If you’ve got a first birthday coming up and you’re considering a cake smash photo shoot as part of your celebrations, then you might have some questions about what to expect. I’m always happy to chat but here’s some that get asked a lot if that’s helpful to you.

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How Much does a Cake Smash Cost?

A cake smash and tub splash session (you can do both in a single session if you want to) includes your three favourite digital images and costs £95.  You simply select your favourite images form your private online gallery – there’s no sales or viewing session to attend – you can order more if you’d like to directly from this gallery.

How Long does a Cake Smash Take?

We book the studio for an hour for a cake smash / tub splash session but generally speaking, sessions take about 45 minutes if you are starting with a clean shoot and doing both the cake smash and tub splash sessions.  We move through things reasonably fast as your baby’s attention span is understandably pretty short lived at this age.

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Do you Provide the Cake?

I don’t provide the cake as it would be too complicated to meet everyone’s design needs, not to mention the problems arising from allergies but of course, there are lots of cake makers out there that you can use.  Alternatively, there are some supermarket bought cakes that can be great – you just need to look and see if the icing is soft enough to make it smashable or you can make your own – I recommend fresh cream or butter cream icing as having the best squish factor.

What Type of Cake Smashes Best?

Some people prefer to get a cake professionally made, some people bring their own or some buy one from a supermarket.  Whichever you choose, I don’t recommend chocolate cake as it can look a bit like poo in the finished images.  Buttercream or fresh cream icing is ideal for the maximum squish factor – royal icing can be a bit tough for little fingers to get into.  Any kind of decorations are great from personalised cake toppers, tons of colourful sprinkles or fresh fruit – whatever suits your style.

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What Props do you Have?

My range of props and accessories is growing all the time, but I have a large pink and blue number one that is perfect for the clean part of the shoot. I have a cake stand that you are welcome to use – it is clear so it goes with everything and best suited to cakes sized 8-10″.  I have a range of tub splash accessories to choose from, and a good selection of bunting that you are welcome to borrow. If you have specific ideas, it’s always worth getting in touch to find out what I have and how we can create your perfect set of pictures.

What do we Need to Bring to our Session?

You need to bring along your cake, an outfit to smash in and bubble bath and a towel if you are adding in the tub splash portion of the session.  There’s an article on my blog with much more information about other things you might like to think about here – What to Bring to your Cake Smash Session

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Can Twins Share a Cake Smash Session?

Yes, twins are welcome to share a cake smash and tub splash photo shoot and the price doesn’t change of course.  I’ve done sessions where the twins have had a cake each but to be honest, it works better if they share otherwise they constantly want what the other one has!

What Should my Baby Wear to a Cake Smash?

It’s completely up to you although obviously it’s likely to get covered in icing and so I don’t recommend anything that you aren’t prepared to say goodbye to if the stains won’t come out (that’s particularly the case where the icing is a dark colour).  Some people prefer their little ones to be full dressed (although I do recommend bare feet), some wear just trousers or a pettiskirt, or some smash in just a nappy although a nappy cover can look a bit nicer.  There are lots of specially designed cake smash outfits available now that they have become so popular so auction sites, Facebook marketplace and Etsy can have some beautiful things.   Unfortunately, I don’t let you borrow my outfits from the studio for the actual cake smash as they would quickly get ruined so just bring along something that you love.