What is a birthday session?

Cake smashes are a massive craze at the moment, but what about if it's not your first birthday? I get so emotional every time my children have a birthday - I can never believe how quickly they are going to turn a year older and it always makes me reflect on previous birthdays, and I like to look back on previous birthday pictures. Birthdays are so exciting and important to your little one, so what better way to kick start the celebrations than with a birthday photoshoot?

How it works

I recommend booking a birthday session a week before. This way you have the photos ready to share with loved ones for the big day and also, if your little one isn't in nursery or school, they will probably have the day planned with friends and family. You will receive edited images before the birthday.


mINI Birthday


  • 30 minute session
  • 3 high resolution images to download
  • Use of birthday props, including birthday crown
  • Number helium balloon to keep




  • 1 hour session
  • 8 high resolution images to download
  • Birthday cake
  • Use of birthday props, including birthday crown
  • Number helium balloon to keep
  • Full use of Peach and Pear wardrobe
  • Portraits with parents and siblings



Where do sessions take place?

Sessions can either take place in the garden or nearby outdoor location (I can suggest a few places).

What shall we wear?

As the photos will be very busy with balloons, props, maybe even a cake!, so I would suggest something light and minimal. Perhaps a nice white linen shirt for a boy, or layer up with some chunky knits if it's going to be a little chilly. Long floaty dresses always look great for girls - I can bring along a few props, e.g. a flower crown to help make your little one look special. I always bring my birthday crown along to the shoots, where I can add the child's age.

Opt for soft, muted colours, avoiding bold and busy prints and characters - they can easily look dated in the future and can be distracting in photos. In the colder months, try to layer up rather than wearing big coats, as we don't want the coat to be the focus of the photo.

I have a collection of clothes I keep in my photography wardrobe, please let me know if you'd be interested in using these in the shoot!

What is provided?

All sessions include a number helium balloon, which your child can take home and I will bring along my birthday crown. You are also welcome to borrow an outfit from my photography prop wardrobe - I have a range of floaty dresses, shirts, braces, etc (I know all too well the pain of buying an outfit to only be worn once).
If you are booking a longer birthday session, a larger selection of helium balloons and a cake are provided. Longer sessions also include a small picnic set up, where we can sing Happy Birthday and blow out some candles.