To celebrate Babies first birthday, my clients often enjoy a Cake Smash and Splash Photo Shoot  with Alison McKenny Photography, a professional portrait Photographer based in her studio in Stoke By Clare, Suffolk.  

Keep scrolling to find out more about what to expect from the shoot, our pricing and the answers to lots of your frequently asked questions. 

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"Incredibly talented photographer"

“Alison is an incredibly talented photographer, we have been delighted with the images on a maternity, newborn and first birthday shoot. We highly recommend Alison!”

– Sara

"We had an excellent shoot with Ali"

We had an excellent shoot with Ali, she captured some amazing pictures of our little boy. She was professional, welcoming, and brilliant with little Alfie, would highly recommend her.

– Georgie



To book any of the photoshoots below, a session fee is charged upfront.  This is not included in the collection price and it does not include any digital or printed images but secures your date and time.

At the session, we will make an appointment for your viewing and ordering session which we can do in person or via Skype.

1 – 2 Hour Session

viewing & ordering session

gallery of 10 – 15 images (mini Session) or 20 – 24 images (full session) to view before choosing your collection below




2 hour Photoshoot at my studio 

midweek or weekend dates available

20 High-Resolution Digital Images

20 matching mounted 8×6″ prints

£100 credit towards wall art 0r album

£100 credit towards Folio Box



2 hour Photoshoot at my studio

midweek or weekend dates available

15 High-Resolution Digital Images

15 matching mounted 8×6″ prints

£100 credit towards an Album or Folio Box or piece of wall art



3-4 hour Photoshoot at my studio

midweek or weekend dates available

10 High-Resolution Digital Images

10 matching mounted 8×6″ prints

£50 credit towards an Album or Folio Box or piece of wall art



Available from Monday to Friday and includes:

1-hour Photoshoot at my studio

Viewing and ordering session with a gallery of 10 to 15 images to choose your favourite 4 High-Resolution Digital Images

4 Matching mounted 8×6″ prints


In addition to my Collections, you are also welcome to choose products from my

A La Carte Collection:

Additional Digitals plus matching mounted 8×6″ print – £70

Upgrade your prints to mounted 10×7″ prints – £10 extra per image

Luxury Picture Folio Box perfect for displaying and storing your mounted prints – 10×8″ wooden box (for 8×6″ mounted prints) – £325 

14×11″ wooden box (for 10×7″ mounted prints) – £425

Album (8×8″) – £400

Framed prints from £395 (20×16″)

Acrylic Wall Art from £395 (20×16″)

Archival Canvases from £325 (20×16″)

Your Cake Smash & Splash Session

To give you a bit more of an idea of what to expect, we start the session with some family photos (if you would like them) so your child gets used to us photographing them, whilst they feel happy in their Parents arms.

Then we take some photos of your child on their own in a cute outfit that you have chosen, and / or just in a nappy if you would like.

Next we get them changed and ready for the cake smash part of the session and watch them enjoy messy play with the cake. Most Babies don’t actually eat very much of the cake but love squishing it in between their fingers and putting their feet in it too!

Once they look like they’ve had enough of the cake, we have a little break and a tidy up and get the bath tub ready for their bath time part of the shoot. I have a couple of little tin baths that you can choose from and I will photograph your Baby in there having fun with the bubbles and bath toys! This is often their favourite part of the session and I usually get some great shots of them splashing away in the warm water.

Finally, we would take them out of the bath, dry them off and have a couple of shots of them all wrapped up in a towel or fluffy dressing gown before they get dressed ready to go home!

It’s a really fun session that usually takes an hour and a half and we let the Baby lead the pace, moving on when they have had enough of each section.

I do offer discounts for multiple sessions booked at the same time so do ask me about this if you are interested in booking a Maternity Shoot, Newborn Shoot plus Cake Smash Session!  

Who provides the Cake?


I provide the cake for all full sessions but with Mini Sessions, you can either bring your own cake or pay an extra £25 for me to supply it for you.  I have a cake maker that I’ve been buying cakes from for the past 15 years.  She is super reliable, her cakes look and taste amazing.  Also she is happy to cater for any food allergies, you just need to let us know in advance.

What happens if my Baby is not very happy on the day of the shoot?

If you wake up that morning and your Baby doesn’t seem themselves, and is clingy or tearful, it could be a sign that they are not well, so in this instance I would recommend that you stay home and we rearrange your session.  In my experience, it’s impossible to make a baby smile when they are not feeling well, and all they want is cuddles with Mum or Dad.  

If your Baby seems fine but then on arrival at my studio, starts to cry or be unsettled.  We will just take our time, and try different things. Sometimes they just need time to get used to different surroundings, and once presented with the cake that they can get messy with, and the bubble bath, they forget what was troubling them, and start to have fun.   


Can I bring my other children along for the shoot?

If you would like your other children to be photographed, so for sibling photos or family photos, then yes of course.  But at the moment due to COVID, I’m asking that only people being photographed or supervising their child, come into the studio.   

I'd love to get a photo of my Baby with my fur Baby! Is this possible?

If you would like to bring along your dog for some photos, that’s fine by me.  As long as they are house trained and pretty obedient, so will sit or lay down on command, then I’m happy to photograph them.    

I need the cake photos for their Birthday invites, how long does it take to get them back?

This process of editing your photos generally takes no longer than two weeks. Due to COVID, I am now doing my Viewing and Ordering Sessions via Skype and we can set up a date in the diary before you leave your photoshoot. 

If you need them back before your Baby’s Birthday, then I’d recommend we book the shoot at least 3 weeks before their Birthday to be sure. 

We can do the viewing and ordering session in the evening when the children are in bed if that suits you best. 

These sessions usually take no more than an hour and I will show you your images on a slideshow to music, and then can help you narrow down your favourites using a star system.  I can also advise you on products including wall art, and Albums should you need help. 

I just want digitals! Do I have to buy a collection?
There is no pressure to buy anything at all but you can buy an Album or piece of Wall Art from the A La Carte list rather than a collection if you prefer.

However, Digital Files, Mounted Prints, and Luxury Folio Boxes are only available to purchase with a Collection.

Having been in this industry for 11 years now, I know a lot of my previous clients who just bought Digitals have never found the time to do anything with them, which is such a waste.  When investing in a Professional Portrait Shoot, I want my clients to have photos that they can display around their homes and enjoy every single day.

As I use the best suppliers I know my clients will receive top-quality products that will last for years and years, so that future generations can also enjoy their family portraits.


Since COVID has appeared, we have taken it very seriously and want to make sure we are doing everything to keep our clients and ourselves safe.   We have safety guidelines in place and will send you more info on that before your session so you know what to expect.    


I would love to hear from you, and if you do have any questions at all before booking, please do feel free to contact me using the form below.