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Studio Sessions – Family!

Family

“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.” – Albert Einstein

As well as lots of yummy babies I have had the honour of capturing lots of family images recently too. These types of sessions mean so much to me because I know there is usually a reason for them and as such, they create a beautiful memory for the family in them.

The Grow with Me One

I love doing Grow With Me sessions as I get to see how cute bambinos grow and develop over their first year. Miss Cora came in for her 2nd session and I just had to include her big brothers in the pictures.

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I love how much they dote on her. She even has a cool nickname ‘Baby C’. That’s what being in a family is all about. This little lady is always going to have her big bros looking out for her.

The Turning One One (!)

Little Miss Erin was about to turn one and mum wanted to celebrate with a family portrait.

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Such a cute family. One day, when she is much older. Erin will look at these pictures and get all the warm and fuzzies. Just like her mum and dad will when she is in her difficult teenage years and they remember what a precious little dot she was!

The We Are So Proud Of Him One

This family have all their kid’s graduation pictures in frames proudly displayed. Just because their youngest son’s graduation was cancelled due to C-19 they still wanted to mark his moment. The gown was still hired and I did my best to recreate the graduation images his sisters had taken.

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I love that this will be hung in pride of place in the family home. Bonus points that he graduated from the Univerity all the best people graduate from, Stirling 😉

The Baby Is Flying The Nest One

This was a very personal session for me. I gifted a Family Photoshoot at my local virtual Christmas Fair last year. It was a prize draw with all the proceeds going to local family charities. I used a random number spinner to generate the winners to keep things all above board but I was delighted when my good friends won!

I’ve been wanting to shoot this family for ages. Dad is an over 6-foot mountain of a man and Mum is so tiny and petite. How she managed to give birth to twin boys and then another son is beyond me! I mean I’m guessing they didn’t appear as big as they are today but even still!!!

It was a poignant moment for them as well as their youngest son was flying the nest off to training college.

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We had a blast in the studio and I think that comes across in the images. To me, if grown-ass boys can still hug their parents and come along to a session like this, then they have been bought up right!

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I love how mum’s smile stretches from ear to ear as she is getting loved on by her sons. Images like this are important to me. Showing the mum at the heart of the family as all too often she is behind the camera capturing the images.

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I smile because you’re my brother. I laugh because there is nothing you can do about it.

A Tail of Two Dogs

A Tail of Two Dogs

“Every dog owner thinks their dog is the best dog in the world and every dog owner is right”

Can we have a moment of applause for my witty blog title? I’m rather proud of it! I seem to have had a run of dogs recently in the studio with Hugo and Hector the Pugs joining Adam’s cake smash and Arnold the Bulldog protecting his newborn human baby sister Payton.  And I am definitely not complaining, quite the opposite in fact. Then to my utter joy a week or so apart I had two doggos in that couldn’t be any more different.

Sully

First up, named after the loveable and huge monster in Monsters Inc was Sully the St. Bernard.

Be still my heart, ever since watching the movie Beethoven as a kid I’ve loved St Bernards. This was the first time having one in the studio though.

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Look at him!! He was a gentle giant as he plodded up the stairs to the studio. Armed with a pack of ham his owners didn’t have to give him much direction he pretty much sat down and chilled.

He was booked in for a very special reason. It was his first birthday.

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So he had a birthday hat!!! That also means he hasn’t finished growing yet. Yikes!

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Just look at those paws! Humungous!

Despite taking lots of breaks to fuss this gorgeous fella I made a beautiful gallery of images that his owners love and record his first birthday.

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Alas, I couldn’t keep him so I had to let him go home and then wipe the drool off of, well everywhere, in the studio!

Luqa

Luqa’s owner had been gifted a Pet Photosession by her mum for Christmas 2019!! Finally, after 3 lockdowns, I was able to honour her original voucher.

Luqa is a Yorkie/Maltese cross and where Sully was huge, Luqa was teeny tiny.

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You could easily fit him in a teeny tiny handbag. Luqa didn’t want anything to do with me at first but eventually came around with some of my doggy treats.

For such a tiny pooch he had the biggest expressive eyes.

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This is a toddler-sized wicker chair. When I was editing this image he reminded me of another cute creature but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Then it came to me.

A Porg
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Credit: Lucasfilm

Tell me you see it too??

As Luqa was so little and inquisitive I used a variety of props to keep him still for a moment to capture an image.

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Like little boxes.

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And even a tiny bowl!

I have to say big or tiny, both dogs were very well behaved.

If you would like to get your furry friend professionally photographed but not sure how they’ll be or want to invest in a full shoot I am currently running a ‘Dog Day’s of Summer” Mini Session on two dates. One for outside images and one for Studio images.

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(and yup Sully made it onto the ad poster!).

You can book here.

 

 

 

Studio Session – Campbell Family

Studio Session – Campbell Family

“Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life.” – Lisa Weed

Grandma’s Christmas Present

Yet another lockdown postponement story! Originally Grandma has asked for an up-to-date picture of her grandchildren for Christmas. Especially pertinent as both her sons had new babies. Then it became a full family portrait. Then we had to put the breaks on due to COVID-19. Grandma got an IOU for Christmas.

Family, Finally

Then a couple of weeks ago when we had the green light to go. The family met up in the studio. 6 adults, 2 children, 2 babies, and one teenager who would rather have been anywhere else (but was a very good sport!).

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How this glamorous lady has 5 grandchildren I do not know!! The family had been brilliant at following the prep guide I send out and had all come in coordinating outfits.

Falkirk’s Baby Of The Week

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This little dude was crowned Baby of the Week in the local newspaper the week he came to the studio and with those big baby blue eyes and cheeky face it is easy to see why.

His baby cousin was also a little cutie with the most kissable cheeks you ever did see on a girl. I don’t have consent to post their images so you will just have to take my word for it.

Good Looks Run in The Family

His big sister is absolutely beautiful with long blonde hair and piercing blue eyes.

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She also loves to pose for the camera which is an absolute bonus! Her cousin (the cute cheeks baby’s brother) also had a cheeky grin when we coaxed it out of him with the tickle stick!

Good Sport

These pair have a teenage big brother who would have rather been anywhere than in my studio. But he was a good sport and put up with my teasing and posing requests with very good grace considering! I think he was just relieved that he didn’t have to wear matching outfits with his little siblings!!

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Not Just About The Kids

When I have these sessions in the studio and I am graced with such cute littles it can be easy to focus all my attention on them and forget about the adults. But often they don’t have many pictures of themselves as a couple once the kids come along. I like to rectify that at family sessions.

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Sessions like this are always loud, chaotic, hot, but most of all FUN. I hope that Grandma’s Christmas Present was worth the wait.

Studio Session – Family

Time spent with family is worth every second.

Family

I got a last-minute request for a family shoot right before Christmas. Of course, I was happy to accommodate. I love creating a visual history for families to cherish.

If that family then turns up and is great fun right from the start AND are all wearing co-ordinating red tartan. Well, cover me in eggs and flour and bake me in a hot oven for 30 minutes! I am in heaven!

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Youngest Family Member

Isabella had an infectious giggle and gorgeous smile so I had to start with her.

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She definitely had a mischievous streak and had lots of ideas for silly pictures including tickling the olds when they weren’t expecting it.

Big Brother

Next up was big brother Jahcari. Despite being far too cool for school he was also very polite and happy to be directed for poses.

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What a good looking boy but he was keeping very coy about his romantic life despite my teasing! Poor lad!

Fam-a-lam

One thing that was evident was the love between brother and sister, even if they would never admit it!

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What about the grown-ups?

It’s not all about the kiddos as cute as they are. The grown-ups deserve some attention too.

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These two were clearly loved up and took very little persuasion from me to have a little smooch for the camera as well. Much to the disgust of the kids!

All too soon our session was over and we were all still laughing as I showed them out of the studio. These sort of sessions give me life and the 5-star review mum gave me was the icing on the cake 🙂

 

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 Sessions – Penny, Evie & Harlow

Studio Sessions – Penny, Evie & Harlow

Little girls with dreams become women with vision.

Girls Weekend

Last weekend the studio was deliciously overrun with girls. On Saturday I had the pleasure of Penny and Evie and on Sunday Harlow visited the studio. What made this even cooler is that I first met Penny and Harlow 2 years ago when I first started doing the annual photoshoots for Kincardine Toddler Group. I love getting to see my little clients grow up 🙂

Penny & Evie

The girl’s grandma had first booked this studio shoot pre lockdown. When her other daughter was going to be visiting from Australia with her grandson. A chance to get all her grandchildren together for a photo. Sadly it looks like the visit from down under is off for the foreseeable future so she decided to go ahead with her granddaughters in the meantime.

Shy girl

Penny was very shy when she first came into the studio. She wasn’t at all keen on getting her photo taken. That is why I always set the sessions for up to an hour in case a little needs to ‘warm-up’ first. After the promise of bubbles, a chicken that squeaks from its bottom and the lure of the lollipop tree she got into her groove.

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Definitely not shy

By contrast little miss Evie, Penny’s 8-month-old sister had no such reservations!

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She was at that gorgeous bubbly chubby age and was happy to sit and smile all day long! She had a  twinkle in her baby blues and you can just tell she is going to be blond-haired like her beautiful sister.

All the grandchildren (sort of)

I asked gran to send me a picture of her grandson Arran so I could include him in the session somehow.

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I asked Penny to hold one of the wedding pictures I keep in the studio and added grans phone picture in afterwards. Hopefully, we will get them all in the same room for a picture in the not too distant future.

Almost at the end of the session, I took my favourite image of the two sisters.

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I love it because they are both looking at the camera and engaged with one another. So cute 🙂

Harlow

On Sunday Miss Harlow returned to the studio after rocking her last photoshoot in December last year. This time she bought her full entourage with her. Hair and wardrobe (mum) and entertainer and chauffeur (dad)!

Getting down to business like a true pro, Harlow had three wardrobe changes to get through.

Look 1 – casual denim

First up she rocked some skinny jeans and a white flared top.

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I can’t believe how grown up she looks in this image – working that head tilt for the camera!

Talking of cameras…

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She even found time to turn the tables on me and become model turned photographer!

Look 2 – formal elegance

Next up was a more formal dress ensemble complete with metallic shoes.

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Very demure, very elegant. The big smiles were curtsey of her very own entertainer (dad) doing goodness knows what behind me!

I think this would make a great winter party dress or dare I say Christmas party dress!

Look 3 – smart casual

Last up was a cute denim dress with pockets! (I know!).

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Harlow powered through the three wardrobe and set changes like an absolute champ. Then it was off to get her reward…some chicken nuggets. Lucky girl!

 

Nephews, Universities and Rainbows

A Busy & Varied Week back for JB Moments Photography

Ohhhh emmmm geeee it is soooooooooo good to be back! Although I kept myself busy during lockdown with training and admin, nothing beats picking up my camera and shooting real clients.

As well as a full Grow with Me session and Newborn session in the studio I got to flex my photography muscle on a few other things too.

These Boys!

As lockdown eases my brother and his family managed to get up for a few days mid-week. I hadn’t seen my two littlest nephews since January so I was very excited to get to see them. They have both grown so much so of course I had to squeeze in a sneaky photography shoot with them and their dog.

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Look who’s in town!

Lester the dog was by far the best at taking direction!!

On Location

Next up it was great to be back at the University of Stirling to update some corporate headshots for the Director of Advancement.

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Stirling Uni has the hardest working and best-looking staff!

The University was looking beautiful and the new Sports Centre complex will be open very soon which will be amazing for all the returning students.

Rainbows

I had Easter Mini Sessions booked in before the C-19 lockdown and with Easter a very distant memory I contacted each client to see what theme they wanted for their re-scheduled session.

Lucy’s mum requested a Rainbow session to celebrate Lucy being a Rainbow baby.

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I was very proud of the fluffy clouds I had made and I knew I could add the rainbows in post-production. I couldn’t get over how much Lucy had grown since I had last seen her in the studio. She was totally modelling her dungarees in this image!

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But it was her rainbow tutu that stole the show. Mum told me they did them in adult sizes as well. I’m totally off to hunt down one. Imagine how much more fun the weekly trip to the supermarket would be in one of those!

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My cloud prop that my dad made for newborn clients also worked really well on this set. A little throne for my rainbow princess. I love capturing kids like this when they are totally engrossed in something. They forget I am pointing a camera at them.

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” – Dolly Parton

Studio Session – Rhys and Ellie’s Gift

The gift of memories

Rhys (12) and Ellie’s (9) gran got in touch with me early November last year to ask if I would shoot her two grandkids as a Christmas surprise for her daughter. It wasn’t until they came into the studio at the end of November that I realised it was their idea. Rhys and Ellie had come up with the present idea for their mum. Then they had convinced gran to be their accomplice!

Christmas surprise

Now I love the idea of the gift of memories.  Christmas time is when I sell the most gift vouchers for family sessions and the like. But these guys wanted to give their mum something physical to unwrap and I was totally up for being part of the conspiracy 😉

I feel like the session was ages ago now and I have been itching to share their cute images. But mum was literally the word and any sharing might have spoiled the surprise.

Sunday Best

Rhys and Ellie came dressed in their best outfits. I think they had snuck out of the house in them on the pretence of going out to lunch with gran and grandad afterwards. Any way to warm them up I took some pictures of them individually as well as together. As well as making sure they had lots of options to make their selection from.

Miss Ellie

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I mean how pretty is this little lady? (Answer: very). Not only that she was super polite and thoughtful. She clearly doted on her big brother as well. I loved the fullness of her checked party dress so I had lots of fun getting her to twirl around in it.

Master Rhys

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Despite being almost a teenager big brother Rhys was charming. He was such a cool dude in his skinny jeans and polo shirt.

The winning shot

I could’ve taken images of these two all-day – they were such good kids. We even got gran involved in some of them. But as usual, I was checking the back of my camera and saw this image and knew I’d nailed it.

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And I was right! It was the picture the kids picked and had printed and framed for their mum. Rhys even emailed me himself to order the prints and to thank me for the gallery.

What I didn’t realise was that they actually lived at the top of my street so after Christmas when I was walking the dogs this woman came running over to me. ‘I’m Rhys and Ellie’s mum’ she said, ‘their gift made me cry, it was so beautiful, thank you’. That, dear friends, is job satisfaction right there 🙂

 

Studio Session – The Johnston Family

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What do you get the glamorous mum for her birthday that already has it all…? A handsome husband, 4 gorgeous grown-up kids, a daughter-in-law (that is good at organising presents) and a brand new cute as a button two-month-old granddaughter. An updated family photoshoot, that’s what you get her!

I’m totally all for presents that give an experience rather than stuff and a gift of memories is one of the most precious gifts of all. Daughter in law Katie did good, very good (I’m just a bit worried that she has set the bar too high for Christmas now!!).

Meet the birthday girl

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Woot woot! See what I mean about glamorous? You’d certainly never guess they had 4 adult kids, would you?

The Family Photo that started it all

Mum bought with her a photo that they’d had done as a family a few years ago and asked me if I could recreate it now her babies are all grown up. Such a fun idea and we included the original picture in the new one as well!

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The boys have clearly had a growth spurt since the original!! The original image was on a brilliant white background.  I gave them a version of this image with the same background. But I must confess I prefer the more flattering cream tones of this background.

Of course, there are now two more additions to the family so to update the image properly let’s add in Katie and baby Elsie.

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Look at Elsie, she’s a natural in front of the camera already!

Families within Families

As I give all the edited digital images to the family I made sure that we captured all the combinations. Including the newest little family.

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Back to the Birthday Girl

I had to pose mum with her twin daughters.

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As you can see good looks clearly run in the family.

And when I have grown up sons in the studio I love to have them kiss their mama. It always delights mum and makes the guys squirm a little!

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Look at that grin!

The undisputed star of the Show!

Everybody wanted their photo with Miss Elsie. Mum, Dad, Granny, Grandad, Aunties and even her Uncle! I think the birthday girl was very happy to share the spotlight with this little cutie and as the first grandchild and niece, she is absolutely doted on. And rightly so.

I couldn’t resist finishing up with some photos of her by herself.

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And just like that, after multiple combinations and lots of fun and laughter, the session was over. Have I mentioned I have the best job in the world?!

Studio Session – the Cech Family

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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.