Timeless, maternity, baby and cake smash photography, covering Andover, Basingstoke, Newbury, Salisbury, Tidworth, Stockbridge, Southampton and surrounding areas of Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire

Preparing for your cake smash photoshoot

What to expect

A cake smash photoshoot is so much fun! Since little ones tire quickly, I work fast. The shoot will be around one hour long and I pack a lot into that time! Your little angel is guaranteed to be tired afterwards! 

I always start with some classic portraits, so you have some nice, clean images before chaos unfolds. I love to keep my set ups really simple, often using a giant white balloon, little wooden ONE letters, a vintage wooden child's chair, or even the same bowl or little bed that we photographed your baby in when they came for their newborn photoshoot!

We then do a quick outfit change and bring out the cake. If your baby is not interested in touching or tasting the cake, I have a cute wooden spoon that they can play with, so I am always able to capture some great images with the cake. We end with a little bath in a vintage style tin bath, with lots of bubbles.

What should my baby wear?

I have a wide selection of really cute, simple outfits that you are more than welcome to use, or you can bring your own. Take a look here at the outfits I can provide for you: Cake Smash Outfits

What about the cake?

I provide the cake for you and this can either be a naked iced cake or a giant cupcake. I recommend keeping it simple with cream butter icing or a pastel colour of your choice. If you or your child have any allergies, please let me know in advance and I can provide a dairy free or gluten free cake if that's what you need. I have a pink and a clear glass cake stand or a wooden slice cake stand.

You are welcome to take the cake home with you afterwards, if it is still in good condition! I don't like waste and I do donate to the Andover Food Bank each month.

What to bring with you on the day

All you need to bring is your changing bag, a drink and snack for your child, a towel and possibly a change of clothes for yourself, as you might get messy too! I provide everything else - cake, outfits, props, balloons, bubbles...

Can I have some family photos too?

Unfortunately, a family photoshoot requires a lot more work for me on the day (such as changing the lighting and backdrops) and in terms of more editing after the shoot. Therefore I can't include family photos as part of the cake smash shoot. Of course, you are more than welcome to book extra time with me to add on a family shoot, at an additional cost. Get in touch to discuss how this would work.


I hope I have answered all your questions, but if you need to talk to me, please get in touch!

Helen x

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