It wasn't until after having our daughter and becoming immersed in all things parenting, that we heard of the ‘Cake Smash’ photoshoot.For those who don’t know, the idea is that for you child’s first or second birthday, you present them with a whole cake and photograph what transpires.The images are adorable and I’m sure it is a fun experience. For us though, it felt a bit too unnatural.
If you are familiar with Little Bear Photography or any of our blogs, you’ll notice a common theme; candid. We love the natural un-staged photos. Their is such a joy in just letting the camera observe a toddler. The best shots are those when they are either unaware or unaffected by our presence and are simply going about their business, discovering the world. We are motivated to take children’s photographs for the joy of that moment when you look at the picture and you feel as though you caught a glimpse of their little soul.
We were chatting with clients of ours a few months ago and we realized there were others out there looking for an alternative to the Cake Smash shoot. We had done a family shoot with these clients and they asked to booked us for a birthday shoot in a few months time. They were looking for options and asked what we could do. We told them to leave it with us and we would work out a plan.
The Brainstorming began! For Cory’s Father’s Day gift, Willow and I had gone to a friends house. We sat the little ones done at a table to go nuts with some fabric paint on a t-shirt. In preparation, I had used painters tape to block out some lettering on the shirt. The rest of the mess and fun was all Willow and the kids had a blast.
To top it off, I think it was the best gift Cory has ever received. The picture below says it allIn fact, Cory loved it so much he refused to even wear it in fear it would get damaged. I finally convinced him to just wear it on subsequent Father’s Days, so it wasn’t lost to the back of the closet. Realizing the true magic of this idea, we wanted to come up with something similar for families celebrating their child’s first, second or even third birthday. Creating the t-shirt with Willow was a huge part of the experience for me and made such wonderful memories I’ll cherish forever. It was also something that she was a part of in a natural way and it gave her dada the most wonderful gift; a piece of art, a piece of her creativity to keep and love.
So this is how our photo package, Paint Splash was born. We are so excited to have it out there and believe it offers so much more of a family experience than just photos. Our family clients get to create a piece of art on canvas, together.
Before the shoot, we agree on the colour palette and what lettering they would life taped off on the canvas. It can be anything really, such as the child’s name, a quote, a shape and I do the taping off part. We arrive with everything needed and so there is no work involved for the family. The shoot can take place in the clients home or outdoors (weather permitting). Then they get to enjoy watching their lil’ one discover, experiment and play with the paint. The parents are involved, any other siblings and even the family pet can add their mark. Zero artistic skills are required. While all the fun is happening, Cory captures the creative adventure. Afterwards, we remove the tape and they are left with not only gorgeous photos of the whole family, but a unique piece of art to cherish always.
So there you have it, a creative, unique and candid way to celebrate a child’s birthday and capture beautiful photographs of the family at this special time in their lives. Paint Splash is created by Little Bear Photography and an exclusive package.