Sarah Mclean Photography - Maternity and Newborn Photography, Babies and Milestones, Cake Smash and Family Portraits in Longridge, Preston, Lancashire and surrounding areas Clitheroe, Blackburn, Chorley, Leyland.
Wow how fast has that first year gone?
It’s nearing your baby’s first big milestone – their first birthday, it’s been a busy first year and you have done it! So why not celebrate this special occasion with a first birthday cake smash photo shoot.
What is a Cake smash?
It’s a fun filled celebration portrait package, with cake, balloons, bunting, and party decorations – to mark this first big milestone, turning one.
It involves a professional portrait session in my photography studio based in Preston, Lancashire. I create a bespoke set to your chosen theme, colours and source the decorations to make a unique set for your baby’s birthday. We start off capturing those important milestone birthday pictures, and then we bring out the cake.
Your baby has fun, touching, tasting and playing with the cake whilst creating beautiful memories of this once in a life time occasion.
Clean up is just as fun with a splash session, with lots of bubbles and ruby ducks and lots of giggles – little ones, love bath time!
So you have booked your Cake Smash session, here are some handy tips on getting the most from your portrait shoot in the studio.
In the weeks leading up to your cake smash, let your baby play with finger foods. Introduce new tastes and textures and encourage messy play. Move away from the high chair to the floor so your baby is introduced to the idea of eating on the floor with finger foods. This helps to build up their confidence.
NEVER force your baby to eat or touch food, or stick their hands into the food or cake.
Some babies prefer to try new things, and others prefer a little more time.
Encourage play, and get involved too – this helps them to become more confident with experiencing new textures and flavours prior to their cake smash.
Finally Introduce a cup cake with frosting. Some babies haven’t experienced such sweet and sticky foods before, so doing this won’t be such a shock on the day, gradually build them up with different textures and flavours and find their favourite type of cake.
Cake Smash Day
Relax and take it easy and try not to over stimulate your baby with lots of activities on the day of their cake smash, and try and encourage a nap so they are not over tired and grumpy when they arrive to the studio.
Give your baby a healthy protein filled breakfast on the morning of their cake smash.
Remember the studio and me; the photographer are new to your baby and like trying new foods, some little ones need time to adjust and feel comfortable in a new place, with new people and their new surroundings.
What to bring
Bring your cake, Pack a bag with, a change of clothes (for you and your baby), Cake smash outfit, towel, baby bath, drinks, snacks (savoury ones work best as we use these to get the most of the cake smash when your baby doesn’t want any more cake), favourite toy.
This is a celebration session, please enjoy the experience and be in a happy mood, even if the session is moving slower than you expected – your baby can sense tension, and may need a little more time to ‘perform’ on the day. We sing songs and play games, so please have your babies favourite songs saved on your mobile phone ready.
Smile and enjoy the fun - let me create you those beautiful memories for you and your family.
For more information on Cake smash & celebration packages click the link > www.sarahmcleanphotography.co.uk/cakesmash.html
Sarah McLean is an award winning photographer based in Longridge in Lancashire specialising in your babies first year from Bump, Birth and Beyond.
Sarah McLean Photography
14a Berry Lane
What is a Cake Smash?
Cake smash is a portrait photo shoot to celebrate a big milestone such as a first or second birthday, or even a 30th or 40th.
The Cake smash experience I provide here at my Preston, Lancashire based studio is a custom smash experience whilst capturing those adorable milestone pictures, and expressions whilst your little one explores their cake.
Each session is custom designed with your choice of decorations & balloons to make your smash look different from the last.
I am also excited to announce that we now offer bespoke cakes by (click here to visit Sophie's Page>) Sophie's Cupcakes.
You can add these to any of our Cake Smash packages, Sophie will create your custom cake to fit your perfect smash theme, and taste.
With choices from Giant Cupcakes, Drip Cakes, Naked Cakes, and Decadent Luxury Cakes, Sophie will bake the most delicious cake for you.
When should I book a Cake Smash?
Most client's will get in touch with me a couple of month's before their son or daughter's first birthday. Booking your cake smash photo shoot early will give you better options of dates (especially Saturday slot's) around the time you wish to organise their smash session.
Make their birthday one to remember and book their photo's on their birthday, or schedule it a month before so you can share their beautiful images at their birthday party.
I love to shoot with lots of colour for Cake Smash, colours make your smash look so much more fun and like a celebration, a lot like a party with lots of balloons, confetti, decorations and streamers to customise it to fit in with their birthday party theme.
What happens after the smash? where can I clean up ?
My studio boasts a bathroom for easy clean up, but don't worry we also provide a Splash part to your session at no extra cost!
With a bubble bath filled with soapy water & bubbles, your little one can clean up and have some gorgeous photo's captured at the same time, catching bubbles or just action shots having fun splashing whilst removing the cake from them so they leave the studio squeaky clean....... PERFECT!
If your son or daughter have already turned one, then don't worry - Cake smash can be arranged at any time, there's alway's a reason for cake!
What do I bring to my Cake Smash?
All you need to bring is your choice of yummy cake if you don't opt for one of Sophie's yummy cakes.
And a smash out fit if you would like to provide your own. If you wish to bring along your own props to make your smash more personal please share your ideas - I would love to create your perfect smash set with your vision in mind.
My studio is based in Longridge, which is near Preston in Lancashire.
and is fully equipped with everything you need for your perfect birthday cake smash photo's.
Sarah McLean Photography
14A Berry Lane,
If you liked this post, please hit like & share xx
I have had lots of fun in the studio over the last couple of weeks with all the little ones turning one!
Lots of cakes were destroyed in the process too!
Have a quick read about our Cake Smash sessions. TIPS for booking your perfect Cake Smash
Tips for booking your Cake Smash session.
Your little one WILL get rather sticky and messy, but don't panic. Our studio is fully equipped with a bathroom to make clean up easy and hassle free.
Once your little one is nice and clean, we can then start the splash session, 15 mins bath time fun with bubbles infront of the camera!
After all of the fun is over, you are invited back to our studio around 2-3 weeks after to see your images for the first time, this is where you choose your favourite images and your favourite products.
Book your smash session now: 01772784499
or visit: www.sarahmcleanphotography.co.uk
Studio: 14a Berry Lane (Above Christopher Moss)
Longridge PR3 3JA
You will have most likely come across the new craze of Cake Smash somewhere on the internet; facebook, twitter even the T.V,
some of you may have wondered, what actually is a cake smash? what does it involve?
I have put together some information on Cake Smash Photoshoots, and why they are so much fun!
It has always been a tradition to capture the milestone 1st Birthday photo's - and now the Cake Smash is the new trend setter of this generation. What better way to celebrate your birthday - with loads of yummy cake.
Our Smash session's start with the traditional portrait's in their best outfit's (don't worry your little one ill have a chance to change before the cake is presented to them).
We then change them into a smash outfit, for the fun part! Let your little one, touch, smell and eat the gooey chocolate cake with their curious little hands - they will love the freedom of being able to enjoy messy play and explore with their senses. Once your little one has finished - a quick clean up in our tin tub finishes off their session - all squeaky clean.
Ensure your cake has lots of squishy frosting for the best results - nice and messy!
This is a very popular photo shoot, and one which is great fun to capture, to book your Cake Smash Session Call the Studio on: 01772784499 or Mobile: 07580128801
Alternatively you can Email the studio HERE
Sarah McLean Photography
Studio 14a Berry Lane
Reaching your 1st Birthday doesn't always mean a cake smash shoot is to be organised (although it is bags of sticky fun) I also offer milestone first birthday portrait sessions too. These can be booked or purchased as gift vouchers.
Archie loved his photo session - so full of smiles & giggles.
For further information on booking a portrait session or purchasing a voucher, please
or call now on: 07580128801
Yesterday I got to capture Bella's first birthday Cake Smash session, after documenting her first year, from newborn all the way through to her first birthday I felt so emotional that this was the last session in her 1st year package.
Bella was a little un-settled during her Cake Smash (We think those little peggy's peeping through were to blame) so this smash ran a little different from usual.
After the first smash attempt I tried a different approach and the smiles and happiness was shining through, so back out came the ... well, half demolished cake for round two! this time she was much more happier and welcoming of the pink frosting, and even got to model two special smash outfits for her shoot.
Sometimes sessions don't always go to plan, my job is to work with this and achieve those shots.
Here is a sneaky peak from her Smash session!
To mark Alice's first birthday she had a 12 month session.
Lots of giggles and cheeky smiles all round - Alice was a pleasure to photograph.
Here are a few from her photo shoot.
Mark the milestone of your little one's first birthday with a photoshoot!
‘Your children will only be this age today, but their smiles can last forever….
Call us today: 07580128801
New for 2016 is our fantastic 'New Beginning's Collection'
This collection covers your little one's first year with three separate photo shoots.
The first sitting cover's the important newborn stage in the first two week's of life, capturing the fine details of your tiny baby. (Should you have missed the newborn session, this will be replaced by a 3 month baby session)
Then following on will be our 'Little Sitter's Session' this milestone is when your baby can sit un-aided before they start to crawl. Expressions, laughter & cheekiness of your babies personality are captured.
Finally we finish off with a 12 month session when he/she can stand which shows your babies progression through the year - this session can also be upgraded to a cake smash to celebrate becoming your child's first birthday.
* this is not a photo of the actual frame
At the end of each session when you get to see your photo's for the first time you will pick one image from each session. You are welcome to purchase additional images from each of the sessions too.
After the final sitting, you will then receive your 'Triple Frame' featuring three images - showcasing your babies first year.
For further information or
To book the New Beginning's Collection
Contact Sarah on Tel: 07580128801
This Collection is valid for areas with in a 10 mile radius of postcode PR3 3NS.
Beyond will incur a small return charge at 45p per mile.
Smash & Splash is a new adaptation from the Cake Smash.
For those not sure what exactly is a cake smash;
A cake smash is a fun filled birthday shoot involving lots of messy play with a giant sticky cup cake!
The child then has lots of fun eating and playing with the cake whilst having a photoshoot.
These sessions are just as popular as my newborn sessions, and many of my mini client's book in their Cake Smash to celebrate their 1st birthday. I love these session's they are so much fun.
This is my vintage floor & wall set up, complete with the handmade cake smash out fit. Bunting & balloons can be added if you wish.
This set up is a more colourful with the purples and pinks!
Now, once your little one has finished with the cake we then set up for the splash!
Children at this age all love bath time and bubbles, which makes this the ideal clean up after a fun smash whilst having the mini shoot in the tub.
The smash comes complete with a giant store bought cupcake, although you are more than welcome to provide your own cake to make your shoot much more unique!
If you would like to book a Smash & Splash or just a Cake Smash session please contact:
Sarah McLean at Sarah McLean Photography
I am mobile so the sessions take place in your home or location, and I cover all areas such as; Longridge, Preston, Chorley, Leyland, Burnley, Blackburn, Fulwood, Cottam, Penwortham, Clitheroe - and all the surrounding villages.
Bella celebrated her first birthday with a fun filled, cake filled Cake Smash Photo shoot!
Your little one can wear their own special birthday outfit or they can borrow one of my super cute tutu's or frilly romper suits.
Cake Smash Photographer Longridge, Preston, Chorley, Ribble Valley, Blackburn, Clitheroe, Burnley
Cake Smash Shoot is £75
To Book or for further information Call Sarah on: 07580 128 801
Sarah McLean is a newborn portrait photographer providing her service to the Ribble Valley & Lancashire. She specialises in Newborns, Babies, Children, Families .