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Studio Portrait Session – Hazel, Cameron & Maisie

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” – Edward Steichen

When Emma and Andy brought their three children: Hazel (3); Cameron (21 months) and Maisie (2 months) into the studio I had three initial thoughts.

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  1. Emma and Andy make beautiful children.
  2. Man, three kids that close together in ages must be hard work!
  3. Emma and Andy deserve a medal for getting all three of them to the studio on time, well behaved, squeaky clean and with three costume changes (as well as looking pretty glam themselves).
A budding portrait photographer in the making

Hazel was immediately drawn to the toy camera in my toy-box and was fascinated by the whole portrait process.

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She really enjoyed seeing the image on the back of the camera. To keep her engaged and interested I let her take a picture of her brother. So whilst mum and dad held their breath I handed over my expensive camera gear to a three year old…and she nailed it!

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I mean the posing needs a little work, but I better watch my back! I thought it was important to include this image in the gallery so she could see the picture she created 🙂

All the young dudes

Not only was Cameron getting used to no longer being the baby of the family, having been relegated to middle child following the arrival of Maisie. He is going to have to come to terms with having not one but two sisters to deal with!!

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He seemed to be taking it all in his stride. Looking super cool in his ripped jeans and fresh white trainers.

Oh baby, baby

Be still my heart, baby Maisie with her big eyes and cute giggles had me wrapped around her little fingers.

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I just loved her little romper that toned perfectly with her big sisters dress and brothers shirt.

Costume Change

Now the sisters had matching dresses — too cute!

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Although Maisie made her outfit her own by adding a cheeky headband.

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Cameron was co-ordinated to perfection. Both he and Hazel found my tickle stick (aka telescopic feather duster) hilarious, especially when daddy was being tickled by mummy!

Put a label on it

These kids had been absolute angels and we were nearly at the end of the session so we were pushing our luck with a third costume change…But…the outfits were so worth it. Mum had organised these amazing sweatshirts and romper in pretty muted colours.

Maisie was being super chill but Hazel and Cameron were so over the session by now. Which is totally understandable for kids at this age. If it wasn’t for the outfits I would have called time on the session but I wanted that shot! So we did what all good parents and photographers do and bribed them with the promise of ice cream and the instant gratification of lollipops plucked fresh from my lollipop tree.

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It couldn’t have been that traumatic for them because Hazel, bless her, wanted me to go with them for ice cream. Although I think it was probably so she could pick my brain and takeover my photography business!

Local Business Spotlight – Daisy Bakes

 

A party without cake is just a meeting.

I haven’t focussed on a local business for a while now, so I thought it was about time. And while Dundee is pushing the boundaries of ‘local’ to me, there is another special reason for spotlighting this business. Everyone, meet my sister-in-law and owner of Daisy Bakes – Audrey Beckett.

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Audrey bakes vegan and dairy-free cakes and if like me you thought all vegan food tasted like Citroen 2C exhaust fumes and disappointment prepare to be amazed as I have sampled quite a few of her cakes now and they taste amazing. And I’ve tasted a LOT of cakes in my time!

Here’s what happened when I got down to business and asked her about her passion.

Tell me what does Daisy Bake? (see what I did there!)

Daisy Bakes creates super decadent vegan and dairy-free celebration cakes and cupcakes.

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What made you decide on that name for your business?

The name came from my love of gardening and daisies in particular! I get to watch them grow at my window as I’m baking, and they constantly remind me that love, care and effort is the key to making something beautiful.

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What was your rationale for specialising in dairy-free and vegan cakes?

I had always baked for friends and family, so I went on a mission to come up with a vegan cake recipe for a few of my vegan friends. It took about a year to really get it right, and when I did, everyone wanted those cakes, not just my vegan friends. So I decided to stick to the vegan recipe, and before I knew it, I was making celebration cakes and cupcakes for everyone!

What’s the most unusual cake you’ve been asked to make?

The most unusual cake I’ve made has to be my Vegas themed cake. A Topsy Turvy Cake with a roulette board, poker chips, and giant stacked dice cakes on top.

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What cake did you most enjoy making and why?

I most enjoyed making a shell themed wedding cake and cupcakes. Making hundreds of natural-looking tiny fondant shells to go with a lovely dusky blue and turquoise icing colour scheme. I love adding detail, so I loved every fiddly minute of it!

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What would you love to bake that you haven’t yet?

I would love to bake a tiered floral fault line wedding cake, I have some ideas which I think would really look beautiful.

Tell me what a typical Daisy Bakes day looks like?

A typical day in the life of Daisy Bakes involves an early start! I seem to be at my best while watching the rest of the world wake up. A check up on the Facebook page and reply to customer messages. Followed by a clean, prep and review of the day’s tasks and then crack on. Multiple orders mean strict time management and an organised daily planner! So while I’ve got cakes in the oven for one order, I’ll be making fondant flowers for another order and buttercream for another! I work in a small but lovely kitchen so clean as you go is a must. However, I myself am generally iced and decorated by the end of the day. Delivery times and consultations are to suit the customer, so I work my day around them, so every day is different.  The essential admin and concept designs are done elsewhere in the evening with a cup of tea and a biscuit!

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Do you have any advice for anyone else wanting to start their own business?

My advice for starting your own baking business. Get to know your market and keep up with the latest trends but be creative and don’t be scared to introduce new ideas to the baking world. Be reliable and get to know your customers. Always give them the best service possible and you will always be their go-to for cakes!

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Where do you want Daisy Bakes to be in 5 years time?

For the moment I am fulfilled working in my little happy kitchen making things that make other people happy. At the end of the day that is the greatest reward, the best feeling and why I enjoy baking. A small local vegan cake and coffee shop with a bakery is the dream, so I could connect more with my customers. I would also love a larger kitchen where I could teach vegan baking and decorating classes, along with an endless coffee cup! Whether that happens in the next 5 years is uncertain. However, for the moment I am looking into supplying my vegan cakes and bakes to local coffee shops and restaurants.

More importantly, I am currently aiming to switch to fully recyclable packaging by the end of the year. Also switching out ingredients as more sustainably sourced vegan options are introduced. In 5 years time, I want my cakes to be organic and completely environmentally friendly. From kitchen to cake and packaging.

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What areas of Scotland do you cover?

I currently cover Dundee and surrounding areas. However, for larger orders such as wedding cakes or large functions, I deliver to Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow and surrounding areas with an added delivery charge. I am willing to deliver to most places and calculate the delivery charge to the exact location. I deliver personally and provide set up at the venue.

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That was amazing Audrey. If someone wants to order a Daisy Bake, what’s the best way to contact you?

The best way to contact me is via the Daisy Bakes Facebook or Instagram page or where you can drop me a message.

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Okay, who else is starving right now!

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Writing your own Wedding Vows

Rather than sticking to the traditional wedding script, many couples are choosing their own wedding vows, or even writing new vows from scratch. If you’re looking for something meaningful to say during the most significant part of your wedding ceremony, here are some suggestions to get you started. You can always check your choice with your registrar to be sure they are suitable.

Before you begin, there are a few rules to take into consideration. Legally, a civil ceremony cannot contain vows, readings or music that have any religious references. You’ll also need to include the statutory declarations. That is to:

“…Solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I, (name), may not be joined in matrimony to (name)”

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A few tips
  • Be sincere but not overly gushing or intimate – you don’t want your guests to feel uncomfortable. If you want to say something deeply personal, you could always send your partner a private love letter on the morning of your wedding as well.
  • Make sure you always check any readings or vows with your registrar in advance. Ideally, give them a typed copy of your vows/readings and a list of your chosen music a fortnight before the big day.
  • If you’re struggling to find the right words, use a thesaurus. It’ll help you to avoid repeating yourself. Words such as ‘love’ and ‘honour’ are naturally popular, but there are plenty of other terms you can include as well.
  • If you get stuck for ideas, write one another a letter saying what you love about one another. Think about why you can’t wait to be married. The best lines are often the ones that come straight from the heart.
  • If you have children, you could include them as part of your vows. For example, “We exchange our vows today for our future as a couple and a family.”
Still struggling?

Here are some examples that could help get you started and make your own.

 

I promise to love and respect you and to put energy into keeping our love alive. I will be there for you in good times and bad. I will help you when you need help and make space for you to be yourself. I will try to bring you happiness.

I will dedicate myself to you wholeheartedly. I will make time for you and support you in everything you do. I will help you to raise our children to become loving people, and support you in the fundamental role of parent.

I pledge my life to you. I will love, honour and respect you in happy and sad times. I promise to be faithful to only you as long as we both live.

I __, promise to love and cherish you__, for the rest of your life. I will try to bring laughter to your life, and make you happy, I will consider you in the decisions I have to make and value your opinions. Today I vow to be your husband/wife for the rest of our lives.

I will seek to always be loving unto you. I will share your joys and your sorrows and will be devoted unto you until the ultimate parting.

__, I __, take you to be my husband/wife. To have, to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death us do part, and this is my solemn vow.

__, today I promise to respect you always. I will share the good times and bad times with you, be a support and guide. Above all, I will love you from now until our days end.

I, ___ ___, promise to be to you, __ __, a true and loving companion. I promise to be the best husband/wife and parent that I can be and to commit myself forever to our relationship together.

Today I promise to be your husband/wife. I will be faithful and honest, loving and trustworthy. I will seek to bring you stability and order in a chaotic world. I will be your partner and friend for life.

___, in this beautiful garden I dedicate myself to you. Although our lives may change like the seasons, I will love you. As our love grows like a seed to a beautiful flower, I will love you. When the winds of doubt blow through, I will love you. We will stand together, strong, nurtured by each other’s love until the end.

If you feel that traditional wedding vows are a bit stuffy for you, why not go for a funnier, yet equally sentimental approach? For example:

I, ___, take you ___, to be my husband/wife and my Netflix partner in crime for as long as we both shall live – I even promise to watch Pretty Little Liars with you even though it’s the worst show ever made. I promise to love you even when you won’t let me play Call Of Duty and cherish you even when we can’t agree on what takeaway to get.

I promise to always leave the loo seat up. I promise to make you breakfast in bed every weekend. I promise to create a life for us of unexpected and strange adventures. I promise that I will love you forever.

I promise to care for you in sickness and in health unless it is self‐inflicted or two o’ clock in the morning: not to kick you when you are snoring, and to care for your prize collection of comic books.

I promise that I will always let you win arguments (even if I know I am right!), to always let you, to buy you flowers once a week (even if I have nothing to apologise for), and to agree to disagree on which cake is better. It’s lemon drizzle obviously, not fruit cake.

I promise not to Whatsapp my girlfriends after 8 pm, to buy only one pair of shoes a month and to accept all your bad habits because they make you as loveable as you are.

Or how about vows that are likely to make everyone reach for their hankies?

___, you are my best friend and today I take you as my life partner. I promise to laugh with you and cry with you and grow with you. I hope to make you as happy as you have made me, and to love you a little more every day. May we have many adventures and grow old together.

I, ___, promise you, ___, my soulmate, to love you for as long as I live. What I possess in this world, I give to you. I will keep you and hold you, comfort and tend you, protect you and shelter you, for all the days of my life.

___ you know me better than anyone else in this world and yet still you manage to love me. You are my best friend and one true love. There is still a part of me today that cannot believe that I’m the one who gets to marry you.”

You are my light, and you’ve shown me more love than I’ve ever known. I promise to never take our love for granted and to show you every day how much you mean to me. I vow to have the patience that love demands, to speak when words are needed and to share in the silence when they are not.

I hope these suggestions help you with your wedding vow writing. If you would like more wedding hints, tips and advice delivered directly to your inbox once a month sign up here and get a free photo checklist guide for your trouble!

Brooklands Museum – models with curves in all the right places

“You should always be learning. If you’re the smartest person in the room you’re in the wrong place.” Erika Bearman

One of the (many) things I love about my chosen career is that I am always learning. Most of the time I shoot real people and the stories they want capturing like weddings and new additions to their families. Recently I have branched out into Product Photography which I am really enjoying. But one area I have not had much exposure too is car photography. Which is weird because I love cars, with their elegant sweeping lines and individual features.

Lucky for me, Mr JB is a complete petrol head and for Christmas gave me a car photography course from Jason Dodd at the legendary Brooklands Museum – the birthplace of British Motorsport. On the proviso that he got to visit Brooklands too!

Models everywhere

Jason had lined up a great selection of car makes and models that we got to photograph against vintage garages, the airfield (including Concorde!) and of course what is left of the original banked track. Teaching us about lighting and composition along the way.

There were a couple of modern marques.

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Like this Mercedes AMG.

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And this Nissan R35 GTR.

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As well as a Porsche 944 and 924 Turbo

All beautiful models in their own right but it was the classics that Jason had procured for the event that really caught my eye. These babies had curves in ALL the right places 😉

Vintage Darling

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It is often joked that Lotus stands for Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious but there was nothing wrong with this vintage Elan.

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And this Corvette Stingray was an absolute honey. When I shared the Corvette images I’d taken with its owner he said,

“Just looked at the photos – amazing. Is that really my car looking that good?!

So I have taken a few photos of my car over the years and they look ok – but the way you do it brings out the great shape of the car.”

Add to that a Bugatti replica

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and a baby pink Thunderbird and I was having a great time.

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But wait there’s more – real models!

One of the first things Jason said to me on the day was that Mr JB had told him about my usual genre and that I was in luck as he had a model joining us for the day.

I could barely contain my excitement at this point. I have held model calls in the past for newborn babies in the studio but I’ve never worked with an actual professional model. (SQUEEEEEEE!)

Cue the gorgeous Miss Mercury (or @missmercurymodel if you want to follow her on Instagram).  With her brunette pin curls and sassy winged eyeliner, I’m not ashamed to admit I had a bit of a girl crush. Especially when I found out she had a French Bulldog too!!

Now with a beautiful girl standing next to them, the cars really came alive. All my favourite pictures from the day have Miss Mercury in them.

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Car Photography by JB Moments Photography

It was incredible working with a professional. She knew instinctively what poses looked good on her and moved into them effortlessly. All I had to do was tell a story and click 🙂

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Despite being the only girl on the course I think I monopolised Miss Mercury’s time (sorry not sorry). As the day went on I even abandoned the cars for a while to take pictures of Miss M in front of a vintage bus and aircraft hanger.

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I feel the need, the need for speed

All in all, it was a fabulous day and I learnt loads from the course. Now I feel like I’m getting the hang of shooting static cars I want to master them at speed. Luckily for me, I’ve managed to get on the media pass list at the Boness Revival this year so I get to pair up with an experienced motorsport photographer and take pictures at the event including of Mr JB in his 1978 Corvette, Lemmy.

Always learning 🙂

 

 

Studio Session – 4 month old Alex

“Time flies, but not memories.” – Ika Natassa

The first year of a babies life they change so much. It’s important to commit all those little details and changes to memory. One way to do that is with a Grow with Me photography package to capture your baby professionally in a studio at the key milestones of their first year.

That’s exactly what Mum Martina and Granny Diane chose to do after getting Alex photographed in my studio at two weeks new. When he came in  at 4 months old I couldn’t believe how much he’d changed already!

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Isn’t he just delicious?

And here he is on a similar fluffy background at four months old.

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Still doing the ‘Superman’ pose but look how much he’s grown!!

At four months old babies know their parents and other significant people in their life. Alex was so smiley and happy especially when mum or granny were talking to him. His whole face seemed to like up. And don’t even get me started on those scrummy cheeks!

Heads up

Another big milestone at around the four months mark is being able to lift their own heads unsupported. I always advise parents to book their four months session in the studio when they start doing this.

It has to be said a lot of four month olds don’t particularly like being on their tummy and if that is the case I usually save those shots until the end of the session. Alex started to roll himself over quite near the beginning of the session so I took the chance and positioned him on his belly.

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And the little champ rewarded me with gorgeous poses like this one. 🙂

Getting too big for your basket

When I’m shooting each Grow with Me session I am not just thinking about the images as standalone sessions but how they might work alongside the other 3/4  sessions that make up the full series. Especially in the Photo Book at the end of their first year.

With that in mind I like to shoot the same prop in each of the sessions to show how much the baby has grown each time.

When Alex came into the studio as a newborn I decided to use a dark brown basket stuffed with fluffy wool layers.

Be still my heart!

What a difference four months makes…

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What a little star!

There’s an elephant in the room

Alex was such a professional superstar we got through all the ‘sets’ I had planned in record time. As he was still smiling and laughing I decided to pull out Nelly. I’m so glad I did…

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Then it was time to, reluctantly, give Alex back to his mum and let him get on with his day.

I’m already dreaming about when he next comes in to the studio and makes those beautiful eyes at me 🙂

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Golden Wedding Anniversaries & Competition Winners part 2.

Whoah! It has been a busy few weeks at JB Moments Photography. So much so that I am only now catching up on all my blogs (you have been warned!!) 🙂

There’s a model in the family

First up was the second of my birthday competition winners. The lovely Miss Berenice. Her mum had entered the competition to win a session for this beautiful six year old as a reward for being such a good big sister to her new baby sister. A very recent edition to the family.

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She’s a natural!

Mum wanted to make sure that Berenice felt like the centre of attention so I made it into a model shoot with costume changes and background changes galore!

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I’m not sure which us was having more fun with all the set changes and props. Berenice or me!

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Yeah, Baby Yeah!

I mean this is supposed to be a Christmas background but with an antique little chair I’d sourced I think it looks pure 60’s.

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Hanging tough!

But of course Berenice dotes on her baby sister so we had to take a few family pictures including mum and dad and of course the sisters.

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I mean the t-shirt says it all 🙂

 

 

Love is in the air (again)

Remember the family celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary at Alexander House? Well, they recommended me to their friends also celebrating a Golden Wedding Anniversary . This time at the newly refurbished Balnakeilly House. Another week, another stunning location, another fantastic family. Have I mentioned recently how much I love my job? 🙂

Lovers of balance and order take note…This married couple have 4 children. Each of their children have 4 children and between them have produced 8 grandsons and 8 granddaughters. Pretty cool, huh?

I was spoilt with options when I arrived with beautiful grounds overlooking the Perthshire countryside and an impressive house facade with steps just begging to be photographed. I did both of course but I just love this one of everybody on the steps.

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My golden couple were total love birds and couldn’t keep their hands off each other.

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When I asked, as I always do what the secret is to 50 years of happy married life they answered without a pause, “Luck and Laughter”.

Here’s to Luck and Laughter!

 

Larbert East Church – Emma & Robert’s Wedding

You had me at Pivot Tables!

Emma and Robert met at work around five years ago when they started working on the same project. As soon as I met them at their pre-wedding consultation. I knew they were going to be the perfect couple to photograph. Laid back, chilled and more than a hint of fun is how I’d describe these two. It turns out the proposal itself was pretty similar. They were in the middle of decorating their kitchen/family room and had a wee chat about getting married on the sofa pulled out in the middle of the sofa and that was that!

Rain on your Wedding Day

Despite it being July and despite the weather being glorious in the run up to the wedding the weather on the big day was changing by the minute on all the weather apps. When I arrived at Larbert East Church is was absolutely bucketing it down.

A few minutes later and it was all blue sky and sunshine so I dashed outside to get some pictures of the churches beautiful exterior.

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And took the opportunity to capture the groom as well.

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Robert looked very smart in his own ‘Hunting Kerr’ tartan.

All the luck

Then it started raining again. I went outside armed with my bridal brollies to wait for the bride to arrive. Nobody wants a soggy bride, do they? But, luck was on Emma’s side because as she arrived with her dad and her son Josh the rain disappeared and the sun put his hat on again!

Besides, it’s considered lucky if it rains on your wedding day 🙂

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Emma was absolutely glowing with happiness. Josh looked very smart and unbelievably tall for his 13 years! He had the very important job of walking his mum down the aisle.

Giving his mum away!

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He took his job very seriously and did it with a maturity well beyond his tender years.

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The first look

I’m a sucker for when the groom sees his bride for the first time and Robert didn’t let me down.

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Excuse me whilst I go all gooey for a moment 🙂

Scout’s honour

It was a lovely service filled with love and laughter and some sage words of advice from their minister.

Emma had managed to hold it together throughout the ceremony but as she got to the church doors and saw her scouts standing in the rain to give their Leader a salute of honour the tears started flowing.

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Sun shine and smiles

The poor scouts might have been waiting in the rain but the sun came back out right when I needed it for the group photos and pictures of Emma and Robert in the charming church gardens.

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The Paparazzi have arrived!

All the guests were keen to get their pictures of the  happy couple as well so I turned the camera on them as I love getting shots of the ‘paps’ as well!

Time for cake

Emma and Robert decided a laid back reception back at their house was in keeping with their personalities and style.

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Emma made the tasty looking wedding cake and vanilla and chocolate cupcakes herself. The Secret Chefs  did their catering for them. It smelt and looked delicious as it was being put out.A perfect solution to ensure you are not stuck in the kitchen on your wedding day…

Domestic/Wedded Bliss

Because Emma and Robert were having their reception at home I was keen to have a bit of fun and knew they would be up for it. I had this vision of an image of them doing something really mundane and domestic whilst in their fancy wedding gear! The guests all looked a bit alarmed when I started asking Emma where the rubber gloves were!!! They quickly headed outside to the marquee!

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I LOVE the resulting images we captured with this one being my favourite. They were such good sports 🙂

Congratulations again Mr and Mrs Kerr. It was a real honour to capture your big day for you.

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Golden Wedding Anniversaries & Competition Winners

Family Weekend

I had a brilliant weekend of shoots last weekend. First up on Saturday was a Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration in Perthshire and then on Sunday the first of my two Birthday Competition Winners came into the studio to get their free shoot.

Family is Golden

Jo one of the happy couple’s five children got in touch to see if I’d be willing to go up to Alexander House in Auchterarder to capture the family as part of the celebrations. “There will be 12 adults, 13 children, 1 baby and two dogs, is that okay?”, she said. Hell yeah! I love these kinds of shoots 🙂

I must confess I’d never heard of the place they’d hired for the get together with family coming from as far as Australia for the occasion. A quick google showed just how special Alexander House was. Wow, I couldn’t wait to see it.

Family is formal

Saturday was a beautiful summers day so we were able to take advantage of the lush green garden and rolling Perthshire countryside in the background.

As my fee includes all the edited images from the session I wanted to give this lovely family all the group variations I could think of including each couple with and without their offspring.

Everybody started off in quite formal groupings but as the hour progressed everybody got much more relaxed.

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I absolutely adore this one with all their grandchildren.

Golden advice

I always ask anniversary couples what their secret is to wedded bliss. After all, 50 years happily married is quite an achievement.

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Having fun and listening to each other was the sage advice from this pair of love birds.

Family is fun

I mentioned that we started off formal but we finished anything but! For my last couple of images, I suggested all the guys together and then all the girls.

This is what the boys came up with for their pictures!

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I really enjoyed hanging out with this wonderful family. In case you weren’t aware, I love my job!

I love Lucy

JB Moments Photography turned two in June and I ran a competition for two entrants to win a free photoshoot. When the names were picked from my auto selector I was delighted that the first winner was Lucy and her family.

I first met Lucy around her first birthday when she stole my heart at her cake smash. She has big brown eyes like milk chocolate buttons and is an absolute pleasure to work with.

Her mum entered so they could get some family images as they didn’t really have many of the three of them together. I did that, but I also couldn’t resist getting some more images of Lucy by herself.

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She was rocking the toy camera much better than I look with the real thing.

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And she was absolutely delighted with her mum’s bubble blowing skills!

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Okay, the last one I promise, but she was just an adorable little dot sitting in the big grown-up chair.

I love capturing Family images, big or small. As Michael J. Fox once said,

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”

 

Studio Session – Baby Scott

Working with children and animals

Many say don’t do it, but I personally love the challenge of working with little people and furry friends. Mum Nicola got in touch to book a photoshoot for her new arrival and asked if his two year old sister Millie could be included as well his furry sister Kira.

I always make sure that animals are well trained before I let them anywhere near children in my studio. If I think there will be any risk at all I take the photos seperately and composite them together in Photoshop in the editing process.

I didn’t have to worry about 11 year old Kira though. She was as good as gold and was just happy to sit wherever she was placed.

Millie, on the other hand was not into modelling for me at all on the day the family came in for the shoot.

But I was determined to get a shot of the three of them for mum.Family Photographer - JB Moments Photography

Is it my finest shot? No! But hopefully it will become one to treasure for the family.

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I also managed to snag this one before she was up, off and exploring again.

Be still my heart

Dad, Josh took Kira and Millie out for a while to burn off some energy. I always suggest this in my prep guide when there are older siblings as I have lots of play parks close by.

That left me time with 3-week new baby Scott. Fast asleep and smelling delicious (yes I grabbed a sniff when I was swaddling him – sorry not sorry).

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Isn’t he just perfection?

Mum didn’t want an overly proppy or posed baby photoshoot so I kept the wraps and backgrounds nice and neutral.

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Even when baby Scott decided to wake up he was quite content to lay back and pull all manner of adorable poses at his mum and I.

Making me work for it.

Millie was super cute with blonde hair falling in natural ringlets and the roundest, bluest eyes I think I’ve ever seen. I desperately wanted to get some more photos of her as the camera loved her. When she came back from her walk I perservered.

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See what I mean? Face of an angel.

Kira the bodyguard.

After family photos it was a wrap. But as we lay Scott down to get everyone’s belongings collected Kira was immediately over to make sure he was okay.

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Again not technically perfect, but I couldn’t resist grabbing my camera and documenting the sweet moment.

Although I think she may have just been inhaling in that gorgeous newborn scent like I had!

 

Great Alternatives to Wedding Guest Books

Aside from your wedding photos and that sliver of wedding cake for your first anniversary, there are only so many ways you can memorialise your nuptials after the fact. Enter alternative wedding guest books. Traditionally, couples have set up designated sign-in stations for friends and family to write sweet notes of congratulations, but standard guest books tend to get sidelined to a bookshelf or exiled into a lowly storage box (not the best way to reminisce on your big day). Now, though, couples are personalising this wedding detail by transforming it into a fun activity that makes it memorable for not only the couple but also the guests.

This blog post aims to bring you some alternative ideas to the guest book to help you think about personalising your own wedding.

  • Globe-trotting couples, let your nearest and dearest make their marks on your own little world. Consider getting guests to leave messages on an old globe or get a blank one for the occasion.
  • Cheese! Ditch the guest note route completely; instead, encourage wedding attendees to cosy up for the camera and leave their marks with a Polaroid selfie. Set up a station just for the task, and prepare for an overload of hilarious selfies.

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  • Cheers! Get guests to leave messages on corks that you can make into a  pinboard or heart shape. Or better yet get a massive bottle of wine or fizz and ask guests to leave a message in metallic markers. You can drink on your first anniversary and keep the bottle as a cute reminder.
  • Shadow boxes that guests can fill with pre-cut timber shapes once they’ve written their message are becoming more and more popular.

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  • Timber! Love games? How about getting guests to leave messages on a Jenga set for a truly personalised games night.
  • Music fans! Ask guests to write their messages on an old vinyl record that you can then frame.
  • Bucket list. Ask guests to leave suggestions in a, well, bucket, for adventures the pair of you can carry out in your lifetime together.
  • Eco-friendly. Ask guests to sign a terracotta or earthenware pot that you can then fill with succulents of other plants as a lasting reminder.
  • Signing Frame. Make your guests messages part of your decor. Put a picture in the middle from your engagement shoot, if you had one. Or of the two of you and replace after the wedding with one of your favourite wedding images. (a group shot would be perfect!). Guests sign all around the photograph mount. Many wedding photographers including myself offer this type of product.

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It is easy to get carried away and offer lots of options to guests. But that can be overwhelming for guests and you end up with lots of partially completed items. My advice is to pick one that suits your theme and you as a couple and really go for it!