Where does the idea come from?
The most commonly accepted theory is that the idea of cake smash sessions originates from a Mexican tradition called Mordida. The Mordida (meaning bite in Spanish) is a tradition that on their first birthday the baby's face gets shoved into the cake (usually by the parent) to take their first bite. Everyone around them sings, Mordida! Mordida! Mordida, people clap and cheer and lots of pictures are taken.
Why do they work so well?
Cake smash sessions are perfect for babies around the age of one as by this age they are mobile, require stimulation and prefer not to be separated from their mum or dad or both. During cake smash sessions family and parent images can be captured as well as individual baby portraits before baby requires stimulation and distraction which is presented in the form of the cake. During the cake smash a wide variety of expressions and angles can be captured of your baby then after the fun has been had and mess has been made the baby is treated to a little bubble bath to clean up. As a result of these separate sections cake smash sessions yield more images than other session types, here are some examples from little Lukas' cake smash session below.