Day 275|365

Day 275
Settings – ISO 200, 50mm, f2.0, 1/400sec

I cut Jasper’s hair again! It’s definitely not the adorable teddy cut the professionals do, but it was definitely more successful this time than last time. Less bald spots. Not zero bald spots, but less bald spots. You can clearly see he loves it!

Day 249|365

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Settings – ISO 1600, 50mm, f2.8, 1/125sec

The puppies are bonding!! Yay! We had hoped that Bindi would eventually give in and accept Jasper is here to stay and start playing with him, and today that happened! They started off play wrestling, and then she started a game of chase, which was hugely entertaining because she has little legs and is a pro at running on the tiles, but Jasper is like a giraffe on ice and could not keep up! He couldn’t believe that Bindi was finally joining in with his attempts to play together. It didn’t last long; he tried to play again later on but she wasn’t interested, haha. He needs to learn that it’s always on a woman’s terms!

It was so sweet seeing them snuggled up like this in the evening. Hopefully this is the start of a beautiful friendship!

Day 245|365

Day 245
Settings – ISO 1600, 24mm, f2.8, 1/200sec

This is what bedtime might look like if you’re pregnant and have a snuggly pooch…

Today was a lovely day, we went out for lunch after church in the morning, and I didn’t have my camera with me…then we hung out with friends after church in the evening, and I didn’t have my camera with me! So instead you’re getting a snapshot of what my nights look like these days.

Matthew bought me a Dreamgenii pillow for my birthday back in June and it’s been my faithful companion ever since. Jasper is quite fond of it also…I regularly find him snuggling in to it!

The aim of the pillow is to support your bump, and legs, but also to stop you from rolling on to your back through the night, as this can disrupt the blood flow to baby, and once baby is here it can be used for breastfeeding. A very thoughtful and practical birthday present!

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Day 232
Settings – ISO 2500, 47mm, f2.8, 1/200sec

Jasper isn’t too pleased with me…pretty sure he wants someone to hide the clippers from me…the poor fellow is pretty much bald at the back (you can’t tell in this photo, thankfully he still looks cute!) as his fur was so thick it was just matting daily, so I had to shave him right back. I say this all the time, but we really must start brushing him daily! It’s wonderful having a dog that doesn’t shed, but his curly locks need a lot of grooming.

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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 191|365

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Settings – ISO 4000, 50mm, f2.8, 1/160sec

I’ve finally done it! I cut Jasper’s hair for the third time and I’ve actually made it look good! He looks like a super adorable poodle, instead of an abandoned dog we found in a bush. I’m so excited! The first two times I was worried I’d have to take him to a groomer for a tidy up, but now I officially think I can do this so we’re gonna save lots of pennies!

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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!

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Day 146
Settings – ISO 2500, 50mm, f3.5, 1/320sec

I decided last time Jasper got his haircut that he really needed to be cut more regularly…but since we were already spending more money on his haircuts than mine I was going to have to attempt to cut it myself…well, today I finally gave it a go!

I thought Matthew’s beard clippers would do the job…but other than his face, it was a struggle, so I took the scissors to the rest of his body, and I’ll need to order some doggy clippers to give him a proper cut! For now though, I think he looks good!

Day 141|365

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Settings – ISO 100, 24mm, f2.8, 1/640sec

I picked up our furbaby from my Mum’s this afternoon. She very kindly has spent the last 10 days looking after him, despite being allergic to him! He wasn’t as excited to see me as I thought…I got the same greeting I get if I pop out to the shops for 5 minutes! It probably didn’t help that I bumped in to my old driving instructor and his dog when I arrived, so Jasper instantly got the scent of his dog and probably thought I’d been looking after another dog behind his back for the past 10 days…Probably not, but you never know!