CAKE SMASH PHOTOGRAPHY

Celebrate your child turning one by capturing their first taste of cake on camera. It's such a fun and memorable way mark your little ones first birthday. You'll get to watch them explore new tastes and textures, recording their personality with those cute and funny expressions that you'll love and treasure forever from this precious milestone.

The cake smash photoshoots consists of four sessions...

First we start off with 'SMILE', which is a standard portrait photoshoot, including backdrops and props, getting beautiful photos of them before things get messy. This also allows them to get used to their new surrounding and photos being taken.

Then it's the 'SMASH', this is where the fun begins and things get messy, for this part we sit your (not so little) baby in front of the cake and all rules go out of the window, we let them go crazy. Children love to be let loose on a cake, which creates some brilliant laughs, smiles, giggles and expressions, resulting in some amazing, fun photos.

 

Now it's time to clean up with the 'SPLASH', where we put your little one in the mini bath tub with water and plenty of bubbles, letting them splash away and enjoy the water, which creates some gorgeous, natural photos. Towel shots can also be included after the session.

Finally, if you are brave enough to step in front of the camera yourself, then here comes the 'FAMILY' part, where we'll get a few lovely images of you all together. Other siblings can be part of this too if arranged prior to the session taking place.

Cake smashes come in a choice of themes, pink, blue or neutral. Once you give your colour preference, a set will be designed to that specification including the birthday cake, props, decorations and outfit. If you opt for the a unique theme (additional £100), the cake smash will be customised just for you, with hand picked decorations, props and a cake designed to your chosen theme. By having your session tailored, it ensures you're not just getting the same as everyone else, making your photos unique and more memorable as I will never do two the same for the premium sessions.

 

Not too sure about cake? Maybe cake isn't your thing, or your child has allergies? Well there's plenty of alternatives such as jelly, fruit, ice cream, spaghetti, water melon.. Pretty much anything messy! These are just as fun and look just as good. Any idea can be discussed upon request.

 

Your session should ideally be booked around 3 months before your child's first birthday, I will need a minimum of four weeks notice due to buying props, creating the backdrops and organising the cake. I will always try to accommodate late bookings, but this is not always possible. Deposit is payable on date of booking. The photoshoot will take place in Inspirique's photography studio in Syston, Leicestershire where I can easily control temperature, lighting and safety issues and also have access to various props and backgrounds.

 

I do ask for a non refundable retainer of £99, this will guarantee that no one else books me on your chosen date (I only schedule one cake smash in per day so there's no pressure on time.. And cleaning up!). Please be aware that the deposit is a non-refundable retainer and the deposit payment is legally a non-refundable retainer payment as renumeration for other work that is lost as a result of the retained date. In the very unlikely event I have to cancel, I will pay you back the deposit in full. I have up to the agreed photoshoot date to refund you.

 

At the end of your photoshoot, we'll get you booked in to come back to see your beautiful images, so make sure you bring your upcoming schedule! Scroll further down the page for what happens after your session.

PRICING 

Prices below are our all inclusive packages, and there's no hidden costs. These are the packages you have to choose from upon viewing your images. You do not have to decide and commit to a package until you've seen your images. We offer a money back guarantee for your reassurance. See below: 

 

All packages include:

- Consultation before the session to make your session as bespoke as possible

- Six page PDF guide to prepare you for your maternity photoshoot

- 1-2 hours studio time with a trained, registered & qualified maternity and newborn professional photographer

- Many different styles and poses, including other children and partner

- Use of all props within the photography studio

- Editing and retouching of your final photographs to the highest standard

- A face to face viewing to view your fully edited photographs

- Referral scheme to earn £25 to spend at Inspirique with each friend you recommend

- Huge discounts at various local baby relates business. Exclusively for Inspirique customers

- Cake, decorations and props in either blue, pink or neutral theme (pick a unique theme for an additional £100)

£99 non refundable retainer is required in order to secure your session date and time.

This will be deducted from your final chosen package at your viewing session.

Basic - £299

Up to 2 hours session including 4 photoshoots

(portraits, cake smash, tub time, family)

Includes birthday cake, decorations, use of all props & outfits within the studio

Face to face photo viewing


x5 high resolution, fully edited photos

x5 matching 6" x 9" photo prints

Premium - £499

Up to 2 hours session including 4 photoshoots

(portraits, cake smash, tub time, family)

Includes birthday cake, decorations, use of all props & outfits within the studio

Face to face photo viewing


All (20+) high resolution, fully edited photos

x10 mounted 6" x 9" photo prints

Slide show with all edited images

£100 credit towards any wall art purchase

Facebook timeline cover photo collage

Cake smash digital collage

Standard - £399

Up to 2 hours session including 4 photoshoots

(portraits, cake smash, tub time, family)

Includes birthday cake, decorations, use of all props & outfits within the studio

Face to face photo viewing


x10 high resolution, fully edited photos

x10 matching 6" x 9" photo prints

Slide show with all edited images

BACKDROP CHOICES

 

Choose a set from the choices below (or give us a new idea) and we'll hand pick an outfit to suit, and order a coloured cake to match the set perfectly.

Martha

Teddy

Lùcia

Rocco

 

Martha

Teddy

Peter

Winnie

Martha

Teddy

Lùcia

Rocco

Martha

Teddy

Lùcia

Rocco

Martha

Teddy

Fairy Garden

Rocco

AFTER THE SESSION 

Once your cake smash and splash photography session is completed, I will process the images to the highest standard. I edit the images down to give you a range to choose from and spend time turning the images into beautiful art work. There will be a mixture of black and white and colour. If requested, your images can be re-touched so you will not see scratches, bumps, rashes, bruises and stretch marks. (I will never do this unless requested before prior to editing). I will choose what best suits the images based on skin tones of the subject and the range of fabrics, colours and textures that have been used in the styling.

 

As I know you will be very keen to see some photo's, I will get a sneak preview to you within 72 hours of the session, my usual way of displaying these images is through my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Inspirique), as it is a great way to tag and share with your friends and family, and also I can show potential new customers my up to date work. However, if you wish to keep your images private, this is no problem, but please inform me of this when making your booking or at your photoshoot.

You will then come back to see your gallery, and to choose and pick your chosen package and images. Photo viewings usually take place within 3-6 weeks from the day of your photoshoot, which we will schedule in at your session so you know when you're coming back to the studio. Please note: Your viewing appointment is the only time your images will be available to view and purchase. All purchased images are kept for 12 months, any un-purchased images are removed permanently.

 

FAQ 

 

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions I get regarding your cake smash session, if your question isn't listed below, or if you'd like to discuss something in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact me.

When do I need to book my session?

Please book a minimum of 8 weeks in advance for your photoshoot, spaces are very limited and I would hate to have to turn you away. Sometimes we do have last minute slots so it's always worth enquiring, but earlier the better to guarantee a space and avoid disappointment. We need to give the baker at least 4 weeks notice.

 

How do I book?

You can book online via the booking form at the bottom of this page here. You will be required to pay a £99 deposit to secure your chosen date and time.

How do I prepare my baby?

There's not too much that needs to be done for a cake smash, just make sure they're happy and a little hungry for cake.. But not 'hangry' so they don't settle and pose. Just do your usual routine. As the cake smashes are messy, it may be a good idea to get your child used to getting their hands and face dirty so they enjoy it a little more. I know some children don't like any mess on them, so giving them experience with this will hopefully make the session run a little smoother. Once you book, you'll receive a PDF prep guide with hints and tips too.

 

Will you be handling my baby?

Yes. I would not be handling your baby as much as a newborn photoshoot, but I will still be holding them, playing with them, moving them into positions, and changing them into outfits. So it is vital you have trust in me as your photographer. If you feel at all uncomfortable with the thought of me handling your baby then a baby photoshoot isn't for you. You will always be present during the shoot and baby is supervised at all times.

 

Do I need to bring anything?

Other than bringing your usual bag of bits, l have everything l need. If you have your own prop ideas to make your photoshoot unique to you, feel free to bring anything along with you. Due to cake flying about everywhere, it may be an idea to bring a spare change of clothes, for you and your child. If you are wanting to be in photos, I'd suggest changing into nicer clothes when we do these photos, and don't wear your best outfit for the smash part.

 

When is best to bring my child to their cake smash?

There's no law to say that a cake smash must be for a birthday, but as this tends to be the done thing, it's best to bring them on a date close to their birthday, give or take a few weeks either side.

What's the best time to bring my child?

This totally depends on your child's routine and nap time, each baby is different and you as a parent will know when is their happiest time of the day. We can offer sessions to begin at either 10am or 2pm.

Can I bring other people to the session?

I am more than happy for both parents and other children to come along, however, I do not allow more than one adult with you during this unless agreed prior to the shoot. I recommend older siblings joining us at the end for the family images, as from past experience they tend to distract baby away from the photoshoot, but you know your children best so it's totally your call. 

What happens if my baby cries and wont smile for photos?

If your baby really doesn't like having their photo taken, then I wouldn't advise bringing them to the studio as this could upset them more. For this I'd suggest an outdoor shoot so it's more relaxed and unposed. However, if your little one usually loves the camera and is having a bad day, your shoot can be rescheduled to suit. But I will always try my best to get the shots on the day if time allows.. Plus I can be very silly with my weird and wonderful noises, singing and dancing to get the babies to smile!

T&C's 

Deposit of £99 is payable on date of booking which is a retainer to secure your session, this will guarantee that no one else books me on your chosen date and time. Please be aware that the deposit is a non-refundable retainer and the deposit payment is legally a non-refundable retainer payment as renumeration for other work that is lost as a result of the retained date. In the very unlikely event I have to cancel, I will pay you back the deposit in full. I have up to the agreed photoshoot date to refund you. No refunds will be given for non-attendance or cancellation.

 

The £99 fee is a deposit only and does not include any images. This is deducted from your chosen package upon viewing. The basic, standard and premium packages are the only packages to choose from for your cake smash photoshoot.

If you wish to upgrade and book a bespoke theme, this must be paid for alongside your deposit and is in addition to the packages. These are add ons only and are not deducted from your final package like the deposit is. Add ons are non-refundable.

 

Price is for the photoshoot to take place at Inspirique's photography studio based in Syston, Leicestershire only. Outdoor maternity sessions can be arranged with plenty of notice.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

BOOK TODAY

Cake smashes are generally booked around 3 months before your child's birthday. So please reserve your slot as soon as you possibly can to avoid disappointment. I will always try my best to accommodate last minute bookings but please be aware I am not always able to do so.

If you are wanting a photoshoot within the next month, please contact me first to check availability.

Please book your session by completing the fields below. Before booking, please ensure you've read through the pricing & info and viewed the gallery so

you know what you're purchasing. If you have any other questions, or would like to book directly with me, please get in touch.

Rowena Goonetilleke

 

I had always wanted to do a photo shoot with my newborn but as my pregnancy wasn’t as smooth sailing, I didn’t have the heart to book something in advance. Then once he was born i really wanted a photo shoot and realised he was approaching 6 weeks already by then! I contacted inspirique and they fitted me in the next day! Jade was very professional, clearly having handled new born babies. Her patience was amazing! Baby even managed to do a poop in studio but she took this in her stride! It was an enjoyable few hours and our images are dotted around the house as a reflection of our experience and the quality work! Thank you Jade!

Emily Martin

Jade at Inspirique was truly professional whilst being informal and making myself and my son feel very relaxed to create natural and amazing photos we will treasure forever! We loved the shoot and the time flew by and we could not be happier with the prints created! Jade was natural and caring with our son who was extra delicate as our shoot was a week before his due date as he arrived early. It was very easy to book and Jade was flexible in arranging times that were convenient to both! Jade went above and beyond for us as a family and we will be returning for further shoots in the future! Amazing!

Andy- 16/07/18

 

A welcoming and relaxing time in the studio both times. Thanks for the photos.

Gemma - 04/06/18

 

I’ve seen Jade twice; I visited Jade a couple of months back for a maternity photo shoot, as I wanted to capture some timeless images during my first pregnancy. Jade was so professional and friendly she put me at ease throughout, as I spent most of the shoot in my underwear and some shots I was nude (which for most women would be an apprehensive thought even without being 7/8 months pregnant). I was able to be clear about what type of photos I wanted to create, and got to choose which outfits to wear, I only needed to bring black and white underwear, everything else was provided for. I also opted for the powder photo where Jade’s lovely assistant threw flour over me to get a beautiful shot, and didn’t mind at all that her clothes were also covered in flour in the process.

My second visit was a few weeks ago when I took my 3 week old baby boy for his newborn shoot. Again Jade was very professional and spoke to me and my husband about the type of photos we wanted and colour backdrops, outfits we wanted to use, if any. She handled Joel with care and worked to his timetable- we stopped when nappy changing and feeding was needed. We were both very pleased at the end result and couldn’t choose which photos to have so we had them all!

I’d definitely recommend x

Kerry- 21/05/18

 

Had a very enjoyable photo shoot and I love the photos

Andy Martin

 

Jade was absolutely incredible, she made the whole process easy. Jade was very professional and understood everything we wanted. Her flexibility made it easier for us especially having a new born. Would highly recommend to anyone who wanted to capture those special early days. 10/10 thank you x

Vikki - 16/07/18

 

Jade was brilliant with both our children (Florence who was just 2 weeks and Ethan who on that day was every inch a terrible 2). She was so patient and worked her magic and produced a stunning family shot (we’re still stumped as to how she did it) and beautiful portraits of Florence. This was all in the stifling heat and standard newborn poop explosions!! When we returned to choose they were all displayed to help us choose and there was no pressure as to what to have/ spend. We even changed the colours on some to make them work as a group display piece. Really happy and worth every penny also loved the gift bag with little treats as it made it feel much more personal and was a lovely touch x

Jess - 15/07/18

 

Would just like to say a massive thank you to jade for the amazing photos. You did an amazing job. You was very helpful in letting us have a second attempt as Isabel would not play ball the first time. I'm one happy mummy.

Jasmin- 11/05/18

 

Amazing photos from the mini newborn shoot!! We really struggled to choose which 3 to have as they were all adorable. Jade really had to work for the shots she got as Penelope was really not playing ball bless her, but all the hard work (rocking and soothing her for over an hour) paid off! She has the patience of a saint! Would highly recommend. We can’t wait to come back and get some more lovely pictures as she gets older! Thank you.

Matt- 04/05/18

 

I booked in at Inspirique as a surprise present for my at the time heavily pregnant fiancée! From the get go Jade was an absolute pleasure to work with and was so friendly yet professional! We both aren’t keen on having our photos taken but Jade couldn’t have done more to make us feel comfortable and relaxed. We’ve since received our photos and are over the moon.

I couldn’t recommend Jade (Inspirique) more and have since been for our newborn shoot!

Look no further than here if you are after a quality, comfortable photo shoot!

Jeff - 01/04/18

 

Excellent experience in a warm and welcoming environment.
Jade worked wonders with my son Charlie to achieve the perfect shots.

Sam Davenport

 

I have used Inspirique Baby Photography twice so far and both times i have been excellently looked after by Jade! I had my maternity shoot at 30 weeks and wasn't feeling my best but jade made me feel so confident and the photos were great! We was not pressured into buying any! We went for our newborn shoot this week and was great to watch jade work with our little girl and she is brilliant with them! She was in safe hands! The service u get is first class and communication is brilliant! Always reply to messages and feel I have been well looked after throughout! Waiting on viewing our newborn photos but happy they will be worth the wait. 100% recommend Inspirique to anyone!

Melissa Robinson

 

I message Jade right at the last minute for a new born shoot. She fitted me in straight the way , Jade was really good with my son and the photos she's taken I love them so happy with the service thank you jade , can’t wait for the next shoot thank you

Charlotte - 16/07/18

 

We booked in with Jade for the newborn photo shoot, when our Daughter was 2 weeks old. We hadn’t experienced anything like this before, and didn’t know what to expect. Jade made us feel very welcome and relaxed and explained everything to us along the way. There was no time limit for the photo shoot, which made us feel at ease. The photo shoot was a lovely experience and we would definitely do it again. When viewing the photos, it was a very calm atmosphere. Jade made us feel very relaxed when choosing our photos, and didn’t make us feel rushed at all. Choosing our photographs was very difficult as they were all beautiful! 
We are so happy with our photographs and canvas! Thank you Jade.

AJ - 15/07/18

 

Thank you very much for the lovely images you took of Isabel they are beautiful. Also thank you for allowing us to have a 2nd attempt at the photo shoot as Isabel was a little upset and not her bubbly self you were amazing. I will highly recommend you to all others out there, friends and family. Can't thank you enough.

Lisa - 04/05/18

 

I went in to this photo shoot not really knowing what to expect & fairly nervous about getting my clothes off with a stranger. But as soon as Jade invited us in to her studio she made both my partner & myself feel so comfortable. Jade is such a lovely lady, she made me feel so confident! I wasn’t convinced I’d like the photos as I felt a bit silly doing some of the poses, but now I have had my beautiful baby girl and have viewed the photos they are amazing and I’m so proud that I carried her, also captured my baby bump in the most perfect way. Brilliant way to remember/ look back on my bump!!! (As you do forget how big you can get.) I can’t recommend Jade enough, thank you so much for our forever photos.

Emma Platneur

 

Wow, just wow!!! I am a Mummy of four and after having my last daughter Effie, I finally decided to a have a newborn shoot after seeing Jade’s amazing work. I was not disappointed!!! Not only does Jade provide amazing photography but she makes the whole experience extremely enjoyable and special. Effie was only a few weeks old when we ventured over as a family 6. Effie was handled with care and love and Jade had this magical ability to keep her calm and content throughout the session. Jade was also kind and patient enough to take a picture of all four of our children (literally a genius!!). The way in which our images were displayed for us to choose from was beautiful, personal (and emotional). Everything is done with care. We love our prints and can not recommend Inspirique enough.

Khyati - 16/07/18

 

I wanted to capture the beautiful experience of pregnancy. As soon as we met Jade she put me and my family (husband and toddler) at ease. She was very friendly and professional, took us through the process with patience. I had used one of the dress and head piece from her amazing maternity collection for the maternity shoot.

We also had our newborns photoshoot done few weeks ago. Again she was brilliant with him and handled the session with thorough professionalism. All the props she used for the shoot were so beautiful we couldn’t wait to see the results! It was more than we had expected. Both me and my husband are very happy with the whole experience.

We would definitely recommend!

Sandy - 16/07/18

 

I was really worried about venturing out so soon after my son was born. In fact I regretted booking the session because I wasn’t up to getting out of the house. But I mustered up the courage in the end and did it, and I’m so glad I did. Jade was brilliant with my son and you can tell she’s so comfortable with handling new borns. And despite the heat, she did everything she could to keep all of us comfortable!!! The photos came out beautifully. Would definitely visit again!!

Kathryn - 15/07/18

 

Thank you for our lovely newborn and sitter photos!

Laura- 24/03/18

 

We recently did a cake smash for our 1 year old daughter. The whole experience was really fun and our daughter instantly took to Jade. Thank you again for making her 1st birthday so memorable.

Leah - 01/04/18

 

THANK YOU!!! Jade was amazing with our little boy Charlie. She was so patient settling him, resulting in some absolutely fab pics. All of which was fascinating to watch from jade soothing him to positioning him. We can not wait now to show off the prints. Thank you again. We will be back.

Sarah Rest

 

We had a newborn photo shoot with Jade, our little 2 weeks old baby girl certainly made her work for it! Jade is so patient, creative and passionate about her work. She made us feel so welcome incorporating things personal to us, her studio is so well set up and even tho our daughter was awake for the majority of the session we weren’t made to feel rushed and left feeling totally relaxed which I wasn’t expecting at all! The finished prints are just too adorable for words and an amazing memory for us to treasure. Thanks so much Jade - you’re a genius!

Lottie Swift

 

Jade has been amazing from start to finish! We booked our shoot when our little girl was a week old and she still managed to juggle things around to get us in for the newborn shoot. I have just been to the viewing session and the photos are amazing! Totally fallen in love and would recommend to anyone! Thank you Jade for also being so accommodating! Anyone who is thinking of having a session I would definitely do so!

James Clayton

 

Excellent service and jade is so good with little ones. Had some amazing photos and even ordered a large glass picture for the wall at home. All packages are value to money and no pressure to buy. Would defiantly recommend. Thanks Jade

Amit Odera

 

We first used inspirique for our daughter 1st birthday cake smash photo shoot, and I must say the service and photos taken have been excellent. Most recently Jade took photos of our sons cake smash, and again she has gone above and beyond with presentation and the picture are brilliant. We have recommend inspirique to friends and family, and we can’t wait for the next shoot.

Gemma Payne

 

Myself and my partner went to choose our photo package yesterday and all I can say is WOW!! The photos are absolutely perfect! I love each and everyone of them. When Jade sat us down to watch the slide show of Rosie and the family pictures it brought me to tears. It made me realise that our long journey of IVF, all the injections and hard times was a distant memory as we have our beautiful little Rosie now apart of our family finally. For me the pictures capture every last detail of how precious Rosie is to us and how our family is complete. I will treasure the pictures forever. The family photos are amazing and the picture of all 3 of our girls is incredible. I can honestly say you can tell Jade loves her job, she adds that small personal touch to every picture taken, every set up she chooses, and every position she places your baby in and you wouldn’t get anywhere else.

An incredible person and an incredible photographer. Thank you again Jade for the beautiful photos and we cannot wait to use you again.

Sarah Wilkinson

 

Jade did a fantastic job on our daughters newborn shoot. She's so determined to get that perfect shot. nothing is ever too much trouble she was brilliant with my two girls too. Would highly recommend!

Ashee Bathia

 

Would highly recommend Jade at Inspirique for a new born photoshoot. She’s very professional, very patient and fantastic at what she does! No regrets whatsoever!

Mack Falconetti

 

As a bloke I turned up where my mrs told me to go. I was not sure what to expect with the shoot. Jade was very welcoming and great with our son Theo. She was very professional and easy going. We bought some of our own props and Jade was happy to use them in the pictures, they turned out great! Even my son weeing on Jade's camera didn't phase her. Men be aware the shoot is long... bring plenty of snacks and something to read... But there's plenty of tea and coffee on the tap. The pictures are definitely worth it... thanks Jade!

Krishna Gorania

 

I’ve recently given birth to my first and I really wanted someone to capture my precious baby in his first few weeks, all Mother’s say time flies by so quick and before you know it they are all grown up. Jade was recommended to me by a family member, I’d seen the great pictures she had taken of my Niece already. I was quite nervous about someone posing my baby who was only 10 days at the time but boy am I glad I had the pictures taken.. Jade was amazing! Before the shoot I received an email containing all the information I needed to know about the day. On the day I felt so comfortable with the shoot, Jade was so great with him, she stopped to let me feed him and didn’t rush me at all, she wasn’t bothered about the wee and pooh everywhere during the shoot either.

I’ve now seen the images from the day, I had initially planned to only buy the basic package but the images were so amazing I purchased them all along with a framed canvas! Thanks Jade!!!

Inspirique Baby Photography

Paddock View, Syston

Leicestershire

LE12 7NW

07951 654 521
info@inspirique.co.uk
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