Rule #1 : it has to be fun. Rule #2 : it has to be messy!
That was the name of the game with the cake smash session I had with the adorable Zander. He went all out and literally demolished the cake! Eating, smashing, squashing, crawling all over it, stepping in it, flipping the plate over.... There must be no evidence that this was a cake...once! I just loved capturing this little man. And then of course we had to wash all that cake off. And boy, did he have fun in the bath! I hope you keep your enthusiasm and joy through your life!