First Birthday Cake Smash Photography


Are you thinking about a first birthday cake smash photography experience?  Is your baby about to celebrate their very first birthday.  A really precious milestone in their lives and a lovely age to have professional photographs taken.  This little cutie had a fabulous time at her cake smash photo shoot.  We started the photo session with some lovely portrait photographs with mummy and daddy on hand to ensure she was happy at all times.  It’s important to take some traditional portraits before we commence with the mess of the cake smash!  It’s great to have some time when you first arrive to take standard beautiful portraits.

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Once we have taken the portrait photographs which require just 5-10 minutes it’s then time to bring the cake out for your baby.  This is the fun bit and the time to allow them to get as messy as they want.  This is such a fun part of the overall session.  Taste touch, feel, smell – such also a lovely experience for your baby.  I have props at the studio that you can use including outfits, cake stands, bunting, wooden spoons etc.  Some parents like to really personalise their photo shoot and would prefer to bring along some favourite outfits and toys.   This little baby in these photographs is using all of my studio props including the fabric bunting, the tin bath, white towels, wooden spoon, bath toys etc.  The dress is also available (amongst other beautiful outfits) for you to use at the photo shoot.  The choice is absolutely yours.

It’s important not to rush this photo shoot session however I am also aware when baby is getting a little tired too.  The first part of the photo session cannot take too much time as your baby may become tired or uninterested but I can guarantee that when the cake comes babies get a second wind and love this interactive experience.  Of course, I wouldn’t want you to go home with a sticky, messy baby so we also have a little bit of bath time too at the end of the session which allows us to get your baby all cleaned up, wrapped in a towel and a bit of snuggle time with parents.  By this point in time, I promise you your baby will be worn out, perhaps ready for some milk and definitely ready for a little nap.

The full session lasts around an hour, sometimes a little longer and the session fee is £60 for the photo shoot including a complimentary 10×8 print.  You will also be invited back to the studio around 1-2 weeks after the cake smash photo shoot to see your final set of images which will be digitally enhanced and looking wonderful for your ordering session.   I will present your final gallery to you in a lovely slide show for you to enjoy.  

Please note unfortunately I do not provide the cake for these photo sessions due to the risk of allergies but I do have contacts for cake makers and there are also some lovely giant cup cakes available at some supermarkets.  The birthday cake in these photographs was made by her mummy as this little one has a lot of allergies.  

If you would like to book a first birthday cake smash photo shoot please do give me a call on 01455 233224 to discuss a date or to chat about the photo shoot in more detail.

First birthday cake smash photography is a fabulous keepsake of your baby’s special birthday.  

How to have the best newborn baby photography session…


I’ve photographed many newborn babies in the studio, and also visited new mummies at home to photograph their new babies…  I thought it was about time I wrote a quick blog on how to have the best newborn baby photography session.  Many mummies presume that all you have to do is bring along your newborn baby and we can take amazing sleepy, cosy, cute photography for the whole session…  Wrong!  Newborn baby photography is a completely different kind of photoshoot and takes a very long time…  Many of the new babies I have photographed have been in my studio for 2 hours and some for as long as 4 hours.  Planning is essential for your photo shoot with your newborn baby.  Planning and patience are key.  It is also essential that the atmosphere is calm, warm and comfortable for your baby.

So here goes…  some top tips on how to have the best newborn baby photography session:-

1)  Your newborn photography session should be booked as early as possible.  We can pencil in your due date and once your new baby arrives we can arrange a suitable date and time for your session.  You may wish to call me to discuss your newborn baby photo shoot during the later stages of your pregnancy and we can have an informal chat about the session.

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2)  The perfect age to photograph your new baby is between 5-10 day s old.  This is the time when your newborn will be sleepy, content and easy to move around.  I am patient and will work around your baby with minimal fuss, and of course lots of breaks for cuddles, changing and feeding if necessary.  I will not rush your baby photography session.  It is important that you feel relaxed and enjoy the experience.  A cappuccino and some relaxation is important for mummy, whilst I work my magic..

3) Essential items to bring to your photo shoot include:-

–  Spare bottles should your newborn become hungry during the session and require a ‘top up’ feed.  However, as previously mentioned, it is important that you feed your baby just before leaving the house.

– Favourite blankets, cuddly toys etc which you may wish to have featured in your photographs.  This will personalise your photographs.  However, please note I have a large selection of hats, blankets, wraps and props for use during the session.

If you are expecting a new baby and would like to discuss a newborn baby photography photo shoot, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 01455 233224  to discuss the options or to book your session.

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Newborn Photography – Collections by Lesley Bee


Newborn photography – Collections by Lesley Bee. The first few days of your newborn baby’s life are such an amazing, magical time and these early days should be captured forever. In the ‘blink of an eye’ your new baby will grow and change. As a mum of two teenage girls, I can assure you that before you know it, your children are all grown up, independent and don’t need mummy so much anymore.

I offer newborn photography sessions at my studio in the Atkins Building, in the centre of Hinckley, Leicestershire. Alternatively I can also visit you at your home to photograph your new baby.

It is recommended that you book your newborn photo shoot as early as possible during the later stages of your pregnancy. We can pencil in your due date and once your baby arrives we can arrange a suitable date and time for your photography.

The perfect age to photograph your newborn baby is between 5 and 10 days old. This is the time when your baby will be sleepy and I can create the adorable poses and sweet, wrapped up, cuddly photographs.

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Beautiful collections by Lesley Bee are available to purchase at your ordering session which takes place around 1-2 weeks after your photo shoot. The perfect collection available for your images, following your photography session is the digital book and USB. This stunning product is a collection of your photographs presented in a quality, photographically printed book of 15 spreads and a USB stick. The book USB stick and presentation box are all personalised and there are a number of cover options for you to choose from. It’s a really stunning product.