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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.

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.