Day 207|365

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Settings – ISO 1250, 50mm, f2.8, 1/160sec

Well, isn’t this the year of big announcements…Matthew and I have got some crazy news for y’all; we’re moving to Inverness!! In four weeks!

I’ve wanted to move north for a number of years now, and back in April Matthew finally came round to the idea and we started looking in to it. Recently Matts has applied to a few jobs in the area, and last week he was offered a job! He starts in 4 weeks so this past week has been a bit of a whirlwind. We’ve had someone in to value the flat and I bought boxes and made a start at packing. I wanted to get one final family photo in our lovely first home before we started taking photos off the wall and packing everything away…slightly emotional! Can we all just take a moment to appreciate our adorable dog, and the fact that he jumped up on that foot stool and looked at the camera ALL BY HIMSELF! We’ve been nailing this self timer family portrait thing recently!

So yeah…crazy times ahead! Baby Mac will be here in the next 9-13 weeks (hopefully not any sooner with all the excitement of what’s going on!) and in that time Matthew will be finishing this job and starting a new one in the space of a few days, we’ll be putting the flat up for sale, and hopefully selling it quickly so we’re able to find a new home in Inverness (so if you know anyone looking for a beautiful, bright, two bed flat in Aberdeen send them our way)! Thankfully, in the mean time, we can live with Matthew’s folks, but we do hope to have somewhere of our own before Baby Mac makes an appearance.

It’s a slightly emotional time, as Aberdeen has been my home for 21 years and we have wonderful family and friends here, it’s where Matthew came to study, where we met and started our life as Mr and Mrs Macleod, and we are very sad to be leaving, but we’re also excited for new adventures and feel like Inverness is the right place to be!

Day 204|365

Day 204
Settings – ISO 1600, 42mm, 2.8, 1/60sec

I’m not usually one to complain about the heat…but usually when it’s this hot I’m lying by a swimming pool or a beach with lovely water I can swim in, not just walking around living out every day life. I could definitely get used to it! If the weather stays like this long enough then we will acclimatise to it, and then wearing shorts and dresses without cardigans or jackets every day would be wonderful (although I’d still love to have a water feature of some kind nearby that I could jump in to)!

But at the moment we’re not used to it, and I don’t know about you but I was a sweaty mess today! My sister and I headed in to town to get a few bits n pieces for upcoming parties and birthdays (I didn’t buy a thing! Go me!), and then we headed to Duthie Park to let Jasper have a run around with his ball.

By the time I got home I needed a second shower of the day, I felt so clammy! Unfortunately I also needed a nap, and then we had to do a food shop, so apologies to anyone who was in LIDL’s last night and caught a whiff of sweaty betty me!

Day 203|365

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Settings – ISO 100, 50mm, f2.2, 1/400sec

I love movement in photographs! Elsie’s outfit was so perfect for twirls in Mum’s back garden this afternoon so I pulled myself out of my food coma and off the sun lounger to snap a few photos. It’s always wonderful having my muses back in town!

Day 202|365

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Settings – ISO 640, 70mm, f2.8, 1/200sec

Matts and I went to a couple of second hand furniture places today to look for things for Baby Mac’s room. I found this adorable set of four cups and saucers (actually it was 4 cups and nine saucers…) at Somebody Cares in Hazelhead and could not resist getting them! How pretty is that floral print!?

We also found exactly what I had in mind for Baby Mac’s room; a lovely wooden dresser with a frame for a changing matt on top. Hooray! So Matthew shifted things around in the spare room, to make room for it, and now we’re getting very excited because we officially have the beginnings of a nursery, and somewhere to store Baby Mac’s adorable tiny clothes. Yay!

The little squidge will be sleeping in our room for the first 6 months or so though, so the spare bed is still there for anyone who’s brave enough to come visit!

Day 201|365

Day 201
Settings – ISO 1600, 35mm, f2.8, 1/320sec

I spent about half an hour, sweaty and red post shower (yeah, I know! You try being 28 weeks pregnant on a humid day), trying to get a self-portrait for today’s post, but I couldn’t figure out what expression I wanted; smiling just felt forced. Then Matthew got home from work and I asked if he would jump in on the photo too…job done in less than a minute! Real life moment right here. Bedside tables covered in our mess, an unmade bed because Jasper barfed on it when we got up this morning, and happy happy faces.

Today I want to be real, as I am inspired to be daily by so many creative women on Instagram but have never quite been brave enough until now…

At the start of this year I decided to start up my photography business again. Within a few weeks Matthew and I found out there was a little miracle growing inside me and this was the most wonderful news, but I began to worry about starting up a business whilst we prepared to welcome Baby Mac in to our lives and I wondered if it was the right thing to do. After much thought I decided that being my own boss, getting to choose my own hours and set my own work limit was a great privilege when you’re raising a child, so I should go for it!

I did online training courses in lighting and posing to refresh my knowledge and skill set and got great inspiration for photo shoots. But my confidence was incredibly low, I was constantly battling with asking couples to “model” for me to freshen up my portfolio and worrying that the images would be terrible and I’d just be wasting their time.

There are so many fantastic photographers in this country, and I am so so guilty of comparison, as many of us are in this social media mad world (if you’re not guilty of doing this, please teach me your ways!). I thought “What’s the point in me adding another business to this Industry? I’ll never get hired instead of those photographers because their work is incredible.” And for months I’ve just plodded on, not having the confidence to promote myself, and feeling more and more flat about the fact that I’m sitting at home doing nothing most days (apart from daily dog walks, housewife tasks and growing a human), when I should be out doing some kind of work to help provide for our growing family!

Matthew has been the most wonderful husband I could ever have asked for! It’s not easy being married to an anxious, introverted, creative but God brought us together and I am so so thankful for that.

Today I want to stop hiding, and making excuses and be brave by being honest and making myself accountable…

Photography makes me happy! I don’t need to be the best in the industry and win loads of awards. I just long to capture fun, happy images of couples in love, for them to treasure for the rest of their lives. What does it matter if there are hundreds of other photographers across the country. We should all be supporting each other (and going on holiday together so we can take cute pictures for each other)!! And if I can provide beautiful images for even just a few couples and families each year then that’s all I need. This miracle baby is going to be my main priority in just a few quick months but I’m gonna need something to do on the afternoons they’re kidnapped by their grandparents!

So, firstly, thank you for reading this far, and secondly, if you like my work, and know of anyone in Aberdeen or Inverness who might like it too please spread the word and get Catriona Elizabeth Photography out there so it gets me off my butt and in front of some beautiful souls!

If you’re a fun-loving couple interested in helping me freshen up my portfolio with a mixture of silliness and snuggles then please get in touch and tell me a bit about your story.

Day 174|365

Day 173
Settings – ISO 200, 50mm, f2.0, 1/800sec

How adorable are these fluffy puppies!? We headed out to the beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside to meet up with one of Matthew’s old lecturers, her husband, son and dog Sawyer for a puppy plate date and a catch up. It was such a lovely afternoon! Sawyer is a cockapoo, a few months younger than Jasper but he’s slightly bigger than him, and that combination made one very excited puppy! Jasper wasn’t quite sure what to do at first, especially since it was Sawyer’s territory, but it wasn’t long before they were playing together and loving life. SO cute to watch. I had to get a few photos of them together before we left; this was them sitting nicely and licking their lips as we bribed them with treats!

Day 167|365

Day 167
Settings – ISO 800, 50mm, f2.51/250sec

Ice cream once in a weekend just isn’t enough, so today Matthew and I headed to Mackies 19.2 in Marischal Square for two scoops and a coffee. So delicious! I was hoping to finally try out the waffles I’ve heard such good things about, but having spent the day watching the World Cup we didn’t get out to Mackies until almost dinner time, so I restrained myself and just went for a scoop of Strawberry Swirl and Rocky Road. Mmm mm mmm!

When Mum and I were there in January I had plans to go back and do a full blog post on this delicious new ice cream parlour, but then I got pregnant and the nausea kicked in and my sweet tooth disappeared so I just didn’t get round to it. Now that my sweet tooth is finally returning I’m hoping to push it higher up my to do list!

Day 164|365

Day 164
Settings – ISO 320, 50mm, f4.0, 1/160sec

Today I was asked to put a poster together for a ladies wear sale so I went on to a stock image website and had a look but nothing was catching my eye, so I decided to make my own! I lay my roll of art paper out on the living room floor and grabbed a few goodies from my wardrobe. My new pink maternity top from New Look, embroidered sandals from ASOS sale last year (no longer online but here’s something similar), the headscarf I got from Parfois in Portugal last summer and an Accessorize necklace (not the exact one I have but similar). I then took the image in to Photoshop and put text overlay in the white space at the side. It was a fun task for a Wednesday morning, and it was such a cute outfit I decided to wear it to my birthday lunch with my Mama!

Day 148|365

Day 148
Settings – ISO 200, 50mm, f3.2, 1/320sec

Today was our 20 week scan! I cannot believe it’s been two months since our 12 week scan…time is moving very quickly! But I’m okay with that because I’m excited to meet this little squisher. Just look at that precious profile!

For the past few weeks I’ve been wondering if I’m feeling baby move, and in the last few days I know for certain I am feeling it! Each day the flickers get stronger, and having seen how much it was stretching out to the sides of its little cocoon yesterday with its long legs I’m surprised I’m not feeling it more! I can’t wait till Matthew can feel it too.

Nights are becoming more uncomfortable, but it’s totally worth it! Nights when I sleep all the way through are already few and far between, but when they do happen they feel even more wonderful.

Day 147|365

Day 147
Settings – ISO 1600, 50mm, f2.8, 1/320sec

I’ve been craving ice-cream all week, but I have restrained myself every time I’ve gone to the shop, telling myself I don’t need it. Tonight, however, Matthew bought it, so I don’t feel bad about spending our pennies on it, and I thoroughly enjoyed tucking in to it. Yum!