Cake Smash & Splash
MASTERCRAFTSMAN OF PHOTOGRAPHY & AWARD WINNING NEWBORN,
BABY, CHILD, FINE ART, MATERNITY & FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER
Welcome to Cake Smash Photography by Deborah Longmore Photography
Have you missed out on the newborn stage or just want to capture your baby growing? These cake smash photography sessions are perfect whether its their first birthday, second or third!!
There is no better way to celebrate your little one turning the BIG ONE! Capturing your baby’s personality, preserved in a strikingly beautiful collection of images that you and your family will treasure forever.
All session fees are payable in full at the time of booking
£100 booking fee secures your booking
Why book Deborah Longmore Photography?
I am fully qualified with the Guild of Photographers and now hold the status as a Craftsman in Newborn and Baby Photography and Master Craftsman in Professional Photography.
These studio sessions are the perfect excuse to get a bit messy, eat cake and then splash about in the tub. We will start with a portrait session using a couple of props before we get to bring out the cake for the main event! Then, after the cake smash, is another great photo opportunity! Your little one will love a splash in the tub!
My cake smash and splash sessions are delicately themed from one of my many pre designed cake smash sets. Similiary, I also provide the cake for the cake smash session. These cakes included in the cost of the session along with any props etc. The cake will mainly be a naked cake, which is then coloured or styled to match the your tastes and theme.
Some frequently asked questions:
Is the cake included?
Yes! The cakes I use for my cake smash sessions are 4″ 3 tiered cakes. These are the perfect size for cake smash sessions. After many years of shooting cake smash sessions, I have learnt that less is very much more with the cakes! Babies can be intimidated of a large and overly decorated cake. As a result, I do prefer using a simple cake with a small topper or decorative item, also meaning there is nothing to make baby gag/choke.
The cakes are made slightly less sweet than an average cake, which is equally important, as many babies are not used to overly sweet food. It is for this reason I would suggest having your baby try a cupcake or muffin before their session.
My cakes are made by Quality Cake Company and are ordered specifically to match your theme.
What if my baby has allergies/intolerances or is vegan?
When you book, you will be sent a questionnaire for you to detail any allergies that your little one may have. Following receipt of this, these details are then provided to the cake baker along with details of your chosen theme.
How long will the shoot take?
Sessions usually can last around a 45 mins to an 1 hour. I allow time for some outfit changes for baby. If baby is unsettled and needs time for cuddles, milk or snacks, we will of course break for baby.
No sessions are ever rushed but the energy is high and fast paced for little ones to not get bored. Because of this, there will probably lots of singing of songs, clapping etc to get your little one in a good mood. Also, if your baby has a favourite song we can add that on to the speaker through Spotify to really get the party going!
What are the sets like? Can I ask for something themed?
All of my cake smash sets since Jan 2020, in line with Covid practises, are now set up on stain resistant fabric backdrops. Due to this, they are washed between every shoot to remain as hygenic as possible. Equally, as they are freshly used every session, they really are clean enough to eat your cake off!
Some props, importantly the wooden numbers, are also added to the cake smash sets where necessary to complete the theme
Themed cake smashes are available on request too! Obviously, where you have a bespoke theme in mind, please allow enough time before your session to let me know so that specific items/props/backdrops can be sourced.
Please do feel free to discuss themes with me.
What poses and props should we expect?
Unquestionably, I have a large selection of props which we can use during the session. I try to theme the use of these to the set chose. Simiarly, can always show me some examples from my galleries which specific props you would like me to use. We can also chat to get the set just right for you and the look you are after.
Firstly, we start with a few portraits of baby on the set alone before moving on to the cake smash and splash in the tub. Parent and sibling shots tend to be taken at the end of the session but can be done at the start if you wish.
Who can be involved?
Partners, Husbands, Wives, siblings are more than welcome, however my studio is not huge so accommodating other family members outside of this can be more tricky. Please discuss this with me at the time of booking if you are not sure as we can always welcome extended family members for some portraits before the cake smash session starts.
Current Cakesmash Themes
Themes are tailored to individual clients so if you do not see anything here you may like please just ask! Please allow 4-5 weeks for a bespoke themed session as some products/props may take longer to source. I will continue to add themes to this list, so they are not an exhaustive list
For any more information on cakesmash photography sessions or how you can prepare for your session, please click on the cakesmash session guide cover
Runner Up Newborn/Baby Photographer of the Year
Winner Portrait Photographer of the Year
All Round Photographer of the Year
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