Cake Smash Sessions – What to expect!

Cake Smash, Portraits

So its coming up to your little ones first birthday, you’re considering a cake smash but your not sure what to expect, whether they will enjoy it or indeed behave or what you get for your money?? So heres an insight into a full cake smash session for you!

So where do we start? Each cake smash is different and is fully tailored to your taste whether that be something you’ve seen me do before or something a little different we between us will make a decision on what kind of colours/theme you would like for your little one. You can book a time to suit you depending on their naps etc to make sure they are at there happiest for there shoot. Firstly we will get some beautifully natural, timeless portraits of them which can take around 20 mins and usually amounts to 10 edited images for the gallery.

Then you can get them changed into there smash outfit (which you can bring along or i can supply depending what you want to go for) while i set up the backdrop and get out the cake to let the fun begin! I find shorts, rompers, dungarees and tutu’s are most popular and really are cute.

This Mamma wanted pastel rainbow colours so this is what we decided on…

We’ll get a pic with the backdrop and hopefully one with an intact cake lol before letting them free to get messy and eat! Don’t worry if they don’t seem too interested with spoons, balloons and some gentle encouragement they all soon get going. This usually lasts around 30 mins. And if they are polite with their cake, you can take the rest home too! You will be sent a gallery link within 1-3 weeks where you can view your professionally edited images.

As a mom myself I hate hidden costs, and A LOT of studio’s unfortunately offer free sessions with horrendous prices afterwards, thats why i always show my pricing in full with no surprises.

Included is the yummy cake, ALL images on USB and 3 10×8 mounted prints of your choice for the package price £269. Pay just £50 deposit to secure your session. You can get in touch using the contact page above and have these memories up in on your walls for years to come!

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Kel and Neil – Dudley Registry Office, Priory Park

Wedding photography

Kel and Neil originally asked me to photograph their wedding quite some time ago but the arrival of their second child postponed it first time round until July this year when they finally tied the knot at Dudley Registry Office.

As I was only photographing the ceremony, group shots and portraits I had a short amount of time to also get the bride and groom up to the stunning ruins and rose gardens to make the most of the park the registry office sits in.

For smaller weddings like this I charge an hourly rate. You can use the contact page above to get in touch for a personalised quote!

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Sian and Adam – Haden Hill House

wedding photography

When Sian got in touch to enquire about me photographing her wedding I was made up! I take my girls to the park in which Haden Hill House is situated all the time and they absolutely love it! Running through the woods and landscaped gardens and walking across the stone walls, often roaming around the house (which is also a museum) and feeding the ducks and squirrels.

On the big day itself Sian impressively did her own hair and make up and arrived in style in a vintage car. After entering the ceremony room to the star wars theme (can you spot the ring bearers??) with her beautiful ball gown dress just squeezing into the room which cosily holds 35 guests, Sian and Adam became Mr and Mrs Jones in front of close family and friends!

Inside the house itself, during the drinks reception we we’re able to make the most of the huge wooden staircase and windows and the many rooms for some bridal portraits and candid photos too.

Unfortunately on the day we couldn’t make it around a lot of the beautiful park due to the weather, or should i say torrential rain, but luckily we got outside for an hour or so which was long enough to capture some great shots of the new Mr and Mrs Jones and their nearest and dearest. And look at those beautiful autumn colours!

They continued the party at the Wilson Hall in Colley gate and what a party it was!

Here’s a peak at some of their gallery…

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Leanne and Liam – Himley Hall, Dudley

Wedding photography

What a stunning venue for a summer wedding, and one that is quite familiar to me having been a bridesmaid here twice before for my brother and best friend! Himley Hall is a 18th century grade II listed country house which was once home to the Earl of Dudley and is now the perfect setting for getting hitched with its beautifully landscaped park perfect for photo’s.

Leanne and Liam went for a classic and elegant style with a laid back feel. Liam’s team supplied the blue and white colour theme and Leanne chose beautiful lilies as her main flower. With glorious sunshine all day it flowed from the ceremony and drinks to the VERY funny yet emotional speeches (thanks to Liam and his 2 best men) to a full on PARTY!

Thank you for letting me be a small part of your big day!

If you are getting married at Himley Hall or would like to discuss another venue with me please use the contact page above to get in touch.

Here’s a small selection of their gallery….

Jenna and Paul- Moddershall Oaks Spa

Wedding photography

On 21/10/18 in an oak gazebo next to a picture perfect lake, Jenna and Paul tied the knot! To book for an outdoor wedding in mid October is brave but turned out perfectly! Right up until the wedding breakfast the weather held off and the morning even had a brilliant blue sky! Moddershall Oaks Spa, Staffordshire is a luxury spa retreat and wedding venue with amazing facilities and is a stunning wedding backdrop.

The flowers, candles, memories and details were all beautifully placed and with a acoustic guitarist playing, the ceremony was really romantic.

After relaxed, natural couples portraits round the lake and the usual drinks and speeches they threw in a game of Mr and Mrs hosted by one of the bridesmaids too. Just a little bit amusing!!

With face painting and balloon animals to keep the little ones (and some big ones) quiet, the day was a huge success.

Was a pleasure to photograph your day, here’s a snippet of what was captured…

Trudy xx