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Cake Smash Sessions

Cake Smash Photography – what does it involve?

Cake Smash photography sessions are a fun way to celebrate your baby’s big milestone – their first birthday! We aim to capture some beautiful portraits of your baby on or near their birthday and cake is involved too! Scroll down to view examples of cake smash galleries. These sessions take place at my beautiful studio in Tonbridge, Kent. Before the session, I’ll be in touch to help you design your baby’s special first birthday photoshoot. There’s a huge number of themes or colours to choose from.

The cake smash session is split into 3 mini sessions: 

1) First we start with some simple portraits in a nice dress/smart outfit

2) Then it’s the cake-smash part. I have a choice of tutu skirts, dresses and rompers for the girls CLICK HERE FOR GIRL OUTFITS. Plus there’s a variety of outfits for the boys too CLICK HERE FOR BOY OUTFITS. Of course you are welcome to bring your own outfit too.

3) Finally I offer a “tub-time” session for your little one to have a few photographs in a warm bubble bath (and that way they also get to go home clean too!)

So you’ll end up with a range of baby portraits, cake smash images and tub time photos:

Simple white backdrop with pale blues for baby's first birthday photos
Classic portraits, the cake smash AND a splash in the bath are included in all my cake smash sessions.

Before your session

Once you’ve booked a photo shoot, we plan ahead what your little one will wear. I do have a huge selection of outfits or you may have an outfit from home that you want to bring along for your little one to be photographed in. You may have an idea of a theme you’d like me to work towards or just simply a colour scheme that you love. With an outfit and theme picked out, we can then select a cake to match. Very often clients choose a large cupcake. However, we can discuss an alternative that would work with a themed smash. Click HERE FOR CAKE INSPIRATION.

I have a great many little props that I can use at your baby’s session including little chairs, stools and crates. Plus there’s some accessories such as letters spelling ONE or some cute little fabric number 1s. In addition, I have a huge selection of backdrop colours to choose from.

Baby at a cake smash with rainbow fan backdrop


My cake smash sessions cost £100. This includes a cake from a local professional cake maker Cakes Unlimited UK for a beautiful giant cupcake. However, I’m happy for you to provide your own cake which reduces the session fee to £65.

You have full use of any of my props, backdrops and beautiful cake smash outfits. In addition, you can also bring your own clothes too and decide at the session what you want your little one to wear. The only props I don’t provide are balloons – if you would like these included in the set-up, I just ask that you provide these yourself.

The session fee doesn’t include any digital images. Your images will be edited approximately 1-2 weeks after your session and you will be sent a link to view the gallery online. You can then purchase one of three different digital image packages:

CollectionWhat’s IncludedCost
Collection 1All digital images (minimum of 20) from your gallery provided as High Resolution
Jpeg Files on a USB.
Ten 10” x 8” prints of your choice.
A mini folio to include 3 fine art prints
Collection 2All digital images (minimum of 20 images) provided as High Resolution Jpeg Files
on a USB.
Six 10” x 8” prints of your choice
Collection 310 digital images provided as High Resolution Jpeg Files as a digital download service.
Four 10” x 8” prints. Images to be printed must be from your chosen 10 digital images.

Further pricing of wall art and prints are available on request. The session fee is required to secure a booking – but no further payment for the digital image packages is required until you have viewed your gallery.


You can see from some of my cake smash photo shoots below, that these sessions are lots of fun!

These are just a few of the Disney themed cake smash sessions, I’ve been asked to create for…

A range of different Disney themed cake smashes by Tonbridge photographer
The Lion King, Under The Sea, Moana and Toy Story Cake Smashes

Other clients have asked for a cake smash to fit an idea they’ve had. For example, to match a bedroom/nursery theme, or to match the meaning of the baby’s name.

A sample of boys cake smashes by Tunbridge Wells photographer
Cowboy, Aeroplane, Superhero and Rainbow Baby Cake Smashes
baby in a bath at his jungle theme cake smash
Jungle themed cake smash
A range of girls cake smash photography by Sevenoaks photographer
Music & Floral themes and Teddy Bears Picnics
4 different themed ideas for a baby photoshoot
Hungry Caterpillar, Nautical, Space and Wild One themes

However, it may be that you’re looking for a simpler set up using just a few colours…

Babies celebrating their first birthdays with white designs
Cake Smashes with “naked” cakes
using blues in the set ups of Kent cake smash photographer
Using blues in cake smashes
Using pastel colours at baby's first birthday photoshoot
Lilacs, pinks and peach colours

Environmentally Friendly Printed Backdrops

I try really hard to ensure my cake smash set ups are as environmentally friendly as possible, always opting for decor that I can re-use and I try to avoid the use of balloons. These printed backdrop options are great for achieving an eco-friendly cake smash, whilst still providing a stunning look for your baby’s first birthday images.

Four examples of printed backdrops for eco-friendly cake smash set ups at Sarah Hart Photography

So, whatever your ideas, or inspiration, I can look to create a unique cake smash set up for your baby’s first birthday. If you’d like more inspiration you can take a look at some more blogs below with ideas…

Sarah Hart Photography is an experienced Kent cake smash photographer serving clients from Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells, Edenbridge, Maidstone and beyond. If you would like to discuss a cake smash design, I’d love to hear from you. For more information and to discover future availability, drop Sarah an email:

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