Cake Smash Photographer Northern Ireland

I’m not just your family photographer, I’m here for you through each stage in life.

Cake Smash Photographer Northern Ireland

I’m not just your family photographer, I’m here for you through each stage in life.

What's ​CAKE SMASH PHOTOGRAPHY?


These messy sessions are the perfect way to celebrate a 1st birthday. It’s hard work getting through the first year, so why not celebrate BIG?! Your cake smash photo shoot includes a portrait session and then we move on to the messy part! You will have two separate backdrop options to offer variety in your gallery.  


This milestone session is the perfect way to mark the occasion! Other opportunities to mark special occasions can be found on my baby photography page as well as the family page.



DOES MY SESSION COME WITH ALL THE DECORATIONS?


YES! Everything you see in the cake smash photo examples come from my extensive collection of props and backdrops. I have several gender specific and neutral options for you to choose during our consultation.

If you have a unique idea and would like a bespoke theme, I’m more than happy to cover the cost of the new backdrop. I fully welcome the opportunity to get super creative!


How do I choose a theme for my session? 


I highly recommend you choose a theme to fit your purpose. Are you planning to print them for his/her birthday party as decoration? Go with whichever theme you’ve chosen for the party! Take a look at this bespoke smash session theme (baby max with barn background)

You could, also, consider where your portraits will hang in your home. Is your home very neutral or bright and colourful? I will work hard to make sure your gorgeous celebratory photos don’t stay locked in the gallery.



Post-session: What’s next?  




You will receive a sneak peek via email and I will post them (with your permission) to social media for you to share with loved ones. 

After that, you will receive a gallery of your digital images where you can download and print directly from the link.  There’s no hidden fee, no having to choose your favourites! 


When should I book my cake smash session? 


This will completely depend on you.  Some families like to book their session about 4 weeks from the baby's actual birthday.  

Your session photos make the perfect addition to birthday party decorations.  Imagine a gorgeous portrait at the centre of your cake table.  Your new photos are such a great conversation starter for guests as well.  

The other option is to book your session on your baby’s actual birthday! It’s such a fun way to celebrate. 

Before booking any baby photographer, you should keep in mind that most babies are happiest in the morning.  You know best, momma.  Book within a window between happy energy and nap time.  My suggestion is around 10am.

What happens if my baby doesn’t eat the cake? 


Okay, this is a major point for me...Please note: I include loads of options in your Cake Smash session EXCEPT for the cake. Why not? 

Children at this age are in early development. They’re discovering new tastes, textures, etc. For me, the scariest “new” for them is allergies. I would be riddled with guilt for all of eternity if the day we discovered Baby Hannah was allergic to dye #642. 


Whether they enjoy the cake is completely irrelevant to the session though. I usually get great photos of the baby's face reacting to the sweetness for the first time or looking at the cake with bewilderment. If the baby needs some encouragement, as a team, we dive in together to show him/her how it’s done. Who doesn’t love cake?!


If genuine enjoyment is important in your photos, I highly recommend having a practice round. Pick up fairy cakes or a small shop bought cake to get them used to the taste of sweet sugary goodness. For the more health conscious momma, I’ve compiled a list of recipes that might be more gentle on your baby’s tummy.

What do I bring to my cake smash session? 


You’re welcome to bring any outfits you’d like for the portrait section of your session. Parents usually bring a nice outfit gifted to them by a relative or adorable ensemble from a department store. I highly recommend checking out House of Scarlett and Petals & Co for really beautiful and timeless pieces. 


I, also, have options for boys and girls in my studio. You don’t have to spend a ton of money on preparations for the shoot, but it’s your celebration so go for it however you’d like! I have dickie bow sets, ruffle dresses, floral rompers and more!

Investment


In addition to packages, you have the option to continue the fun with a professionally bound album (most popular choice), framed print wall art, gallery canvas, and other creative print products.  

STandard Package

Cake Smash photography packages start at £70 which includes your full gallery (not choosing your favourites) and printing options.  This option is great if you’d like a classically precious photo gallery. 

Bespoke Package


Bespoke session fee is £90 based on the time spent creating a unique setup just for you. This option is for mommas who think outside the box and want something a bit different.  

How many people can I bring? 


Covid restrictions really narrow down our options, but with that, too many people in the room can be a bit overwhelming for babies (especially if they’re all clapping, singing and overall acting like a joker).  My recommendation is to stick with the immediate family or someone that the baby spends a lot of time with who could provide a sense of comfort.  We want your baby to feel the celebration too.  Does your sister-in-law watch your baby while you’re at work? Bring Auntie Jane!

How many people can I bring? 


Covid restrictions really narrow down our options, but with that, too many people in the room can be a bit overwhelming for babies (especially if they’re all clapping, singing and overall acting like a joker).  My recommendation is to stick with the immediate family or someone that the baby spends a lot of time with who could provide a sense of comfort.  We want your baby to feel the celebration too.  Does your sister-in-law watch your baby while you’re at work? Bring Auntie Jane!