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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What to Expect When I’m Expecting You.......
The diary of a newborn and baby photographer is a complicated place!
Nobody told your baby that they are expected to turn up for their portrait session and while some can’t wait to get here, some are fashionably late. This makes my diary a wonderfully fluid place!
When you first book your session you will be required to pay the session booking fee to reserve your place in my diary.
I only take a limited number of newborn sessions each month so that I can ensure I can fit everybody in and work around midwife and health visitor appointments once your baby is here.
Once your baby arrives and you have settled back in at home just give me a call/email me and we can then confirm the best date and time for your session.
Your portrait session will take place in my comfortable purpose designed studio.
Newborn studios are not like traditional photography studios - they are designed to be warm and comfortable.
I want you and your baby to feel relaxed and comfortable so you are able to feed on demand and put your feet up with plenty of refreshments and a magazine (I even have some new dads who take a quick nap on the sofa!)
Our studio has two separate shooting areas, one is fully dedicated to the newborn sessions which has a comfy sofa to relax on whilst I work my magic. Bottle warming facilities are available should you require to warm your baby's milk, and we are also breast feeding friendly. We also boast a bathroom/changing room should you wish to change outfits, or freshen up.
So that I can capture your baby perfectly while they are still so brand new, for most of the session your baby will be in their birthday suit. Newborn clothes never fit correctly so we don’t get to see all those beautiful details that say ‘hey I’m brand new!’
However, one of the downsides of this, is your baby is guaranteed to poop and/or pee on props, blankets, perhaps even me or you! This is just par for the course, something I’m used to dealing with on a daily basis and something I allow for.
All of my blankets and props are washed after each session and I have plenty of cloths and towels to hand. You might want to pop a change of clothes for yourself into your changing bag, just in case the worse happens.
Your newborn portrait session can take up to 4 hours and the reason for this is your newborn will need feeding, cuddles and cleaning throughout the session which is baby led rather than photographer led.
I hope this article answers the many common questions but if you would like to book or discuss a session please contact me; CONTACT ME LINK
Studio Tel: 01772 784499
Here at Sarah McLean Photography, we like to create a bespoke images which include your new little bundle of joy, and your past times.
Little Peggy came into the studio at just 9 days to have her newborn pictures captured.
Her mummy has grown up around horses and I am pretty sure little Peggy will follow suit once she is old enough to ride in a saddle.
So instead of waiting years to capture Peggy in the saddle - I captured her on it!
Carefully positioning her onto the sheepskin cover, fast asleep I posed her safely on there with mum and dad spotting her at all times.
I could not wait to start editing this session once it was finished, knowing that I had created something spectacular and extra special for mum. As eager as I was to post a sneak peek, I didn't want to ruin the surprise and waited until their next appointment in the studio to come and see their beautiful images for the first time.
After the slide show finished, Mum & Dad were thrilled! if not a tad emotional with happy tears streaming down their cheeks, mum couldn't begin to explain how happy she was with her custom image and how well it turned out her little newborn girl, sleepy and posed upon her saddle.
It's moments like this when my clients are extremely happy with their precious images, and their emotions like this show this, I get that warming feeling inside knowing my work has made them this happy.
This is little Peggy upon her mum's riding saddle.
This portrait will look stunnning on one of our high end acrylics across any living room wall - for maxium visual impact.
Call Sarah, and see what bespoke piece she can create you for your own newborn photo's.
Tel: 01772784499 or mobile: 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
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
Sarah McLean is a newborn portrait photographer providing her service to the Ribble Valley & Lancashire. She specialises in Newborns, Babies, Children, Families .