Spiky palm trees, a little lemon, pineapple, strawberries, oranges… sounds like a holiday? It’s a fruit smash!

I don’t see myself as just a photographer, I am an artist at heart, I have always loved to make and create things even as a little girl.

I still hold that passion when planning my photography sessions. Although I do use plain or painted backdrops, I also love to include physical items to add depth to your images and artwork. 

These items may be props that I have at the studio, or something that I have bought or made specially for the session.

From a photographer’s perspective, of course this means preparing for the session takes a little longer… but I believe this is the real meaning of “bespoke” photography: it’s art we create for you and your family.

An example of this work is my new milestone session, the ‘Fruit Smash’ sessions. 

These sessions are perfect for celebrating a baby’s first birthday, but instead of doing it with a cake, delicious (but healthy!) and colourful fruits are used.

If you are looking for first birthday ideas … keep reading.


This image was taken from one of my most recent Fruit Smash sessions.

To create interest and depth to the scene, the backdrop is made of hanging fabric tropical leaves. The addition of a spiky palm type plant, a little lemon tree and lots of real fruit, created the overall effect I was aiming for.

This adds excitement to the experience as your little one can explore the different shapes and textures of the fruit.

The cute strawberry romper I had made for this session, added the finishing touch.

I lovingly create a fruit ‘cake’ made out of fresh melon, pineapple and other fruits.

It is so rewarding watching the little ones enjoy munching on the juicy melon or sweet strawberries.


At the heart of this type of styling, there is your pre-session consultation.

Many studios choose to skip this step in favour of an online questionnaire only or phone call, but I prefer for you to be able to see the studio, props and products in person.

This will also give us a chance to get to know each other and talk about other styling details.

First Birthday Ideas
First Birthday Celebration Fruit Smash


Fruit Smash and Cake Smash photoshoots include 3 “mini” sessions:

  • Before the cake classic portraits, to capture all the smiles and your little one in their birthday outfit. We do this to ensure you have some non-themed portraits that document your baby’s growth.
  • The fun “messy” portraits as your baby dives into the cake… or fruit!

    This part is where we get to capture the surprise and all cute, funny and memorable expressions.
  • And at last.. bath time. To relax and get baby nice and clean for your journey home using our miniature tub.


When it comes to first Birthday ideas, a fruit smash photoshoot is a popular choice.

I do get booked up in advance, so don’t delay in booking your little one’s First Birthday Photoshoot. 

I recommend you book the session to be about 3 weeks before their Birthday so that you will have the gorgeous images from your session to use as part of the celebrations. Maybe display a beautiful canvas at the party or use your digital images to make personalised invitations or thank-you cards.


I’m Emma Attwood, a Fine Art Photographer specialising in Maternity, Newborn and Babies.

My specialist studio is situated on the edge of the Cotswolds in the village of Eckington.

If you would like to know more about booking your little one in for their First Birthday photoshoot, click here.