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Studio Session – Baby Callum

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GRRRRRRRRR!

It is not like me to start a baby post with an angry rant, but please bear with me. Mums, especially brand new mums are made to feel guilty about everything. Are they breastfeeding? Is the baby eating enough, sleeping enough, going to the toilet enough? Have they got them too warm, too cold? Are they stimulated enough, too much? it goes on and on. What they absolutely do not need is baby photographers telling them their new bundle of joy is too old for newborn photos!!!

Guilt-free zone

Imagine being made to feel like you’d ‘missed’ an important milestone in your new babies life because you didn’t get them photographed as soon as you come out of hospital? I know that newborn babies can be easier to photograph in their first two weeks of life and as professional photographers we all love that. But, if mum has had a difficult labour or has lots of stitches she may not be ready to leave the house right away. Add to that being parents for the first time doesn’t come with an instruction manual. That first couple of weeks whizz by.

So when Callum’s mum came to me asking for newborn shoots for her baby who was 3 weeks old, after being told he was too old. I was more than happy to help. Because making sure my clients get a great experience and memories to treasure is the most important thing. ***Climbs off soapbox – rant over***.

Meet baby perfection

Introducing Master Callum.

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Look at all that hair! Those pouty lips. Kissable cheeks. Button nose and eyelashes. Utter perfection! Mum and Dad had waited a very long time for this little dude to come into their lives. He was absolutely worth the wait and you could see they were utterly besotted with him. As was Gran who came along to watch this first milestone as well.

Look into my eyes

Callum was a very good boy sleeping between feeds. But he also treated us to some time awake. I love capturing your baby both awake and asleep. Callum’s facial expressions were hilarious and I had great fun capturing as many of them as possible.

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Who are you and why are you pointing that camera at me?

Just hanging around

To be fair, he was pulling the cutest faces when he was sleeping as well.

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He looks very pleased with himself in this one!

Christmas cheer

With his photography shoot being right at the end of November I had to introduce a little Christmas magic into Callum’s session.

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Luckily he had fallen into a deep sleep so he couldn’t object to me turning him into the cutest little elf you ever did see!

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Have your ELF a Merry Christmas Callum (sorry, not sorry!).

Studio Session – the Cech Family

Family photography

When Katarina got in touch to book a photoshoot to celebrate her daughter turning one I couldn’t wait to meet the entire family.

Meet the Cech Family

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Mum Katarina, Dad Milan, Big brother Andrej and the beautiful birthday girl Agatka.

Granddad was visiting so he came along for the ride. I insisted on shooting him as well! it will be lovely for him to have moments captured with his precious grandkids.

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Cheeky Chap

I fell in love with five-year-old Andrej.

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I mean, how could you not? He was super inquisitive but very polite and his cheeky little grin got me every time.

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He was also very good with his little sister and willing to pose patiently.

 The star of the show

The star of the show was the birthday girl herself, Miss Agatka. Looking a picture in her flowered dress and of a selection woolly tights, she was the belle of the ball. She was quite serious at first so I suggested dad blow some bubbles. This was the first time Agatka had seen bubbles and it’s fair to say she’s now a big fan. She thought they were just hysterical.

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I hope your next year is filled with bubbles and laughter too sweet girl.

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 Session – 8 month old Alex

Grow with Me

Last Friday morning I was in for a treat when my favourite little flirt came back into the studio for the 3rd session of his year-long Grow with Me package. You may remember Alex from his 4-month-old session. Batting his long lashes and looking at me with those big blue eyes I was putty in his hands!

What a Difference?

I make a point at each Grow with Me session to use the same prop that I used at their newborn session as I find it really helps show how much they grow and change in the first year. Boy oh boy has Alex changed. He looked so tiny as a newborn in my dark brown wicker basket and this time he only just squeezed into it!

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Sitting down on the job

At 8 months Alex is sitting up by himself. He is bubbly and happy and as long as he can see where mum is at all times he is confident in front of the camera.

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Look at that face and those oh so kissable cheeks! I was totally in love with his romper suit that was covered in woodland animals. I’ve checked and they don’t sell them in adult sizes 🙁

A sitting child means I have lots more options to vary the setup and I got to use one of my favourite props, the wooden stool my dad made for me.

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Mum was literally just off to the right in case Alex had a wobble but he totally nailed it. What a pro!

Big chair, little person

I like to play with scale as well at these sessions. By putting Alex in a big chair he looks tiny.

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Good for the parents when they worry about how fast time is flying and how big they are getting!

As ever my time with adorable Alex was over too quickly. I can’t wait for his first birthday smash and splash session!

Studio Session – 4 month old Alex

Grow With Me

“Time flies, but not memories.” – Ika Natassa

The first year of a babies life they change so much. It’s important to commit all those little details and changes to memory. One way to do that is with a Grow with Me photography package to capture your baby professionally in a studio at the key milestones of their first year.

That’s exactly what Mum Martina and Granny Diane chose to do after getting Alex photographed in my studio at two weeks new. When he came in  at 4 months old I couldn’t believe how much he’d changed already!

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Isn’t he just delicious?

And here he is on a similar fluffy background at four months old.

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Still doing the ‘Superman’ pose but look how much he’s grown!!

At four months old babies know their parents and other significant people in their life. Alex was so smiley and happy especially when mum or granny were talking to him. His whole face seemed to like up. And don’t even get me started on those scrummy cheeks!

Heads up

Another big milestone at around the four months mark is being able to lift their own heads unsupported. I always advise parents to book their four months session in the studio when they start doing this.

It has to be said a lot of four month olds don’t particularly like being on their tummy and if that is the case I usually save those shots until the end of the session. Alex started to roll himself over quite near the beginning of the session so I took the chance and positioned him on his belly.

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And the little champ rewarded me with gorgeous poses like this one. 🙂

Getting too big for your basket

When I’m shooting each Grow with Me session I am not just thinking about the images as standalone sessions but how they might work alongside the other 3/4  sessions that make up the full series. Especially in the Photo Book at the end of their first year.

With that in mind I like to shoot the same prop in each of the sessions to show how much the baby has grown each time.

When Alex came into the studio as a newborn I decided to use a dark brown basket stuffed with fluffy wool layers.

Be still my heart!

What a difference four months makes…

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What a little star!

There’s an elephant in the room

Alex was such a professional superstar we got through all the ‘sets’ I had planned in record time. As he was still smiling and laughing I decided to pull out Nelly. I’m so glad I did…

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Then it was time to, reluctantly, give Alex back to his mum and let him get on with his day.

I’m already dreaming about when he next comes in to the studio and makes those beautiful eyes at me 🙂

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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 🙂

Studio Session – Large Family Shoot

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Super Size Me

Last Saturday my studio had its biggest challenge to date and the Buchanan Family were more than up for the challenge! 6 Adults, 1 teenager, 3 kids and 1 dog (a pointer-lab cross so not exactly small) descended and apart from a rabbit comment faux pas on my part it went really well 🙂

Leaders of the pack

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These two lovebirds headed up the family as parents to their two sons and grandparents to their four grandsons. They were super cute together. You could also tell they were close to their sons and their families the way they all interacted together.

Firstborn

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Their eldest son and his family complete with the newest addition, 3-month-old Lomond the dog!

The teenager, who I referred to as ‘the Teenager’ for the whole session was very patient with his younger brother and cousins. He probably would have rather been anywhere but in my studio but he didn’t show it. He also had the most gorgeous dimples every time he smiled. I didn’t point this out on the day for fear of embarrassing him!

His younger brother had the most amazing eyelashes. I was so jealous, they looked like extensions!

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For a 3-month-old, Lomond was very well behaved. Definitely put Bert and Ernie my two-year-old Frenchies to shame!

The baby

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The youngest son and his partner also had two cute sons. I loved their cheeky smiles and banter 🙂

Ready-made friends

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A cousin is a ready-made friend for life. These dudes are pretty lucky in that respect. And look, there are those dimples again!

But did they all fit?

I know that’s what you really want to know and the answer is…..YES!

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I reckon we could have got another couple of adults and kids in as well!

All in all, it was a blast, family sessions like this give me life.

Grow with Me

On Sunday I had baby Hugo back in the studio for the third session in his Grow with Me package. I love seeing how much these littles change in their first year and I think it is a great way for parents to document and remember those changes.

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His next session will be his first birthday session with a smash of some sort and then his parents will have the hard job of picking which images from each of the four sessions they will put in the A4 Photobook that comes with this package.

This is what I got back from Hugo’s mum when I sent his latest gallery over,

“Awesome pics yet again Jenny!”

That just makes my heart do happy flips!

Studio Sessions – Three generations and Hugo

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“I am a strong women because a strong woman raised me.”

Ever since Samantha gave birth to gorgeous Thea 15 months ago her own Mum has been desperate to get a photo of the three of them. Unable to get a good one by themselves they booked me to capture their three generations of women for them.

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I am always really honoured when I get to capture these types of moments as it will be amazing for Thea to look back when she is older at her heritage.

Baby Blues

Thea certainly kept us all on our toes but was easily bribed with Cheerios :-). She had the most amazing blue eyes that mum had emphasised with her pretty blue and white floral dress.

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Who run the world (girls)

Any excuse to quote Beyonce (am I right?)

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But with this amazing Mum and doting Gran I think Thea will go on to do anything she wants in life – maybe even run the world.

Baby Hugo

Who can forget gorgeous baby Hugo and those immensely kissable cheeks? Well he was in for the second of his Grow with Me sessions now he is 4 months old (I know, where has that 4 months gone?!).

You think they can’t have grown that much in 4 months! As I used my vintage suitcase prop at his newborn session I thought I would use it again at this stage to chart how much he had actually grown…..WOW!

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There wasn’t even any room for Ted this time!

I’m going to use the suitcase at all his sessions as I think it will make a cool montage at the end for his mum and dad. But I don’t think he will be in it for any more sessions!

His next session will be around the 8-month-old stage when he can sit up by himself. Then we round off at around one year old when he can stand by himself (or with a little help). I absolutely love it when parents book a Grow with Me package as it means I get to see these little people grow and develop. It was amazing the range of expressions Hugo has now and how much he recognised his mum’s voice. He still let me snuggle him as well so that was an added bonus 🙂

Coming Soon

The next few weeks in the studio are busy busy busy! I have a pet shoot this weekend and more pets in the coming week for family shoots. Then it will be Christmas Mini session madness! This week I am getting to try something new photographing handmade jewellery for a local college. Watch this space…