Cake Smash Photoshoots in Gloucester

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If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate your baby’s first birthday, what about a cake smash and splash session at my Gloucester photography studio? Let your little one loose with a cake all to themselves while I capture all the fun on camera (and clean up the mess afterwards!).

If cake’s not your thing, you could try something a little healthier with a fruit smash, or keep things simple with a gorgeous themed photoshoot.

What to expect during your cake smash photoshoot

Either book a cake smash as a fab celebration for your little one’s birthday, or choose a date a little earlier to get your photos back in time to share on the big day!

BEFORE

Cake smashes can be booked at any time. A £100 deposit is required to secure your booking, which will be credited towards your final order. Once you’re all booked in, we’ll get to the fun part of planning your photoshoot with either an online or in-person consultation.

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ON THE DAY

Before we get stuck into the cake smash, we’ll get some nice (clean!) photos of your little one, and we’ll use this opportunity to update your family portrait too! Then it’s time to let your birthday boy or girl loose with a cake all to themselves and see how they react! We’ll finish off with a fun bubble bath session for some more cute photos and to get them all clean before we send you home!

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AFTER

If you’re up for it, you’ll have the option of a social media sneak peek that very evening! Then, a few weeks after your photoshoot, you’ll be invited back to the studio to see your beautiful gallery for the first time. You’ll get to see and touch the unique pieces of wall art on offer and see exactly how they’ll look on the walls of your home. This is when you’ll choose the packages and products you’d like to buy and make your final purchase.

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For more information and for common queries about cake smash photoshoots, take a look at the Cake Smash Photoshoot FAQs.

Cake Smash Pricing

The birthday / cake smash photography packages available to you are listed below but please don’t get too caught up in them now. You don’t need to make any decisions until after you’ve seen your photographs. All I ask on booking is that you pay £100 as a deposit to secure your appointment and this will be credited entirely to your chosen package at your Reveal Appointment. If you’d prefer to make a bespoke order, you’re more than welcome to do so, however there is a minimum spend of £299.

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Cake Smash Photoshoot FAQs

If you would like to understand more about the process, see my frequently asked questions about cake smash sessions below.

Before your photoshoot

Can I pay for my session in instalments?

Yes! You are more than welcome to pay for your preferred photography package in monthly instalments in the run up to your session. Please let me know if you’d like to take advantage of this when booking your session. Payment plans can also be used to pay for your products after your view and order session, however no photographic products will be received until your invoice is paid in full.

ME/MY PARTNER/MY CHILD ARE POORLY, CAN WE STILL COME FOR OUR APPOINTMENT?

I have to be really careful not to pass on any nasty germs to the small babies that enter my studio so, please get in touch to reschedule. You won’t be charged and it’s much better to be safe rather than sorry.

WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY CHILD’S CAKE SMASH?
Whenever you’d like! Normally I’d expect to do cake smashes for a first or second birthday but there’s no hard and fast rules! If you’ve got a theme in mind then you’re best giving me a good four weeks’ notice so that I can get in whatever we need to give you the look you’re after!
DO YOU PROVIDE THE CAKE?

Yes! I use a fabulous local supplier for our cake smash cakes.

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On the day

Where is your studio?

My studio is located at my home in Longlevens, moments off the A40 and M5 motorway, making it ideally situated for clients in Gloucester, Cheltenham and further afield.

What should I expect from the session?
After booking you’ll be sent a confirmation email explaining any useful titbits for your photo session and you’ll be invited to my home studio in Gloucester.

Cake smash sessions aren’t very long – maybe up to an hour. We’ll go at your baby’s pace to make sure they’re enjoying themselves. After the cake eating, we’ll do a dip in the tub and turn the cake smash into a fun splash session!

If you want, you can have a sneak peek of your session posted online the very same evening!

HOW WILL COVID-19 AFFECT MY BOOKING?

I’ve written a blog post detailing the additional precautions in place due to COVID-19. If you have any questions about something that I haven’t covered, then please do not hesitate to ask.

WHAT ARE THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS?

Standard terms and conditions can be found here.

After your photoshoot

When will my photographs be ready?
After your photoshoot, your photographs will be edited to my highest standards before being presented to you. This process typically takes three weeks, however may take a little longer during busy periods. As soon as your photographs are ready, you’ll be invited back for your personal view and order session, where you’ll be able to view your photographs and choose the packages and products that you would like to purchase.

Please note that some mini sessions and event photography packages may not include a personal view and order session; in these cases you will be provided with an online gallery from which to download your photographs.

What happens after my photoshoot?
As your photoshoot draws to a close, we’ll arrange a convenient date and time for you to return to the studio for your view and order session. I don’t like to keep clients waiting too long, so I normally aim to get you back within a couple of weeks of your photo session.

If you can’t wait that long, you’ll be offered the opportunity of a sneak peek of one of your photographs on Facebook the evening of your photoshoot. Please note that I need your consent to use your images in this manner, so if you have not already opted into this within your contract, you may be asked to complete a model release form.

At your view and order appointment, you’ll be shown a beautiful, customised slideshow of all of your photographs. You’ll be reminded of the packages available and shown the art of the possible when it comes to wall art. And then it’s up to you to choose how you’d like to proceed. There’s never any pressure and, of course, if you don’t fall in love with your photographs, I will happily refund your deposit. Thankfully I can report that 100% of my clients have loved their photographs!

Orders are to be made at the view and order session so please make sure all decision makers can attend. I accept cash or debit card and can also offer payment plans if necessary.

Do I have to decide on my final order at the view and order appointment?

Ideally, yes. The purpose of the view and order session is for you to sit back and enjoy your photographs and decide which collection is right for you. Additional view and order appointments may be requested, however a booking fee will apply.

What is the charity donation?
I am passionate about helping families across Gloucestershire to celebrate family life but I know that not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to afford a luxury such as professional photography to help them do this. From an early stage in my business, I decided that I would do my bit to support those who can’t, so I chose to donate a portion of all standard packages sold to three charities in Gloucestershire that resonated with my values, Gloucestershire Bundles, The Family Haven and Footsteps Counselling and Care.
Will you use my images?
I’d love to! But I will never show your photographs to anyone without your consent. When you sign your portrait photography contract, you’ll be asked permission to use photographs from your session for marketing purposes. I know that some people feel uneasy about this until they’ve seen their images and that’s fine. You’re welcome to make up your mind at your view and order session and, if you’re happy for me to share your beautiful images with the world, I’ll simply fill ask you to fill in a model release consent form. And of course, if you’d prefer they stayed private, then that’s absolutely fine as well.

I wrote a blog post which goes into a little more detail about this here.

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