Three reasons to book a baby cake smash photography session for your lockdown baby

Baby Photography, Birthday, Cake Smash

Was your baby born during lockdown? Had you wanted to get professional photos of them as a newborn but did you miss out on the chance because of Covid-restrictions?

If so, don’t despair! I know how desperate you are to have portraits taken of them. Rest assured, there’s still plenty of time. In fact, a baby cake smash photography session could be the perfect solution.

Read on to find out more.


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Baby photography is back!

Yes, isn’t it great news?! With restrictions having eased, I’m thrilled to finally be able to welcome families back into my photography studio here in Bromley in Kent.

So, if you’re a parent who hasn’t been able to have your lockdown baby photographed as a newborn, or if you’ve missed out on a session that was going to celebrate your baby’s first birthday...

...NOW is a great time to get booked in for an alternative baby photoshoot.


First Birthday baby cake Smash photography session by Ashleigh Shea photographyloon Garland, Ashleigh Shea Photography, Bromley, London

Many of my clients are now looking ahead to a sitter session or baby cake smash.

These are perfect for lockdown babies approaching their first birthday and slightly older babies who are nearing their toddler years.

Baby Cake Smash Photography in Kent

Cake smash photography is actually one of my most popular services and my favourite sessions to shoot.

While a cake smash photoshoot is a very different experience from a traditional newborn session, the beautiful memories that I’ll capture for you will be no less special.

Related reading: What is a cake smash?

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Three reasons to book a baby cake smash photography session

1. Personality-packed portraits

A cake smash photoshoot is ideal for any child who is sitting independently and is suitable for children up to around 3 years old.

One advantage that cake smash sessions have over newborn sessions is that being slightly older, your baby’s personality will shine through in the photographs! I can capture this and all their gorgeous baby features in fun-filled images.

You’ll get a variety including images before the smash, during the smash and afterwards too. I have a cute diddy roll-top bathtub and can capture some amazing images of them splashing about and getting clean!


bath splash portrait session for babies


2. Baby cake smash photography is so much fun!

As a newborn, your baby would naturally sleep through most of their portrait session whereas a cake smash session is a fun experience for them to enjoy.

If they wish, they can dig into their beautifully decorated cake and get as messy as they like! Or we can just capture them looking adorable with the cake and styled backdrop that you choose.


Sea, balloons, Cake Smash, Ashleigh Shea Photography, Bromley, First Birthday,Kent


3. A unique and individual cake smash experience

Last, but not least, what makes baby cake smash photography with me particularly special is that I pride myself on creating unique sets for each family.

I work my hardest to design you a set tailored to your unique requirements so that you can gain personalised images that you won’t see elsewhere.

I create the cake smash setup to match your colour and style preferences, arrange the cake to match and to suit your child’s dietary requirements, and do all the clearing up afterwards. The experience is quick and hassle-free.

I handle everything so that you don’t have to, and I’m confident that the resulting photographs will be the perfect memento of a fun time in your baby’s young life.


monster baby cake smash photography by Ashleigh Shea photography

Related reading: Cake Smash examples

Book your cake smash photoshoot today

There’s so much to love about baby cake smash photography!

Even if you’ve missed out on the chance to photograph your baby during the newborn phase, choose me as your baby photographer and I’ll be sure to capture the remaining important milestones.

I can create vibrant baby portraits whatever their age so you can have memories to treasure for a lifetime.

For more information or to book your baby’s cake smash, please fill out our contact form. I look forward to hearing from you and to meeting your little one very soon!

Ashleigh x

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  1. Nazneen

    I want to book for my son’s cake smash photography

    • Ashleigh

      I’ve popped you an email


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