Cake Smash Session Information



About your Cake Smash session


The Cake Smash Session is very relaxed and a lot of fun, a great way to celebrate your little ones birthday. I provide all the props, outfits, balloons, bath and other accessories, and you provide the cake. Setting colours will be discussed with you beforehand and tailored to your preferences,  you can then order, make or buy your cake to fit in with the colour scheme you have chosen. I do have someone i can recommend to make the ideal cake for you if you require.

I arrange a time  most suitable for you and your little one with the full understanding they are their own little person, some get right to the fun and some need a little more time and encouragement to enjoy getting stuck into their cake 🙂  Depending on which Cake Smash session you have selected, I work with an assistant who is there to video the session, giving me footage of the session for use to incorporate into a video and image slideshow.


I would recommend that you let your little one try a soft iced cake at least once before the day of their session, encouraging them to get their hands messy, so that on the day they know they can get stuck in!




What are you paying for?


  • A trained professional photographer with specialist equipment and props to take fun milestone images of your toddler on their birthday, the cost of an assistant to be present for the entire session to help get the best from your little one and generally assist the session.

  • Before your session, of approx 2 hours preparing the studio & equipment for the particular kind of styling that has been discussed with you before hand. After your session clearing studio and washing, there is always a lot of mess to clear up after a session.

  • Time for your session up to 2 hours for both photographer and assistant.

  • Post production uploading images, selection and photo editing and video slideshow production of between 1 to 2 days

  • Preparing and uploading to your gallery and viewing session. e-mails, etc: approx 2 hours.

  • Business insurance, gallery and website costs, camera, props, studio equipment and running costs.



When to book?

I recommend you book your session well in advance to guarantee my availability around your little ones birthday. However, it is easier to fit in a Cake Smash session than a newborn, so please don’t hesitate to contact me to check availability at any time.



How old does my toddler need to be for a Cake Smash Session?

Sessions are ideal for your little one’s 1st birthday, but they can be any age, as long as you feel they would have fun getting stuck in to a messy fun session 🙂



How do we clean up our toddler after the session?

Depending on which session you have opted for, the standard session, I provide towels and bathroom facilities to wash and clean up. If you have opted for the Cake Smash and vintage bath session, your baby will have a lovely bubble bath to play in whilst capturing some angelic images of your little one. After i have finished capturing the images i need, you can wash them up in the bath.



Where are the sessions held?

Cake smash  & Newborn photography sessions are held in my studio in Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire. The studio is designed specifically with your baby photography session in mind, and has everything from props to accessories.



How Long does the session last?

On average between 1 – 2 hours from arriving at the studio to cleaning up afterwards.



After your session


I select the best images from the session and individually retouch each one. Your images will be ready to view approximately 1 to 2 weeks from the day of your session.


Viewing / Ordering session


At your viewing / ordering session,  you have the chance to purchase various different digital and print collections or order from our Al a carte menu.  You will want to show off your new photographs at their very best;  so we also offer a range of hand selected, luxurious professional products , beautiful memory boxes with luxury matted mounted prints and also our most popular wall art.





Please contact Donna Richens for full list of session details and prices.