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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!

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 Session – Baby Kenzie

It’s a baby girl!

Don’t get me wrong I love all newborns and cuddling with babies is one of the best parts of my job. But I have had a run of baby boys in the studio lately and haven’t been able to use all the cute headbands that I had a bit of a spending spree on after Christmas.

As a result, I was overjoyed when I found out Sunday’s baby was a girl 🙂

Baby Kenzie was just 13 days new when she came into the studio. Surprising her Mum, Dad and big brother Rhys by arriving over a week early!

Oh, Brother!

Rhys was only 3 years old but he was so well behaved. Especially once he spied the lollipop tree in my studio. I always like to start with sibling shots as then if they get bored one of the parents can take them to the park, etc.

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It looks like Kenzie already adores her big brother judging by the way she is looking up at him.

Three-year-olds can be a bit tricky to pose with new babies. They can be unpredictable and have quite a short attention span. Not a good combination when holding a baby! That is why I usually start with them laying on the floor. There is nowhere for the baby to fall!

Rhys was a total champ though so I knew we could try a slightly different pose – with mum and dad poised to catch baby, of course.

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One day Kenzie will be able to look at these precious memories. She will know just how loved she was by her big brother as soon as she entered the world.

Counting Sheep

Content with being swaddled and enjoying the tropical heat I keep the studio at for a newborn session, Kenzie soon drifted off into a nice deep slumber. Allowing me to get my headband and bonnet fix. But my favourite image of her is with my sheep lovies surrounding her.

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Don’t make me angry

Unfortunately for me, the deep sleep came to an abrupt end once we unwrapped her! Don’t get me wrong I plan shots for both awake and asleep babies as you never know how they are going to be on the day.

I couldn’t resist taking this image. She looks so mad at me!

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Wrap me back up now! And whilst you’re at it, bring me another bottle of the house white.

It didn’t stop me from stealing lots of cuddles from her though 🙂

 

What a great week! In the Studio and on Location

“Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all it’s flavour.” -William Cowper

I love my job!

I know, I know I say that A LOT! But what other jobs would have me shooting Easter bunnies in the studio on Monday, getting all creative at Fife College with the extremely talented jewellery making students on Tuesday, back in the studio cake smashing on Wednesday and at a Photocall at the University of Stirling on Thursday?

Hop to it

My Easter mini sessions in the studio all happened before Easter. But poor Ella was poorly when it was her turn and I couldn’t have her missing out on being an Easter bunny, could I? So I snuck her into the studio on Easter Monday.

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How cute is she as a little bunny? VERY! Yet again though I really wish I had a camera pointing at the parents behind me. To get Ella to laugh, her Daddy was standing behind me in bunny ears beatboxing!!! I wish I’d got a shot of that.

Getting to experiment

Fife college wanted something a bit different to showcase the students work. Rather than the usual white high key images. Two of the students (the very brave and beautiful Erica and Jake) agreed to model all the pieces. I got to play in the college’s studios and with their lighting equipment so to say I was like a kid in a candy store would be an understatement! The brief was to display the jewellery unconventionally and everybody joined in the creative process so we created something weird yet also wonderful.

Jewellery Photography at Fife College

This is one of my favourite images. Jake is wearing brooches as knuckle dusters and Erica has various rings on. I think they look FIERCE!

Jewellery Photography at Fife College

And here Jake is wearing a beautiful bracelet in his hair.

Jewellery Photography at Fife College

I just love Erica’s earrings in her hair. Who knows we might have started a new trend!

I had so much fun and I got paid to do it. My job is amazing!

Smashed it!

Back in my studio on Wednesday for lovely Lucy’s cake smash for her first birthday. Her theme was ‘Some bunny is one’ so we had lots of pink, silver and white.

She was a little shy to start off with but soon warmed up and had a smashing time (sorry, not sorry!) and gave her mum, dad and grandma some precious memories to treasure.

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I even managed to steal a kiss off those gorgeous cheeks at the end (and yes she tasted of cake – delicious!).

Time for your close up

On Thursday I was back out on location again and on familiar territory at the University of Stirling. I love the jobs I get at the University for two reasons. 1) it is my University and I have a soft spot for the campus and 2) I adore all the Directorate of Internationalisation and Partnerships team. This time I was taking pictures of individuals and small groups who have secured funding through The Stirling Fund.

Flavoursome

So there you have it, never a dull moment and plenty of spice! I’m looking forward to next week as well as I have lots of model calls in the studio to test out a new collaboration that I am very excited about. Oh and before that, just the small matter of my newest nephew’s christening where I will, of course, be playing the role of family photographer and Godmother 🙂

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!

Studio Sessions – Three generations and Hugo

“I am a strong women because a strong woman raised me.”

Ever since Samantha gave birth to gorgeous Thea 15 months ago her own Mum has been desperate to get a photo of the three of them. Unable to get a good one by themselves they booked me to capture their three generations of women for them.

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I am always really honoured when I get to capture these types of moments as it will be amazing for Thea to look back when she is older at her heritage.

Baby Blues

Thea certainly kept us all on our toes but was easily bribed with Cheerios :-). She had the most amazing blue eyes that mum had emphasised with her pretty blue and white floral dress.

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Who run the world (girls)

Any excuse to quote Beyonce (am I right?)

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But with this amazing Mum and doting Gran I think Thea will go on to do anything she wants in life – maybe even run the world.

Baby Hugo

Who can forget gorgeous baby Hugo and those immensely kissable cheeks? Well he was in for the second of his Grow with Me sessions now he is 4 months old (I know, where has that 4 months gone?!).

You think they can’t have grown that much in 4 months! As I used my vintage suitcase prop at his newborn session I thought I would use it again at this stage to chart how much he had actually grown…..WOW!

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There wasn’t even any room for Ted this time!

I’m going to use the suitcase at all his sessions as I think it will make a cool montage at the end for his mum and dad. But I don’t think he will be in it for any more sessions!

His next session will be around the 8-month-old stage when he can sit up by himself. Then we round off at around one year old when he can stand by himself (or with a little help). I absolutely love it when parents book a Grow with Me package as it means I get to see these little people grow and develop. It was amazing the range of expressions Hugo has now and how much he recognised his mum’s voice. He still let me snuggle him as well so that was an added bonus 🙂

Coming Soon

The next few weeks in the studio are busy busy busy! I have a pet shoot this weekend and more pets in the coming week for family shoots. Then it will be Christmas Mini session madness! This week I am getting to try something new photographing handmade jewellery for a local college. Watch this space…

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Studio Session – Baby Pippa

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” – Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

It’s a Girl!

Don’t get me wrong I love all the squishy newborn babies that I get to snuggle in my studio but after a run of baby boys, it was lovely to meet 11 days new Pippa. At 6 pounds 8 ounces she was a small but perfectly formed bundle of gorgeousness. Time to break out the headbands!

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Sister Act

When chatting with mum as she booked the session she mentioned that she wanted some sibling shots with Pippa’s big sister Hollie who was two. Not a problem. Although two-year-olds are the most unpredictable in my experience so I had baby’s neck fully supported underneath the swaddling and mum close by before I even attempted the shot.

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In this instance, I needn’t have worried as big sister was amazing with her baby sister. But always better to be safe than sorry!

After posing like a champ Hollie went off with Daddy for a babycino like the big grown up little lady she is.

If the hat fits…

I have lots of wraps, outfits and hats for my clients to choose from but I always love it when they bring in something special to them. In this case, it was a knitted hat that had been Hollie’s when she was born.

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Bear with me little one!

Is that not unBEARably cute?! (sorry not sorry) 🙂

Bucket List

If I get a new prop I’ve gotta use it and mum was up for it too. Pippa was soooo cosy and comfy all swaddled up she was very content.

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All to soon my time with Pippa was up. One more snuggle and kiss of those gorgeous cheeks. Then I had to give her back to her family and get ready for the next little bundle of joy.

Cake Smashes – A piece of cake?

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Cake Smashes are a big deal across the pond and for those of you that don’t know what one is (where have you been?). Allow me to enlighten you. You take a child turning one, an elaborately frosted cake, a pretty studio set up and a photographer. And get super cute milestone pictures of your little angel destroying, eating and smearing said cake EVERYWHERE.

Okay, that’s what we want you to believe. But, come closer, closer still *whispers in your ear* I’m going to let you in on a little secret. They rarely go to plan. Allow me to illustrate with some behind the scenes footage of the above shoot.

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Child photographer in Stirling - JB Moments Photography

Child photographer in Stirling - JB Moments Photography

Child photographer in Stirling - JB Moments Photography

The little one is usually overwhelmed by the cake. In-between takes parents have to cajole them into eating refined sugar and often have to smear on faces and bodies. Side note – If using chocolate cake please make sure the cake is in the shot, otherwise it can look like a dirty protest!!

I mean in this case, Dad (aka my little brother) definitely got something out of the shoot so it was all good. But all too often parents leave this type of shoot disheartened that their little one didn’t smash the cake up like everyone else’s did. Don’t feel bad mum and dad, very few kids do. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

I prefer Hole Foods

That’s right – doughnuts! My love of doughnuts is very well documented by now. But they are also great for these milestone sessions as well. Kids don’t seem as overwhelmed by a stack of doughnuts as they do a large cake. They are handily sized for little hands and if you stack them up, kids like nothing more than to knock them down.

So I mainly offer Doughnut Smashes.

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Grace (shown above) made it onto Animoto’s International Doughnut Day slideshow with her one in each hand and one in the mouth pose 🙂

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Arya combined unicorns and doughnuts for cuteness overload.

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And Finnley proved that you can still enjoy a doughnut stack when you turn two!

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Child photographer in Stirling - JB Moments Photography
Look, mum & dad! No hands!

So, when considering a fun milestone photoshoot for your little ones, don’t just stop at cake.

No doughnuts ever go to waste - I eat up all the leftovers ;-)

Studio Session – 11 month old Emma Brown

“Little girls with dreams become women with vision.”

It felt like I’d been waiting for Emma to come into the studio for ages…eleven months to be precise! Emma’s parents had been given a voucher for a photo shoot in my studio as a newborn gift. But Emma was born premature and then life got in the way. Oh, my goodness…she was totally worth the wait 🙂

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I always allow at least an hour for these sessions and explain to the parents that we are only likely to spend 20 – 30 minutes actually shooting. The rest of the time will be spent building the child’s confidence (or bribing them). Emma was model ready as soon as she arrived. Dressed in the most adorable gold dress with pink tights and white shoes she was ready for her close up.

We started with some high key images focussing on Emma’s amazing blue eyes. She could sit really well by herself and stand with some assistance. So we drafted in mum and dad for a supporting role!

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These two? They’re my assistants. Like, literally can’t go anywhere without them!

By this point, Emma was well into her stride and was showing off her bouncing skills.

Background change!

Although Emma wasn’t yet walking she had a super speedy crawl so, as with most children at this age, I used a variety of chairs as ways to ‘contain’ our little model.

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You never said I was going to have to work with bears! I’m upping my fee!

By the time we got to our last set up Emma was a seasoned professional and was thoroughly enjoying herself.

Mid key, muted tones, little girl captured by JB Moments Photography

Mum and dad seemed genuinely delighted when I delivered the online gallery the next day and said;

“You’ve really captured Emma’s personality and we even like the photos of ourselves (which is unusual ha ha).”

Seems to me that this Newborn gift will be a gift that keeps giving 🙂

Studio Session – Baby Elle

When you hire me to photograph your new baby, you aren’t just hiring me to photograph your cute wee bundle of joy. You are procuring me to capture that moment when unconditional love took on a real, tangible meaning. The moment you fully transition from being in love to being a family.

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Gemma and Laurie had been looking to get baby Elle in for her first photo shoot. However, the Beast from the East conspired against us getting her in as early as we would have liked. Those squishy, sleepy, swaddled newborn shots (like baby Sophie recently) work best when baby is up to 14 days new. When beautiful Elle came in she was nearly 4 months new. So I got to play more creatively and create gorgeous images for her parents to treasure.

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At almost 4 months Elle stayed awake for the entire session so I got to make the most of her amazing hazel eyes. At 4 months she has also learnt to smile so I made sure we captured lots of those. If only there was a ‘fly on the wall’ camera capturing what Gemma and Laurie were doing behind me to make Elle smile. I could start up a whole new sideline extortion business!!

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There are a large range of outfits in the studio and it’s very rare when a little girl comes in for mum (or I, let’s be real) to pass up on the opportunity to play dress up with the tutus! I mean if I could fit into them I’d be prancing around in them all day 😀

Gemma and Laurie also bought outfits for Elle to wear. It was a great excuse to put her in some really cute summer outfits that she would be too big for when the summer eventually arrives (and by that I mean the one afternoon in August that we get in Scotland for Summer!).

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Pretty in Pink

For Gemma and Laurie, I’ve hopefully captured their unconditional love for Elle. I got to play dress up with a beautiful happy baby girl. So, all in all, I’ll take that as a great day in the office 🙂