Willow’s Cake Smash

As Willow turns 2 today I thought it would be the perfect time to share photos from her 1st birthday cake smash last year!

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We also had some family portraits prior to the cake smash so her older brothers could be included and even her Mum and Dad. It was lovely to get these portraits of them altogether.

Then it was Willow’s turn to take the spotlight! Once she saw her brightly coloured cake she couldn’t stop smiling! She didn’t take long to start exploring the cake with her hands and begin grabbing bits from the cake.

I love how excited she was, so excited that she stood up just before she began tucking in!

Willow has such a cheeky look on her face in this photo don’t you think? Sometimes I wonder what is going through a baby’s mind during a cake smash as they happily eat something so sweet, that they wouldn’t normally be allowed and be encouraged by their parents to do so!

It was at this point Willow decided the cake stand wasn’t needed anymore! This has happened a few times during cake smashes, but usually we take it away before they decide they’ve had enough.

I was sure she’d had enough at this point, but then she had a second wind. Her brothers came in to help her finish the majority of her cake so she decided she’d have a bit more with them.

I thought this was lovely to see them all sharing the cake so nicely. They all were so happy!

For the theme we went for unicorn with Willow dressed in her unicorn outfit. The rest of the props I tried to match the colours with Willow’s outfit which I’d seen prior to the shoot.

I always like to talk through the props with parents so we can create the vision they had in mind when they booked me. Alice asked for the Lightbox and letters and was happy with the other props I included. I decided to use helium in my balloons this time as it meant there was more room for the honeycombs and Lightbox. What do you think to this set up? Would love to hear your thoughts.

Ethan’s Cake Smash

So as Ethan turned 2 on the 1st May this year I thought it was time to share the rest of the photos from his cake smash photoshoot last April!

There are a few images already on my cake smash page which I added recently, but it’s nice to see more from the shoot to get a full picture of how things pan out. And how much of the cake is left at the end!

It was one of the hottest days in April and we felt it! The sun was glaring into the kitchen, which was the original place to set this up and where I would usually do a cake smash. So instead we moved into the living room where we could shut some of the direct sunlight out so it wouldn’t affect the photos and melt the cake too quickly.

I used extra white paper to cover the floor so no chocolate cake ended up on the carpet. The props I used were all brand new to this shoot, apart from the cake stand, with the bunting coming from Time 2 Celebrate in Kettering, Northamptonshire. They have been around for years and provide decorations for birthdays, weddings, baby showers and any type of celebration really!

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I love this photo – Ethan could hardly contain his excitement!

At first he was apprehensive, not sure what to do with the cake so instead had a lot of giggles. His cheeky smile was infectious; courtesy of his Mum Emma who was sat next to me making sure he was happy to sit for the photos.

Once he had tasted some of the chocolate curls, that was it, he knew he wanted more. The extra props usually don’t last very long, as you can see here with the One lettering on top of the cake. It becomes a distraction, so is nice for the first few photos then I tend to remove it around halfway through the photoshoot in case that looks more appealing than the cake!

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The chocolate cake was a great choice for Ethan, he loved it! He also loved to stand up, which I haven’t had happen too often during a cake smash. They would usually crawl towards their parents or to me to have a closer look at my camera!

After about 30 minutes or so, Ethan decided the balloons around him were more fun and exciting than the huge chocolate cake left in front of him. So proceeded to play with them instead.

There was quite a lot of cake leftover which meant there was enough for his older brother and Mum and Dad.

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I had a lot of fun capturing these and hope you’ve enjoyed reading through this blog.

For other cake smash blogs I have written please click here.

Brampton Grange Wedding Venue

A popular choice for weddings in Northamptonshire. Brampton Grange is one of Northampton’s largest exclusive use venues. It is a beautiful, unique barn venue with a large country house, set in 25 acres of a private estate in Northamptonshire.

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I would love to photograph a wedding here and when given the chance to organise the styled shoot, I couldn’t wait to explore the barn and country house for potential areas to photograph. As a wedding photographer I try to create a complete story of the day, include the decor of the venue and the details you’ve chosen.

This unique Northampton venue features several barns with high ceilings, timber beams and exposed brickwork, which makes the ideal setting for weddings, parties, anniversaries and other private celebrations.

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The Venice barn features floor to ceiling white drapes, chandeliers and fairy lights. This seemed like the ideal setting for one of the tables to be dressed using the wedding decor we’d been given from various suppliers.

The table centrepieces were made by Sue at DunnCrafting, she also provided us with the wrist corsage and bouquet. All of which are faux flowers but who can tell!?

We were also given crockery, glassware and cutlery by Absolutely Vintage China Hire and candle favours from Kiss Air Candles.

The stunning cake and iced biscuits were made by Laura from The Greenhouse Cakerie. The flowers on the side and top of the cake were made from sugar.

Each piece complimented the next and fit the theme perfectly.

The Oak frame was built by 104 Designworks who make wonderfully bespoke pieces of furniture and the flowers attached to the frame were by Emma at Blossom & Bramble.

We even had some handmade stationary put together for us especially for the shoot, the gold leaf details make the ultimate finishing touch. I just love the drawing of Brampton Grange!

The second part of this photo shoot included our model Karen. She looked amazing and we couldn’t believe how perfectly the boho style Kenneth Winston wedding dress which Anna Wood picked out for her to wear.

I love animals, as you may tell from a couple of my other blogs, so when we spotted the horse in the field next to the house I had to include her in the photographs.

I loved organising this shoot and bringing together so many fantastic, local wedding suppliers. We are all based in Northamptonshire and cover the surrounding areas and have plenty of knowledge on local wedding venues.

I couldn’t have done this without their help and look forward to working with some of them again the future!

  • Absolutely Vintage China
  • Anna Wood Bridal
  • Blossom & Bramble
  • DunnCrafting
  • Kiss Air Candles
  • Love Laura Hair Design
  • Love Tallulah Belle
  • Rachel Chaprunne
  • The Green House Cakerie
  • The Little Details Company
  • 104 Designworks

Studio Portraits

You may recognise this family from one of my early blog posts from last year here. Just over a year ago I had the chance to photograph Jamie, Lauren and Eira both in the Studio and outdoors at a local park.

It was a great experience, particularly as I got to play with the studio lighting to create natural looking photos.

It took a little practice but I got the results I was aiming for and I have now brought of my own soft boxes to create a similar effect.

We spent about half an hour in the studio; so that Eira wasn’t being held in the same spot for too long. She was really good though in front of the camera and 30 minutes ended up being plenty of time to capture these beautiful family moments.

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For me I prefer photographing people outdoors and using as much natural light as possible. Which do you like better, studio or outdoor portraits? Let me know!

IGL Summer Ball at Cranford Hall

Back in June I had the privilege of photographing a charity event for Infrastructure Gateway Ltd‘s Summer Ball. This is held every year at Cranford Hall in Northamptonshire to celebrate the year’s achievements and raise some money.

This year the theme was The Oscars. Everyone dressed up for the occasion and looked great. Scroll down to see!

I loved the bottles sitting in the windowsill here, behind the bar. Such a practical idea, yet it makes a great photo!

As guests began to arrive, I wanted to capture as many as I could before the party began. The columns at the entrance of the hall seemed like the perfect spot.

To me it is just as important to capture the candid shots as the group shots. The higher I could get the better and one of the ladies working at Cranford Hall opened the doors allowing me to venture to the top floor of the building to get the second group photo below!

There was plenty to eat and drink throughout the night which kept everyone happy. IGL even had their own award ceremony later on; winners included ‘Mrs Hinch Award’ and ‘Most desk swaps’!

It was a fantastic evening with lots of awesome dance routines and tequila shots!

I think my favourite area was by far the Photo Booth, with plenty of props, gold and laughter.

Just as I was leaving it absolutely threw it down and the most vibrant rainbow appeared from behind Cranford Hall, I had to grab my camera from the boot of my car for one last photo.

Have you been to Cranford Hall for an event before or thinking of booking an event here? Let me know in the comments below. More details on the venue can be found here.

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