1. Evie Cake Smash

    A Cake smash is a fantastic fun way to mark your babies first birthday. The session is approx an hour and is so crazy you won’t even notice the time fly by. Firstly, I like to begin with a few portraits of baby before I bring the cake out. So it’s good to prepare a little outfit for this. Once the cake is out, we will have baby in position and pop it in front of them. Then I just document what happens. All babies react differently, mainly shocked and worried at the consequences if they eat it (laughs)! Some dive right in head first, some tear up, some knock it over, but that doesn’t matter. All good fun.

    Once they have destroyed it in some way, and hopefully head to toe in buttercream, it’s now bath time. This is so handy for taking baby home clean. It most likely will guarantee they sleep on the way home too! I like to use a big tub with ducks and lots of bubbles. If your interested in booking a session make sure you pack babies shampoo, towels and extra nappy for this! You will also need to wear old clothes yourself as it can get messy helping baby smash it up. If you wish to bring a partner or family member that’s also fine, the more hands the better. If you are bringing small children, siblings or otherwise, please bring something to occupy them.

    If you require parking just let me know ahead of time, we have a space in our car-park for you. If baby has food allergies let us know ahead of time.

    I provide the cake, the set and balloons. The price for this is £85 including CD. I have some outfits but not all colours. This will be discussed ahead of your session so please let me know your theme. You may be required to provide the outfit, so good idea to get booked in well in advance of babies birthday.

    Images will be uploaded to your private  gallery just after your shoot and will remain online. Your CD will be available for collection a few days after. Please disclose if you do not wish for your images to be used online or in-store for promotional purposes.

    Here’s my most recent baby smash…introducing Evie. I just love the bonnet. She was such a sweet little girl. Happy Birthday Evie


    Carrie McKee Photography. Cake Smash. Belfast. 07590368295

  2. Hannah’s Tribal Teaser

    Often I’m asked what is involved in a Model Portfolio shoot and have decided to do a write up of my most recent shoot with 9 year old Hannah. Usually, the day starts next door from my studio in Pout. This is the pamper session for the child, while Mum and myself plan outfits. It’s a good idea to run outfits by me so I can get a idea of theme and where is best to go. Hannah’s clothes would have worked either indoors or out…and even though it was raining, 20 mins at Botanic turned into 2 hrs! Sometimes you get carried away.

    I like to go with the flow, what I get in my head in that moment is what I stick by… 9 times out of 10 this works. It is fantastic to have the city center studio in case weather changes and we need to go indoors. It was actually raining this particular day, taking shade where we could, under trees, in green houses and under band stands.

    In terms of what to bring, usually 3-5 outfits. Some comfortable shoes. For this shoot I used my own Polaroid as a prop but I’ve used clients bicycles, trampolines, fur coats, boxing gloves…anything and everything really. I encourage a personal stamp but I’m also inclined to rob my own Mum’s wardrobes from time to time. I have a secret ally who is amazing at pulling things like outfits and hairbands. I keep telling her to open a shop and I’d buy it all but no such luck yet. (*cough cough Miss Jenny!*). Can’t have enough accessories either, hair clips, hairbrush and clothing pins are a good thing to remember to pack.

    Here’s Hannah’s teaser from last weeks shoot. Any questions, ask away. Personally I’m so in love with each all of these and thankfully she forgets it was raining <3

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    Definition of rockin’ it !!! GO HANNAH


    Carrie McKee Photography. Model Portfolio. Belfast. 07590368295


  3. Dempsey’s Cake Smash

    Happy first birthday to this little rascal, Dempsey. The third of three beautiful girls, this sweet little girl is surrounded by love and serious sister style! I just know you’ll be in their wardrobe in years to come ”borrowing heels and tops”.  Try not to break too many boys hearts girls…your a force to be reckoned with <3

    Looking forward to your big sister’s modelling shoot in the coming week’s, can’t decide who’s the biggest heart-breaker. Here’s some super cute images to swoon over guys.

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    And here’s the new bath time set. After much hunting I found my tube in the humble TK Maxx! Thanks Ciara Jones for the head’s up!




    Carrie McKee Photography. Cake Smash. Belfast. 07590368295


  4. Emilie, Chris & Bump

    So here it is… the next generation McKee. Introducing my little niece or nephew in the making <3

    It’s not everyday your Maternity shoot destination is on a private island, but hey…I’ve had worse days. The Cíes Islands are situated of the coast of Pontevedra in Galicia, Spain. Described by The Belfast Telegraph as ‘the most beautiful beach in the world’, and it’s true. I’ve walked the white sands and swam in the clear blue seas, all while juggling my GoPro camera that had it’s real underwater debut. Aside from all that excitement, we managed to squeeze a impromptu shoot in with my sister-in-law, Emilie. Who now, I imagine, holds a great dislike for me…having been trailed into the sea in a floor length dress! Poor Em!!

    Emilie and Chris are expecting their first baby in September…just shy of their first wedding anniversary. They know the sex, and although I offered up many Euro’s to find out…it remains a secret. I guess a few things in this life is left a surprise, so it will be lovely to get that phone call in the coming months. And off course if you want to fly me out to Germany to photograph the Baby, I’ll be on the next flight. I’m over the moon to be an Auntie and can’t wait to cuddle my French – Irish – German baby niece or nephew<3

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    P.s. Don’t loose the baby Chris xo

    Here’s some pictures taken on our phones enjoying the Island. So if your ever in the area, make sure you take the trip to the Island. Attached is the link to the Telegraph’s article, it’s actually how my brother heard about it.

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    Carrie McKee Photography. Maternity. Belfast. Destination Photography. Cies Islands, Spain. 07590368295

  5. Avery – Lila Cake Smash

    So just catching up on this weeks blogs, which includes a Christening, Communion, Model Portfolio and two Cake smashes. Off to sunny Portugal on Friday for an awesome underwater Maternity session and need to be caught up online and with orders. Hoping to travel around North Portugal into Spain so naturally bringing just the three cameras lol.

    Anyways, enough about me. Were all here to see the cute baby destroying her birthday cake right?

    Well not to disappoint…introducing Miss Avery – Lila, the most charismatic baby I’ve seen in a while.

    For more information on this session…head to the packages section. All sessions now include pictures in separate outfit before and after in the bath tub which I’ll be updating this set soon.







    Carrie McKee. Photographer. Cake Smash. Belfast. 07590368295

  6. What’s Victoria’s Secret??

    Well as promised, here is a blog from yesterday. Yes I’m that up to date at the minute.

    This is Victoria, aged 9. Victoria went for the Model Portfolio with myself and Memories @POUT. After a makeover and a break in the weather, we headed out and around Belfast. Just want to say well done Victoria, you are a natural for never being behind the camera before. Oh and off course your poor Mum who was stuck holding all the outfits :)

    All in good fun…here’s some pics of our afternoon…









    Carrie McKee Photography – Belfast – 07590368295



  7. Carrie McKee all things PHOTO…

    Hey everyone.

    It has been a very exciting and busy few months for me, so let me try and fill you in.

    Firstly, I finally got a new studio!! Yay!!

    I have to thank the amazing Lynzie at POUT for helping me out with this. I’ve found the space to be ideal, city center location and onsite parking has been so beneficial for my busy mum’s I’m sure. From the beginning I’ve squeezed entire families into my Mum’s back bedroom, so it’s worlds apart having a whole shop to roam.

    POUT Salon is just next door and offers everything from manicures, pedicures, nails and waxing. So no excuse for keeping on top of all my girlie needs. The girls also run a party venue,  specializing is children’s birthday’s and special events. Being a family photographer I think our clientele is very complementary to each other’s business. Together making lots of ‘Memories’ @POUT.

    My new address is 162-164 North Street. Open Tues – Fri 10-4 & Sunday 11-4. Appointment only. To book call 07590368295

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    Having the studio has enabled me to take on more bookings and introduce a model portfolio with full makeover package with POUT. These have proved to be quite successful, so I am looking forward to many more over Summer.

    Cake Smashes has also seen the benefit of the new shop, with a party venue next door… we are never short of set ideas and off course cake! Again thanks to Lynzie for mastering the ideal cake for babies to safely eat.

    Full list of new packages is available by following this link…

    That’s it for now. I hope to do a few more blogs in the coming months. I have some very special shoots coming up, including an underwater maternity shoot in sunny Portugal in a few weeks…#stay tuned.

    I hope you carry on reading and hopefully enjoying these blog posts. I know no-one really reads these but thank you if you have.

    Sure what else would you be doing….:)

    Yours Carrie McKeephoto

  8. Chris & Emilie 23.05.15

    Hi all!! Here’s a little look at the McKee Ferguson pre wedding party in Artempts, France. Thank you to Brian and Fran for everything..was such a wonderful weekend. You are the best hosts ever!

    I just fell in love with the village, the miles of fields, the Mayor and even the cat eventually! Just can’t wait to spend more time with you guys this summer for Wedding Part 2. Chris and Em hope you had a happy mini-moon and I’m currently finishing up your wedding day highlights.

    Enjoy guys…your bridesmaid, your photographer…your sister
    Carrie xx