If you read my last post, you know what it meant to me to have been able to photograph a super sweet ‘baby on the way’ announcement. If possible, I was even more excited to get to meet the new arrival.
I love stepping into a house and experiencing the enormous changes that come with adding a tiny member to the family. I especially love when there is a sense of calm like there was with this family. Baby R was the sweetest little guy who very quietly stayed awake for almost the entire session. We were gifted a short nap at the very end, but otherwise, he was alert and very much awake. Luckily, big sister kept us hopping as she hammed it up for the camera while we waited.
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.
On my daughter’s first day of school, I watched as my baby, no longer a baby, walked towards the playground and away from me. Out of nowhere, a familiar face, then another, exactly the same as the first popped up and said hello! Friends Jaia had met on her first soccer team, twin girls, were in her class and we had no idea until that point. She was elated.
I chatted with the girls’ mom who, like me, was anxious and nervous about starting this new chapter. In the days and weeks that followed, we became fast friends. Each afternoon as we waited for our girls to come running out of the door we’d stand and chat. Some days we’d stay long after the bell rang and would talk while the kids played at the park.
At the time, Wes was still so tiny. Just a few months old, and the twins loved him. LOVED. They would beg to push his stroller or rock him or hold him. They just adored every single inch of him. And Jaia couldn’t have been more proud.
Fast forward a few years and these dear friends of ours announced they’d be welcoming their own baby brother. A Boy! The first in their family. So very much to celebrate. And I couldn’t have been happier for them.
Welcome, sweet boy…
Time flies, doesn’t it? I suddenly realized that it’s been months since I’ve posted.
In December, Sabrina and JP welcomed their sweet little lady. (And just for the record, my prediction was right.) I arrived on a snowy afternoon to meet the teeny, tiny Beth. Snow was still pretty then and before it had outstayed it’s welcome for a few weeks, so it provided the perfect backdrop for our cozy little session.
I had such fun with this trio and felt like I could have stayed there all day. And their dog Abby, if she wasn’t 75 pounds, I would have tried to put her in my bag and steal her. Instant . Love.
Thanks again to Sabrina, JP and Beth (and Abby). I had such a lovely time getting to know all of you.
This was our second meeting. This time around I was no less impressed by their sweetness, their unending and contagious laughter, and, most notably, the way they love each other. Sabrina and JP are the kind of people that you just love being around. I feel lucky that we have another session together when their little bundle arrives in a few short weeks. Yay!
They have opted not to find out the gender. I’m thinking girl. What do you think?
The coolest thing about what I do is that at each session I take a new favourite pictures, and this day was no exception. Well, except maybe there were more than a few new favourites. But that had everything to do with how gorgeous and comfortable these two were in front of the camera. Seriously, check out the awesome…
Next three? All my new favourites. LOVE.
Thanks again, S & JP. See you soon!
We are pretty lucky we did our maternity session with Micheline and Nick and their little lady when we did because Baby Conrad was eager to join us earlier than anticipated.
We decided to do our session when he was a grand 21 days old and I admit I was a little worried. At that age (yes, I’m serious) babies are already more alert, bigger and a lot less tired. Had Baby Conrad heard of my fears, he likely would have have laughed out loud. He had other plans. He had plans to sleep. It’s tiring being a new little dude, you know. But seriously. Conrad was the happiest, sleepiest, snuggliest baby. Maybe ever.
This session was awesome. The second time parents couldn’t have been more calm and easy going and the new big sister was a dream. She was proud of her new little brother and constantly showered him with kisses. I seriously could have stayed all day just to hang around and enjoy their company. But alas, there was cuteness to capture, and that’s what I did.
A special request!
So, so, so sweet.
Thanks again for letting me be part of such a special time for your family. I was honoured to capture it for you.
The third time was the charm. The morning we attempted our third shoot, Mother Nature played right along. In fact, everything went so smoothly. Even finding random, side-of-the-road locations completely by chance made it that much more awesome. Well, I enjoyed everything except for the swarm of deer flies that seemed to be stalking us…
But don’t get me wrong, previous disasters or not, I felt lucky to get three shots at taking pictures for these two. Each time we were belly laughing (Vinnie more than me – I’m that funny) and having a blast. Can you call it work when it is that fun?
Little Baby A is due in just over 2 weeks and I am SO excited to meet her. Still not here and already so loved…
Our first session was on Mother’s Day. Our second, Father’s Day (weekend). I’m lucky to have have two opportunities in just a few weeks to photograph the same awesome family. And so patient too! Thanks for bearing with me.
Still gorgeous, LIly was just as much fun this second time around. And this time she not only had me tied around her little finger, she had my own little one (who came along to ‘help’) madly in love by the end of the session.
It was an absolute pleasure meeting with you on both occasions. Thank you for making my job so ridiculously fun.
I first met Geoff a few months ago when I took headshots for he and his co-workers. After chatting for a few minutes about our babies and how little sleep we were getting at the time, I knew I liked him. I was thrilled when he contacted me to capture his daughter Lily in all of her 8 month old cuteness.
What to say about this little family of three. The love mom and dad had for their wee lady just oozes out of them. The way they looked at her, the way they talked with her and the way they were with her just made me all melty. And it wasn’t hard to see why. Not only was she gorgeous, but she had a hilarious personality to boot. And seriously? These eyes totally killed me.