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Callendar House & Park – Kelly & Darren’s Wedding

Callendar House & Park – Kelly & Darren’s Wedding

“People love dogs. You can never go wrong adding a dog to the story.” – Jim Butcher

Young Love

Childhood sweethearts are a very rare and precious thing to behold, especially those that go the distance. Kelly and Darren met at school when they were just fifteen.

Ten years and one dog later they went out for a meal to celebrate their anniversary. Afterward whilst walking Belle the dog around Linlithgow Palace, Darren got down on one knee and asked Kelly to marry him.

That was in February last year and this July I had the absolute honour of capturing their wedding.

Quickest Wedding

I have never witnessed such a quick ceremony! My couple were keen to be married with minimal fuss and attention.

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It was an absolutely glorious day and they couldn’t wait to be outside at one of their favourite spots.

Favourite Tree

Callendar Park is a favourite place for Kelly and Darren to walk Belle and the wooded areas make for some great images. When I met my couple for their pre-wedding consultation we had a good traipse around all their favourite spots including Kelly’s favourite tree.

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Guest of Honour

After a slightly delayed arrival due to a very bad ‘shortcut’ Kelly and Darren’s best girl arrived. Once Belle appeared you could see them visibly relax and start enjoying themselves along with their immediate family and friend.

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Belle was such a good girl and was delighted to be amongst all her family.

#TeamEdward

If you know, you know! The second spot we agreed on during the pre-meet was a part of the woods that gave me serious Twilight vibes. Luckily Kelly was a big fan too 🙂

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I had this image in mind from the moment we went there and I’m happy to say it executed even better than I imagined. Plus this lot don’t even need to sparkle to look good! (again if you know, you know.)

Belle of the Ball

Can I request a dog at every wedding? Capturing these images was so much fun.

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My hoomans are married!
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They are totally kissing behind me, aren’t they?

Honestly, she was such a model and better behaved than some guests I’ve witnessed over the years!

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I wuff you too.

Park Life

We met back up with Kelly and Darren’s guests for some pictures outside Callendar House, well it would be rude not to really!

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Then everyone was off for a meal to celebrate.

Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Wilson and Belle xoxo

Sensible Advice for a Long Lasting Marriage

Sensible Advice for a Long-Lasting Marriage

Bit of a change of pace from my usual wedding tips and guides this month. Usually, I talk about topics for the day itself but with my own 22 year wedding anniversary just happily celebrated I wanted to share some tips from therapists, relationship experts, and other professionals about making a marriage work long after the confetti has been swept away.

What are the rules for a truly happy marriage? There aren’t any, really. More like guidelines. Why? Because what works for one couple might be laughed off by another. It all depends. One thing remains, however: couples must know what works for them and be intentional about weeding out the bad habits that can sink their relationship. Because the happiest marriages aren’t happy all the time. They require fluidity, communication, evolution, curiosity, and an agreement from both partners to constantly do the work to help it adapt and flourish. That said, there are things that all couples should pay attention to — guidelines about arguments, bad habits, staying flexible, and more that every couple should understand. Taking note of these 23 pieces of marriage advice — culled from therapists, relationship experts, and more professionals — is a good start.

Remember your Commitment

Life can get blooming messy. You both signed up to stay together during whatever comes your way. And the foundation you’ve built along the way needs to always be top of mind — and sustained. “When there is a foundation of caring and love, then you can trust at all times that you will get through whatever difficulties you are facing,” Janet Zinn, a New York-based LCSW and couples therapist shared. “Commitment means you can gently lay your head on your partner’s shoulder because you know he or she is there for you when you’re vulnerable or simply tired. It’s a basic shared intimacy, and a necessary ingredient to a healthy, happy marriage.”

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Assume the Best of One Another

Whatever happens, it’s important to understand that your partner probably means the best. Even if they pee you off something awful, their intentions were likely pure. W “If you assume your partner is doing their best, it is less likely there will be blaming and disappointment,” says Zinn. “And there will be an active engagement to resolve issues as they arise since you know you both have each other’s best interests in mind.” Remember “your best” doesn’t mean perfection – it means you’re giving the situation everything you can at that moment in time.

Don’t Ever Stop Trying

Happiness can be a kind of trap because it comes in short bursts. It’s like watching your favourite comedy. It’s great for a few episodes, then it becomes boring. You have to strive for contentedness, which is a continuous state of mind, and one that feels doable. “Being happy comes with pressure. It makes it sound like it’s the partner’s job,” Dr. Pat Love, relationship expert and co-author of How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It, said. The unavoidable piece is just the commitment to trying. It’s doing things like being generous, showing appreciation, and saying thank you more than you probably are.

Stop Stonewalling

One of therapist John Gottman’s traits that doom a marriage — “stonewalling” is as common as it is incredibly corrosive. It’s the act of shutting down during an argument. The person stonewalling stops responding and maintains a calm exterior, which tells their partner that they don’t care at all about what they’re saying. “The stonewaller is right to try to calm things down but the way he’s doing it is very destructive,” Donald Cole, Clinical Director of The Gottman Institute, advises. What to do instead? Ask for a break. Tell your partner that you’re feeling emotionally overwhelmed and go for a walk or otherwise put your brain on ice until you’ve cooled your boots. Then, return to the discussion — sooner rather than later — and continue the discourse.

Communicate Respectfully

Good communication is the backbone of any relationship, yes. No, you don’t have to act like that special breed of weirdo couples who never ever argue or get on one another’s nerves. Rather, couples need to argue and attack the issues at hand without getting defensive, digging up the past and throwing it in the other’s face, dismissing a partner’s experience, or any other such bad habit. Does this take work? Totes. But it’s worth it.

Always Be Flexible

Life throws a lot of haymakers our way. And it’s important for partners to understand and anticipate that, well, they can’t anticipate anything and must therefore react with flexibility. “Unexpected events, expenses, and situations come up in relationships,” says Zinn. “If we are too rigid, we resist facing the unexpected. A couple’s ability to ‘go with the flow’ – especially when it’s dramatically different from what they expected – gives them the opportunity to learn new skills and, more importantly, get to know each other in ways they might never have known before.”

Curiosity Saves Couples

There’s no way around it: Growth as a couple or an individual requires curiosity. Being curious together can result in tremendous learning experiences that strengthen your relationship. “In difficult or challenging situations, you can both learn from what makes those situations hard for you,” says Zinn. “And you’ll grow in the process. In this way, you will both have pride for yourselves and each other in the ways you got to the other side.” She adds, “Keep in mind, too, that your partner will likely change over time, so a shared sense of curiosity — being open to the ways in which he or she changes — can allow you to identify the ways you’ve changed as well.

Be Willing to Grow and Learn

Spoiler alert: Everyone screws up, says dumb things, gets stuff wrong. It’s all about how people react that defines a relationship. “If we are willing to learn from our mistakes as they relate to our partner’s needs and desires, we will thrive – personally, and in the relationship,” says Zinn. “The willingness to admit mistakes, and apologise sincerely, is an important key in creating a deeper bond with our partner.” So, swallow that pride and squeeze out an “I’m sorry” the next time you make a mistake.

Stop Invalidating

Emotional invalidation is a frequent — and sinister — force in relationships. It occurs when someone discounts their partner’s feelings, implying that, for them to be saying or doing something, they must be either crazy, stupid, or some combination of the two. It can happen in a quick, almost casual manner (“That’s ridiculous”), or it can even be done passive-aggressively, telling a partner how they should react before you even speak (“Don’t freak out, but I have to tell you something…”). In the worst-case scenarios, the invalidation can devolve into situations that can be humiliating and degrading (“Don’t listen to him, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about”). Needless to say, doled out over time, invalidation can be incredibly destructive to a relationship. Marriages thrive on mutual trust, respect, and security, and if a partner doesn’t feel as though his or her feelings are being treated with respect, then the relationship will eventually corrode.

Use a Special Code

A good rule to consider: think about a secret signal or code to share with your partner. Yes, this will make you feel like spies which is always cool. But it also helps if one person needs to ask for a time-out during an argument or needs to leave a party where they feel uncomfortable. When the word or phrase is said, it means “No questions, we have to stop — or leave.” The couple can figure out later if the time-out was warranted, or if one party was overreacting. But the agreement can give couples space to gain perspective. In the end, it’s about trust and being considerate.

Play Catch, not Tennis

Many of us get defensive (Me? Defensive? How very dare you!). It’s a learned behaviour — and one that can be very difficult to fight. But it’s incredibly toxic and leads to a lot of resentment and communication issues in a marriage. According to Anthony Chambers, Ph.D., the way to think about defensiveness is you’re not being receptive to your partner’s feedback.“It’s a combination of defending yourself and poking holes in the other person’s perspective so that when you’re trying to communicate, you’re constantly in this defensive pattern,” he says. So how can a couple reshape their thinking? “If you find yourself playing tennis, I always tell couples that’s the wrong game,” says Chambers. “You really want to be playing a catch because it’s a much slower game. You’re taking the ball and you’re trying to throw it so that your partner can easily receive it. They catch it. They look at the ball in their hands and toss it back to their partner. It’s a much more intentional form of communication in this game.”

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Be Open About Your Finances

Talking about money is one of the most intimate conversations a couple can have. Whether you keep separate bank accounts or are a share-everything type of couple, talks about finances need to happen early and often. Because if you’re not talking openly about money, you’re not building a shared future. And, per financial advisor Jacquette Timmons, “Otherwise I think you leave the window open for a lot of distrust to seep in, and that’s never good for any relationship, whether it’s triggered by finances or anything else.”

Create Boundaries

How do parents keep their marriage strong when kids are in the picture? By setting boundaries. “This means keeping kids out of the bedroom most of the time, having regular dates (even if you don’t leave the house), going on adults-only outings, and deciding to limit extra-curricular activities,” Leslie Doares, a couples counsellor, suggests. “Too many parents buy into the idea that children have to be involved in every activity open to them or they show interest in. This can be costly in terms of time and money. It’s okay to say ‘no’ to some things. It’s okay for your children to be disappointed sometimes. It prepares them for the real world.”

Prioritise Sex

Woohoo, now we are getting to the juicy stuff! Melody Li, an Austin-based therapist, often works with couples whose love lives have “simply disappeared” after they had kids. This is unfortunate. Fortunately, the solution is a pretty simple one: make time for sex. When you’re busy, this means putting it on a schedule and sticking to it. “Much like other self-care activities (e.g. going to the gym) if you don’t block time out in your schedule, it’s not going to happen. Couples tell me that when they schedule sex, they actually get a bit excited as they anticipate their alone time. They find themselves fantasising about their partner and planning fun ways to pleasure each other. So in reality, it’s not as un-sexy as it sounds,” says Li. Is it me or is it getting hot in here?

Go on Date Nights

Speaking of regular sex appointments, here’s one way to kill two birds with one stone: regular date nights. “Going to the movies with your kids can be fun, but make sure to do a parents-only date night at least once a month,” says dating coach Andrea Amour. “It’s so important to have evenings where you don’t worry about nappy-changes, spilled popcorn, or public tantrums. Go have unencumbered fun.” Yes, costs factor in. But you can have a night on the couch or a neighbourhood walk that is planned and intentionally date-ish. It’s the intention to spend undisturbed fun time together that matters.

Get on the Same Page

Being on the same page about everything from how and what involvement in-laws will have, how many activities the kids should participate in is so, so, so, so important in a marriage. When parents touch base regularly and are on the same page, stress is reduced and they can spend time functioning graciously and flexibly.“In my experience, the most important thing parents should do to maintain a happy marriage while raising children is to schedule regular time to discuss issues, practicing effective communication techniques,” says parenting coach Elisabeth Stitt. “Of course parents need to work out logistics of who’s going to pick up whom when, but they also need time to discuss the bigger issues that can tear a couple apart like ‘What constitutes a discipline problem and how should discipline problems be dealt with?’ or ‘What is the right balance between warmth and connection and maintaining high expectations?’”

Learn How to Move On From Arguments

Disagreement is unavoidable in any marriage — as are spats, snipes, and all-out fights. One of the defining aspects of a strong, happy marriage, however, is the ability to get past a fight. “It doesn’t matter if you argue, because all couples do, it’s about coming back to the table afterwards and talking about what happened and owning your part,” says marriage and family therapist Melissa Davis Thompson. “It’s important so issues don’t get stored away. It allows a couple to share deeply how they feel without being angry or frustrated during an argument.”

Laugh it Up

Staying in good humour requires, well, a bit of humour. “The best thing parents can do to maintain a happy marriage is laughing together every day,” says marriage and family therapist Katie Ziskind. “I’ve worked with couples and families in all socioeconomic backgrounds, races, cultures, genders, and personalities. If parents can laugh together, even when they may want to cry of frustration, they can get through anything.”

 

Always Be Validating

Validation is one of the most important things couples can do for each other. Having your partner hear what you’re saying, appreciate you, and understand you speaks to a basic need for connection. It’s okay to disagree, as long as you can respect where each other is coming from. “Healthy couples know that feelings aren’t right or wrong or true or false,” says Thomas Gagliano, a social worker, speaker, and author of The Problem Was Me. “This is a very important message to give to your children as well. It helps resolve conflict instead of doing a destructive dance feeling that we don’t matter to each other.”

 

Stop Obsessing Over Who Wins

The compulsive need to be right can be incredibly destructive in a relationship, with spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle describing it almost as a form of violence. The need creates fear and resentment between couples and will eventually wear the relationship down over time. When couples respect each other, they can accept not being right in favour of maintaining a healthy balance. “Successful couples know how to choose their battles knowing that closeness means more than being right at times,” Gagliano says.

Stay in Tune With Self-Care

“Successful couples know that they need to take actions of self-care,” says Gagliano. “This affirms that it’s important to work on the relationship you have with yourself.” In other words: It’s not enough to take care of your spouse. You also have to look after yourself. That means exercising regularly, eating well, getting enough sleep. Even making regular doctor and dentist appointments is important. By investing in yourself and your own well-being, it shows your partner that you want to be at your best for them.

Pay Attention to the Little Things

Small gestures carry a lot of weight, and for couples who have mutual respect, those small gestures are second nature. A simple love note, a slightly longer hug or kiss goodbye can make your partner feel validated and appreciated. “One short and sweet text or email per day can make your lover’s heart pitter-patter — without causing his or her head to spin from electronic overload,” says family psychotherapist Dr. Fran Walfish

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Give One Another Space

It’s important to be supportive and engaged with your spouse. But you also can’t hover over them and try and solve all their problems for them. Couples who have mutual respect believe in each other’s strengths and have enough faith in each other to know when to step back and let them handle something on their own. “They realise they can’t fix their partner’s problems more than their partner wants to,” says Gagliano. “They know when they need to let go of control and let their partner figure things out for themselves.”

Oofftt, congratulations if you’ve stayed with me until the end. What do you think? I recognise some of the things that Mr JB and I do already (secret codes anyone!!) but also some things we could put into practice to make sure we last another 22 years…

Studio Sessions – Family!

Family

“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.” – Albert Einstein

As well as lots of yummy babies I have had the honour of capturing lots of family images recently too. These types of sessions mean so much to me because I know there is usually a reason for them and as such, they create a beautiful memory for the family in them.

The Grow with Me One

I love doing Grow With Me sessions as I get to see how cute bambinos grow and develop over their first year. Miss Cora came in for her 2nd session and I just had to include her big brothers in the pictures.

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I love how much they dote on her. She even has a cool nickname ‘Baby C’. That’s what being in a family is all about. This little lady is always going to have her big bros looking out for her.

The Turning One One (!)

Little Miss Erin was about to turn one and mum wanted to celebrate with a family portrait.

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Such a cute family. One day, when she is much older. Erin will look at these pictures and get all the warm and fuzzies. Just like her mum and dad will when she is in her difficult teenage years and they remember what a precious little dot she was!

The We Are So Proud Of Him One

This family have all their kid’s graduation pictures in frames proudly displayed. Just because their youngest son’s graduation was cancelled due to C-19 they still wanted to mark his moment. The gown was still hired and I did my best to recreate the graduation images his sisters had taken.

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I love that this will be hung in pride of place in the family home. Bonus points that he graduated from the Univerity all the best people graduate from, Stirling 😉

The Baby Is Flying The Nest One

This was a very personal session for me. I gifted a Family Photoshoot at my local virtual Christmas Fair last year. It was a prize draw with all the proceeds going to local family charities. I used a random number spinner to generate the winners to keep things all above board but I was delighted when my good friends won!

I’ve been wanting to shoot this family for ages. Dad is an over 6-foot mountain of a man and Mum is so tiny and petite. How she managed to give birth to twin boys and then another son is beyond me! I mean I’m guessing they didn’t appear as big as they are today but even still!!!

It was a poignant moment for them as well as their youngest son was flying the nest off to training college.

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We had a blast in the studio and I think that comes across in the images. To me, if grown-ass boys can still hug their parents and come along to a session like this, then they have been bought up right!

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I love how mum’s smile stretches from ear to ear as she is getting loved on by her sons. Images like this are important to me. Showing the mum at the heart of the family as all too often she is behind the camera capturing the images.

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I smile because you’re my brother. I laugh because there is nothing you can do about it.

Studio Sessions – Oh Baby Baby

Oh, Baby Baby!

“Every child begins the world again” – Henry David Thoreau

Since being allowed to open my studio up again I have had the pleasure of meeting lots of new babies and I’m not at all upset about it at all!

Brothers & Sisters

What’s been lovely is that they have all had siblings that have been dead proud of their new baby brother or sister.

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Like Joshua who is clearly delighted with his new baby brother Travis.

And Sophia who loves her little sister Emilia.

Just look at that face!!! Too cute

Talking of cute family poses look at baby Lucia being loved on by her big brother Joel.

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All the heart eyes 🙂

Then of course there was baby Jaxen who not only wanted pictures with his big brother Cooper but with his two pet dogs as well.

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Oh yeah, these guys nailed it with no need to head swap or composite in post processing. Super well behaved doggos, I could only imagine the chaos mine would cause trying to get this pose. There would be no studio letft!!!

Props for days

With so many littles in the studio I got chance to flex my prop cupboard.

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It was fun to use my little wooden crate that I hadn’t had out of the cupboard in ages. Even though Jaxen was giving me his best angry face. Which, by the way, was still adorable.

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Travis had his own prop as well in the form of his dad’s tartan and he seemed pretty chill with it.

His Mum had also mentioned that she loved stars so I couldn’t resist adding a little prop in post processing.

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Sometimes props can be teeny tiny. Little Miss Lucia had just THE most perfect little tootsies and I couldn’t resist putting a little felted heart into.

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Delicious, right?

Hair We Go

Baby Jaxen had the most amaxing mop of red hair that I was very partial to. He literally looked amazing in every colour I wrapped him in.

But he looked especially gorgeous in this baby blue colour. Oh and he also had the most kissable cheeks.

And if I’m going to be predictable and show you a boy on blue you bet I’m going to show you a baby girl on pink.

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But with a black floral wrap just to show how sassy Miss Lucia is.

Mugshots

I always finish each newborn session with some mugshots. I really must give these a better name as they are all about the baby’s awake expressions captured overheard on a simple backdrop and processsed in black and white. But for now, mugshots it is!

Each baby gave me loads of great expressions and some great eye contact which is what I live for when shooting these images. But best of all was one of Miss Emilia’s that I simply had to share here.

I mean, come on!

Snuggles But No Sniffing

The only downside about having to wear a mask throughout the entire session (apart from the heat and being able to smile at the kiddos) is not being able to get covert lungfuls of that new baby head smell when parents aren’t looking. Or even when they are looking, I have no shame.

But I am still able to snuggle these bundles of absolute joy and that for me is priceless 🙂

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A Tail of Two Dogs

A Tail of Two Dogs

“Every dog owner thinks their dog is the best dog in the world and every dog owner is right”

Can we have a moment of applause for my witty blog title? I’m rather proud of it! I seem to have had a run of dogs recently in the studio with Hugo and Hector the Pugs joining Adam’s cake smash and Arnold the Bulldog protecting his newborn human baby sister Payton.  And I am definitely not complaining, quite the opposite in fact. Then to my utter joy a week or so apart I had two doggos in that couldn’t be any more different.

Sully

First up, named after the loveable and huge monster in Monsters Inc was Sully the St. Bernard.

Be still my heart, ever since watching the movie Beethoven as a kid I’ve loved St Bernards. This was the first time having one in the studio though.

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Look at him!! He was a gentle giant as he plodded up the stairs to the studio. Armed with a pack of ham his owners didn’t have to give him much direction he pretty much sat down and chilled.

He was booked in for a very special reason. It was his first birthday.

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So he had a birthday hat!!! That also means he hasn’t finished growing yet. Yikes!

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Just look at those paws! Humungous!

Despite taking lots of breaks to fuss this gorgeous fella I made a beautiful gallery of images that his owners love and record his first birthday.

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Alas, I couldn’t keep him so I had to let him go home and then wipe the drool off of, well everywhere, in the studio!

Luqa

Luqa’s owner had been gifted a Pet Photosession by her mum for Christmas 2019!! Finally, after 3 lockdowns, I was able to honour her original voucher.

Luqa is a Yorkie/Maltese cross and where Sully was huge, Luqa was teeny tiny.

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You could easily fit him in a teeny tiny handbag. Luqa didn’t want anything to do with me at first but eventually came around with some of my doggy treats.

For such a tiny pooch he had the biggest expressive eyes.

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This is a toddler-sized wicker chair. When I was editing this image he reminded me of another cute creature but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Then it came to me.

A Porg
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Credit: Lucasfilm

Tell me you see it too??

As Luqa was so little and inquisitive I used a variety of props to keep him still for a moment to capture an image.

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Like little boxes.

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And even a tiny bowl!

I have to say big or tiny, both dogs were very well behaved.

If you would like to get your furry friend professionally photographed but not sure how they’ll be or want to invest in a full shoot I am currently running a ‘Dog Day’s of Summer” Mini Session on two dates. One for outside images and one for Studio images.

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(and yup Sully made it onto the ad poster!).

You can book here.

 

 

 

Crieff Hydro – Gillian & Craig’s Wedding

Crieff Hydro – Gillian & Craig’s Wedding

How the Cookie Crumbled

As so many beautiful love stories start, Gillian was out on the town with friends from work and met Craig who was out with his pals. After a brief encounter, they exchanged numbers. Then they messaged back and forth for a good few weeks before finally meeting up for a date.
This was in December 2016. Four years and two kids later Craig proposed on Christmas Eve 2020. As Gillian is a massive Millies Cookie fan, Craig had ‘let’s get married” iced on a giant cookie with an engagement ring sitting in it!

You’re Hired

I used to work with Gillian’s sister in the bank (small world). So when Gillian announced her engagement Pauline recommended me and I was booked 🙂 Now all I had to do was live up to the hype of someone else’s endorsement.

Chillax

At their pre-wedding consultation, Gillian and Craig were so relaxed. They explained that along with their immediate families they go and stay at Crieff Hydro once a year for a long weekend and this year was going to be no different. Except on the Saturday, they were going to get married!

They wanted natural unposed pictures from the day. Now when couples say this to me I like to dig a little deeper. It’s very rare that couples want pure ‘fly-on’the-wall’ photojournalistic images but that they want a little direction and a lot of fun to make the pictures natural. My wedding couple was in the latter category. I was excited – my favourite kind of wedding!

Wedding Day

When I arrived at the gorgeous lodges the family was staying at everybody was still getting ready so I whipped out my camera and started capturing some details.

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Their son didn’t only look super smart in his kilt but he was also dad’s best man and the official ring bearer. He was taking his job very seriously.

He was also being super sweet with his little sister who was the flower girl.

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By the time I arrived Gillian’s hair had already been tousled into loose waves and hair accessories firmly in place by Shona at Bridal Stylist Scotland. Once the boys had finally all been ushered away to the hotel and Gillian had her wedding dress on all that was left was for Nadine the makeup artist to put some finishing touches to Gillian’s makeup.

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The Girls

I was absolutely in love with Gillian’s bouquet by Victoria Bloom the colours and flowers were simply stunning. As were the arrangements in the wedding ceremony room and the cake. Not to mention the guy’s buttonholes and gal’s corsages.

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The Guys

Meanwhile, Craig and the guys were enjoying a beverage in the bar before showtime.

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Let’s get Married

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The room they chose to have their ceremony in was flooded with natural light thanks to a huge ceiling window. You can see the beautiful floral arrangements I mentioned and other decorations supplied by Razzmatazz Occasions.

Gillian and Craig were in such a rush to be husband and wife! They chose the shortest possible ceremony and soon…they were Mr & Mrs.

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I love how the officiant is trying to make a run for it out of my picture!

Unposed Posing

When you have a family of posed photograph haters but still need to get a group shot to mark the occasion what do you do?

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You tell them all to look at their favourite family member! I was pleased to see the new Mr and Mrs looking at each other. Little Meghan, I think she was most in love with her shoes!

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I adore this image. I told Craig to whisper ‘dirty things’ in Gillian’s ear. It seemed to do the trick.

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By the time I had them walking towards me, I think they were secretly starting to enjoy themselves. Mission accomplished!

One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, Floor

Gillian and Craig decided to liven their wedding guests up at around 3 pm with some tequila shots. Hardcore this pair!

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Cake Time

After a wonderful afternoon chilling with their nearest and dearest and the bride’s dad trying one or two of the top-shelf whisky bottles (well it’s not every day a daughter gets married is it?). It was time to cut the cake and enjoy a meal.

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How beautiful is this Cakes by Lucy cake? I do love fresh flowers on a wedding cake.

Also how cool are these personalised placenames/coasters that Craig burned the name in of each guest himself?

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Plus each adult guest had a miniature of their favourite tipple. There were so many thoughtful touches like this the whole day.

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Congratulations Mr & Mrs Marchant and thank you for inviting me to be part of your intimate and beautiful day.

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Personal Branding Shoot – OOSHASC

Personal Branding Shoot – OOSHASC

A couple of weeks ago I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Mel Anderson the owner of OOSHASC for her personal branding shoot. And I say absolute pleasure because Mel is one of those people who makes you feel like a BFF the moment you meet her. We met virtually through the wonderful Facebook Group Women Together Network a few months ago and at our pre-shoot Zoom consultation, I knew she was going to be fun to shoot. But when we finally met in the flesh for her shoot, it was like I’d known her for years.

Building a great rapport with your client is so important for a Personal Branding shoot. I knew instantly I was going to get some great images with Mel.

Not sure what personal branding photography is? Unsure if you need it for your business or not? You can check out a helpful guide here 🙂

OOSHASC???

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OOSHASC stands for Once Owned Should Have A Second Chance and is a high-end preloved clothing boutique that Mel runs from within the grounds of her house in Dollar. It’s a great idea to buck the current (and unsustainable) fast fashion trend and ensure that quality garments get re-worn rather than end up in landfill.

Mel has been running the business since 2012 and the C-19 lockdown made her rethink her online presence and appeal to a much wider audience. I urge you to check out her Facebook Lives as she gives the QVC presenters a run for their money!

Her brand colours are pink and purple so you’ll see those crop up a lot in the images I took.

Behind The Scenes

Social Media loves to know what goes on behind the scenes (or BTS if you’re feeling fly). For every business that is different. For Mel, it was important to document what happens to clothes once she takes them in and the care and attention she gives them before they go out on her racks.

I ask all my Personal Branding Clients what tools they use in their business. I like to make sure we incorporate them into the images.

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One of Mel’s tools is her iron and steamer so I put her to work! look at that gorgeous smile. What a hottie!

Mess With My Images

When I capture wedding and portrait images my contract very clearly asks people not to tamper with my images by adding filters etc. When it comes to a personal branding shoot…all bets are off. I encourage you to crop, add text, add a colour wash, etc to make them fit your brand aesthetic.

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With that in mind, I often include a few ‘whiteboard’ shots like the one above. Mel could easily use an app like Canva to add quotes, thank you messages, sale news or any other thing she likes!

Flat Lays

Where appropriate I also like to include some flat lay. I also show the client how to take great flat lay images themselves with their phones. Clothing is perfect for a flat lay and Mel picked out a cute first date outfit for me to use.

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All Work And No Play

We also took images around the shop, with Mel’s customers and many many more but it would be remiss of me to steal Mel’s thunder.

Likewise, we took lots of images of Mel being Mel in her spare time, including a few surprises that I can’t wait to see how she uses!Personal Branding Photography by JB Moments Photography

I can share this one as Mel has already used. Needless to say Alfie and Purdie her two beautiful labs feature quite heavily.

This was a 2-hour session but it felt like 5 minutes. It’s true what they say that time flies when you’re having fun and I haven’t laughed so much in ages.

Yet again proving that I have the best clients. #LoveMyJob

Orocco Pier – Emma & Barry’s Wedding

Orocco Pier – Emma & Barry’s Wedding

Second Chance

Who gives a damn about your first love?

Give a big round of applause for your second love.

Because they taught you love still exists,

after you thought it never could again.

Plenty Of Fish In The Sea

Emma and Barry met in 2014 on the dating app ‘Plenty of Fish’ and after messaging and phoning each other for a while they started to meet up and fell for each other hook, line, and sinker (sorry, not sorry about the pun!).

Pi$$ Off!

Both Emma and Barry have kids from their past relationships and whilst on a family holiday together in Portugal in 2019 Barry decided to pop the question. He waited until the last night having hidden the ring inside a sock in the hotel room safe. The kids were all in on the surprise and they made out they wanted some family photos in the hotel grounds before they went for dinner. Barry asked the question and Emma told him to “Pi$$ Off” because she thought he was joking!

Once she realised he was serious she did say yes! 😀

Beautiful Day For a Wedding

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I was a bit nervous the night before the wedding as I checked and re-checked my camera gear, charged my batteries, and re-read my notes. Thanks to Covid this was my first wedding since February 2020 and I was worried I wouldn’t do them justice. “What if I’m rusty?”, I asked Mr JB. He assured me that once I got into it I would be fine. And he was right!

The couple had chosen Orocco Pier in picturesque South Queensferry to get married and Emma and her bridal party had stayed there the night before. As I parked up the sun was shining over the Forth Bridges and it felt like summertime.

Bridal Party

I always bring lighting gear when I am capturing bridal prep in case the hotel room is dark. However, I needn’t have puffed and panted my way up the stairs to their room with tripods and collapsible softboxes as when I stepped inside the huge windows in the room were letting in tons of light. Still, better to be safe than sorry!

Becca the make-up artist had been there from the crack of dawn along with the hairstylist and Emma, her best friend, and her two daughters looked amazing. Becca also had some top tips for carrying the bouquets that I will steal and use from now on but that I can’t repeat here!!!

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There were so many lovely personalised touches at this wedding that were a joy to capture. Like these shoes.

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That Emma’s friend (who also did the flowers and tablescapes) had customised for her.

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Even Emma’s manicure had a tiny ‘I do’ on her ring finger.

Family Affair

Whilst Emma had both her daughters in her bride squad, Barry’s son was his best man and had the all-important job of handing over the rings.

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I really loved how Emma and Barry made sure their kids all played key roles in the wedding.

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Pre-match drinks!

Tying the Knot

Before the ceremony the Humanist got Barry and me to practice the Hand Fasting. Poor Barry! I’ve never seen anyone more relieved to see his actual wife-to-be walk down the aisle!

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In the lovely family-orientated service, Barry and Emma’s mums handed over the tartans for the fasting.

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Barry’s son nailed the best man duties.

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And Emma’s eldest daughter read a blessing at the end of the service with moral support from her sister.

Beach, Please

Orocco Pier has steps that lead from the terrace to the beachfront so the bride and groom and their guests all braved the sand to get some group photos.

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I feel all the ladies in their heels were especially game and didn’t complain at all!

The Benefits of a Smaller Wedding

Whilst due to the C-19 regulations, Barry & Emma could only have 30 odd guests it did come with some pluses (for me).

Normally with a big wedding, the group shots and all their permutations can take up a large chunk of the time I have for formal photos before the wedding meal. The wedding coordinator told me how long I had once the group photos were over and looked worried I wouldn’t have the new Mr & Mrs back in time. I, on the other hand, was giddy at the amount of time I had for a change!

Photo Bombers

The first stop was the little pier right beside the venue. Whilst I was in the moment directing Emma and Barry I knew there were other people walking about but it wasn’t until I started editing the images that I realised we had our own photo bomber!

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I shall be expecting one at every wedding I shoot now!

South Queensferry was absolutely heaving. The nice weather had bought the world and his dog out in search of ice creams and sea breezes but that wasn’t going to stop me. I had Emma and Barry all along South Queensferry at spots I had planned out on my pre-shoot recce earlier in the week. My couple was brilliant and fully game for what I had planned. The best kind of wedding couple 🙂

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You’d never know it from the way my two fabulous models are posing for me, but the benches behind us were absolutely swarming with tourists and day-trippers. I did make one old lady’s day by getting her to hold the bouquet during this shot.

Back in Time for Cake

Much to the coordinator’s surprise, I had Emma and Barry back well within her timeframe! Allowing them to do some socially distanced mingling with their guests before the cake cutting and meal.

As there were no evening guests due to restrictions, Barry & Emma cut the cake just before the meal.

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It was a stunning three-tier creation from Creative Slices Cakery that carried the navy and gold colour scheme of the wedding.

Yes Sir I Can Boogie (sort of)

A small but welcome change in the regulations has meant that while full dancing and mingling is not yet allowed at weddings, the couple can at least have a first dance.

Emma and Barry danced to Space by Biffy Clyro, watched by their closest family and friends and it was perfect.

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Fire the Cannons

Emma and Barry had organised lots of table games to keep their guests entertained into the evening but someone was a wee bit disappointed. Barry’s dad had purchased some pretty heavy-duty confetti cannons but hadn’t been able to use them doing the first dance.

Well, we couldn’t have that! The early evening light was beautiful so before the games commenced I suggested we took Emma and Barry out onto the terrace and fire the cannons at them.

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Barry’s Dad was happy and we got some stunning images. A win-win I’d say 🙂

It was a perfect day and I was still smiling that night as confetti fell out of my bra whilst I got undressed!

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Boyack x

 

 

Wedding Favour Suggestions

Do Yourself A Favour

I’ve written about Wedding Favours in the past, but ideas change and I wanted to update you with some of the latest simple ideas I have found across the web.

As you read through, you’ll discover that most of these gifts are just that—simple. You’ll be happy to learn that majority of memorable wedding favours are often both easy to create and easy on the wallet. You can thank me later 🙂

Chocolate Bars

A personalised illustrated label makes a chocolate bar infinitely more sophisticated. Dark or milk is up to you, but the bars are sure to be a hit for guests with a sweet tooth (so, everyone!).

These are available on Etsy
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Olive Oil

Bottles of olive oil are the perfect favour for a Greek destination wedding—or a fun way to celebrate your Greek heritage.

Homemade Limoncello

Mini bottles of homemade limoncello, a popular dessert drink, make the perfect post-wedding treat. There are loads of easy recipes online

Seeds

Bags of seeds are generally seen as a symbol of growth and harmony, which makes them a meaningful wedding favour. You can use any flowers you like, but it’ll be especially touching to gift a type of bloom that was used throughout your day.

Temporary Tattoos

Do you know what makes a great photobooth snapshot? A group of your best friends, all sporting tattoos of you and your love’s faces.

Found on Etsy
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Paper Fans

Colourful, handmade fans keep guests cool during summertime ceremonies and also serve as the perfect photo booth prop. You could also print with the day’s running order and kill two birds with one fan!

Available on Etsy
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Little vases

Looking for a quick way to repurpose your wedding flowers? Towards the end of the evening, ask a designated person to break down centrepieces and bouquets and place them into glass bottles. It’s a great way to ensure that guests bring home an actual piece of the big day—and guarantees that those pricy blooms won’t go to waste.

For the kids

Keep it simple on the kid’s table. A pack of crayons, a clipboard of fresh paper, and pair of cute shades are all you need to keep little one’s content throughout the event.

Mini hot sauce bottles

If you and your spouse-to-be are known to carry hot sauce on you wherever you go, the spicy condiment might be the way to go when it’s time to choose favours.

Jelly Beans

Here’s a bright idea: Fill a mini lightbulb shaped jar with your favourite jelly beans. Tie them with name tags if you’d like them to double as place cards.

Rosemary Oil

Corked bottles of rosemary-infused oil make an unexpected favour. On the tag, be sure to include its multiple uses. Or mix it up with homemade garlic oil or chilli oil. Perfect for foodie couples.

Key Chains

Opt for millennial pink key chains, emblazoned with an equally millennial slogan, for your girls and navy or jet versions for the guys.

Another Etsy Find.
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CDs

Put together a playlist of your wedding’s best tunes and burn them onto CDs so guests can keep dancing long after they leave the dance floor.

Toffee Apples

Planning an Autumn wedding? Why not give everyone a toffee apple, add a personalised name tag and it doubles up as a stylish place card.

Lots of DIY videos on YouTube. I found this image on Pinterest
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Studio Session – Baby Payton & Arnold

Studio Session – Baby Payton & Arnold

What’s better than working with children and animals? Working with a baby girl and her Bulldog big brother 🙂

Hey Arnold

When Miss Payton’s mum asked if their 4-year-old British Bulldog could be in some of the pictures I couldn’t wait to say yes. Anyone who knows me knows I love the squishy-faced breeds. Remember the Pugs from the cake smash!

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Whilst mum was feeding Payton I couldn’t resist getting a few pictures of Arnold. That’s 30 odd kilos of pure love right there! He was such a good boy as well as being gorgeous to boot.

Baby In A Bucket

The safety of the newborn is always my first concern and if Arnold had reacted badly to the studio environment or anything felt off I would have taken a picture of him and the baby separately and then merged the images together in post-production.

I needn’t have worried though, Arnold absolutely doted on his hooman baby sister.

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Look how proud he is. Grandma, who came to take Arnold home after his modeling duties was more concerned that I’d put Miss Payton in a bucket! But was reassured once I showed her that it had been designed specifically as a newborn prop and was filled with posing aids to support her.

Mum loved the bucket shots I have online and I had a second one lined up if Miss Payton stayed asleep.

Baby Makes A Family

Even if parents don’t want a traditional portrait with them in it is as well I always try and politely insist on this one.

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It flatters everyone and shows the connection of the new family unit. I just love it 🙂

This family was all gorgeous and mum looked incredible considering she’d had a C-section 12 days earlier!

Hey Beautiful

Finally being out of lockdown meant I could use some of the new wraps, backdrops, florals, and headbands I had been investing in whilst not able to shoot.

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Isn’t she just beautiful? She had perfect rosebud lips and long strawberry blonde eyelashes to die for.

Nighty Night

Payton did really well at staying asleep through most of her session, allowing me to capture images like this.

Newborn Photographer - JB Moments PhotographyI think she looks deep in a lovely dream here. Perhaps about milk or Arnold!

Mugshot Time

She woke up shortly after this before I could do my 2nd bucket pose (that really requires an asleep baby) and no amount of milk or comforting was going to change her mind at this point so we moved onto my baby mugshots that require an awake baby anyway.

She pulled some cracking expressions that were really cute as well as a full-blown cry out that I captured as well!

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But this one cracks me up the most – man she looks so angry with me!!

Bucket Compensation

Payton was the most amazing first newborn back in the studio after lockdown. I was very happy editing her gallery. But I knew mum had wanted that second bucket shot. So I took one of Payton’s sleeping images and put her in a hot air balloon instead.

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Up, up, and away beautiful girl.