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Celebrate this first milestone birthday with a marvellously messy Cake Smash session.


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My Hertford studio is set up with a simple white background to suit any colour scheme. Or if the weather permits, it can be done in your garden.

We start with some cute portraits before things get messy.

Bring out your cake and let your baby explore!

smiling baby girl sitting in a small blue bath tub on a fluffy white mat in a white studio


The session finishes with a fun bubble bath to clean up.

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What to expect from your session

My Hertford Studio will be set up with a white background which will be simply decorated with bunting - you may bring along any other props or balloons etc if you wish.


Dress baby in something nice as we will start by taking some portraits before things get messy!


We will then bring out the cake and let baby explore. You may prefer to strip baby down a bit to avoid ruining nice outfits. A cute pair of shorts or pretty nappy cover would be perfect.

A cake iced with brightly coloured buttercream makes for great visual impact and maximum mess! Avoid royal icing or fondant icing. 

The sessions ends with a bubble bath to wash away the mess and provides another opportunity for some cute photos. 

I will provide:

A choice of bunting for the background

A cake stand (though you can bring your own if you wish)

Wooden spoons

Bubble bath

Wipes and towels for clean-up

You just bring the cake and whatever you'd like baby to wear!

Baby from the waist down, wearing blue floral pants, her hands covered in cake and icing.

Cake Smash Pricing

Your cake smash session includes:​

A one hour photography session in my Hertford Studio (or your garden)



At least 30 digital images, colour corrected and edited in my signature style.

Online gallery to view and download your images.


1 hour cake smash and splash session - £175

Cake not provided due to food allergy risks. Please bring along an iced cake  - coloured buttercream icing is best for maximum impact. 

gift vouchers also available

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We have used Sarah for around 4-5 photoshoots now and she is amazing! She did a beautiful maternity shoot for us and my daughter, a wonderful newborn shoot, family shoot, Christmas shoot and more recently a cake smash. We’re delighted with the photos and memories that Sarah has helped us create. We’ve already booked her for another Christmas one and our christening next year. Cannot recommend Sarah enough. Super friendly and patient but also great photos.




However you want to celebrate their first birthday, I can help.

As well as cake smash sessions, I offer:

  • A portrait session in the studio, your home or an outdoor setting

  • Birthday party photography

  • Family lifestyle shoot

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Sarah from Purple Kite Photography in brown floral dress laughing whilst sitting at a table with notepad and coffee mug

Connect with me

Hi! I’m Sarah, the creator behind Purple Kite Photography.

I love photographing people. Every day is different and it never feels like work. For me, photography is about storytelling and the in-between moments are just as important as the big moments. My style is relaxed and natural, capturing joyful moments and honest connections between you and your loved ones.

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