Preparing for your Cake Smash

Our cake smash photo-shoots have become one of the most popular fun baby photography sessions we offer in our Croydon studio. It can  can be a really fun way to celebrate your baby’s first birthday. In fact our cake smash photography sessions aren’t limited to 1st birthdays. A 2nd birthday cake Smash is certainly an experience worth having! It doesn’t even need to be a cake! Watermelon smash shoots are becoming more and more popular these days!

Preparing for your Cake Smash

Our cake smash photo-shoots have become one of the most popular fun baby photography sessions we offer in our Croydon studio. It can  can be a really fun way to celebrate your baby’s first birthday. In fact our cake smash photography sessions aren’t limited to 1st birthdays. A 2nd birthday cake Smash is certainly an experience worth having! It doesn’t even need to be a cake! Watermelon smash shoots are becoming more and more popular these days!

1. YOUR ARRIVAL

Please try and arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time so that we do not overrun and have enough time to get the best pictures we can. It’ll also give us plenty of time to fill out paperwork and let everyone relax and feel comfortable before the fun starts! When you arrive at the studio you’ll be able to see samples of some of our work and amazing wall art in The Photo Cafe. This is also the chance for us to discuss what type of pictures you’d like us to create. Arrive early enough and they’ll certainly be time for a delicious hot chocolate or flat white before your session.

Latte and cameras

Who to bring with you

The cake Smash is really all about the birthday boy or girl but that’s doesn’t mean older siblings and family members can’t get involved in the fun!
Please be aware that we do not have disabled access to our studio which is located on the first floor of the building.

THINGS TO BRING TO YOUR CAKE SMASH PHOTO-SHOOT:

Due to allergies and all that sort of thing we do not provide a cake with your session fee so either purchase one locally or start baking!
A cake smash can be very messy which is why we include a bubble bath as part of the shoot.
Cake gets everywhere…..it’s good to bring a change of clothes for baby if they are wearing clothes in the shoot. It’s also nice to have a separate outfit for the mini session before we bring it the cake.

A simple nappy cove works well to hide the nappy.

Feel free to bring along any props you wish. Party hats and toys are always good.
We do have ballons and bunting in the studio but if you’d like a more elaborate setup please feel free to bring along whatever you’d like.
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2. YOUR PHOTO SESSION

We allow an hour for each session and it’s generally cut into three parts. We begin your photo session with a mini portrait shoot before we get all messy! This is a great chance to get some lovely milestone portraits of your baby. Then we bring on the cake and it’s time for your baby to explore all the textures and tastes that sit before them. After the cake smash photos we’ll clean up with some bubble bath photos to finish off.

2. YOUR PHOTO SESSION

We allow an hour for each session and it’s generally cut into three parts. We begin your photo session with a mini portrait shoot before we get all messy! This is a great chance to get some lovely milestone portraits of your baby. Then we bring on the cake and it’s time for your baby to explore all the textures and tastes that sit before them. After the cake smash photos we’ll clean up with some bubble bath photos to finish off.

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3. AFTER YOUR SESSION

At the end of your photo session we will arrange a convenient time for you to return for your personal viewing appointment where you will then get to view your edited photos. Any additional family members are always welcome too. You are also able to purchase additional images if you wish from our special offer range; however there is absolutely no obligation to do so.

Croydon Studio viewing room

Please be aware that it is not permitted to take pictures or videos with your phone or any other device during the photography session.

How to find us

Photo Cafe and Memory Gate Studio Studio is situated inside Croydon House at:
1 Peall Road
Croydon
CR0 3EX
just off Thornton Road by the Big Yellow Storage.
Opening hours
Monday – Saturday
9:30am till 5:00pm
Nearby public transport :
Therapia Lane tram stop is a 10 minute walk from the Photo Cafe. Brading Road bus stop is across the road from the cafe and serves the 264 bus for customers coming from Tooting and Mitcham and central Croydon.
Parking
On street parking on Peall Road is free but limited. The West Retail Park on Peall Road has a large free car park.
Disabled access
Unfortunately we do not have disabled access at our Croydon studio.