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Studio Sessions – Oh Baby Baby

Oh, Baby Baby!

“Every child begins the world again” – Henry David Thoreau

Since being allowed to open my studio up again I have had the pleasure of meeting lots of new babies and I’m not at all upset about it at all!

Brothers & Sisters

What’s been lovely is that they have all had siblings that have been dead proud of their new baby brother or sister.

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Like Joshua who is clearly delighted with his new baby brother Travis.

And Sophia who loves her little sister Emilia.

Just look at that face!!! Too cute

Talking of cute family poses look at baby Lucia being loved on by her big brother Joel.

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All the heart eyes 🙂

Then of course there was baby Jaxen who not only wanted pictures with his big brother Cooper but with his two pet dogs as well.

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Oh yeah, these guys nailed it with no need to head swap or composite in post processing. Super well behaved doggos, I could only imagine the chaos mine would cause trying to get this pose. There would be no studio letft!!!

Props for days

With so many littles in the studio I got chance to flex my prop cupboard.

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It was fun to use my little wooden crate that I hadn’t had out of the cupboard in ages. Even though Jaxen was giving me his best angry face. Which, by the way, was still adorable.

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Travis had his own prop as well in the form of his dad’s tartan and he seemed pretty chill with it.

His Mum had also mentioned that she loved stars so I couldn’t resist adding a little prop in post processing.

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Sometimes props can be teeny tiny. Little Miss Lucia had just THE most perfect little tootsies and I couldn’t resist putting a little felted heart into.

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Delicious, right?

Hair We Go

Baby Jaxen had the most amaxing mop of red hair that I was very partial to. He literally looked amazing in every colour I wrapped him in.

But he looked especially gorgeous in this baby blue colour. Oh and he also had the most kissable cheeks.

And if I’m going to be predictable and show you a boy on blue you bet I’m going to show you a baby girl on pink.

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But with a black floral wrap just to show how sassy Miss Lucia is.

Mugshots

I always finish each newborn session with some mugshots. I really must give these a better name as they are all about the baby’s awake expressions captured overheard on a simple backdrop and processsed in black and white. But for now, mugshots it is!

Each baby gave me loads of great expressions and some great eye contact which is what I live for when shooting these images. But best of all was one of Miss Emilia’s that I simply had to share here.

I mean, come on!

Snuggles But No Sniffing

The only downside about having to wear a mask throughout the entire session (apart from the heat and being able to smile at the kiddos) is not being able to get covert lungfuls of that new baby head smell when parents aren’t looking. Or even when they are looking, I have no shame.

But I am still able to snuggle these bundles of absolute joy and that for me is priceless 🙂

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Studio Session – Baby Payton & Arnold

Studio Session – Baby Payton & Arnold

What’s better than working with children and animals? Working with a baby girl and her Bulldog big brother 🙂

Hey Arnold

When Miss Payton’s mum asked if their 4-year-old British Bulldog could be in some of the pictures I couldn’t wait to say yes. Anyone who knows me knows I love the squishy-faced breeds. Remember the Pugs from the cake smash!

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Whilst mum was feeding Payton I couldn’t resist getting a few pictures of Arnold. That’s 30 odd kilos of pure love right there! He was such a good boy as well as being gorgeous to boot.

Baby In A Bucket

The safety of the newborn is always my first concern and if Arnold had reacted badly to the studio environment or anything felt off I would have taken a picture of him and the baby separately and then merged the images together in post-production.

I needn’t have worried though, Arnold absolutely doted on his hooman baby sister.

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Look how proud he is. Grandma, who came to take Arnold home after his modeling duties was more concerned that I’d put Miss Payton in a bucket! But was reassured once I showed her that it had been designed specifically as a newborn prop and was filled with posing aids to support her.

Mum loved the bucket shots I have online and I had a second one lined up if Miss Payton stayed asleep.

Baby Makes A Family

Even if parents don’t want a traditional portrait with them in it is as well I always try and politely insist on this one.

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It flatters everyone and shows the connection of the new family unit. I just love it 🙂

This family was all gorgeous and mum looked incredible considering she’d had a C-section 12 days earlier!

Hey Beautiful

Finally being out of lockdown meant I could use some of the new wraps, backdrops, florals, and headbands I had been investing in whilst not able to shoot.

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Isn’t she just beautiful? She had perfect rosebud lips and long strawberry blonde eyelashes to die for.

Nighty Night

Payton did really well at staying asleep through most of her session, allowing me to capture images like this.

Newborn Photographer - JB Moments PhotographyI think she looks deep in a lovely dream here. Perhaps about milk or Arnold!

Mugshot Time

She woke up shortly after this before I could do my 2nd bucket pose (that really requires an asleep baby) and no amount of milk or comforting was going to change her mind at this point so we moved onto my baby mugshots that require an awake baby anyway.

She pulled some cracking expressions that were really cute as well as a full-blown cry out that I captured as well!

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But this one cracks me up the most – man she looks so angry with me!!

Bucket Compensation

Payton was the most amazing first newborn back in the studio after lockdown. I was very happy editing her gallery. But I knew mum had wanted that second bucket shot. So I took one of Payton’s sleeping images and put her in a hot air balloon instead.

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Up, up, and away beautiful girl.

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 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 – Baby Stella

Baby Stella

The darkest nights produce the brightest stars.

Newborn baby?

In the day’s BC (before Coronavirus) most photographers agreed that a ‘newborn’ baby is up to 2 months old and some photographers prefer to only photograph newborns up to 2 weeks old to capture them at their squishy, sleepiest best.

Stella’s parents had booked her in for a newborn shoot shortly after she was born but then C-19 happened! She was born mid-April and the first time I could reopen was end-July so she was the most geriatric newborn I’ve ever photographed!!

Worth the wait

She was totally worth the wait though.

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I had ordered this fabric (called Stella) in especially for her so I was delighted to be finally using it. Miss Stella gave me lots of lovely eye contact with those baby blues of hers. And her skin was practically perfect all peaches and cream.

Stella has a big sister Fern who had her first birthday cake smash with me. Her pictures remind me of erm me in lockdown. All the cake and no bra!!

Mum really wanted a picture of the two sisters together but Miss Fern really didn’t want to play ball so I had to composite a shot of the two of them together afterwards. Next time!

Another good thing about an older baby

Is that they can hold their heads up with less support which makes getting images like this much easier.

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Look at those cheeks, isn’t she adorable? I was absolutely smitten.

Smiles for miles

Usually, when I take my ‘mugshot’ images of the baby I get all manner of annoyed and grumpy expressions from them which can be super cute. Miss Stella though was all about the smiles.

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I love her cheeky look in this image.

A star has been born

It was wonderful to have a baby back in the studio again. And even though her big sister didn’t want in on the action she did bring me back doughnuts (I suspect with Dad’s help) when they went out on a little break. You all know by now I’m an absolute sucker for doughnuts!

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Look at this little lady, super chilled, super happy…a superstar!

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.

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!