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What makes a good cake smash?

Cake Smash Posted on Sun, January 29, 2017 09:44:07

What better way to mark a childs first birthday than a wonderful cake smash but how to choose the right person for the job?

Things to consider…..


It’s probably best to travel to your photographers studio for this as its going to get messy and an experienced photographer will have all the right types of flooring and backgrounds to cope.

At the Brookfield Photography studio in Redditch we like to get a nice clean first birthday portrait before the messy stuff starts. Its a perfect opportunity to make the most of the studio time booked.

The Cake

This is a most important part of the shoot (after the birthday model naturally), the wrong cake will make the shoot far less of a success. So pick a colour it doesn’t necessarily need to be pink for girls and blue for boys but we find at Brookfield Photography that these are the most popular colours.

The cakes used in a Brookfield Photography Cake Smash are each made specially for each individual shoot. Colours are decided at the time of booking and particular care is spent making sure that the lucky child doesnt have any food allergies so we can be sure the cake will not be an issue to our little models.

Debbie is a fine baker and if you want to see or even taste her work why not check her out .


Props are a tricky one really because too many can complicate the scene and too few can look a bit sparse. Some studios insist on only using their own props but some Mums & Dads like to personalise the shoot with their own accessories like Baxters Mum did for example. We liked this, super cute!

We like to personalise the props too rather than going for an off the shelf prop we will use companies like Mini Jacks who will make props to our specification which gives Brookfield Photography and our customers a really unique product to look back on for years to come.

A great example of this is the “ONE” in the background of this shot that was made for us by Mini Jacks


Well planning doesn’t really happen because babies will do what babies will do! Having an exe nursery nurse on the team however ensures that the shoot will be an enjoyable experience for all involved including Mum & Dad!

Safety is paramount so the cake stand is perspex, the child is on the floor and can’t fall off it, the cake is made specially for that individual child and Mum is always close at hand throughout!

What we don’t know in advance is if the your child is a `face planter’ or not? Either is great for some memorable photographs.

Christmas Face Planter

More of a hands on approach

Clear up

You just can’t go home with all that sticky cake everywhere so why not take a dip in the tub before you leave. Most of the Brookfield Photography Cake Smashers do, they seem to love it!

Your babies are only little once and it would be a shame not to catch these moments while you can they will of course be fantastic to show a future boyfriend or girlfriend one day eh?

What makes a good newborn photographer?

Newborn Posted on Sun, January 22, 2017 12:11:04

Choosing a newborn baby photographer is difficult. Lets face it you only get one chance to do this because to get those lovely sleepy poses your baby needs to be under 14 days old so you dont have time to try out different suppliers.

So how do you choose a newborn baby photographer then?

1. Check out some work and see if you like the style. Photography is a subjective thing and what one person likes another will not. It’s human nature.

This adorable image came about because his father is a keen music fan and had his head phones with him for the shoot and they became a prop.

2. Talk to your potential photographer to find out what kind of experience they have. Are there things in their history that make them particularly well suited to capturing images of your baby?

Kay, our newborn photographer is great with children, before she picked up a camera professionally she was a nursery nurse and has a knack of putting babies at ease during the shoot.

There are tricks to getting baby to sleep for our camera and Kay knows them.

3. Have a think about where you want the shoot to happen. Studio or home ?


Pros and cons for both locations are worth considering. At home may or may not be a quiet environment if there are other sibling wanting to “help” this can be a distraction but similarly can be endearing in an image too. Is the lighting at home sympathetic to a newborn shoot? It may be difficult to travel so soon after giving birth particularly if baby has been delivered by c-section and so home may be the best option.

We love this lifestyle newborn baby portrait shot in the family home with big sister being very sweet.


The studio is a very controlled environment with known lighting conditions. It can be very quiet as the only people in the room for newborn shoots tend to be Mum , Dad , Baby & Kay. Baby is sometimes not that quiet but once baby is fed and changed things usually settle down sooner or later and once in a deep sleep baby can be handled to generate images that delight.

All Brookfield newborn shoots are baby lead. If babies don’t want to cooperate they are not forced the comfort and safety of the baby is paramount.

4. What sets this photographer out from the others, is it photo editing skills? Taking the picture is just the start of the process it must be then edited to ensure the image stands out or if you like “pops”

5. Do you want to be in the picture too? Some people absolutely do not want to be in the image and some do. It is however very possible to be part of the picture just using some of you. Dads arms for example….

Or perhaps you very much want your first family portrait together that make great gifts for Grand Parents after all.

6. Cost is a real consideration. There is a old saying that rings true, “you get what you pay for” and generally it is true. Shop around, the cheapest may be a false economy that will not deliver for you and as I mentioned in this blog post you only get one chance to do this because your baby will grow quickly and the opportunity is lost. Expect to pay for the photographers time, new born shoots can last several hours which eat into studio time.

Once the shoot is over and the images are available to see hopefully you will love them so just check before the shoot that the print or JPEG resale costs are not too high. It would be a pity to see images deleted because of affordability.

7. Reputation is key. Speak to people who have used the photographer you are interested in, google them, see if there are any reviews on social media. Do your homework because if there are disappointed or delighted customers around they will probably have mentioned it on line somewhere.

Hope this helps you make the right choice for you.


Abbey Hotel Wedding Event

Weddings Posted on Sun, January 15, 2017 16:02:43

Big success today, plenty of bookings , just what we wanted smiley

Abbey Hotel Wedding Event

Weddings Posted on Sat, January 14, 2017 12:39:09

We will be at the Abbey Hotel Wedding Event in Redditch tomorrow. This is a particularly good event for brides and grooms to be as all the stand holders are there by invite only and the Abbey staff know that they will all perform well at your wedding.

Here are a few images from the last wedding we shot at the Abbey Hotel, we love photographing weddings there mainly because the staff are just so nice to work with.

See you tomorrow 🙂