Unveiling the Magic: Designing Unforgettable Smash Cakes

Elevating the Smash Cake Experience: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Our Design Process

Smash Cake Session

At TK Photography Chicago, we’re constantly seeking ways to enhance our clients’ experiences and provide them with the most memorable smash cake sessions possible. We’ve recently created an in-depth guide that delves into the heart of our design process, giving parents a behind-the-scenes look at how we craft these unforgettable moments.

Our new “How We Design Our Smash Cake Mini Sessions” page is a testament to the thought and care we put into every aspect of these sessions. From the initial consultation to the final photograph, we walk you through the steps we take to ensure that your child’s smash cake experience is nothing short of extraordinary.

We believe that every child is unique, and their smash cake session should reflect their individual personality. That’s why we work closely with parents to understand their vision and preferences, tailoring every detail to create a personalized celebration that showcases their little one’s charm.

Our guide explores the art of crafting the perfect backdrop, coordinating decorations for a cohesive look, and collaborating with the acclaimed West Town Bakery to design a smash cake that is both visually stunning and irresistibly delicious. We also discuss how we simplify the outfit selection process by aligning our backdrops to match your chosen outfit, ensuring that every photograph is a perfect blend of style and joy.

Beyond the aesthetics, our new page emphasizes the emotional significance of these sessions. We understand that a child’s first birthday is a precious milestone, and we strive to capture the laughter, delight, and adorable messiness that comes with this special day, creating cherished keepsakes that families will treasure for years to come.

We invite you to explore our “How We Design Our Smash Cake Mini Sessions” page to gain a deeper understanding of the passion and dedication we bring to every smash cake session. This comprehensive guide serves as a powerful companion to our main smash cake page, providing parents with the knowledge and inspiration they need to embark on this unforgettable journey with confidence.

Book your child’s smash cake session today and allow us to create a joyful, stress-free experience that preserves this precious chapter in your family’s story.

To learn more about our smash cake sessions and how we design them, visit: https://www.tkphotographychicago.com/smash-cake-minis/how-we-design-our-smash-cake-mini-sessions/

For more information on our smash cake mini sessions, visit our main page: https://www.tkphotographychicago.com/smash-cake-minis/

Creating Lasting Summer Memories: Your Ultimate Summer Photo Bucket List in Chicago

Creating Lasting Summer Memories: Your Ultimate Summer Photo Bucket List in Chicago


Childhood is a fleeting season, and summer passes in the blink of an eye. To make the most of this precious time with your family in Chicago, it’s essential to start making your summer bucket list now. By planning ahead, you can ensure that you capture breathtaking moments and create lasting memories that will warm your heart for years to come. In this blog post, we will explore some fantastic photo opportunities unique to Chicago that will help you make the most of your summer and preserve those cherished moments forever.

Photographed by Thomas | © 2022 TK Photography | www.tkphotographychicago.com

1. Capture breathtaking moments at a beach sunset:

Chicago is blessed with beautiful lakefront beaches, providing a perfect setting to capture stunning sunset moments. Two of our favorite spots are Montrose Beach and North Avenue Beach, where you can watch the sun descend behind the city skyline, creating a mesmerizing backdrop for your family photos. As the golden hour casts a warm glow, gather your loved ones and strike poses in the sand, capturing the joy and togetherness of the moment. Let the gentle waves and the vibrant colors of the sky serve as a picturesque frame, creating timeless images that encapsulate the carefree spirit of summer.

Photographed by Thomas M. Kubik | © 2015 TK Photography | www.tkphotographychicago.com

2. Explore the beauty of the Chicago Riverwalk and LaSalle Street Bridge:

The Chicago Riverwalk and LaSalle Street Bridge offer a unique blend of urban charm and natural beauty. Start your adventure near Wacker Drive and stroll along the river, taking in the breathtaking architecture and the vibrant atmosphere. Pose for photos with the iconic LaSalle Street Bridge as your backdrop, capturing the energy and spirit of the city. Allow your family’s laughter and candid moments of exploration to be frozen in time, as you document your journey through the heart of Chicago. Don’t forget to pause at notable spots like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza or the City Winery, where the surroundings provide additional opportunities for beautiful family portraits.

3. Take a stroll through your neighborhood, stopping at your favorite ice cream or dessert spot for a photo:

Chicago neighborhoods are known for their local charm and vibrant culinary scene. Take a leisurely walk through your neighborhood, exploring its unique character. Capture the essence of the community by pausing at your favorite ice cream or dessert spot for a photo. Whether it’s Jeni’s Ice Cream in Bucktown or Lincoln Park, or a yummy desert from Cafe Selmarie in Lincoln Square, let the vibrant colors and delectable treats serve as a backdrop for your family portraits. These images will not only evoke the joy of indulging in your favorite flavors but also remind you of the shared moments of laughter and happiness that accompany these neighborhood outings.

Photographed by Thomas | © 2020 TK Photography | www.tkphotographychicago.com

4. Gather extended family together for some group photos while they’re in town visiting:

Chicago is often a destination for family gatherings, as it offers a wide range of attractions and activities. Plan a special family reunion in a picturesque location like Millennium Park, where the iconic Cloud Gate (affectionately known as “The Bean”) provides a reflective surface for unique group photos. As multiple generations come together, capture the love, warmth, and connection that family brings. The vibrant greenery, the Chicago skyline, and the smiles of your loved ones will create a collage of memories that will transport you back to the joyous moments spent in Chicago. Alternatively, gather at Lincoln Park Zoo for a fun-filled day amidst lush greenery, capturing candid moments of laughter and bonding that will forever remind you of the joyous family time spent in the heart of the city.

Location Goldfish Swim School Roscoe Village
Photographed by Thomas | Location Goldfish Swim School Roscoe Village

5. Have some fun poolside and capture splashing around and underwater shots:

If you’re looking for poolside fun in Chicago, head to one of the city’s many public pools or water parks. As the sun glistens on the water, capture the excitement as your little ones splash around, their laughter filling the air. Freeze the action with candid shots of your children’s delight, showcasing their carefree spirits and the joy of summer. Underwater shots can be taken at private facilities that provide a unique perspective, allowing you to capture the playful expressions and the sheer exhilaration on their faces as they dive beneath the surface. These photographs will serve as a window into the magical world of childhood and the happiness experienced during summer days in Chicago.

Northerly Island | Photographed by Thomas | © 2020 TK Photography | www.tkphotographychicago.com

6. Explore the serenity of nature preserves:

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the serenity of nature preserves around Chicago. Places like the North Park Village Nature Center and the Northerly Island provide a tranquil setting for family photos. Capture candid moments as you wander along nature trails, observing the beauty of the flora and fauna. The lush greenery and peaceful surroundings make for captivating images that reflect the harmony between your family and nature.


Chicago, with its diverse landscapes and vibrant cityscape, offers countless opportunities for creating lasting summer memories with your family. From beach sunsets at North Avenue Beach to exploring the Chicago Riverwalk and LaSalle Street Bridge, the city provides picturesque backdrops for your family photos. Indulging in neighborhood delights adds a touch of local charm. Whether gathering extended family in Millennium Park or enjoying poolside fun, Chicago offers unique experiences that will forever be captured in your photographs, allowing you to relive the joy, laughter, and love shared during those fleeting summer moments. Make this summer one to remember by documenting your adventures and creating lasting memories in the vibrant city of Chicago.

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5 Reasons Why a Smash Cake Session is the Perfect Choice for Your One-Year-Old’s Milestone Birthday

1 year old celebrating her birthday with a smash cake mini session

If you’re looking for a fun and unique way to capture your child’s first birthday memories, a smash cake session with TK Photography Chicago, a Chicago family photographer, is a perfect choice. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider booking a smash cake session for your little one’s milestone birthday:

1. Create Memories: As a parent, you want to cherish every milestone of your child’s life. A smash cake session is a great way to capture the joy and excitement of your child’s first birthday in beautiful photographs that you can look back on for years to come.

2. Express Your Creativity: With our Smash Cake Mini Sessions, you have the opportunity to express your creativity and make your child’s smash cake session uniquely yours. From choosing the smash cake color to picking the balloons and banner design, you can create a session that perfectly reflects your child’s personality. No worries if you don’t want to pick everything out yourself. You can also choose to send us a picture of the birthday Childs outfit and we can pick for you!

3. Have Fun: A smash cake session is not only a great opportunity to capture memories but also a fun experience for your child. They get to play with their food and make a mess without getting in trouble, which is a great sensory experience for them. Often the first few touches of the cake are accompanied by a look that says ” you’re not going to stop me?!”

4. Great Photo Opportunities:  We will capture stunning and unique photographs of your child during the smash cake session. The messy cake, colorful decorations, and your child’s genuine reactions make for beautiful and memorable pictures. If they decide to skip the hands and dive face-first into the cake or cry because it’s sticky on their hands we will be sure to catch it all!

5. Celebrate Milestones: Your child’s first birthday is a significant milestone, and a smash cake session is a fun and creative way to celebrate it. It’s a special occasion worth commemorating, making a smash cake mini an unforgettable experience.

A smash cake session with TK Photography Chicago is the perfect way to celebrate your child’s first birthday. You can create beautiful memories, express your creativity, have fun, capture great photos, and celebrate your child’s milestones. Book your session today and cherish these memories forever!

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Author Bio

Thomas - Chicago Photographer

Meet Thomas, a Chicago-based professional photographer with over 13 years of experience capturing beautiful moments for families. Throughout his career, Thomas has dedicated himself to providing families with stunning photographs that capture the essence of their love and togetherness. His work has been published in various publications, and he has won several awards for his outstanding magazine photography work.

With over 3,000 photography sessions under his belt, Thomas has established himself as a highly experienced and sought-after family photographer in the industry. He is widely recognized for his exceptional skills in capturing candid moments and creating timeless family portraits that families can cherish for generations. You can check out his family photography portfolio here.