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!

Day 201|365

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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 99|365

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Settings – ISO 1000, 25mm (24-70mm), f2.8, 1/125sec

This guy cycled to Drumoak and back on Saturday afternoon, and he’s been kinda tired ever since! He’s doing the Five Ferry Challenge with work in June and he’s not been on his bike all winter so he thought it was about time he started his training. I don’t think he realised Drumoak was 10 miles away…

He got home from work yesterday and collapsed on the sofa for 2 hours. Not even the delicious smell of homemade mac and cheese, my dulcet tones or the sound of my camera shutter could rouse him from his slumber!

Day 98|365

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Settings – ISO 100, 50mm, f1.6, 1/125sec

Like yesterday’s photo, this shot is very like an image I took earlier in the year. I’m just surprised at how much pink I was wearing today! And wanted to show you my lovely muddy feet as a result of taking Jasper to the park straight after church. If his ball is involved, he’s got no qualms about stomping all over you to try return or retrieve it. Well, let’s face it, he stomps all over you for many reasons, usually I’m happy to let him, if it’s for mud free snuggles!

Day 95|365

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Settings – ISO 160, 50mm, f2.5, 1/3200sec

Matthew and I had another trip to Aberdeen Maternity Hospital this morning, for our second attempt at a dating scan, to find out how far along Baby Macleod is. Our first scan, last Friday, was incredibly emotional; seeing Mini Mercleod moving around for the first time, but the little nugget was very stubborn and settled in to quite the snuggly position, making it difficult for the Sonographer to get proper measurements.

Firstly, my bladder was TOO FULL, so I had to go pee (calm down, everybody pees!). Then she asked me to jump up and down, to try get them moving, but that didn’t work, so she then sent us off to the cafe to have something sweet, but then, of course, my bladder was empty and that meant my bowels were in the way of the ultrasound (you’re welcome!).

So we were given an appointment for this morning to try again, and thankfully Matthew was able to get the morning off work. I drank some water and ate a Freddo bar before heading to the hospital (lucky baby!), but the little squid was still too keen for snuggles! This time the Sonographer got my to plant my feet on the bed, raise my hips and wiggle side to side. I didn’t realise ultrasounds included a morning workout each time! That didn’t do the trick (we have one snuggly baby, just like it’s Mama!) so next I tried lying on my side and it was quite funny seeing the little munchkin shift position, as if it had just rolled out of bed, ready to start the day! But then it just kicked back in it’s recliner, one hand in the mouth and the other behind their head. I hope it’s this chilled in 6 months time!

We got a much better selection of scan images this time round, and it was wonderful to see their little heart beating away again…now we just have to wait 8 weeks until next time!

But, enough about that! After our scan Matthew headed off to work and I headed down to Stonehaven for another wonderful afternoon with the beautiful blonde in the photo, and her family. It was such a lovely, warm, day! Perfect for a trip to the beach and a cheeky wee ice-cream. The oldies sat in the sunshine as the kids and the doggos ran free on the beach, throwing sticks and stones, and complaining about wet sandy feet. Classic beach trip! Jasper’s beautiful freshly groomed coat no longer smelt fresh and wonderful and instead smelt like smelly fish water. Haha, okay, it didn’t actually, thankfully. It’s a big relief to have his hair short again, making our upcoming trip to Lewis and all the beautiful beaches a lot more bearable with a dog!

Day 75|365

Day 75
Settings – ISO 250, 50mm, f2.0, 1/125sec

Matthew’s away at the Youth Conference for the weekend (I’ll be joining for the day tomorrow), and it’s been a super miserable day with all this wind and rain, so it’s definitely a night for candles, blankets and snuggles with Jasper! I’m about to pop a ready meal in the oven (don’t judge me), probably grab Die Hard out of the cupboard, and just have a nice, chilled, Friday night.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Day 69|365

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Settings – ISO 2500, 50mm, f1.8, 1/125sec

We had a very chilled Saturday night, consisting of Indian Takeaway and GTA 5 with Iain, and then binge watching the final episodes of Stranger Things Season 1 when Iain headed back to his ship. It was a good night!

Day 32/365

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Settings – ISO 400, 50mm, f2.0, 1/800sec

My poor darling husband was off work on Thursday with food poisoning, so we had a nice relaxing day on the sofa. I sewed an embroidery hoop for a friend’s birthday present, and enjoyed a few delicious cuppas, and he snuggled up under the duvet.

On another note, don’t you just LOVE the print of my Monsoon dress?! The colours, the corduroy, the pattern, it’s all amazing! I hope it’s a staple piece in my wardrobe for many years to come.

Day 31|365

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Settings – ISO 250, 50mm, f1.4, 1/2000sec

This adorable little munchkin, her wonderful Mumma, and Squishy, the coolest sausage dog around, joined Jasper and I on our walk at the park today. I’m so thankful for neighbours who become friends, and friends who are fantastic bakers so we get tasty treats! Yay! Haha. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of Poppy in her cute cream knitwear. She’s got such a perfect wee face!

Can you believe it’s already the end of January?? I hope you’ve enjoyed the first month of my 365 Project. Only 11 months to go, easy peasy!