cake smash, indoors?

I'd like to take my LO's cake smash photos myself, but in Dec, we have nothing but snow, so I can't do the green grass outdoor type photos. We have nice hardwood floor, but how can I make them look... well... like they weren't taken at our house?


I have one area that has a blank wall above it, but how do I make a clean background behind him (ie, no electrical outlets?) Do I try and just cover the outlet with a balloon or prop, or should I try and cover the whole (white) wall with a colored sheet??


What would be the cleanest way to create a clean polished image in a home environment without it looking too casual?


I want clean like this:


I d like to photo 3118688-1


this is what I dont want:


 


I d like to photo 3118688-2

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 1:57 pm
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Get a small backdrop and pin that up. That's how I do in home portraits all the time now.  Or you can simply build a "set" behind him of big wrapped packages (even if they are fake) and put him in front about at least 4-5 feet (for DOF).


The balloon idea is cute, too but too much hassle for me personally.

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 2:42 pm
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Could you use a sheet or curtain? maybe with a pattern? you could hang it for the wall.  My daughter did some in-studio and I bought water balloons at the dollar store and blew them up and placed them around her (the regular ones were too big).  The pictures turned out cute!

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 4:56 pm
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I love the contrast of the backdrop on the hardwood floors in the photo you posted! 


I posted on FB, but this is what Jessica Lake does (she's a photog in SoCal):


I love the contrast photo 3118955-1


I love the contrast photo 3118955-2 Lukie!!


Jamie did Lucas' cake smash with her and I believe she just tapes the balloons to a wall and puts a piece of plexiglass on the floor. I think the plexi is just for easy clean-up of the frosting. :-) If you wanted a colored backdrop, you could easily buy a roll of that plastic table covering you see at Party City or any party supply store and just tape it to a wall.


Also, if you go on her website, she has some great tips on dos and don'ts with cake smash... like don't go with black, navy blue or red frosting, as it can stain their skin. :-)

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 6:27 pm
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Where do you get plexiglass?  Sounds like a good idea!

Posted on September 1, 2011 at 6:59 am
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Hi! I did my sons cake smash indoors. just like what you have posted. balloons, wooden floor. I did blow up about 15 balloons red and blue nad stuck in on the wall.


If you can get pexiglass to better clean up itll help alot. took me so long to clean up the ICING.Ohmy no joke! i was too cheap to buy so i had to pay up by cleaning!lol


but doing this cake smash by yourself is doable but alot of work. Goodluck!

Posted on September 1, 2011 at 7:25 am
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yelppuppy - plexiglass is cheap at Home Depot
Posted on September 1, 2011 at 7:35 am

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