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Cake Smash Sessions in Gloucester

Celebrate your baby’s first birthday with a cake smash 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!)! Or if you’d prefer something a little healthier, why not try a fruit smash – pick your child’s favourite fruits and let them go wild. With Messy Milestone sessions we can avoid the food altogether and just let them get downright dirty. The world is your oyster – just let me know what you’ve got in mind!

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  • Silver
  • £199
  • Up to 1 hour session

  • Full use of props

  • In-person photo viewing

  • 5 fully edited high resolution digital images available via download

  • £10 charity donation

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  • Gold
  • £299
  • Up to 1 hour session

  • Full use of props

  • In-person photo viewing

  • 10 fully edited high resolution digital images on a USB stick

  • 10 matching 8" x 10" prints

  • High resolution HD slideshow with all of your images

  • £10 charity donation

  • BOOK NOW
  • Platinum
  • £399
  • Up to 1 hour session

  • Full use of props

  • In-person photo viewing

  • All of your photographs as fully edited high resolution digital images on a USB stick

  • All your photographs as 8" x 10" prints in a presentation box

  • High resolution HD slideshow with all of your images

  • Facebook timeline cover to show off your photos

  • £50 credit towards any wall art purchase

  • £50 off your family portrait session

  • £10 charity donation

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Newborn Photoshoots FAQs

Yes! If you fancy making your photoshoot that little bit more special, you can get your hair and make-up professionally done right here in my studio before your session. I work closely with the lovely Gemma Hull who specialises in gorgeous natural make-up and ‘wow’ hairstyles that will make you look and feel amazing. To see some of Gemma’s work, head on over to her website Gemma Hull Hair and Make-Up. Full hair and make-up costs just £65 and may be included as part of your deposit (but will not be refundable).

No, you are welcome to make a bespoke order. There is, however, a minimum spend equal to the relevant silver package.

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

Yes! Although there are lots of photographers who choose to use natural light for newborn photography, I prefer the control that studio lighting gives me to really create the style of image that I love and am known for.

You needn’t worry though, the very short duration and unfocused nature of the flashes make flash photography perfectly safe for your newborn baby’s eyes.

A newborn photoshoot typically lasts between 2-4 hours, but can sometimes take longer. Babies are all different – some might comfortably sleep through their entire session whereas others might be in a phase of cluster feeding which makes it difficult to get a good sleep period for me to work my magic. It just all depends on the baby and how they’re feeling on the day. The pace is set entirely by them. And if that means I need more than four hours to get you a beautiful gallery full of photographs, then that’s absolutely fine. Please don’t plan anything else for the rest of the day – then we can all relax and enjoy the experience without any outside pressures.

Prices for newborn photoshoots vary wildly. And whilst I understand that cost is likely to be a factor in choosing your photographer, I would highly recommend that you do not base your decision solely on price.

  • Safety is paramount. You’d be shocked by how many people buy a ‘proper’ camera and call themselves a professional newborn photographer, without ever having completed any training on how to safely handle and pose a newborn. Newborn photography training costs hundreds of pounds; make sure your photographer has invested in theirs.
  • Your baby will never be this small again. If capturing this precious time is important to you, don’t scrimp on your photographs. Because if you make the wrong choice and find you don’t like them, you may never get the opportunity to retake them. Choose a photographer who has a great, consistent style that you LOVE.
  • There’s a lot to be said for gut instinct. Meet or at least talk to your photographer before booking and make sure you get a good feeling from them. After all, you’ll be handing over your most precious creation!

If you’d like to know more about how much my newborn photoshoots cost, head to my newborn photography page.

As a newborn photographer, I have to be really careful not to pass on any nasty germs to the babies that enter my studio so, please, if you have any contagious illnesses, I do ask that you stay away from the studio for at least 48 hours. There is no charge for rescheduling planned sessions due to illness, so let’s be safe rather than sorry.

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.

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 two charities in Gloucestershire that resonated with my values, Gloucestershire Bundles and The Family Haven.

You can find out a little more about this here.

A £100 deposit is payable for all photo sessions to secure your booking. This is then used as a credit towards whichever package or products you would like to buy. The deposit is non-refundable in the event of a no-show.

After the formalities of booking are over and done with, you’ll get an email confirming everything you need to know about your newborn photography session (you can get a head start with the blog post How to Prepare for Your Newborn Portrait Photography Session) and inviting you to my home photography studio (soon to be garden studio – eek!) in Gloucester.

You can expect to be in the studio for around two to four hours but don’t worry, your new baby won’t be in front of the camera the entire time – I allow plenty of time for feeds and cuddles!​

At the end of your photo session, we’ll arrange the best time for you to come back for your in-person photo viewing and order session. We’ll normally aim for about two weeks later because I don’t want to keep you hanging for too long! If you’re up for it, you’ll get the option of a sneak peek of your photos on Facebook that very same evening.

To find out more about what to expect, read this blog post.

Newborn photography sessions best take place between the ages of five and 28 days. Some photographers might only accept babies in the first few weeks and others might allow a bit later, but generally, the best time to photograph a newborn is in those first few weeks of their life. Because that puts us on quite a tight timescale, I would highly recommend booking your session well in advance to avoid disappointment. In fact, as soon as you’ve had your 20 week scan, I would recommend getting in touch to put a date in the diary.

Of course we have no idea when your new arrival is going to, well, arrive, so we’ll aim for about 5-7 days after your due date. Then if we need to move things around, it’s no problem.

After your photoshoot, your photographs will be edited to my highest standards before being presented to you. This process typically takes two 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.

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.

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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