So what’s this ‘Favs food smash’ all about?
As I was blogging about my last cake smash where the birthday girl wasn’t at all impressed by her cake, it occur to me that actually lots of babies I photograph with their birthday cake, don’t really enjoy the cake and are much more impressed with the bath which follows. So I thought why not celebrate their milestone with their favorite food at the time?
They know the taste and texture (that’s the main obstacle with too sugary foods and icing), it’s lovely way to remember their obsessions with food at this age when they are still willing to taste new and different textures. It could be anything! From colourful yoghurts, spaghetti bolognese, baked beans, mashed banana, watermelon... to name just few ideas! It can be indoors or outdoors (I love the idea of outdoor!). Obviously this idea is not new (as I soon found out on Google) but I think it’s brilliant and interesting!
Many of you may already know (especially from my insta stories if you follow me there) that I do childcare swap with Keri from Do It Like A Mother and we swap babies for 4 days a week. It’s working out a treat (hence I have time to blog lol) and Rory just celebrated his 2nd birthday last week so with short notice of barely a day I had Rory taking part in pioneering project
– Favs food smash.
Boys are obsessed with avocado and beans at the moment (we give them other food too) so it was easy to pick the food.
We went with simple theme, no props except few balloons so it doesn’t look like lunch on the floor and few baked beans cans (Heinz was the no1 choice obvs) .
Rory was very impressed at the sight of it however wasn’t very keen on eating it (note – never feed baby too much before smash). Shocked was an understatement, as he loves to get his paws in any food, loves messy play, so we called for help from Quinn. I didn’t think he would be much of a help (this boy certainly doesn’t like too much mess) but to our surprise he tucked in and it ended up with veggie carnage (lots of throwing happening in our house atm), avocados in beans, and sauce on the walls – just not on their faces, nor tummies lol!
They dipped in and out, for another mouthfuls, but it wasn’t very messy as we expected. We concluded the session with slice of Rory’s birthday cake and yes!!! we relit the candles over again. Safe to say there was no need for a bath!
Now, you may think that’s very disappointing, however to us we captured the real life, real moments on Sunday morning at 10am, we know how much they love their favs beans and avocado and now we will never forget the times they did because these images will remind us of the funny requests "beanz and cado!", how very different their characters are and their developing friendship – read ‘they have no choice in that’ but they do love each other really!
We actually had fun, so much so, that I would like to do more of these types of shoots, maybe outside as spring is here and get out of the ordinary!
Also let me know what you think of GROUP smashes – for friends, NCT or other group friends whose babies celebrate their 1st birthday around the same time, please contact me if you are interested.. They can share a cake, lunch or have different meals each and see how they react with each other (and share, NOT). Each child will have their own images as well as group together and you will have a beautiful memories captured for years to come!
Note - Gallery below is in chronological order! Your feedback is welcome as always!