Pre-birthday cake smash photography is a popular genre of photography that involves capturing images of babies or toddlers as they celebrate their upcoming birthday by smashing and playing with a cake.

The photoshoots often take place a few weeks before the baby's first or second birthday, and involve creating a visually pleasing setting with props and backdrops.

The baby is then encouraged to smash, eat, and play with a cake while the photographer captures the fun and messy moments.

The resulting images are often used for birthday invitations or as a keepsake to remember this milestone.