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I create a fun & relaxed atmosphere for your baby's cake smash photoshoot, and provide images that you will treasure for years to come!

Cake Smash Photography

Hello, if you are looking for a Cake Smash Photographer in West Sussex, then you have come to the right place! I'm Hazel and I am here to create a relaxed and fun photoshoot for your little ones birthday celebration.

The cake smash photo shoot will take place in my lovely garden studio, which is just off the main London Rd in East Grinstead, West Sussex. Just a short drive away, from Crawley, Redhill, Tunbridge Wells and Haywards Heath.

You're probably wondering why you should choose me as your photographer. There are hundreds of Cake Smash Photographers in West Sussex, so I know you're totally spoilt for choice, but my sessions are 100% baby-led. I want your baby to enjoy the experience as much as you do. So I will be doing everything I can to ensure its smiles all round. We won't rush; there will be no pressure or stress, your little one will come first, and I will just be there to capture them having a jolly good time!

I'll be interacting with your little one and capturing all those wonderful expressions, like when they realise that this whole cake is for them! The tiny toes and sticky hands... Finishing  the session with a splash in the tub. 

Whether it's your baby's very first birthday celebration, or even their second. I'm sure you will agree that they are growing very quickly. They have changed so much since when they were first born. Their personality is coming to fruition and they are becoming little people. Before you know it, they will be off to school! It is my absolute pleasure to capture their very first birthday and create beautiful memories for you to look back on ten years from now, and be reminded of how little they once were.

To find out exactly what to expect from a Cake Smash Photoshoot with me, you can click on the link below.

Hello?

'Is there anybody in there?Just nod if you can hear me, Is there anyone at home?' (Ten points if you can guess what song those lyrics came from! It's a classic! Pink Floyd of Course!) Such a great band, one of many that I love! Music is just one of the many things, we can talk about when you come to the studio. If your undecided and would like to find out a bit more about your photographer,  just click on the link below.

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About
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What to expect from a Cake Smash Photoshoot 

Before The Shoot

The Cake Smash & Splash Photoshoot is a fun way to celebrate your little one's very first or even second birthday. I don't suppose there even needs to be an age limit. I've seen fifty-year-old women do a cake smash photoshoot and puppies! 

Before you book in, we will chat about what theme or colour scheme you have in mind. I will do all I can to accommodate and will style a beautiful scene ready for when you arrive. I will arrange for a beautiful cake to be made, so do let me know if your little one has any food allergies. I have a small selection of outfits and will provide where I can.

All you need to do is bring your baby along. We'll discuss the best times to suit your baby's nap time schedule so that we can achieve the best smiley photos possible.

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During The Shoot

When you arrive at the studio, we will let your baby explore and get comfortable in his or her surroundings. New noises and being the centre of attention might be a little daunting for some and they might need a little extra time to adjust. No problem. I'll take a few test shots of your little one in the outfit they arrive in (If you'd like to discuss outfit choices to best suit the theme, I'm happy to help).

Once your baby is a little more relaxed, we will move on to the fun part! The cake smash. Your baby's face, when they realise that this whole cake is for them, is what gets me. I can't wait to see how they will react. Are they the shy type that will start by dipping in a finger or even a toe? Or are they going the whole hog and chomping head first into the cake? It's so fun to see their little faces light up and I just love capturing those cute expressions!

After your baby has demolished the cake, I will prepare a lovely warm bubbly bath where they can have a good old splash. In my experience, I find that babies really love to get all the sticky cake off them and really enjoy this part of the photoshoot so it usually makes for great photos.

After The Shoot

After our cake smash photoshoot, I will go and spend some time hand editing your images.

You will hear from me within 1-3 weeks to arrange a gallery viewing of your finished images in my little studio in East Grinstead. 

 

When you come to the studio to view your finished images, you will be given the opportunity to select the image package you would like to purchase. So you only pay for images you love. 

I do also provide some beautiful artwork should you wish to display your beautiful photographs at home. You can see examples of all the artwork available in the studio so you can see and feel the quality for yourself.

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Want to have a chat? Get in touch and we can talk about your session!

What To Expect
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FAQs

FAQs about Cake Smash Photography 

  • Where will the photoshoot take place?
    The photoshoot will be held at my garden studio, which is just off the London Rd in East Grinstead, West Sussex. 28 Halsford Green, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 1PB.
  • How long will it take for my online gallery to be ready?
    Your online gallery will be ready for viewing 2-3 weeks after our session. I always aim to have them ready as quickly as I can.
  • My dog is really nervous around new people? Will this be a problem?
    I understand not all dogs are bouncy and love everyone. I will take some time to get to know them a little bit before we start, and get them used to their surroundings. However, If your dog or pet is aggressive with strangers then this may be more problematic.
  • What should I bring to the session?
    Just you, your dog and any of his or her favourite treats or maybe a toy.
  • I have 3 dogs, can we photograph them all together?
    Of course, we can. If for any reason we can't get the perfect pic of them all sitting together nicely, I will be able to photoshop them in one photograph together.
  • My dog won't sit still for a minute! Can you still photograph them?
    If your dog knows a few basic commands then it would make things run a little more smoothly. However, don't worry if they don't. I will still try my best to capture beautiful photos and engage your dog's attention.
  • Do you photograph other animals?
    Yes, please! I love all animals so I would love to meet your other pets!
  • I want some photo's of me and my baby but I don't feel very confident. How can you help?
    You have just gone through a life changing experience and grown a tiny little person! How amazing are our bodies! Naturally like most women we have a bit of a love hate situation going on and after pregnancy It's no surprise that you are tired. Your hormones are probably still levelling out too so it’s perfectly normal to be feeling like this. I promise to encourage you and pose you in ways that I think will flatter you. I will use good angles and I can lightly retouch your images. I don’t like to heavily edit and change the way you look! I’m sure you are perfect just the way you are. But I can smooth out your complexion, remove blemishes, add a tiny bit of volume to your hair and reduce dark circles under the eyes. Whatever I do it will be very slight and look natural, and you will look beautiful! Please do let me know if you have any concerns, and we can talk through them together.
  • Do you do maternity or cake smash photography?
    I sure do! In fact the premium newborn image package includes a 50% discount towards your little ones first birthday cake smash and splash session. Woohoo!
  • What if my baby won't settle?
    Most babies take a while to settle and it is completely normal. I have a few tricks to try and help ease them in to a nice deep sleep. The studio will be very warm and I have soothing music or white noise playing which can help.
  • What if my baby's umbilical cord is still attached?
    No problem, I can still take your pictures for you and we'll use a combination of careful posing and retouching where needed, to hide tummy tags from view.
  • Do you provide prints or artwork?
    Yes I do! These can be ordered separately from the image packages, should you wish. All of my artwork and prints are ordered from an award-winning printing lab for professional photographers. Not only I have chosen this lab for the great quality products they offer but for every order I place with them they will commit to planting a tree to help replace the wood and energy used in the construction of that product! I wanted to provide artwork that was not only beautiful but sustainable too! You can see examples of the artwork available on display in my studio, so you will be able to see and feel the quality for yourself.
  • How do I book?
    It's really easy, just drop me a message with your details and we can schedule in a call or have a chat online.
  • Does my baby need to be asleep for the photoshoot?
    Ideally yes, in order for me to start posing your little one we want them to fall in to a nice deep sleep. Once they are in the deep sleep stage, I can safely position them in to comfortable poses and straighten out their little fingers making for the most beautiful images.
  • When is the best time to book in my newborn photo shoot?
    You can schedule your photoshoot at any time, but I recommend doing so after your 20 week scan. Due to the nature of newborn shoots, I only book a limited number each month, so please get in touch as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
  • How long will it take to get our final pictures, and can I buy the digitals?
    I will invite you back to the studio to view your images within 2-3 weeks. This is where you can decide which images you would like to purchase. I have three digital image packages available to choose from, and also offer artwork to beautifully display your photographs.
  • Where is your studio?
    My newborn studio is located in East Grinstead, which is on the border of Surrey & West Sussex. Within easy reach of Brighton, Bromley, Croydon, Crawley, Crowborough, Edenbridge, Forest Row, Haywards Heath, Horley, Horsham, Oxted, Redhill, Reigate, and Maidstone. ​ The address is: 28 Halsford Green, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 1PB.
  • When is the best time to photograph my newborn baby?
    The best time to photograph your baby is when they are between 5 and 14 days old (a maximum of 21 days). This is when your little one is at their most sleepy and supple allowing for the most safe, natural and snuggly poses
  • Will you share images of my baby?
    You will be asked to sign a model release form when you come to the studio. I will only share your images on my website or social media for marketing purposes with your express permission.

  • Do you provide the cake?
    Yes, I do provide the cake! This is included as part of the session fee. Please let me know at the time of booking if your little one has any allergies that the cake maker needs to know about.
  • When should I book my cake smash photo shoot?
    You can book your cake smash photo shoot before your little one's birthday, on their birthday or after. It's completely up to you. If you wanted the photos to use for birthday party invitations, for example, then I'd recommend booking 6 weeks in advance to ensure you get the images in time. Ideally, 3 weeks' notice is preferred so that I can arrange the theme and cake; however, I will always try to accommodate.
  • How long does a cake smash photoshoot take?
    A cake smash session lasts approximately two hours, although my sessions are baby-led so it really does all depend on your little one.
  • Where will the cake smash photoshoot be held?
    The photoshoot will take place in my garden studio. 28 Halsford Green, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 1PB. Tel: 07780 614 687
  • Do you offer prints and wall art?
    Yes, I have a beautiful selection of wall art on display in the studio so when you come along you will be able to see and feel the quality for yourself.
  • How long will it take to see the final images?
    After our session, I will hand edit your gallery. This usually takes 2-3 weeks. Once completed I will get in touch to arrange a gallery viewing in my studio. When you come along to the studio we will have a cuppa, and watch your gallery via a slideshow. You can then decide which image package best suits you. I will upload the images into an online gallery for you to download or I can airdrop them then and there.
  • How do I book in?
    Easy, just drop me a message.
  • What should my little one wear for the cake smash session?
    Before we start the cake smash session, I will take a few images of your little one just to warm up. For these portraits, I recommend that your baby wears neutral colours. Try to avoid patterns, logos and characters on clothes where possible. If you would like to have a chat or send me some photos of outfit combos, I'm happy to chat in more detail with you. For the actual cake smash, I might already have an outfit available. So we can talk about this in more detail if you decide to book in with me.
  • How do I book?
    Just send me a message and we can have a chat about your requirements.
  • How many weeks pregnant should I be for a maternity photoshoot?
    The best time to schedule your maternity photoshoot is when you are 28-36 weeks pregnant. Anything after that you are likely to feel tired and uncomfortable.
  • Do I need to know how to pose, what if I feel uncomfortable with my body?
    You do not need to have any previous experience with posing. I will guide you through the posing process. If you have any concerns about stretch marks or any part of your body you feel uncomfortable with, please don't be afraid to let me know. I want you to feel comfortable, and produce beautiful images that you will love, so please discuss any of your concerns with me.
  • How long will it take to get my final images?
    Approximately 2-3 weeks after our session, I will invite you back to the studio to view your finished gallery. You will then be able to choose which images you like, and what digital image package best suits you. You might want to order some beautiful artwork which I also have available. You will be able to see and feel the quality of the products when you come to the studio.
  • Can I include my family in any of the images?
    Yes definitely! Please bring along your partner and / or children and we can capture some beautiful family-orientated images. We can have a chat about styling and what they should wear before the session.
  • Why invest in the Elegance Package and have my hair & make-up done?
    Having your hair and make-up applied by a professional artist really does make a difference to the final images. Not only that, but isn't it nice to treat yourself and feel pampered for a couple of hours. If the elegance package isn't in your budget, the classic package may be more suited to you. Either way, I will produce images that you will look beautiful in.
  • Do you provide a dress?
    I have a small and beautiful selection of maternity dresses and materials ideal for creating some gorgeous images! Unless of course you are feeling brave and want me to photograph your amazing body and bump in a very tasteful and elegant way.
  • I'm thinking of ordering a shoot for my friend as a baby shower gift, do you sell vouchers?
    Yes! I do have gift vouchers that I can post out to you. A photoshoot makes a lovely gift; most people forget what you brought them, but when you buy memories you can't go wrong!
  • Do you shoot family portraits on location?
    Yes if it is local, please just get in touch and we can discuss what it is you are looking for.
  • Can we buy all the digitals and do you sell framed prints?
    Yes, once you have seen your images you can decide on which digital image package you would like to purchase. Should you wish I do have a selection of framed prints, canvas and other artwork available for you to purchase. I can show you what is available when you come to the studio so you can see the quality for yourself.
  • Can you edit out my wrinkles?
    Whilst the emotion and connection I like to capture in family photographs is very natural and real, I know that most women would prefer not to see every pore and wrinkle on their face. I do retouch skin and blemishes in a sensitive and subtle way, so I'm not changing your face or making you look like you have been airbrushed to within an inch of your life.
  • I'm worried about my children misbehaving!
    Please don't, kids often play up to the camera, so I totally expect it, and certainly don't judge. I find it best to encourage natural smiles by being silly, playing with your children and tickling them.
  • Can we have the RAW or unedited files?
    I'm afraid not. I take pride in my work and will only provide you with beautifully edited, finished photographs. RAW, unedited images are not available for purchase, simply because they are only "half-baked" and not the finished product the way I envision it to be. Only I know how the images are designed to look - and my editing process is as much a part of my artistic skill as the way I take the photograph.
  • What should we wear?
    We can discuss this in more detail, but neutral or muted colours that compliment each other are always best. Please avoid, patterns, logos or characters on clothing as these date, and don't always photograph well.
  • Do you retouch the images and get rid of spots?
    Headshots are best edited in a very simple and non-invasive way, but I can remove spots and blemishes and reduce eye bags.
  • Can a make-up artist be arranged for the session?
    Yes, of course, I can arrange a hair stylist and make-up artist if requested for an additional fee.
  • How often should I update my headshots?
    Actors, actresses, and those in the performing arts should have headshots done annually. Unless you are a child model in which case updates need to be made every six months. For corporate environments, photos can be scheduled whenever a new employee comes on board. Those whose appearance has changed significantly should have updated photos taken.
  • How long will it take to receive my final images?
    Your finished proof gallery will be ready to view in approximately 1-3 weeks after our session. I will always try my best to accommodate dead lines.
  • What should I wear to the session?
    Headshots are about your face ultimately. Think about colours that bring out your eyes and suit your skin tone. It's best to avoid patterns and logos as these can complicate a headshot so stick to a solid colour. I always recommend a muted or neutral colour for photos. Subtle textures can add depth and highlight your face.
  • Can I insert an image, video, or gif in my FAQ?
    Yes. To add media follow these steps: 1. Enter the app’s Settings 2. Click on the “Manage FAQs” button 3. Select the question you would like to add media to 4. When editing your answer click on the camera, video, or GIF icon 5. Add media from your library.
  • How do I add a new question & answer?
    To add a new FAQ follow these steps: 1. Click “Manage FAQs” button 2. From your site’s dashboard you can add, edit and manage all your questions and answers 3. Each question and answer should be added to a category 4. Save and publish.
  • How do I edit or remove the “FAQ” title?
    You can edit the title from the Settings tab in the app. If you don’t want to display the title, simply disable the Title under “Info to Display”.

Get in touch and we can have a chat about your cake smash photoshoot!
 

Prices & Packages

Child Photography - Cake Smash Photoshoot
Our prices and packages 

I don't know about you, but personally, when I'm investing my money into something, I like to see exactly what I'm going to be getting. So, with that in mind  the only thing you pay for upfront is the session fee. The session fee includes everything listed below, secures your date, and ensures I don't take another booking that day so it's non-refundable.

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  • My time to set up and prepare the studio for our photoshoot

  • Use of my props and outfits where available

  • Beautiful and tasty 6" cake 

  • Photoshoot lasting approximately 2 hours

  • A fully hand edited gallery of 20 to 30 images to choose from

  • Gallery viewing session in my studio

Cake Smash & Splash Session Fee

£90

Cake Smash Photography - Digital Image Packages

After our session, you will be invited back to my newborn photography studio to view your finished images. 

 

As I mentioned earlier, the bonus is that you don't need to decide what package you would like, until you have actually seen the photographs! 


I offer three digital packages that you can see below. These offer the best savings. I also offer a range of beautiful artwork, all of which are on display in the studio so you can see and feel the quality for yourself.

Classic

£200

5 Edited Digital Files

per image

£40
Deluxe

£300

10 Edited Digital Files

per image

£30
Ultimate

£450

All the digitals
(20-30 Images)

or less per image

£20.00
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Wall Art

Wall Art 

After your photoshoot, you will have the option to purchase a digital image package or wall art should you wish. I have a selection of samples in my East Grinstead studio so you can check the professional quality of the artwork that I offer.

All my artwork and prints are ordered from an award winning printing lab for professional photographers. Not only have I chosen this lab for the great quality products they offer, but for every order I place with them they will commit to planting a tree to help replace the wood and energy used in construction of that product! So many of us are looking for ways to make our daily life more earth-friendly and so I wanted to offer a product that was not only beautiful but sustainable too.

I offer digital packages as well as prints, and a beautiful memory keep sake box which I think makes a lovely alternative to a photo album.

All prices are listed below; if you have any questions I would be happy to hear from you.

Prints

Professional quality photographic prints available to order...

Or a beautiful keepsake print box

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Acrylic Spheres

A show stopping alternative to displaying your artwork...

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Camden Frame

A stunning frame which features a distinct finish. The open frame surrounds your image with a narrow gap between the solid wood frame and image, creating the impression your picture is levitating.

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Canvas

Professional canvas wrap printed on high quality 400gsm white cotton canvas.

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Farrow
Frame

A classic frame with an elegant look featuring a subtle woodgrain .The distinctive features of this stylish frame are it’s on-trend colour options and a cascade of moulded step drops leading to a deep recess. An exceptionally popular choice for framed prints.

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Fiesta Frame

Sleek, clean lines and a beautifully smooth and tactile finish combine to create a unique look and feel. This modern frame comes in a variety of 12 colours adding a beautiful burst of colour to your walls!

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Manhatten 
Frame

With its sweeping profile & stunning aged metallic colour options, the Manhattan frame is a beautiful addition to your wall. The subtle weathered effect layered over a wide selection of metallic options creates a stunning photo frame option to compliment your photographs.

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Gallery

Cake Smash Gallery

What are you waiting for?
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Testimonials

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"We loved our cake smash for our little boys' first birthday! It was important to us that the session was relaxed and enjoyable for our little one and Hazel made the session great fun. Our little one had a wonderful time and the final photos were amazing! We are so pleased and would definitely recommend Hazel!"

Jennifer Eichner - East Grinstead

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Hazel dean photography was amazing from start to finish nothing was to much for Hazel. We had our daughters 1st cake smash photoshoot and hazel was brilliant with her she was very patient and nothing was rushed, she was also very welcoming. The props and the background was just beautiful I couldn’t believe how amazing the photos are and how well hazel captured them. I would be using hazel dean photography again I would highly recommend her.

Stephanie Gibson - East Grinstead

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