If you’ve found yourself on this page for cake smash photography, chances are you’ve survived the first year of parenthood, congratulations!
I’ll bet it only feels like yesterday when you brought that tiny bundle home from hospital, excited to take your little baby home but at the same time terrified someone would figure out that you know nothing about how to take care of an infant. We’ve all be there.
Since then you’ve survived a year of sleepless nights, countless nappies and the odd poonami or two. You’ve had sweet snuggles and seen your precious baby grow and change every day.
What better way to mark the occasion that with fun-filled cake smash photography.
At around one year old babies are really showing their little personalities, so cake smash photography is a great way to capture their smiles.
Your cake smash photography session will be help in my studio in Pontypridd, so you don’t need to worry about cleaning up the mess afterwards.
If you have a theme in mind, that’s great! I’m happy to create a setup that’s perfect for your sweet baby. If you don’t have a theme, I’ll work with you to find one that’s suitable, whether it’s a simple, elegant design like blue and white, or a more detailed set up, like my hand painted Peter Rabbit backdrop. Here are some popular cake smash ideas to help you out:
- Peter Rabbit
- Shabby Chic
- Blue and white
- Under the Sea
Cake Smash Pricing
- Outfit and props
- Bubble Bath
- 3 high resolution digital images to download (nil)
- Outfit and props
- Bubble Bath
- 15 high resolution digital images on USB (nilnil)
- Outfit and props
- Bubble Bath
- All high resolution digital images on USB (around 20)
- 3 mounted 10×8 prints
You can even combine a family session with an outdoor cake smash if the weather allows.
We start with some traditional images before bringing out the cake. Siblings are very welcome at cake smash photography sessions and this is a great time to include them in the photos. Your baby can wear their own outfit for this session or you can use one of mine. All outfits and props are included in the session fee.
After a few pictures I’ll bring out the cake, which is included in the price of your session. Some babies love to dive right in, others need some encouragement to get messy. Whatever your baby’s personality, I’ll work with them to make sure they’re happy during the session.
After the cake has been demolished (or if baby has decided they’ve had enough!) We’ll move on to the splash! All my cake smash photography sessions include a bubble bath, so you go home with a clean baby, even if they put their face in the icing (it happens!).
The splash session is also perfect to get some more images. Not all babies want to smash the cake, but I’ve yet to meet a baby that didn’t like a bubble bath!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much is a Cake Smash?
Here is the pricing table for cake smashes. Prices include the cake, outfit and any props. You can also purchase additional projects if you would like. All details can be found here.
Where will the session take place?
Sessions are held at my studio in Pontypridd. It’s just off the A470 so it’s easy to get to.
How long will the session last?
Babies at this age don’t have very long attention spans, so sessions normally last an hour or less.
How far in advance do I need to book?
I recommend booking at least 4 weeks in advance to secure your desired date. Short term appointments may be available on weekdays.
Is the cake included?
Yes, a raspberry sponge cake with buttercream icing is included.
How many people can come to the cake smash session?
My home studio is designed for little people and therefore a maximum of 2 adults may attend the cake smash session. Siblings are also welcome.
My baby has allergies, can I still have a cake smash?
If you let me know what allergies your baby has I will do my best to source a suitable cake.
Are outfits included?
Yes, outfits are included
I want to bring my own props and outfits, is that OK?
Yes that’s OK, but please let me know what you are bringing beforehand so I can ensure the theme compliments your props.
Can I have a theme you haven’t mentioned before?
Yes, just let me know what ideas you have and I will do my best to create something that’s perfect for your baby.
Can I book the session and then choose a theme later?
If you can’t choose a theme at first you can book and then decide at a later date, however your theme must be confirmed 7 days before the session. This allows me time to plan the set and purchase any additional items.
What happens if my baby is sick?
Illnesses are common among babies. If your baby is poorly, please let me know as soon as possible so we can reschedule. A poorly baby won’t enjoy the session, and you will not love the images.
What do I need to bring?
You need to bring a towel for after the bubble bath and anything else you usually bring for baby e.g. milk, nappies etc. You may also bring an outfit for portraits before the cake smash if you would like.
What time are sessions held?
Sessions are usually held at 11am in the morning. Afternoon sessions are sometimes available depending on the date. Please contact me to request availability.
Can I take photos on my phone during the session?
I ask that family members do not take images during the session, that’s what you are paying me to do, and it would be distracting for myself and the baby.
Are cake smash sessions just for 1 year olds?
First birthday’s are the most popular time for cake smash photography, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a cake smash for an older child. I have fewer outfits for children above the age of 2, but you are welcome to bring your own for a cake smash for older children.
Can I have family photos at the same time?
Unfortunately there will not be enough space for family images during the cake smash session. If you would like family images, perhaps you could arrange an outdoor family session and incorporate a few birthday props. I’m happy to bring bunting, balloons and letters to a session if required. We can even do the cake smash outside if the weather is warm enough.
Can siblings be in the photos?
Yes, siblings can be in the photos. They need to be old enough to sit unaided to participate.
Do you edit the photos?
Yes, before you see the images I choose the best ones and edit them for you.
How many images will I have to choose from?
What if my baby has a bruise or scratch on their face?
It’s normal for babies of this age to have a few bumps and bruises as they are learning to walk. I can retouch most bruises and scratches. Please let me know during the session is any retouching you would like.
How will I view the images?
After the session I will invite you back to my studio to view all your images. This means you have the opportunity to view them on a large screen and you can ask any questions.
When can I view the images?
The viewing session will take place 2 to 4 weeks after the session depending on my current workload
What products are available?
I offer a range of products from small prints to large wall art. Whether you prefer traditional framed prints, canvases or modern acrylic prints, I’m sure I’ll have something for you. Details of available products can be found here.
Can I buy the digital images?
I understand that you may want to print the images yourself, so yes you can purchase the digital images. Here is the pricing for digital files
How long will my order take?
It depends on the products you have ordered. USB and small prints can be delivered within 1 week. Wall art is custom made so will take 2 to 3 weeks.
How do I receive my order?
You may collect your artwork from my studio or I can deliver it. The fee depends on the type of products ordered. Delivery charges can be found here.
Are the images shared online?
I love to share your images on my website and social media so that your friends and family can enjoy them and other parents can see what I offer. However, I always check before sharing images, if you would prefer me not to share your images then that is, of course, completely fine.
How do I book?
Simply fill in the form below with your details and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can to confirm. A £30 deposit is required to secure your booking.