Birthday Party - Cake Smash & Splash

Birthday Party - Cake Smash & Splash

Congratulations, your baby is turning ONE!

There is nothing more exciting than your baby’s first birthday! So many changes since your little one was just a tiny newborn, so many milestones, ups and downs, nappies, teething, sleepless nights… but you finally made it and your once newborn is finally One!

A cake smash is an incredibly fun photo session where your child can enjoy a messy play and get loose on that first cake. Imagine the face and those little fingers covered in buttercream, all the giggles and smiles captured by an experienced professional photographer. Treating your baby and yourself with a cake smash fun is a truly  experience and a celebration that will be remembered for years! It is designed for parents and the baby to have fun, explore new tastes and textures as the little one tucks into a yummy but baby friendly cake. It is also a perfect way not only to celebrate their first birthday in style but to capture their personalities and leave home with lots of cute images that will be cherished for years.

If for any reason you think a cake is not an option I am more than happy to set a cupcake, donut or fruit smash for you!

5 Sterne Bewertung

Professional and experienced

7+ years of experience with family shooting.

Over 250 satisfied families.

I regularly take part in the further education & training.
Stressfrei und entspannt

Stress-free and relaxing

I make sure that the family shooting is relaxed and stress-free so that you can fully enjoy it.

Magische Lokalitaten


I can offer you various beautiful locations in nature. I am also happy to come to your desired location.


Image editing & graphic design

I edit your pictures professionally and lovingly.

I am happy to create for you a timeless photo book, a concertina book, or a canvas on the wall.

Your Package:

Your Package

Cake Smash & Splash

  • 1.5 hour of shooting
  • 12*/10 professionally edited photos
  • Every additional photo 20€
  • Online gallery for photo selection
  • Digital images
  • High quality prints 10x15
  • Themes according to your wishes. I can arrange a cake for approx. extra 80€.
  • * with consent to publish photos

Authentic customer testimonials on Google

Authentic customer testimonials on Google

Ελευθερια Μαμαλη
Ελευθερια Μαμαλη
17:32 19 Nov 22
Veru is such a sweet person and a great professional. Her work is wonderful and the photos she took of us are already decorating our living room! We will definitely recommend her again!
12:09 22 Jul 22
Veru is an amazing and superprofessional photographer. We are so grateful to her to catch our baby’s first moments after birth. She is very nice, friendly and her photo studio is fantastic. All the photos we received are high quality, professional and natural. We fell in love with them. Thank you for the work 🙂
Jess Duvnjak
Jess Duvnjak
17:15 08 Mar 22
Veru was amazing, she took her time to get the most beautiful photos. She kept my baby calm while she worked her magic for newborn photos and family photos. I can’t wait to get them printed and hanging on the wall.Forever grateful, thank you Veru.
Eva Kukolj
Eva Kukolj
20:18 13 Dec 21
A photographer with so much patience! We enjoyed our session very much – Veru is great, our little toddler (2 years) was a bit out of his zone in the beginning but she managed to make photos that we will cherish and remember for a very long time 🙂 Recommendation fully!
13:59 06 Dec 21
Veru took maternity photo, newborn photo and Christmas photo for our family. She is really nice person and all the photos are super amazing! We are looking forward to book another session with her!
Marcus Guthrie
Marcus Guthrie
05:40 20 Aug 21
We spent around 3 very enjoyable hours in the photography studio. Veru made us feel very relaxed despite it being our first shoot so we didn’t really know what to expect. Drinks and snacks were there and we were instructed just to sit down and relax. The way she handled our newborn was very caring, professional and actually quite amazing to watch.Now we’ve seen the photos and we couldn’t be happier with them! Would recommend.
Sarah Odorisio
Sarah Odorisio
09:24 08 Aug 21
Our newborn photoshoot with Veru was amazing. We were exhausted from a sleepless night with our baby and almost canceled, but so glad we didn’t. She was so kind and professional. Her studio was comfortable and all of the different setups and outfits were beautiful. We’re so happy with how our pictures turned out and would definitely recommend her.
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FAQ Cake Smash & Splash

Frequently Asked Questions

It is best if your session is booked at least 1-2 months in advance although I may be able to accommodate last minute sessions too.

You can book your session online or contact me with your preferred session date and theme before booking.

Harry Potter? Cars? Cinderella? Trains? Or something simple? I may not have all the themes on display but let me know your vision and I will do my best to accommodate it!

If you wish to order a styled cake via my cake maker there is an extra charge of €60-80 (depending on your wishes) for the cake which will go directly to the third party. The cake needs to be booked well in advance and is subject to allergies and availability.

The cake is optional, it is paid by you when booking the session and is treated as provided by you but I take all the hassle away and order it at your request and on your behalf from a third party cake maker, and get it delivered to the studio. Please discuss any ingredients, allergies and concerns with me. You are welcome to bring your own cake but it is subject to some “no go” ingredients / colouring and needs to match your chosen backdrop / theme and fit my cake stands.

All my cake smash sessions include an optional portrait part before the cake which can be done on the same or a different backdrop. It often involves a change of outfit for the baby that can be brought by you or borrowed from the selection of outfits available at my studio.

This is the part where other family members can have their pictures with the baby too. We will discuss this option during the consultation before your photo shoot. I will send you a what-to- wear guide with tips on how to coordinate your wardrobe.

If you choose not to have a family portrait or think that too many outfit changes might be too much for your little one we can start with a cake right away! I will capture a few quick clean shots before it gets messy and then we’ll bring the cake in.

Should you not feel comfortable giving me the consent to publish your photos (on my website and social media platforms), I am more than happy to respect your privacy and only share the images with you. 

My cake maker not only matches the cake to your chosen theme, colours and backdrop, she also makes the most delicious cakes! Even if the cake has simplified baby friendly ingredients it is always fresh, soft, easy for your baby to smash and tastes delicious.

If the baby has any allergies I can arrange the cake maker to accommodate the needs or we can choose to do a fruit smash instead. If neither of those work for some more food sensitive babies I can even provide a fake but a very real looking cake. You will still have the cutest images to take home and will never know the cake wasn’t real!

Good thing all cake smash sessions include a bath splash time where the baby gets to soak in a warm and soapy water and go home not only with great pictures but all fresh and clean! Usually this is the favourite part for everyone so even if the baby wasn’t very much interested in eating or smashing the actual cake, he / she will most certainly have lots of fun while splashing the water around! Along with a regular bubbly bath I can also arrange a milk / milk alternative baby bath spa and a transparent bathtub to go with the white milk too.

It is up to you if you want the baby to wear a nappy suitable for swimming or be naked – I don’t mind either and will only take pictures while the baby is sitting in the bathtub which I always make sure that they do due to safety.

Here’s everything summarized for you to quickly review before heading out.

My studio prop stash is always growing and what I provide will depend on your chosen theme / style but this is what is generally included with the session:

  • A customised backdrop from the backdrops already owned or a brand new backdrop where applicable / available

  • A white floor or a floor matching the set up / theme

  • Decor and props like florals, balloons, crates, etc.

  • A selection of optional outfits for a 1 year old matching the backdrop / theme

  • A matching cake stand – mostly wooden and baby friendly

  • A wooden spoon

  • A stylised cake* (subject to allergies) or a fake cake or other alternatives

  • Wooden letters and / or a cake topper “ONE” 

  • A bathtub with warm water and some bath bubbles (you are welcome to bring your own especially if the baby has allergies)

  • A stylised cake.
  • Baby snacks, puffs 
  • Baby’s water
  • A towel
  • A change of clothes for yourself and the baby
  • Bath bubbles (optional, can be provided)
  • Swimming nappy (optional)
  • A favourite toy
  • A favourite song / show on your phone / tablet

A non refundable session fee of €50 (+ costs of cake) needs to be paid to secure your session date. The session fee includes your session time, photographer’s creativity, use of props, equipment and studio, personalised decorations – it does not include any images or products, but will be deducted from your final package fee.

This is entirely up to you. You can visit my studio or we can meet in your favourite park or place in and around Vienna.

My studio is located at Schlöglgasse 11/9, 1120 Vienna – easily accessible by public transport. The S-Bahn and Tram 62 stop conveniently close to my studio.

The short answer is no. The long answer is that I take pride in my work and that you wouldn’t expect an uncooked meal in a restaurant, or an unstudied piece of music at a concert. I consider myself an artist and only hand over what I consider finished. Your masterpiece sort of speaks.

By all means do not keep the baby hungry; however, if the session time is closer to the baby’s snack time or if the baby only had half of the snack before the session they will be more interested in trying the cake which is the aim of the session and all those fun filled pictures.

The biggest tip that can be given before any important photo session is to relax! I know it is often easier said than done and we have all been there but the baby can often pick up on stress and how Mum feels, and we want them to come happy, positive, eager to play and enjoy their photo shoot.

It is totally normal to go all Instagram crazy and have multiple outfits in mind and high expectations; however, remember that it is the baby who runs the show. Some babies really love people, new places and mess and would dig into the cake right away while smiling for the camera at the same time, some might be shy or overwhelmed by a new place and new experience and might need a bit of encouragement to get to their normal selves.

If it is their first time having something sweet (which usually is!) they might even dislike the taste of the cake and refuse to eat it or go anywhere near the cake at all. It is totally normal and not unusual as every baby is so different!

Please do not get discouraged if the baby does not behave as expected and doesn’t shower us with smiles and laughter on the day. They are experiencing something very new and often would take the job of smashing the cake (or just exploring it gently), new tastes or bubbles and splashing in the bathtub very seriously! We still get to capture beautiful pictures, some smiles and a huge, one in a lifetime, milestone of your baby along with his / her personality. One or two crying pictures next to the cake often end up being the most favourite and will make you laugh when you look back at them and remember that sweet face and all the cake drama years later!

Not a problem! If for whatever the reason you have decided a cake smash is not for you, do reach out for a chat. We can always arrange something alternative and not less fun at all like a donut smash, paint splash, watermelon, strawberry party or even a pasta fiesta if you like!

© 2024 Veru Knap Photography. All rights reserved.

© 2024 Veru Knap Photography. 

All rights reserved.