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Cake Smash Frequently Asked Questions

WHY CHOOSE LiMia Photography?
 
I have my own complete studio setup with years of experience in doing cake smash sessions. I did my very first cake smash in 2016. A couple of years done the line now I have done over one thousand cake smashes.
 
WHAT IS THE BEST AGE FOR A CAKE SMASH?
 
Cake Smash sessions are the most popular way to celebrate your little ones first-birthday! Most of my clients do the cake smash session when baba is around 11(eleven) months of age.
This way we have enough time on our editing schedule to get the images ready for you to have them on the actual birthday or even if you need them for some birthday party invites.
 
DO YOU OFFER SUGAR FREE CAKES?
 
Unfortunately my cake supplier can not supply sugar free cakes.
Should your little one have any allergies , special dietary requirements or you would like to have a sugar free cake  you are welcome to source your own cake if you wish.
 
HOW DOES BOOKING A CAKE SMASH SESSION WORK ESPECIALLY WITH REGARDS TO CHOOSING A DATE ?
 
Most of my client choose to book a cake smash session around 11 months of age or even on the birthday!
Keep in mind when selecting a date we need 4(four) weeks for editing image so in the event that we do the cake smash on the Birthday you will only receive the images 4 weeks after the shoot was done.
​We recommend booking your session as soon as baby turns 8 months because dates fill up fast!
  
CAN I PICK THE COLORS AND SETUPS FOR MY CAKE SMASH SESSION?
 
We offer a variety of cake smash themes , please send us a message if you want us to send you the themes currently available.
 
DO YOU INCLUDE THE CAKE AND DECORATIONS?
 
Yes! Depending on the theme you chose for the cake smash the cake will be decorated according to  the theme! For this reason please let me know if your little one has ANY allergy so we can discuss options. Yes I provide decorations and props and decorations  for your session. If you have something specific in mind please reach out to see if its possible
 
WHAT IF MY BABY DOESNT EAT THE CAKE?
 
This can may happen, for some babies this maybe the first time they have tasted something as sweet as a cake.  Some babies love the cake smash and dig right in, some just play in it but dont eat it.  Some babies are hesitant and some babies give that cake no chance of survival at all! Either way I like to ensure clients that whatever the outcome embrace it :) I always recommend giving your baby a try of a cupcake or cake and allowing them to play and experiment with the texture. This way, your child will be familiar with the process and will know that they can smash the cake and hopefully eat it too!  Also, bring or have on hand  a treat that they love so we can stuff them into the cake.  Your child will want to grab them out of the cake and eat it.
 
WILL I (MUM OR DAD) GET MESSY?
 
You most likely will.  You will have to show your child that they can eat the cake so you might have to take a bite yourself.  Yummy!  Also, your child may stand up and walk or crawl around or maybe even need a cuddle (Oh no! lol), so you will have to keep putting your child back into the designated space.  Your will get frosting on your clothes so don't wear anything you do not want to get ruined.
 
HOW MANY OUTFITS CAN THE BABY BE CHANGED INTO DURING THE SESSION?​​
 
We normally do 1 – 3 outfit changes during a cake smash session depending on the package that you booked.
 
HOW MANY SETUPS DO YOU DO FOR CAKE SMASH SESSIONS?
 
We only do 1 setup per cake smash session , this is where your little one will smash their cake , once they are done I will quickly clean it and then it is time for bubble bath fun!
 
CAN WE HAVE FAMILY PHOTOS AT THE SAME TIME?
 
Depending on the package that you booked we do include a MINI Family session with the FULL & DELUX cake smash sessions. We keep it short with only a few family images so we can get to still do the smash and bath as we all know babies of this age are so much fun, however we as a parents also know  how quickly fun can turn into boredom or tears.
(Max 2 Adults & 2 Siblings allowed for Mini Family Sessions)
Anyone else arriving will be asked to please wait in the car.
 
DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN OUTFITS, PROPS AND ACCESSORIES FOR BABY
 
No of course not, I have a studio full of props and accessories needed for the session. If you do have anything special that you like to incorporate in your session please let me know prior to the session so we can discuss and plan how we will use the item if possible.
CAN WE HAVE OUR SESSION ON THE WEEKEND?
Cake smash sessions are done Monday – Saturday.
Occasional evening slots at 7PM on Wednesday and Friday.
CAN GRANDPARENTS/FRIENDS/NANNIES OR OTHER RELATIVES COME TO THE SESSION? AND CAN THEY HAVE PHOTOS TOO?
Unfortunately not I'm sorry. Your session is exclusive to TWO adults only. Due to limited studio space and session policies, we request that all other friends and relatives stay at home.  Too many people trying to get your child to smile or talking, will distract your child.  ​
Anyone else arriving at the session (besides the TWO adults & Siblings) will be asked to wait in the car.
 
HOW LONG DOES THE SESSION TAKE?
An average cake smash session takes 45 minutes however your baby will not be rushed if they need a little more time! There will be plenty of opportunity for comforting when needed.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
You can see my Cake Smash Packages Here
DO I NEED TO PAY A DEPOSIT?
Option 1 - Once off payment for full session
Option 2 - Three (3) Months interest free installments with PAYJUSTNOW - Your 1st payment will be at the time of making the booking , the next payment the following month and the final payment the month their after.
3 MONTH PAYMENT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE COMPLETED BY THE DATE OF YOUR SESSION.
HOW LONG WILL EDITING TAKE?
Editing usually takes 3-4 Weeks. Once I have finished I will send you a link to your Private online gallery with your password to view your images.
 
HOW DO WE RECEIVE OUR IMAGES?
All our Packages include high-resolution digital files that we will send to your via a password protected online gallery for you to download and save.
No prints are included.
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WHERE IS YOUR STUDIO?
Our studio is located in Brackenfell servicing Cape Town and its surrounds.
HOW DO WE BOOK A SESSION?
You can book your session online right here on our website.
 
CAN I  TALK TO YOU OVER THE PHONE?
As I am mostly in studio busy creating magical memories I am a email correspondence studio only.
All your questions can be emailed and I will get back to you as soon as I am back in the office.
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