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Studio Sessions – Birthday Smashing & Splashing

Smash & Splash

Every birthday counts…especially the first one!

Miss Amber – the birthday girl

Amber’s mum got in touch for a studio session for Amber to celebrate her first birthday milestone. It always makes my heart sing when clients return again and again. Miss Amber is no exception. I’ve been lucky enough to see this lovely a few times now.

In my pre-shoot questionnaire, I always ask if there are any particular themes or colours and mum asked for a pastel theme. I had just the thing!

First birthday images by JB Moments Photography

I always like to start without the cake (or whatever the birthday girl/boy is smashing) so I can get some ‘clean’ shots for the parents and grandparents to commemorate the milestone.

Did somebody say Cake?

Then comes the fun starts! I like to introduce the food that is being smashed with a wooden spoon as some children like to bash the food with a spoon and others (see Alex later) prefer a more hands-on approach!

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Mmmmmm cake!

Miss Amber choose to start with the spoon but then found her hands much more effective.

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Maximum mess, this girl definitely got the memo 🙂

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I’m having a smashing time!

Bubbly good fun

I introduced the ‘Splash’ element last year for two reasons: 1. the bubble bath, tin bath and rubber ducks add another look for the client’s overall gallery and; 2. it helps clean up the little person!

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Miss Amber loved the bubble machine. She also enjoyed getting in and out of the bath and I got some super cute images of her little bottom that are too cheeky (see what I did there!) to share here. Mum asked for those images in black and white so she can create a gorgeous image for her bathroom. Love that idea!

Happy birthday beautiful x

Master Alex – the birthday boy

Talking of returning clients. I have loved seeing Master Alex every 4 months or so to document his first year. His Granny took my “Grow with Me” package after his newborn session. This culminated in his first birthday smash and splash.

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A very hands-on approach

When Master Alex was introduced to the cake and spoon he took one look at the spoon and dismissed it immediately. He went straight in for a huge handful!

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And straight after….another!

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I think he liked it!

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Finger licking good

Tub Time

Master Alex had managed to get hundreds and thousands everywhere, including up his nose! So it was time for his clean up.

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Which he thoroughly enjoyed.

Happy birthday dude x

 

Studio Session – Harrison’s Smash & Splash

Smash & Splash

Cool Uncle Alert!

Harrison was gifted a Smash & Splash photoshoot voucher by his uncle for his birthday.  His mum and dad told me that Harrison already had loads of toys and they wanted an experience for him and memories for them. So his cool uncle purchased a voucher from me and last weekend Harrison came in to redeem it.

A Smash & Splash session is usually booked to celebrate a first birthday. We begin with some shots of the birthday boy or girl. Then we bring in the item they have chosen to smash (could be cake, doughnuts, fruit, etc). Finally, they wash it all off with a splash in the tub!

Meet the birthday boy

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Harrison looked very handsome in his trews and braces and knew how to work the camera from the moment he arrived.

Unfortunately, that outfit wasn’t going to stay pristine for very long.

Bring out the cake

Harrison’s mum had chosen a cake for the smash part of the Smash & Splash and I went for a cookie and cream themed decorated cake to go with the navy and baby blue colour scheme mum had asked for.

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Harrison wasn’t sure at first (although dad did confirm it was indeed delicious). But he liked the wooden spoon I gave him to smash the cake with and set about giving the cake a good beating!

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As he was a total pro he did remember to look up from his smashing from time to time to allow me to capture his gorgeous cheeky face. Here he is giving me his ‘Blue Steel’ face (Zoolander film reference for those of you too young)!

Tub time

Once Harrison was over the cake smashing I changed the set over to the splash part of his Smash & Splash. The tub is filled with lashing of organic bubble bath, the rubber ducks come out to play and the bubble machine is set to maximum!

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I think this was Harrison’s favourite part of the session and this was my favourite picture of him.

I think Harrison and his parents had a great time and I captured some great memories for them. So if you are a cool auntie or uncle. Or even grandparent or friend and want to give a gift of memories check out my gift vouchers 🙂

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

Smash & Splash

Cake for Breakfast? – Yes Please!

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

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

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We love each other really.
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See!

Cake Time

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

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

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

Splashing Around

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

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

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

Amber Again

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

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

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

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

All in all a very good day in the studio 🙂

 

Studio Sessions – Smash and Splash!

Smash & Splash

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

Eat more hole foods

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

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

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

Glazed over

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

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

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Splish Splash

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

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

Piece of Cake

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

Brothers in Arms

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

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

Costume change

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

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

You wanna a piece of me

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

I’m forever blowing bubbles

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

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

Sorry not sorry

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

 

Holy Communion, Cute Dogs and Cake Smashes!

Photography Update

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

First Holy Communion

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

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Korey and Korbyn

The boys looked so smart in their matching kilts.

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

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

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It’s a family affair!

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

Call my agent

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

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

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Up, up and away!

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

Smash and Splash

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

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

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

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

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

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

What a great week! In the Studio and on Location

Studio Update

“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 🙂

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Studio Sessions – Valentines Mini and Cake Smash!

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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 🙂

 

Cake Smashes – A piece of cake?

Cake Smashes

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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 ;-)
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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.