April in Ottawa brings with it hope. Hope that winter is finally over and hope that warm temperatures are on their way. This year though winter dragged on and on and on. And on. In fact, a session booked weeks earlier had to be cancelled and rescheduled because it just wasn’t warm enough to be outside without winter coats.
Fast forward a few weeks and the thermometer started to rise and we all happily met outside for a couple of hours. Don’t get me wrong, it still wasn’t warm. In between photos, kids were wrapping themselves in blankets to try to stave off the chill a little. But the snow was long gone and the sun was shining. For the first outdoor session of 2014, this one was hard to beat. And thankfully, this family was ready to get the job done. This session was a gift to mom-in-law and I have no doubt that she was elated to see these gorgeous faces looking back at her when she opened it.
The last time we visited with this party of five, their newest member was brand, spanking new. Now, here he is at 6 months old, a strong, sturdy and very serious little man that just melts me every time we are together. I love watching his sisters love on him. He is one very lucky little dude.
He wasn’t ready to smile for me this time, but at the risk of spoiling the surprise, i was eventually able to crack him. Stay tuned!
This is going to sound a little corny, but I take a little bit away from each family I photograph. I feel like I really get to connect with people when they ask me to capture their families at that moment in time. I might be a story we shared, or a smile that I had to to work overtime for or an exchange of numbers and a promise to keep in touch.
This session though, there was a little something extra. It was not the first time I met this family. It was, in fact, our second meeting and I was asked to capture some special moments with Grandma in town. I jumped at the chance. My own mother lives far away and I can truly appreciate how special each and every visit with our extended family is.
What I didn’t know at the time, was that I was walking into what would be one of the most amazing experiences I may ever have as a photographer. Halfway through, Phillip took me aside and told me to get ready and to keep my eyes on Grandma.
What happened next had us all in tears. Me included.
I feel so incredibly lucky that I was able to capture this amazing day. They thanked me as I packed up and headed back to my own family that afternoon, but truth be told, it was me that was thankful.
I’m a little embarrassed. I’ve been gone a long while. Too long. But it only really occured to me how long it’s been since I’ve updated when someone asked me for my website the other day. I suddenly felt myself apologizing for not having any recent work up.
So now I start to play the all too familiar game of catch up. I have some amazing goodies to post, including this gem from the second of two shoots I had with this amazing family.
Come back soon! I’ll put on some coffee. We’ve got a lot of catching up to do.
I can’t believe 6 months have passed since this little lady was born. Last time we met she was tiny and new and bundled up in a wee Santa suit. And now, here she is, sitting up, moving around and still a little unsure of my camera. I worked hard to get these smiles but that just made each one that much sweeter.
As always, it was such a pleasure spending the afternoon with these three. If it weren’t for an impending nap and the ferocious mosquitos, we could have spent all day.
Until next time, my friends!
Recognize these faces? Part of the fun of being a photographer is getting to share in some of the big (and small) milestones with your clients. I’ve watched little E grown from a wee little thing into a big girl. I waited patient;ly along with them all as they waited for the arrival of little brother, then welcomed him home and celebrated holidays with them.
This session included the extended family who were warm, patient and so much fun to work with. This was definitely one of my favourotes.
Oh, and big thanks to Tom? Don? For being so understanding
Long days of rain led up to the day the Donovans and I were to meet for our session. So much rain that I thought we might have to cancel. And then, the morning of, the sun came out. The day was beautiful. The sky was blue and clear and lovely, until about 30 minutes before our planned meeting time.
But no matter, the sun did its job that day. It dried the ground and warmed the air and provided the perfect canvas for us at Pinhey’s Point.
This family was SO. MUCH. FUN. One of my very favourites, for sure. The couple of hours flew by and suddenly it was dinnertime and we were done. I almost wished we could have brought a picnic along so we would have been able to keep chatting and hanging out. I could have stayed and snapped all day, and as long as they were able to continue climbing the trees, I think the kids would have easily obliged.
My only regret is not putting the camera down for a few minutes to climb along with them.
And just in time for Halloween, and Miss Grace’s awesome idea…ZOMBIES!
Thanks again, Donovans. I feel honoured that you chose me to capture your beautiful family. I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed taking them….
Micheline and Nick are already parents to an adorable little gal. When they called asking if I could take some pictures of the family before their newest member arrives, I was thrilled. An afternoon with an awesome little family and the chance to capture them before Baby C makes his grand entrance. Yup, lucky me.
Mama-to-be was smokin’ hot. She rocked the session and made it look easy. Even wardrobe was snap. Micheline chose, in my humble opinion, the PERFECT dress for a maternity shoot. Seriously, Ladies. Follow her lead.
And this little lady was such a delight. And look at those baby blues… Definitely a future heartbreaker.
Hello, cute girl!
And then there was this. My favourite. Maybe ever.
Congrats to all of you. I can’t wait to meet your new baby boy. What a lucky little man he’ll be.
This session was MONTHS ago. Early fall, when temperatures were still warm. As I sit here typing and the ground is covered in a blanket of snow and the cold wind whistles at my window, these pictures make me happy. I long for warm days again…
I met Charlotte and her Mama at a party I was shooting for another little girl. They were so lovely and I was absolutely thrilled when they called for me to capture Charlotte’s first birthday. I absolutely love one-year olds. They are still so curious about you, and they usually can’t run away from you – well, too fast, anyway…
And Charlotte was the perfect subject. Beautiful, sweet and so much fun.
This blog has been completely ignored for the last few months. Sad, really, as I have many sessions to post, but just hardly any time to do it. Isn’t that always the way? If you have been part of any of those sessions and have been checking in – please forgive me. I have grand plans to catch up, and I will. Soon.
As my big welcome back, I thought I would post pictures from a Valentine’s Day shoot with two little cuties. My little cuties, who, with a bit (a lot) of bribery, were perfect models that day. It doesn’t often happen, but when it does, I take full advantage!
Wishing everyone a lovely, lovely, lovely love day. And some chocolate, too.