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Working with Children and Animals – Studio and Location

“Never work with children or animals” – W.C. Fields

I think Fields advice is probably spot on for actors, tv producers, directors, etc. But as a photographer, they are my favourite subjects to capture. The spontaneity and joy, especially when capturing them together has the makings for beautiful moments.

In the Studio

I am delighted to report that more and more families this year have been bringing their pets to the studio for their family sessions. When Kimberly booked a photo shoot for her partner Darren’s birthday she was keen to include their Cockapoo Lottie as well as their one-year-old son Nathan. Absolutely, I said, the whole family should be included.

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Plans, what plans

My original plan was to give this lovely family lots of different images in their gallery. Dad with Nathan, Mum with Nathan, Nathan with Lottie, Nathan on his own, etc, etc. You get the picture.  Whilst it’s great to have a shoot plan. When working with children or animals you have to be prepared to adapt your plan, or even set fire to it!

Daddy’s Boy

There’s usually a point between around 10 months and 18 months when a happy, bubbly baby becomes a little bit clingy and a little unsettled in new situations for a few months until they find their equilibrium again. Nathan only wanted to be with his daddy and wasn’t happy on his own or with mummy. I’m not in the business of upsetting kids. So we rolled with it.

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And when we added Mum in we kept Nathan on Dads lap.

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Daddy’s Girl

Lottie clearly wanted in on the action and decided that she was happiest on Dad’s lap as well!

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I love this picture though. It’s what family means to these guys and Nathan has got a gorgeous smile going on. I’ll take that as a success any day.

Better yet, mum and dad loved their pictures and that’s the ultimate result I am always aiming for.

On location

Then on Sunday the wonderful team at Blush Boutique in Kincardine asked if I’d help out at their charity fundraiser My Pet and Me. I offered my shooting and editing time for free and they charged people £10 for a 15-minute photo session with their pets. Between that and the other goodies, they had on offer over £350 was raised for Second Chance Kennels and The Edward Foundation. They also collected loads of great donations for the kennels as well.

Under Pressure

Normally for a pet shoot, I have a full hour to get the animal comfortable with the location, the flash and find out what makes them sit and look at me. Now add kids and a cat. I’ve never shot a cat in a location other than their own. GULP! What could possibly go wrong?

Crack for Dogs

Turns out nothing! Nothing went wrong and I had an absolute blast kissing and petting all the pets and high fiving the kids. Thanks to Sam at Dog! playing a huge part by giving all the dogs her amazing Liver Cake that they couldn’t get enough off. The treats I’d bought to tempt them didn’t have a patch on these homemade gourmet delights 🙂

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Did someone say LIVER CAKE !!!
Pepper the Cat

And the cat? The cat was an absolute rockstar. Once Pepper came out of her basket and had a good look around she struck a pose like a total professional.

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Those dogs are amateurs.
Dog Days

I saw old dogs and puppies, small dogs, big dogs and mahoosive dogs. There were rescue dogs and bred from Crufts winners dogs. There was even a tripod dog. All in all, I shot 24 dogs, 16 kids and 1 cat. One thing was the same with all of them though…they were all loved by their owners and they were all GORGEOUS. Here are just some of the highlights from a fantastic day.

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I wanna talk to my agent about this.

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Studio Session – Large Family Shoot

Super Size Me

Last Saturday my studio had its biggest challenge to date and the Buchanan Family were more than up for the challenge! 6 Adults, 1 teenager, 3 kids and 1 dog (a pointer-lab cross so not exactly small) descended and apart from a rabbit comment faux pas on my part it went really well 🙂

Leaders of the pack
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These two lovebirds headed up the family as parents to their two sons and grandparents to their four grandsons. They were super cute together. You could also tell they were close to their sons and their families the way they all interacted together.

Firstborn

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Their eldest son and his family complete with the newest addition, 3-month-old Lomond the dog!

The teenager, who I referred to as ‘the Teenager’ for the whole session was very patient with his younger brother and cousins. He probably would have rather been anywhere but in my studio but he didn’t show it. He also had the most gorgeous dimples every time he smiled. I didn’t point this out on the day for fear of embarrassing him!

His younger brother had the most amazing eyelashes. I was so jealous, they looked like extensions!

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For a 3-month-old, Lomond was very well behaved. Definitely put Bert and Ernie my two-year-old Frenchies to shame!

The baby

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The youngest son and his partner also had two cute sons. I loved their cheeky smiles and banter 🙂

Ready-made friends

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A cousin is a ready-made friend for life. These dudes are pretty lucky in that respect. And look, there are those dimples again!

But did they all fit?

I know that’s what you really want to know and the answer is…..YES!

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I reckon we could have got another couple of adults and kids in as well!

All in all, it was a blast, family sessions like this give me life.

Grow with Me

On Sunday I had baby Hugo back in the studio for the third session in his Grow with Me package. I love seeing how much these littles change in their first year and I think it is a great way for parents to document and remember those changes.

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His next session will be his first birthday session with a smash of some sort and then his parents will have the hard job of picking which images from each of the four sessions they will put in the A4 Photobook that comes with this package.

This is what I got back from Hugo’s mum when I sent his latest gallery over,

“Awesome pics yet again Jenny!”

That just makes my heart do happy flips!

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Studio Sessions – Valentines Mini and Cake Smash!

Love is in the air

It’s been a busy old week at the JB Moments Photography Studio. First up was Amber for a Valentines themed Mini Session. This years theme was ‘Hearts Everywhere’ and boy did I go for it. Heart-shaped balloons, heart confetti, heart banners, heart cushions. You name it if it was heart shaped I had it.

We are not amused.

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Amber fully embraced the Valentines theme as well with a cute red tutu and sequined heart top (they don’t do it in adult sizes, I checked!). But to start with she wasn’t feeling the love and Dad was worried that, whilst cute, she looked sad 🙁

Baby Shark

I often wish I had a camera pointing at the families behind me because I reckon I would’ve got some cracking images. You see Mum, Dad, Gran and Uncle were all performing the Baby Shark song to make Amber laugh.

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And it worked. After several verses!!

Let them eat cake

Next up was a very special one year old. Those of you that follow me know that I normally do doughnut smashes  (in fact wee Amber is booked in for one to celebrate her first birthday). But I am happy to do fruit, spaghetti, paint…..Whatever gets nice and messy! Wee Fern’s mum had her heart set on cake so that’s exactly what we did. 🙂

But first, the sensible shot

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Before we got down and dirty with the cake we marked the occasion formally! Fern couldn’t stop smiling. Especially when mum and dad where doing Paw Patrol impressions behind me (again, I need that studio cam!!).

OMG, it’s CAKE time!
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Fern’s Mum found the cute banner on Etsy which went perfectly with Fern’s yellow tutu (and my ONE letters and balloons). Only a mahoosive chocolate cake would do for this little lady.

Straight to business

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Some little ones aren’t too keen on the cake at first but Fern had no such issues. Straight in with both hands. Atta girl! In fact, the way she attached that cake, I think she may be my spiritual twin!

Wooden spoons – for extra messiness!

I like to add a wooden spoon into a cake smash to help the littles to destroy their cake. Fern took to it like a champ.

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Child/Toddler Photography by JB Moments Photography

Good clean fun

I’m not sure who enjoyed themselves more. Fern, her parents or me! A couple of times I had camera shake as I was laughing so much.

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I know I say it all the time…but…I fricken love my job.

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All good things come to an end

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All too soon it was over and Fern got cleaned up and back into her dinosaur onesie. I couldn’t wait to start editing her pics and got them back to her parents that evening. Much to their delight.

Next up in the studio was 10-week new Charlie, then it was a visit to Stirling Uni to capture the Consul General of Japan give his take on Brexit and in between all that frantically editing my newest nephews newborn pictures I took last week. Check out next weeks blogs for all that good stuff 🙂

 

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Studio Session – Maternity Photo Shoot

If you are anything like me, you also believe that pets are family too. Which is why I was delighted when Richard booked his girlfriend Sara in for a Maternity photo shoot and said he wanted to get some family shots with their cockapoo, Benji.

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I promise to be a good furry big brother
Loving the bump

Sara was absolutely glowing and despite being about 33 weeks pregnant if she’d had her back to me I wouldn’t have known she was pregnant. Her bump was super cute too.

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A New Fan

Richard and Sara know that they are having a boy and one thing is certain as far as his proud daddy is concerned. He is going to be a Man City fan just like his old man.

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I know I said he was kicking but honestly!
Who’s a Good Boy?

Benji was very well behaved throughout the session (putting my doggos to shame). He just wanted to be in every picture. I think he is as excited to meet the new baby as the parents are.

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I had such a blast on this maternity photo shoot. Such a good fun couple that were up for all my crazy ideas. All too soon the hour was up 🙁 But Richard and Sara obviously had a good time too as they are coming back to get their son photographed once he arrives and I couldn’t be happier.

In Other News

It wasn’t just maternity shoots this week though. I also had not one, but three shoots at the University of Stirling for the Alumni and Fundraising Team. What I love about getting booked by the team at the Uni (apart from the fact that they are a great fun team to work with) is that the work is so varied.

This week I started off taking headshots for the Aquaculture teams new brochure. Then it started to get really interesting…

Kicking off the University’s Japanese season was an introduction to Shogi. A kind of like Japanese chess (only way more complicated).

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After the guest lecture, the attendees got the chance to try out the game. As I walked around the tables taking pictures I felt like I could actually hear the cogs in people’s brains whirring away!

In my final shoot this week at the Uni things started to get very surreal. I photographed a giant squirrel playing bridge. Yes, you read that right!

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The giant squirrel is the Universities mascot and it was there to launch the start of the Keep Bridge Alive crowdfunding initiative being launched to fund more research into this mind sport.

#LoveMyJob

 

 

Studio Session – The Competition Winners!

In December I ran a competition across my Instagram and Facebook pages to win a free photo shoot in my newly expanded studio. All people had to do was like or follow me and say what kind of shoot they wanted.

It’s fair to say I got a lot of entries across both platforms and the shoots people wanted ranged from newborn to family, headshots to pets. I took out all the family members that entered (sorry mum 😉 ) and assigned each entry a number based on when they submitted. Then using a random number generator I found on the internet I picked the entry that corresponded with that number.

It was Jennifer and she wanted some nice photos of her son who was two and his new 4-month-old sister. As well as some pictures of them all as a family. She was delighted when I told her she’d won the prize worth £120 🙂

She ain’t heavy she’s my sister

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Not only was this two-year-old turning into a very handsome chap indeed. He was also very well behaved – he only needed one bribe for doughnuts. (to be fair I would do anything for doughnuts as well, just saying). Despite making sure mum and dad were close by, just out of camera, he was very careful with his baby sister.

As for the baby sister…Look at that hair, those eyes, that dimple!! As you can tell I was totally smitten. She was such a good-natured little girl as well. No tears or tantrums here!

I’ll look out for you

This big brother loves his little sister. I think as she gets older she is going to have him wrapped around her cute little fingers.

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The best gift our parents gave us was each other.
Sometimes you gotta race cars

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With up to an hour in the studio, you get to mess around with different backdrops and props. It’s important to get shots of each child individually as well and find ways to let their personality shine through. My little red racing car was just the thing for this young man ( I think dad was secretly a little jealous).

Time for my close up

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Meanwhile, this little cutie was perfectly content to sit in the chair and pout and pose for us.

All too soon the session was over and it was time for me to pack the toys away and start acting like an adult again (booo).

The family went off for doughnuts (not at all jealous!) and I couldn’t wait to get started on editing and delivering back their digital gallery.

The sprinkles on the doughnut

Sorry, but that’s all I can think about now…..

The best bit was getting such a lovely review back from my winners.

Fab photos done with our little ones! Jenny was great and made us all feel comfortable so she got the best pics possible of the kids! Will definitely be back for more photos in the future!

Christmas Mini Sessions 2018

Christmas comes early to the JB Moments Photography Studio. The middle of November to be precise. This is to ensure that any families wanting to make Christmas Cards from their session can do so in plenty of time to get them printed.

Sleighed it

The antique sleigh from last year made a comeback but this year in the editing I worked out how to add moving snow. I know, right!

Couch Potato

This year I took advantage of the bigger studio and added a ‘cuddle on the couch’ set up. Complete with Christmas throws and ‘The Night before Christmas’ book.

Is your little featured?

I had so much fun I’ve created a video of some of the sessions. Take a look and see if your little one is featured.

 

Kincardine Toddler Group – Photo Shoot

I love taking pictures of kids. My husband says it’s because I’m on their level…I’m going to take that as a compliment because I thoroughly enjoy acting silly, having a jolly good time and getting paid for it!

Always wanted to try my hand at School Photo Shoots. So when Kincardine Toddler Group got in touch for their annual photo shoot I was very keen to make that my first foray into this type of photography.

You see in my studio I get at least half an hour at a mini session or an hour or so at a full session to establish a rapport with the child. That is plenty of time to get their trust and for them to relax so we get some good pictures. My schedule at the toddler group was 34  sets of toddlers and their siblings in 10-minute slots. Could I get them to relax in front of the camera in such a short amount of time? Would I still give the kids at the end of the day the same level of energy as those at the beginning? When would I get a toilet break?…

Thank goodness for a big boot

The Mini Clubman (aka the works van) was full to bursting.  Backdrop paper, studio lights, reflectors, stands and camera gear were all in there. But that wasn’t what raised strange looks from the caretaker when I pitched up at the community centre the toddler group is run from. It was when I pulled out my extendable feather duster, foam sports hand, rubber chicken and giggle bag!!! All very important arsenal for encouraging smiles and laughter from toddlers.

The results

Some of the parents have very kindly given me permission to share some of the pictures of their little ones.

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Too cute!
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Be still my heart
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Such a fashion-forward bunch!
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Brotherly love
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Can’t wait to see Fern in the studio next year for her first birthday cake smash!
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That smile!

Even when my backdrop was more interesting than the camera it made for a cute picture.

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Wreck it Rorie!
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Butter wouldn’t melt!!

Judging by the number of orders, social media shares and smiles on the kid’s faces I’d say it went well. I learnt loads and before I do another one I need to update the postage and delivery admin side of things. All handy stuff that is easy to fix.

As for me, I loved every second and the toddlers fed my energy and made sure I gave the last kids (four brothers) as much fun as the first one. One mum, in particular, an angel by the name of Naike, made me a cup of tea that I will be eternally grateful for. And you’ll be pleased to know I managed two toilet breaks 😉

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Studio Session – The Murray Family

“Marriage is a relationship in which one is always right and the other is the husband!”

Margaret and Don Murray have been married for forty years. To celebrate they wanted a family photo shoot with their nearest and dearest. Their two sons, one partner, two grandkids and the most important members of their family. Bailey and Tia their Labradoodles.

Bert and Ernie Approved

Those of you that know me know I am besotted by my two Frenchies, Bert and Ernie. I also happen to think they are an excellent judge of character. We first met Don out walking Bailey and Tia and the dogs all loved each other. Not only that, Bert and Ernie took a shine to Don as well. Definite seal of approval in my eyes! And of course, they were right as the rest of the family turned out to be lovely as well.

What’s the Secret?

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I can’t have a couple that has been married for 40 years in the studio and not ask them what the secret to wedded bliss is? The answer from Don was “do what you’re told!”. I have advised Mr JB of this handy tip immediately 🙂

It’s a Family Affair

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The family had great banter and you could tell they were all very close-knit. The session was great fun and Margaret told me at the end she had been dreading the session but actually enjoyed it. That’s music to my ears and the reason I do this job.

My newly expanded studio coped admirably with 5 adults, 2 kids and 2 dogs.

Favourites

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Beautiful Lois and child modelling superstar Blair are clearly much-loved grandkids and I could see why. Brilliantly behaved with the perfect amount of cheek, these two needed the least amount of direction from me.

But…

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Everyone was in agreement that Margaret and Don’s absolute favey faves are their fur babies Bailey and Tia. The best bit – because they are so darn cute nobody seemed to mind.

Bailey
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Woof!

Bailey arrived on the scene first and was named after a well-known drink because of his creamy colour. He was the couples first Labradoodle and they were soon totally smitten. So much so that they felt he needed a wee sister.

Tia
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Did someone say Sausages?

Sticking with the alcohol theme along came Tia. I had the pleasure of meeting her as a pup during our walks and she is a total cutie.

So there you have it. Families take many forms and all of them should be celebrated. This was such a fun shoot to do. Reason number 634 why I love my job 🙂

 

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Product Photography – A New Venture

I love taking pictures and I love jewellery! So when my favourite cousin-in-law and jewellery designer in her own right, (check her out here – she takes commissions), asked me if I wanted to try photographing some of her students work from Fife College, I said Yes! It was just the creative challenge I needed.

Plenty of Wedding Practice

I often take close-up images of bridal jewellery and wedding rings. I  have invested heavily in a top quality macro lens. Taking pictures of wedding and engagement rings have also taught me certain techniques like focussing on the claw of a stone rather than the precious gem itself.

But that is all in the heat of the moment. Usually when a bride and her maids are careering about trying to get ready. For this project, it was just me, my studio, a light box and various props I’d found around the house that I thought would add some textural interest.

Standard product images

Traditional images for brochures are simple ‘on white’ images that allow the jewellery to take centre stage with no distractions. Simple to look at, harder to execute but I love how this necklace turned out and so did the college 🙂

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Pushing the boundaries

I wanted to try different textures as well that would highlight the individual pieces and give jewellers some other options for their websites or social media.

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I love how the wood on this bowl makes this pendant pop.

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And how the blue glass echoes the colours in the brooch but is suitably out of focus so not to distract from it.

Then things got really exciting

A former Fife College student saw my examples and wanted some pictures taken. We were able to chat about her brand colours and she brought some gorgeous old slate and rusted iron with her to use as backgrounds for her beautiful pieces.

Just like my lifestyle photography interaction with the client to understand their personality is crucial. Just with jewellery, I am trying to capture their personality through the pieces of art rather than their facial expressions.

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How fantastic is this rusty iron as a background?

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Or this old slate?

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With ready-made earring holes!

Even better she left all these backgrounds with me to keep for other shoots. I know I say it a lot but I fricken love my job and the fact that I can constantly try new stuff out. 🙂

If you are interested in getting your jewellery or other small products professionally photographed. To help your business stand out from the crowd. You can check out the details here.

 

 

Studio Pet Session – Polo the Frenchie

Your pet is part of the family too and as such they deserve to be captured in the same way.

Anyone who is even vaguely aware of me knows that I adore French Bulldogs. My own two, Bert and Ernie are the absolute loves of my life. So you can imagine my delight when Siobhan and Sean booked their 7 month old Frenchie Polo in for a session 🙂

Always up for a challenge

I shoot pets in a favorite location or in the studio (if their size permits!). Normally I allow up to an hour for a pet in the studio. This is so they can spend time getting used to the new surroundings and unfamiliar smells. Then we try a couple of set ups and I go at the animals pace. Animal photography takes a LOT of patience.

Siobhan mentioned to me that they were hoping to create a calander of Polo for Christmas gifts this year and wanted to use some of the shots from the session for that. That got me thinking…what if I could create enough different looks for all 12 months?

Polo the wonder dog

Lucky for me Polo was a natural. He strode into the studio, had a sniff, ate some treats and got straight down to the serious business of modelling like a true professional!

Meanwhile Siobhan and Sean were put through their paces running around with toys, chew sticks and treats.

He was soooo cute I made sure I made time for tickles (for him) and ear licks (for me)!

Be my Valentine

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I would love to share all the set ups with you but if you are going to be one of the lucky recipients of the Polo 2019 calendar I don’t want to ruin it for you 😉

But with Febuary being the love month Polo gave us his best Romeo impression. I certainly wouldn’t be upset to get a card from this handsome chap!

Spooktackular

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October had to have a Halloween theme and Polo rocked the bat wings like a pro. Definitely more treat than trick.

Fall in love

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November is all about Autumn colours and falling leaves. This boy loved chasing the leaves around the studio. He also liked trying to eat them!

Up, up and away

We did it! As well as these we had Christmas, birthday and lots of other different pictures for each month of the year. In fact I usually guarantee around 20 images from a Pet shoot and I delivered nearly 50 for this gallery!

Polo was a wee champ. Siobhan and Sean sent a picture of him crashed out when they got home. Obviously being a model was hard work.

I couldn’t finish this blog without sharing my favourite picture from the shoot. It is a composite I bought for baby photographs. But as pets are often our babies too it made perfect sense to use it here.

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Look at his little proud face! My heart!

This week I have more dogs in the studio as they join their family for some photos. I can’t wait 🙂