What is a Cake Smash? Everything you need to know.

What is a cake smash?

A cake smash is exactly what it sounds like.  Which seems like a crazy idea, to give your baby a whole cake to themselves!  But yes, we give baby a beautifully baked cake and let them explore the taste, feel, texture – just like messy play really.

Quite often it will be their first try of something sweet, so it can get really animated when they discover the beautiful taste of cake.  They can be really messy, and some not so much.  Either way, its a really fun way to celebrate your baby’s first birthday.

What’s the point?!

Some people will ask whats the point?! Or some will say they don’t get it.

It’s because you haven’t done it yet.

It’s a really fun, memorable experience that the whole family can get involved in. As with all of my sessions, I offer some family and sibling portraits at the start. So big brother/sister can get stuck in a help a little too if they would like. There is always plenty of cake to go around!

You’ll walk away with some beautiful photographs and amazing memories of your baby’s special day. After all, your baby is unlikely to have a birthday at wish list..so give them the gift of memories.

When should we do it?

This is a pretty obvious one – around your baby’s first birthday of course!

You can schedule your session for the day of your baby’s birthday if you like.

Most people tend to book a few weeks ahead of the big day though as we can then have their images ready to display at their party or for you to share on the day they turn one.

What is a cake smash going to cost me?

Your ake smash session will cost £49 on a weekday, or £99 on a weekend. This session fee includes your cake, all your time in the studio (approx 1-1.5 hours)and the production of your final images.

You’ll be invited back to the studio 5-10 later to view and order your images.

I have two package options available for cake smashes, but most tend to go for the Maxi option to eliminate the need to discard images.

Sweet Baby Photography specialises in newborn and baby photography. Based near Huntingdon & Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

For full details about my cake smash sessions please visit Huntingdon Cake Smash Photographer (sweetbaby.photography)

Planning for your new arrival is super exciting, and there is such a lot to do! From the nursery, to your hospital bag and much more.

Planning for and booking a photography session for your new baby, whilst choosing to find the Find the best Newborn Photography Sessions near you is a huge decision.

There is so much to consider when weighing up the options that are available to you.

In this blog post I’m going to address some key areas of consideration that will help you make an informed decision.

Choosing the Best Newborn Photography Sessions: Things to Consider

Training: How Much Experience Does Your Photographer have?

This is probably the most important thing to check for – an experienced newborn photographer will be able to handle your baby safely while they photograph them. 

Keeping your baby safe is the most important aspect of a newborn photoshoot, so it’s essential to ensure that the professional you choose has plenty of experience and expertise in handling newborns.

A professional photographer should know how to pose and support your new baby in a way that is safe and comfortable for them. They should also be aware of how to settle and calm them if they become upset at any point.


An established newborn photographer will have plenty of reviews for you to read and check them out.

Opinions matter. And it is worth taking some time to read these and hear what other new parents have to say about your baby photographer. You are going to want to make sure that you like what you see, or I’d recommend moving on pretty swiftly! Take your time and do your research.

You can see reviews from my clients here.


When looking around for your newborn photographer, the first thing you will do (most likely) is check out their images – if you like them, you’ll keep looking. Obvious, right?!

It’s really important to choose a photographer whose style you love. It’s a truly unique experience and it can’t be repeated later.

So are you considering posed newborn photography sessions with props?  Or maybe a lifestyle shoot?
Only you can decide that but having a clear idea of how you want your finished images to look will really help you in deciding which newborn photographer to hire.

Posed newborn photography sessions will likely take place in the photographers studio, so also make sure that you are happy to travel to them for this. Posed sessions have a lot more “stuff” than a lifestyle session. There will be props, as well as a lighting setup to account for. If you specifically want a photographer to come to your home, this needs to be checked very early on, as not all will offer this.

Lifestyle photography sessions are more likely to take place in your home, so you’ll need to be prepared for a good old tidy up to make everything photo worthy on the day of your session. Definitely something to be aware of if you are anything like me!


Ok I saved the big one for last. Probably not the most popular topic here..

When it comes to newborn photography sessions, you really do get what you pay for.

A professional and insured photographer who specialises in newborns is not going to work with you for £50 – and whilst low prices may seem tempting, they are likely too good to be true.

That being said, I understand that everyone has a budget in mind when setting out to buy a product or service.

Choosing the Best Newborn Photography Sessions near you.

What About Sweet Baby Photography? What Do I Offer?

At my photography studio I offer posed newborn portraits, they are baby led to ensure your newborns safety and comfort throughout. All my photoshoots take place within my comfortable studio in Sawtry, near Huntingdon.

I’ll offer you a variety of beautiful poses and setups while I monitor your baby’s wants and needs throughout. We will take our time, and you can expect to be with me for 2-3 hours while we complete everything.

After your session you’ll be invited back to the studio to view your edited images, this is normally around 7-10 days later. At this point, you’ll select the package that suits you the best.

If you want to find out more about how I work or get booked in with me, please feel free to get in touch here or visit my newborn page for more information.