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Nashville Baby Photographer | Cake Smash Pictures

Cake smash sessions are such a fun way to help celebrate your baby’s big first birthday.  You’ve made it through your first year together and your baby has accomplished so much in such a short time.  This is his or her very first birthday celebration… ever!

This is also likely your baby’s first (or second if the session takes place after their birthday) experience with cake and sugar in general.  At what other point in our lives can we just dig into an entire cake with our hands and not worry about it getting it all over our faces and bellies (and often feet)!?!

A cake smash is a super fun session to experience with your baby and to have captured with professional pictures.

I love a series of pictures showing how your baby interacted with his or her cake.  Anderson was into it… and his collage really tells the story from clean start to messy finish. 🙂

I have everything we need for a successful and super adorable session at my studio- cake stands, cake toppers, banners, balloons, hats/ crowns and even simple little (washable!) outfits.  I also have plenty of wipes and paper towels to help clean up afterward.  If your baby needs a little encouragement, I have puffs and cheerios that we often place on the edge of the cake to entice them to dig in!!   I also have some wooden utensils to play with for those who are less then excited about getting their hands messy.

All you need to bring to the photography session is your baby and a little smash cake!   Babies tend to respond differently to the idea of the birthday cake.  Some love it and go wild with it while others are more tentative.  Either way, I make sure to get some amazing pictures to commemorate his or her big day.

Once this little guy got a taste of his Ivey Cake (https://www.iveycake.com/) cake, I think he would have sat there all day!!  As you can see, he loved digging into it with my wooden spoon too- typical boy! 😉  Anderson’s outfit is an example of one that was borrowed from the photography studio.  SO cute and coordinates perfectly with our set-up.  The balloons, cake stand and cake topper are also examples of the types of birthday supplies I keep on hand.

I would love to help you celebrate YOUR little one’s first birthday with a cake smash! 

Contact me via the contact page (or below on mobile), or send me a quick email and I will send you more information.  🙂

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My photography journey really started when I had my own kids. I couldn't take enough pictures of them. As I got more involved in my own personal photography, I decided to pursue it professionally.


I started Laura Janicek Photography out of my house in 2013. In 2016 I moved in to my first commercial studio and in 2021, I moved into the studio you see above.


I've photographed hundreds of babies and families over the years. I have a special love for newborns and an empathy for new moms. I understand the pregnancy and birthing process and the many emotions that come with having a baby. I've been there.


I had three boys in three years. Just visualize that stage of my life for a moment... And then notice the much larger gap between the three boys and the youngest girl. ;)


My point is, I know life can be crazy. And I know that adjusting to life with a newborn can take some time. My goal is to keep things as low stress as possible for you from start to finish. Whether this is your first child or your fourth, I'm confident that we can capture beautiful images of your baby and family.


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Laura Janicek Photography is a Nashville, TN based photographer with a full service, natural light studio in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Laura offers maternity photography for pregnant moms, newborn photography for new babies and first year baby photography for young families.

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Laura Janicek Photography specializes in maternity, newborn and baby's first year milestones. Laura is proud to have more than 100 five star Google reviews. She continues to be recognized by Expertise.com as one Nashville's Best Newborn Photographers and one of Nashville's Best Maternity Photographers. She received these awards for the 6th consecutive time in 2021. Her full service studio is located just minutes from Nashville in beautiful Brentwood, Tennessee

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