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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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

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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).

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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.

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

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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.

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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 Portrait Session – Hazel, Cameron & Maisie

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the young dudes

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

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

Oh baby, baby

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

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

Costume Change

Now the sisters had matching dresses — too cute!

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

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

Put a label on it

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

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

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

Local Business Spotlight – Daisy Bakes

 

A party without cake is just a meeting.

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

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

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

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

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

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What made you decide on that name for your business?

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

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

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

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

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

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What cake did you most enjoy making and why?

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

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

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

Tell me what a typical Daisy Bakes day looks like?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What areas of Scotland do you cover?

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

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

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

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Okay, who else is starving right now!

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Brooklands Museum – models with curves in all the right places

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

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

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

Models everywhere

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

There were a couple of modern marques.

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Like this Mercedes AMG.

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And this Nissan R35 GTR.

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As well as a Porsche 944 and 924 Turbo

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

Vintage Darling

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

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

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

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

Add to that a Bugatti replica

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

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But wait there’s more – real models!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I feel the need, the need for speed

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

Always learning 🙂

 

 

Studio Session – 4 month old Alex

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

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

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

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Isn’t he just delicious?

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

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

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

Heads up

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

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

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

Getting too big for your basket

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

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

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

Be still my heart!

What a difference four months makes…

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What a little star!

There’s an elephant in the room

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

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

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

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Golden Wedding Anniversaries & Competition Winners part 2.

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

There’s a model in the family

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

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She’s a natural!

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

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

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Yeah, Baby Yeah!

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

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Hanging tough!

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

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I mean the t-shirt says it all 🙂

 

 

Love is in the air (again)

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s to Luck and Laughter!

 

Golden Wedding Anniversaries & Competition Winners

Family Weekend

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

Family is Golden

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

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

Family is formal

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

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

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

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I absolutely adore this one with all their grandchildren.

Golden advice

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

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

Family is fun

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

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

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

I love Lucy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Studio Sessions – Smash & Splash and 4-Month-Old

Cake for Breakfast? – Yes Please!

I first met Hamish and his big sister Amber in November last year when their mum brought them into the studio for a Christmas Mini Session. Fast forward to last week and Hamish came into the studio celebrate his first birthday with a smash and splash. 10 am date with a huge cake? I’m game!

But first, before the mess and chaos. Some ‘nice’ photos with his big sister Amber.

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We love each other really.
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See!
Cake Time

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At first, Hamish wasn’t sure about the cake but he sure did love bashing it with the wooden spoon I’d provided.

Eventually, with some help from mum, he got stuck in with his hands and even his feet at one point!

By the end of the smash part, Hamish and the studio were covered in cake!

Splashing Around

Hamish loves taking a bath so when we bought in the tub of soapy water he couldn’t wait to get into it.

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Amber did a brilliant job as my bubble assistant! She has a job for life if she wants it 🙂 (I pay in lollipops for those also interested).

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This is my favourite photo from the whole session. I just love how happy Hamish is.

Amber Again

Once the studio was clean of cake and bubbles it was time for my afternoon session. Another Amber (what are the chances of two in one day?!) this time only 4 months new.

Amber was bright as a button and has the most gorgeous blue eyes. She was absolutely delicious to cuddle and had a really infectious laugh.

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Mum had bought some cute outfits with her so we could have plenty of costume changes. I was also conscious that mum had missed out on a shoot in the weeks after Amber was born so I wanted to try and get some ‘newborn style’ images as well.

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I often shoot newborns in what I call the ‘tucked up’ pose and Amber totally nailed this alongside one of her favourite teddies. Just too cute.

All in all a very good day in the studio 🙂

 

Studio Sessions – Smash and Splash!

Some of the most fun I have in the studio is when kids come in to celebrate a milestone birthday with a Smash and Splash. So, imagine my excitement last Thursday when I had not one but two in on the same day! Off the charts excited!

Eat more hole foods

First up, in the morning, was the delicious Amber. This little cutie has been coming to me for mini sessions since she was just 4 and a half months old (cutest pumpkin ever). It’s been an amazing privilege to watch this little one grow up right before my lens.

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She has the largest big brown eyes, like giant chocolate buttons!

I like to start each session with a few pictures of the birthday boy or girl in their fancy outfit before they start getting messy. Amber had a pretty pinky/peach party dress on.

Glazed over

Ambers parents had opted for a Doughnut Smash (Yasss! my fave!) and Amber wasted no time getting stuck into the glazed rings, chocolate mini rings and mini jam-filled doughnuts.

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She didn’t so much as smash the doughnuts – more daintily picked at them but she seemed to be enjoying herself. Especially when mummy and daddy sang ‘Baby Shark’ several times!

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Splish Splash

After the Smash comes the Splash. A tub filled with raspberry scented organic baby bubble bath, rubber ducks and lots and lots of bubbles.

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This was Amber’s favourite part of the experience. She loved the rubber ducks and the bubble machine. In fact, she was so happy relaxing in the bath she didn’t want to get out. I think she is going to be a bathroom hogger when she gets older!!

Piece of Cake

In the afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting brand new clients who literally live a couple of blocks away from my home studio. They had found me via Nextdoor an online social community for your neighbourhood.

Brothers in Arms

I took some family photos first of all at mum’s request and then some with the birthday boy Avery’s older brother Jayden.

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In their pink shirts and navy smart shorts, the boys looked so handsome. Jayden is autistic so a session like this was always going to be quite hard for him. He coped admirably even following my request to hug and kiss his little brother. What a superstar!

Costume change

Avery’s mum had opted for a Cake Smash and I’d chosen a white chocolate cake covered in flakes and sprinkles. With a big wooden spoon for Avery to smash it up with.

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For his smash, Avery was changed into the cutest little blue and white shorts with braces and a bow tie. Topped off with a birthday crown. Be still my heart.

You wanna a piece of me

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Whilst the cake wasn’t much to his liking, Avery did a grand job smashing it with the spoon and seemed delighted with his efforts. As were we. By this point, I was totally smitten. I didn’t think he could get any cuter…but then…

I’m forever blowing bubbles

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He got in the tub. What a little dude! He also enjoyed the splashing more than the smashing and the bubbles really tickled him.

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He was such a little character, I hope I get to work with him again.

Sorry not sorry

You may be thinking at this point, ‘how wasteful – all that food’. Well, let me assure you that any doughnuts and cake that hadn’t been bitten or child handled got eaten by Mr JB and me. And I’m not even embarrassed about it!

 

Holy Communion, Cute Dogs and Cake Smashes!

Last weekend was very enjoyable and busy for JB Moments Photography.

First Holy Communion

Mum, Kelly reached out to me ages ago about photographing her sons’  first communion. What she said was ‘photos are really important to me’ and as that is music to my ears I was delighted to attend and shoot their first holy communion (and mine).

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Korey and Korbyn

The boys looked so smart in their matching kilts.

St. Vincents in East Kilbride was packed to the rafters for this special event. Only the parents could fit in the actual chapel so extended family watched on big screens in the side chapel.

The boys celebrated their day with their parents, big sister, grandparents, uncle and close friends that had travelled all the way from Spain for the event. I think they also brought the sunshine with them as it was a glorious Saturday.

Christening and Communion Photography by JB Moments Photography
It’s a family affair!

Afterwards, it was onto a reception nearby to celebrate in style with all their family and friends.

Call my agent

Sunday morning I had a V.I.P. (very important pooch) in the studio for his photo shoot. Brodie Bear came complete with his designer bowls, bottled water and freshly cooked chicken (courtesy of his vegetarian human!).

Pet Photos by JB Moments Photography

But when you look as cute as this little fellow you can get away with it. He was very well behaved and didn’t mind giving me plenty of kisses!

Pet Photos by JB Moments Photography
Up, up and away!

I bought these digital backgrounds to use with newborns (that’s what they were designed for) but I have a thing for putting dogs in them so I had to give Brodie Bear the same treatment!

Smash and Splash

Then in the afternoon, it was time to transform the studio into a pink and purple themed party for Kayla’s first birthday cake smash.

1st birthday milestone photographs at JB Moments Photography

I don’t know what possessed me to get the cake with hundreds and thousands all over it…I just thought it would look good with her colour scheme. They went EVERYWHERE! I have a feeling I’m going to be finding them for weeks to come.

1st birthday milestone photographs at JB Moments Photography

This little lady wasn’t into it at first but with the help of some Peppa Pig on mums phone, some enthusiastic singing from gran and some expert bubble blowing from dad we got there in the end! Doesn’t she have the most amazing blue eyes?

New for cake or doughnut smashes going forward is the option of a ‘splash’ session at the end. At the moment I am trialling them but later in the year, they will become a chargeable extra.

1st birthday milestone photographs at JB Moments Photography

Armed with organic bubble bath, a bubble machine and a mutant rubber ducky they are a fun way to get some of the cake of your little one before you take them home!

This weekend wedding season has started for me with a stunner of a location and then a newborn girl on Sunday (SQUEEEE!). Watch out for future blogs featuring them 🙂