All posts by jbpadmin

Studio Session – Baby Hannah

I have the best clients! I know I say it often but I really do. Back in May, I had baby Kenzie in the studio with her big brother Rhys. Well, her family liked her pictures so much that when her Auntie wanted baby photos they booked me 🙂

It’s a Girl!

Kenzie was the last baby girl I had in the studio. Since then it has been a run of newborn boys. And whilst I love photographing all babies. The parents of baby boys have been reluctant to let me try out some of my cute new outfits on them! (when you see them you’ll understand why!)

To say I was excited to meet six-day new Hannah was an understatement.

Baby girl - JB Moments Photography

Just look at those deliciously squishy cheeks. And those pouty lips are just swoon-worthy!

Sister Act

Hannah bought her big sister Daliah with her. She was only two but I can honestly say hands down the best-behaved two-year-old I’ve ever had in the studio. New baby sessions are my longest sessions at around two hours long and that is a long time for a little person to sit around. I usually recommend one of the parents takes siblings to the park or out on errands if they get restless. But Daliah was happy playing with the studio toys and checking what her baby sister was up to.

When it came to her turn to get pictures with her new baby she was good as gold as well.

Baby girl and sister - JB Moments Photography

With siblings as young as Daliah I usually only do the above pose as having them both lying on the floor means that the baby is safe from falling anywhere.

But Daliah was so still and good at taking direction I asked mum and dad if we could try Daliah holding baby Hannah? I made sure they were just out of shot ready to dive in if needs be. But we needn’t have worried.

Baby girl and sister - JB Moments Photography

Daliah did better than some six-year-olds!!

Unicorns! Unicorns everywhere!

I mentioned earlier my new outfits that are ‘apparently’ not for baby boys 😉 Well one of them is a unicorn outfit and mum and dad were happy to indulge me. SQUEEEEEEE!

Baby girl - JB Moments Photography
Always be yourself unless you can be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn.

Hannah was awake at this point but she was so chilled. I think she liked being a baby unicorn!

A bucket load of cute

Shortly after being a unicorn took its toll on Hannah and she fell fast asleep. So asleep she didn’t even notice me popping her in some props to add some variety to her gallery including a bucket.

Baby girl - JB Moments Photography

Again because it was my first baby girl in AGES I had to break out the flowers.

Family Forever

I like to adapt my favourite silhouette image when there are older siblings and Daliah was happy to go up on dads shoulder for this shot.

Family Photographer - JB Moments Photography

Hannah slept through it like a champ.

All too soon my time with this gorgeous family was up and I had to let them out of the studio! But not before I captured them as family.

Family Photographer - JB Moments Photography

Baby Hannah is very lucky. She has been born into a family that is completely besotted with her. And if I’m honest – I was too!

Can a White Wedding ever be Green?

By the time the confetti settles the average UK wedding has produced a third of a metric tonne of solid waste and 14.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide in just one day! By comparison, annual carbon emissions per person in the UK are about 9.1 tonnes (Source: www.dothegreenthing.com).

As we become ever more focussed on saving our planets finite resources can you still have your perfect day but with a conscience? This latest article is in no way meant to preach at you, or make you feel guilty for any choices that you are considering but rather offer some eco-friendly alternatives – many of which will save you money as well!

Ways to go Plastic Free or Less Plastic

  1. Favours – consider the environmental impact of plastic packaging, and instead opt for recyclable card and paper. Often favours end up left on tables at the end of the evening so opt instead to donate to a charity you care about or give guests wildflower seeds to sow in their gardens and promote bees (for more low-cost sustainable favour ideas click here).
  2. Wedding gifts -If you want to cut down on a pile of presents and avoid plastic packaging, explore other gift ideas instead. Ask for eco-friendly gifts when you tie the knot. How about asking for vouchers so you can choose your own home and garden products? If you’ve got everything you need, why not ask guests to donate to a charity that means a lot to you. If you do opt for a wedding list, make sure you only ask for things you really need and will use.
  3. Invites – Make sure you search for wedding invite companies that only use recycled paper. Even better, don’t use paper invites at all. Choose an online invitation company to send e-invites. If you have additional information for guests, you could set up a wedding website and your e-invite could direct them to it.
  4. Photos – Make sure you get the images you want to display printed, framed, etc but opt for the remainder to be stored digitally.
  5. Confetti – Chose biodegradable confetti or alternative options like birdseed. You can see more suggestions here.
  6. Flip-flops, toiletry baskets, etc – these have become an increasing trend and whilst they are a thoughtful offering to your guests most adults will bring ‘dancing shoes’ or kick off their heels and pack their essentials in their bags! Most couples end up with loads of these items left over and flip-flops especially are a huge issue for landfill. Save money and the planet and leave out of your wedding.
  7. Venue choice – check that your venue doesn’t use plastic straws, buffet cutlery etc, or ask them if they would consider switching to a greener alternative.

Animal Welfare

  1. Using animals as part of your ceremony? Owls bringing rings, Wedding Llamas, Dove releases? No-one is saying don’t do these things and they can make a wedding truly memorable. But, make sure you have seen the companies animal licenses and checked out the business premises. For every reputable business owner that cares about their animals, there is a shady individual just looking to make a quick buck. Dove releases, in particular, seem vulnerable to this. Do your homework.
  2. Ensure caterers are using animal welfare certified meat and fish.

Organic and Ethically Sourced

  1. Engagement and wedding rings – Try hunting for a unique wedding ring in antique shops or at the end-of-year shows for jewellery design students. Or search online for suppliers of recycled gold or Fairtrade silver. For advice on buying conflict-free diamonds, see The Kimberley Process FAQs .
  2. Wedding Food – Source your food from a supplier that uses local, seasonal and organic food or ask your caterer to do this for you. Food from local farm shops or markets is less likely to come packaged in unnecessary plastic.
  3. Wedding Cake – Ask your wedding cake maker or local baker to use organic, local ingredients in your cake. If you’re going for a fruity wedding cake, ask for seasonal, British fruits rather than imported carbon-guzzling options. You could even try dairy-free wedding cake recipes that will be suitable for vegans and better for the planet. Or, if you don’t want to end up wasting food by having a wedding cake that will only get half-eaten, try something different. Like an organic cheeseboard ‘cake’ with local fruit instead, or individual wedding cupcakes for your guests.
  4. Flowers – opt for seasonal flowers that are grown in the UK and don’t come with air miles to import. You can check out seasonal flowers here.

Other ways you could make your Wedding Environmentally Friendly

  1. Hire your Wedding Dress – One of the biggest costs at a wedding is the wedding dress. It can cost hundreds or thousands of pounds and will never get worn again. One way around this is to choose a style of wedding dress that could be worn again for another function. Or consider hiring your outfit – ideal for bride, groom, ushers and children. For bridesmaids and page boys, make bridesmaids dresses and suits green by buying something they can wear afterwards for parties. Or check out vintage and retro shops. Alternatively, search online for quality used outfits from Ebay  or specialist sites such as The Dressmarket . Or you can buy wedding dresses, wedding shoes and accessories from one of Oxfam’s bridal wear shops . You could also consider borrowing from a friend. After the big day, why not consider recycling your wedding dress or accessories? There are several charities that want used wedding dresses for terminally ill brides. By donating anything from jewellery and tiaras to clutch bags and bridesmaid dresses, you could also support other charities.
  2. Wedding Transport – Looking for the perfect wedding location? Find a venue close to home to cut down on transport. And don’t invest in hiring a gas-guzzling wedding limousine for your wedding car. Instead, make a statement by turning up to your wedding in an electric car or horse-drawn carriage. If you don’t have the ceremony and reception at the same venue, encourage guests to share rides to the reception or provide a coach or bus. If possible, include public transport details in your invitations, to encourage guests to consider leaving the car at home – and enjoy a few drinks too.
  3. Honeymoon – One of the biggest environmental impacts your wedding can have is a long-haul honeymoon. If you don’t want to worry about adding to climate change when you tie the knot, think about romantic destinations you can visit for your honeymoon that won’t clock up the air miles.

 

Wedding Bouquets & Alternatives to Flowers

Why do brides carry them?

Incorporating flowers into wedding ceremonies has been seen, since Roman times, as a symbol of fertility, which meant that herbs, orange blossoms, garlic and other similar plants were included in the wedding preparations.

Both Greeks and Romans thought that their smell would keep the evil spirits away from the bride, therefore guaranteeing happiness and loyalty in the marriage. However, the exquisite combination of herbs was not carried by the bride in her hands, but, instead, worn under the form of a garland in her hair. At the end of the ceremony, the edible herbs were given to the newlyweds to eat, as they were also supposed to increase their sexual desire.

But, throughout the Victorian period, the practices changed. Queen Victoria herself carried a bouquet made of a few herbs and mostly fresh flowers, thus making fashionable the bouquet as it is known today.

The bouquet was also the bearer of a message since each flower had its own special meaning. In some parts of the world, only certain flowers were considered to bring good luck for the marriage (such as daffodils, daisies, irises, magnolias, orchids, roses), while other flowers were forbidden from being displayed in the wedding bouquet (like lavender, poppies, marigolds).

Wedding flowers - JB Moments Photography

Fresh Flowers

There is no doubt that fresh flowers are beautiful but when choosing your wedding flowers, it’s not only about picking blooms that complement your choice of wedding dress and overall wedding theme, but it’s also important to consider whether they’re even available. Here’s a list of wedding flowers by season in the UK.

While certain blooms such as roses are available all year round, most other flowers are only available during particular months and seasons. In some cases, however, it is possible to import flowers that aren’t in season from another region or country.

Wedding flowers - JB Moments Photography

Importing flowers that aren’t in season in the UK is not possible for all flowers, and can sometimes be a costly exercise, so it’s important you consult your florist to see what your best options are. Sometimes your florist may be able to suggest a flower that is very similar in appearance but won’t cost as much as it’s imported lookalike.

To help you better understand which flowers are available the month of your wedding, here is a list of some of the most popular wedding flowers based on availability by season.

Winter
December

Poinsettias, Hellebores, Winter Camellias, Muscari, Aranthera, Acacia, Phalaenopsis Orchids

Winter has officially arrived and of course, your wedding will be close to Christmas. But winter flowers are available with Winter Camellias being a perfect example. Poinsettias have gorgeous red and green foliage making them perfect for a Christmas themed wedding. Hellebores come in some 20 varieties and their small colourful blooms are perfect for adding wintery-tones and texture to your bouquet. Winter Camellias are so-called because these evergreen shrubs produce gorgeous blooms in the cold weather. They are known for their unique, paper-like petals and sturdy nature.

January

Hyacinths, Chrysanthemums, Tulips, Sunflowers, Phalaenopsis Orchids, Cymbidium Orchids

Hyacinths are flowers which people love to grow in pots and if you are growing some yourself, you can simply cut them fresh just in time for your big day. Chrysanthemums come in large or small blooms and they last for a long time. Tulips come in all sorts of varieties and colours to match and these blooms are one of the most popular wedding flowers in the UK.

February

Anemone, Delphiniums, Banksia, Bottlebrush, Calla Lilies, Roses, Lilac, Lisianthus, Protea, Narcissus 

Valentine’s Day is in February, so, if you are after red roses for your wedding you may need to place your order well in advance! Anemone sometimes called the ‘windflower,’ is a delicate flower that comes in a variety of colours, cream and classic white. This flower is particularly recognisable for its black centre. Delphiniums are tall sturdy, stalk-like flowers which are known for their vibrant shades of blue, purple, violet and pink. Banksia Bottlebrush is a red, fluffy bloom which is cylindrical in shape. It hails from Australia and is well known for its exotic appearance.

Spring
March

Marigolds, Carnations, Lily of the Valley, Queen Anne’s Lace, Paphiopedilum Orchids

Marigolds are a bright, and warm orange bloom which have a creased appearance due to the pale yellow edging on the petals. Carnations provide a very classic bridal aesthetic, and similar to Hydrangeas, these soft, fluffy white flowers look divine when mixed in with fresh white roses. Lily of the Valleys are small white flowers which appear as though they have been turned upside-down. They are delicate and sweet and can look great in a bridal bouquet or even placed in a bridal hairstyle or flower crown.

April

Spray Carnations, Forget-Me-Nots, Genistas, Oncidium Orchids, Ranunculus

Spray Carnations are a smaller version of traditional carnations, and they look great mixed among other varieties of flowers. They come in lots of different colours too. Forget-me-nots are tiny flat flowers known for their soft blue colour. Genista makes a wonderful filler with its leafless stems and masses of tiny flowers.

May

Peonies, Agapanthus, Waxflowers, Sweet Williams, Roses, Moluccella, Hydrangeas

Agapanthus is a huge flower, sometimes known as the African Lily, and its large impressive blooms are long-lasting. Waxflower is ideal for multiple uses as its small sweet-smelling flowers can be used in fillers and bouquets. Sweet William is an ideal country garden flower with so many gorgeous blooms on every stem.

Wedding flowers  - JB Moments Photography

Summer
June

Marigolds, Gloriosas, Iris, Arachnis, Viburnum, Sunflowers, Muscari, Delphiniums, Aster

Gloriosa or the ‘Glory Lily’ hails from Africa and is striking with its petals being ringed in yellow. Iris has long been a very popular flower although it’s important to remember it has a short shelf life.

July

Lily of the Valley, Hyacinths, Tulips, Kangaroo Paws, Gypsophila, Nerine, Strelitzias

Tulips are almost never out of season and certainly never out of fashion. Strelitzias are bright orange and are unique in shape. Their pointy and geometric petals work well in a contemporary style bouquet.

August

Cornflowers, Roses, Mint, Prunus, Godetia, Hydrangeas, Phlox, Agapanthus, Bouvardia

Brides have a wonderful choice to choose from in August. Cornflowers have a fairly large head and are a distinctive blue colour. Roses are always available in lots of colours, shapes and varieties. Mint may seem like a peculiar choice, but the herb actually makes for a gorgeous bouquet filler and has the bonus of its refreshing aroma.

Autumn
September

Amaryllis, Aster, Helenium, Achillea, Cattleya Orchids, Eryngium, Spiraea, Vanda, Cosmos

Autumn is beginning, and fruit and flowers are in abundance. Amaryllis is perfect if you’re looking for something dramatic because these large trumpet-shaped flowers really make a statement. Aster also known as the Michaelmas Daisy makes a perfect filler for your bridal bouquet and bridal table. Helenium epitomizes autumn with daisy-like flowers offering the colours of the season.

October

Gladiolus, Freesias, Helleborus, Papaver, Skimmia, Tuberose, Ornithogalum, Calla Lily

Gladiolus is a traditional flower which is often used for decorating the church or reception venue. Freesias are always popular, not just because of their delicate, feminine petals, but their powerful scent is so appealing.

November

Moluccella, Gomphrena, Solidaster, Triteleia, Veronica, Lisianthus, Amazon Lilies

Moluccella from across the sea, are the Bells of Ireland and are eye-catching with their masses of flowers resembling bells. Gomphrena has the advantage of being able to be dried easily so if you want dried flowers for decoration or as a filler, the Globe Amaranth is the ideal choice. Solidaster is a soft yellow bloom which is very tiny and is a great bouquet filler. Solidaster is often mistaken for Aster.

Faux Flowers

Artificial flowers are becoming increasingly popular as a beautiful, long-lasting, and often cheaper, alternative to fresh wedding flowers.

If the tacky fake blooms you see in a pound shop spring to mind, think again! The artificial wedding flowers on the market today are high quality, great value and totally realistic in both look and feel.

Most brides do go for fresh flowers on their wedding day as the scent and natural beauty is hard to beat, but there are downsides. Firstly, they’re more expensive than artificial flowers; they’ll eventually wilt and die, and your chosen blooms may not be at their peak or even available at the time of your wedding.

In contrast, there are so many advantages to choosing artificial flowers and, with the huge leap in quality and realism, you may not notice much difference with the real thing. You can even replicate the scent with a floral perfume!

Here’s why artificial flowers might be right for your wedding:

  • You can precisely colour-match artificial flowers to any shade so they can work with your colour palette
  • Artificial bouquets are allergy-friendly so there’s no chance of a red nose and streaming eyes down the aisle
  • They don’t attract wasps or bugs so you don’t need to worry if you’re having an outdoor wedding
  • You can get the bloom varieties that you want, even if they’re out of season, and they’ll always be in peak bloom
  • Artificial wedding flowers won’t wilt or die so they’ll look perfect on the day
  • There’s a risk that real flowers could stain your dress, whereas artificial flowers won’t
  • Artificial flowers travel well, so they are ideal for destination weddings
  • You can keep your artificial flowers forever
  • They can be cheaper than fresh flowers
  • If you get good quality fakes, then your guests may not even notice you’re not using fresh!

Wedding flowers - JB Moments Photography

What if I don’t want a traditional bouquet?

The good news is that if you still want to carry something down the aisle there are loads of alternatives.

Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Paper – your favourite text, music scores, colours can be made into flowers or any other shapes you fancy to walk down the aisle. Perfect for a literary or music themed wedding.
  • Food – Foodies shouldn’t shy away from carrying something edible down the aisle, whether it’s a bundle of herbs, doughnuts (yes, doughnuts) or a single, geometric artichoke.
  • Balloons – Nothing says “celebrate” like a cloud of bright balloons. Also great for flower girls (or should that be balloon girls)!
  • Pom-poms – Showcase your crafty side with an architectural bouquet of pom-poms.
  • Brooches – You can never have too much bling, especially on your wedding day. Great for a vintage or forties inspired theme.
  • Sea Shells – Shells make a beautiful and unexpected accessory for couples saying “I do” by the sea. You can also add starfish and seahorses to continue a nautical theme.
  • Lanterns – Your wedding party can light the way with vintage lanterns (imagine how gorgeous they’d look at a nighttime ceremony).
  • Feathers – on their own or mixed in with brooches, bling or anything else.

Wedding flowers  - JB Moments Photography

The Bo’ness Revival – My First Foray into Motorsport Photography

Motorsport on his mind

For as long as I can remember my husband, Mr JB has been on a mission to combine my love of photography with his love of motorsport. And for as long as I can remember I have resisted. I just didn’t think it would be my thing…I like photographing people, especially people in love and little people. Cars going around a track…nah not so much (unless I was getting to photograph Lewis Hamilton, with his top off….what? A girl can dream can’t she?).

Gradually he has been chipping away at my resistance. First with a Car Photography Course at Brooklands Museum as a Christmas gift. Then with some gentle naging. Finally what sealed the deal was getting me a media pass at the 2019 Bo’ness Revival and the promise that I would be paired up with an experienced motorsport photographer to learn how to capture cars at speed.

Born to Lose –  Live to Win

You see Mr JB races his own car in the Hill Climb. His 1978 Corvette Stingray nicknamed Lemmy. I suspect that is why he is so keen for me to capture the events.

Car photography by JB Moments Photography

Here he is just starting his first practise run on day 1.

All the gear – any idea?

What is a Hill Climb you might ask? A Hill Climb or Hill Sprint as they are sometimes known are timed drives up a dedicated track. You battle for the fastest time in your class not against each other. So instead of racing it is about the skill and precision of the driver. Bo’ness was established as a hill climb in 1932 and was Scotland’s first dedicated race venue but at some point was closed down. It was revived in 2007 and remains a much loved motorsport event in Scotland ever since.

I arrived with Mr JB early Saturday morning for my media briefing where I got my media pass and tabard allowing me access to areas of the track the spectators couldn’t go. Mr JB went with the other competitors for their driver briefing and the paddock was full of anticipation and excitement.

Car photography by JB Moments Photography

I was paired with the photographer Margaret Lothian who had been photographing at Bo’ness for many years. And we decided to start off in the paddock.

Mud, mud, glorious mud

As well as anticipation and excitement in the paddock there was lots and lots of rain and mud.

Car photography by JB Moments Photography

Modern 4x4s were getting stuck in some parts so how these guys got these vintage motors up to the start line I have no idea.

It made for some interesting modifications…

Car photography by JB Moments Photography
Not sure that came as standard!
The Hairpin

After capturing some of these beautifully restored motors coming off the start line Margaret   was suitably impressed with my panning technique (*puffs chest out in pride*). So we went to another of her favourite spots, the first corner, the dreaded hairpin.

Car photography by JB Moments Photography

The cars have to almost come to a stop to get around this corner and is a real test for the drivers.

Margaret was ready to move again and this time we went to her favourite spot on the track.

With added rain

Car photography by JB Moments Photography

We were stood at the Marshall point half way up the hill and as we got there the heavens opened as you can see from the shot above.

Whilst it made it all the more tricky for the drivers it made for some fantastic images. After a while Margaret and I were joined by another photographer who shoots freelance. His work is often used in national newspapers and the like. So for the three of us to be swapping tips and techniques…I was living my best life (despite getting heavily rained on as the trees offered little cover).

Car photography by JB Moments Photography Car photography by JB Moments Photography Car photography by JB Moments Photography

Whilst I shot all of the classes the old single seaters and vintage cars were definitely my favourite (sorry Mr JB)!

Finally, some sun

After lunch the rain had mercifully stopped and the sun even popped out to say hello. We headed up to the courtyard area and after getting in trouble with the clerk of the course for standing on some hay bales (*whoops*) it was great to see another different aspect of the course.

Car photography by JB Moments Photography Car photography by JB Moments Photography

Unfortunately not all cars make it back down in one piece…

Car photography by JB Moments Photography

That’s racing for you.

Panning?

The technique I was most keen to perfect was panning. The basic idea behind panning as a technique is that you pan your camera along in time with the moving subject and end up getting a relatively sharp subject but a blurred background. This gives the shot a feeling of movement and speed. Without this on sideways shots in motorsport the car looks like it isn’t moving.

I hadn’t really tried it much before but soon got the hang of it and was quite happy with my results for a motorsport newbie.

Car photography by JB Moments Photography

Is it for me?

Hill Climbs are a great way to get into Motorsport. The paddock is a right mix of race teams with mechanics and sponsors through to hobbyist drivers like Mr JB who turn up in their car as a one man band. But there is a real sense of camaraderie. Everyone is friendly and willing to help, lend a tool or give advice. It is also a great place to start motorsport photography and you get brilliant trackside access.

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the professional motorsport photographers and talking gear and techniques with them. I hope to do more events but only if I’m not booked for my first loves…weddings and babies.

Studio Sessions – Baby Boys

A Tale of Two Baby Boys

Last week I was lucky enough to have not one but two teeny tiny baby boys in the studio. First up was baby Max on the Monday and then later in the week baby Joey came to visit with his big brother and big sister.

Miracle Max

Max couldn’t wait to meet his mum and dad so he arrived a full month early! He came into the studio at six weeks new (two weeks adjusted).

Baby Boy - JB Moments Photography

He had the most amazing big blue eyes that he kept pinned on me at the beginning of the session. I had to include this image as he looks thoroughly pee’d off with me here!

It’s a Wrap

He loved being swaddled though, and soon fell into a nice deep slumber allowing me to capture all sorts of beautiful images for his doting mum and dad.

Baby boy - JB Moments Photography

We’re a Family

Not only was Max eager to meet his parents, they were very eager to meet him. He was the wonderful result of two long, hard years of IVF. To say they were besotted was an understatement. It was absolutely beautiful to see.

Baby with mum and dad - JB Moments Photography
The moment you transition from being in love to being a family.
Fly me to the Moon

I never like to promise I’ll be able to create a composite image as it depends on all sorts of factors on the day. But mum and dad has seen one of my moon composites and really wanted one, especially as Max’s nursery is decorated with a moon and stars theme. I was determined to succeed for them, especially as I had a new moon composite that I was itching to try. I think it worked out pretty darn good 🙂

Baby on the moon - JB Moments Photography
“On the night you were born, the moon smiled with such wonder, that the stars peeked in to see you, and the night wind whispered, life will never be the same again.”
I’m the Little Brother

Next into the studio was 11 day new baby Joey. His family travelled over an hour to get to my studio after a recommendation from someone who’d had a Christmas Mini session with me. No pressure then!

Joey brought with him his big brother Roman (nearly 4) and big sister Millie (9). Mum and dad really wanted some nice images of all the kids together. Normally I like to wait until the baby is fast asleep when dealing with young sibling like Roman but Joey was having none of it. I don’t think he slept the entire session. I needn’t have worried though as Roman and Millie were two of the best behaved older siblings I’ve ever met. They let me pose them with Joey in a whole variety of different ways. They were so careful with him.

Baby with siblings - JB Moments Photography
“Be nice to your siblings, they’re your best link to your past and most likely to stay with you in the future.” – Baz Luhrmann

Of course, it also helped that they were both very photogenic 🙂

Just Chillin’

Although Joey wasn’t for sleeping he was quite chilled out. He was just looking about, taking in all that was going on.

Baby Boy - JB Moments Photography

I’d love to know what the little dude is thinking about in this image.

Rolling with it

In every newborn session I try to offer at least one prop set up. I actually found this vintage trolly cart at the Gardening Scotland show and have been dying to use it ever since. I would never normally use with a baby that wasn’t in a deep sleep. But Joey was so chill and I had mum spotting close by that we rolled with it (see what I did there!).

Baby boy - JB Moments Photography

I thoroughly enjoyed my week of baby boys but I’m wondering where all the girls are hiding? Desperate to break out the headbands!

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.

Child photos by JB Moments Photography

  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.

Child photos by JB Moments Photography

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!

Child photos by JB Moments Photography

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!!

Child photos by JB Moments Photography

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.

Child photos by JB Moments Photography

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!

Child photos by JB Moments Photography

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

Child photos by JB Moments Photography

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.

Child photos by JB Moments Photography

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.

Spotlight on Suppliers - Daisy Bakes

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.

Spotlight on Suppliers - Daisy Bakes

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.

Spotlight on Suppliers - Daisy Bakes

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.

Spotlight on Suppliers - Daisy Bakes

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!

Spotlight on Suppliers - Daisy Bakes

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!

Spotlight on Suppliers - Daisy Bakes

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!

Spotlight on Suppliers - Daisy Bakes

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.

Spotlight on Suppliers - Daisy Bakes

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.

Spotlight on Suppliers - Daisy Bakes

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.

Spotlight on Suppliers - Daisy Bakes

Okay, who else is starving right now!

All photographs supplied by Daisy Bakes

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)”

Edinburgh Wedding Photographer - JB Moments Photography

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.

Car Photography by JB Moments Photography

Like this Mercedes AMG.

Car Photography by JB Moments Photography

And this Nissan R35 GTR.

Car Photography by JB Moments Photography

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

Car Photography by JB Moments Photography

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

Car Photography by JB Moments Photography

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

Car Photography by JB Moments Photography

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

Car Photography by JB Moments Photography

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.

Car Photography by JB Moments Photography

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 🙂

Car Photography by JB Moments Photography

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.

Car Photography by JB Moments Photography Car Photography by JB Moments Photography

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!

Here he is at two weeks old.Grow with Me studio session by JB Moments Photography

Isn’t he just delicious?

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

Grow with Me studio session by JB Moments Photography

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.

Grow with Me studio session by JB Moments Photography

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…

Grow with Me studio session by JB Moments Photography

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…

Grow with Me studio session by JB Moments Photography

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 🙂

Grow with Me studio session by JB Moments Photography