About The Sessions

Cake Smash


I’ve got three words for these sessions. FUN. FUN. FUN! Oh, and of course, MESSY!


Your baby has reached their first birthday, and it’s time to celebrate! A Cake Smash session is the perfect way to preserve the infectious energy of your child at this wonderful stage of their life, when they will be pulling themselves up, standing, and maybe even taking those first tentative steps. We’ll plan a personalised session, and create gorgeous images which will make you smile every time you look at them (and will be perfect for bringing out at their 21st birthday party!)

How do we plan a Cake Smash?

A great time to plan and hold your session is when your child is around 10–11 months old, so we can have your artwork ready for their first birthday party. I can even make birthday invitations featuring your beautiful images!


Alternatively, the Cake Smash session can also be a special birthday treat. What a fun way for your family to spend a morning!


Whichever option you choose, it’s a great idea to save the session date a few weeks in advance.

Planning the Theme

Before the session, we’ll discuss the theme for your photograph. Do you want a simple, classic image, perhaps with a white background and balloons? Or maybe you have a theme and colours already in mind? Perhaps the image could be inspired by your child’s nursery, the theme of their party, their favourite book, or even a family pet?


We’ll create a set based around whatever you can dream up! But don’t worry if you’re not sure, I can help to come up with something completely unique and perfect for your child.

The Cake

What flavour would you like? Will you bring your own cake to the session or would you like us to organise a custom cake for you? We’ll discuss all these details at our planning session. If your baby doesn’t like the texture of cake frosting, we can put one of their favourite snacks on the back of the stand to eat instead.

What to wear

Your baby is going to get messy, so we don’t want them wearing their special birthday party outfit! It’s a good idea to bring a few options along with you. Some fun ideas include a first birthday crown or hat, a cute nappie cover, rolled up jeans with no shirt, a pettiskirt and pearls, or a lace romper.

Optional bubble bath

A bubble bath is an optional extra at end of the session, which is a fun way to wash away the cakey mess!

Product Options

You can choose from several exciting options your the stunning Cake Smash photos:

  • 40x40cm square Storyboard
  • digitals – 10 images
  • first birthday party invitations
  • package of all of the above

Check out our Cake Smash gallery to get some inspiration, or let us know your own wonderful ideas! We love the challenge of bringing these special images to life.

Our Galleries

Phone: 03-421-6512

Address: 51 Featherstone Ave, Kairaki Beach
Kaiapoi, North Canterbury

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The New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) is the only qualifying body for professional photographers in New Zealand. Through a demanding Accreditation process, members gain professional recognition in the form of NZIPP Accredited Professional Photographer.

This, in addition to the stringent membership criteria and Code of Ethics, ensures that members are professional in both their creative and business practices. Comprising professional photographers from all over New Zealand who support, challenge, and encourage each other, the Institute strives to maintain and promote highest professional standards in the industry through education, fellowship and support