Smash Portraits Prep Guide

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Smash Portraits Prep Guide

WELCOME. THIS PREP GUIDE IS DESIGNED TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR A SUCCESSFUL

Thank you for selecting Anna MacIsaac Photography to document these early moments of your child's life. We strive to provide our clients with a pleasing photography experience, great images, a diverse product line and exceptional customer service, all at an affordable price. 

We've learned over the years, what makes our clients happy and we've built our business around it. Specializing in newborn through the first year, we have the knowledge and experience to safely handle your baby with delicate care. Please read through this guide to view ideas, information and tips to help you feel prepared. 

Be sure to contact us with questions. 


Birthday Timeline

Seven-Nine Months Old

Review our portfolio and determine if Anna MacIsaac Photographer is the Photographer for you! 

Reach out to us to start the booking process. 

Decide if you would like a Cake Smash or Favorite Food Smash and complete your Smash Portraits Questionnaire.

Decide what you want to use the images for. People usually choose to either book the session as close to baby's birthday to capture at genuine age or closer to 11 months so that you will have the images returned in time for party invites, thank yous or favors!

Book your Session and pay the Retainer Fee to secure the date!

Share any ideas you have for your session with me. I will have a lot of what we need and will let you know if there are any purchases I need you to make!  

Ten-Eleven Months Old

Make final payment.

Decide on colors or theme for the session. 

If you are choosing a Cake Smash, place your cake order. be sure to advise your vendor of any allergies. 

Pick out an outfit for "clean" photos. I can supply a Smashing outfit based on what is provided in your Questionnaire and what we have discussed. 


Morning of Session

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Rearrange large furniture that may be in the way of our shooting space. Keep your house a mess, I know what it looks like to a Toddler home so I'll know if you cheated! 

Choose a room that has a hard surface floor. Carpeting will make the backdrop wrinkle and is not an ideal situation. 

The room does not need a lot of natural light. I actually prefer less light and will use my equipment to compensate. However, if you have a lot of light, I can work with this as well. I can also help us determine the best room when I show up! 

If you picked up your cake early, take the cake out of the fridge and let it defrost for at least 3 hours before the session. 

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If you are doing spaghetti for the Favorite Food Smash, cook it at least 30 minutes prior to the session so it has time to cool down, but is still fresh! Don't add any sauce or toppings until I arrive so I can help prepare it to be photo perfect! 

Have some paper towels or baby wipes on stand by. Things will get messy! 

Feed you child breakfast and a morning snack at least one hour before. 

If your child normally takes a morning nap, please let them do so. Happy toddlers are the best!

Prepare a few toys to hold over my head to get your child's attention. It can also help to have some of your child's favorite music playing. 

Have your child's outfit ready to go! 

Prepare for my arrival. This means you should probably put some pants on now. 

 


The Session

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Dress your child while I am setting up. This typically takes about 10 minutes.

We will do the "clean" photos first so you can dress them in a outfit of your choice! 

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I will set up for the Smashing while you change baby into the next outfit. We will first take some photos of baby and the set up before we give them the Smashing food.

Then the fun begins! We will center the cake and let baby go at it! 

Prepare for a mess! 

Prepare for NO mess! Some babies just don't like cake, or they get camera shy! We can try hiding Puff's, Cherrios, fruit or snacks in the back of the cake. We can also give them a spoon if that's how they prefer to eat. If all else fails, Dad's typically enjoy smudging some cake on their face then the tears begin. 

After the Smash you can give baby a bath while I clean up. I may ask to leave some pieces of trash with you to throw out. 

I will have a Model Release Document for you to sign to either agree or deny permission for me to post Sneak Peeks of your session on Facebook & Instagram. 


Tips to Know

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Due to growing allergy concerns, Anna MacIsaac Photography will not provide any edible items for the session. You are at your own risk purchasing the cake & smash food for the session. 

One year old's typically don't last being happy during the session for longer than 30-45 minutes. Don't be alarmed if you child starts to cry and fuss! We will still try to push through the session.

If you would like to help make your child smile and laugh, please stand directly behind me and not off to the side. 

Having siblings and pets our of the home during the session can ease distractions. 

Happy babies love to do as they want and we will let them run the show! To an extent. 

Often they do not like the cake, or are afraid of it. We will still be sure to capture many great images for you to cherish! 

Having your child try cake for the first time before the session can be helpful for them to know what to expect. Even let them eat it with their hands! 


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Outfits

So Tweet Designs - Headbands | etsy.com/shop/SoTweetDesigns

Blooming Bell Designs- Headbands & Bow Ties | etsy.com/shop/BloomingBellDesigns

Trendy Ties- Boys Ties & Suspenders | shoptrendyties.com (Ask me for a 25% off coupon!) 

Couture Flower- "ONE" Onsies & Tutu's | etsy.com/coutureflower (I own a few you can use for session) 

 

Cakes

Party Favors | facebook.com/partyfavorsbrookline

Meg Makes Cakes | facebook.com/megmakescakesforyou

Donna's Cakes | donnas-cakes.com

When Ordering a Cake

Yellow or White Cake vs. Chocolate (Doesn't look like chocolate on baby's face!) 

Buttercream vs. Fondant (Fondant is hard to smash & can cause choking)

No small pearl beads or M&M's (At your own risk-choking hazards)

Ideally 6" or 8" round cake or Giant Cupcake

Advise your vendor of allergies or sensitivities

Keep designs simple

DO NOT buy a pre-made cake from the grocery store. You are investing in beautiful images and paying attention to details will really help bring out the best in your photos! 


What to Expect

If you have chosen to agree to the Model Release, you can keep your eyes out on Facebook and Instagram for a Sneak Peek. Please note, the images posted on Social Media are low resolution files. Please do not download these copies. Your gallery will include the high resolution file, just be patient! 

Your online viewing gallery will be completed in about three weeks. If you have chosen Express Editing, the turnaround will be 2 weeks from the session date. 

We will email you the link, password and coupon code for your gallery. Feel free to share the link and password with friends and family who want to view your images. The coupon code is a one time use only, so if you share this before you have downloaded your images, someone else may download them and you will not have access to your free images included in the Investment. 

The coupon code will be used at the checkout. It is valid for the select number of images that are provided in your Investment package you chose when booking. The cost of the images will be displayed in your cart until you checkout. You will have access to purchase additional digital images and prints directly from your viewing gallery. 

Your online viewing gallery will expire 60 days from it's launch and automatically will be archived after this limit. There will be a $75 retrieval fee for us to access the archive and re-load into a viewing gallery so please be sure to make any final purchases before the expiration date! 

When you download your images, you will also receive a Print Release which will allow you to print your images wherever you choose. 

If you are a Facebook user, log on and "like" our page. Feel free to tag yourself or share any Sneak Peeks. Please do not crop, add filters, remove watermarks, or alter the images in any manner as doing so is a violation of copyright.  If you share our images on Social Media, we ask that you please "tag" or "check-in" to our page otherwise please provided textual credit such as "Photo Credit: Anna MacIsaac Photography". You can refer to our Contract or ask us for more information on what is and is not allowed. 


We Look Forward to Working With You!

We hope that you will consider us for your Smash Portrait needs. Should you have any questions, we are always here to help! Email us at booking@annamacisaacphotography.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon! 

Best,

Anna & the team at Anna MacIsaac Photography