Ultimate guide to Cake Smashes

I’ve been shooting cake smash sessions in my studio for almost 12 years now, and it still remains one of the most popular ways to celebrate your baby’s first birthday. I get asked tons of questions about cake smash sessions, so this blog sets out to answer some of those. I’ve also included a brilliant guide to cake smashes too.

A cake smash session is the perfect way to celebrate a first birthday! As a baby photographer, I have met hundreds of parents at their cake smash sessions, and all of them have so much fun. They create amazing memories right in my studio whilst I capture those memories in real-time. I truly believe that a cake smash session is the most fun and memorable way to mark this milestone.

guide to cake smashes, ashleigh shea photography

First of all...

A cake smash session is all about capturing your baby's unique personality and individuality. Every baby is different, and a cake smash session allows them to express themselves in their own way. Some babies will dive right into the cake and get completely covered in cake and buttercream, while others may take a more tentative approach. Whatever your baby's style, a cake smash session will capture their true essence.


A cake smash session is a great opportunity to create lasting memories that you will treasure forever. The photos from a cake smash session will capture your baby's first taste of birthday cake, their reactions to it, and their excitement and joy as they explore the sweet treat in front of them. These photos will be a wonderful reminder of this special milestone in your baby's life for years to come.


A cake smash session is just plain fun! Watching your baby dive into a cake and get covered in buttercream is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. It's a lighthearted and playful way to celebrate your baby's first year of life and the joy they have brought into your family.

ultimate guide to cake smashes, ashleigh shea photography, orpington

If you're considering a cake smash session for your baby's first birthday, here are a few tips to help make it a success:

  • Choose a theme or colour scheme that most reminds you of your baby at this time. Our hand crafted cakes come with buttercream icing, as it's easy to smear and doesn't dry out too quickly. This is made to match your set.
  • Dress your baby in an outfit that you don't mind getting messy. A nappy cover, little turn up jeans or tutu are great options. However I also have many outfits in the studio for you to choose from too.
  • Schedule the session for a time when your baby is well-rested and fed. A hungry or tired baby is less likely to be in the mood for cake!
  • Bring a clean change of clothes for your baby, and make sure to have your usual supplies of water cup, nappies and wipes. You'll also need a towel for after their splash fun, we use simple or Johnsons bubbles in the studio so if your little one has a specific one they use bring that along too.
  • Finally, be prepared to have fun and enjoy the moment!

A cake smash session is a wonderful way to celebrate your baby's first birthday. It's a fun and memorable experience that will create lasting memories for you and your family. So go ahead and let your baby dive into that cake – you won't regret it!

If you want more information about my cake smash session, including pricing and products, grab my

Ultimate Guide to Cake Smashes


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