Karolina Russell Photography

Birthday and Cake Smash Photographer in Edinburgh
and Midlothian

Birthday and Cake Smash Photographer in Edinburgh and Midlothian

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Welcome to karolina russell photography

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Looking for a Cake Smash Photographer in Edinburgh to help you capture your little one biggest “first” to date?


You’re in the right place!


Celebrate your little bean turning ONE with a Cake Smash photoshoot – a fun, exciting and beautiful way to capture this big milestone. An experience everyone will love, and gorgeous, timeless portraits in return.


Can you believe that your little bean is about to be turning one? It’s such a big deal!


They’ve learnt to smile, babble, roll, crawl and have become the tiny version of who they will grow up to be. 


You have been very busy soaking in all of the wonders of the baby stage and now your little one is getting ready to take their first steps into the world.


A first birthday deserves an extra special celebration that you will remember forever.


I choose to shoot all Cake Smash photoshoots in my signature minimalist, fresh style that focuses on your little one – a guarantee you’ll love these photographs even many years from now.

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What clients say

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What an absolutely amazing experience from start to finish. Karolina was so friendly and warm that my little one was happy and settled straight away. She gave us time to get comfortable and we felt at home. He absolutely loved every second, the natural poses and of course the cake smash, to top it off he ended up with a splash in a bubble tub. Karolina talked me through every step and I 100% trusted her capable hands with my baby.

A baby led experience

Your baby’s birthday photography session will be entirely baby-led.


We will start with individual portraits where the focus will be on capturing the personality and beautiful features of your child to create stunning, natural portraits. 


A simple white setup will ensure the focus stays on your baby, and addition of simple white balloons, minimalistic Cake and letters ONE for the Cake Smashing part will  ensure a special celebration feel. 


For the final bit of fun we will give your little one a chance to splash around in a beautiful tub while I capture them having fun in the water.


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Step One: Consultation

A dedicated time for us to get to know each other and learn about your dreams, expectations and to plan your perfect session.

Step Two: Your photography experience

Simply show up, sit back with a cuppa and watch me create beautiful, timeless portraits of the most special people in your life.

Step Three: Viewing and Ordering Appointment

The most exciting part is seeing your gallery of photos and designing something special –
from beautiful wall art to smaller displays, albums and prints.

Step Four: Delivery

In most cases I will personally deliver your high quality products, all that’s left to do is to hang your wall art and admire your portraits every single day.

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when to book your cake smash photography session

Cake Smash photoshoots can be scheduled as close  to your little one’s birthday as you would like. As always, availability is limited so I would encourage you to get in touch as early as possible.


Should you wish to receive the final images and printed products on time for your little one’s birthday, however, we will need to schedule your Cake Smash photoshoot around 1-2 months before your baby’s actual birthday – so don’t leave it too late! 


This way there will be plenty of time to shoot, edit and deliver your photos.


To take the load of you, I work with a very talented Cake maker Janey Bakes who is based in Rosewell, just up the road from my home studio.


Together we have designed an beautiful selection of minimalistic, semi naked, white vanilla Cakes that are so easy for the little ones to Smash (and also so delicious!). Made to a plant based recipe, these Cakes are suitable for babies with egg or dairy allergies and those looking for a vegan Cake Smash photoshoot in Edinburgh. 


Cake is complimentary with all Cake Smash sessions, but if you would prefer to bring your own Cake for any reason, that is absolutely fine! 


Get in touch to discuss your ideas and requirements.

WHAT TO EXPECT from a cake smash photoshoot

Part One: Simple, natural portraits

We begin your Cake Smash birthday photoshoot session by taking beautiful, timeless portraits of your little one, followed by a few family portraits to mark this special occasion.

The introduction of very simple props, such as balloons, big letters spelling out ONE and of course the Cake will complete the first part…no Smashing yet though!

Part Two: It’s cake time!

This is when we will encourage your little one to explore the Cake and eat it, play with it and generally get stuck in and make a mess. Some babies need a little more support than others, with parents digging in and demonstrating, but usually, there’s no stopping them! This gives me the chance to capture the most genuinely funny and adorable expressions and poses.

Part Three: Splashing bubble bath

After all that sticky fun, we’ll give your baby a bubble bath. Most babies absolutely love this part – they’re free to splash around and get water everywhere. The general atmosphere in the room is just so happy! Afterwards, it’ll be time to wrap up in a fluffy towel, get dressed and look forward to seeing your beautiful portraits. (I can also pack up the leftover Cake for you to take home.)

A beautiful cake is included and allergy-friendly cakes can be arranged.

Not keen on the cake? Then let’s chat about a fruit smash or paint splash instead!

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To secure your Cake Smash photoshoot, a non refundable £59 session fee* is payable at the time of booking.


Digital Packages are as follows:
Package 1 is £399 and includes all your images, 10 mounted prints and a bunch of other bonuses
Package 2 is £349 and includes 10 digital images and 5 mounted prints
Package 3 is £299 and includes 5 digital images.

*This covers your consultation, Smashing Cake, white minimalistic decorations, time in the studio and viewing appointment.


Please note, if you don’t love your Cake Smash portraits, you are under no obligation to purchase anything.


♡ Up to 1.5h photography session
♡ Custom made Cake
♡ Optional white balloons and minimalistic props
♡ In person viewing appointment
♡ Full image editing and retouching

Package 3

  • 5 digital images

Package 2

  • 10 digital images
  • 5 8x6'' mounted photo prints

A wide range of beautiful wall art, print boxes and other gorgeous keepsake products is available to purchase in addition to the above collections. Have a look on my product page and feel free to message me if you are after anything different, 

I will do my best to help you find it!

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Hi, I am Karolina and I have been a professional baby photographer for 9 years now.


A home from home Cake Smash photography experience in a small, cosy and perfectly equipped home studio photography room, where we will create the most natural, timeless portraits for you.


Located in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian it is easily accessible and perfect for maternity, family and newborn photography in Edinburgh. It is also really close to Straiton Retail Park if you fancy a shopping trip or some lunch afterwards. 

Three reasons why you should hire
a cake smash photographer in Edinburgh…

One: Your baby's first birthday only happens once!

This hugely important occasion needs capturing. The way babies explore at this age is unique and their first interaction with a birthday Cake is really worth capturing. Also it is an adorably cute age and you will love looking back at the variety of beautiful portraits.

Two: It's not all just about the cake

You’ve survived life with a baby for one year full of sleepless nights, nappy changes, new highs and new lows. As well as the Cake Smashing and bath splashing, you will receive a selection of beautiful timeless baby and family portraits that will add to your child’s biography and your family’s history.

Three: You might regret it if you don't

This one is as simple as that. I don’t know anyone who regrets having a professional first birthday/cake smash photoshoot, but I know of too many people who regret not organising it.

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