Smashin’ cakes and bath time bubbles

A Cake Smash photoshoot is a brilliant way to record the all-important milestone of your baby turning one. It’s a messy, fun and unique way of celebrating. Kids and parents love it!


I’ve been very busy lately because of a flurry of cake smash bookings. Many of the babies who came to me as newborns last autumn are now turning one, and it’s been a real pleasure to have them back in the studio again for some messy play!

I’ve recently invested in some gorgeous new props for my cake smashes too. My pride of joy at the moment is my new roll top bath. Check it out! Uber-stylish and the perfect size for a one year old covered in cake! I love it!

Wondering what’s involved in a Cake Smash?

A Cake Smash photoshoot lasts approximately one hour. After some initial photos and allowing time for baby to become comfortable in the surroundings of my studio, the messy part of the photoshoot begins.

Fully themed to your unique requirements, the shoot involves getting baby dressed into a cute outfit (bring your own or I have lots of options for you to choose from on the day) and then I let them loose on their gorgeous giant cupcake. They are encouraged to dig in and get as messy as possible!

They are set against a coloured backdrop, complete with bunting and accessories. My cowboy and pirate themes are a huge hit with the boys. Girls just love the princess setup and my cute Kath Kidson colours and fabrics.

The final part of the shoot is where baby is popped into the bath for bubbles and more fun and photos. A Cake Smash shoot is undoubtedly a sensory treat for baby, and clients often tell me that they sleep extremely well afterwards (always a bonus!).

Capturing the key milestones in your baby’s early years with photography, like this, is a brilliant way of recording these wonderful happy moments. And because you come to my studio in Poole, there’s also the added bonus that there’s no mess for you to clean up afterwards!

Find out more about my Cake Smash session here. Cake Smashes are also available as part of the ‘My First Year’package ; this includes a newborn session plus two further photoshoots – one of which can be a Cake Smash – during your baby’s first year.

You can also view my Cake Smash gallery for examples of how messy it can get! Enjoy!

Karen x