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Cake Smash, Cake Smash, Cake Smash

Cake Smash

Last week was a smashing week in the studio as I had not one, not two but three Cake Smash and Splashes to shoot! The cleaning crew (aka Ernie one of my dogs) were working overtime!

First up Miss Millie was back for her final Grow with Me session of her first year. Then Miss Grace who was gifted the Cake Smash shoot for her first birthday by her gran. So she would have an experience to look back on rather than more plastic toys (so cool). And finally, Master Callum who I’d last seen as an itty bitty newborn came in to celebrate his first birthday.

The Formals

I like to take some pictures whilst the little one is still clean so that they have some images they won’t hate when they are 18!

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Miss Millie was tutu cute in her sparkly tutu and crown.

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Master Callum looked so very dapper in his waistcoat and bowtie.

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Miss Grace opted for some pale pink skinny jeans and a very on-trend puff-sleeved shirt.

Time for Cake

I always say to parents that kids don’t always react the way you want them to when they are presented with the cake. Especially if they haven’t really tried cake before.

I needn’t have worried with these three cake Olympians though!

The many faces of Millie

Miss Millie went through a full range of emotions during her cake smash.

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First, there was happiness.

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Then there was anger.

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And finally hilarity!

Callum

Master Callum changed into his Friends t-shirt. Apparently, like Joey, he doesn’t like to share food.

Cake Smash and Tub Splash Photography by JB Moments PhotographyHe sure likes cake though.

Cake Smash and Tub Splash Photography by JB Moments PhotographyGreat big handfuls of it!

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Grace

Miss Grace also very much enjoyed cake.

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She was having a great time.

Cake Smash and Tub Splash Photography by JB Moments PhotographyNo need for spoons when you can eat it straight off the stand.

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Miss Grace also liked putting her feet in the cake.

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And was very proud of herself once she’d completely trashed the cake!

Splish Splash in the tub

With the exception of Miss Grace who really wasn’t feeling the bath the tin bathtub was filled with bubbles. The bubble machine was switched on and the rubber ducks were drafted in.

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Miss Mille thought the splash session was hilarious.

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Master Callum got himself all in a lather!

I love doing these shoots. I’m not sure who ends up laughing the most. The parents or me.

🙂

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 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 – 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 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!

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.

Studio Session – Baby Lachlan

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Baby, it’s weird outside

Before the UK closed down completely due to the COVID-19 virus my last wonderful client for the foreseeable braved their session.

I met the family at the door with a bottle of hand sanitiser instead of hugs and handshakes. They were welcomed into my studio that has never had so much Dettol sprayed in it. I found it really hard not to touch them as I posed them and when I did the hand sanitiser got squirted liberally again (and again).

The session was for baby Lachlan  (pronounced Lock Lan) a handsome dude at just under a month new who didn’t want to sleep at all! Under normal circumstances, I would spend more time rocking and shushing him. But I was observing as minimal touch as possible. Gah! It killed me not to be able to sniff and kiss his little head when no one was looking. But his safety was more important than my baby fix!

What the heck are you doing?

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I love, love, love this image! Lachlan was so intent on watching everything I was doing he went cross-eyed with concentration. Look at that fluffy hair and little pixie ears. Absolutely delicious!

Bear with me

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Lachlan’s mummy and daddy bought his favourite teddy that he had been gifted. I included it in quite a few of his images and it looked great in this setup. As you can see this baby was wide awake and keen to see everything that was going on. He was pretty chilled out just hanging in the bucket!

Some bunny loves you

Who knows what the situation will be like at Easter. So I had to get my fix with this baby. I’m not ashamed to admit I broke out the bunny bonnet!

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I’m not sure how Lachlan felt about it. I think he looked pretty stinking cute!

Mugshots

I am still enjoying baby mugshots and Lachlan being super awake made it easy. The hardest part was narrowing down the hundreds I took into his gallery.

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Being a model is so exhausting

Guess what? Right at the end of the session as I was getting the family images, Lachlan finally decided to crash out!

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Such a gorgeous family.

Closed…for now

It’s funny to think that when Lachlan looks back at his baby photos all he will see is a beautiful moment in time. He will comment on how young his mum and dad look and laugh at how cute he is. He will see love and joy in his images. He won’t remember the crazy, unprecedented times that came directly after his studio session. We may be on lockdown right now but we will get through this. I am using this time constructively to clear out my prop cupboards in the studio and taking the opportunity to do on-line training. I am also reviewing my website, customer literature and workflows. So once the world gets healthy again JB Moments Photography will be back better than ever and ready to capture your moments in a way that will make you smile.

 

Studio Session – Baby Oliver

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A baby boy may leave smudges in your house and also on your heart.

Oh Baby

Oh boy! Baby Oliver came into my studio at 11 days new and totally rocked his newborn photoshoot.

Mum had bought with her the pram shawl that her gran had knitted when she was a baby. We absolutely had to use that. I love it when clients bring in something personal to them. It makes the final images that much more personal and unique to them.

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As you can see Master Oliver is super chill about it all.

Baby Bear

Oliver wasn’t much for sleeping (apart from when we wanted him awake – typical boy!). But when I put him in my beanbag that is designed specifically for posing babies for composite photographs, he got comfy. He did have a little power nap.

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I am beary tired.

I chose the image where he is having the cutest little yawn to use in the final composite. I’m in love with how it turned out.

Wide Awake Club

Even when Oliver was awake, he was quite happy to look about with his big beautiful eyes. As long as he got his milk on tap whenever it was required!

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He was perfectly content laying in this pose just surveying his surroundings. I absolutely adore his hair. He also had the longest eyelashes 🙂

Heart and Sole

Talking of things that make me go all gooey inside. I simply cannot resist pictures of baby feet. It’s not like I have a foot fetish per se. I can take or leave adult feet (unless they are in heels on a boudoir shoot – okay maybe I am more into feet than I first thought!). But newborn feet, toes, the soles of their feet with their flakey skin that disappears so quickly. Well, it’s like crack for me!

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Oliver’s feet lovingly cradled in mum’s hand were no exception. Surely it’s not just me; they are delicious, right?

Don’t Mug Me Off

I introduced baby Mugshots in Miss Harley’s blog, and Master Oliver did a great job as well.

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Don’t you think he looks like he is squaring up for a fight here? I think this would look amazing as a large canvas on a wall.

As always the time I had with Oliver seemed to be over in a flash, and off he went in his hot air balloon.

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Well, not really, off he went in his car seat with mum and dad. But wouldn’t it be cool if he had!

 

 

 

Studio Session – Baby Harley

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Thank heavens for little girls

It’s a baby girl!

It feels like an age since I had a baby girl in the studio so when Miss Harley came in at 15 days new it was love at first sight – well for me anyway 🙂

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Look at those cheeks and those rosebud lips. Absolute perfection!

Flower Power

Mum had mentioned in the pre-shoot questionnaire that she loved flowers and fairies but was happy to be guided by me. I didn’t have anything fairy related for a baby but flowers, flowers I could do.

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I had been wanting to use this sunflower composite for ages and this was just the excuse I needed (just in case you’d thought I’d somehow shrunk the baby or found a humungous sunflower!!).

She looks very peaceful in her sunflower slumber but soon she was wide awake and looking straight at me!

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This wasn’t what I meant when I said ‘bucket list’!

Baby Mugshots

So I used the fact that she was awake to my advantage to try out my new mugshot style. These are simple black and white images that focus on expressions. My plan is to also offer them at my 4, 8 and 12 month grow with me sessions and I think it will be cool to see how their little personalities develop over the year.

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In terms of wall art, black and white images are timeless classics.

When two become three

Miss Harley’s parents weren’t sure they were up for being in the images at first but they soon came around, especially for a silhouette image that focuses purely on their connection and love as a new family unit.

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I just adore these images so much 🙂

Up, up and away

Harley was a total dreamboat to work with. Even when she decided that she was done with sleeping she just watched me with her big blue eyes, quite content. Our session was over far too quickly. I made good use of the time mum and dad needed to put on their coats to get as many snuggles with Harley as possible. And yes if I’m honest there may have been some head sniffing going on as well!

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Dream big, little one.

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!

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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