A cake smash photo shoot is a messy, fun session you’ll love to keep as a reminder of baby’s first birthday.
Watch the fun as your baby makes the most of their first birthday cake while we capture the scene for posterity. You'll LOVE the pictures we take for you!
Cake smash portraits are ideal for first birthday baby portrait sessions. Not only does it mark this important milestone, but the cake also helps keep a wriggling, crawling, fast-moving baby in one place so we can get the best baby portraits for you!
No rules: just bring a suitably yummy, messy cake for baby to do with as they please – with predictably messy results!
New sets for 2022!
We now have a selection of amazing new backdrops for sitter and cake smash sessions (scroll down for examples)... so you can choose whichever backdrop you love best!
Our animated slideshows are super-popular, and are included free with any full collection of digital images purchased.
These are the perfect way to share your portrait session with friends and family - and are suppled in super-high 4K resolution (UHD) format so they look fantastic on any modern TV.
Click play below to see an example cake smash session...
A few of the most common questions answered...
When should we arrange our baby cake smash portraits?
For the best cake smash portraits, we recommend arranging your photoshoot for when your baby is close to his or her first birthday.
Cake smash portraits are the perfect way to mark the milestone of your baby's first birthday, and we're happy to include a few 'normal' baby portraits before we begin the cake smash. Then we'll begin real fun with the messy cake smash photos!
How long will my cake smash session take?
All our baby portrait sessions are kept relatively short because we know all babies have a short attention span. A cake smash portrait session will take up to an hour.
Do I need to bring special cake smash props or anything?
Nope! There's no need for you to bring any props - we supply all the props and have a selection of backgrounds to choose from so we can create the best cake smash photos for you... in fact everything except the cake and baby!.
What about clothing?
We recommend selecting a really lovely outfit for your cake smash portraits. Yes, it may get a bit messy... but we guarantee you'll be keeping your beautiful cake smash portraits for years and years (waaaay longer than the outfit) so you'll want this to be something you'll really love seeing even after your baby is fully grown!
We recommend choosing your baby's outfit (and cake) to match the background set you love most (we'll show you a selection to choose from). We'll send you all the details you'll need once your booking is confirmed - and we also have a few outfits at the studio if needed!
Who provides the cake for a cake smash portrait session?
To avoid allergy issues, we ask you to provide your own cake for a cake smash session. Make it as messy as you like, and we'll take care of the mess afterward!
Can we include a few parent shots?
We can include a few family portraits if you want to... although the focus for a cake smash portrait session is always on your baby enjoying their first birthday cake.
How many portraits will I get?
We shoot fast and take lots of images during a cake smash session, so we'll have a great gallery of images to choose from. You can choose a collection to include sets of 5, 10 or ALL finished images (min 20). All collections include digital copies, in high and low-resolution formats, and you can add extras if required.
We've added a brand new selection of gorgeous new backdrops to choose from for 2022 - which means for both our sitter portraits and cake smash portraits, you can now select your favourite backdrop & colour theme so we can take the perfect baby portraits for you.
Selecting your background and colours in advance also means you'll be able to choose the perfect outfit to match the backdrop we'll be using for your baby portrait session.
Take a look at the example images below, to see some of the different background we have available for your baby portraits or cake smash portraits. You can choose any one you like, at no extra charge.
In addition to the special portrait backgrounds shown below, we also have a number of different seamless background papers, plus a range of textured fabric backgrounds in a variety of colours to customise your baby portraits for the very best results.
Location and areas of coverage:
West Sussex baby photographers providing award-winning fine art newborn photography and luxury baby portraiture in Sussex, Surrey and the south.
Our nearest towns include Crawley, East Grinstead, Horley, Horsham, Redhill, Reigate, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Burgess Hill and Brighton.
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