Included in session fee

  • A 1-2 hour session in the welcoming and fun Mama Bear cabin

  • A mini portrait session in their favourite outfit

  • A bespoke theme set up for your child to make your images unique

  • A choice of 'one' themed outfits and props to add to the session

  • A yummy custom made cake for smashing and eating (any leftovers can be taken home) from SoSweet Cakes

  • A vintage style metal tub filled with warm water and bubbles for cleaning down after

  • Meticulous post-processing of your images resulting in 30+ final photos to purchase (no images are included in session fee)

  • A password protected online gallery to download images, purchase artwork and share

  • A loyalty paw for the session in your private Mama Bear app on your phone

  • A dedicated whatsapp number to discuss styling, themes and outfits

What to expect

Mess! A lot of mess! These are the most fun sessions ever – this is one of the only times you will be actively encouraging your child to eat fistfuls of yummy cake and to make as much mess doing so as possible. You don’t even have to clear it up at the end either – what could be better?!

Beforehand, we will have discussed a custom theme for your session so you will get to see this come to life when you attend your session. I will then spend a bit of time getting to know your child, having a play (and a cuddle hopefully) before taking some lovely relaxed portrait photos of them in their first outfit using the bespoke set up while it is still nice and clean! We may also use another backdrop in their second outfit to create some different images for you.

You then have the option to change them into an outfit of your choice, or I have a couple of lovely vests with a ‘one’ design to choose from, before the cake comes out! Then it is all about getting your child to make as much mess as they can! They can sometimes need a bit of encouragement but once they know they won’t get in trouble the fun really starts!

Once the cake has been demolished, it is time to get clean again so my vintage metal tub comes out full of lovely warm water and bubbles so you can take a lovely clean child home and we can get some funny images of them splashing and making even more mess!

Why have a Smile, Smash & Splash session

A first birthday is such a milestone for a child and should be celebrated in a big way! Cake smashes are a time honoured tradition in the US that have found their way across the pond and now they are a right of passage in the UK too!

They are so much fun, and if you book in a few weeks before their first birthday you will have your images ready to share online on the big day as well as have on display at their birthday party or just for the walls at home!

Don’t feel you need to stop at their first birthday either, they will only get messier the bigger they get so if your 5 year old girl loves Unicorns or your three year old is mad about Mickey Mouse then let’s celebrate this by smashing cake then too!

Digital and print packages start from £99, for more information on pricing, packages and my personally sourced presentation products, please use the 'VIEW PRICING' button.

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Booking information

  • The session fee is payable at the time of booking, with any digital or print packages payable when photos are ready

  • Once you have paid your session fee Ali will contact you to arrange a suitable date for your session

  • Meticulously edited images will be ready to view 4-6 weeks after your session in your password-protected online gallery