Cake Smash Photography in Buckinghamshire
I have been shooting Cake Smash Photography sessions for the last 7 years and they are a firm favourite with parents & babies alike! It really is the perfect way to celebrate such a special milestone! This blog will answer all your Cake Smash Photography related questions and show off the cutest Unicorn cake smash too!
So what is Cake Smash Photography?
To put it simply – the perfect birthday celebration for your little one! A cake smash photography session is where we give Baby their very first taste of cake and let them have the freedom to dig in and make a huge mess! At my sessions we start with ‘clean’ portraits – in a little birthday outfit! Baby will play with beautiful toys and play the Tiny Piano while relaxing into the space & enjoying the experience. Next up is the main event – we put the cake down and let Baby try their very first sugar! They are allowed to make as much mess as they can – but mostly they sit there and diligently eat it all! Every Baby reacts differently so you never know what they will do when presented with their very own cake but it’s so much fun to watch! After they have eaten as much cake as they can it’s time to clean up! I have the most beautiful copper bath tub that fits a 1 year old perfectly! They love to splash and it’s always a gorgeous moment filled with giggles!
At what age is cake smash done?
For the most part these sessions are taken on the first birthday but I have photographed 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th birthday celebrations too! The only difference with older children sessions is that they won’t fit in the copper bath tub so there is no clean up portion of the shoot!
Should cake smash photos be done before or after birthday?
That’s totally up to you – if you would like the photos back in time to print for the party or to share on the actual birthday then schedule it for at least a month before. Or lot’s of people take the day off work and schedule the cake smash for Baby’s actual birthday as a lovely way to celebrate!
What should baby wear for cake smash?
I recommend a cute birthday outfit that matches the set and compliments the colours perfectly. I have a range of outfits to choose from or you can bring your own. If you would like to keep their birthday outfit clean we can shoot the first set of portraits in that and then change them for the messy part. If you wanted to buy an outfit so you can keep it after I recommend La Coqueta or Boden!
How long does a cake smash photoshoot take?
We follow Baby’s lead and go at a pace that suits them but usually around 45mins – 1 hour maximum. We move briskly through the sections of the shoot so Baby stays happy & interested in what’s going on. It can be quite an overwhelming experience for them with so much going on but we want to keep it fun for them so working quickly is essential!
When should I book my Photoshoot?
For weekend dates it is recommended to book at least 3 months in advance. Most people book 2-6 months ahead and peak dates do go quickly. For midweek I often have more last minute availability so do get in touch. Ready to book in? Just fill out the contact form on my website here.