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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 🙂

High key, big blue eyed little girl captured by JB Moments Photography

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 🙂

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First Birthday Party and Doughnut Smash

Unicorn-themed Pink Glitter Fest Party!

Last Sunday I was invited to capture the first birthday party of a very special client, Miss Arya Dickson (or should that be Princess Arya of House Dickson?).

There was this gorgeous cake from Darrell’s Cakes in Falkirk.

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Arya had a great time with her wee buddies at a special birthday version of Hartbeeps. My fave picture from the party was Arya in her fairy wings.

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but there was also a picnic, Pom poms, puppets, the sun, wigs, disco balls, parachutes and yes…a giant unicorn!

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Horn to be wild!

Arya had a blast and joined in during the whole 2-hour session and then finished up with a cuddle from daddy and a some of that delicious birthday cake.

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Doughnut Smash

The next day Arya came into the studio for her Doughnut Smash. She was of course dressed as a unicorn.

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Always be yourself Arya. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then always be a unicorn.

Now you may be wondering what a doughnut smash is? Heard of a Cake Smash? A trend that started in the US and has become very popular over here to mark a first birthday. You basically put a massive frosted cake in front of the birthday boy or girl and capture them destroying it and eating it! Great in theory…but, a lot of children are intimidated by the cake and in order to get the ‘shots’ the parents or the photographer often have to smash the cake and smear it on the child. Doesn’t sound like much fun for the little one to me so I discoverd that a big pile of mini doughnuts is much more manageable for their little hands and more fun!

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Not sure this is what they meant by adding more ‘hole’ foods to your diet!
Grow with me

The reason why Arya is a very special client to me, (other than the rather obvious fact that she is such a cutie), is because she was my very first ‘grow with me‘ client and so I’ve had the pleasure of capturing her from 5 weeks new and watch her transform from a baby to a beautiful little girl.

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I look forward to capturing more of her moments.

Studio Session – Sophie McAllister – Newborn

I try to make my home studio an oasis of calm and serenity when I have a newborn client in. Alas, when Miss Sophie paid me a visit it was anything but!

You see on this particular morning Mr JB was in the lounge watching the TV, still recuperating from his extreme dog walking injury. The back garden is being remodelled to enable me to shoot family portraits outside and the gardeners were blasting their eighties power ballads out of portable speakers. That blended with the strains of Bloomberg from the TV. Bert and Ernie my two Frenchies were most put out to be shut in the kitchen, especially when they knew Mr JB was in the next room so they were barking especially loudly at every movement the gardeners made. If that all wasn’t enough, Miss Isla, Miss Sophie’s 22-month big sister decided to cry. A lot.

You know what though? The moment mum Kate handed Miss Sophie to me none of that mattered. It literally just all faded away and all that was left was this gorgeous eight days new perfect little girl and me.

She was a little doll and the first newborn girl I’d had in for what felt like ages. So I indulged myself with a tutu!! Luckily mum was on board 🙂

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Tutu cute!

I also had the chance to use my new cloud prop. It was made by the best wood turner in the business, my dad.

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I had hoped to get some pictures of just Miss Isla as she had the most amazing huge blue eyes. When she did smile it lit up her whole face. But she was being quite shy and staying close to Daddy. Bearing in mind her little world had just been turned upside down with the introduction of a little sister she was doing remarkably well. You could see how much she already doted on her new sister (hopefully that will still be the same when she is 16 and Sophie is borrowing her clothes!!).

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Ultimately though the session was about Miss Sophie and was a gift from Kate’s sister for the new arrival. (That’s correct – little-known fact – I offer gift vouchers so you can give the gift of memories to someone 🙂 ). My absolute favourite picture from the session is the one below *swoon*

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Dream big little one

Welcome to the world, Sophie.

Studio Session – Olivia is One!

“Every birthday counts…especially the first.”

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Tutu cute!

Mum Alyson certainly thought the occasion warranted marking with a photo shoot and booked me to help capture the moment.

This was my last studio session of the year and what a little cracker to end on! Mum and Granny came to the session complete with a super cute outfit for Olivia. Her ‘one’ t-shirt and pink tutu went perfectly with the big ONE letters I’d painted in non-toxic metallic paint and had been dying for the right occasion to use 🙂

Look! No hands!
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Tutu much sass!

Well, actually that’s a little white lie as Olivia isn’t quite walking yet so mum had to support her up to get this cute shot. That’s what Photoshop is for in post-production.

Mama’s got moves!

Olivia is a beautiful girl with huge brown eyes like milk chocolate buttons framed with long curly lashes. She was a little shy at first but mum started busting out the dance moves and that soon had her smiling and giggling. I’m not going to embarrass mum by disclosing what she was singing and dancing (what happens in the studio, stays in the studio!), but mama got some serious moves!

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Smiles are always in fashion!
When in doubt, add fairy wings

Olivia was a little trouper but it can be a long session for little ones. When she started to flag a little I bought out my secret weapon…fairy wings and she was soon back on form.

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Modelling is hungry work

Olivia’s first birthday photo shoot was a smashing way to end 2017 in the studio. I can’t wait to share all the fun we are going to have in there next year!

If you would like details on photoshoots for your little ones, including doughnut smashes then click here for more information and prices.

Grow With Me Studio Session 3 – Arya Dickson

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” Abraham Lincoln

Not sure what a ‘Grow with Me Session’ is? Check it out here.

Time flies when you’re having fun

I can’t believe it’s been 4 months since I last had Miss Arya in the studio. Then she was learning to push her self up on her tummy.

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Fast forward 4 months and she is 8 months old and sitting up by herself.

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Looking totes adorable in her denim dress pink baby cons!

“A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.” – Gina Carey

I also wanted this shoot to have a ‘strong woman’ theme. Partly because the open letter I wrote to all mums was still on my mind but mainly because Arya is the latest addition to a line of strong women in her family and I wanted her to have memories of that preserved as she grows up.

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Believe it or not this glamerous lady is Arya’s great grandmother I love how much they are enjoying each others company. Gorgeous!

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Good looks run in the family!

Call me sentimental but I love a generational photograph. Here you can clearly see a connection between all 4 women and how each one takes some characteristics from the generation before.

Girls Rock!

I can’t wait to capture Arya around the 1-year-old mark.