A big cake was top of photographer Jude Gidney’s list for celebrations to mark a decade in business. But creative Jude never planned to serve the cake. Instead she used it for a fun cake smash photoshoot.
“Anyone can cut a cake,” laughed the Greenfield-based weddings and portrait photographer. “I wanted to do something that was a little bit different and a lot of fun.” Jude’s more than willing models were the two children of her studio’s resident makeup artist, Lisa Marie Gee. The cake, a beautiful blue giant cupcake, was supplied by Karen Lambert, of Saddleworth Bakehouse.
The three mums, who each run their own business, met via social media and regularly collaborate on vintage style hen parties at Jude’s studio at Tanners Business Centre. The parties have gone from strength to strength since Jude moved from smaller premises in Mossley last September. “We have more than double the space here, so we are able to do so much more,” explained Jude. “We have several different sets and much more space for parties.”
Jude, a former NHS dietician, turned a lifelong passion into a business in April 2003, working from a studio at her Uppermill home. Since then she has photographed countless weddings, worked with a number of celebrity clients and won a stack of photography industry awards. Last year she and Lisa were both finalists in the Vintage Manchester awards, less than a year after launching the vintage arm of their business.
By contrast, Karen has recently celebrated her first year in business. A lifelong baker, she was persuaded to go professional by her husband, Inspiral Carpets’ guitarist, Graham Lambert. Her client list already ranges from local families to international rock bands. She recently supplied cakes for The Killers before their Manchester Arena gig.
“I have never had a request like this one before though,” said Karen. “It is certainly an unusual way to publicise my business. I flinched a little when I saw my hard work being destroyed, but it was a lot of fun.”
Many thanks to Lisa Marie Gee for the editorial and lending her children for the shoot.