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Studio Session – Baby Sebastian

First we had each other then we had you now we have everything.

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First baby of 2020

Baby Sebastian was 19 days new when he came into the studio on the 2nd day of 2020 and completely stole my heart.

Years ago I worked with his mum’s bestie (if by work you mean meeting for copious cups of tea and bitching about the place we worked at – then we worked hard!). She got in touch to buy a newborn photoshoot as a baby gift. That’s the perfect BFF right there!

Wide awake club

I’d established with mum that Sebastian was most sleepy in the afternoon so that’s when we booked the session. However, as I always tell parents their baby will always choose the day of their photoshoot to change their routine. Sebastian was no exception! But that’s okay because I get beautiful wide awake images for their gallery as well as sleepy ones. Plus it means I get more time snuggling with the baby as I attempt to get them to nod off. Win-win!

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Nope, counting sheep isn’t going to send me to sleep!
What the heck are you doing to me?

I thought with one of the backdrops I was using my mohair teddy bonnet would look super cute on Sebastian.

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And it did, but I also love his angry expression in this image. It’s like he is totally mad at me for daring to put him in the hat!

Being a model is exhausting

Eventually being fed and swaddled started to work its magic.

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I’m so tired of being admired.

Master Sebastian decided my bucket prop was the perfect place to take a little power nap.

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Look at those pouty lips and perfectly kissable cheeks. Baby perfection right there!

Family is a beautiful word

I always ask mum and dad at the beginning of the session if they want pictures of them with their new bundle of joy. A lot of parents are self-conscious and not sure if they want to be in front of the camera. Being parents is all-new, as is not getting much sleep. Sebastian’s parents were no exception. I always say the same thing. These images are not for you, they are for your baby when they get old enough to understand – you want them to see how loved they were as soon as they were born. I ease them into it with a silhouette image like the one at the beginning of this blog and then if they want to stop there it’s fine. But I’m delighted that Sebastian’s parents then choose to have images taken with him individually and together as a family unit. I think Sebastian is going to adore these images when he is older and be in absolutely no doubt about how utterly loved he is.

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Airth Castle – Audrey and Johnny’s Wedding

I Love Ewe

My sheep puns are so baaaaaaa-d (sorry, not sorry!) but I couldn’t resist. You see when Audrey Lamb and her Clydesdale Horses met Johnny and his sheep at the Royal Highland Show it was a match made in farming community heaven. So much so that Johnny proposed at the Highland Show a few years later. Audrey said, ‘Baby don’t herd me’. No, she didn’t – I’m going to stop horsing around now. Okay, I really am finished now!

Last wedding of the year

On the 30th December 2019, literally with one day of the year left to spare this wonderful couple tied the knot in the beautiful opulence of Airth Castle. I was delighted to have been chosen to capture the day for them as it was a day full of love and laughter with all their friends and family around them.

What an old romantic

The night before the wedding Johnny presented Audrey with a gift to wear on the day. A stunning pair of diamond earrings.

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They were a lovely ‘something new’. Her something ‘old’ was her mum’s amazing veil.

An Irishman

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Johnny and his family are from Ireland and opted for waistcoats and tails as their wedding attire. His brother and his nephew were his best men whilst his other brother and friend were ushers. The one Scot did his bit and wore a kilt! Don’t they all look handsome?

The weather miraculously stayed dry when we needed it to. Whilst it threatened to rain most of the day it didn’t and stayed uncharacteristically mild for the time of year. Whilst I would have loved to take wedding images in the crisp white snow. the reality would have been more slushy and bad weather may have stopped guests from getting there.

 A lovely ceremony

The ceremony was held in the old castle in a gorgeous high ceilinged room in front of a stunning fireplace and ornate mirror.

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As  Audrey’s brother walked the beautiful bride down the aisle I think it all became very real and emotional for her.

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The minister soon helped to calm any nerves and had the couple (and the congregation) laughing and singing during the service.

Due to that big and beautiful mirror above the fireplace, I spent most of the service on my knees in order to make sure I wasn’t captured in the reflection! I did like the perspective it gave the images though.

Whilst the new Mr and Mrs Aiken signed the register with the bridal party Audrey’s cousin sang for the wedding guests. A very talented family (more on that later).

A full house

There were c. 100 guests during the day to celebrate the union between Audrey and Johnny. Sometimes this sort of group size brings me out in a cold sweat as the venue doesn’t always have a great space to capture the group photos in a pleasing way. For this wedding, I had no such issues. The steps outside the old castle are just perfect.

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Despite being mild for the time of year it was still too cold to keep everybody outside for long. When I had met Audrey at the venue for our pre-wedding consultation I had decided that one of the formal reception rooms would be perfect. Once I did a little rearranging of the furniture and lugged the wing-backed chairs over to the fireplace!

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I think the images have a slight royal wedding vibe! Love it 🙂

A new version of a classic

Also at the pre-wedding consultation, Audrey’s mum mentioned an image from her own wedding that she would love Audrey to recreate. She was stood at the top of the staircase and her beautiful veil was the star of the show. As Audrey was using her veil it would be nice to do it again.  We found a suitable staircase in the castle and I hope I’ve done it justice.

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Whilst we were wrangling the stairs we also made use of the top balcony for some bride and groom portraits.

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As I am mean I still got the bride and groom outside for some natural portraits and I just love the results.

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The speeches

Ohhh emmm geee the speeches! Full kudos has to go to Johhny’s brother for his best man speech. So much planning had gone into it. Shortly after he started his speech he claimed he couldn’t find his remaining notes. He dashed out of the room and a pre-made video started of him ‘allegedly’ running out of the venue into his car back to his house and various other places to the tune of the Benny Hill theme tune!!! I can’t share what he got up to in the video here (keeping it PG, folks) but everybody was in absolute stitches.

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The video ended with him running back into the room and then his son and daughter (who was also a bridesmaid) read out a poem they had written. Everyone was laughing so hard, including me – it was difficult to stop my camera shaking!

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It was also during the speeches that I learned that Audrey had come 2nd in the world sheep handling trials. Told you it was a talented family!

Let them eat cake and dance

With the evening guests arrived it was time to cut the stunning three-tier cake decorated with thistles.

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Then Audrey and Johnny’s first dance as husband and wife.

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This wedding was an absolute joy to capture. So much love, laughter and well wishes emanated from all their family and friends as well as the couple themselves. It was time for me to take my leave but the party looked set to run well into the small hours.

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Aiken.

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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 – Baby Callum

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 Johnston Family

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

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.

Larbert Woods – The Kerr Family

How lucky am I? A few weeks after my last epic location shoot at Larbert Woods I got to go back. This time for a family photo shoot that was gifted to mum for Mother’s Day using one of my lovely vouchers (what an ace gift 😉 ).

Meet the Kerr Family

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Mum, Dad, Rory and his little brother Archie. Sitting on my favourite tree in the whole wood. It is just perfect for p

“Some nice family shots”

Was what mum wanted. She didn’t fancy a studio shoot as the last time they had tried when they just had Rory it wasn’t much fun. She thought that if the boys got to run around and play they wouldn’t get bored so easily and the result would be nice natural photos. I suggested the location as what boy, girl (or middle-aged photographer) can resist rustly leaves and sticks?

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Mum knows best – as usual! Rory and Archie had a great time!

Stick it to ’em

I’m not sure who started the stick fighting….probably Dad but it quickly escalated!

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I think that one is just a bit too big! Good teamwork though guys!

Leaf it out!

Did you see what I did there?! I took the family to the clearing where there was an abundance of leaves to run in and throw at each other.

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First of all, everyone ganged up on Dad. Then the boys got on their parent’s shoulders and a full-on battle commenced!

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I love capturing these moments as the family forgets that you are there and just get on with the business of having some fun.

And just like that..

the hour whizzed by and it was time to go home. Not before a few last clicks of the camera as we walked back through the woods.

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A good time had by all :-).

 

Studio Session – Amber’s Family

About five months ago I had the delight of the lovely, bubbly Amber in the studio. Well, she was back last weekend and this time she’d brought reinforcements!

It’s a family affair

Amber’s mum had been in touch to get images of Amber with her two older cousins Oscar and Maisie. She was hoping that they would be able to get some good ones to potentially use for Christmas gifts for grandparents (ssshhhhh).

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Poor Dad had his work cut out with the tickle stick and my squeaky chicken to get everyone to look at me!

The combinations are endless

Of course, because you get all the edited digital images after a full session from me it is a good opportunity to get some pictures for both families to treasure as well.

I took some gorgeous pictures of Amber playing with her dad as he’d missed out on her last photo shoot. As well as some cute family ones that I also designed into a Christmas card for them 🙂

I also took pictures of both dad’s together as those same grandparents might like pictures of their two sons (;) )

Brothers and Sisters

Oscar and Maisie were very cute together. Despite pretending that they didn’t really like each other!

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I also took images of each of them by themselves.

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Oscar took a bit of warming up but chatting to him about his one true love – football yielded some great smiles and some more pensive ones. Like the one above that I love.

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Maisie, on the other hand, was a natural model and was happy to pull all sorts of expressions for me to capture. But I also love this natural one of her taken in-between model requests.

Adorable Amber

Undoubtedly the star of the show was little Miss Amber. Her smile just melts me. And I can’t believe how much she’s grown in the 5 months since I first saw her!

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She was the mistress of crazy facial expressions as well. This next one made me smile so much I had to keep it in the gallery!

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Captions, please….
The C word

I know, I know it is still only early November but Christmas is just around the corner and with all the talk about potential prints as Christmas gifts. It got me in the mood to turn a few of each families images into Christmas designs that I added to their gallery (because I’m desperate to get on Santas nice list this year).

And just because I could, I couldn’t resist putting Amber inside a snow globe! It is almost the season after all!

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He’s behind you!

Studio Session – Harrison’s 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 – Baby Millie

Sweet Baby Girl

Second baby girl in a sea of boys, break out the tutus!! I was very excited to meet little Miss Millie when she came to my studio last week at just 8-days-new. She was utter perfection and clearly I wasn’t the only one to think that. Mum, Dad and big sister Hailey were all totally smitten with the new arrival into their family and into their hearts.

She sleeps all the time

If I had a pound for every time I heard that I would be rich! Very often coming into the studio is the first big change in routine the new baby has and they don’t always settle at first. Despite the warm temperature and good feed on arrival ( I do love it when mum’s read the prep guide I send out 🙂 ).

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I don’t mind though. I think it’s nice to capture a gallery of images for parents with both wide awake and asleep images. Meet Millie – isn’t she beautiful?

A Swaddled Baby is a Sleepy Baby

Once I get them all swaddled up like a little burrito they usually nod off and Miss Millie was no exception.

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Going, going, gone!

Big sister Hailey was super helpful during the session. She picked out outfits for me and kept checking that I was looking after her little sister. She even picked out the lovey for Millie to cuddle in the next image.

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Excellent choice Hailey!

Sisterly Love

Mum had organised big sister and little sister t-shirts for Hailey and Millie to wear and they were so cute. At age 7 Hailey was brilliant to work with for the sibling poses and took great care of her little sister.

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There is no better friend than a sister. And there is no better sister than you.
Prop Time!

Hailey also picked the prop I was going to use for Millie. She had the choice of a tin bucket or wooden bowl and I think she made a great choice with the bucket. Miss Millie was super content to be in there wrapped up in wool. She was deep in the land of nod just giving us the occasional sleepy smile.

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Family is everything

I captured some lovely images of the whole family together but this is my absolute favourite. Whilst it might not be the most technically perfect I love the expressions on everybody’s faces. They are all utterly in love with the newest addition to their family.

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Being able to capture moments like these is the greatest honour of all.