Cake Smash Photography East Grinstead West Sussex

Balloons are a really popular accessory when it comes photo shoots, especially cake smashes and tub splashes.

However, they can be a bit of a problem when it comes to working within the context of a photo shoot for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, if they are loose on the floor, they are a very tempting thing to chase around.  More tempting sometimes than anything we’re doing to get your little one to look at the camera!  So it can become a problem getting your little one to stay still and show an interest in us or in the cake if you’re doing a cake smash.  Also, they are fun to hold and that can mean that you get quite a lot of photos where your baby’s face is obscured by a balloon!  So I’d say that loose balloons are probably not the way to go.

Secondly, it’s a natural idea to bring along the giant foil balloons in the shape of numbers as they are very pretty but the problem there is that they are also quite tall.  Even if we tie them so they are very close to the ground, they are still a lot taller than your baby when they are sitting down which means that you quite often only get the bottom part of the balloon in the shot and you don’t see that whole thing but more of just a random foil shape.  They twist around quite a lot too so they’re not always the right way around.  They are cute but in terms of sitting down at a photo shoot they don’t work so well – they do however work well if your baby is standing while supported as we can fit the whole shape in.

Bunches of helium balloons can look cute but you need to tie them basically to the top of the balloon weight otherwise you only really get the strings in the image.

The best way of using balloons in a cake smash photo shoot I have found is to create a balloon garland.  That’s not as fancy or difficult as it sounds as all you really need is a pack of balloons and this balloon tape.

You can get it from lots of places and it’s not super expensive.  Basically it allows you to string the balloons together into a column really easily then we can lay it along the floor at the back of the scene or attach it to the wall.  I should say though that we can only attach it to the wall if you choose my white wood backdrop as that is actually the wall of the studio and I can use tape without damaging it (it would make a mess of my backdrops).  You can actually use it to make lots of stacks of balloons, not just strings but honestly, I don’t think you can go wrong with creating a garland that we lay across the floor – just make sure to attach balloons to the front and back of the tape to get a nice full looking string.  FYI The balloon string needs to be five feet or 1.5 metres long to stretch across the whole of the frame.

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You can book a stand alone baby photo shoot for £95 including three digital images or you can take a look at my Baby Photography Club which includes

  • Sessions at 4, 8 and 12 months
  • The last session as a cake smash / tub splash if you’d like it (no extra charge)
  • Your favourite image from each session in a wall frame at the end of the year OR a free digital image from each session
  • Online private image gallery after each session (no sales / viewing appointments)
  • £39.95 for the sessions and the wall frame
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