Family Session Guide

How to prepare for your Family photoshoot:
Family photoshoots are so lovely to photograph, whether you’ve just had your first baby or adding to your growing family, it’s very important to keep your family photos up to date. Time goes so quickly and before we know it life can change so quickly. I have put together this little easy guide on how to prepare for your Family photoshoot.

What should my family wear for our shoot?
Depending where you’re having your family photoshoot, depends on what you wear. I offer various locations for family photoshoots and this usually depends on the time of year.

  • Studio: My studio is very white, bright and very neutral. I would suggest avoiding harsh patterns or bright colours as it ruins the main focus, which is you. Please try to stick to Whites, pale Greys, Pastels and Blue jeans always work really well too!

  • Outdoors: I absolutely love outdoor Family sessions, it’s so nice to get outdoors in the fresh air and enjoy your surroundings. We are so lucky where we live, there's so many beautiful local places for lovely photographs. I always find with Children, being outdoors is better for them. They can run around and just be themselves, which always makes the best photos! I would always suggest when thinking about what to wear for your Family photoshoot, is to dress in similar colours that match each other.

Where will my Family session take place?
You are more than welcome to come to my small home studio, out on location or I am always happy to come to your home! The choice is totally up to you. My home studio is only very small, so I would only suggest a family of 4 would fit.

Seasonal Session Guide

How to prepare for your Seasonal Session:
Whether you’re having an Autumnal session in the beautiful Ashridge woods or sitting on the logs amongst the rows and rows of Bluebells, I have put together a little guide on what to wear for these sessions. These sessions only last 30 minutes, so weather depending, we won’t be out too long. 

What should I wear for my Bluebell session?
I always highly recommend sticking to white when being photographed on a Bluebell session. Whites stand out so well against the Bluebells, so I couldn’t recommend white enough! White tops and Blue jeans are always a lovely combination, as well as white shirts and white dresses. 

What should I expect from my Bluebell session?
Bluebell sessions are so much fun, it’s so nice to be outside in the fresh air and the beautiful surroundings taking lots of photos for you to remember forever! We spend 30 minutes taking photos, having a little walk around the wood finding the best locations to take your photos. You’ll be sitting on logs and leafy areas making sure we avoid damaging the Bluebells.

What should I wear for my Autumn session? 
Autumn sessions can get very chilly, we are outside in the cold so please ensure you wear something warm. Coats, bobble hats, scarfs and lots and lots of layers are the best! There is nothing better than being wrapped up super cosy amongst the beautiful Autumnal colours. If for some magical reason and England decides to have a warmish start to Autumn then wear dark colours, Burgundy, Purples, deep Reds and Oranges are always extremely beautiful against the pretty Autumn colours. I would also suggest to think about your footwear, Autumn sessions usually take place in Ashridge and the ground can be very muddy and wet. So boots or wellies are absolutely perfect!

Cake Smash Session Guide

How to prepare for your child’s Cake Smash Session:
Cake Smashes are so much fun to do and such a great way to celebrate a birthday. There is nothing more fun than seeing your child smash up and eat lots of yummy cake. 

What you need to know before hand:
Cake Smashes can take place either in my small home studio based in Hemel Hempstead, in your own home or out on location (if the weather is on our side of course!) Please let me know beforehand where you would like your Cake Smash to be. It’s obvious that a Cake Smash will get messy, but I always would advise parents/guardians to ensure they wear clothes that they don’t mind getting messy themselves. Children often want Mummy or Daddy to be sitting near them, or give them a nice messy hug during the shoot. Please bare this in mind when you book in a Cake Smash. I would also advise if you come to my studio to bring a spare change of clothes for your little one, the last thing you want is for a cake covered car! Please bring baby wipes for your little one, you may go through a lot of these! 

What to expect during the session: 
The Cake Smash is no more than an hour long and depending on the photos you’d like, I usually break the session down into two sections. We can either start with some nice portraits before all of the mess, making your child comfortable with the surroundings. I always have balloons out which children love to throw around. After taking some nice portraits of your little one, we bring the Cake out and that’s where all the fun takes place! 

Some little ones go straight in, eat the cake, smash the cake, kick the cake and sometimes even sit on the cake. Some little ones may need some encouragement and some help digging into the cake. Please be prepared for getting your fingers mucky and helping your child get stuck in! I have wooden spoons and spatula for them to whack the cake with and help them eat the icing off it. 

What to put your little ones in:
My style is very relaxed, natural and soft. My home studio is very white, so I would always suggest to put your little ones in soft colours (whites, light greys, pale pinks/blues) and not to put them in anything with any harsh patterns/colours. There is lots of lovely Cake Smash outfits online (Amazon, Etsy and eBay). I would always suggest bringing an extra outfit to pop them in afterwards. 

The Cake:
When it comes to thinking about the Cake for your Cake Smash, there are a few ways for you too choose from. I am happy to provide the Cake for you, which will be beautifully made by professional, local bakers. Allergies and intolerances are extremely important to me, so please ensure you let me know if your child has any of these when asking me to supply your Cake Smash Cake. If you would like me to supply your Cake Smash cake, you must let me know no later then 2 weeks in advance to ensure I can secure your cake with a baker.

You are also welcome to provide your own yummy cake for your Cake Smash. When thinking about buying a cake for your Cake Smash, you need to ensure there is lots of buttercream/frosting as this makes the most mess! I have a Cake Stand for the cake to go on but this usually stays on the stand for approx 3 seconds before your little one knocks it off! 

What to bring on the day: 

  • The Cake, if you are providing (obviously, haha!)

  • Extra Outfit to change in after the Cake Smash

  • Baby Wipes

  • Snacks/Drinks

  • Any toys you may feel they would want, please remember these could get covered in Cake!

I look forward to each and everyone Cake Smash as they are all such a different experience and the main aim is for your little one to fully enjoy themselves! You’re also welcome to play your little one's favourite music during the session time, as this tends to help get them moving and bopping about. I am always available to contact if you have any questions at all, just drop me an email at or message me on Facebook via Abbie Wyatt Photography 

Newborn/Baby Session Guide

How to prepare for your Newborn/Baby Session:
Newborn sessions are so exciting, there is nothing better then photographing your little one for the first time. It really does mean so much to me for you to ask me do this. It’s so important for me to capture all the little details, especially teeny tiny toes, little fingers and hands. 

When should I book my Newborn session?
Newborn sessions should take place around 14 days old (if possible), as your little one will change so quickly, you wouldn’t believe! You can either get in contact with me with your due date, I usually pop this down in my diary to ensure we can arrange a date when your little one is here. I know it must be quite a busy and life changing time having a baby so I wouldn't want you to worry about ensuring you book in advance and adding that to the million things you are likely to have on your list of things to do. Or you can contact me when your little one is here, it is very likely I will be able to fit you in for a session within those two weeks whether that is in your home (I will bring my studio kit, bean bags and lots of fluffy blankets) or at my small home studio (where I have a white wood floor, white walls, fluffy blankets, bean bags) My studio vibes are very relaxed, natural and soft. My studio is kept nice and warm for when you and your baby arrive, I can also pop the kettle on or grab you a cold drink! 

How long do does the session take?
Depending on which package you go for and the mood of your baby. I only do up to an hour (but happy to do longer if needs be) I feel this is best for you and your baby as it can sometimes be difficult if your baby isn’t happy and you’ve had enough (I always like to ensure I leave with some photos to work with and to also ensure you are happy and not left feeling disappointed), but a perfect amount of time to get all the cute photos if they are! There is no worry if your baby isn’t happy and needs changing, feeding or just a cuddle, I am more than happy to wait and chat with you whilst you sort your little one out or I can pop the kettle on and make you a nice warm drink. I want you to come and go from my studio feeling relaxed. 

What should I put my Newborn in?
I like to photograph very natural, as that’s my style. I would also suggest light, pale, clothing with no harsh patterns or bright colours. I tend to start newborn sessions with your little one just in their nappy but wrapped up in fluffy blankets for extra cosiness and to ensure they’re warm and toastie and then if you have any outfits you’d like to put them in, we can do that also! I have various blankets we can use also, just for a change. 

Can I use props?
I don’t usually use props during my newborn sessions as I like to focus to be completely on your little one. But that doesn’t mean we can’t get a few photos with your little ones cuddly toys they may have as I know these are really important to you. You are more than welcome to bring any of their favourite blankets they love or ones that are special to you. 

Where will my Newborn session take place?
You are most welcome to come to my small home studio where I have white wood floors, white walls, fluffy blankets, bean bags and a soft, natural, relaxed vibe. Or I can come to your home, I have a portable studio kit, bean bags and fluffy blankets. This is totally up to you and where you will feel at your most comfortable. 

Can I have siblings in the photos?
Of course you can! These always make the loveliest photos but can sometimes be challenging, but as long as we work together to ensure there are lots of smiles and kisses, then we are good to go!