Cake Smash & Splash
Photographing your little one’s big milestones brings me so much joy. I love to create images which you can cherish as they grow - and we all know that happens too fast!
Birthday portraits, especially for your child’s first birthday, are a fantastic way to document their big moments - and have fun doing it too!
Cake smashes used to primarily be an American trend to help celebrate your little one’s first birthday. It has now made its way across the pond and has become a very popular tradition here too! Don’t worry though; if we have missed your child’s first birthday we can do a cake smash for any age. In fact, we don’t even have to use cake: other popular “cake” smash foods include strawberries, donuts, cupcakes, even spaghetti!
Note: If you want cake smash pictures for your baby’s birthday invitations, contact us by the time your baby is 10 months because the session needs to take place when your baby is actually 11 months. Make sure to mention before or during the shoot if you wish to have these in time for your invitations.
Packages include images from three set-ups; first birthday portraits in party clothes, baking with cake mix, the cake smash, and a bubbly bath to clean up.
£100 Session fee is not included in the package prices. This fee covers studio session time with an experienced photographer and personalised set-up. This is to be paid upon booking.
Image packages start from £149.
Returning newborn photography clients receive 10% any cake smash package and a free Facebook cover collage!
Frequently Asked Questions
CAKE SMASH SESSIONS
When should I book my session?
You can book you cake smash any time within your baby's first year, however, my diary does get full quite quickly and I only book in a certain amount of studio sessions per month so to avoid disappointment I'd say book your session in with a deposit as soon as you can (this guarantees your session). At the very latest I need around 4-6 weeks notice to make sure I have everything ready for your personalised set up; backdrops, outfits, and cake design etc.
What can I expect from my session?
I split my cake smash sessions into 4 parts; the birthday portraits in their best party clothes, "baking" the cake using cake mix and child-friendly utensils, the cake smash itself, and then the bubbly bath at the end to clean up!
How do I prepare for my session?
Try to give your child little bits of sponge cake in the weeks and days leading up to their smash. You'd be surprised how many parents have forgotten this importrant step which nearly always results in baby being too scared to touch or taste the cake!
What do I need to bring?
I'd suggest bringing some other (healthier) snacks and water or juice for your little one, sometimes all that sugar can be too much!
Can I take photos?
You are more than welcome to take a few behind the scenes shots (as I love to see and post those on my social media too!), but make sure those BTS photos do not impede on the shots I am being paid to take for you.
Can I/my partner/children/pets be included in the photos?
Yes absolutely! I love to include parents and siblings during the birthday portraits part at the beginning of the session, as they can provide a great variety of images for your final gallery. Please let me know beforehand whether you'd like to incorporate others into your cake smash session.
What should we wear for our photos?
It is always best to stick to neutral colours without any big patterns, prints or logos. It might also be a good idea to coordinate with your child's smart outfit, or the general colour scheme of their set up too.
How long does it take for my photos to be ready?
Your final edits should take around 1-2 weeks. During this time I will be retouching any skin blemishes and fixing and backgrounds by hand myself to make sure everything is perfect for your final images. I will also order your products and wall art which takes up to 10 working days to be delivered. If you have requested a fast sneak peak, your image will be ready by 5pm on the day of your session.
How do I choose my photos?
After your session I will choose the best 20 or so images with some basic editing to the colours and background etc, but no full skin retouching yet. Around a week after your session I will upload your images to a private online gallery for you to have a look through and choose which final images you'd like to purchase.
When will their actual cake smash be?
Usually, I reccommend booking their session for around two weeks before their actual birthday. That way I can send over your preview gallery, edit your final images choices, order any prints or products if necessary, and get everything back to you in time for their big day!
What do you provide?
I provide all of the backdrops, props, outfits (including: romper suits, nappy covers, bow ties, braces, and crowns) for the cake smash, the bubble bath, and the cake itself.
Do you cater for any allegies?
Yes, I will provide an allergy form to fill out prior to our session, on the form please let me know if you child has any allergies that you know of and I will work with my baker to ensure your cake is safe for your child.
"Up to now Paige has completed two photo shoots for us - a lovely sibling shoot in Walton Gardens and an exciting cake smash session for my youngest sons first birthday.
She is truly amazing and made us all feel so comfortable during both of these. For the whole time there are giggles and smiles from all of us. My boys adore her and can’t wait for their next photo shoot! Thank you Paige!"