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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 – Elsie

Elsie

I love it when my littlest clients come back to the studio so I can see how they are growing and progressing. I first met Miss Elsie when she was just two months old when she was the star of the show at her grandma’s family shoot.

What better way to celebrate your first birthday than a professional photoshoot!

Containing the excitement

I was very pleased with the little set I’d created in the studio for the birthday girl. A cute floral background and balloons that looked like they were helium balloon bunches (thank you balloon tape).

Whilst not quite walking yet, Miss Elsie could sure move quickly on her knees and was darting about all over the place.  She was so happy and bubbly it was a delight to watch. But not so great to photograph so cue the chair to contain her just a little bit!

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Mum was delighted as she had a similar little wicker chair when she was a little girl. Look at that giggly face. It was infectious and we were all cracking up with her!

Almost standing

When littles can’t quite stand by themselves I love posing them holding their parent’s hands.

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It also serves as a reminder to mum and dad when they look back at the images just how little she was.

More containment

Luckily I have a variety of stools and chairs in the studio so we tried Elsie out on another one, much to her excitement.

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Bubbles

As if it wasn’t exciting enough we introduced some bubbles and oh my!

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I don’t know about you but I wish I still got that excited on my birthday!

Joy

It was such a wonderful joy to meet Elsie again. She has grown into a bright and happy ray of sunshine. It would be impossible not to be cheerful in her presence. It was such a lovely shoot and once I delivered the gallery back mum said she was “tearing up” looking at the “beautiful images”. 🙂

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Stay happy, little one.

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.

 

 

Studio Session – Max’s Smash and Splash

Studio Session – Max’s Smash and Splash

Master Max first came to see me as a newborn. His mum and dad then purchased a Grow with Me package so I could capture him every 4 months of his first year. He absolutely rocked his 4-month session. His 8-month session unfortunately came and went during lockdown 🙁

Mum messaged me as lockdown was ending to say that Max was nearly a year. We agreed to do his 1-year Smash and Splash session and do another session at 16 months old. Instead of a 1st year Photobook, Max will get a year and a half book 🙂

But first, the smart shots

Before we let Max get into his cake smash I wanted to get some ‘clean’ images in his little outfit.

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Max had the cutest dungaree set on with a cool shirt and braces. And would you just look at those knee socks – gorgeous!

Mum had asked for an animal set up. I kinda pushed this to the limit and went with dinosaurs (because I saw some cute dinos when I was getting his cake). Luckily Mum and Dad said he loves dinosaurs 🙂

Cake Smash Time

After Max lost the smart shirt and socks it was time to introduce him to his cake.

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He wasn’t sure at first, preferring to play with the balloons. But eventually, he started to get into it.

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He started smashing with the wooden spoon I provide but soon found that he could cram much more into his mouth with his hands!

Max was really getting into the swing of things and thoroughly enjoying himself. This, in turn, was delighting Mum and Dad.

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This is one of the reasons why I love doing Smash and Splash sessions, so much fun and laughter in the studio. It’s infectious!

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Atta boy Max! You nailed the Smash part. Now you could do with a good clean up!

Splish Splash I was Taking a Bath

Max loves bath time so I knew he was going to love a splash in my tub.

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Plenty of bubbles, rubber ducks and warm water. How could he not be happy?

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Even when I got Mum to add a bubble beard and mohawk he was still making his gorgeous eyes at me!

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Yup Max had a great time, almost as much fun as I had. And the best bit – I get to see him again in a few months 😀

In other news

Alex, one of my former Grow with Me clients came in for his postponed Easter Mini Session. We turned it into a summer session and I got to use my homemade clouds again! At the end of the session, I got to play with my newest prop – a vintage step ladder that my sister-in-law managed to source for me.

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I just love this image of Alex sitting above the clouds!

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

Studio Session – Millie’s 8 Month Grow with Me

Grow with Me – 8 months

I’m back!

Studio steam cleaned within an inch of its life – check. Post lockdown guidelines issued to clients – check. Masks and gloves available – check. Own mask fitted – check. Hand sanitizer ready to greet clients – check. I was good to go and couldn’t wait to get started again.

My first client back through the door was the gorgeous Miss Millie. After her newborn session, mum and dad took advantage of my Grow with Me package to capture Millie at 4 months, 8 months and 1 year with an A4 Photobook of their first year 🙂

Cake

Millie’s big sister Hailey made me a cake and bought it to the session. How lovely is that?

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My clients are the best!

It was delicious too!

Look at you grow!

Millie’s mum always picks the best outfits for her. At her 4 month Grow with Me session Millie was the cutest (and grumpiest) ladybug you ever did see! This time she went totally tropical…

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Come on, have you ever seen a cuter, happier pineapple? I don’t think so and that little pineapple turban, too cute!

Grow milestones

At 4 months it is all about tummy time, by 8 months baby can usually sit up by themselves. Millie was no exception.

I also had the chance to try out a new set up I added to the studio in lockdown. Sheer curtains that look like gorgeous window light when my studio lights are positioned behind them.

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Even better, it gives the littles something to interact with. Luckily for Mr JB’s DIY skills it stayed up!

Classic

Now I love a good outfit along with the next person and I can imagine how much fun Millie’s parents will have showing her these images when she is older!! But I also like to provide some timeless images that will never date and for that, you can’t beat a deceptively simple black and white.

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Of course, Mille made this series of images her own by giving me some glorious facial expressions! This one is my particular favourite.

Look how you’ve grown

At each Grow with Me session I try to incorporate one of the props I used at their Newborn session so you can really see how much they grow and change during the year. With Millie, it was a bucket.

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What a difference a few months make? How quickly they change in their first year! I can’t wait to incorporate somehow into her 1-year session.

Why am I a Photographer?

Why am I a Photographer?

Today, I’m sharing with you a photograph that was taken 46 years ago, of me.baby photographer, Falkirk - JB Moments Photography

Yup, those double chins and flappy ears belong to yours truly.

Visual History

I keep this photograph hanging in my studio to show how newborn images have changed but also to keep it safe as it is one of the only pictures there is of me as a baby. I have written often about my lack of visual history that makes me cherish printed images.

Got me thinking..

Whilst cleaning the studio for the umpteenth time as I prepare to re-open it got me thinking about all the babies I have photographed in the last three years as a professional photographer. And many years before that.

What do the parents see when they look at those photos years later?

What will the kids in those photos think when they are older? When they become teenagers will they laugh at how they are posed? Will they wonder why they are in a bowl or bucket? Or have a giant headband on their head? Or a bonnet with teddy bear ears?

Mum?

So I messaged my mum and asked her if she remembered the photo? Her response was,

It was at home. I couldn’t afford to go to a studio. So we put a white blanket on my bed and it was taken by one of your god parents who was into photography.

I guess that explains the slightly odd pose and the fact that it is kind of shot up my nose! Baby photography has come on a long way since then!

I asked her to tell me what she sees now, looking at that photo 46 years on. This is what she sent me,

My special first born girl. I see my baby girl that I knew would grow up into a wonderful woman.

Awww shucks! I decided to ask my Dad as well and he said,

A beautiful baby

How sweet is that!

Me

When I look at this photo I see a smiley, chubby baby with mahoosive ears! I am clearly engaged and probably looking at my mum. I love how simple it is. It’s just me, no props or giant headbands in sight.  My mum and my dad just see me, nothing else when I showed it to them all these years later. Well, just me and those massive lugs!!

As a photographer, I need to remember that it’s not all about how many different elements I can add to an image or how I pose a baby to fit in the latest prop. Yes, I know I sometimes get asked for those photos by parents. Or I get caught up in the latest trends. I’m not saying those photos should stop but I am saying I need to remember what the purpose of a photograph is.

They capture life moments. Moments of happiness that we’d love to last, to remember them ad to share them with our friends and family. They tell our stories.

This is the reason I am a photographer.