A beautiful sunny morning at Tentsmuir Forest, Fife

If you love to be by the sea and love to walk through the trees (two of my favourite things!) you can get the best of both worlds at Tentsmuir.

The plan of the morning was to go for a walk and capture these two adorable brothers exploring and playing. We made room for some cuddles and giggles too! Here are a few of my favourite images from their session-

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At 10am the late September sun was filtering through the trees and creating beautiful light in this perfect little spot so this is where we started before we went walkabouts!

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Off at breakneck speed we went to explore and found…

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We also went for a quick play the park where there were some serious climbing skills on display!

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The local business helping you make a big difference, Sea No Waste, Arbroath

The local business helping you make a big difference, Sea No Waste, Arbroath

Our store is completely plastic free for the customer. Any Product that is in packaging is fully biodegradable or can be composted, even our till stickers are eco friendly.

We hope that our store can be a catalyst for change in our county and highlight the need for more business to be more aware of recycling and if their are alternatives out there.

An at home baby photo shoot, Angus, Scotland

Families often prefer to be photographed outdoors but when it comes to little babies photo shoots they are held at home in the cool shade of a summers day or cosied indoors on the colder months.

At home you’re in your own environment, with your photographs personalised to your life as it is in that moment. You’re not having to travel and pack up nappies, a change (or three!) of clothes and everything else that goes with venturing out with your little one (whether they be a newborn or 6 months old!).

I love at home sessions for both babies and families. Not only are the photographs a snapshot of the people and their connection at that time of their lives but also their surroundings, of home. A big benefit is also that you can have a photo shoot at home rain or shine and during any month of the year!

I was contacted by Laser Vision Scotland recently who had run a competition giving away a baby photo shoot as a prize with the winner living a short drive from Carnoustie. From there I got in touch with the winner, Emma and arranged to visit her at home with her baby girl who was 6 weeks old at the time.

Emma and I had a chat on the phone before we met and I walked through what the session would look like, that feeding and changing while I was there were likely as baby sessions are baby led, that we could have a cuppa and a natter, take our time and capture some beautiful photos of them both at home.

Emma suggested we use her rocking chair towards the end of our time together and I am so glad she did as those are some of my favourite images from her session!

Thank you Laser Vision Scotland for entrusting me to be your photographer and to Emma for welcoming me into her home and allowing me to share her session images with you all.

Big yawns!

This is Zeus, he was very sweet!

Nearly asleep….

Sweet dreams little one ❤️

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A relaxed at home Newborn Lifestyle Session on a sunny June afternoon

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing this little baby boy, his big brother and his mummy at their home.

I absolutely love lifestyle newborn sessions and I have been looking forward to sharing some of my favourites from this session with you!

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Balmerino in the Autumn, a Mummy & Me photo shoot

Autumn seems so far away now Summer it's way but before we know it the leaves will start changing, the days will be getting darker and the magic of October sessions will be back!

I hadn't been to Balmerino in many years and I didn't know about this path going from the beach and through the trees by the river. This was a place Claire and the kids loved to visit so it was a natural choice for their photo shoot. The kids were happy and relaxed showing me the way through the trees and over the little bridges. There was plenty swinging on a rope swing, lots of giggles and a fair bit of fun in the Autumn leaves as you can see below!

The sun started to set towards the end of the photo shoot giving a gorgeous warm light over the final images-If you hadn't realised by now, I LOVE sunset!

Here are some of my favourite images from this session-

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We think we're not enough, do our kids agree?

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I have an exciting video project in the pipeline and I am looking for volunteers, let me explain-

Your day has been manic and it’s not even lunch time. Your youngest managed to get yoghurt all over the carpet while you were frantically looking for your house keys you “put in a safe place” to be able to get out to nursery on time. You feel frazzled, unorganised, you’re running late and feel like you’re not managing adulting very well let alone parenting. Ok, that was me last week....

Sometimes you feel like you’re on top of everything and it’s great. You feel like it’s manageable and wonder why it was ever a struggle. Then it all goes a little bit mental and you wonder how you ever managed to keep on top of everything. 

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We all have self doubt when it comes to parenting. We worry because we care, because we love our children more than anything else in the world and we want the best for them. Unfortunately we can feel our best isn’t good enough. Let me tell you this, you are enough, even if you don't feel like it.

Think of your kids. What do they think about you? What do they love doing with you? Do you know? 

You fiercely love your kids no matter what (now is a good time to link to this book, my voice always goes when I read this to my kids!) and they love you back unconditionally. 

They love that you make them laugh. They love when you chat to them walking along the road. They love when you build that awesome looking tower out of duplo even if they do take quite a bit of joy in pushing it over. They love it when they get to play on their own or with their friends and they love that you are there when they need you.

 

You are their everything and you’re doing good.  

 

Yes we all learn every day on how we could have handled things differently. We talk to other parents, read books and articles online about having more patience, about how to raise our kids to be confident and a whole manner of other things to help us do the best we can for our kids. I'm not saying our learning as parents stops or we're all perfect. I am saying you are doing your best, you love your children and you are doing a good job.

My video project involves short interviews with mums and their kids. It involves asking kids ahed 4-6 to describe their mum and what they love about them. Successful participants will receive the final footage of these mini interviews as a thank you. If you are interested in taking part please fill out this application form and I will be back in touch!

 

 


 

 

Playing in the mud at Crombie Country Park, Angus

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The weather this Easter holiday hasn't always been on our side for getting out and about. Sunday was a beautiful sunny day so we headed off to Crombie Country Park with the kids for a walk around the Loch then a play at the playpark there.

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There were lots of opportunities to run, hide behind trees and balance on the ones that had been cut down (that was a firm favourite!).

It had been raining the day before so there were also a few muddy patches. I hadn't foreseen the impact that would have...

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Quite quickly Finlay discovered some muddy sections and was not keen to move on. We moved on from mud patch to mud patch until he found a really good bit with thick squelchy mud, fell on his bottom, got back up and stomped and splashed about some more and refused to leave his little patch of heaven. 

We were still near the beginning of our walk and it had taken quite a lot of negotiation to get that far so we decided to head back the way we came and head to the play park. Sometimes you just have to cut your losses!

I'm working on incorporating video clips into my personal work. For a super quick slideshow and some muddy footage check out the video below-

We will be visiting Crombie again soon as I love the walk there and the kids really love looking out for wildlife (there are swans!) and playing at the park. Fingers crossed we get a little bit further along next time and I can photograph and film more of it to show you.

From April through to the end of September car parking charges apply (£2.80) so remember to bring some change!

 

Why you should consider a sunset session

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As a photographer it is my mission to find good light so I can create gorgeous images for my clients.

When the sun is high in the sky you get harsh shadows and the bright sun can cause people to squint their eyes so finding some shade is a must.

Here is an excerpt from the free download 5 Top Tips to improve your phone photos of your kids-

You can see above the difference it makes finding some shade. In the top photo Jaime is squinting and you can see harsh shadows on her face. On the bottom photo Jaime has nice even light over her face and she can open her eyes, makes for a much better image!

Sunset is a popular time of day for photographers to shoot because the sun is low in the sky and can give a beautiful golden backlight to your images. You can backlight your images at any time of the day but you keep more detail in the photograph at sunrise and sunset and the light has an extra special quality that I absolutely love.  

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I love the light in the photograph above but do you see the difference between this image and the ones below?

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The thing about living in Scotland is we can't guarantee a sunny sunset! Although there is always the possibility it may be overcast if you love this light like I do it is certainly worth thinking about when you schedule the time of your session.

We might not all love the shorter days but it does mean that as the sun sets earlier in the day families with  young children can take advantage of this amazing light before it gets too late past bedtime. 

 

Family photo shoot in Wormit, Fife

I grew up in Wormit and was excited to go back for this family photo shoot, I remember lots of beautiful sunsets by the Tay!

It was a little chilly and quite windy down by the shore when we arrived. The sun was due to set in a few hours and it was still pretty bright down by the bay so we went for a little walk while the sun was going down in the sky.

We walked up to the play park then followed the "back road" to the railway tunnel that had some gorgeous light which is where we captured these photos of the boys.

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I do take "looking at the camera" photos but I love when mum or dad can get the laughter started just off camera!

We walked through the field back towards the bay with the sun just going down behind the hills. I love how the light from the sun just peeks over the hills and backlights everyone walking through the long grass. Sunset is my all time favourite time to shoot, we were a bit early for it here but the hills stopped it from being too bright and gives that sunset feel.

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When we got down to the shore we were quickly reminded of how windy it was, this frame caught Laura's hair at the perfect time!

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 When you give your mum the BIGGEST squeeze!

When you give your mum the BIGGEST squeeze!

This final images is one of my all time favourites, there is a lot of love in that hug! 


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An impromptu beach clean and a personal plea

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Monday was a beautiful day here in Carnoustie so Andy and I decided to go out for a walk while both kiddos were at school in the afternoon. We were going to have a walk around Crombie but after driving near the beach and seeing how gorgeous it was we headed along the cycle path from Carnoustie towards Arbroath. I had no plans on taking any photos but as always I had my phone in my pocket, I'm glad I did.

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We have lived in Carnoustie for 8 years and in that time I have never walked from Carnoustie along towards Westhaven and Easthaven. We have walked to Easthaven to Arbroath but that's another story!

The beaches here are beautiful, a mixture of sand, stones and rock pools. I love living by the coast and being so close to the beach. The walk along the cycle path was lovely and one I will be doing more often, I love walking by the sea!

Maybe it was because we didn't just find one spot to stay in as we usually do in the summer, or maybe because we didn't have the kids with us so our eyes and attention could be elsewhere but I started noticing litter on the beach. Once I noticed a bit of plastic or general rubbish to pick up I couldn't seem to stop noticing it.

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Within a few minutes my hands were full and I couldn't carry anymore. We hadn't intended on going to the beach, if we had I may have had the forethought to bring a bag for a beach clean as it was something I had wanted to do for a few months. I felt disappointed at not being able to pick up more. You could say I was fortunate to find a huge, thick plastic bag lying on the beach and I turned it into my rubbish bag.

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In addition to plastic bottles and beer cans I found plastic lighters, aerosol cans, tupperware, a golf ball, plastic gloves, plastic bags and a toilet brush to name a few. This was all collected in about half an hour on a small stretch of beach. 

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The reason I am sharing this with you is to raise awareness. I had intended on taking the kids for a beach clean later in the year but I have to admit I didn't know our local beaches could be so full of plastic. We all want a better world for our kids, be the change you want to see in the world. If we all do a little it can end up being a lot. So I ask if you can pick it up, please do.

As a family we will make a walk on the beach a more regular occurrence, enjoy the fresh air, run from the waves, build sandcastles, look in the rock pools and while we are keeping our eyes peeled for shells we will also be on the lookout for litter and we won't be leaving it behind.