Cake Smash & Splash photography

If your little one is approaching their first, or second birthday - a cake smash is the perfect way to celebrate.

The session is guaranteed to be fun & messy! Some little ones get right into it, while others can be shy and need some assistance. A party lasts just a couple of hours, but images last a lifetime and a cake smash is the perfect way to ensure that you will always remember this precious time.

The sessions are completely bespoke, and I work with a local baker who will freshly create a cake in a colour/style of your choice. I also have a wonderful selection of cake smash outfits, backdrops and props at the studio, but I am happy to work with you on any ideas you may have, to ensure that your experience and images are unique. You can find some examples in my gallery.

The session is broken down in to three stages:

Pre-cake smash portraits

Traditional style portrait photos – this gives your child the chance to settle into the studio and feel comfortable in new surroundings. It also provides you with some classic, timeless images as part of your gallery.

The cake smash

This is where we get messy! Your child is given the cake and the opportunity to eat as much as they like, whilst I photograph them and their cute expressions.

Splash in the bath

Quite often the favourite part of the cake smash is the ‘clean up’ in the bath. It also leaves baby nice and presentable for the journey home!

I take care of everything for your photo shoot from the setup, the cake, outfits to the clearing up!

FAQ

Here are the questions I get asked most often before booking. If you need more details or have a question I have not covered, then either email me here or ping me a private Facebook message here.

A lot of mess and some really cute images! I love to celebrate birthdays, especially that milestone 1st birthday. These sessions are all about having some nice photographs taken first before, then during the cake smash madness, and ending with a bubble-filled splash in the tub! Add in a totally unique backdrop and scene setup just for your child, and you will receive a gallery full of images to treasure.

A Cake smash session takes about 1- 2 hours.

The best time for your photo session is when your child is lively, awake, and playful, e.g. just after waking up from a nap.

If you want your images to display at birthday celebrations, to share on social media on the day, or for invitations, I recommend booking 2 - 4 weeks before the event to allow enough time for editing, viewing and purchase. If you want the images to display at home, and to be a true reflection of them as close to their birthday as possible, I would recommend booking in for the most convenient date just before or after their birthday.

For kids under one year old I can supply all clothing and props, but am also happy to use your special clothing or props which you feel are sentimental, significant or appropriate. Bring with you necessary items to help keep your child happy and content, e.g. favourite toys and blankets. Photographically speaking, meal or snack time can be fun and productive, so you may want to prepare some snacks for your child for the shoot. Try to avoid chocolate as this will stain and leave marks all over the face.
Before your session we will have discussed a customised theme, so there may be elements of this you need to bring with you but this will be discussed along with any changes in advance of “the day”.

Marta Brodowska Photography prefers only the parents to attend the photography session for several reasons. Studio size limits numbers, and too many people create a distraction. The number of guests should be kept to a minimum. If you would like to bring another relative e.g. Grandmother, please discuss in advance.

Studio size limits numbers. So the number of guests should be kept to a minimum. If you would like to bring for example Grandmother or another relative please discuss in advance.

Special dietary requirements should not exclude from having a wonderful birthday celebration and a fun filled experience. Please let me know ahead of the session and we can be appropriately prepared.

If for any reason you want something more individual or appropriate e.g. someone that wants to make your cake as a gift, just advise accordingly in advance.

I get asked this a lot and the answer is “most likely”. I recommend you bring a change of outfit.

After the photo shoot I will spend time selecting and perfecting your images. During busy periods this can between 1 and 2 weeks. I will advise you accordingly.

A non-refundable SESSION FEE of £50 is due on booking to secure your appointment. This DOSE NOT include any prints nor digital images, which are charged individually.

The session fee is a creative one, which covers my time and talent to shoot and create professional images that you will treasure forever, and guarantees your appointment. It also covers acquisition, full use, and maintenance of quality studio props and my time to select and perfect your images for viewing.

I require 48 hours’ notice when cancelling or re-scheduling. No guarantee can be given that a specific new slot will be available nor provided.

Prices

Mini - £399

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Standard - £599

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Premium - £799

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