So today is my baby girls 1st birthday. She is my last baby (I’m very sure) and I have been planning her 1st birthday cake smash for a very long time. I know it may seem funny to be so excited about a cake smash but I photograph hundreds of these every year and get to think of custom sets and themes for nearly each one; so what did I want for my baby girl. I had no idea! Pink, orange (her name is Amber), she loves strawberries so should I do a strawberry themed smash..
In the end I went for a very simple set up. She is a late October baby and so I thought russet colours and pumpkins. But I didn’t want it to look like a halloween cake smash so I painted the pumpkins (very messy) in shades of pink and white, then added a tonne of glitter to them.. we are a glitter loving household so I chuck it around everywhere 😉
So the result is a simple backdrop with little pops of colour and a subtle note of Autumn. I really think my baby girl looks beautiful, but I would say that.. Here she is…
I love these two photos..she looks like a girl that knows what she’s gotta do.. that cake doesn’t stand a chance!
Then the final bit.. the bath. Which Amber (and most babies) loves…
I hope you enjoyed looking through my gorgeous girls 1st birthday cake smash photoshoot. I’m now of for a cuddle with the birthday girl. x
This year I am mixing it up a little and offering 2 different set ups. The 1st is a very girly pink and sparkly photoshoot with stars, baubles and a LOT of glitter. The second is themed on a White Christmas and is quite traditional but with a contemporary edge.
To book please call or text on 07837927862 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact me tab on the top of this page. Please state which theme you would like and preferred date and time. I will then send you the details and how to make the £10 booking deposit.
I just love this little set up for a cake smash. Although it took me a long time to make the “ONE” letters that you see at the beginning of the photoshoot, I think that it was well worth it. I often handmade props for a unique look to a photoshoot, mostly at 10pm the my three kids are in bed. 😉
In this shoot my clients wanted to add on a family shoot on at the end which of course is not a problem to do. So I hope you enjoy looking through these photos from little Maiya’s 1st birthday cake smash.
Over the years I have had so many friends, family members and clients asking me “what is a cake smash?” And to be honest 5 years ago (when I myself had a 1 year old son) I would have wondered the same thing. The concept of a cake smash is relatively new in the UK and like most things it has arrived from the USA where it is a big craze.
And the same thing is happening here in the UK, it is now one of my most popular photoshoots and has pretty much become my bread and butter, I think that the reason for this is that people are looking for a way to celebrate the 1st birthday of their child with a little someothing different; after-all a baby doesn’t care for a big party, that’s usually an excuse for us parents to have a get together and a couple of drinks 🙂
So a cake smash is a way to mark the birthday with something that the baby will like and you get to keep the photos for a lifetime.
So I take one baby, one cake, put them together and photograph the mess. It really is that simple.
Ok course, I have a studio all fully equipped with lighting, props and outfits, so the cake smash can be fully tailored to your likes. For example, I have clients who what the colour scheme of the cake smash to be the same as their child’s bedroom, so they can hang the photos in there.
Or I have other clients who organise the cake smash photoshoot for a month before the baby’s 1st birthday so that they have the photos for 1st birthday thank you cards or to decorate the birthday party venue.
As well as all of the above, another reason to have a 1st birthday cake smash is that it is fun. so much fun. Baby gets to have messy play and eat cake; and parents get to watch their little treasure make all the mess that they want (and not have to clear up after them!).
Personally I hold all of my cake smash photoshoots in my studio which is filled with lighting, props, backgrounds and outfits all designed to give my little clients a truly unique photoshoot.
So that’s what a cake smash is. you can see some examples on my gallery and below.
If you would like to book one for your child or as a gift for a friend then get in contact me.
Getting awards isn’t why I do this job or why I went into Photograohy. I love my job because I can create and capture memories .. for a lifetime. However I do love getting an award, I can’t lie. and this morning I was really happy to find that I have been awarded two bronzes for these child portraits by the guild of photographers