Cake Smash & Splash Sessions

Magical birthday celebrations, as unique as your baby!

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A wonderfully fun and messy way to celebrate your child's 1st or 2nd birthday!

Our cake smash experience begins with some beautiful (and clean) portraits of your baby, before we move on to the messy cake smashing fun. Once your little one has enjoyed plenty of fun with their cake, we finish off with a bubble or milk bath, leaving your baby beautifully clean for the journey home. So many amazing images in one fun session!

All Cake Smash & Splash Sessions take place in our cosy Wiltshire studio and include:


  • pre-session consultation and customised theme design

  • a delicious, handmade cake by Sugar Wish Cakes and Bakes, Salisbury (most allergies can be catered for)

  • loan of an outfit from our studio wardrobe if required

  • cake smash shoot

  • bubble or milk bath shoot

  • 15 high resolution images on keepsake USB (with the option to upgrade to more)

  • personalised digital storyboard image

  • slideshow featuring your images and behind the scenes video of your session

*Optional upgrade to include a Mini Family Session to start

Cake Smash & Splash Frequently Asked Questions

When should I book my baby's Cake Smash & Splash?

I recommend booking your Cake Smash & Splash Session a couple of months in advance to ensure availability and a good choice of dates. Some clients choose to have their session around 3 weeks before their child's birthday so that they have the finished images ready to make thank you cards etc. Others prefer to have the session as part of the celebrations or even on the big day itself.

What theme can I have?

I love designing beautiful new Cake Smash themes! There are lots of examples on my website of themes which can be adapted and personalised or I am always happy to hear new ideas! The choices are endless! If you're having a hard time choosing, I am always happy to help! Some clients simply send me a mood board and I work from there.

Do you provide a cake?

Yes! A beautiful handmade cake to match your theme is included. Our cakes are made by the amazing Sharon at Sugar Wish Cakes and Bakes based in Salisbury. She has been making cakes for me for over five years now and they are always beautiful and delicious! You will be asked if your child has any allergies during your pre-session consultation. Cakes can be made dairy, egg or gluten if required.

What if my baby doesn't eat the cake?

Some babies eat the cake, others just play with it! Whatever they do, it is really more about messy play than eating lots of cake and most clients have some cake left to take home with them.

What happens after my session?

After your session I will select and hand-edit 30-40 images which tell the story of your baby's session. I aim to include as much variety as possible so your gallery with have a mixture of detail and wide shots. While smiles are lovely, I also include your baby's many other expressions which show their personality. Giving your baby a lovely sticky cake to play with is a great way to elicit some wonderful expressions! Within 2 weeks of your session your full gallery will be available to download from a password protected online gallery and your USB will be ready to collect from the studio at your convenience.

What should we bring to our Cake Smash & Splash?

Please bring all your usual baby supplies (although we have spares of most things in the studio) and a feed/ snack for your baby. Don't forget any outfits that you plan to wear. Your baby will need something to wear for the cake smash and for the family images if you choose to have them. Depending on your theme you may be able to use something from our studio wardrobe for the cake smash - just ask! We will supply a towel to dry baby after the bath. If your baby has sensitve skin and uses a particular bubble bath, please bring this with you.

How long does the session last?

Cake Smash & Splash sessions last around one and a half hours in the studio. It's best not to have something else to rush off to immediately afterwards - or bring a change of clothes if you do!

Can we have some family photographs too?

Yes! There is an option to upgrade your baby's Cake Smash & Splash session to include a family mini session at the start of your Cake Smash & Splash.

Ready to book?

Rachel Burnside is a Newborn & Baby Photographer serving the following areas in and around Salisbury in the UK;

Salisbury ︳Wiltshire ︳Romsey ︳Tidworth ︳Bulford

Andover ︳Amesbury ︳Swindon ︳Stockbridge ︳Dorset ︳Shaftesbury ︳Gillingham ︳Marlborough ︳Wilton


Telephone  01722 322667

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