Why I Love This Shot – Cheeky Munchkin

Fifth in my “Why I Love This Shot” blog series is from my first official photoshoot with my cheeky munchkin niece.  There were many “unofficial” photos taken before this date but this shot is from the first time my sister and I had a play with different backdrops and props.  At one point I considered specialising in this style of photography but I learned that I was better at candid moments instead of posed ones.

And that’s why I love this shot. We had a few different costumes and props but the best shots from this shoot are when she’s laughing and doing her own thing. She’s an incredibly cheeky wee girl who is full of spirit and joy. This photo of her grinning at us always makes me smile.  

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Why I Love This Shot – A Moment with Mum

Second in my new blog series “Why I Love this Shot” is a photo I refer to as “A Moment with Mum”.  It’s from a shoot earlier this year that was won on Facebook as a Christmas competition on Glasgow With Kids.

As luck would have it, the winners were friends with some of my friends and some of my other clients. I was really excited to meet them and the competition was perfect timing, they were expecting the arrival of their newest addition in just a few weeks.

The shoot itself went really well and we had lots of fun. My job is always so much easier when the family are naturals in front of the camera! The light for the day was also just beautiful and let’s face it, there’s not a photographer out there who isn’t inspired by light.

But the main reason I love this shot is because of the connection between mother and daughter. It’s a precious moment together that feels special and here it is, captured to treasure forever.

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Why I Love This Shot – A new blog series.

I’ve blogged over the last couple of years about the different shoots I’ve been on. I enjoy sharing shots from my shoots this way for people to see them. But I recently came across the idea of blogging about just one shot from each shoot and explaining in more detail why I love it.

Asking a photographer to choose just one shot from a shoot is an interesting challenge. To be critical of our work we have to separate ourselves from the memory of the moment the photograph was taken. To step back and look again with fresh eyes. This is something I’m not great at. Photography is creative work and creativity is personal. We pour ourselves into it and leave our mark. We photograph what we love.

So while I might not always select the best image from each shoot, I will take the time to think carefully about my favourite image.

 

Here’s one from my very first shoot in my new business as Mei Photography. It wasn’t a paid shoot, it was a trial run before my first paid shoot. I learned a lot that day!

Luckily my wonderful friend Kim’s little boy was the perfect age for a model. We set up my portable studio and I went to work. I took hundreds of shots that day with a range of props and backdrops.  When I think back to it this is the shot that always stands out in my mind.

I love this shot because it captures a moment where his curiosity got the better of him. That moment where he’s reaching for The Gruffalo’s Tail and looks like he’s trying to figure out what on Earth it is.

It always makes me smile. x

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Birthday Girl

Last year I had the pleasure of being asked to capture the moment at a naming ceremony for a lovely family and their little girl Ella. I had a lot of fun with the family and meeting their newest addition. The ceremony was a beautiful celebration of their wee one and all the love they have for her.

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I was really excited when they got in touch again a few months later and booked a Cake Smash with me for her first birthday. Cake Smashes are always a lot of fun as long as you don’t mind the mess! We had to be a little creative because this one-year-old wasn’t too keen on getting her hands dirty. At least not at first!

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Being asked back again is the best compliment a photographer can receive. It really makes my day and lets me know I’m on the right track with my work. So when this wonderful family got in touch this year to organise another shoot for the upcoming 2nd birthday, I was delighted. I was even more delighted when I heard all the ideas for it! Such a creative family with a lot of style! We mulled over some ideas, and Ella’s mum decided on a Tea Party themed shoot. She bought all the props and we crossed our fingers for good weather.

This was the final result:

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It really is such a privilege to be involved at these important moments of this little girl’s life. I’m so thankful for my job and the ability to connect with people and capture memories for them to treasure forever. x

Baby Claudia

A while ago… in fact, a long while ago now, I was asked to take photos of a beautiful family and a lovely friend. The friend who is responsible for my websites and for teaching me the crazy world of web editing. Or at least how to scratch the surface.

It was so long ago, that this family is now a family of four! Baby Claudia is big sister Claudia now and her little brother arrived at the end of last month. I’m so delighted for them all and hope to meet them soon.

Congratulations! xx

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2015: What a year!

I’ve made it! To the end of another year! I couldn’t have done it without you.  Thanks so much for all your support throughout 2015. I’m looking forward to an exciting 2016 and wish you and your loved ones all the very best for the New Year!

Have a great time tonight! x

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Baby Toto Arrived!x

A few months ago I had the privilege of taking photos for my friend and her family of three as they announced another was on the way.  I was delighted to be asked to take photos of new arrival Baby Toto when he was just a few days old. He’s actually called Thomas but his big brother has renamed him and I think it’s going to last!  It was another afternoon of laughter, cuddles, kisses and smiles – plus a cuppa or two.

As always, Christopher charmed the camera and I focused on capturing natural relaxed moments of a family who are all smitten with their newest addition.  And who wouldn’t be?  He’s adorable!  Here’s to many more happy family photographs! x

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Take Another Shot

Sometimes it’s worth remembering that in most cases, we can always take another shot…  my work and style is evolving and I’ve been enjoying looking back at the shoots I’ve been privileged to shoot this year (so far!).  I’ve got many more to edit and share with you… you’ll see more in my end of year review but for now… here are a just a few of my favourite moments. xTake Another Shot Collage WR

Smashing Time for Cake!

I’m playing catch up again with my blog and have a few favourite images from lots of different shoots to share with you. I can’t help but start with the gorgeous wee Ella who celebrated her 1st birthday with a Cake Smash shoot!

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So much fun & lots of lovely cake to go around (disclaimer: no cake was wasted… a very cute dog made sure of that!).  I can’t wait for my next one with my own nephew – watch this space to see how he gets on… x

Newborn Photography: The Dinwoodie Family

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At the start of May I had the incredible privilege of taking some lifestyle portraits for adorable newborn Callum and his lovely parents, Lynsey & Iain.  Since it was my first official newborn session, I was a little nervous but I needn’t have worried.  I could not have been luckier. Callum was a wee star and slept peacefully through the majority of the day before waking a little towards the end for some beautiful shots to camera.  It became clear early on in that he gets his talent in front of the lens from his parents.  Both were great, adding in ideas that they had in mind, finding gorgeous poses naturally and following direction easily. The light was great and the colours everyone dressed in just worked beautifully. Here are some of my favourite shots… x

 

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