Have a smashing time with your little one at their birthday session!

Published by Selina Cotton on

Birthday sessions, also known as cake smash and splash sessions are the best way to preserve the memory of your little one celebrating their first birthday. 

When I look back at my daughter in photos from a year ago, part of me gets sad because the difference is huge and she will never be that small again. Obviously, most of me loves the little girl she’s turning in to, but I do miss the days where she would toddle along next to me, her hair all short and curly, the noises she would make when trying so desperately to say her first word (which was ball). 

I am so glad that I took the time to do a cake smash and splash session with her. Not only have I documented her first ever birthday, but I’ve also captured those memories of her, as she was when she was one. Memories of all the little details fade over time, but I know I will have them way past my life and hopefully well into my daughters.

But, what is a cake smash and splash session?

Good question; These sessions are essentially 3 sessions in 1 and yes, your little one will be smashing up their birthday cake (with a little help from us) and following it up with a luxurious bubble bath after – heaven!

Once booked in, I ask the parents to google cake smash themes. I love a challenge and try to accommodate all ideas that come my way, adding my own flair to make it more personal to you. 

The session

So, the big day is here and you’re wowed by your beautiful bespoke set that I have made for you. 

We start by popping your little one in their outfit and letting them get used to the room. It’s a lot to take in and quite a few children can get a little overwhelmed if we rush straight in. 

Once they’re ready, we start by taking just a few photos of your child on the set without the cake. If you’re wanting a family photo, then this is the time that I usually do these too.

Next, it’s time for the cake!

All children are different at this point. Some are curious, some just can’t stop eating it and others go straight to the deep end and tip it right over! Whichever way your child chooses, the images that I get are still priceless.

I always keep a wooden spoon handy for anyone who likes bashing stuff at home. This usually has a good result and helps to make even more mess – remember, the messier, the better!

So, now the cake is destroyed and the set is a mess – what happens next?

It’s bath time!

You can choose to have a very bubbly bubble bath or a nice relaxing milk bath for your child. It completely depends on how much they like bubbles. If they’re not that fussed, then maybe they’ll enjoy a milk bath more.

So there we have it, all the fun of a cake smash and splash session in a short blog 🙂

If you’ve read this far, thank you, I really do appreciate it. 

If you have a few more questions, please scroll to the bottom of this page and see if my frequently asked questions can help.

Otherwise, I really do hope to see you soon!

Take care,

Selina x

P.s. As a thank you for reading all the way to the bottom, I would love to offer you a special cake smash session price, which will include the following:

  • The all-important cake
  • The outfit
  • Full use of props
  • A bespoke setting
  • All edited high resolution digital images on a temporary online gallery
  • A beautiful slideshow of your images
  • A facebook timeline cover collage

All for just £349, saving a whopping £150!

If you like this and want to continue reading click onto my friend Nicoles Blog she is an amazing newborn photographer from Falkirk


  • What if my child has food allergies?
    • I use Glamorose Cakes for all of my cakes, so please make sure you let me know if your child has any food allergies, so that I can ensure they know. I take all allergies very seriously and will endeavour to accommodate where possible. 
  • What should my child wear?
    • I have various outfits to suit various themes, but if you have something that you want your child to wear, please let me know and we can see if it fits with your chosen colours and theme. 
  • My child doesn’t like baths, can we do something else instead?
    • Absolutely! If they like bubbles, balloons or playing with confetti, then we can do that instead.


Carli · 16/10/2019 at 7:12 pm

So much fun!! I love all the setups x

Kat · 16/10/2019 at 7:22 pm

Love the bath ones! Super cute

Amy · 16/10/2019 at 7:47 pm

Love a cake smash session, great way to capture 1st birthday memories!

Jay Saunders · 16/10/2019 at 8:05 pm

Love these!! cake smashes are my fav

mya · 16/10/2019 at 8:11 pm

Great post, i love a good cake smash!! thank you for sharing!!

Natalie moss · 16/10/2019 at 8:14 pm

Love the idea of a cake smash. Great way to celebrate your child’s birthday.

MADELEINE ROGERS · 16/10/2019 at 8:17 pm

Love these! Babies have so much fun in these sessions!

Jill · 16/10/2019 at 8:31 pm

Wow what gorgeous images to mark their first birthday! Such a special time!

Kirsty · 16/10/2019 at 8:42 pm

so many cute ideas!!

Nicole · 16/10/2019 at 8:53 pm

These look so much fun x

Louise · 16/10/2019 at 9:05 pm

so wish i had these done when my boys were one… however maybe for their joint 5th and 3rd Birthday

Emma Sohl · 16/10/2019 at 9:13 pm

They look like so much fun!

Hannah Willis · 16/10/2019 at 9:45 pm

Ohh this is so much fun! What a special milestone turning one ❤️

Joanne · 16/10/2019 at 10:19 pm

I love your set ups x

Tianna · 16/10/2019 at 11:09 pm

Amazing set ups! Love these too!

Lauren · 16/10/2019 at 11:36 pm

Great set ups and an amazing offer!

Sarah Osborne · 17/10/2019 at 9:33 am

These look so much fun!

Brooke · 17/10/2019 at 1:12 pm

Those cakes look amazing!

Lisa · 17/10/2019 at 8:33 pm

Looks like they have so much fun

marie myers · 17/10/2019 at 8:36 pm

Lovely pictures, great blog

Louise · 17/10/2019 at 9:24 pm

Love the fun of a cakesmash photoshoot! Fantastic set ups

Sharon Nicholson · 18/10/2019 at 8:43 am

So much fun.

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