ photograph series.  I’m starting with some of my favorite things to shoot and will continue to see where my inspiration and creativity take me next.  As I mentioned on my Facebook group the other day I’ll be posting some casting calls to help get my creativity flowing.

What I’m looking for

With each casting call I’ll post exactly what I’m looking for.  Some will be pretty specific and and I’ll need exactly that, some will just be generic, a child at this age, boy with red hair, etc.  You get the point.  I’ll make sure to be as descriptive as possible with what I’m looking for.  I will never say, you need to be be 5’10 and weight 130lbs.  That’s not everyone I shoot and I would hate to leave all women out because they didn’t have model measurements.  This is real life not the runway!

How to “apply”

All you’ll have to do is email me with why you’d like to help me out.  k.shiell.photography@gmail.com

What will you get from the session

From each session you will be able to pick 1 8×10 image and as always you have the option to purchase any of the images separately in a one on one viewing about 2-3 weeks after the session takes place.  And of course the pride in helping a photographer

Why should you do this?

It’ll be fun!  You’ll have the opportunity to have a session done without paying session fees.  You are helping me out with my creativity lull.  You’re being inspirational.  It’s exciting and you’ll have photos to cherish for the rest of your life!  Why wouldn’t you!?


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Price changes

Just be aware I have now finally added a Investment page on the right hand side of my blog to make it quick and easy to look at prices.  If you have any questions please feel free to email me and let me know.  Can’t wait to hear from you!

I’m very excited about some of the things happening over here so stay tuned! 🙂


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Things are a brewin’

Stay tuned to K.Shiell Photography for some new and very exciting things! I’m expanding my hours, my packages and my love for photography. I hope you’ll love what I’m working on! Stay tuned! I’ll be posting more on my facebook page so if you’re interested in finding out more information check it out.