It’s my twist on the popular cake smash photo shoot, with the addition of a clean up session after the cake has been smashed – choose from either my vintage tin tub or my miniature white roll top bath (complete with lots of warm water and bubbles of course!) Great fun images to create and memories to treasure.
The Cake Smash
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. I don’t provide the cake here but, if you are looking for a professionally made cake, I work with Just Smash Cakes who create you a cake to match your colour scheme and deliver it to the studio so it is waiting for you when your session starts. However, you’re welcoem to bring along a home made or shop bought cake too – you can be as simple or as elaborate as you like!
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 to reset the studio and then it’s time to get cleaned up in the bath.
The Tub Splash
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 far less sticky baby! Everyone’s a winner…
I have a choice of two tubs for this section of the photo shoot – a rustic styled tin tub and a modern and super cute miniature white roll top bath – whichever you prefer. There’s also a choice of accessory sets to accompany this part of the photo shoot from vintage florals, to a giant rubber duck. You’re welcome to use these to design your perfect bathtime images or bring along your own items to include.
Once you’ve chosen we top it up with warm water and get everything ready for bath time. 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. I have a bubble machine here if we want bubbles in the air as well as in the bath. Then we let the splashy fun commence and capture the action while getting clean at the same time – multi-tasking at its finest!
I have a range of interchangeable backdrops that you can choose from for your cake smash photo shoot to create the look that you want for your finished images plus match your chosen colour scheme. You can choose before you come, or we can make all the decisions on the day – they only take a second to swap over.
Tub Splash Accessory Choices
As well as choosing whether you would like to use my rustic tin tub or miniature roll top bath for your tub splash, you can also select from my accessory range to add into your photo shoot. Here’s a peek at what is on offer – you can use a complete set, mix and match or bring along your own items.
Recent Blog Posts
If you’d like to find out more about recent cake smash and tub splash photo shoots at my studio, then taking a peek on my blog is a great idea. You’ll find lots of ‘real life’ images plus some articles about what to expect and how to plan to the get most out of your first birthday photo session.
I specialise in providing cake smash and tub splash first birthday photo shoots from my studio in Crawley Down, near East Grinstead, in West Sussex. Celebrate and smile with a smash the cake photo shoot. Book in if you’re looking for a photo shoot in Sussex, Surrey, Kent or London.