Cake smash photography, Essex | 1st Birthday photo shoot fun!

Does it get any more fun than this!? Having a delicious, buttercream cake placed in front of you to simply destroy. Eat it, throw it, beat it with a spoon, whatever the little one wishes. My cake smashes in Essex are such a fun way to capture those most fun and playful moments to celebrate and document their first birthday.. you don't want to miss out! (It's also such good fun to watch.. and join in if you wish!)


 I just had to share a few of my favourite images with you from some recent cake smashes at the Essex studio! I love the character, cheekiness and innocence in these photos. It’s safe to say, these little ones loved every minute of breaking the rules, getting messy with cake and splashing in the tin bath. I have a large selection of different, tasteful decor pieces and coloured backgrounds to create a cake smash set that you love.. From pom pom and tassel bunting, to paper fans and large polka dot stickers. All of these also come in a selection of different colours so you won't be stuck for choice. Hopefully you’ll be able to create your perfect cake smash photo shoot set from the selection I have for you.

My cake smashes take place in a fully equipped studio in Essex and are 1-1.5 hours long. The extra half hour allows time for your little one to get settled into the environment. Sometimes it takes a few minutes for them to work out why their parents are telling them to smash up food! But after some encouragement and reassurance they soon settle in and often can’t get enough!  


What kind of cake do I need to bring?

Cakes with buttercream inside tend to work better as it makes it easier for them to smash and get messy with. It’s also worth thinking about what background/decoration colours you’d like so that you can match these with the cake. Other than that, it's totally up to you!

What shall I dress my child in?

There are no specific outfits for cake smash photo shoots, however I would advise picking something that you don’t mind getting stained. This won't always happen, but there is that chance. Popular cake smash outfits include jeans and braces for boys and rompers, tutu’s and pretty nappy covers for girls.

What shall I bring with me?

The cake

A couple of outfits - if you wish to have a few normal photos before the cake smash

Wet wipes

A little towel for after their tin bath shots

A pack of any food that your child likes - this is just used as a backup trick to hide behind the cake in case they don’t like it

Water - To wash down all that cake!

If you was interested in a first birthday photo shoot but was unsure about the cake part.. That is absolutely fine too! I offer the same set ups and decoration without the cake which includes the same amount of images and you have the choice of a 30 minute or 1 hour shoot, whatever you think best suits your little one. For more information on this, feel free to drop me a message, email or phone call.


Where possible, I would always advise booking cake smash photo shoots up to 1 month before the preferred date in order to secure your slot. So why wait? Get in touch and book your cake smash photo shoot in Essex today. You can get in touch by filling out the contact form or sending me an email at We can discuss our ideas for the shoot and any other services you may be interested in.

Laura Whitchurch Photography is available for cake smash photo shoot bookings now and is located in Essex, easily accessible from Chelmsford, Rayleigh, Woodham, Maldon, Leigh-on-Sea, Thundersley, Southend, Billericay and Brentwood.

You can also check out my other photo shoots in Essex for baby shoots, child modelling portfolios, fine art portraits , dance shoots and more.. All are available for booking all year round.

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Laura Whitchurch