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