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,
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It's that time of year again to start planning family Christmas photo's, either for gifts, Christmas decor or just because.
Why not take advantage of our Christmas Mini Sessions? Held exclusively on the 28th, 29th & 30th of October 2016 at our studio, on our beautiful Christmas Set.
All of the packages available include prints or images - so don't miss out! There are limited slots available and Slots are being taken - so booking is essential. BOOK NOW:- 01772784499 or email me at: email@example.com
Mini sessions are ideal for giving the perfect gift to a loved one this year, or updating your holiday family portrait, sending personal Christmas cards out to friends and family.
Don't miss out! secure your spot today with just a £20 non-refundable deposit (this is then discounted off your package, and the remainder due on the day).
Sarah McLean Photography
Studio:14a Berry Lane
I was lucky enough to bag myself a spot with Aspire Photography at the beginning of this month.
Not only did we learn about internet blogging at Aspire, they also set up a location shoot with real models.
For those of you who may not be familiar with Aspire and what they have to offer, I can only describe it as a huge photographer's playground - located in Carnforth, Aspire is hidden away amongst the trees and country foiliage. As i twisted and turned around the drive I pulled up to the courtyard - a photographer's shooting paradise!
Aspire offer lots of different courses from wedding training, marketing and even food photography.
So after the welcomes and teas & amazing yummy cookies we grabbed our gear and headed to the 'Photographer's Paradise'.
Now being a studio photographer, I mainly use studio lighting in a dimly lit room and control the lights to acheive my vision in camera, so it was fantastic to venture outdoors and re-kindle my love for location portraits.
It was great to learn even more about photography, and even more valuable - finding the gorgeous light.
When I shoot portraits outdoors, wether it is a family or a wedding, I always have my flash gun firing away, and today I was taken out of my comfort zone and using NO flash at all!
I was in my element! I loved the results of finding the perfect light, and how stunning these portraits turned out.
One thing I love is learning more, and more, and I NEVER stop learning.
Always be the better photographer than the one you were yesterday :-)
I loved photographing this trio of siblings, they were fantastic to shoot, and took direction really well. even the little one who was dying to escape to run around.
I hope to get out from the studio once in a while to have some 'play time' with my new skills.
Sarah McLean Photography
Studio: 14a Berry Lane, Longridge PR3 3JA
Tel: 01772 784499
Why not use the summer holidays to update your family portrait?
Take advantage of our fantastic offer, but be quick as spaces are limited.....
Book Now : 07580128801
Sarah McLean Photography
14a Berry Lane
If you are looking for a newborn photographer, then make sure you don't miss out on this fantastic offer. This offer is valid for new bookings for newborn photography, and also advanced newborn bookings too. I take bookings from as early as your 20 week scan.
For all newborn sessions booked on or before the 31st July 2016 we are also giving you a complimentary 'Little Sitter' (worth £59!) session when your baby reaches his/her next milestone at 6+ months. The sitter session also includes your favourite image as a beautiful print too.
Why book a Little Sitter session?
- Little Sitter sessions are a perfect follow on session for when your baby can sit un-aided before they start crawling. Babies at this age are full of smiles, giggles and expressions and the perfect follow on portrait session to add to your newborn photo collection. These sessions really capture your babies personality!
To claim this fantastic offer, please quote 'sitter7' when booking your newborn session.
Call Now: 07580128801
I loved Harrison's newborn session so much, he was so happy & smiley all the way through. I created some beautiful memories for Mummy & Daddy, and this one has to be my favourite smiley photo.
I love how he looks like he is dreaming away here, lovely and peaceful and relaxed.
I always ensure baby is happy during his/her photo session, it's my number one priority.
If you are currently looking for a newborn photographer, or know some one who may be looking for one, I can pencil your little one's into my diary before they even arrive.
I do get very busy, especially in busy months at certain times of the year, advance booking is advised to ensure you are guaranteed a spot.
Reserve your spot today, call me now on: 07580128801
Baby Ethan was a dream to photograph, he slept all the way through his session and we were done and dusted in 2 hours!
Here a few of my favourite photo's from his session - we even got the froggy pose! I have also included some behind the scenes to show how this difficult pose was executed so you can be assured that baby safety is my number one priority.
Now below is the trade secret we love to share, only because there is evidence of this pose being copied with out the safety precautions and your baby could be injured if this is being carried out by untrained person's.
This pose MUST be a composite image. What is one of these?
Well a composite are two individual images stitched together with the magic of photoshop.
Here you can see baby is fully supported by dad in the two bottom shots, so baby is comfortable and safe at all times.
This has to be one of my favourite set ups at the minute with my new supercute american Ted, flown over from the U.S.A and my beautiful kidsilk romper set.
And prop shot, he looks so adorable 'snoozing' in the well bucket with my knitted night cap and teddy.
If your looking to have newborn photo's of your little one, or know someone who is looking for a newborn photographer, please share my details with them.
I take advanced bookings from as early as your 20 week scan to guarantee you a place, as places are limited.
If you go down in the woods today......
The Bluebells have bloomed, and make fantastic spring backdrops to your portraits. You have to be quick though as the bluebells are only here for a few weeks.
I do have some availability mid-week for anyone wanting bluebell portraits.
Bluebell shoots are £50 and come with a complimentary Framed 7x5" print.
Call now to book: 07580128801
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!
Sarah McLean is a newborn portrait photographer providing her service to the Ribble Valley & Lancashire. She specialises in Newborns, Babies, Children, Families .