Celebrate baby’s first birthday & your first year of parenting with a captivating cakesmash & splash session to freeze-frame your baby’s varied expressions at this age, and all the fun of being one. These cake smash & splash session (also known as smash-the-cake sessions), last a lively 1-2 hours, in my purpose-designed East London photography studio.

The sessions comprise of 3 parts to give you a wide variety of images in your final gallery: some portraits taken before the cake comes out, with various birthday props; the cake smash itself - the messy destruction of a birthday cake; and then images of your baby splashing about in a tub of warm, shallow water and bubbles to help clean the cake off. This last part tends to be a favourite with the babies. 

My family-friendly studio is the perfect environment for these sessions as it has all the facilities we need for the session and cleaning up afterwards.

I have a huge variety of birthday decorations, props and outfits which I use to design a theme to your tastes. When we chat, we’ll go through decor options, how to prepare, what to wear, theme ideas and how to pick the perfect cakesmash cake. As a fruity alternative I also offer a watermelon smash which is just perfect if you prefer to keep your baby off cake a little while longer.

Families often choose to do these sessions on or around baby’s actual birthday and then create an album or wall art to proudly display this memory of baby’s first year. Get in touch or text BIRTHDAY to 07720885528 to check availability and discuss options for your little one’s cakesmash photography session.

In addition to studio birthday shoots, I also capture key moments at birthday parties for kids of all ages. Get in touch for more details and to see sample images.

Part 1: Pre cakesmash themed portraits of baby

The cakesmash & splash session includes birthday themed photos of your baby before the cake comes out. I have a variety of different props in the studio which we use to complement your chosen set, and I always welcome you to bring along any particularly sentimental items like cuddly bears, favourite toys, or a special outfit you’d like to keep a memory of in your photographs.

Part 2: Getting messy with the cake

Once we’ve finished the pre-cake portraits, we may get baby changed (if we want to save the outfit from the Part 1), and then we’ll encourage baby to start playing with and eating their cake. Before your session I’ll give you lots of tips on how to prepare your baby for what is often their first taste of cake.

Part 3: Splash time

Once your baby has had their fill of cake, we move on to splash time in a tub of warm water and bubbles (also known as “operation clean-up” ;-)). Most babies adore this part, playing with the bubbles, rubber ducks, peek-a-boo with a hooded towel, and generally splashing about in the warm water. Again I have a variety of different tubs for us to pick from for your session, so we can match the tub to the theme. I also have a number of bathtubs big enough for twins cakesmash sessions.

At the end of the session, I have everything you need to get baby clean and dry and I’ll prep you on what to bring from home too.

After the session, I review all the images taken, select a shortlist of around 40 of the best and most varied images, which I will then edit and invite you to view at your gallery ordering and viewing session a couple of weeks later. At this session you can pick which images you would like to purchase and keep and what format you would like your images in. Check the products and pricing page for more details of the different album, wall art and digital packages you can pick from. If you would prefer to view and select your final images & package on the same day as the session, this is also possible.

Get in touch or text BIRTHDAY to 07720885528 to check availability and discuss options for your little one’s cakesmash photography session.