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Studio Sessions – Mugshots

Studio Sessions – Mugshots

“When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. When you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their soul!” – Ted Grant

I love black and white photography. Photographers like Ansel Adams and Tim Booth are huge inspirations for me. Black and white is emotive, stripped back, and stands the test of time as a true classic.

Fine, But What The Heck Are Mugshots?

Well, the official definition is:

Definition of Mugshots

Clearly, I am not taking pictures of babies for police records!! Can you imagine? When babies go bad!! When shooting newborns and first-year milestone sessions at Grow with Me sessions I have always converted some of the images into black and white. Then I was watching two of my favourite American newborn photography trainers on a course. They were talking about images they take of babies at the end of a session. They are taken on a white background of awake babies from just above the nipple with lots of negative space. I was in love! They nicknamed their ‘process’ baby mugshots (they called them something far more beautiful and professional to their clients).

I knew I had to put my own spin on them and start offering them to clients at each newborn session. But I also thought they would be cool at Grow with Me sessions to show how their little features change and develop over their first year. But I couldn’t think of a good professional name for them. So Mugshots they stayed!

BabyMugshots

At the end of the session, babies are stripped of wraps, outfits, and accessories down to their nappys.

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This was master Brooks and I just love the face he is pulling at me. If this were my child this would be framed huge in my house. Heck, I might still do that anyway!!

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Ohhhhhhh Matron!

Master Zachary was giving me some real expressions during his session. I think he is doing a great Kenneth Williams impression here!

Not So Newborn

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When Miss Corran came in to see me at 6 months I had to capture her like this as well. After all this is the only time double chins like this are seen as cute!

The training course I was watching advised keeping the hands at the baby’s sides so it was just their little heads and shoulders but I like the hands as well and just let the littles express themselves.

At Grow with Me Sessions

4 Months

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Never mind hands, Miss Emilia wanted her feet in the shot as well! When you look this stinking cute then why not! I’m all for it. This one gave me all the heart eyes.

8 months

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Now their little personalities are developing. Master Findlay was reacting to his daddy’s singing/rapping here!

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Miss Holly who also featured in my last blog about first birthdays, (because that’s how behind on my blogging I am), rocked her third Grow with me Session mugshots. I just adore the way she is playing with her hair in this image.

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Mugshots don’t just have to be about the smiles and the silly faces. I capture all the emotions for parents. Including when Miss Cora decided she’d had enough. Am I mean for loving this one? It’s another I want to print.

Not Just For Baby’s

I also offer Mugshots for Pets.

How cute is my boy Ernie here? Don’t say I’m biased, this image made it to the top 10% in the world Shoot & Share photography competition!

So there you have it, and not one of these has appeared on police records so far (although the jury is still out on the last one)!

Studio Sessions – Oh Baby Baby

Oh, Baby Baby!

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

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

Brothers & Sisters

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

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

And Sophia who loves her little sister Emilia.

Just look at that face!!! Too cute

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

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All the heart eyes 🙂

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

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

Props for days

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

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

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

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

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

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Delicious, right?

Hair We Go

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

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

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

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

Mugshots

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

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

I mean, come on!

Snuggles But No Sniffing

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

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

#LoveMyJob

Studio Session – Baby Payton & Arnold

Studio Session – Baby Payton & Arnold

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

Hey Arnold

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

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

Baby In A Bucket

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

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

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

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

Baby Makes A Family

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

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

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

Hey Beautiful

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

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

Nighty Night

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

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

Mugshot Time

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

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

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

Bucket Compensation

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

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Up, up, and away beautiful girl.

Studio Shoot – 21 month old Max

Studio Shoot – 21-month-old Max

It was supposed to take a year…

When Master Max’s parents bought him into my studio almost two years ago as a newborn baby they signed up for my 12-month Grow with Me plan. Little did they realise that almost 2 years later I’d still be trying to finish it for them! But then none of us knew what was around the corner!

Where’s the cake?

Usually, we end the 4 sessions with a Cake Smash and Splash to celebrate turning 1. Due to all the lockdowns falling just at the wrong times for Master Max we had his first birthday smash for his 3rd session instead.

That face!

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Regular visitors to my social media pages will know that I use this image from Max’s newborn shoot a lot. His little grumpy face staring right at me makes me chuckle every single time.

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Fast forward almost two years and he can still nail me with that ‘I am not amused face’.

Daddy’s Boy

Mum couldn’t make this final session so it was a lad’s day out.

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Complete with a Happy Meal on the way home. These guys know how to have fun and party.

Bossing it

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Despite being a curious and confident 21-month old Max was still happy to sit still (briefly) for a few images. I just love his nonchalant pose in this one. Total Boss!

Now for something racey…

I have a shiny red toy sportscar in the studio that is perfect for sessions like this. I kept it hidden under a sheet at first as I knew once Max saw it that would be it. And I was right! He uncovered it and we were off to the races.

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This is probably my favourite image from Max’s session. I love his expression, his outfit, the colours, everything!

Finally, Max’s Grow with Me Photo Book is being produced at my professional lab. It’s only 9 months late, but, you know what? It’s going to be totally worth the wait.

Studio Session – 5 Month Old Findlay

Studio Session – 5 Month Old Findlay

The Last Before Lockdown

Those of you that read my last blog know that my first week back in the studio has been all about catching up with Grow with Me sessions that are overdue. Master Findlay was my last newborn shoot before lockdown so we were only just over a month late welcoming him back to his 4-month Grow with Me shoot.

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Rainbows featured heavily in Findlay’s newborn studio shoot and his mum and dad kept that going with a very cute romper suit this time. I couldn’t resist adding a faint rainbow above them in this image.

Tummy Time

Modelling one of my organic cotton onesies from The Simple Folk, Findlay gave us a masterclass in pushing up whilst on his tummy.

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I think he is going to be super strong, just like his daddy!

Superbaby

Speaking of super-strong, dad turned up in his Superman T-shirt and when mum was showing me the clothes she had bought for Findlay she pulled out a Superbaby onesie. I very nearly squealed with delight 🙂 I love it when we get a bit of twinning going on!

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I mean, come on, does it get any cuter than that right there? I don’t think so! Talk about the perfect image for dad’s first father’s day. I think you can tell that this image gives me all the feels!!!

Mugshots

If you thought Superbaby was cute, well then wait until you see Findlay’s mugshots! This dude has ALL the expressions going on. I’ve picked out three of my favourites to share with you but I could have shared many, many more.

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Hey camera lady, how you doin’?
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I’m getting fed up with all this modelling now!
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How dare you chuckle at my double chin! You’ve got way more camera lady!

Absolutely priceless, I love these way more than I should. Sorry, not sorry! I can’t wait to see this little dude in the studio for his 8-month Grow with Me session.

Studio Session – 7 month old Holly

Studio Session – 7 month old Holly

Open for Business!

JB Moments Photography  studio is finally re-opened after what has felt like the longest 5-month lockdown EVER. Man, it is so good to be back doing what I love again 🙂

It has also meant that I have a backlog of Grow with Me sessions to schedule back in. After a newborn session the baby comes back into the studio at 4 months, 8 months and then ends with a Cake Smash and Splash for their first birthday. First back through the studio doors was Miss Holly.

Holly isn’t 4 months?

Holly’s 2nd Grow with Me session was at 7 months thanks to Covid-19.

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She didn’t seem to bothered though. Such a happy, smiley little girl. A real credit to her parents who are totally smitten with her. As was I by the end of our session.

Onesie Funsie

During lockdown I invested in some beautiful onesies from The Simple Folk in each of the Grow with Me session sizes to provide a cohesive look in the final photo book.

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Holly rocked the cream terry towelling one and particularly liked the matching knee socks. She couldn’t keep her hands off them!

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Pretty in Pink

She also looked stunning in the pink one that we accessorised with a tutu because when one can, one should always accessorise with a tutu!

Items Models Own

Holly’s mum had picked out some gorgeous outfits as well like this beautiful navy and white dress with matching headband.

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Perfect for summer parties!

She also had a lovely pink and white gingham dress that she was very happy to model for us.

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Mugshots

All too soon my first studio session this year (!) was coming to an end. But before I could let Miss Holly out of my clutches there was just one more set of images to take. The infamous mugshots. I can’t wait to see how all her little features and expressions change over her first year in these.

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This one is my absolute favourite from all the mugshot images I delivered and from the whole session. I would hang this as a huge print in my house and she’s not even related to me! I just absolutely love the expression I caught on her wee face.

I can’t wait to see Miss holly in the studio again. In the meantime lots of other lovely Grow with Me Sessions to deliver and blog about.

I love my job 🙂

Studio Session – Baby Findlay

Baby Findlay

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you’ve got to put up with the rain.” – Dolly Parton

Rainbow Baby

As I write this blog on the 5th day of the new year we are back in another lockdown in Scotland. Hopefully this time there is light at the end of the tunnel as a vaccine is being rolled out at the same time. But for the time being, I can’t shoot anyone in my home studio so I am consoling myself by looking at the gorgeous people I got to capture right before Christmas and bringing you along for the journey 🙂

Findlay was a very special 4-week new client. He was a rainbow baby. For those of you that don’t know what the term means: A rainbow baby is a term for a child born to a family that has previously lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth or death during infancy. As a volunteer photographer for the charity Remember My Baby I all too often see the loss parents go through so to see a happy and healthy baby after a family goes through that is a very special kind of joy for me.

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Mum asked for very natural posing and minimal props but when I showed her the rainbow bucket that I had we simply had to use it with this gorgeous dude.

Baby makes Three

The arrival of Findlay right before Christmas was the best gift his parents could receive. He has made them a family.

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I love taking these sorts of family images. Stripping everything back to just focussing on the connection and love between them all.

It’s a Love thing

The family name, very appropriately, was Love. So despite posing Findlay very naturally I surprised mum and dad with a composite image in their gallery.

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I mean, when that is your surname it would be rude not to wouldn’t it?

Costume Change

I love it when parents bring something special to incorporate into the shoot. With Findlay being a rainbow baby, mum had found the most gorgeous onesie from Little Loves Cornwall.

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Simply perfect!

Mugshots

Findlay slept throughout most of his session. He only woke up for a few milk breaks (because modelling is hungry work, don’t you know!). Those of you that have read my blogs or followed my newborn shoots know that I like to capture black and white ‘mug shots’ at the end of each session. For these, I need the baby to be awake and Master Findlay wasn’t too happy about that!

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Photographing babies, especially babies like Findlay gives me hope. And where there is hope there is life. Positive thoughts to begin the year with.

 

Children & Animals!

Children & Animals

Phew! What a week it’s been at JB Moments Photography. Lots of children and the odd animal and for all those that tell you never to work with children or animals…ignore them, it’s great fun 🙂

Kincardine Toddler Group

First up was my annual visit to Kincardine Toddler Group for their photos. This year due to C-19 I had to take extra precautions and we operated a strict one family in at a time policy. I still managed to get through 35 families and 600 images! The local school hadn’t offered school photos this year due to the pandemic so as it was an inset day many older brothers and sisters came along in their school uniforms so they could get pictures. This makes my heart sing. Pictures are important, people!

Grandkids and a puppy

Next day I had a location shoot for a grandma who wanted her new lab puppy pictured with her 4 grandchildren. Two of whom are toddlers and one who isn’t even one yet. Sure, I said. What could possibly go wrong?

Cue bedlam of the very best kind. Get all the children in place the dog runs off. Get the dog in place one of the toddlers decides to make a break for it. Then the baby gets angry. The only thing you can do in this situation is keep calm and try out lots of different things.

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Moi? I didn’t cause any trouble.

Meet Juke, arguably the best behaved of a very spirited bunch. Such a little cutie.

Finally, I decided that in order for the shot to work, grandma was going to have to be in it.

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A few head swaps later in post-processing and we have the shot. Best of all, Gran was delighted with the photos.

More Grandkids

That afternoon I was back in the studio for a group of older grandkids. This is going to be a portrait for a lucky grandma for Christmas so I’m not going to share any images here and ruin the surprise.

Baby Cora

Be still my heart, on Sunday morning, two-week new baby Cora graced the studio with her tiny presence.

A beautiful baby girl for a family already blessed with two super cute sons. It was fair to say this 3 and 5-year-old were quite delighted with their new baby sister.

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They were both happy to pose with her and were super cute about it. All the heart eyes!

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As you can see good genes clearly run in the family 🙂

Once the boys had done their modelling and been rewarded with a pick from the lollipop tree dad took them off to their sports training and left just us girls to hang.

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Isn’t she just perfection?

We finished the session with my signature ‘mugshots’ and Miss Cora gave me lots of wonderful eye contact. I love these images.

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So next time anyone says ‘never work with children or animals’ I say – Don’t knock it until you try it. You might just love it 🙂

Studio Session – Baby Holly

Studio Session – Baby Holly

“Babies are such a nice way to start people.” – Don Herold

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Sleepy vibes

For once the sleepy baby gods were looking favourably on me! When Miss Holly arrived at the studio she was fast asleep and she decided to stay like that for a good portion of her session.

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She was two weeks new the day she visited me and although she had arrived 3 weeks early she was a tiny bundle of absolute perfection.

Mum and Dad were totally smitten with her. And from the moment I held on to her, so was I. 🙂

Teddy Bear

Holly absolutely loved being swaddled nice and snug in the various wraps. She was so out of it that I was able to dress her up like a little teddy bear.

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Seriously though, how cute. Look at that beautiful little pout she has already perfected. Dad says she can already wind him around her little pinky. I suspect she will be able to all her life!

Pretty in Pink

I couldn’t have a little girl in the studio and not use some pink. Come on!

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I rarely get to do this pose with babies that have just drifted off or awake so I took full advantage of Miss Holly’s slumber.

Mugshots

She did wake up when her nappy needed changing and she wanted some more of the house white. I took the opportunity then to take her ‘mugshots’ (I really must come up with a nicer name for them! 😉 )

As well as the usual ones where she glared at me for keeping her awake I think! I asked mum and dad to hold a hand each and I love how it turned out.

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I wish my double chins looked as cute as this!!

She was very happy once she knew both of her parents were on hand (literally!).

At Mum’s request

Holly’s Mum had been on my website and loved the Calm Moon composite image that I have on there. She asked if I could recreate with Holly. Hell yes!

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As often happens, Holly’s session was over way too soon and I had to say goodbye to the little angel that stole my heart for the afternoon.

 

 

Studio Session – Rory

Rory

I’ve known Kev for years. He’s the guy that has covered Mr JB’s arms and back in colourful tattoos. So when I heard that he’d had a baby boy with his new partner Toni I couldn’t wait to get them into the studio for some photos.

It’s a family affair

Rory was born right at the start of lockdown. Not that it has affected him one bit as at 6 months he is a happy and bubbly baby boy.

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Big sisters Jenna and Cerys were on hand behind me to keep Rory looking at the camera!

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And they clearly both dote on their new little brother 🙂 Look at the cute little Vans he has on! Adorable!

Classic

For first-year milestone sessions, I have recently invested in some beautiful organic babygrows from The Simple Folk. I have picked classic designs that match my backdrop colours in sizes that will fit my Grow with Me studio sessions (4, 8 and 12 months). I couldn’t wait to try out the grey version on Rory.

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Those eyes, those cheeks! Swoon!

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I love dressing babies and littles up in all manner of outfits and costumes but I also want to provide some classic images for parents that they can hang on their walls confident that they will still look beautiful and timeless in 10 years time.

Talking of costumes…

I did say I loved an outfit and mum Toni had bought a Baby Yoda outfit to the session. Baby Yoda!!!

I knew I had the perfect backdrop to go with it and a crochet lightsaber that had just been waiting for this moment!

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Have you ever seen a cuter Baby Yoda? I think not, my friend.

Sk8r Boi

Having known Kev for a while I knew that he loved skateboarding and I knew I had a background that would be perfect for a skateboarding theme. The day before the shoot I asked Kev to bring a skateboard to the studio and he did!

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I love the result and his little outfit. What a dude!

All too soon it was time to say goodbye to Rory and his family. I asked if I could keep him but unfortunately for me, they seem to have grown quite attached to the little cutie.