Here comes #2!

I’ve had a lot of fun maternity sessions lately; spring babies are ready to come!

This mum you may recognize as one of my all-time favourite people to photograph. She and her husband are so cute, during this shoot at one point I was laughing so hard I was crying. The fun really started when their daughter Harper woke up from her nap. She is ridiculously funny, a total ham (even though she wasn’t feeling well) I  could’ve stayed all night taking pictures.

This mum is expecting their second child, a boy, (!) and wanted some photos to remember this time in their families life. We had a blast choosing fabulous outfits, baking cupcakes, and most-of-all laughing.

Here are some of my favs:

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Expecting…

I was contacted by this mum-to-be with specific instructions. I want photos of myself pregnant, but I don’t want anything  cheesy.

Music to my ears.

Without wanting to put down other photographers, I do have trouble with a lot of maternity photos these days. I find that there is an overkill of the overly posed, big bare belly, and not enough focus on the person who is carrying that belly. I view maternity photos as, essentially, a natural portrait session of a person who happens to be pregnant. This is such a special time in a woman’s life and I want to  capture that, capture the details and the memories. My goal is that she can look back on these photos and spark a memory of when she was excitedly waiting for this little baby to enter her life. Because once this baby comes, everything as she knows it will change.

For this session when I asked what stuck out in her mind about this pregnancy, she knew right away. Her intense cravings for Corn Flakes and Miss. Vickies chips, learning and mastering yoga, (She signed up for a personal trainer a week before learning she was expecting) and preparing the nursery by hand-stenciling the walls – a task that once started, has to be finished.

Here are some of my favourites:

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Making a Family

I recently had the pleasure of capturing a very special pregnant woman and wanted to share her story.

Amy decided to be a surrogate for a beautiful couple in order to help them create their family. This couple ran into a challenging time in their life together when she was diagnosed with reproductive cancer which forced her to remove her reproductive organs. Hoping to one day be able to have her own children, she chose to freeze some of her eggs before this procedure. Once the  battle with cancer was won, this couple decided they were ready to start their family and went on the hunt for a woman open to carrying their child.
Meanwhile mum-to-seven Amy, had been a surrogate once before and was thinking of taking this journey once again. The moment she read their story she knew she had found the couple she wanted to help. Worry set in when the first session of in vitro didn’t take, and Amy wondered if the disappointment was worth making another effort. After deciding to try once more, the couple received the good news that Amy was, in fact, very pregnant.

The good news for the very deserving couple kept coming when Amy told them she was carrying twins, a boy and girl, and that their dream of having a family was going to happen for them.

Here are some of my favourite photos from my lovely afternoon with this amazing family:

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A Very Snow-y Valentines Day Wedding

I spent this past Valentine’s Day with the sweetest group of people, capturing a gorgeous wedding :)

Let’s get right to my top five favourite things about this day:

1) The weather. Winter weddings are a rarity, but really shouldn’t be. The snow brings an element to the day that is so special. It’s a quiet, peaceful entity which makes everything seem new. And, the bride and grooms last name?

It’s  ‘Snow.’

I swear, I can’t make this stuff up!

2) The bridal bouquet was adorned with her grandfather’s medals from the war, in order to keep him with her, on her wedding day. Enough said.

3) The Light. This pertains to my first favourite thing as the weather is the culprit for the light. But it was so good, it deserves it’s own line. This day brought lots, and lots, of snow, but also, wonderfully, a mild temperature in the air. The snow reflected the sky, and back again, which basically means that no matter where I shot I had nature’s softbox bringing me the most beautiful, white, white light. (I hoped there would be red roses to match this gorgeous whiteness and guess what? There was. Smart bride!)

4) The Flower Girl. UGH what a cutie! Smiley, smiley, smiley. Always looking at the camera. Such a dream! And she walked down the aisle like she was born for the job! Adorable.

5) The bride and the groom. It must seem like I always gush, but honestly, these two were so sweet. When I did photos of the groom getting ready he was so visibly nervous that it took everything in me not to hug him. The bride was dealing with a lot (as they do) yet she, in her gorgeous dress, had the most radiant smile and contagious laugh that even I got caught up. When the two of them finally saw each other  it was clear that they should really never be apart for too long. So sweet!

So here are some of my favs: (This was a challenge to narrow down!)

 

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Family Love

I really wanted to share this session because I am in love.
February this year brought cold weather, but it also brought about lots of photo sessions, including this very fun day of family photos. This new little family is so obviously happy and full of love, sometimes that is the only reason you need to have photos done. It doesn’t need to be Christmas or a birthday. . . it can simply be a happy day :)

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The end of 2013 . . .

My holidays were amazing, I am so fortunate to have such great friends and family to spend time with. I had a burst of photo activity with family Christmas portraits in November, as well as some last minute shoots in December. I love doing these. I love just spending time with kids and parents full of holiday anticipation. My favourite type of shoots are when we all go outside, and I play paparazzi; running after kids and parents just trying to capture great moments. Totally natural. Totally unique. Sometimes it’s too cold, or kids are just too little, so I set-up a studio in their home and we do classic family portraits. Sometimes we do both! All in all, it’s always a great way to spend the day :)

Here are some of my favourite sessions from the end of 2013:

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Harper in One-derland!

Harper has amazing parents. Her mom created the most adorable and beautiful first birthday party for her with an Alice in Wonderland themed party.

Harper’s mom was very excited to do a full-on smash the cake photo session and even got her a separate cake and change of outfit in anticipation of the mess. Little Harper had other plans as she is quite the lady and refused to get messy. She ate her cake politely, with a fork, and then eventually even shared it with her cousins. What a cutie. The best part of all was that Harper, and all of the guests there, were surprised by Harper’s birthday gift – a little brother or sister coming in the spring :) What a fun day! Have I mentioned how much I love my job?!

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