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Cake Smash by Dilkarra Photography

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Published January 3rd 2013
THE Perfect Gift For New Parents
Picture this. A cherubic little baby sits alone in an empty room. She is wearing little more than a nappy and a smile. An oversized cupcake is placed in front of her. It is the size of a basketball and liberally covered in pink and blue icing.

Really Mum, this is all for me? Photo reproduced with permission of Dilkarra Photography

She dips one finger apprehensively into the icing and takes a lick. Her expression changes. Suddenly she plunges both hands into the cake, grabbing handfuls of icing and cake.

Deliriously she falls headfirst into the cake, her chubby arms waving with excitement (and sugar). Icing is on the floor, on the wall, she is smearing it in her hair. The cake is being destroyed and every classic moment is being captured forever.

Welcome to Cake Smash.

My baby had never had so much sugar before in her life. Photo reproduced with permission Dilkarra Photography

Brandie Rowe, of Dilkarra Photography is behind Cake Smash, having inadvertently photographed her own daughter destroying her first birthday cake. Now it is one of her most popular photography sessions.

Hands, where I come from, we don't use hands. Photo reproduced with permission Dilkarra Photography

Held at her Ellenbrook studio, the Cake Smash session is ideal for babies up to age of 12 months. My daughter was nine and a half months, and the fact that she wasn't crawling yet, meant she was captive to both the cupcake and the camera. Not that she would have wanted to go anywhere once she discovered the cake beneath the icing.

The fee of $150 ($200 for twins) covers the cost of the session, the cake and necessarily a bath (images are extra). When the cake had been destroyed and we were trying to take our daughter for her bath, she was still grabbing handfuls of cake as we dragged her away. She sat in the bath still happily munching.

Finally, something I don't have to share with my sisters. Photo reproduced with permission Dilkarra Photography

It was the funniest thing I have ever seen. I only wish I had done it for my two eldest daughters.

This could be my favourite picture in the whole world. Photo reproduced with permission Dilkarra Photography

A Cake Smash session would be a perfect gift for a new parent (just remind them to book it in plenty of time). The resultant images could be used for the baby's First Birthday invitation.
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Why? It is a beautiful (and unusual, and funny and messy) memento of your baby
When: Perfect for babies between 6-12 months (must be able to sit independently)
Phone: contact via the website
Where: Dilkarra Photography, Elllenbrook
Cost: $150 for the session
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Can I please have your number I need to book a session for my son's 1st Birthday.
by mango (score: 0|5) 1141 days ago
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