Freddie’s first birthday photo shoot

Today at JPP we met 1 year old Freddie for his cake shoot

I was contacted a week or so ago for a last minute cake shoot for 1 year old Freddie. That generally not a problem for us because we can generally get our cakes within 48 hours and we keep a couple of days each week free for unexpected newborns and other shoots.

Mum chose our 9″ chocolate cake and neutral background with bunting which is quite popular. We have a cake options page which you can see below to help you decide. Some options need a 24 hour notice period due to setup.

When Freddie arrived we did a few family photos because Mum chose our family add on option and again she chose the same backdrop for consistency. We then got Freddie dressed in one of our supplied outfits and say him in front of the cake. This is always a daunting time for us because we never really know how the baby will cope with this great big cake, often their first time too. Freddie was perfect and started picking right from the start. Within a minute to so his face was covered in chocolate and he was right into it. His older brother Frankie joined him for a few second I think he was hungry after school ūü§£ but then back to Freddie who just got better and better.

After we had enough we invited Frankie back and together they finished the cake, well they finished demolishing it not eating it all.

We then did the mass cleanup and got our beautiful roll top bathtub ready and filled it with perfectly warm water and lots and lots of bubbles. Mum stripped of his nappy and sat him in the bath. Man alive I have never seen a kid have so much fun in our bathtub. I had him chugging and splashing and giggling, It was just amazing to watch and the photos are perfect.

After what seemed like ages Mum took him out of the bath and started the mass cleanup operation.

Freddie and Frankie were both amazing and are welcome back anytime. Maybe with a little less chocolate and cake tho hahaha

The Main event, the cake

Our cakes are all beautifully decorated by us too give us the squishy buttercream and superb burst of colour too, either blue, pink or chocolate coloured. We also have a selection of lovely cake and and cake toppers too. We can choose Dairy free or Vegan cakes which do cost a tiny bit more but only ask you cover the extra needed.

We supply the babies outfits and everything you need for a fabulous shoot. You can see all the options below.


Our Splash time in our lovely baby bath

Sometimes if the babies don’t really go for the cake it’s not a problem because we encourage them to enjoy it. Today of course we did not need to but if thats the case then they generally love the bath time in our beautiful little roll top bath especially imported from our pals in Texas.

Our cake smash photo studio location in Southampton

We have a modern comfortable studio with lots of space and perfectly setup for our cake smash and splash shoots.  We have a bathroom and changing areas fully heated and more importantly air conditioned for now when it’s hotter outside.

Lots of free parking offload and a waiting room if you arrive early.

We have free high speed guest wifi so you can catch up one facebook whilst we photograph the children and you can enjoy a lovely latte from our deluxe coffee machine which of course is all free too.

Free cookies for the children and adults. Our famous Gingerbread cookies are very popular and people say they are worth coming back for although quite honestly some sessions are so crazy fast we just don’t have time, Its all about the kids here at JPP.

We also have phone sockets available for recharging, you only need to ask.

What does a cake smash and splash cost?

Our cake smash and splash shoots cost just £200 and includes all of the photos that we take supplied ready to print and share, plus the cake and both the smash and splash shoot. We do not hold back, if we take 100 photos then you get 100 photos all beautifully finished ready to print and share. You can add a family shoot for only £50.00 extra which is amazing value and very popular too.

If you would like to see further examples of our stunning cake photography recently taken at our Southampton and Hampshire studio, including full prices, then please click the take a  look at our smash and splash gallery. Alternatively click the button below to find out about how you can also get stunning photos like this for your family.

Surely there must be hidden extras?

Absolutely not. Sue and I sell our photo packages just like we prefer to buy things, that is everything upfront and honest.  Every package we offer from newborns, cake shoots and family shoots comes with all of the photos that we take (minus any mistakes or blinkers etc) and they are all high resolution 300dpi ready to print and share with family and friends. That means afterwards you can pop along to your local printers and buy prints or a canvas which is super important if you live away or if your parents live away and they want photos or any album, you just forward the download link that we send you.

Some photographers offer cake shoots for £95 but you don’t get any photos. Or £150.00 and you get a very small selection of photos. Either way you are forced to walk away with very little or indeed nothing or you pay hundreds and maybe thousands afterwards. With us our cake shoot smash and splash its £200.00 including the cake and photos.

Call me for a chat if you think this is too good to be true on 02380 767084 ūüėć

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Julian Porter Photography, 6 Northwood Close, Southampton, SO16 3QJ

Call Jules on 07720325336 or 02380767084