Cake Smash Photoshoot

What is a Cake Smash Photoshoot?

Thank you for visiting Caroline Jenkins Photography. I am a Hampshire baby photographer and have recently started running short bespoke baby sessions geared around the cute factor. My latest addition is Cake Smash photoshoots in Chandlers Ford and surrounding areas.

This is a very American idea which has hit our country in a big way over the past couple of years. But a gorgeous idea nontheless to mark your baby’s first birthday!

Until recently, I had never considered it a viable option as I do not own a studio and only work in the great outdoors using natural light. But then I realised that there’s still amrket for outdoor smashes, albeit in the warmer months only! Therefore it can be limiting because of the weather, but it also can be stunning when you get the right background, and so much more fresh and natural than in a studio! So – because the location is outdoors, I run very relaxed and rustic shoots. As you can see from my gallery, there is limited decoration. In other words, I feel that the location is decoration itself and to then add bunting and other such decoration would be too distracting and busy. I prefer the simple, effective and natural set ups!

Hopefully this page will provide you with all the information you need about a cake smash photoshoot in Chandlers Ford, but if you do have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch

Thank you and hopefully I will get to work with you soon!

baby plays in the bath during a cake smash photoshoot in Chandlers Ford

How does a Cake Smash photoshoot work?

My cake smashes run in three stages;

1) Play time. Baby plays with his/her favourite toys. This allows them to warm up to the shoot with some familiar items that bring them pleasure. This also means that those toys that are special at that time are also captured – it’s amazing how quickly they move onto the next toy and those early toys are discarded!

2) Cake smash. Once your little person has warmed up, we can present them with the cake. This needs to be done quickly and carefully before they get bored and start wriggling and wanting to move. We need to make sure the set up is correct before we let them at it, because once they are in, there will be no stopping them! Meanwhile we hang back and watch the fun / chaos unfolding before our eyes! I am still hoping for a face-plant to happen, but so far the babies have been very well-behaved and reserved!

3) Bubble bath. This is an entirely optional part of the session, but I have found it to be a really lovely way to end the cake smash shoot. It will become apparant when your baby has had enough. They may not like the mess on their fingers or just lose interest. As we are out on location, the bath takes a lot of organisation as we will not have access to a hot tap. I will bring the warm water with me in large bottles and after we’ve made up a nice warm bubble bath, we can stick your icing-covered baby in to give them a good clean up! This has worked brilliantly in the past and again – I am happy to let the baby take lead. They will let us know when the water has cooled too much or it is time to get out! It also doubles up wonderfully to clean them off and saves a wet wipe clean!

As a result, you will have three very different yet beautiful sets of images from each of the stages.















See my Cake Smash Photoshoot Portfolio

What do I need to do?

We will have lots of opportunities to liase and discuss, so first of all, do not panic!

The first thing to do is to start planning and preparing your babies outfit. Once you have figured out a colour theme, please let me know so I can order the balloons.

You will also need to provide the cake. I have contacted several local cake makers, all of whom charge upwards of £30 for a reasonable-sized cake. I feel uncomfortable charging you this amount for a cake which, realistically, will be destroyed within minutes. Plus cake-makers are so cautious about allergies etc that it works out easier for you to provide the cake yourself so you can be reassured with all of the ingredients. Experience tells me that the more buttercream icing the better though, as this is easier for your babies to poke and grab at)! If you do what to have a custom-made cake, I strongly suggest Angie’s Home Bakes. Angie is a local baker and is an absolute marvel in the kitchen! My kids have her cakes every birthday and I can’t see them stopping anytime soon!

baby cuddles Mummy during a cake smash photoshoot
quadruplets pose in sunglasses for an Easter bunny shoot


Unlike my Baby minishoot series (Easter Bunnies, Baby Pumpkins, Baby Christmas) , a cake smash photoshoot is on a date and at a location of your choosing. So, depending on the time of year that you want to hold the shoot – you can have a completely bespoke and varied background that we can pick to suit your colour theme and preference!

What now?

So, you have decided that a cake smash photoshoot is the way forward, you have thought of locations and you have pinpointed dates. What do you do next?

Firstly you need to contact me. You are, of course, welcome to call and have a chat but I know how difficult it can be to have an interruption-free conversation.

Secondly, I will invoice you for the session fee. This covers the cost of the shoot, all my editing time and your images from the shoot. After that has been paid, I will then book you onto the system and you will receive an appointment reminder and a client experience guide. This is a PDF document which should answer all your questions aboutr what to expect, what to provide and what happens.

After the shoot, I will email you a private link to your gallery. During the time that you are looking through your photos, it’s worth considering if any products would work well in your house. I am happy to bring them along to our shoot if you would like to see the quality, but please mention it in advance as I do not carry them around with me. There are some lovely boxes of prints that contain 10 10×8 prints that would make a great gift for grandparents or godparents.

We’ve used Caroline to capture so many moments of our boy’s first year so it was only fitting to use her for Ezra’s birthday cake smash! We all had such amazing fun doing it. Caroline is fun but professional, she really engages with Ezra to build a good bond, helping her to capture the smiles and giggles! The outside setting doesn’t just make beautiful photos but also made our one year old far more relaxed. The bath was loved the most, made for an easy clean up job for mum and despite being April, was still plenty warm enough! We would recommend Caroline to anyone and sure we will use her again!

Paul Darleston

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I choose any colour or style of cake?

Of course! It’s your baby shoot and can be as personalised and unique as you want it! It’s a lovely opportunity to capture the interests of your little one at this moment. As soon as you’ve decided on the colour theme though, please let me know so that I can order the balloons.

Can we shoot the cake smash indoors?

Absolutely! As I am outdoor-based, I don’t have a studio to accommodate shoots so you would need to be able to offer an appropriate space. I would absolutely recommend somewhere with an easy-to-clean floor as the cake smashes tend to get very messy!

What toys should I bring?

This is completely up to you, but I would suggest anything that is a current favourite with your baby at the moment. This is a great opportunity to capture the baby’s loves and favourites at the moment!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about cake smashes

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