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Birthday Cake Smash & Splash Photo Shoot

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Birthday Cake Smash & Splash Photo Shoot 2016-12-09T17:18:12+00:00

If you have a first birthday coming up, then you’ll know what an important milestone that is to celebrate.  Mark the occasion with a first birthday Smash and Splash photo shoot.   It’s my twist on the popular cake smash photo shoot, with the addition of a clean up session after the smash in my big tin tub (complete with lots of warm water and bubbles of course!)  Great fun images to create and to treasure.

We start off with a normal photo shoot, capturing your one year old just as they are and perhaps with some of my first birthday props (with of course anything that you would like to include) then we move on to the Smash and Splash part.  Of course, you can choose to Cake Smash and not Tub Splash or vice versa – it’s a very versatile session designed to give you a fantastic set of images that capture your baby having the maximum amount of fun.

The Cake Smash and Splash Photo Shoot is a craze that has been sweeping the USA for a number of years which is now getting bigger over here and basically, it does exactly what it says on the tin.  You bring along a birthday cake and let your little one just rip into it.   It’s really more of a messy play opportunity than it is an actual feeding activity as not a lot of the cake tends to get eaten.  Then after the stickiness, it’s time to splash in my old tin tub filled with lots of bubbles (and of course accompanied by my faithful companion ‘Quack’ the Duck) to have some bathtime fun and get cleaned up at the same time.

The Cake Smash

Cake Smash First Birthday Session

Basically, this is exactly what you would expect – you place a birthday cake in reach of your curious little one and let them explore for themselves – think messy play rather than lunch as it is more about smearing than it is about eating!

You bring along a birthday cake to your session (we don’t provide the cake here because of risks of food allergies). Some people bring along a professionally made cake and some people bring along a home made cake – you can be as simple or as elaborate as you like but either way plenty of icing is an absolute must.  Buttercream icing works better than fondant icing as it is more smearable and generally more fun to play with and I’d steer away from chocolate cake or icing as it doesn’t look so pretty in the finished pictures.

Anything your baby is wearing whilst exploring their cake is obviously likely to get messy so some people choose to just have them smash in a nappy (and I’d definitely recommend either a nappy cover or swim nappy for this as they look better in the finished images).  However, it’s totally up to you – smash in a fancy dress, first birthday outfit, plain vest, whatever works for you. When the cake has well and truly been smashed, we have a quick pause and then we are on to the Splash part of the session.

The Tub Splash

Cake Smash and Splash First Birthday Photo Shoot

The tub splash serves two purposes – firstly, you get great shots of your baby playing in the bubbles and enjoying the warm water and secondly, you get to take home a clean baby! Everyone’s a winner…

For this part of the session, you just need to bring along some bubble bath (the more bubbles the better in my opinion), a flannel and a towel.  If you have favourite bath toys you would like to include then by all means bring them along – the more the merrier.

Smash and Splash Session Fee

A first birthday smash and splash photo session includes access to all the props, backdrops and accessories and also your five favourite digital images to download, print and share as much as you would like.  The cost for this is £95.  You are welcome to purchase additional images, either in digital, print, or canvas form from your online gallery but there is no viewing session or high pressure sales meeting to endure.