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Arnprior Farm – Pumpkin Mini Sessions

Pumpkin Mini Sessions

The best part about memories is making them

Down on the Farm

I make no secret of the fact that I love Halloween and all that comes with it, especially pumpkins! I always watched with envy as American friends on social media shared their grand days out at pumpkin patches picking their own pumpkins. I thought in the UK the only picking I got to do was between which supermarket I could get them from.

Oh My  Gourd

Imagine my excitement then when last year I discovered Arnprior Pumpkins. A pumpkin farm in Stirling!!! I wanted to go there immediately and use it as a fantastic photoshoot location. Unfortunately I was too late last year and so I impatiently counted down the days until they were taking bookings this year and bugged the heck out of the owner (Sorry Rebecca!). Until I got a slot during half term week last Friday.

The day started cold but with the most amazing sunrise as I drove over to the farm. Rebecca, Duncan and the family run an amazing experience. As well as many varieties of pumpkins to pick you can also pick potatoes and turnips (if you’re old skool). There is also chainsaw carving, face painting, gourmet food and drink trucks, a kale maze, pop up crafts and quad pods which need to be seen to be believed (check out the video on their page).

And mud – SO MUCH MUD. But even if you don’t come prepared the farm have thought of that and hire out a huge range of wellies. It’s the sort of good, wholesome, clean air, mucky fun that the whole family can enjoy. And for those that wanted some of those moments captured on Friday I was there to do just that 🙂

Please enjoy some of the moments captured in this short video.

Pumpkins sprouting up everywhere

I also had the cutest little pumpkin in the studio last week.

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Boo!

Meet 4 and half month old Amber who came in rocking her first Halloween outfit like a total  Boss.

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Does my bum look big in this?

Look at that hair! And those eyes. What a cutie pumkin pie.

I’m off to carve my pumpkins and make soup and muffins with the innards. I’m already counting the days down until I can get back on the farm again.

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Stirling Registry Office & Stirling Court Hotel – Wedding of Simone and Alexander

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“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it family: whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” – Jane Howard

I first heard about Simone and Alexander’s wedding when Simone put a plea out on Facebook on one of the wedding groups. Her gran was ill and as a result, she was downsizing her big planned wedding next year into something more intimate this year to hopefully ensure she could be there.

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And I’m pleased to say Simone’s gran and grandad were there to witness the happy occasion.

Show Stealers

Family is really important to this pair and they wanted their two kids Macie and Hugo to play a big part in the whole day.

Hugo was the worlds cutest pageboy and he led the bridal procession with the help of his granny. In matching tartan to his Daddy and the groomsmen no less.

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Don’t worry ladies, I’m still single!

Then came his big sister as a beautiful flower girl leading in Simone’s four bridesmaids. They wore soft grey dresses and had wrist corsages instead of bouquets. I thought this was a genius idea to keep their hands free.

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The wedding ceremony took place in the beautiful Drummond Room at the Stirling Office. The last time I was there was for Neil and Raymond’s wedding and their pictures now grace the official Stirling Council wedding site 🙂

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Sweet touches

After the ceremony, the new Mr & Mrs Podmore headed off with Hugo and Macie in their big white stretch limo to the Stirling Court Hotel on the University grounds.

We were due a storm that evening so the air was humid and muggy but Simone and Alexander were proper troopers during their photos.

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Once back inside you could see all the thoughtful touches Simone had worked hard on whilst planning the wedding. Alex’s mum was sadly no longer with them. So Simone had set up a charming memory table so she could be there in spirit. Both Alex and his dad mentioned her in their heartfelt speeches as well.

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But she didn’t stop there. Their wedding cake was in keeping with the sparkly theme of the day from the front…

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But from the back…

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Simone had incorporated a tribute to Alex’s football team. Now that is relationship goals right there! (goals – see what I did!!).

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Podmore and your beautiful family.

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Stirling University – Katie’s Graduation

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt

As the class of 2018 prepared to graduate from Stirling University last week the campus had never looked more beautiful. Deep blue skies with faint wisps of clouds, the loch teaming with wildlife and their cute fluffy offspring and the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle looking over approvingly from a distance.

Okay, okay so I’m a wee bit biased…this was my university (class of 1996 gulp) and the site of some of my happiest times. Including meeting Mr JB 4 weeks before we graduated. Twenty-two years on and much has changed. Geddes Court (or the Virgin Megastore as it was affectionately nicknamed in my time) was gone as had many of the other halls of residences. They had been sympathetically replaced by buildings that looked quite similar (but I’m assured aren’t based on a Swedish prison block design as the old buildings were!). However, the campus still manages to feel the same and still evokes happy memories whenever I step into it.

The Wood family had hired me to capture their daughter Katie’s graduation. But they weren’t hiring me to simply document a girl completing her university course. They were hiring me to capture a clever, beautiful girl at the end of her honours degree but at the beginning of the rest of her life.

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They were hiring me to capture how proud they were of both their daughter and their son for following in their academic footsteps.

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They were hiring me to capture how delighted her mum was that she is going on to do her masters at the same London institution that she had done hers at. 

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They were hiring me to capture the relationship between Katie and her big brother and how proud he was of her (in the grudging way only big brothers can).

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They were hiring me to capture the fierce love her Dad had for his little girl. How she would always be his little girl that he would want to protect.

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They were also hiring me to show how during her four years at Uni she had blossomed into a confident young woman with her own mind and in a long-term committed relationship.

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But most of all they hired me to capture the love they have as a family. They might not have realised all this when they booked me. But that is definitely what I saw through the lens on that beautiful day.

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“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you.” Desmond Tutu

Age is just a number – Mums and Daughters Photoshoot

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“Life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research” – Carl G. Jung

It had been a busy week with Corporate Headshots and High School Prom photos but on Saturday morning I sprung out of bed excited about the photoshoot I had at lunchtime.

Sara had enquired about a birthday present idea she’d had for her friend who was having a milestone birthday. Was I up for taking pictures of the two friends and their daughters? Hell yes, I was!

I’ve found my tribe

Those of you that are regulars to my blog know how important printed memories are to me  (and if you’re not you can read about it here!).

I arrive at Sara’s house and it is beautiful. In an area of Stirling, I had fantasised about living in when I was a student at the University there. The inside was tastefully decorated but what struck me instantly about the decor was the number of pictures. On the walls, the mantelpiece, the sideboard, etc. Weddings, family members, babies, you name it, all the memories were there, displayed proudly to be enjoyed. THESE ARE MY PEOPLE!!!

Hot Mama

I digress (sorry I get a bit excited). The birthday girl Tania looked stunning!JB Moments Photography, Family photographer in Stirling

Little Stars

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Isla (8), Maia (7) and Freya (6) couldn’t wait to get in front of the camera and to see what props I’d brought with me! All three were totally up for whatever poses I had in mind and the fact that they were all so gorgeous and well-behaved was just a total bonus!

I love seeing little girls this confident and happy in their skins.  Long may it continue!

Flossy the Flamingo

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Cheers to looking fabulous

Now it isn’t a party until there are bubbles and cake and Sara did her friend proud with prosecco and themed cupcakes! The bubbles came served in a flamingo called Flossy that had to make it into the photoshoot (to be fair they were very lucky it didn’t make it into my camera case).

Mum and Me

Both Sara and Tania admitted during the photoshoot that there are very few pictures of them with their daughters. Why? Because they are usually the ones holding the camera, documenting the family moments. This is a real shame as when their daughters are older they are going to want to see pictures with their mums – especially when their mums look as smokin’ as Tania and Sara do. Hopefully, we rectified that a bit on this shoot.

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Never work with Children or Animals

Rubbish is what I say to that! Bramble, one of the families gorgeous dogs wandered in so we simply had to get her in some shots.

JB Moments Photography, Family photographer in StirlingDo I get extra treats for this?

Life is better with friends

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It was a great, fun session to shoot and I hope that Sara, Tania and the girls enjoyed it as much as I did. As I drove home I reflected on friendship and how lucky Tania was to have a friend like Sara who gave such excellent birthday gifts 🙂

Stirling Registry Office, Wedding Photos, Chan & Rennie

Whilst I may have been booked at relatively short notice this isn’t a whirlwind romance story. Neil and Raymond met sixteen years ago on a double date. The interesting part of that story is that they weren’t even each others date!!! That swap certainly worked out for my guys (I’m not sure if the other couple is still together but this isn’t their love story)!

Neil wanted to marry Raymond for years but whilst Raymond loved Neil to bits he wasn’t sold on the institution of marriage. Eventually, all that patience paid off and Raymond said ‘yes’ and the date was set.

This was an intimate wedding with their very closest family and friends. Neil and Raymond paid special attention to all the details to make the day truly personal and special to them.

 

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Their rings were from Beaverbrooks and engraved with their initials and the wedding date.

Man, their bespoke 3-piece suits from House of Henderson Kilts were seriously sharp! They were embroidered with their initials and the date. Their linings co-ordinated with their ties and buttonholes from Fleur de Lis.

Neil and Raymond looked super handsome and smelt lovely as well – I know this as I went in for lots of hugs (for research purposes, you understand ;-).

It would, however, be remiss of me to not mention Ella in this love story. Ella is the couples beloved dog and her preparations for the big day were just as impressive. The day before she was fully groomed and had a blueberry facial at the groomers. I’m beginning to think I’d like a dog’s life if I got to be pampered like Ella!

She also had not one, not two, but three outfits for the day! A doggy bridal veil above, a bow-tie in keeping with her owners suits and a super fly rainbow tie!

Each of the wedding party had their own unique buttonhole or corsage from Fleur de Lis and my favourite was the wand that Olivia, Raymond’s niece had.

She was a total cutie and very well behaved all day.

Raymond and Neil went to Stirling Registry Office in two separate cars along with their wedding party. Not just any old cars, either…

Two beautiful Rolls Royces from UPH. Complete with car seat for Olivia.

The ceremony was held in the beautiful Drummond Room in the old Stirling Council Offices. From the Grooms to the guests and even the registrar at one point, you could feel the love and emotion in the air. These were two people totally in love with each other being supported unconditionally by their family and friends. My hay fever also decided to flare up (ahem!).

A quick blast of Tragedy by Steps at the end of the ceremony added a touch of humour to the proceedings 😀

Then it was off to Stirling University for some wedding photos in the stunning campus grounds.

Ultimate Private Hire certainly made sure the new Mr and Mr Chan-Rennie travelled in style!

Stirling University campus was looking lush and green for our two grooms and we were surrounded by cygnets and some pretty protective swan parents!

Pictures taken it was back in the Rollers for more champagne on the way to the wedding reception at a well known venue in Airth. The wedding party carried on partying right into the couple’s newly installed hot tub and no doubt into the wee small hours!

Congratulations Mr and Mr Chan-Rennie. XOX