Cuddling in a Winter Wonderland

Children's Portraits | Scottish Borders

❄️ ❄️ Are you ready for the snow? After the initial heavy flurry I always find snow quite tranquil. To me, there's nothing lovelier than an adventure in fresh snowy surroundings. This shot, taken in the Highlands, sums it up for me. We stumbled upon this majestic, ancient woodland along the Great Glen Way. The winter sun was streaming through the snow-clad trees creating an almost fairy-tale landscape. The scene just made the kids look so tiny!! ❄️❄️

Why not have me recreate something similar for you when the snow arrives? 

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Dog Days! 🐶

Pet Portraits | Peebles, Scottish Borders

I just had to share these images whilst I work on this little lady's gallery!  Pepper the Springer had bags of energy which made for a great session - including some fun action shots.

If you fancy a pet portrait session like Pepper, get in touch!

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IT's All Snow!

❄️ Can you believe how quickly the snow disappeared? I'm so glad we could make the most of it! I loved photographing these two siblings in the snow during one of my Taster Sessions - just time enough so we didn't get too cold!! ❄️Brrrr!!! 

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If you would like to take advantage of our glorious Scottish Borders and have a family portrait.why not contact us at Vanilla Moon Photography? Please head over to the contact page, and drop us a line!

New Year, New Life!

And so it is the beginning of another New and exciting Year for Vanilla Moon Photography! 

No more so than welcoming a new family to the studio! I got to meet their gorgeous baby boy, who was just four days old. He was a treasure to photograph alongside his very proud family - including one very adoring boxer, Hugo.

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Don't forget, as of February 2018 Vanilla Moon Photography is going full time! I will be taking bookings Monday to Saturday - mornings and afternoons. If you're looking for a family portrait session (including four legged family members) drop us a line

Good News! Vanilla Moon Photography is Going Full Time!


I'm so excited that I can finally announce ONE of the big changes for 2018! As of February, I'm really pleased to say that Vanilla Moon Photography will be going full time 😃!

In the last four years, the business has grown quicker than I ever anticipated and to accommodate all of you lovely clients, I will now be taking bookings Monday to Saturday! Mornings, evenings, mid week - the choice is yours! To celebrate, if you book now for February there is a 20% DISCOUNT on the shoot only option. Be quick though, the calendar is already filling up! Quote code BC201820 when booking.

Pass on the news and share with friends and family!

More big news coming soon....!!!

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He's My Brother

Such a lovely family shoot at the weekend with these guys. It's always great to catch up with returning clients, especially when their little girl has been twice before - once for her baby shoot and then her first birthday. She is growing up so quickly and now she is a very proud big sister - gorgeous!

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Niamh's first visit to the studio in 2015 with her best pal the elephant.

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Big Brother is Watching Out for You...

Anyone with an older sibling will know what I mean I say there is no other love like it. There are times when you fall out, fight like cat and dog, blame each other for something that the other did - the list goes on. But there are equal amounts of sticking up for each other, protecting one another and having each others back when it matters the most. I'm almost certain these two little guys will be no different. But it's impossible to hide how proud and protective this big brother was during the shoot and being able to capturing this makes my heart melt. Truly proud of his little brother in every single way, this is one big brother that will be a force to be reckoned with!

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Winner, Winner!

I couldn't resist a sneak peak of the recent photo shoot for the recent lucky Facebook competition winner and her lovely family. Despite the terrible weather, the autumn colours managed to stick around long enough to get some great family portraits.

Don't forget to keep an eye on the Vanilla Moon Photography Facebook page for future competitions or subscribe to the monthly newsletter to keep up to date.

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As Snug as a Bug an a Rug

Sometimes, just sometimes, I wish I could be wrapped up as snug as this little guy was during his recent visit to the studio. Who wouldn't?! So comfy and cosy - fast asleep without a care in the world with their best pal by their side. He even had a special little outfit crocheted by his Aunty to top off his cuddly slumber photo shoot. Cuteness personified.

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Daddy's Girl

I love capturing that special bond between a Daddy and his little girl. What made this session even more special was the fact that the little girl has been to the studio before for her own portrait session and is somewhat of a Vanilla Moon Photography celebrity! One of her pictures from her last shoot was awarded a Bronze Award by the Guild of Photographers. A true natural in front of the camera - and so amazing to see how grown up she is becoming!

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Why Just A Cake-Smash?!

Why not something different?! It is a first Birthday after all - so why let loose with some favourite food? 

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This little man LOVES his spaghetti! Can't you tell? What fun he had! If you would like a Birthday photo-shoot with a difference, why not drop me an email? info@vanillamoonphotography.com

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Of course, we always begin with some portraits before things get messy!

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🐶 Man's Best Friend

I loved this shoot! Mum, Dad and two gorgeous boys with their four-legged friend. A lot of photographers say 'never work with children and animals...'   'Why not?' I say! Not all good pictures are staged, they are a moment in time. Who cares if a dog won't sit still for a shot. We don't sit still through our lives, so why should a picture? It's about capturing precious moment that lasts a lifetime.

   Here is a selection of my favourite images from this great shoot - we had such good fun. The best part was when all three of the boys raced each other along the track - brilliant!

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🌎Welcome to the world baby Innes! 🎉

It was only three weeks ago that Claire visited the studio for her maternity shoot, along with her little boy who was keen to make sure Mum and his brother/sister were in good hands. 

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Just 14 days later, a gorgeous little baby brother arrived into the world and he returned to the studio for their new born photo shoot. 

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What a gorgeous little button and a great wee shoot! 

365 Days of Summer!

Who doesn't love a good birthday celebration - especially when it is someone's very FIRST birthday!

Take a look at how cute this shoot was! Little Summer was a treasure to photograph, enjoying every prop and present that she got her hands on! Mum had done the most amazing job with all the finishing touches for some perfect outfits - including the best tu-tu I think I have ever seen!

If you would like to capture your wee one's first birthday - or any other special occasion - please get in touch! info@vanillamoonphotography,com

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The Sixtieth Birthday Surprise 🎂 🎉

It's not everyday that you turn sixty or have such unexpected guests to your party. The recent Birthday celebrations I covered were particularly special, as the surprise-surprise siblings had traveled from all over the UK - and one in particular had flown all the way from Australia to be with her sister for her big day. The look of surprise on Jan's face was definitely worth the 10,500 mile trip. Happy Birthday Jan!

If you have a celebration or big event coming up and would like to capture the moment forever, get in touch - info@vanillamoonphotography.com

School Dayz 🚸

I'm sure it was only just yesterday that I held her in my arms for the first time?! Looking down into those questioning baby blue eyes, I knew that from that day on I would always be there for my beautiful little angel. It sounds like a cliché - but under these circumstances, it's allowed.  Where have the last four and 3/4 years gone?  Full of learning, exploring, craziness, happiness, tears, joy, not to mention mess...and now, she's about to hit one of the biggest milestone of all. She's starting Primary School.  

For me it is the realisation that she is actually growing up that I am finding hard to grasp. Little Miss Independent - perhaps a little too independent sometimes - but she is still my baby.  She is stepping out into the world for the first time and I wont be there with her.  She will be, for a few hours a day, someone else's responsibility - someone else will be there to answer her never-ending questions, show her right from wrong and help set her on a path that will pave the way to a bright future.  All these things that fill my day and make this whole crazy parenting experience so worth while.  

I can remember my first day at school.  I remember being so excited and meeting my first best friend, Kristy Parkes (we're still mates over thirty years later!) We went off to play in the sand together, leaving our mums all teary eyed at the door. I expect much the same will happen in two weeks time.

When I was at school, my Dad once said to me - 'these are the best days of your life, enjoy them'. Actually, I only slightly agree with him.  School days were great, but the best days of my life started the moment I became a parent.  A whole new responsibility that hit me so hard and I was expected to know how to deal with it.  But deal with it I did, because of that primal instinct to love, nurture and care for the little life that we created.  I want to fill each day with wonder and I yearn for my children to question everything, try new things and for that shining star of a personality to burst out and show its true colours.

Each day I help fill with new challenges to embrace - and that will never change, but it's time to let go a little...just a little and let her start exploring by herself.  This is just a new challenge; the next step, the next chapter. 

So, go out in to the world, little Emilia! Enjoy it, learn, play, make new friends and above all have fun - and, if you're anything like I was, be a bit rebellious too!

If your little ones are starting school this August and you want to capture those first precious moments as they head off into the big world of education, get in touch to take advantage of my special discounted portrait session at just £35. Sessions start during first week of school.    Email info@vanillamoonphotography.com or purchase directly through the online shop