First birthdays are wonderful and emotional in equal measure. If your baby’s first year is anything like my boys, then it flies by in what seems like lightening speed! One minute I have a newborn in my arms, the next he’s surrounded by balloons, covered in birthday cake celebrating his first birthday.
I capture this landmark birthday with a fun filled, First Birthday / Cake Smash Session. These sessions are full of energy as I encourage your baby to make have fun, make mess and have a splash, so I can get a set of images that reflect your little one at this time.
You are welcomed into my newborn and baby photography studio in surrey for the session, where there is a comfy sofa and drinks. I encourage you to make yourself at home and enjoy. All of the sessions are styled from my large range of luxury handmade outfits as well as gorgeous props and backdrops. I work with you creating session and look that is perfect for your baby. You can choose a backdrop, two outfits and the cake which can be iced in a colour of your choice. Following my newborn sessions, Sitter and 1st Birthday sessions, are perfect to document in your baby’s first year.
includes the cake
The landmark 12 month stage where baby is often standing, maybe even walking. For this very special stage, I offer 1st birthday ‘Cake Smash’ shoots. This allows your baby’s personality to shine through, as they get totally messy, celebrating their birthday in style. Don’t worry though, the session doesn’t comprise entirely of messy cake filled images. Before we bring out the all important cake, I capture images of your baby beautifully clean and calm. I encourage you to make yourself at home and enjoy. The cake is included in the session and is provided by a very talented local baker Barnsley Bakes.
‘BEFORE’ PORTRAIT IMAGES ( Here I capture door beautiful clean images of your child before the yummy cake is brought out)
CAKE OR FRUIT SMASH (Your baby can enjoy all the messy fun)
SPLASH (Bubble bath fun in a miniature bath, to help get baby nice and clean)
The studio is nestled in the quiet Surrey Village of Bisley in Woking, Surrey. Our location is short drive from both junction 2 of the M3 and the M25. We serve clients throughout the South East, including Woking, Guildford, Chobham, Cobham, Weybridge, Addlestone, New Haw, Godalming, Lightwater, Bagshot, Bracknell, Sunningdale, Walton on Thames, Camberley, Farnham and beyond.
Every inch of the studio has been optimised to welcome Newborns, babies, children and families. I have my own dedicated area storage area for my handmade photography props, so the studio remains clutter free and organised. This all helps to create a peaceful relaxing atmosphere for your baby photoshoot.
Every Cake Smash Photography session starts off with a nice cup of tea (or other drink if you like), on the comfy studio sofa. This helps your baby get used to the surroundings and gives you a chance to enjoy a hot drink for a change!
HOW LONG DOES THE SESSION TAKE?
Typically sessions take 1 and a half hours, but I ask that you set aside 1-2 hours for your session. When you arrive at my studio I say hello and give your baby a little time to get used to me ahead of their photos.
HOW DOES THE SESSION WORK?
The session is divided up into three parts: Before Portraits, The Cake Smash and then the Splash. In each section I have a range of images I take in addition to the outfit and backdrop change, so you have a variety of photos to celebrate your baby’s first birthday.
CAN PARENTS AND SIBLING BE IN THE PHOTOS?
Yes, of course! I love taking parent and family photos. These images are taken in the ‘Before’, portraits. Siblings don’t often attend these sessions but they are very welcome to. While siblings can stay for the session I do advise against it, as the green eyed monster can make an appearance when they see their younger sibling getting lots of attention… and cake! This is totally your call though.
IS THE CAKE INCLUDED?
Indeed it is! My very talented bakes make the most delicious cakes which can be tailored to a colour of your choice. They can also make dairy free, eggless and vegan cakes upon request.
WHAT SHOULD MY BABY WEAR?
I have a range of clothes your baby wear for their photos. You can choose two outfits, one for the ‘Before’ photos and one for the ‘Cake Smash’.
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE BACKDROP?
Ahead of your session I send you my Cake Smash Planning Guide. From here you can select your favourite backdrop, plus learn more about the session.
WHAT AGE DO YOU PHOTOGRPAH NEWBORNS UP TO?
Please don’t worry about your baby being “too old”. Like many photographers, in the years before Covid I used to photograph Newborns in the first 3 weeks. Covid made me reassess things, as I started photographing older newborns up to 8 weeks of age and loved the images. As a result I have now extended my shoots to included babies up to 8 weeks old. What we can achieve varies depending on their stage of development. With older newborns there can be a mix of sleepy and awake photos, but each baby is different, some 8 week old babies sleep the entire session while some 10 day old babies are awake a lot of the time. Either way I am confident I can get you some beautiful photos for you to treasure.
HOW LONG WILL MY IMAGES TAKE?
Your images are typically ready within three weeks after your session. I will then send you a link to your own password protected gallery for you to view the images.
CAN WE USE THE IMAGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
Of course! I ask if you can please add a link to my website or Facebook / Instagram page. I rely on word of mouth so would be delighted if you share how much you love your photos.
HOW DO WE BOOK YOU?
If you know you would like to book a session, please click here to book directly online. Alternatively you can Contact me to be sent additional information about the session
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