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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.

My Silver Award Achievements with The Guild of Photographers

Photography has been my passion for many many years and yet still a week doesn’t pass when I don’t learn something new, whether it be in camera, lighting or in editing. Year on year I see how I continue to improve and grow and this is reflected by my awards and achievements.

Over this last year I have achieved several Silvers with The Guild of Photographers, a lovely step in the right direction from the previous years Bronzes of which I am still very proud.

I thought I would share some of my Silvers with you here. As you can see I have achieved Silver in Newborn, Maternity, Pets. and Portraiture too.

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New Studio!

My studio has been doubled in size and it has given me so much more space to move around. This has made a huge difference for shoots like newborn and Cake Smash as they require several set up throughout the session. I can now have two separate set ups ready to go. We have incorporated a changing area too for my Maternity and Fine Art clients to change behind. I have usb charger points for clients too as well as the baby changing unit, bottle warmers, tea, coffee and drinks area and comfortable seating too. My props are easy to view and access too so clients can see what is on offer. Parking is directly outside the door which is perfect for disabled access too.

Behind the scenes at Judith Stewart Photography during a Newborn Shoot...

A tailored approach...

When a client books in with me I always encourage them to take at look on my website, Pinterest and the internet in general so they can let me know what kinds of photographs they absolutely love so I can tailor their photo shoot to best suit their tastes. This client loved a flower garland photograph she had seen on the internet... so that's what we did.. . 

Christmas Mini Shoots 2016

 A little sneak peek from this years Xmas Mini Shoots.  I tried to keep props fairly simple this year. I have a mini wooden sleigh, a white crate, some giant fur cones, a stick tree and lots of Santa's hats of course. For the babies I have a lovely 'Santa' tub, great for popping them in and perfect to tuck up next to big brother or sister. 

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.

 

New Props

As a Newborn Photographer it is important to always be producing new and creative images. One of the ways I do this is by introducing new props. My latest prop is an absolutely adorable hand made 'hot air balloon' . This prop is so versatile as it is a perfect for little boys or girls as I've used neutral colours  and looks fabulous with any number of different coloured backdrops. The hot air balloon can be personalised with that crocheted blanket or hat knitted by Nanna, or with the beautiful soft toy gift too.

Enjoying a cuddle

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This gorgeous little boy was 10 days old when his Mummy and Daddy brought him in for his newborn photo shoot. As you can see I just had to have a cuddle, I couldn't resist. This little mans parents were just so lovely and relaxed as this is not their first baby, so even though he was insisting on trying to stay awake to watch the goings on, and didn't really want to curl up as much as newborn babies do in the first week, we still had fun and I got some beautiful photographs for his Mummy and Daddy to treasure forever.