Friends, Yellow Lab has been ‘launched’ and even has a Facebook page. The only blogging I’ll be doing here on With Big Yellow Dogs will be to ask you to come read on over at the Yellow Lab blog. We are seriously having SO much fun there. :-)

I hope you’ll come follow along.

A day without laughter is a day wasted. – Charlie Chaplin

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Have a happy week!

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I can’t believe it. My sweetest little Odin, you are 9 months new.

You are such a sweetie. You give high fives and blow little kisses. You suck your cheeks in so deep into your mouth that you look like a little goldfish gasping for air.

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You love to unpack cupboards and watch television with your mouth wide open. Granny Gladys tells me you LOVE to watch Barney (eek!).

DSC_0313 DSC_0318You also love to feed yourself. You have discovered it’s quite funny when you spit out your food. You love to finger paint once you’ve spat out your meal. Your best friend Lily also enjoys when you eat because there’s always a fountain of food raining down on her. You especially love tomatoes and baby marrows. Another favorite of yours is when we give you a large piece of biltong to ‘gum’ on (you don’t have any teethies yet).

You’re not crawling yet, however you love to stand. You get quite upset when we want to make you sit down. You love when we hold on to your little arms so you can walk around. It is the cutest thing! You take such b-i-g steps with such purpose.

You sleep in between daddy and I at night. At first it was because we said this winter was too cold for you to sleep on your own. At the moment, I’m starting to think we put you in our bed so we can get to see and spend a little more time with you. You have developed such a charming little personality and we miss you when we’re not with you.

You are the happiest giggling little boy. Your laugh is the best sound in the world!

We love you so much. You are SUCH a delight!

P.S. See month 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 here.

P.P.S. Did you see the watermark on my pictures? Yeah, I’m cheating on With Big Yellow Dogs blog on Yellow Lab blog. It’s the same principle really, except Yellow Lab is a bit more professional as hubby and I have (finally!) decided to pursue our dreams. I’ve moved this entire blog to Yellow Lab. Please come have a look at the site and follow along there. I’d also LOVE to know what you think of the new site, our name and the branding!

A few weeks ago, Keri and Justin met us for champagne and laughs at the park. Keri and Justin are such a genuine and loving couple. I loved to capture their laughs and heartfelt smiles. Their big day is three weeks away and I just know they are going to have a super marriage.

Here are my favorite pictures from the day.

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“… to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat.” – Joanne Woodward

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“He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.” – Bob Marley

Best of luck on your big day guys!

P.S. If you enjoyed these pictures you might like this couple shoot too.

A few weeks ago Jono, Odin and I met Jo-Lee and Alastair at Zoo Lake for their engagement shoot. They were such naturals in front of the camera and made my ‘job’ really easy. Their shoot was such fun and we had a tough time choosing our favorites from the day.

What do you think? We can hardly wait to shoot their wedding in November!

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P.S. If you enjoyed these pictures you’ll like this cutie pie’s shoot here.

Not a day goes by that we don’t utter the words, he’s so cute, Odie’s so adorable, he’s so clever, look at you!

Odin, we love you so much. Your dad and I just want to hold, squish, hug and love you. Your grannies and grandaddies absolutely adore you too. You have all your loved ones wrapped around your little pinkies.

When I see someone else holding you, I simply can not believe how big you’ve grown. The saying “kids grow like weeds” are absolutely true.
You keep developing your skills a little more every day. I can see that you’re wanting to crawl. You put yourself onto your knees, but once you’re there, you’re not sure what’s next. I’m quite sure you’ll figure it out soon. I’m so excited for you, but at the same time, I’m terrified. Once you’re mobile we’re going to have to watch you even more closely. We won’t be able to leave you out of our site for a second, not even to use the loo. Oh boy!

We love to watch you grow. You’re such a little boy and the little ‘baby’ in you are futher and futher away and a thing of the past with every nap you take.

We’ve started to plan your first birthday (rainbow) party. We have so many ideas and things to prepare. Time is running out, there is only 4 months to go. I can’t believe it. Eeeek!

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Love you little dude!

P.S. If you missed the other months, read them here: 1, 2, 34, 5and 7.

Two weeks ago hubby and I spent the day with photo genius Johan Combrink (owner of LensRental.co.za). LensRental’s Pretoria branch was holding a workshop on studio lighting and for the cost of a small lunch we joined them for a day of en-light- enment :-D.
The only editing that’s been done to the below pictures, were a very slight brush on a spot or two. So these pictures show you just how beautiful and effective Johan’s lighting technique is. It certainly helped that we had an amazing model (Dirkie Kruger) to work with.

Thanks Johan for a wonderful day that really changed the way Jono and I see photography. We now look at light completely differently.

And finally, on to the sexy pictures. Especially the very last one. You usually find images of dogs and babies on this blog, but not today.

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P.S. If you’re in the market for equipment rental and unmatched advise, contact LensRental.co.za. We’re keeping an eye on their facebook page for any other workshops they’re likely to offer.

Little Odie

We urgently have to start baby proofing the house. Now that you’re cruising around in your walker, you’ve started to open the kitchen cupboard doors. I foresee you unpacking the kitchen on a regular basis.

You want to touch and taste everything new. You love to share my tea and sip it from a small spoon. One of your favorite things to do at granny Gladys’ house is gardening. You really enjoy touching the yellow flowers and to pull the plants out of the dirt. (Granny said she doesn’t mind.)

You laugh loudly when we kiss your neck.

Each day you make new and different noises. You try to mimic us and it often sounds like you’re saying “hel-lo”. However it sounds more like “Heh-ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow”.

Your daddy and I love to take you toy shopping. When you’re with your immediate reaction show us which toy is a hit or miss. It’s a little soon, but we got you a rocking horse. We’re still deciding how to paint it. We also got you a little wooden high chair so you can sit on your own at dinner time. It’s much easier now to keep your little hands out of my food. ;-)

You sit between daddy and I at dinner time. When daddy rests his arm on the back of your little high chair he looks so happy to have you as his little boy. It makes me smile and so happy to see him so content.

You are our little honey and we love you SO much. We protect you from any hurt and pain and if we could will give you the world in a heartbeat.

You are so special. Happy seven months my boy!

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