Cake smash and splash


Have Your Cake,
and Wear It too!

First Birthday Cake Smash photo sessions are more popular than ever and we look forward to celebrating this milestone with you! You bring the baby and the cake (or the tacos, or waffles, or skip food all together for an adorable themed birthday shoot for children under age 5) and we will provide a beautiful set – and clean up the mess after.

We now offer two session types; one using inspiration from photos you see on the site, or a custom creation with backdrops and props purchased just for your celebration. Click here for tips on planning a theme .


Click here for a cake smash FAQ or see Raleigh cake smash availability. Sessions must be scheduled at least one week in advance to allow time for us to build your set. Need theme ideas? Click here!


If you prefer a non-themed, non-cake session, reach out about a Sweet and Simple Mini Session. A deposit is required to reserve your session.

Session Types

Not sure which session type you need? Contact Us and we can let you know if we have your theme available. See our 2023 Bucket List for discounted new themes!

basic cake smash - $425

Choose from themes we have done before, new sets we have planned OR simple/party set of your choosing.

Set, Backdrop, Props and Clean Up After

45 minute session (one theme), weekdays only

Clean photos (pre-cake), messy photos, and optional bath photos

Digital Files Included (30-35 images)

deluxe cake smash - $475

A custom portrait session designed for your little one.

Have a unique theme in mind? This session includes a custom setup with a background/props not used before.


Custom Set, Backdrop, Props and Clean Up After

1 Hour Session (one theme), weekends additional fee

Clean photos (pre-cake), messy photos, and optional bath photos

All Digital Files Included (45+ images)

Scheduling and Booking

It's never too early to start planning your cake smash photo session! Sessions are available weekday mornings and afternoons and are limited to two sessions a day so they often book several weeks out. If you want photos back before the birthday plan a date at least 2.5 weeks before as images take 7-10 to be completed. A rush option is available.


Deluxe Cake Smash Sessions must be planned at least 3-4 weeks in advance to allow time to purchase any necessary items for your set. Waited too late? If your baby's birthday is coming and we can't get a session scheduled before don't stress; as a mom of teens I promise that years down the road you will not remember if their birthday shoot happened a few weeks after their birthday. Life is full of enough stress, this fun photoshoot should not be one of them. It will be perfect either way!


Click here for a thorough FAQ page that will help you prepare for these special photos.

Choosing your theme

Now for the fun part! After years of shooting cake smash sessions I have created many (many, MANY!) looks and collected a ton of backdrops and props. Browse our gallery to get an idea of what is already available, keeping in mind that no two sessions are alike, even using the same backdrop. Basic Cake Smash Sessions can include any set you see on the site or a "party theme" of your choosing (balloons, banner, tissue "poofs", etc.). The gallery isn't always updated fully so we may have even more than you see.


Don't see what you're imagining? I will do my best to create a custom set just for your little one with the Deluxe Session. Send us your thoughts and vision and we will brainstorm on how to turn that into a design created just for you. While Pinterest and Google can be helpful it can also cause planning overload. View this page for tips on how to plan your cake smash theme.


I recommend 1-2 outfits only for your little one, too many changes eat up your happy baby time. See tips on choosing an outfit here. I am happy to help in that part of the process as well!

What to Expect

These sessions move fast! The window of happy time is short with babies so there is not time to waste. Your set will be waiting and ready when you arrive. We will start with images pre-cake on the set, keeping things moving quickly and keeping baby entertained. Then we bring out the cake and see what happens! Don't be surprised if your baby isn't a huge fan of the cake, many aren't but the photos are still adorable. The bath is both adorable AND functional if your little one does dive into the icing - most babies love the bath but if you're is nervous around water, skip this part.


I will give you plenty of tips for making the best of you session time so be sure to read through them. Babies are more nervous than ever before in current times so I do have a little "homework" for parents. Stranger danger is common around this age but throw in quarantine stranger danger and it's a whole new ball game!


I always try to add a social media sneak peek after your shoot. Your final images will be ready for download in 7-10 days. Additional prints, albums and collages are available for purchase. Most importantly, relax and enjoy this precious time - it's fleeting!

Choosing Outfits

Cake Smash FAQ

How to pick a Theme

Cake Tips

Join me on Instagram!

See behind the scenes, sneak peeks and follow along on session prep.

Raleigh photographer Season Moore has many areas of expertise in the field of photography but has a special passion for baby portaits. A baby’s first birthday represents a milestone for parents. You have survived a full year of parenthood, the sleepless nights and overwhelming task of learning just how to be a parent. By this point they are no longer newborns but walking, smiling, and full of personality. That tiny 8lb bundle is becoming their own person and this should be celebrated!

These sessions take place in Season’s Raleigh Studio providing a comfortable and relaxed setting where the mess is taking care of and parents can simply enjoy the moment. Cake smash sessions unpredictable but always fun – much like parenting!

Season has won many awards for her work with babies and families in the Triangle area including being voted a Best of by and a Parent’s Pick by Parent’s Connect Nickelodeon. Her work has been featured in several magazines including a Premier Baby and Child cover. She is proud to donate her time photographing critically ill children and babies suffering from chronic diseases with the organization Flashes of Hope.

Season recommends scheduling these photo sessions before the babies birthday to allow displaying the photos on the big day. She has photographed babies all over North Carolina but most often works in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Apex, Wake Forest, Chapel Hill, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Fuquay Varina and other areas within 30 miles of 27613.

As a Raleigh First Birthday Photographer she also offers newborn photography, children’s photos, family portraits, high school senior photos, mini sessions, and modeling, headshot and commercial photography.

A complete portfolio of Season Moore’s work is available on her website She is active on her Facebook page at For more information on scheduling a newborn baby photo session or for samples of her work, visit

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Season's studio is located at 6501 Creedmoor Road, Suite 205, Raleigh NC 27613 in Creedmoor Commons - by appointment only.

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tel/text: 919.341.0190 (email preferred)

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