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Halloween events this weekend in your local area

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There is no doubt about it, it’s Autumn, it’s dark (remember the clocks are changing this Sunday!) and it’s cold but before we get anywhere near Christmas it’s Halloween!

There are lots of events on this coming weekend and at the time of writing this it looks like it will be a dry weekend too (fingers crossed!). No plans yet? Let me run through some of the local events and you can see if any take your fancy!

  1. Wand Workshop, Crombie

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On both Saturday and Sunday this weekend you can attend an hourly session to make your own wand!

“Explore your inner wizardry by designing and decorating your own wand in time for Halloween. All materials are supplied but you maust cast your own spells! 

Hourly sessions from 10am till 3pm

£5.90 Adult
£4.30 Concession

Book your tickets online or contact the Park for more details on 01241 860360 or crombiecountrypark@angusalive.scot”

Also, between now and the end of the month you can take a walk round Crombie and look out for the hidden spooky characters on their Ghost and Pumpkin Trails! Don't worry, I was up last week and people weren’t hiding behind trees waiting to give you a fright (that’s when I’d find out how fast I could really run!) so definitely family friendly and fun for the kids to explore and keep a look out for ghosts and other spooky characters.

You can buy a trail form from reception for £1, the event is free.

2. The Brownie of Ferne Den & The Den Fiend, Monikie

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These are two separate events in association with Monifieth Amateur Dramatics being held this weekend at Monikie.

“In a time, once, long ago, when fairies and bogles lived among us, there was one magical creature who used his powers for mischief. But Farmer Angus and his wife Jeannie have a kindness that is catching, and perhaps the mischief maker can use any powers to make that world of old a better place.

Has your sock gone astray? Did that door slam with no one there? And who was that tapping on the window?! It could have been...The Brownie of Ferne Den!”

This is an open air theatre event lasting 45 minutes, make sure you wrap up warm as it kicks off when the sun is down at 6:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Click here for full information and links to buy tickets. We might see you there!

The Den Fiend is on at 8pm-9pm on both Saturday and Sunday from ages 14+. You can find out more information on the event here.

3. Halloween at Glamis Castle

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From having a read about this weekend at Glamis Castle it looks pretty spooky! If you have been in previous years it would be great to hear from you, I found The Sixth Sense film scary so it doesn’t take much to give me a fright!

“Please be aware that the Haunted Tour, the Bewitched Wood and the Adults Only Halloween Tour feature dark surroundings, frightening ghosts and spooky stories. Parental discretion is advised.”

You can find more information and book tickets via their website here.

4. Craigtoun Halloween Event

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“Numbers are strictly limited so don’t miss out –
call our Ticket Office on 01334 472013 to book yours now!

Tickets cost £7.50 per person (adults need a ticket too but under 3s are free)
and include a hot or cold drink, a Halloween sweet treat and a ghostly tractor ride,
as well as a kids disco, party games, spooky story telling, letter trail,
lantern competition and fancy dress parade.”

You can find some photos from previous years events on the Craigtoun website here.

5. Halloween Storytelling, Barry Mill

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I love walking up by Barry Mill, they have different events on all year round so it’s worth keeping an eye on their facebook page. This event is on Sunday at both 5pm and 6pm (45 minutes long).

“Come & listen - if you dare! Halloween was a time for storytelling around the fire like no other! We want you to come along and experience spooky, funny and occasionally gruesome tales in that tradition.Our corn drying kiln is perfect for this as you'll be sitting above a giant 'cauldron of fire'!

Tickets;
Child £4
Adult £5
Family (1 adult and up to 3 children) £10

Available online and on the eve itself subject to availability

For reasons of limited space, only one adult can accompany the children into the storytelling area - but we do expect that all children must be supervised inside or outside of the haunted tower. Recommended ages 6+”

You can find more information here.

Do you know of any other Halloween events this weekend you would like added to the list? Let me know!

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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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!

For more information on newborn lifestyle sessions you can download my newborn session guide in the freebies section (link at the bottom of this blog post).

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You can download your copy of my newborn session guide here!

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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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.

Wormit family photo shoot field sunset
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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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Tentsmuir family photo shoot on a blustery October day

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Before this windy Autumn day last October I hadn't visited Tentsmuir in about 12 years.

When we were kids we would visit and spend the day at the beach there. I remember we would pay for the car park by giving cash to someone manning a little hut then park the car in amongst the trees. I remember the sea being what seemed like miles away and the wet sand being great for running on for those many trips back and forth with buckets full of water for sandcastles.

All fond memories that all came flooding back when I met up with this awsome family back in October for their family photography session.

Things have changed a little, there is a barrier to pay to get in now (£2). I was waiting for some time for a ticket to come out while frantically looking for more change thinking it hadn't accepted what I had put in. Turns out there is not ticket and the barrier was up waiting for me the whole time!

Enough reminiscing and car barrier fails, onto some gorgeous family photography with a wonderful family. I am in love with the rich colours from this session!
 

Harry and Toby cycled while we walked to the old Ice House, that is when the drizzle began! As we were amongst the trees there was no sign of the wind (hurrah!) but it started to get misty and wet as soon as we set foot on the beach (boo!). I love these photographs of the boys, silly faces and giggles always make me smile! 

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Tentsmuir forest and beach

We were fortunate to get a cloudy day meaning we could venture out from the shade and into the soft light on the beach, drizzle and all!  After a short walk down on to the beach we headed back for shelter, walking (and cycling!) through the forest.

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Although I didn't get a chance to visit I did see the Crepe Shack and as much as I plan to take my own family back to Tentsmuir I also plan to pay the shack a visit, it looks amazing!

If you are looking for a beautiful sandy beach Tentsmuir is the place to go. If you are looking for a variety of forest walks you're also covered. Check out a map and information on the area here.

Top tips on what to wear for your photography session

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You’ve booked your photo shoot (yay!) but you’re thinking, “What should the kids wear? What should I wear?!” You are investing in your images and want to rock it. Worry no longer, here are some tips to help you decide what to wear for your photography session.

It used to be that everyone wore white tops and denim for the photos, simple and straightforward, but photography has evolved since then. With relaxed and natural family images there is so much choice, how do you choose?

First of all, what colours do you like? Have a think about where you are looking to display your images, what is the decor in that room like? You can choose colours that compliment that room for your wall art. You just need an idea of one colour and this amazing Design Seeds website will show you countless options, I absolutely LOVE this site. I also follow them on facebook where they post gorgeous colour palettes every day that I ooo and ahh over!

Location tip

Don't forget to take into consideration where you are having your photographs taken. Wearing  green in the middle of a forest in summer is more likely to result in you blending in than standing out and we want to be able to see you!

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So you have your colours sorted but now what? Mum's I'm going to recommend something here- you choose your outfit first. I know, I know your first thought was looking up cute outfits for the kids then finding something for you but hear me out. Finding an outfit you  love and feel awesome in will help you relax and feel more comfortable in front of the camera and your kids will take their steer from you. If you leave yourself until last you may be trying to find anything that matches everyone else, put yourself first for a change, you are more than worth it!

Cold weather tip

Layers, layers, layers. Rather than bulky coats layer up. The kids may be running around and end up taking layers off even over the colder months anyway. Different layers give you different textures and can tie everything together as well as keep you super cosey.

Last but certainly not least-

What to avoid

Avoid clothing with large logos, writing or pictures on them-these will stand out in your photographs and you want your eye to be drawn to the faces and emotion of the image rather than logos.

 

So there you have it, some tips on what to wear for your photo session! To find out what happens from booking to recieving your order head on over here to find out.

Glamis Castle family session

A late afternoon family walk around the grounds of a 15th century castle? Yes please!

The grounds of Glamis Castle is somewhere this lovely family spend time playing and walking the dogs and has special meaning for them. Not only were we blessed with a warmer than average October day the clouds also cleared for the sun to peek through and give that backlight that I love. It was a little windy when out in the open but that didn't stop us! 

The Walled Garden was gorgeous with the light filtering through the trees and all the beautiful colours of the flowers. We spent a little time there then went off for a wander through the trees and round to the Italian Garden.

It was a great relaxed walk in beautiful surroundings with lots of tickles, giggles and running races. I have included some of the photographs from the session below for you to see!

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Walking with dad in the Walled Garden, Glamis Castle

 Family includes fury babies too! Walled Garden, Glamis Castle

Family includes fury babies too! Walled Garden, Glamis Castle

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Girl laughing, Glamis Castle, Scotland