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Studio Portrait Session – Hazel, Cameron & Maisie

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” – Edward Steichen

When Emma and Andy brought their three children: Hazel (3); Cameron (21 months) and Maisie (2 months) into the studio I had three initial thoughts.

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  1. Emma and Andy make beautiful children.
  2. Man, three kids that close together in ages must be hard work!
  3. Emma and Andy deserve a medal for getting all three of them to the studio on time, well behaved, squeaky clean and with three costume changes (as well as looking pretty glam themselves).
A budding portrait photographer in the making

Hazel was immediately drawn to the toy camera in my toy-box and was fascinated by the whole portrait process.

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She really enjoyed seeing the image on the back of the camera. To keep her engaged and interested I let her take a picture of her brother. So whilst mum and dad held their breath I handed over my expensive camera gear to a three year old…and she nailed it!

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I mean the posing needs a little work, but I better watch my back! I thought it was important to include this image in the gallery so she could see the picture she created 🙂

All the young dudes

Not only was Cameron getting used to no longer being the baby of the family, having been relegated to middle child following the arrival of Maisie. He is going to have to come to terms with having not one but two sisters to deal with!!

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He seemed to be taking it all in his stride. Looking super cool in his ripped jeans and fresh white trainers.

Oh baby, baby

Be still my heart, baby Maisie with her big eyes and cute giggles had me wrapped around her little fingers.

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I just loved her little romper that toned perfectly with her big sisters dress and brothers shirt.

Costume Change

Now the sisters had matching dresses — too cute!

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Although Maisie made her outfit her own by adding a cheeky headband.

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Cameron was co-ordinated to perfection. Both he and Hazel found my tickle stick (aka telescopic feather duster) hilarious, especially when daddy was being tickled by mummy!

Put a label on it

These kids had been absolute angels and we were nearly at the end of the session so we were pushing our luck with a third costume change…But…the outfits were so worth it. Mum had organised these amazing sweatshirts and romper in pretty muted colours.

Maisie was being super chill but Hazel and Cameron were so over the session by now. Which is totally understandable for kids at this age. If it wasn’t for the outfits I would have called time on the session but I wanted that shot! So we did what all good parents and photographers do and bribed them with the promise of ice cream and the instant gratification of lollipops plucked fresh from my lollipop tree.

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It couldn’t have been that traumatic for them because Hazel, bless her, wanted me to go with them for ice cream. Although I think it was probably so she could pick my brain and takeover my photography business!

Golden Wedding Anniversaries & Competition Winners part 2.

Whoah! It has been a busy few weeks at JB Moments Photography. So much so that I am only now catching up on all my blogs (you have been warned!!) 🙂

There’s a model in the family

First up was the second of my birthday competition winners. The lovely Miss Berenice. Her mum had entered the competition to win a session for this beautiful six year old as a reward for being such a good big sister to her new baby sister. A very recent edition to the family.

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She’s a natural!

Mum wanted to make sure that Berenice felt like the centre of attention so I made it into a model shoot with costume changes and background changes galore!

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I’m not sure which us was having more fun with all the set changes and props. Berenice or me!

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Yeah, Baby Yeah!

I mean this is supposed to be a Christmas background but with an antique little chair I’d sourced I think it looks pure 60’s.

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Hanging tough!

But of course Berenice dotes on her baby sister so we had to take a few family pictures including mum and dad and of course the sisters.

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I mean the t-shirt says it all 🙂

 

 

Love is in the air (again)

Remember the family celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary at Alexander House? Well, they recommended me to their friends also celebrating a Golden Wedding Anniversary . This time at the newly refurbished Balnakeilly House. Another week, another stunning location, another fantastic family. Have I mentioned recently how much I love my job? 🙂

Lovers of balance and order take note…This married couple have 4 children. Each of their children have 4 children and between them have produced 8 grandsons and 8 granddaughters. Pretty cool, huh?

I was spoilt with options when I arrived with beautiful grounds overlooking the Perthshire countryside and an impressive house facade with steps just begging to be photographed. I did both of course but I just love this one of everybody on the steps.

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My golden couple were total love birds and couldn’t keep their hands off each other.

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When I asked, as I always do what the secret is to 50 years of happy married life they answered without a pause, “Luck and Laughter”.

Here’s to Luck and Laughter!

 

Golden Wedding Anniversaries & Competition Winners

Family Weekend

I had a brilliant weekend of shoots last weekend. First up on Saturday was a Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration in Perthshire and then on Sunday the first of my two Birthday Competition Winners came into the studio to get their free shoot.

Family is Golden

Jo one of the happy couple’s five children got in touch to see if I’d be willing to go up to Alexander House in Auchterarder to capture the family as part of the celebrations. “There will be 12 adults, 13 children, 1 baby and two dogs, is that okay?”, she said. Hell yeah! I love these kinds of shoots 🙂

I must confess I’d never heard of the place they’d hired for the get together with family coming from as far as Australia for the occasion. A quick google showed just how special Alexander House was. Wow, I couldn’t wait to see it.

Family is formal

Saturday was a beautiful summers day so we were able to take advantage of the lush green garden and rolling Perthshire countryside in the background.

As my fee includes all the edited images from the session I wanted to give this lovely family all the group variations I could think of including each couple with and without their offspring.

Everybody started off in quite formal groupings but as the hour progressed everybody got much more relaxed.

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I absolutely adore this one with all their grandchildren.

Golden advice

I always ask anniversary couples what their secret is to wedded bliss. After all, 50 years happily married is quite an achievement.

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Having fun and listening to each other was the sage advice from this pair of love birds.

Family is fun

I mentioned that we started off formal but we finished anything but! For my last couple of images, I suggested all the guys together and then all the girls.

This is what the boys came up with for their pictures!

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I really enjoyed hanging out with this wonderful family. In case you weren’t aware, I love my job!

I love Lucy

JB Moments Photography turned two in June and I ran a competition for two entrants to win a free photoshoot. When the names were picked from my auto selector I was delighted that the first winner was Lucy and her family.

I first met Lucy around her first birthday when she stole my heart at her cake smash. She has big brown eyes like milk chocolate buttons and is an absolute pleasure to work with.

Her mum entered so they could get some family images as they didn’t really have many of the three of them together. I did that, but I also couldn’t resist getting some more images of Lucy by herself.

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She was rocking the toy camera much better than I look with the real thing.

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And she was absolutely delighted with her mum’s bubble blowing skills!

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Okay, the last one I promise, but she was just an adorable little dot sitting in the big grown-up chair.

I love capturing Family images, big or small. As Michael J. Fox once said,

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”

 

Studio Session – Baby Kenzie

It’s a baby girl!

Don’t get me wrong I love all newborns and cuddling with babies is one of the best parts of my job. But I have had a run of baby boys in the studio lately and haven’t been able to use all the cute headbands that I had a bit of a spending spree on after Christmas.

As a result, I was overjoyed when I found out Sunday’s baby was a girl 🙂

Baby Kenzie was just 13 days new when she came into the studio. Surprising her Mum, Dad and big brother Rhys by arriving over a week early!

Oh, Brother!

Rhys was only 3 years old but he was so well behaved. Especially once he spied the lollipop tree in my studio. I always like to start with sibling shots as then if they get bored one of the parents can take them to the park, etc.

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It looks like Kenzie already adores her big brother judging by the way she is looking up at him.

Three-year-olds can be a bit tricky to pose with new babies. They can be unpredictable and have quite a short attention span. Not a good combination when holding a baby! That is why I usually start with them laying on the floor. There is nowhere for the baby to fall!

Rhys was a total champ though so I knew we could try a slightly different pose – with mum and dad poised to catch baby, of course.

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One day Kenzie will be able to look at these precious memories. She will know just how loved she was by her big brother as soon as she entered the world.

Counting Sheep

Content with being swaddled and enjoying the tropical heat I keep the studio at for a newborn session, Kenzie soon drifted off into a nice deep slumber. Allowing me to get my headband and bonnet fix. But my favourite image of her is with my sheep lovies surrounding her.

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Don’t make me angry

Unfortunately for me, the deep sleep came to an abrupt end once we unwrapped her! Don’t get me wrong I plan shots for both awake and asleep babies as you never know how they are going to be on the day.

I couldn’t resist taking this image. She looks so mad at me!

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Wrap me back up now! And whilst you’re at it, bring me another bottle of the house white.

It didn’t stop me from stealing lots of cuddles from her though 🙂

 

Working with Children and Animals – Studio and Location

“Never work with children or animals” – W.C. Fields

I think Fields advice is probably spot on for actors, tv producers, directors, etc. But as a photographer, they are my favourite subjects to capture. The spontaneity and joy, especially when capturing them together has the makings for beautiful moments.

In the Studio

I am delighted to report that more and more families this year have been bringing their pets to the studio for their family sessions. When Kimberly booked a photo shoot for her partner Darren’s birthday she was keen to include their Cockapoo Lottie as well as their one-year-old son Nathan. Absolutely, I said, the whole family should be included.

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Plans, what plans

My original plan was to give this lovely family lots of different images in their gallery. Dad with Nathan, Mum with Nathan, Nathan with Lottie, Nathan on his own, etc, etc. You get the picture.  Whilst it’s great to have a shoot plan. When working with children or animals you have to be prepared to adapt your plan, or even set fire to it!

Daddy’s Boy

There’s usually a point between around 10 months and 18 months when a happy, bubbly baby becomes a little bit clingy and a little unsettled in new situations for a few months until they find their equilibrium again. Nathan only wanted to be with his daddy and wasn’t happy on his own or with mummy. I’m not in the business of upsetting kids. So we rolled with it.

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And when we added Mum in we kept Nathan on Dads lap.

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Daddy’s Girl

Lottie clearly wanted in on the action and decided that she was happiest on Dad’s lap as well!

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I love this picture though. It’s what family means to these guys and Nathan has got a gorgeous smile going on. I’ll take that as a success any day.

Better yet, mum and dad loved their pictures and that’s the ultimate result I am always aiming for.

On location

Then on Sunday the wonderful team at Blush Boutique in Kincardine asked if I’d help out at their charity fundraiser My Pet and Me. I offered my shooting and editing time for free and they charged people £10 for a 15-minute photo session with their pets. Between that and the other goodies, they had on offer over £350 was raised for Second Chance Kennels and The Edward Foundation. They also collected loads of great donations for the kennels as well.

Under Pressure

Normally for a pet shoot, I have a full hour to get the animal comfortable with the location, the flash and find out what makes them sit and look at me. Now add kids and a cat. I’ve never shot a cat in a location other than their own. GULP! What could possibly go wrong?

Crack for Dogs

Turns out nothing! Nothing went wrong and I had an absolute blast kissing and petting all the pets and high fiving the kids. Thanks to Sam at Dog! playing a huge part by giving all the dogs her amazing Liver Cake that they couldn’t get enough off. The treats I’d bought to tempt them didn’t have a patch on these homemade gourmet delights 🙂

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Did someone say LIVER CAKE !!!
Pepper the Cat

And the cat? The cat was an absolute rockstar. Once Pepper came out of her basket and had a good look around she struck a pose like a total professional.

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Those dogs are amateurs.
Dog Days

I saw old dogs and puppies, small dogs, big dogs and mahoosive dogs. There were rescue dogs and bred from Crufts winners dogs. There was even a tripod dog. All in all, I shot 24 dogs, 16 kids and 1 cat. One thing was the same with all of them though…they were all loved by their owners and they were all GORGEOUS. Here are just some of the highlights from a fantastic day.

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I wanna talk to my agent about this.

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Studio Session – Large Family Shoot

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 Session – The Competition Winners!

In December I ran a competition across my Instagram and Facebook pages to win a free photo shoot in my newly expanded studio. All people had to do was like or follow me and say what kind of shoot they wanted.

It’s fair to say I got a lot of entries across both platforms and the shoots people wanted ranged from newborn to family, headshots to pets. I took out all the family members that entered (sorry mum 😉 ) and assigned each entry a number based on when they submitted. Then using a random number generator I found on the internet I picked the entry that corresponded with that number.

It was Jennifer and she wanted some nice photos of her son who was two and his new 4-month-old sister. As well as some pictures of them all as a family. She was delighted when I told her she’d won the prize worth £120 🙂

She ain’t heavy she’s my sister

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Not only was this two-year-old turning into a very handsome chap indeed. He was also very well behaved – he only needed one bribe for doughnuts. (to be fair I would do anything for doughnuts as well, just saying). Despite making sure mum and dad were close by, just out of camera, he was very careful with his baby sister.

As for the baby sister…Look at that hair, those eyes, that dimple!! As you can tell I was totally smitten. She was such a good-natured little girl as well. No tears or tantrums here!

I’ll look out for you

This big brother loves his little sister. I think as she gets older she is going to have him wrapped around her cute little fingers.

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The best gift our parents gave us was each other.
Sometimes you gotta race cars

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With up to an hour in the studio, you get to mess around with different backdrops and props. It’s important to get shots of each child individually as well and find ways to let their personality shine through. My little red racing car was just the thing for this young man ( I think dad was secretly a little jealous).

Time for my close up

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Meanwhile, this little cutie was perfectly content to sit in the chair and pout and pose for us.

All too soon the session was over and it was time for me to pack the toys away and start acting like an adult again (booo).

The family went off for doughnuts (not at all jealous!) and I couldn’t wait to get started on editing and delivering back their digital gallery.

The sprinkles on the doughnut

Sorry, but that’s all I can think about now…..

The best bit was getting such a lovely review back from my winners.

Fab photos done with our little ones! Jenny was great and made us all feel comfortable so she got the best pics possible of the kids! Will definitely be back for more photos in the future!

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Studio Session – The Murray Family

“Marriage is a relationship in which one is always right and the other is the husband!”

Margaret and Don Murray have been married for forty years. To celebrate they wanted a family photo shoot with their nearest and dearest. Their two sons, one partner, two grandkids and the most important members of their family. Bailey and Tia their Labradoodles.

Bert and Ernie Approved

Those of you that know me know I am besotted by my two Frenchies, Bert and Ernie. I also happen to think they are an excellent judge of character. We first met Don out walking Bailey and Tia and the dogs all loved each other. Not only that, Bert and Ernie took a shine to Don as well. Definite seal of approval in my eyes! And of course, they were right as the rest of the family turned out to be lovely as well.

What’s the Secret?

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I can’t have a couple that has been married for 40 years in the studio and not ask them what the secret to wedded bliss is? The answer from Don was “do what you’re told!”. I have advised Mr JB of this handy tip immediately 🙂

It’s a Family Affair

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The family had great banter and you could tell they were all very close-knit. The session was great fun and Margaret told me at the end she had been dreading the session but actually enjoyed it. That’s music to my ears and the reason I do this job.

My newly expanded studio coped admirably with 5 adults, 2 kids and 2 dogs.

Favourites

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Beautiful Lois and child modelling superstar Blair are clearly much-loved grandkids and I could see why. Brilliantly behaved with the perfect amount of cheek, these two needed the least amount of direction from me.

But…

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Everyone was in agreement that Margaret and Don’s absolute favey faves are their fur babies Bailey and Tia. The best bit – because they are so darn cute nobody seemed to mind.

Bailey
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Woof!

Bailey arrived on the scene first and was named after a well-known drink because of his creamy colour. He was the couples first Labradoodle and they were soon totally smitten. So much so that they felt he needed a wee sister.

Tia
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Did someone say Sausages?

Sticking with the alcohol theme along came Tia. I had the pleasure of meeting her as a pup during our walks and she is a total cutie.

So there you have it. Families take many forms and all of them should be celebrated. This was such a fun shoot to do. Reason number 634 why I love my job 🙂

 

Studio Session – The Robertson Family

“Love grows more tremendously full, swift, poignant, as the years multiply.” – Zane Grey

The Robertsons were gifted one of my gift vouchers for their Ruby Wedding Anniversary. A family photo shoot with their two grown-up sons, their partners and their super cute two-year-old grandson Lewis.

What’s the secret?

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Married almost twenty years myself I was keen to get the inside scoop from these two lovebirds how to double that number! Without any hesitation, they both said, perfectly in sync, “Patience”. I’m gonna need to work on that then!

Their Boys

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Before my studio expansion, I wouldn’t have been able to take a mum, dad and two grown up sons image like this. The room was just too small. Now I am able to move around my clients to get the best angle in comfort. As a bonus the rest of the clients not in the image can relax in comfort at the other side of the room.

But wait, there’s more!

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If I couldn’t do the last shot I certainly couldn’t fit six adults comfortably in. We had space for more as well. Could’ve had a full on party! Although to be fair this crew were so much fun we were having our own party!

I love seeing the bond between family members and watching how they interact with each other in the studio. This family unit was TIGHT 🙂 There were lots of in-jokes, genuine affection and laughter.

The star of the show

Without a doubt, the star of the session was Master Lewis.

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At two years-old he was killing it in the fashion stakes with his checked shirt and cool jeans (I checked I can’t get those monkey knee patches on adult jeans – actually gutted). He was so good during the hour long shoot as well. He only needed the occasional bribe with some white chocolate buttons to keep going. Especially as he was in nearly all the pictures.

The happy couple has already come back and told me that they “Love, love, love” their photos and I am delighted that the family have some cracking memories to look back on. I’m off to work on that patience thing – wish me luck!

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Studio Session – Baby Pippa

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” – Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

It’s a Girl!

Don’t get me wrong I love all the squishy newborn babies that I get to snuggle in my studio but after a run of baby boys, it was lovely to meet 11 days new Pippa. At 6 pounds 8 ounces she was a small but perfectly formed bundle of gorgeousness. Time to break out the headbands!

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Sister Act

When chatting with mum as she booked the session she mentioned that she wanted some sibling shots with Pippa’s big sister Hollie who was two. Not a problem. Although two-year-olds are the most unpredictable in my experience so I had baby’s neck fully supported underneath the swaddling and mum close by before I even attempted the shot.

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In this instance, I needn’t have worried as big sister was amazing with her baby sister. But always better to be safe than sorry!

After posing like a champ Hollie went off with Daddy for a babycino like the big grown up little lady she is.

If the hat fits…

I have lots of wraps, outfits and hats for my clients to choose from but I always love it when they bring in something special to them. In this case, it was a knitted hat that had been Hollie’s when she was born.

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Bear with me little one!

Is that not unBEARably cute?! (sorry not sorry) 🙂

Bucket List

If I get a new prop I’ve gotta use it and mum was up for it too. Pippa was soooo cosy and comfy all swaddled up she was very content.

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All to soon my time with Pippa was up. One more snuggle and kiss of those gorgeous cheeks. Then I had to give her back to her family and get ready for the next little bundle of joy.