Little R turn’s one!! Happy first birthday to this beautiful smiley boy!!

I had so much fun creating a colourful adventure for little baby R to celebrate his first birthday. He got to be the very first baby to use our brand new “Adventure Awaits” hand painted backdrop, which is an exclusive to our studio as a Heidi Hope Design partner. I love the soft, playful water colour feel of this themed backdrop.

I was so excited to use it for this shoot as I knew it would be perfect for the magical set I had in mind for little baby R. R’s parents chose a Hey Duggee theme for their son’s first birthday cake smash shoot, because he is a huge fan. It was wonderful to see how excited he was and as soon as he saw the set he shouted “look, look, look” pointing to all the characters in each balloon. It was just the cutest!!

Baby R really does loves Hey Duggee, he even treated us to some of his groovy dance moves as his Daddy whistled the Hey Duggee theme tune!! He then went on to show us his new party trick!! Just the night before his cake smash he took his first few steps!! I was thrilled when he very proudly showed us how well he can stand, dance, and take those first few wobbly steps! It was an honour to be able to capture such a special milestone in his life.

“A person does not grow from the ground like a vine or a tree, one is not part of a plot of land. Mankind has legs so it can wander.” – Roman Payne

I incorporated the Hey Duggee theme by adding colourful hot air balloons for each one of the squirrel to fly off in and have their own mini adventure. Betty the intelligent and imaginative octopus rode in the turquoise balloon. Tag the sweet-natured rhino with thick skin, in the purple Balloon. Happy the small, happy crocodile, who loves splashing in any body of water, soared to great heights in the yellow balloon. Norrie the chatty, giggly and super-fast mouse took the lead in the red balloon, and little Roly the hyper-active hippo who is wildly enthusiastic about everything brought up the rear in the green balloon. We also added soft white clouds for them to glide through and play hide and seek in and out of.

So let’s spend the afternoon in a cold hot air balloon. Leave your jacket behind. Lean out and touch the tree tops over town. I can’t wait to kiss the ground wherever we touch back down.” ― Owl City, Ocean Eyes

Not only is R a Hey Duggee fan, but he’s a total dog lover in general. The things we do to get a smile and a laugh during these shoots is comical…. thankfully R found us amusing and giggled away at the woofing noises we all made. His Mummy and Daddy told me all about the adventures he has with his very own doggy pal Jasper. I wonder how long it will be before little R will be able to walk Jasper all on his own?

“A boy and his dog make a glorious pair, No better friendship is found anywhere” Edgar Guest

The Hey Duggee birthday cake was made by Lorna at Ezzie cakes, not only can she bake the usual kind of scrummy cake she can also accommodate for special little clients and individual needs too! Little R has to have dairy free as per his dietary requirements. We aim to cater for all themes, colour schemes, tastes and dietary needs. I don’t ever want any child to go without celebrating such a fun milestone by not having a cake, fruit, jelly or anything else they would enjoy to smash…and hopefully eat some too!! The co-ordianting cake topper with white fluffy clouds came from my go to cake topper fairy Danni at Faithful Designs. Little R’s braces and crown were made by the lovely Laurraine at Cake Smash Props, and the yellow nappy cover was from our vast delights of studio stock.

As usual we finished the cake smash session with a bubble bath because I wouldn’t want to send mum or dad home with a sticky child! Little R loved splashing around and was squeaky clean in no time ready to make his way to spend the rest of his day having fun at nursery with his friends.

“Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you. Exploration is experiencing what you have not experienced before.” – Richard Aldington

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A collection of images from a colourful cake smash with a Hey Duggee theme.

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