a one year old girl in sequin peach dress holding a cupcake

Your baby is turning one! What a special milestone and one that calls for celebration that is for sure! It always amazes me just how much a baby grows, learns and develops in just 1 year. From being Newborn and being very dependant, to being able to play, crawl and eat solid foods. It is truly so impressive!

Back when I first began my photography journey I thought that cake smashes were the only way to celebrate babies turning one years old. That is what the majority of photographers were doing and, at the beginning, I used to get caught up with what everyone else was doing. The only thing was, I really wasn’t enjoying them. Admittedly, I did get to be creative. I used to paint my own paint drops and make my own props. But they were my least favourite session by far.

Once I had transitioned over into my pure white, minimalistic and timeless style the cake smashes just seemed miles apart from the style of the rest of my photography. They were colourful, full of props and messy. I would use big cakes like I have seen on pinterest and like I have seen others use and it would always be 50/50 as to if the baby even knew what to do with the cake! I had visions of baby going face first into the cake and loving it! But it rarely happened like that. Maybe the babies were overwhelmed with all the colours and new textures and tastes of the big cake.

I made the switch over to my simpler first birthday sessions about 5 years ago and honestly, have never looked back!

one year old girl with pink bow eating a cupcake

Now my first birthday sessions are in keeping with the style of all of the rest of my sessions. My main aim is that no matter what year you come to me for a session and no matter what session you choose- your images will all match and look cohesive together! They are going to look amazing in your albums and on your walls no matter if you came for a Newborn photography session, sitter session, a family session or first birthday session!

During my first birthday sessions the session is no longer focused on the cake. The “success” of a session no longer hinges on how much the baby likes the cake. Now the focus is fully on the real star of the session- your one year old baby!

one year old boy showing the camera a piece of cake during his first birthday photo shoot

There is a lot more emphasis on portraits of your one year old at their first birthday milestone! The props that I do use are all in keeping with my style. I have my O-N-E letters, my white rocking horse, my little white car and a white chair. They have all been carefully chosen to be loved by the babies and to look neutral in the images. Not drawing too much attention away from the main subject of each and every image- your baby!

on year old girl on a rocking horse wearing a peach dress

And of course, we couldn’t have someone celebrating their first birthday without cake could we! We still have cake! However, I use small cupcakes that are much more in proportion to baby! Trust me, they know exactly what to do with those little cakes! They pick them straight up to explore it as if it were a toy. We all know what happens to anything a one year olds pick up- straight in the mouth!

These days I absolutely love cake sessions! The babies are all full of character and I love seeing their reactions to the cakes.

By allowing my passion for all white, minimalist photography that focuses solely on the baby, their family, their joy and love, it has allowed me to fall back in love with these types of sessions. I followed my heart and decided to do something I have never seen anyone else do.

First birthday sessions are a fabulous way to celebrate your baby turning one years old! I would love to document this special milestone for you and your family. You will be able to travel back to this milestone, through these images and remember every detail of how your baby was at one years old. These images will remain classic and timeless. You can come back to my studio year after year and add to your collection of images knowing they will all match seamlessly!

What is more, your first birthday includes ALL the digital images from your session! No choosing!

a one year old girl standing in a peach dress eating a cupcake

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Please feel free to message me if you’d like any further information about my first birthday session please email me and I will be happy to help!

Please feel free to message me if you’d like any further information about my first birthday session please email me and I will be happy to help! emma@oliviaroseimages.co.uk

Emma xx

| Newborn specialist photographer based in Peterborough | I also photograph older babies, sitter sessions, first birthday sessions and family sessions |

pregnant mother in white shirt standing closely with husband

5 compelling reasons why you should consider a Maternity session

17th May 2021

I have decided to dedicate a whole day, each month, to providing the mums-to-be of Peterborough with some precious images of this beautiful time in their life.


Here are 5 reasons why I think you should consider booking a session on my Maternity day!

1. There is no upfront cost when booking on my Maternity Event day!

Yep- that’s right- there is no upfront cost to have your Maternity session! Come along for your session and then only buy the images you love! More information on prices can be found here

2. You will never regret having this session

I am pretty confident that you are never going to sit and think to yourself “Wow I wish I never captured this beautiful time in my life that I will never get back to remember forever”. Trust me, from someone that has very few pictures of herself whilst pregnant, your future self will thank you for having this session! It is the best way to celebrate this chapter before your baby arrives!

3. You get the chance to meet me as your photographer

I know how important it is to choose a photographer to handle your baby with care and patience. If you are thinking of having a Newborn session or any other session in the future, it is really nice to meet your photographer before these sessions. By having a Maternity session on my Maternity Event day you can meet me, see how I work, visit my studio and get a feel for my style of photography before deciding on other sessions.

4. It isn’t as scary or uncomfortable as you think it might be!

Everyone that I have photographed has always said that I make them feel comfortable and relaxed during their session. But I do understand- I know that being photographed can sometimes feel very daunting. I will guide you through everything- I will let you know where best to place your hands, where to stand and where to look to get the most flattering images of you and your beautiful bump! Whilst I guide you through everything, I also ensure everything feels relaxed and natural.

5. Last but not least

I am not one to ruin a surprise but…there might just be a little goody bag at the end that I hope you will love!



close up of pregnant mothers baby bump

Maternity Event– When and where?

Maternity event days are held monthly (please check facebook/instagram for this months dates!) at my Peterborough studio and I would absolutely love for you to be there!

You can find out all the details here


Email me to book or drop me a message on my Facebook page!

Emma xx

| Newborn Photographer | Maternity photographer | Peterborough, Cambridgeshire |


50 of the best Quarantine Quiz- Questions and Answers!

4th April 2020

The world is such a innovative place right now!

People are working from home, video calling, doing meetings via the internet (I think it is called zooming?!), amazing teachers and coaches are delivering their classes for us all to join in with online, we are finding new ways of connecting with our families and even having parties with DJs- in our living rooms!

Who’d have thought it!

I am not down playing the seriousness of this situation the world is in right now, at all, and I know we have a long road ahead of us but I do think it is wonderful how people are coming up with their own wonderful ways of making the best out of a bad situation.

The one thing that the world and his wife seem to be doing at the moment is quizzes! And I can see why- they are so much fun! They are also really easily to get the whole family involved in, with FaceTime, WhatsApp video calling and more than likely a whole host of other options that are out there!

I have come up with 50 easy general knowledge questions and answers that you can use to host a quiz night for your family!

It is crazy how much I looked forward to and enjoyed our family quiz night the other night! I even put some make up on and did my hair- I KNOW! Unheard of in these times! I got some nibbles and drinks in on the weekly shop (time your quiz right so you can get some essential quizzing nibbles and drinks too!). Or of course you can have a PJ and cup of tea style quiz too- what ever floats your Quarantine boat!

For my family quiz night I made a Facebook chat group on messenger- added my family and then video called the group- everyone turned on their cameras and it was a multi video call.

We picked team names to make it more fun. You could take it in turns to host and then keep adding the scores to together each week to see who are the ultimate winners at the end of Quarantine!

So here goes- if you want to host your own family Quiz night here are 50 easy general knowledge questions that you can use!

Just copy and paste these questions and answers into a word document and print or read them out from this blog post!

Quarantine Quiz

1. How many states make up the USA? 50


2. Comedy duo Ant and Dec are originally from which English city? Newcastle


3. In medical terms what does GP stand for? General Practitioner


4. The phase “3 strikes and your out” originates from which sport? Baseball


5. What is the highest mountain in the UK? Ben Nevis


6. The Canary Islands are a region of which Country? Spain


7. Which pair of Super heroes are know and the dynamic duo? Batman and Robin


8. What colour beret is when by members of the Royal Marines? Green


9. If you were born in April what would your birth stone be? Diamond


10. In the nursery rhyme “this little piggy” which toe has roast beef? middle


11. What does the MI in MI6 stand for? Military intelligence


12.Who was the first man on the moon? Neil Armstrong


13. What do Americans call a torch? Flash light


14. If you mix blue and yellow what colour do you get? Green


15. In chess who moves first? White


16. What creatures body does a Spine have? Lion


17. What type of Nut is grown on a Oak tree? Acorn


18. According to proverb what does the devil make work for? Idle hands


19. How many bones does the human body have? 206


20. How many rings are there on the Olympic flag? 5


21. What was the nicname of William 1st of England? William the conqueror


22. On a roulette wheel what colour is 0? Green


23. In the metaphor, if a rain storm is heavy it is said to be raining what? Cats and dogs


24. Whats the longest river in the world? Nile


25. What raw material issued to make glass? Sand


26. The name of the Galaxy in which our solar system is situated is the….? Milky way


27. On a rainbow which colour is between yellow and blue? Green


28. Birds have two stomaches- true or false? True


29. What holiday did Anna Jarvis introduce in 1907? Mothers Day


30. In Greek mythology where are women from? Venus


31. How many letters in the Alphabet? 26


32. Which animal is fastest? A hare, a grey hound or a horse? A hare


33. How do bees communicate? They dance


34. Muhammed Ali was said to float like a what? Butterfly


35. Janet Jackson is the youngest of how many Jacksons? 9


36. What was margarine called when it first marketed in England? Butterine


37. What animals milk is used to make Mozzarella? What Buffalo


38. What is the currency of Pakistan? Rupee


39. Which bird can swim but not fly? Penguin


40. Which nuts are used to make Marzipan? Almonds


41. What was the biggest hit from Bing Crosby (exact title)? White Christmas


42. Who painted the Mona Lisa (full name)? Leonardo Da Vinci


43. In which house does the American President live? The white House


44. What colour is a Giraffes tongue? Blue or Purple


45. What colour is “cobalt”? blue


46. In computing what does USB stand for? Universal Serial Bus


47. What is the largest vegetable? Pumpkin


48. Who played Wolverine in the Wolverine films? Hugh Jackman


49. How many wives did Henry 8th have? 6


50. What watercraft travels under water? Submarine


And there we have it! I hope that you enjoy hosting a Fun Family Quiz night for your family! Remember- the storm can’t last forever! We will soon be hugging our families again! Plus when we are allowed back to the Pub’s we will all be BRILLIANT at pub quizzes!

If you are going to try or have tried doing my quiz with your family then let me know in the comments how it went! Let me know your team names too! I love some of the ones I have seen!

Stay home, Safe safe


Emma xx