Happy 1st Birthday!

Now your little one is turning 1. It’s time to celebrate this big milestone. Their cute hands and tiny toes covered with butter cream is a hilarious way to remember their first birthday.  We capture the amazement in their eyes as they are tasting something sweet for the first time, their giggles and chubby hands grabbing the cake and shoving it in their mouths. Enjoy every moment when we photograph your little one’s first cake tasting experience. Hopefully she will enjoy it as much as you do. After all, it’s not every day that you get an entire cake to yourself.

Cake Smash Session Info

Cake smash sessions can be done either in studio or outdoors. It takes about 1 hr. Our studio is set up for your session with fun and festive décors and backdrops before you arrive. Clients bring their own cake when coming to their session. This way they have full control on getting the right cake for their dietary preferences. (lactose free, gluten free, less sweet or peanut free, etc.) We need to communicate beforehand about what color of icing should go on the cake top as we usually match it with our decors. We have a selection of one-year-old outfits for cake smashes. You can either use our wardrobe or bring your own clothes. Recommended clothing is rompers or just shorts/skirts/tutus to cover the diaper and the rest is just naked to be accessorized with bow ties or necklaces. We start with no cake poses when the baby is still clean. If you would like to include siblings or parents in a few poses, it can be done at this stage. Later it will get messier and messier! And more fun! After you book your session, we will have a brief pre-session phone consultation where we will communicate all the necessary details regarding our photo session.

Alpina Photography-Cake Smash Gallery
Alpina Photography-Cake Smash Gallery

Book Your Session

Sweet Baby

1 hr studio session

5 High resolution digital images

Use of variety of props and decors

Professional image retouching

$295 + GST

Additional Images

Additional digital images that are not included in your package are $35/each. You can order them online from your private gallery.

By purchasing digital images, you receive a print release which grants you the right to print them at any lab you choose as well as sharing them online.

Digital Image Packages

You can save by ordering your images in packs.

Digital 5: $150     Digital 10: $250     Digital 20: $350     Digital 30: $450

* Please add GST

Colour Palette

In cake smash and milestone sessions, we usually choose a color palette, made up of 2 or 3 main colours with different shades of them and design our backdrops and props accordingly. Below colour palettes can help you choose what colors you would like for your cake smash session.


We had so much fun at our cake smash session with Pinar. She was relaxed, animated and adaptable with our son during the session, and she captured his personality perfectly. We will cherish these photos forever!

Kristen Carter

We booked our daughter’s first birthday cake smash session with her. Booking the appointment was easy and everything was done online. My wife had many questions about the photoshoot and Pinar answered all of them really well. Our appointment actually ran longer than an hour bcoz our daughter started playing and running around her studio. Pinar was very patient and playful with the kids . My daughter usually doesn’t like strange places but she got familiar with the studio and pinar really quick . All in all i can say we made a good decision choosing alpina studio and we will go back there for further photo sessions. 😊

Navdeep Jarial

it was amazing that they could catch a very natural smile from my little son. I am sure that he really enjoyed the time to take photos just like play and had fun. Very kids friendly and very kind to answer all of my questions. I really recommend this photo studio especially if you have kids.

Yeongseon Lee

We scheduled a photo shoot with Pinar for our son and it was such a good experience. She is very friendly and is great with kids. The pictures came out lovely and she was very quick and responsive to feedback. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a great family photographer!

Maria Ali

Pinar was a pleasure to work with. She was flexible and quick to respond to all my questions. She went over and above on all my requests. I am so pleased with the end results. Choosing Alpina Photography was an excellent decision and I would happily choose them again.


Jennifer Leusink

From the blog…

Cake Smash Experience

Today I had a cake smash session with little Owen who just turned 1! Like most 1 year olds, he didn’t taste much of sweets until his birthday. He was quite skeptical about the cake when we first introduced it to him. Later when he put some in his mouth, he kind of liked it and started exploring what else he could do with a cake… read more

Cake Smash In The Park

After a 2-month Corona virus lock down in Calgary, I had my first regular photography session last Friday. It was also my first outdoor cake smash session. Little McKenzie just turned 1 and her family wanted to celebrate this big milestone with a fun cake-smash. … read more

Cake Smash Q&A

When should I book my baby's cake smash photos?

Cake smash sessions are designed to celebrate the baby’s 1st year. So, it can be booked for any time after your baby turns 1.

Can we have our cake smash session outdoors?

Absolutely! Especially for summer months, as long as it is warm outside, we can do it at any Calgary park you choose with or without decors & props.

Who provides the cake for the photos?

Clients bring their own cake when coming to their session. This way the clients have the full control on getting the right cake for their dietary preferences. (lactose free, gluten free, less sweet or peanut free, etc. ) We need to communicate beforehand about what color of icing should go on the cake top.  We usually match it with our decors.

What is pre-session phone meeting about?

We have a pre-session phone meeting with all of our clients to communicate the session type (indoor/outdoor), the location, the theme, style, props, preferred colors and clothing.

What to wear for the cake smash session?

If you have a specific dress in your mind for your little one’s 1st birthday, you can bring it. Otherwise, we have selection of clothes for girls and boys. The most favourite style is naked top, shorts, suspenders or bowties for boys and naked top, skirts, necklaces, headbands for girls. Babies are always bare feet at these sessions.

Can you accomodate our color themes or setting preferences for the session?

Yes, we have lots of decors and props for different colour themes and styles, for girls and boys. We can try to match your expectations in terms of photo setting.

Can you include a few mom & baby poses in the session?

Absolutely. We usually take family shots before the cake.

What to expect after our session?

Within a week following your session, you receive a gallery of soft edited images. Then you choose your images that is included in your session and order the ones you would like to have additionally. Within a week from your selection, you receive your fully edited high resolution digital images in an online gallery where you can download for yourself and share with your loved ones.

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