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 recommend you bring a change of clothes, although I provide outfits for the session.



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 capture video footage 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 of between 4 to 8 hours for images and up to 12 hours for video sessions.

  • 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 retouch each one individually. If you have opted for the video slideshow package your images and slideshow will be ready to view approximately 2 to 3 weeks at a studio viewing session, without the slideshow 1 to 2 weeks from the day of your session.  Viewing session is back at the studio and then uploaded to a personal password protected gallery.


Your Images

Following your session, you will want to show off your new photographs at their very best; I offer a range of hand selected, luxurious professional products, packages of digital files and digital collections which also include my most popular wall art.


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