Stevenage Newborn & Family Photographer | Everything you need to know about Cake Smash Sessions | featuring Anna

Cake Smash sessions have become a very popular way to celebrate your little one turning one. There are so many different ways to hold these sessions. I know lots of photographers who do themed sessions such as Disney, rainbow, dinosaurs etc. I know some photographers who hold these sessions in the clients home as a lifestyle session and I know others who hold them outdoors. Personally I keep away from themes and stick to the more minimalist, clean and classic look. I do not want your images to look dated over the years. Most sessions take place in my home studio using a white backdrop roll and some simple decoration, usually stars or flowers. I am also happy to hold lifestyle cake smash sessions in your own home.


When should I book my session? 

I usually only take 2/3 Cake Smash bookings per month due to keeping spaces available for pre-booked newborn clients. The sooner you book the better. We rarely take bookings with less than 5/6weeks notice

What is included in the £299 fee and do you have any other packages available?

I have found it is much easier to just have one all inclusive package for this type of session where everything is included and there are no extra costs after your session. Included in the fee..

1 Hour Session in three parts


Cake & Simple Decorations in your choice of colour

25 Portraits will be enhanced and supplied to you as high resolution digital files with print release

10 X 7”X5” Lustre Prints

Do you offer any discounts?

Anyone who has had a newborn session with myself is entitled to a 10% discount off the package fee.

Can we have some family portraits too?

Yes. There are 3 sections to this session. The first 15 minutes are for clean and classic portraits either of little one on their own, with a sibling or with the family. The second 15minute section is the Cake Smash followed my section 3 which is the bath. The sections are only 15 minutes each as one year olds have a very short attention span so get bored pretty quickly!

Can we have a custom cake?

Custom Cakes are an optional extra with enough notice. There is an additional fee for this service starting at £15+ Dairy free cakes are also available

How do I book a session?

Simply contact us to see which dates we have available, once a date has been agreed you will receive a link to pay the £75 deposit required. Once this has been paid your date will be reserved. The remainder of the package fee will be due one week before your session date.

Any other questions just pop us a message 🙂

Stevenage Newborn & Family Portrait Photographer | Myles

You would be forgiven for assuming because I have hardly been posting work from my newborn photography sessions that it has been quiet here at Jenna Marshall Photography. It is quite the opposite! I have been struggling to find the time to post recently as I have been trying to keep on top of all the editing from recent sessions. We have been incredibly busy I have been neglecting not only my website but my social media platforms too. I am determined to get back on top of this! I have some very exciting blog posts planned so sign up to the newsletter to be sure not to miss any! 

Here are some of my favourite images from a newborn session with Myles a couple of months ago. I had the honour of photographing this little mans big brother when he was also a newborn. It is always such a joy seeing families again!

If you are planning on booking yourself a newborn session please remember to do so between 12-35weeks pregnant 

For prices see this page Portfolio and Prices

Spring/Summer is creeping upon us… So what are you going to wear to your session? | Hertfordshire photographer | Jenna Marshall Photography

The trees are slowly starting to redress and colours are being found amongst the uncut grass of winter. I am very much ready to get back to my outdoor sessions after a 4 month hibernation period. If you are yet to book your outdoor family session please take a look at the packages available by CLICKING HERE

If you are already booked in here are some tips on what to wear…

“Tip- Click on any outfit to be taken to the website where you can purchase it 🙂 “

Please, please do not wear matching outfits. Gone are the days of everyone wearing jeans with white t-shirts, it just does not look good. Co-ordinate your outfits rather than match them. Think of the colours that would work well together. Earthy tones always work well like reds, browns, mustard, creams and greys. So do pastels and neutrals. My favourite colour combinations at the moment are rusts, ochres and creams and whites or pale blue, lilacs and grey. Compliment each others outfit. Patterns look great in these sessions as long as everyone is not all wearing the same pattern. Stay away from stripes! There is a great fashion trend set for this year with a beautiful scarf print…


Layers look great in all kind of sessions. Think of accessories such as scarves, hats and bracelets. Make sure your shoes are practical for the location of the session but also ensure they work with the rest of your outfit. You may want to bring some shoes to walk to the location in then change for the actually session when we are in the right place. Keep make up and hair clean and natural, keep away from heavy eye make up. Knitwear can really be good for adding texture to your images. Floaty dresses and long skirts are my favourite as they can be swished to add movement in a portrait! 

Family Outfit Inspiration 1

Mens Jumper- Purchase Here  Mens Chinos- Purchase Here   Women Dress- Purchase Here

Girls Dress- Purchase Here   Romper- Purchase Here   Boys Shirt- Purchase Here


Men can often be less cooperative than the kids when preparing for a photo session lol. Make sure you do lots of bribing! Same rules apply as above with regards to colours and patterns. No logos or sportswear to be worn. Including baseball caps! No running trainers either. Boots, brogues or converse like trainers are acceptable 😉

Family Outfit Inspiration 2

Mens Shirt- Purchase Here   Women Dress- Purchase Here   Boys Top- Purchase Here

Boys Trousers- Purchase Here   Girls Dress Pink- Purchase Here   Girls Lace Dress- Purchase Here

Family Outfit Inspiration 3

Mens Shirt- Purchase Here   Women Dress- Purchase Here   Girls Yellow Dress- Purchase Here

Toddler Floral Dress- Purchase Here   Boys Knitwear- Purchase Here


Stay away from character outfits and sportswear. Knitwear, denim, midlength dresses. Pastels are great for spring/summer. Most of all make sure they are comfortable in what they are wearing. If they feel uncomfortable it will show in their images.

Mini Spring/Summer Package available for £85

30 Minute Session
2 Digital Images included
If you find it too hard to choose just 2 images to own from your gallery then after your session you can purchase files individually for £30 each or the whole gallery for £165.
*£35 Deposit required

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