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Studio Session – Gregor’s Cake Smash

Studio Session – Gregor’s Cake Smash

I can’t believe this session took place over two weeks ago in my studio and I’m only now just getting the chance to blog about it! Trust me, after 5 months not being able to do anything but twiddle my thumbs I am delighted to have the problem of being too busy shooting to write! But the world needs to see this cuteness 🙂

Cutest Mummy Ever

I first met Master Gregor at my Halloween Mini Sessions last year. It was his first Halloween and he was dressed up as a mummy. From the moment I saw his huge blue eyes and kissable cheeks I knew I was a gonner. A fully paid-up member of his fan club. Then he came back for a Christmas mini in a matching Xmas jumper with mum and dad and…be still my heart!

You can imagine how over the moon I was therefore when his mum got in touch during lockdown to book a Cake Smash n Splash for his first birthday. Not only would I get my cuteness fix again but during the bleak lockdown months to know people still wanted to book my services made my heart sing.

A Wee Bit Late

Okay, okay, by the time lockdown actually finished I’d missed Gregor’s birthday by about 2 months but what’s a few months between friends?

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We made sure to capture all the hats and outfits that Gregor had for his birthday.

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Before he could rip them off!

Cake Time

After a couple of outfit changes including some birthday PJ’s it was finally time to get down to his onesie and the serious business of cake smashing!

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Gosh just look at those eyelashes, should be illegal!

At first Master Gregor was quite bemused by the cake and what to do with it. After a few delicate pickings and tastings, he got into the swing of things.Fun child photography by JB Moments Photography

With the help of the wooden spoon, his hand, and his feet Gregor soon started to make short work of the cake.

Cake Smash or Set Smash?

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In fact, Gregor got so into the smashing he included the set as well. Totally worth cleaning hundreds and thousands out of wooden crates (they get everywhere!) when you get smiles like this. Have I mentioned how cute this little dude is?

Rubber Ducky

It was certainly a good way to put the new ‘wipe clean’ vinyl backdrop I had invested in during lockdown through its paces. It wiped spotless by the way for all those Mrs Hinches among you! It was also the first outing for the new tub backdrop I’d also invested in. After a few teething problems, getting it to stay up (now fixed with a cunning solution – thanks Mr JB) I was rather pleased with the effect.

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Master Gregor also stopped eating the little rubber ducks long enough for me to capture the adorable bubble beard his mum has fashioned for him.

I’m not sure who enjoys these sessions more. The Parents? The kids? Or Me? Spoiler alert, it’s always me!

If my first week back was all Grow with Me sessions. My second was all about the Cake Smash so watch out for more blogs – including one with pugs!!

How To Find Your Wedding Solemate

How To Find Your Wedding Solemate

How’s your wedding shoe shopping going? Still looking? Them I have some top tips for you.

Buy Early

Create a Pinterest board of wedding shoe styles that you love so that you have that at the back of your mind as you try on wedding dresses.

If you’re planning on shopping online, it’s always a good idea to buy early as sizes can run out really fast. If the sizes run out, the lead time can be long, especially if it’s handmade. So it’s always a good idea to get the shoe early rather than later.

If you get it before your wedding dress fitting, you’ll be able to wear it to ensure that it matches your dress and the hem is right. This will help you save alteration costs later down the road.

Consider Your Venue

Are you having an outdoor wedding? Garden? Ballroom? Church? Barn? Think about where you’re having your wedding when you’re choosing your wedding shoe.

Garden wedding brides might want to consider wearing a comfortable wedding flat which works better for the garden terrain. If you love a good heel, a low heel would suit the uneven surface. Or expand your mind and wear a wedding bootie, a mix between a heel and a flat that provides extra support.

Wherever you decide to have your wedding, always ensure that your shoe choice works well with the location.

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Comfort

Think about your everyday style. Are you someone who loves the confidence of a 4-inch stiletto? Then keep to your style and wear a stiletto for your wedding. Just ensure that the heel you choose has extra padding so that you’re comfortable all day. On your feet for most of it!

If you are a woman that loves converse or sandals, then stick to a lower shoe height for your wedding. I don’t recommend testing a new height on your wedding day as all eyes will be on you. If heels are important, consider a low-heel option so you still get the experience of a heel without the ambitious height.

Also, choose shoes that have natural materials such as genuine leather to allow for stretching and breathability. Just remember to stay true to who you are.

Be You

You’ve probably put in a ton of effort to find the perfect dress, which means that you might want to find a wedding shoe that complements your dress and style.

Look at the elements of your wedding dress. Is your dress adorned with classic lace or elegant rhinestone embroidery? Does it have little blue detail embroidery? Look for similar elements in your wedding shoe to complement your dress, so that it matches your style and taste. You wouldn’t want a total mix match.

Ensure They Make You Feel Special

Choose a wedding shoe that makes you feel amazing! Even though your dress is floor-length, you still want to be able to give your guests an occasional peak that’ll make them gasp and shower you with compliments!

You want to feel like a princess on your special day, so consider one that isn’t boring. Perhaps a sparkly blue Cinderella glass slipper or a gold and champagne number. Bottom line: Choose a wedding shoe that will stand out and one that will look amazing both in pictures and in real life.

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Wear Them In!

Try, try and try them again! Wear them around the house (preferably on a clean, indoor, and carpeted surface in case you need to return if needed) to test the comfort of the shoe.

Try wearing them for an hour or two as you prep for meals to get them worn in so that they fit comfortably on your wedding day. If you really want to go all out, try dancing in them to really wear them in.

It’s also fun to wear them before your wedding in the house so you can truly imagine how you’ll look on your big day!

Re-Wearability vs One-Time Special Sentimental Wear

Are you looking for a wedding shoe that is sentimental or one that can be re-worn?

If you’re looking for something sentimental, then look for one that is special enough to be passed down as an heirloom.

If you’re looking for practicality, then focus your search on shoes that you can re-wear after your wedding day. Instead of an ivory number, look for a nude heel, or go bold with a black beauty. Also, consider wedding sandals or even flats. Not only are they comfortable but the style is usually one where you can re-wear many, many times! This way, you’ll be able to relive your wedding day every time you put them on. Also, who doesn’t love a bargain?

Something Blue?

Stumped on what to choose for your something blue? Make it your shoes! A powder blue shoe is a great option to keep up with tradition and make your shoe buying process easier! Or go all out with a bold sapphire blue!

You’re Not Limited To One Pair

Finally, remember that it’s totally normal to have a pair for the ceremony and another for the reception. If brides are allowed to change wedding dresses, then the same thing applies to wedding shoes!

If you want to wear a heel during the ceremony, then consider a wedding flat for the dancing which is more comfortable. Also, your wedding day is all about you! So you have every valid excuse and reason to splurge on new shoes.

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So there you have it! Enjoy the fun of the wedding shoe hunting process.

Studio Shoot – 21 month old Max

Studio Shoot – 21-month-old Max

It was supposed to take a year…

When Master Max’s parents bought him into my studio almost two years ago as a newborn baby they signed up for my 12-month Grow with Me plan. Little did they realise that almost 2 years later I’d still be trying to finish it for them! But then none of us knew what was around the corner!

Where’s the cake?

Usually, we end the 4 sessions with a Cake Smash and Splash to celebrate turning 1. Due to all the lockdowns falling just at the wrong times for Master Max we had his first birthday smash for his 3rd session instead.

That face!

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Regular visitors to my social media pages will know that I use this image from Max’s newborn shoot a lot. His little grumpy face staring right at me makes me chuckle every single time.

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Fast forward almost two years and he can still nail me with that ‘I am not amused face’.

Daddy’s Boy

Mum couldn’t make this final session so it was a lad’s day out.

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Complete with a Happy Meal on the way home. These guys know how to have fun and party.

Bossing it

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Despite being a curious and confident 21-month old Max was still happy to sit still (briefly) for a few images. I just love his nonchalant pose in this one. Total Boss!

Now for something racey…

I have a shiny red toy sportscar in the studio that is perfect for sessions like this. I kept it hidden under a sheet at first as I knew once Max saw it that would be it. And I was right! He uncovered it and we were off to the races.

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This is probably my favourite image from Max’s session. I love his expression, his outfit, the colours, everything!

Finally, Max’s Grow with Me Photo Book is being produced at my professional lab. It’s only 9 months late, but, you know what? It’s going to be totally worth the wait.

Studio Session – 5 Month Old Findlay

Studio Session – 5 Month Old Findlay

The Last Before Lockdown

Those of you that read my last blog know that my first week back in the studio has been all about catching up with Grow with Me sessions that are overdue. Master Findlay was my last newborn shoot before lockdown so we were only just over a month late welcoming him back to his 4-month Grow with Me shoot.

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Rainbows featured heavily in Findlay’s newborn studio shoot and his mum and dad kept that going with a very cute romper suit this time. I couldn’t resist adding a faint rainbow above them in this image.

Tummy Time

Modelling one of my organic cotton onesies from The Simple Folk, Findlay gave us a masterclass in pushing up whilst on his tummy.

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I think he is going to be super strong, just like his daddy!

Superbaby

Speaking of super-strong, dad turned up in his Superman T-shirt and when mum was showing me the clothes she had bought for Findlay she pulled out a Superbaby onesie. I very nearly squealed with delight 🙂 I love it when we get a bit of twinning going on!

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I mean, come on, does it get any cuter than that right there? I don’t think so! Talk about the perfect image for dad’s first father’s day. I think you can tell that this image gives me all the feels!!!

Mugshots

If you thought Superbaby was cute, well then wait until you see Findlay’s mugshots! This dude has ALL the expressions going on. I’ve picked out three of my favourites to share with you but I could have shared many, many more.

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Hey camera lady, how you doin’?
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I’m getting fed up with all this modelling now!
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How dare you chuckle at my double chin! You’ve got way more camera lady!

Absolutely priceless, I love these way more than I should. Sorry, not sorry! I can’t wait to see this little dude in the studio for his 8-month Grow with Me session.

Studio Session – 7 month old Holly

Studio Session – 7 month old Holly

Open for Business!

JB Moments Photography  studio is finally re-opened after what has felt like the longest 5-month lockdown EVER. Man, it is so good to be back doing what I love again 🙂

It has also meant that I have a backlog of Grow with Me sessions to schedule back in. After a newborn session the baby comes back into the studio at 4 months, 8 months and then ends with a Cake Smash and Splash for their first birthday. First back through the studio doors was Miss Holly.

Holly isn’t 4 months?

Holly’s 2nd Grow with Me session was at 7 months thanks to Covid-19.

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She didn’t seem to bothered though. Such a happy, smiley little girl. A real credit to her parents who are totally smitten with her. As was I by the end of our session.

Onesie Funsie

During lockdown I invested in some beautiful onesies from The Simple Folk in each of the Grow with Me session sizes to provide a cohesive look in the final photo book.

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Holly rocked the cream terry towelling one and particularly liked the matching knee socks. She couldn’t keep her hands off them!

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Pretty in Pink

She also looked stunning in the pink one that we accessorised with a tutu because when one can, one should always accessorise with a tutu!

Items Models Own

Holly’s mum had picked out some gorgeous outfits as well like this beautiful navy and white dress with matching headband.

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Perfect for summer parties!

She also had a lovely pink and white gingham dress that she was very happy to model for us.

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Mugshots

All too soon my first studio session this year (!) was coming to an end. But before I could let Miss Holly out of my clutches there was just one more set of images to take. The infamous mugshots. I can’t wait to see how all her little features and expressions change over her first year in these.

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This one is my absolute favourite from all the mugshot images I delivered and from the whole session. I would hang this as a huge print in my house and she’s not even related to me! I just absolutely love the expression I caught on her wee face.

I can’t wait to see Miss holly in the studio again. In the meantime lots of other lovely Grow with Me Sessions to deliver and blog about.

I love my job 🙂

Wedding Invites – What to Include in the Information Insert

Things to include in your Information Insert.

The guest list is sorted and you’re ready to start inviting – HURRAH! In addition to the wedding stationery, which traditionally holds the invitation itself and the RSVP card, it’s a good idea to include an information card for your guests.

What is this information card for? Well, if you’re having a location wedding or most of your guests don’t know the area where your nuptials are taking place, then it’s pretty handy to have one, and it avoids last-minute queries on the day itself (no bride or groom wants their phone ringing off the hook by lost relatives!)

There is no set etiquette for what details you should write on the information sheet, so here are some useful pointers you might think about including (these can be placed in your invitation envelope or mentioned on your wedding website).

Directions

Include directions to your ceremony and/or reception venue, as well as maps of the local area, for all those who are not familiar with the location.

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Nearby Transport

It is considerate to include the nearest transport links, like a nearby railway station or the closest airport.

Also, if your guests are treating your wedding as a little getaway, provide them with tourist information and a list of local attractions!

Taxi Companies

Another good idea is to provide your guests with contact numbers for the local taxi firms, or with nearby car park details. This way, they will be able to enjoy your reception without worrying about how to get home or designating a driver.

Accommodation

This is the perfect place to jot down all the sleeping options. Try reserving some rooms in local hotels, bed and breakfasts, or friend’s houses, so they don’t get booked out by strangers, and get your guests to mention your name. It’s a good idea to provide a variety of options here across all price ranges.

Tip: You can also ask your wedding venue where your guests can find accommodation near the wedding!

Dress Code

An information sheet will also often feature the required dress code, especially if it is in an unfamiliar climate (sun hats against the heat and mittens for the cold!) or if you need “lawn-friendly” shoes!

Kids

Are you excluding children from your wedding? Or do you have special arrangements made for them already? Put this on the information sheet. Try to be as polite as possible when excluding children from the festivities.

Gifts!

Most couples have qualms about where to mention their gift list, as traditionalists still say that it is rude for the engaged couple to mention presents. I think it’s completely acceptable to put gift list details on the information sheet (otherwise all the guests will just ask!) If this is still too obvious for you, a number of stores provide helpful cards with your gift list details on them, that you can slip into your invitation envelope.

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Bring Cash

An information sheet is also a good place to let your guests know whether you’re having a cash bar or which cards the bar will accept. Then they will know what to expect and be prepared.

The Day After

If you are planning any activities for the day after, like a catch-up brunch, or golfing. The information sheet is the perfect place to put all the details.

Carriages?

If you have a set a “Carriages” time (the time everyone needs to leave the venue). You should let your guests know on the information card so that they can make arrangements for getting home in advance.

Hashtags

Having a social media savvy wedding? Get guests posting early by providing the wedding hashtag on the info sheet. Or having an unplugged wedding? Let guests know you don’t want to share pictures on social media here.

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Environmentally Friendly

If you are an environmentally friendly couple, why not send out a simple business card with the URL of your wedding website, on which all of the above information can be found! Supplement this with your phone number and that of the Best Man or the Maid of Honour, so that your guests can ask any additional questions!

Final Tip

You don’t have to splurge out on expensive quality paper for the information sheet. You can just print them at home on nice paper and save some pennies!

How to pick the right veil for your wedding dress.

Picking the right veil for your wedding dress.

Where does the tradition of wearing a wedding veil come from?

Although the veil’s history varies based on who you ask, most experts agree that you can trace its roots back to Rome, where a bride used to walk down the aisle with a veil over her face in order to disguise herself from any evil spirits who wanted to thwart her happiness.

Still today a veil means different things to different faiths. Despite their current popularity, the experts note that veils did go out style for some time, and only became a fashionable accessory again after Queen Victoria’s wedding.

So which veil goes best with which dress?

First and foremost, amid all of the choices you have available, finding a veil that compliments your dress should be top priority! Don’t just choose a veil because you like it. You want your dress to be the star of the show so it is important to find a veil that enhances that gown rather than competes with it.

Think about the shape of your dress.

When choosing your veil length you will want to figure out what shape or silhouette your dress is. Certain lengths go better with certain shapes. And certain lengths should be avoided for particular shapes.

After you have decided which shape best resembles your dress you can decide on your length. The basic rule of thumb for long dresses is that you want the veil to flow with the dress. This helps move the eye gracefully down the dress rather than creating an abrupt interruption. The most flattering and universal length is the fingertip length veil because it flows into the skirt or ends at a natural curve point on the body.

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This veil was the bride’s mums. Her something old.

Here are a few suggestions for your dress style that are commonly the most flattering:

Ballgown:

Almost any length works with this dress but avoid a ballet or waltz length. The ballet length will look fine from the front but from the back, it will end at an unnatural point and cut off the flow of your dress.

A-line or Modified A-line:

Basically the same length suggestions for the ball gown work for the A-line as well.

Trumpet or Mermaid:

The best lengths for these are either a fingertip length or a longer veil that has a train such as a chapel length or a cathedral length. Birdcage veils also look beautiful with these styles. Avoid the elbow length. It’s too short and creates more disruptions in an already curvy style.

Column/Sheath:

The best lengths for this style are fingertip, ballet/waltz, or a floor-length. And elbow-length will work as well. Just make sure its not too short. It should end at least at the waist. If you would like a train I would choose a length that barely drags on the floor. Avoid anything longer as it is just too much veil for this simple shape.

Tea Length:

The best lengths are shoulder length or birdcage veils. You could also go with an elbow-length veil if you want something a little longer.

Short Dress/Cocktail Length:

The birdcage veils work best with short styles but some brides pull off longer lengths. If you go longer just make sure the veil will feel balanced with the dress shape.

Train or no train?

Now that you have narrowed down your options it’s time to ask yourself if you want a long veil with a train/no train or a shorter veil.

Longer veils are beautiful, dramatic, and more formal but will typically need to be removed after the ceremony. However, you can leave the veil on it will just be more maintenance during the reception.

Shorter veils are a little less formal feeling and low maintenance.

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Bling or no bling?

If your dress is busy and features lots of pretty details, find a simple veil with a clean raw edge. If your dress is simple, choose a veil with intricate details such as a lace embellishment or floral accents to add dimension to your gown.

Your hairstyle

If you choose to wear a veil, your veil may need a supportive base such as a bridal bun, messy updo, or half up/half down hairstyle. The longer or heavier your veil, the more supportive your bun or hairstyle will need to be.

The great thing about bridal hairstyles is your wedding veil can be made to frame your bridal hairstyle from behind. Instead of a metal bridal comb, your veil can be customised with cotton loops instead of a comb which means that your hairstylist can pin the veil to the natural curve of your bun.

Your hairstyle will affect how your veil sits and where the end of the veil will fall. If you’re planning on a big bridal bun, the veil may need to sit above the bun. As a result, your veil may appear slightly shorter.

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What if I don’t want to wear a veil?

Then don’t! There is no ‘rule’ that says you have to. You could choose to wear nothing in place of a veil or you could pick one of these show-stopping alternatives:

Headpieces and Hair Accessories

A pretty headpiece or hair accessory gives your look a fuss-free flourish. Try a slim headband, a floral comb, or a sleek barrette for a touch of sparkle. Bridal chains, hair vines, or halos are pretty ways to spruce up your locks, too!

Tiaras

Feeling a little regal? Amp up the drama with a dazzling tiara. Whether you wear your hair up or down, it’s sure to captivate the crowd—cue the “oohs” and “aaahs.”

Flower Crowns

The more flowers the better! Add fresh blooms to your day for a romantic look! Try Baby’s Breath, roses, greenery, or an assortment of wildflowers that complement your day.

Capes

You don’t have to forgo the pleasure of a flowy finishing touch just because you’re not wearing a veil! Slip on a sheer chiffon or lace cape to complete your look.

Good Photo Op!

One things for certain, veils make for wonderful photo opportunities 😉

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Top Tips for choosing you Wedding Day Jewellery

Top Tips for choosing your Wedding Day Jewellery

After weeks of scouring wedding dress shops and hours of fitting room dramas, I know that ‘the dress’ is important. But choosing your wedding jewellery is just as crucial to give you the perfect look as you walk down the aisle. So before you start your search, have a look at these tips for picking your accessories.

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Compliment Your Dress

First off, the colour of your jewellery needs to stay in theme with your dress/outfit. If you’ve gone for an ivory or champagne shade of gown, gold metal will really set off this style and make you glow. If you’ve chosen a bright white gown, platinum or silver jewellery will enhance your look – or try rose gold metal to compliment a dress with soft pink or blush tones.

Find a Skin Match

The same goes for jewellery working with your skin colour. If you are dark-skinned or have an olive complexion, try and find a lighter hue of jewellery that will stand out, perhaps a silver metal. On the other hand, a pale colouring can be complemented by tones of warm golds – but remember to adjust this if you’re planning on getting a tan for your big day!

Think about the Future

Though your wedding dress may not get another chance to shine, your bridal jewellery should be something you can return to again and again.

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Less Is More

Don’t go crazy with massive statement pieces that will detract from the look of the dress. When you walk down the aisle, you still want the dress to be remembered – not the massive bling hanging around your neck! If in doubt, go for something really simple and stick to only a few accessories – your dress will do the talking anyway!

Hair Accessories

Remember what you’re putting in your hair before you choose what jewellery you’re going to wear on your big day. Think about whether you’re going to sport the veil look, a glitzy tiara, or just using a simple accessory to finish off your hairstyle. When jewellery shopping, take your hair items with you so you can match metals if need be.

Dare to be Colourful

There’s no need to keep everything a shade of ivory, silver or gold. “Adding a pop of colour with jewellery is a subtle way to liven up a classic neutral colour palette. Matching your gemstone to details in the wedding, such as a shade in the bridesmaid bouquets or the table pieces, is a sophisticated way of tying your theme together. Or make some of your jewellery your something blue.

Mix Old, Borrowed and New

Not everything has to match. Of course, you don’t want to clash eras and colours, but a beautiful heirloom piece, borrowed or gifted from a relative, could look wonderful alongside a contemporary classic. And if you have a favourite pair of pearl earrings that always make you feel your best, by all means, wear them. Even better if they complement the beading in your gown; consider choosing a modern tiara which also has pearl beading detail to really make the most of them and create a cohesive overall look.

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Be Comfortable

On your wedding day, you still need to do ‘you’. So if you don’t normally wear extravagant necklaces and heavy earrings, why do it on the best day of your life? You need to feel confident and comfortable in what you’re wearing, so let it emulate your personality and be yourself!

What is Personal Branding Photography & why does your Business need it?

What on earth is Personal Branding Photography & why does your Business need it?

More than just a headshot!

What is Personal Branding Photography?

The concept of branding is more important now than ever. With the enormous boom in social media in the last few years everyone, from teenagers to executives, is developing their online branding. A brand, as you know, is not just a logo or a set of colours; a brand is the whole business. “Brand” covers everything from packaging to ethos, and it’s how businesses portray themselves to their clients and showcase the goods and/or services they provide.

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Lifestyle shoot of product being enjoyed.

Personal branding photography is photography that reflects the spirit of the business

One of the best ways to define a business is through images. Personal branding photography is thriving right now because people understand the importance of personalising their offerings—whether that be a service or a product.

Personal branding sessions are becoming very popular for small businesses; a single headshot is no longer enough! In the endless search for content, businesses now need to create posts for their Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts as well as their LinkedIn profiles and websites. Not to mention flyers, business cards, newsletters, and other promotional stuff!

A comprehensive and well-planned brand session is a great foundation on which to build a consistent brand persona. It’s important to show different parts of the business to their clients. Yes, it’s nice to see a smiling face in a headshot; but it’s also great to see the business owner in action!

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Portrait of illustrator doing what she does best!

What if I don’t offer a product?

For a business that creates a product, clients will love to see the making process as well as images of the finished product and styled shots of it in use.

If the business provides a service, it’s important to showcase how they interact with clients.

How I Prepare a Client for Their Personal Branding Photography Session

It is essential I get to know my client or business owner’s needs well in advance. As businesses, branding, and personality are so intertwined these days, it’s important to focus on all aspects.

The best way to do this is to use my personal branding photography preparation guide to find out everything I need to know about my client and their business. Before a session, I will meet with a client or business owner, speak to them over the phone and interact via email to make sure I have all the answers I need.

I will study their existing website, social media platforms, and responses to my questions to get a feel for their brand. Can I help them to portray themselves in a better way?

Working Together

Although clients understand the importance of a personal branding session, most will need guidance on the best way to capture their product and service. Planning the session together is essential. I use my expertise to collaborate with my client or business owner to show off their work in the best possible way.

Every Session is Different

Each client is unique and has their own set of requirements. No two assignments will be the same. I’ve photographed creators, illustrators, jewellers, rum distillers, and a writer over the last few years. Each shoot has been approached and planned in a different way.

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Product shot

How long does a shoot last?

As personal branding photography is so multi-faceted, there will always be many different parts to a branding session. It’s really important to capture portraits of my client (everyone still needs a headshot, right?), but it’s equally important to capture things like:

  • my client at work
  • interactions with their own clients
  • products (styled in context and/or as a flat lay)
  • work in progress

This can be across a few locations and can take a couple of hours. So sometimes it works best to split the branding session into two shoots if that works best.

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Styled product and packaging shoot.

How are the images delivered?

Most personal branding clients want their images provided digitally. My clients use their images across all their social media platforms as well as on their websites. So I deliver a curated library of digital images for them to download and use. They are provided in a social media resolution, ready to drop into websites or Instagram, etc. And in a higher resolution for any printed needs, they may have. For example, the jeweller wanted to use her product images on a show banner.

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Me when I still dyed my hair! Used for lots of social media posts.

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Studio Session – Family

Time spent with family is worth every second.

Family

I got a last-minute request for a family shoot right before Christmas. Of course, I was happy to accommodate. I love creating a visual history for families to cherish.

If that family then turns up and is great fun right from the start AND are all wearing co-ordinating red tartan. Well, cover me in eggs and flour and bake me in a hot oven for 30 minutes! I am in heaven!

Family Photography by JB Moments Photography

Youngest Family Member

Isabella had an infectious giggle and gorgeous smile so I had to start with her.

Family Photography by JB Moments Photography.

She definitely had a mischievous streak and had lots of ideas for silly pictures including tickling the olds when they weren’t expecting it.

Big Brother

Next up was big brother Jahcari. Despite being far too cool for school he was also very polite and happy to be directed for poses.

Family Photography by JB Moments Photography

What a good looking boy but he was keeping very coy about his romantic life despite my teasing! Poor lad!

Fam-a-lam

One thing that was evident was the love between brother and sister, even if they would never admit it!

Family Photography by JB Moments Photography

What about the grown-ups?

It’s not all about the kiddos as cute as they are. The grown-ups deserve some attention too.

Family Photography by JB Moments Photography

These two were clearly loved up and took very little persuasion from me to have a little smooch for the camera as well. Much to the disgust of the kids!

All too soon our session was over and we were all still laughing as I showed them out of the studio. These sort of sessions give me life and the 5-star review mum gave me was the icing on the cake 🙂