Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Pinterest lies. Facebook lies. People on Facebook lie. Photographers lie. And I lie.

This post is for my dear friend, Ivy, who had been planning cake smash photoshoot for her 1 year old since the baby was like 6months. We failed. Baby was totally not into the cake, and we were like "Christopher, smash the cake, smash the cake! Dig in! Yum Yum". Nope. He just didn't want anything to do with the cake. All the cake smash photos look so good in the pictures. All babies look like they are having a ton of fun, smashing those pretty cute cakes. In reality, they might not be having as much fun as we thought.  I figure maybe it's us grown-ups who would love to smash the cake and make a mess and think it's fun. As babies, they are already making a mess out of everything anyway; sand, water, food, etc etc. Cake? More of the same. At the end of the photoshoot, cake was intact, but baby had lots of tears.

Baby had an early morning, and he was tired and cranky already.

Many of my friends said I have the best family photos, looking so fun and natural etc etc. In reality, I spent hours and hours for many days to make one "perfect" photo. And as a perfectionist, I'll try it again and again till I get it close enough.

People have fun, babies have fun. We are a fun family. But not necessarily when the pictures are being taken. It's stressful to be in front of the camera, and to make good photos. There are lots of faking and acting involved. I assume fun cake smash photos on Pinterest would be of the same. Are they really having fun smashing the cake?  All in all, who needs to know? It's all behind the scene, right?

It's not what we envisioned. But I hope when we look at these photos a few years from now, it will give us a few laughs of how things evolve on their own when it comes to kids. And that it was a reality.

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