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The Whole Smashing Story

What is Cake Smash I hear you ask?

Cake Smash is a type of studio based photoshoot which has taken the UK by storm. Cake Smash is the new fun and messy way to capture those all important Birthday Milestones, namely babies 1st Birthday. We simple let your one-year-old loose with their own birthday cake and the I captures the carnage, the smiles, and the giggles as a fun and memorable keepsake.

However Cake Smashes have proven so popular that it is now being taken up by all ages as a fabulously fun way of capturing milestone birthdays, including 21st, 30th, 40th and 50th birthdays too..

When you book a Cake Smash with me you simply choose your theme or colour scheme and I do the rest.

Once you are booked we order your matching Giant Cup Cake or Naked Cake from Professional Cake Makers, Dreamy Cakes of Uckfield, special dietary requirements can usually be catered for.

I have lots of props including bird cages, crates, giant tissue pom poms, balloons, cake stands, large wooden letters, flowers, lot of different types of bunting, fabrics, soft toy props for themed set ups like Peter Rabbit or Winnie the Pooh and many many more.. but if you would like something I don’t have, just ask, and I will always see what I can do.

I also have age one outfits available although I always advise parents to bring an alternative just in case mine is not suitable on the day.

After all the fun of cake smashing I provide a mini bubble bath in a tin bath to help little ones get cleaned up but also giving us another opportunity to grab some more super lovely photos in the process.

Take a look through my cake smash galleries for ideas about what you might like to book, if you can’t see what you fancy, simply message and we can have fun planning a new set up.

New puppy?

Bringing home a new puppy is super exciting and a wonderful time to capture some fabulous photographs whilst they are still so tiny and sleepy. From birth up to 3 months of age, puppies will usually spend up to 22 hours sleeping. After that first 3 months, they will have more energy to walk around and explore but still sleep for most of the day, by six-months your puppy is an adolescent and he will have an increase in energy and wilfulness. The sooner you can book your puppy in for photographs the better if you want to capture that tiny puppy stage.

Birds of Prey

I offer Pet Photography in my Portfolio which potentially can cover any pet which is suitable to travel and be safe in a studio environment. Last week I had the pleasure and excitement of photographing two stunning birds of prey, a Saker Falcon and a Harris Hawk. Both arrived in their travel boxes and were taken out one at a time. The handler kept the birds on a leash attached to either his glove or a perch so that there was no risk of flying and damaging their wings. I took a whole series of beautiful photographs which I then edited into a Fine Art style. Here are a few.

Note: When I have pets in the studio all soft furnishings are removed, and things that cannot be removed are covered fully with waterproof coverings to protect them. After a pet session the studio floor is fully steam cleaned to ensure it is perfect fro my next client. Safety and hygiene are my number one priorities.

Bronze Award from the sussex photographic federation

Sussex Photographic Federation Championships 2018

The Championships are assessed by three judges, in common with most regional and national events. The Championships were judged by:

  • Walter Benzie

  • Roy Lambeth

  • Sue Sibley

There were 180 images submitted representing the best of the best from each affiliated Photography Society and Club across Sussex. This year, 2018, I won the Bronze award for my Fine Art Portrait entitled ‘Phoebe’.

Phoebe by Judith Stewart Bronze Award.jpg

Bring a prop

My aim is to create beautiful photographs during your Newborn Session that you will treasure forever. To do this I always invite parents to bring along any special items to the shoot. They are often items like a beautiful blanket that Nanny has crocheted, or an old teddy which was once Mummy's favourite. Sometimes the items can be larger, like this stunning 'toy' car that Mummy and Daddy bought for his nursery.  These extra special elements make the Newborn Session unique and personal to that family.