Layla

The adorable Layla popped into my Cheltenham photography studio earlier this month for one of my fun filled cake smashes! 

As with many of my cake smashes, we began with a few clean shots before moving onto the messy part! Layla wolfed down the cake as if her life depended on it and within about twenty minutes she was looking for something else to do! After a quick clean up we got out a few toys for her to play with and this seemed to settle her back down. 

I hope you like the pictures. If you would like to book something similar then I'd love to hear from you! Get in touch using my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. Thanks!

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Khaleesi's Cake Smash

Last week I met Khaleesi for her 1st birthday cake smash! She had such a super fun time exploring all the props I had provided and the big colourful balloon too! Fair to say her favourite part of the shoot though was the cake, which got devoured rather quickly!! 

If you would like to book something similar then please get in touch using my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. I'd love to hear from you! Thanks.

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Emmy's Cake Smash

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing little Emmy for her very first cake smash to celebrate her birthday! She loved the cake and made a super mess - something I always love to see! 

If you would like to book something similar then please get in touch using my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. I'd love to hear from you! Thanks.

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Amelia's Cake Smash

It was great to meet Amelia the other week. I photographed her Mum and Dad's wedding back in 2011 and they had been so pleased with the photographs that I was their first choice for their little girls' cake smash!

It would be fair to say that Amelia wasn't having the best day! She was teething and hadn't slept well and yet despite that we still managed to get some lovely happy shots of her, in between the tears! Her poor Mum's cake didn't go down well. The icing clearly aggravated her gums. Luckily she loved the balloon that I supply as part of my cake smash packages and had great fun playing with it! Little ones are very welcome to take the balloon home with them at the end of the shoot.

If you would like to book something similar then I'd love to hear from you. Just get in touch using my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. I'd love to hear from you! 

Holly's Cake Smash

I welcomed Holly into my Cheltenham photography studio recently for her first ever cake smash! She had lots of fun and although was a bit nervous to begin with and unsure what to make of the cake, she eventually worked up the courage to poke a finger into the wonderful deep pink icing! 

She also loved the balloon that I supply as part of the package. It's always big, bright and colourful and little ones absolutely adore tugging on the string and seeing it bounce up and down!

If you have a little one who is about to turn one or has just turned one and would like to book in a cake smash with me then please get in touch using my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. I'd love to hear from you! 

Xavier's Cake Smash

It was lovely to meet Xavier and his Mum when they popped into my Cheltenham photography studio a few weeks ago for his first ever cake smash! 

He was dressed to impress in his polka dot outfit complete with matching hat, pants and braces! The cake that his Mum had made was pretty awesome too! He had a great time throughout the fun 40 minutes and enjoyed every bit of it!

I hope you like the pictures. If you would like to book something similar then I'd love to hear from you. Feel free to drop me a message via my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. Thanks!

Llewena's Cake Smash

A few weeks ago I welcome little Llewena and her big brother Albi into my Cheltenham photography studio for one of my fun filled, fantastic cake smashes! 

We started with a few shots of Llewena before inviting Albi to help her 'smash' the cake! They both had a lovely time feeding each other cake, licking it off their feet and playing with the giant balloon, which comes included in the price of the photo shoot, (you also get to take it home, so no tears when playtime is over!)

I hope you like the pictures. If you would like to book something similar then please get in touch using my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. I'd love to hear from you!

“Hi Gill. Thanks for these we love them! A great way to end my maternity leave - back to work Monday! Have a great weekend when we get there!”
— Holly Sweet, August 2016

Nellie's Cake Smash

Last Saturday I welcomed gorgeous Nellie into my Cheltenham photography studio for her very first cake smash photo shoot! She was full of beans and loved every mouthful of her scrummy pink cake!

As with all of my cake smash photo shoots, included is a lovely big bubble balloon, which little ones can take home with them, (if it's still in tact!) colourful oversized bunting, lots of quirky props and of course all of the high resolution digital files, beautifully edited and professionally touched up.

If you would like to find out more then please get in touch using my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. I'd love to hear from you. Thanks!

Charlie's Cake Smash

On Saturday I welcomed Elodie and her baby sister Charlotte, affectionately called Charlie, into my Cheltenham studio along with Mum and Dad. I think this is about the fourth photo shoot I've done for Alex and Greg Parker. They're moving to France in September and the shoot coincided well with Charlie's 1st birthday, their wedding anniversary and a bit of a bon voyage!

We started the extended cake smash session off, (so an hour rather than 45 minutes) with some family portraits. The one we all love best is probably where Elodie has her back to the camera when she refused to turn around, one of those moments that you probably had to be there for! Alex and Greg wanted me to take the shot anyway and it highlights how a photo should capture the moment! We moved on to some candid shots of the girls before the cake smash commenced. It was lovely to see Charlie enjoy her cake so much! We did a quick tidy up with 15 minutes left and rounded things off with some more shots of the two girls.

 

Paige's Cake Smash

The adorable Paige popped into my Cheltenham photography studio a few days ago for one of my fun filled cake smashes! 

We incorporated two different themes into the shoot, which fitted with the outfit changes that her Mum had brought along. The first part of the session was girly pink, (which fitted well with Paige's fantastic pastel pink tu tu!) and the second half of the shoot was a mix of more vibrant colours to match her colourful pants! Paige wasn't particularly interested in eating the cake, preferring instead to try and eat the balloons and over sized spoon!

I hope you like the pictures. If you would like to book something similar then I'd love to hear from you! Get in touch using my contact page or give me a call on 07983 465414. Thanks!

Oona's Cake Smash

Oh Oona! What a sweetheart she was. Poor little love was going through some detachment issues and didn't much enjoy being separated from Mummy. There was a mix of tears and laughter. Her Mum was pleasantly surprised at the photos she received, it's all about timing and pressing the shutter button at the right moment! You only get one chance!

I’m impressed that you managed to get more than I had expected! The pictures are great, thank you.
— Wan See, Oona's Mummy

Jack's Cake Smash

Jack and his Mummy popped into The Mousehole last Thursday for a cake smash photo shoot. My cake smash sessions last for 60 minutes and include a wide range of retro props, as seen in these photos. I also provide all the balloons too! As normally happens in most of my cake smash sessions, there was time at the end for a 20 minute play with more of my vintage props, giving Jack's Mummy a great mix of shots.

If you would like to book something similar, a cake smash session costs £100 and includes all of the high resolution digital images. No copyright restrictions. Drop me a line using my contact page or call me on 07983 465414.

Thanks!

Mouse About Town's 1st Birthday

Mouse About Town celebrated her 1st birthday last week...and what a year it's been! 

I've an established wedding photography business that I run through www.gillthomas.co.uk, but Mouse About Town began, (like all good ideas) over a glass of wine, (or two!) towards the end of 2013. My son's wooden ride on mouse was parked up in the corner of our snug lounge and it got me thinking about names. Seeing him on it whizzing along the pavements of Cheltenham town inspired the name Mouse About Town. 

In January 2014, coincidently at about the same time as I finished breast feeding our daughter, work hormones must have kicked in. I burned the midnight oil designing and building the website and then in March I launched Mouse About Town on Facebook. In a year I've hit over 1,150 likes and had so much support from everyone, it's been incredible. 

One of the real highlights of last year was opening The Mousehole, my new photography studio, which is located in The Suffolks in Cheltenham. It's small but perfectly formed and ever so cosy and quirky. It's bursting at the seams with vintage props and brilliant car boot finds. My children often find toys of theirs that I've quietly snuck out of the house while they were watching Peppa Pig!  

The studio has opened up a whole new avenue of creativity for me and was the perfect venue to host my birthday party! We celebrated in style with two FREE cake smash marathon events. It was brilliant to share my birthday with all the little ones, who all had enormous fun smashing their cakes, bashing balloons and generally making a complete mess! I even had a cake waiting for me when I got home, made by my fabulous Mr Mouse!

Looking ahead, one of the highlights of this year is the new collaboration that's in the pipeline with Winston's Wish. It's a charity very close to my heart and I'm excited to see how things develop. 

For now though, here are two photo shoots from Saturday...

Happy Birthday to me x

Lauren's Cake Smash

Lauren and her Mummy and Daddy came into The Mousehole, situated just off the Bath Road in Cheltenham, on Sunday for  a cake smash photography shoot, and boy did we have fun! 

The cake had been made by her Mummy and was a real beauty, but Lauren was far more interested in all the silly noises Mummy and Daddy were making; silly sneezing and bubbles would make her hysterical! 

A typical cake smash session lasts for one hour, but after half an hour or so Lauren was getting a little restless and so I suggested we clean up and encourage her to just play and have fun. She was soon having a great time, pulling out loads of different props, but her favourite was anything she could stack, so wooden blocks, a wooden stackable lorry etc.

I'm getting lots of enquiries through for cake smash photo sessions, not to mention of course my cake smash marathon that I'm holding on Sunday 22nd March as part of Mouse About Town's 1st birthday celebrations. Watch this space for heaps more pics!