So as you all know I offer the perfect session for any little one who’s birthday is coming up. I would say for their first birthday however I have done shots for 2nd, 3rd and even 4th birthdays too. I have even done 30th/50th cake smash and wine shoots!!
Over the past years of doing my photography I love every aspect of my work, but it is without a doubt, cake smash sessions are on a different level to all my other shoots. The main reason being is we get messy, VERY messy. Oh, and there is lots of splashing involved too. Before I put you off too much, I will add we do capture some beautiful images prior to the cake or the tub part of the session. I give my clients the option of whether they wish for these to be family images or images of little one. Here’s a few examples of our pre cake smash images.
I wanted to talk a bit about the cakes, what’s in them and where they come from. I have the most amazing supplier for my cakes, and she is simply amazing with whatever design ideas come to mind. I first met Dina from Dina’s cake creations when I started out, as I was looking for somebody who was able to keep up with my demand for cakes when I had sessions book. Of course, with sessions not always being booked in advance I needed to find somebody reliable and able to work on short notice and Dina exceeded all of this. Dina first started her interest in cakes as a child and always loved to help bake cakes when she could, over the years it progressed to her doing her child’s 5thbirthday cake. After she had done this, and family and friends saw her amazing work they all started to ask if she too could supply a cake for them. Over the time Dina made various cakes for family and friends and too took her very first order of a wedding cake and it all started from there, creating wedding, birthday, christening and any other occasion cakes. When I asked Dina for some information on her cakes, it was a lovely experience for her to look back at her work and see how far she had come. The work and detail which go into them are just simply stunning. They take Dina hours to complete and are truly a piece of art. Although that work does eventually get cut into and eaten.
I needed to know what was in them and if she was able to tweak them if any dietary requirements were needed. If you’re like me and don’t bake often you don’t have a clue what goes in them. So, the basic things you need for a cake are flour, caster sugar, butter and eggs. We also offer dairy/gluten free cakes in our session as we cant have anyone with allergies missing out! Dina even offers eggless cakes, who even knew there was such a thing?!?
We offer two types of sessions:
If clients chose my simplicity range, then theses are usually tall round 8in cakes covered in butter icing with little or no colour or theme to them. These are called naked cakes and sometimes can have flowers on top depending on personal preference. As you child is the main focus of these sessions, the clothing I provide is white or grey. Here’s just a few examples of the cakes and outfits for the simplicity range.
Giant Cupcakes Range
If you’re looking for a cake smash session with a particular colour or theme, then the normal range of cake smash sessions are what you’re looking for. Oh, and believe me we have had every theme going, from peter rabbit, hungry caterpillar, superman, daisy’s, mini mouse. We’ve even had parents make special outfits, buntings or props to use in with the images.
The sky is the limit when it comes to this range and you can have any colours bright or pastel, a truly bespoke session.
Dina is amazing at creating cakes from a mixture of ideas and themes. Here’s just a few of the themed session cakes she has done for me. I would like to say I have a favourite but each and every time Dina creates a new design is blows me away even more.
Of course, once all the cake part of the session is over. Your little one will enter into the tub and have a splashing good time; this ensures they are nice and clean for the journey home and is a lovely way of capturing them at a time where they are just sampling having fun. After all there’s only so much splashing, they can do it the tub at home without drowning the floor and coming through the ceiling.
If you’re in need of a cake, simply love her work or just wish to help a fellow small business owner out then head over to Dina’s cake creations, give her a like and some love on her posts or even pop her a message for any quotes. Remember all small business can be supported by you even if you aren’t purchasing anything, but simply liking a post helps.
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Celebrating his first birthday in style with a Cake Smash photography session in Leicester
Little Finley-Jay came to visit me here at Bumps Baby Beyond a few weeks ago for his cake smash session.
Our cake smash sessions are a different way to celebrate your little one’s birthday. What better way than capturing this huge milestone in their lives and having such beautiful images to treasure forever? They grow so quickly that to have this priceless moment to look back on is something to help hold onto that moment that goes by in a flash!
Every cake smash session is tailored to a theme/colour suited to your little one, in this case Finley-Jay's mummy chose to go with a subtle but colourful set up and chose our favourite, blue triangles with our specially designed outfit by Pixey Dust Photography Props. Each of our set ups contain decorations in the background. On this occasion mum wished to keep things simple and went for our navy blue, light blue and white bunting.
As always I offer some before images too, this gives you a variety of images on top of the cake smashing part and of course our splish splash in the tub. We stuck with fairly natural images and added slight colours to give a subtle effect for Finley-Jay pre smash images. Here are a few of my favourite...
I love the simplicity of this cake smash and how all the colours worked so well and didn’t take too much focus from Finley-Jay.
I always offer a splash in the tub after a session as this is the easiest way to clean your little one up and allow them to drift off in the car on the way home after such an excitable experience. As always this is littles one’s favourite part and makes for such lovely images of them being so curious and just splashing everywhere and seeing how far the bubbles travel.
I'm a little late in writing these blogs but recently Precina and Dipesh celebrated their sons 1st birthday by doing a cake smash photo shoot and he loved it. Form the moment he walked into the studio to the moment he left he was full of character and smiles! It was a true please to meet this little boy who just filled my studio with laugher (and animal noises hehe)
His mummy brought in a lovely jeans and hat outfit that suited him down to a t, he absolutely rocked that hat from Mamas & Papas!
As we were singing songs and asking animal noises his mum noticed the cloud and star set I have from pixey dust and thought it would really suit him. He loved this set up and when his mummy was telling him how much she loved him he threw his hands in the air – it was so cute!
Khyal spied the bike in the corner of my studio so we swiftly moved on to that prop and threw some mint colours in there; the really complimented him!
Mummy made her own cake for his cake smash session and boy did he love it! It was a healthy carrot cake and he got stuck right in! he really didn’t need any prompting or help, he dived in and before we knew it he was covered in it all. Squished in his little hands and feet, on his legs, arms, tummy…the lot!
After he was finished demolishing his cake he took a soak in the bath whilst clapping his hands, splashing around and finishing off with a quick pick of the nose haha
Ayla's Cake Smash Photography Session at Bumps Baby Beyond, Leicester
This time i thought it would be nice to have a blog from mums point of view, I asked Alison to write a short routine of their session with us and how she thought her daughters cakesmash was so ill hand it over to her...
"Their first birthday is massive milestone, it’s not only about the fact of them turning one but it marks the day that we survived the first year of parenthood!! Due to our house falling through recently we moved in with my in-laws, therfore a birthday party was out of the question so I began to think of other ideas. The one that always stood out was a cake smash, from day one when I had this little bean inside me I knew I wanted to have one done. The only other question left was, what photographer am I going to use?
After knowing bianca and seeing her work first hand it was out of the question to look for anyone else. After all she ticked every last thing box, from colour scheme’s, to cake designs and outfits, to what she offered and how every last thing was covered. Everything was there in place to ensure that the cake smash session was tailored to our little girl. We even got a ‘’what to expect guide’’ which made me feel at ease straight away knowing I had an idea of what to expect.
As the day arrived I was so excited; probably more excited than Ayla (my little girl)! When we arrived at the studio we was welcomed in, it was all set up, lovely and warm with outfits ready for our pre cake smash photos and i got given a section to choose from. My most favourite out of all the props defiantly had to be the wooden bowl Ayla sat in, Bianca captured the moment perfectly as Ayla looked directly into the camera with a cheeky expression.
After the pre cake smash photos we went onto the main event, the cake smashing part!! This is the part that surprisingly usually takes the longest for little ones to accept, but don’t mind if I blow my own trumpet by saying, that I followed Bianca’s tips by giving Ayla cupcakes loaded with butter icing prior to the session to ensure Ayla didn’t freak out at the texture of the cake, which she didn’t, thank goodness!! Oh and the cake, WOW it was scrummy, and exactly what I had said I wanted. Me being me, I wanted different styles of cakes putting together and that is exactly what I got complete with a princess crown on top...we even got to take some home with us! Thanks Dina 'click here' for her cake page (trust me she is the best in town!)
Bianca captured all the best bits with Ayla chomping away and even her tiny, caked up toes. It was so fun... for both of us.
After the messy part was done the bath tub came out. This was such a fun and easy way to clean Ayla up after all that mess she had made. It was so nice not to have to worry if she splashed too much or if water went everywhere, Ayla was allowed to just do what she liked. My most favourite photo from this all was when Ayla splashed and Bianca snapped mid splash.
It truly was such a happy, fun experience from start to finish. It is one thing I would do over and over again if I could and of course thanks all goes to Bianca for everything she did for our session start to finish including all the contact from when we booked right through to our products."
I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you very much to Alison for taking the time to describe what her session was like and I hope this gives you an insight to out Cake Smash Sessions here at Bumps Baby Beyond :) Here is a little video from her session