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Studio Session – Family

Time spent with family is worth every second.

Family

I got a last-minute request for a family shoot right before Christmas. Of course, I was happy to accommodate. I love creating a visual history for families to cherish.

If that family then turns up and is great fun right from the start AND are all wearing co-ordinating red tartan. Well, cover me in eggs and flour and bake me in a hot oven for 30 minutes! I am in heaven!

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Youngest Family Member

Isabella had an infectious giggle and gorgeous smile so I had to start with her.

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She definitely had a mischievous streak and had lots of ideas for silly pictures including tickling the olds when they weren’t expecting it.

Big Brother

Next up was big brother Jahcari. Despite being far too cool for school he was also very polite and happy to be directed for poses.

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What a good looking boy but he was keeping very coy about his romantic life despite my teasing! Poor lad!

Fam-a-lam

One thing that was evident was the love between brother and sister, even if they would never admit it!

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What about the grown-ups?

It’s not all about the kiddos as cute as they are. The grown-ups deserve some attention too.

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These two were clearly loved up and took very little persuasion from me to have a little smooch for the camera as well. Much to the disgust of the kids!

All too soon our session was over and we were all still laughing as I showed them out of the studio. These sort of sessions give me life and the 5-star review mum gave me was the icing on the cake 🙂

 

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.

Studio Sessions – Penny, Evie & Harlow

Studio Sessions – Penny, Evie & Harlow

Little girls with dreams become women with vision.

Girls Weekend

Last weekend the studio was deliciously overrun with girls. On Saturday I had the pleasure of Penny and Evie and on Sunday Harlow visited the studio. What made this even cooler is that I first met Penny and Harlow 2 years ago when I first started doing the annual photoshoots for Kincardine Toddler Group. I love getting to see my little clients grow up 🙂

Penny & Evie

The girl’s grandma had first booked this studio shoot pre lockdown. When her other daughter was going to be visiting from Australia with her grandson. A chance to get all her grandchildren together for a photo. Sadly it looks like the visit from down under is off for the foreseeable future so she decided to go ahead with her granddaughters in the meantime.

Shy girl

Penny was very shy when she first came into the studio. She wasn’t at all keen on getting her photo taken. That is why I always set the sessions for up to an hour in case a little needs to ‘warm-up’ first. After the promise of bubbles, a chicken that squeaks from its bottom and the lure of the lollipop tree she got into her groove.

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Definitely not shy

By contrast little miss Evie, Penny’s 8-month-old sister had no such reservations!

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She was at that gorgeous bubbly chubby age and was happy to sit and smile all day long! She had a  twinkle in her baby blues and you can just tell she is going to be blond-haired like her beautiful sister.

All the grandchildren (sort of)

I asked gran to send me a picture of her grandson Arran so I could include him in the session somehow.

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I asked Penny to hold one of the wedding pictures I keep in the studio and added grans phone picture in afterwards. Hopefully, we will get them all in the same room for a picture in the not too distant future.

Almost at the end of the session, I took my favourite image of the two sisters.

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I love it because they are both looking at the camera and engaged with one another. So cute 🙂

Harlow

On Sunday Miss Harlow returned to the studio after rocking her last photoshoot in December last year. This time she bought her full entourage with her. Hair and wardrobe (mum) and entertainer and chauffeur (dad)!

Getting down to business like a true pro, Harlow had three wardrobe changes to get through.

Look 1 – casual denim

First up she rocked some skinny jeans and a white flared top.

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I can’t believe how grown up she looks in this image – working that head tilt for the camera!

Talking of cameras…

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She even found time to turn the tables on me and become model turned photographer!

Look 2 – formal elegance

Next up was a more formal dress ensemble complete with metallic shoes.

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Very demure, very elegant. The big smiles were curtsey of her very own entertainer (dad) doing goodness knows what behind me!

I think this would make a great winter party dress or dare I say Christmas party dress!

Look 3 – smart casual

Last up was a cute denim dress with pockets! (I know!).

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Harlow powered through the three wardrobe and set changes like an absolute champ. Then it was off to get her reward…some chicken nuggets. Lucky girl!

 

Studio Sessions – Babies Charlotte and Lyla

Girls Girls Girls!

“Happy girls are the prettiest.” – Audrey Hepburn

This weekend my studio was full of baby girls, proud parents, fiercely protective big brothers and smitten sisters and I loved every fricken minute of it.

Saturday Girl

On Saturday my studio was full to the brim with Miss Charlotte’s entourage. At just over two weeks new she bought with her mum and dad and three big brothers. That’s right three!

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It was hard to tell who was more smitten from Harley, Hayden and Calvin. They all jumped at the chance to hold Charlotte and her youngest brother couldn’t stop kissing her. All the heart eyes!

I said to dad, ‘what’s it going to be like when Charlotte brings home her first boyfriend and you and her three brothers are sitting on the sofa ready to meet him?’. Dad said his little Princess wasn’t going to date until she was at least thirty!

Floral but not too floral

Whilst a girl in the house was a chance for mum to finally break out the pink I wanted to pick some setups that were girly but would still fit in with all the testosterone in the house.

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I got this gorgeous black and white floral fabric ages ago and hadn’t had the chance to use before. I knew it would be perfect for this session. Miss Charlotte rocked it with a cute velvet bow headband and a racy peak of her toes! Isn’t she a doll?

Okay, I went full out floral

I had settled Charlotte in my posing aid for some images with her family. Whilst she was very content in there I took some images of just her that I knew I could use with a digital composite in the editing process.

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It’s full-on floral but doesn’t she look comfortable on her bed of roses?

I loved every minute of photographing this little lady.

Sunday Girl

Normally I only take one newborn at the weekend as they are quite the workout on my elderly knees. And with extra C-19 precautions in place like face masks, I am even more of a  sweaty mess at the end of the session than normal!

Miss Lyla, however, had other ideas! She was booked into the studio for the following weekend but she was impatient to start her modelling career and arrived more than three weeks early. Because babies rarely arrive on schedule I am always flexible with the booking dates 🙂

The best things come in tiny packages

Miss Lyla was only 5lb 15oz when she was born. She was small but absolutely beautiful. To be honest I knew she would be as I’d met her big sister Lacie before for an Easter mini shoot and I knew the pretty gene ran in the family!

Lacie adored her new little sister and posed very carefully with her for their sibling shots.

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Bucket list

I’m sure it is every newborns dream to be placed in a bucket!! With dad very close by so there was absolutely no danger of her falling I put Lyla in the bucket and she just chilled.

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I wonder what she is thinking here? Probably, ‘what the heck? I’ve only been on this planet for 3 weeks and they’ve stuck me in a bucket’!

She was absolutely perfect.

Up Up and Away

So much so I had to put her in one of my hot air balloons when I was editing.

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Well, I mean you would, wouldn’t you?

As I sat drinking a well-earned glass of wine on Sunday evening enjoying the unexpected sunshine in the back garden I thought back on the two gorgeous baby girls that had visited my studio this weekend and couldn’t help thinking about Queen Bey…

“Who run the world? Girls!” – Beyonce

 

Studio Sessions and on Location at Crieff Hydro

Studio Sessions & on Location at Crieff Hydro

Studio

Gradually things are getting back to normal at the JB Moments Photography studio and clients that I had to postpone during lockdown are gradually getting their postponed shoots 🙂

Mother’s Day Shoot!

I ran an offer for Mother’s Day.  BFFs Jill and Kate decided to treat each other to a shoot with their cherubs. Post lockdown I was finally able to book them in for their delayed session (just a few months later!).

Jill is one half of the amazing Kuka Studios who not only designed and maintain my website for me but also created my beloved logo. I have been photographing their kids every year since we met. It’s great fun having the 3 of them in my studio and seeing them change each year.

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I had to include the 2nd picture in their gallery as little miss Tabitha pulled such a grimace it made me laugh out loud when I was editing! These kiddos are used to me and my crazy requests. They nail their poses every time.

Kate had adorable blond-haired twin girls. Bella and Freya hadn’t met me before and were definitely a little bit warier of the strange lady in her mask!

That’s okay, we just made sure mum was in the shoot so they felt safe.

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I also wanted to get the two besties in the frame for some pictures. For a bit of fun, I told them to look sexy and this is what they came up with…

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Smokin’

Pre-Schooler Mini Session

Just like Bella and Freya, Miss Eilidh was very shy when she came to the studio. She didn’t want to let go of mum and dad and go anywhere near the set up I had for her.

Not a problem, have her hold mum and dads hands.

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In fact, I got them to swing her in their hands and we even got a smile 🙂

In all my year’s experience shooting children, there is one thing that works 99.9% of the time.

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BUBBLES!!

Soon she was leaping around chasing bubbles like a champ.

Crieff Hydro

As much as I love my wee studio I like getting out and about too. I was delighted when one of my 2018 wedding couples got in touch to see if I was up for a trip up to Crieff Hydro to capture the 80th birthday celebration of the groom’s mum. Heck yes!

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Can you believe this gorgeous lady is 80?! Me neither. She must have a secret! Obviously having her children, grandchildren, great-grandchild and other family members all around her for the weekend was working wonders.

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Even one of her sons 14-week old puppy got to join in as well!

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I love this image of the birthday girl surrounded by all her grandchildren. She is obviously a beloved matriarch of the family.

Unfortunately, not everyone could be there so we improvised.

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Now, these two ladies can feel like they joined in the celebrations.

Turned out I was a surprise for the birthday girl as she had been lamenting the fact that everyone would be there in their Sunday best and they should have got someone in to capture them. Ta-Dah!! It was a wonderful way to spend an hour full of love and laughter. I left and they were heading off to take over the hotel for a fancy meal and no doubt the celebrations carried on into the small hours.

 

 

On Location at The Pineapple, Airth and Doune Castle

On Location at The Pineapple, Airth and Doune Castle

Sometimes it’s good to break free from the studio and get out on location. A couple of Friday’s ago I got to do just that in two beautiful locations.

Location 1 – The Pineapple, near Airth

First up was a three-year-old bundle of energy Callum and his faithful friend Cooper. Mum, Emily had been gifted the session by her super thoughtful boyfriend. Emily wanted to use her voucher on a location photoshoot as she felt Callum would be better running free.

Pocket Rocket

When I arrived at the Pineapple, a 1761 folly that has to be seen to be believed I could see what looked to be my family in the distance. Next thing I know JEEEENNNNNNNYYYY is being shouted a the top of a wee boys lungs as he hurtles towards me. Oh, hey Callum!

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It was soon very apparent that this handsome chap was not going to stop and pose for me. There was too much exploring to be done! The best thing about location shooting is just joining the family on a walk (or run in Callum’s case) and capturing the moments as they happen 🙂

Mum’s bag of tricks

Emily was very well prepared with a bag full of treats.  Callum and Cooper were very responsive to what was in the bag.

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I just love this image I captured whilst Callum chewed on his jelly sweet.

Two Locations for the price of one!

One of the great things about the Pineapple is a large sunny lawn at the front of it and a woodland walk at the back.

We made full use of the two with Callum and Cooper.

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As boy and his faithful friend played, the dappled light in the woods was beautiful.

Once we were back on the lawn I managed to convince mum to be in a few images as well.

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What a beautiful family.

Building trust with the littles I capture is hugely important to me. As we walked back to the car park I felt a little hand reach for mine. Callum had decided to walk hand in hand with me totally unprompted. Talk about a lump in the throat moment! Thoroughly enjoyed capturing this little dude.

Location 2 – Doune Castle

Originally the Kinloch Family were visiting the grandparents in the Easter holidays. I had been booked to take some family photos but we had to put on hold due to lockdown. Fast forward and they had to all clear to visit and we were back on!

Doune Castle, a medieval castle famously used in the Monty Python film The Holy Grail was still closed but was still a great location for a photoshoot due to it’s proximity to the River Teith.

Mum Lucy wanted a mix of posed family images and natural images of the kids being kids. Master Rorie (8) and Miss Dulcie (4) were very happy to oblige!

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Skimming Stones

I got Dad and Granddad to show Rorie how to skim stones at the river bank and he completely forgot about the camera clicking.

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Posed, sort of

With active kids, parents, grandparents and a dog, the best kind of family images on location are the ones where I get them to do something.

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We found a patch with some lovely looking wildflowers (weeds) that made a great background and I got them to hold hands and walk. Makes such a happy image.

Finally, although we couldn’t get into the castle we could still use the big entrance door as another background.

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As much as I love my cute home studio and it can be great to get out on location and it works really well for large families and/or rambunctious kids or pets!

Nephews, Universities and Rainbows

A Busy & Varied Week back for JB Moments Photography

Ohhhh emmmm geeee it is soooooooooo good to be back! Although I kept myself busy during lockdown with training and admin, nothing beats picking up my camera and shooting real clients.

As well as a full Grow with Me session and Newborn session in the studio I got to flex my photography muscle on a few other things too.

These Boys!

As lockdown eases my brother and his family managed to get up for a few days mid-week. I hadn’t seen my two littlest nephews since January so I was very excited to get to see them. They have both grown so much so of course I had to squeeze in a sneaky photography shoot with them and their dog.

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Look who’s in town!

Lester the dog was by far the best at taking direction!!

On Location

Next up it was great to be back at the University of Stirling to update some corporate headshots for the Director of Advancement.

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Stirling Uni has the hardest working and best-looking staff!

The University was looking beautiful and the new Sports Centre complex will be open very soon which will be amazing for all the returning students.

Rainbows

I had Easter Mini Sessions booked in before the C-19 lockdown and with Easter a very distant memory I contacted each client to see what theme they wanted for their re-scheduled session.

Lucy’s mum requested a Rainbow session to celebrate Lucy being a Rainbow baby.

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I was very proud of the fluffy clouds I had made and I knew I could add the rainbows in post-production. I couldn’t get over how much Lucy had grown since I had last seen her in the studio. She was totally modelling her dungarees in this image!

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But it was her rainbow tutu that stole the show. Mum told me they did them in adult sizes as well. I’m totally off to hunt down one. Imagine how much more fun the weekly trip to the supermarket would be in one of those!

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My cloud prop that my dad made for newborn clients also worked really well on this set. A little throne for my rainbow princess. I love capturing kids like this when they are totally engrossed in something. They forget I am pointing a camera at them.

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