As you will see by the multitude of images in this blog post, I am IN LOVE (although I could be a little biased based on the subjects) with this session! For the last few years, we’ve been getting my daughter together with her best friend to do a photo session with the two of them together. We’ll probably do this until they don’t want to any more, and I’m so glad that we do it, because it’s pretty amazing to watch them grow and change. This year they are 4. The transformation between the toddlerhood of the 3 year old to this new stage of being a “child” is unbelievable. We had so much fun doing this session with the “pixie dust”. I’m pretty sure the little gals thought it was magic, and the big girls had fun too! It was definitely worth the week it took me to get all of the sparkles out of her hair… 😉
This year, the girls have new “big sisters” as well! Both of our families (my daugther’s BFF as well as us) are hosting two lovely ladies from France for the summertime. They are helping us with our children, and in turn, we help them with their English. I owe a HUGE thank you to my girl, Soéli, for being with us this summer. Without her I wouldn’t have been able to accept any bookings and I’d be missing out BIG TIME on shooting outdoors during my most favourite time of year!
As you can see from these images, the kids absolutely adore their big sisters. They are only with us for another month and we’ll have to say goodbye. It will be a VERY sad day, indeed. I hope that they enjoy their time with us enough to want to come back again next summer!
Also, just a little booking reminder that I am fully booked for the remainder of the Summer months. I am now accepting bookings for September and onwards. If you know that you would like to book a session (especially for maternity and/or newborn sessions) please contact me now to reserve your space! And now, enjoy the biggest blog post I’ve posted in a long time… 😀
This is one summer that I never want to end. Maybe it’s because we had 7 frigid, awful months of Winter this year, or maybe it’s because I’m having far too much fun with all of these outdoor family sessions that I’ve been doing!
This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure of working with this family. This year, I didn’t anticipate that their kids would be nearly as cooperative as they were last year because they know me very well now. We’re on a first name basis. Our children are best of friends. My daughter swears that she’s going to marry the little man in this family (although he’s oblivious) and his sister doesn’t want to hear about it (it actually makes her angry!) lol! Cooperative, they were, though! Like perfect little models, doing exactly what I wanted them to do. I loved this session so much and it makes me a little teary to see how much they’ve grown since last year. They’re longer and leaner, and the baby fat is quickly disappearing.
I love summer, because it’s the time of year that families typically update their photos. Well, Summer and Fall are really great for that (so if you didn’t manage to squeeze into my summer calendar, which is now fully booked, contact me NOW so that you don’t miss out on the Fall season!)
I have been dying for the opportunity to share these images. Last month I was giddy with excitement to meet sweet baby Reid, then all of 7 days new. I had learned about him just a few weeks prior when my mom called to tell me that my cousins would be adopting him.
I knew immediately that I wanted to give them the gift of memories as their baby gift, as I couldn’t possibly think of another couple more deserving to welcome this sweet little man into their hearts.
Big huge congratulations again to mom and dad on their new baby! And thank you for bringing him in and trusting me to capture the most fleeting time in your new little guy’s life. He is absolutely, 100% perfect. It’s true what they say, “The best things in life are worth waiting for…”
I had the pleasure of meeting sweet Emersyn and her family last month to capture those fleeting newborn moments when she was just shy of 2 weeks old. I could pretend that all newborns who come to my studio are superbly cooperative, but that wouldn’t be completely accurate, and this occasion was no exception! This little gal made us work for it, and I’m pretty sure that every single one of us was in a sweat by the time it was over. When I was putting her gallery together later, though, it was amazing that she LOOKED like she’d been sweetly slumbering the entire time.
I love how this session turned out. Newborn sessions, by far, take the most effort and patience of any other type of session I offer, but they are also the most rewarding. I am now accepting newborn bookings on weekdays from May to November, space is always limited to 8 newborns per month, so if you know you’d like to book please contact me sooner rather than later to guarantee your timeslot.
And now, what you came for, pictures of squishy baby goodness!
I love maternity photography. It is absolutely something I wish that I did more of! I know that some women don’t want pictures of themselves while they’re pregnant because they feel “fat” or uncomfortable, or just generally un-beautiful. I get it, I’ve been there. The entire 9 months I was pregnant, there was NOTHING that felt glamourous about it. I threw up for the first 12 weeks, I didn’t quite look pregnant, but didn’t fit into any of my clothes for the second trimester, and then by the end I couldn’t see my feet, I’m pretty sure I had big hairy patches on my legs that I just couldn’t see to shave off, and my ankles were like tree trunks. Any time someone aimed a camera at me, I threatened to break it.
I did, however, have some maternity pictures done with both of my kids and let me tell you, as horrible as I thought that I looked at that point, I didn’t. I cherish those images more than so many others. Now that I’m done having babies, I look back longingly at those photos and wish that I could feel, just one more time, that little miracle moving inside my belly. Those images are all that I have to remember that time in my life now that it’s over. My children also love seeing those pictures. They get all excited and point to my belly and exclaim with wonder in their voices “was that ME in there!?”
That’s why I’m always so honoured to be able to capture this time in a woman’s life for her. To show her through someone else’s eyes how beautiful she really is, how much she really IS glowing even if she doesn’t feel like it. The session below is from a few weeks ago. This Mama was BEAUTIFUL! Her little bundle is due just about any day now, I can’t wait to meet him/her!
If you’ve been on the fence about maternity photos, just do them. I offer two options for maternity packages, as well as a maternity/newborn bundle. Please contact me today to inquire, as my summer and fall months are already booking up! firstname.lastname@example.org
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to meet 2 week old Nathan and his parents. This little guy was the cutest ever! He let me pose him, which is obviously my main goal of every session, but he was also a treat when he was awake! The sweet little faces he made, adorable expressions, I just couldn’t get enough! Such a fun family, this little man is lucky to have awesome parents. He’s going to be one awesome kid!
I wanted to take a minute to give you a booking update as well. March is full at this point, there are still a few spaces left for April, May, and June as well. This Summer I will actually be able to accept weekday bookings!!! I’m very excited about this, as it means that I will be able to accept about 6 more newborns and a lot more creative portrait sessions than I had originally planned on! If you want to snag up one of these weekday bookings, know your expecting, or know someone who is, then please contact me now to secure your timeslot on the calendar. Summertime spaces go quickly!
And now, please enjoy some pictures of Nathan. He’s super duper cute!
I am so excited to share my new boutique packaging! Along with the new studio, for the beginning of 2014, I made some fantastic enhancements to my packages and offerings. All clients who have booked under this new package structure now receive a 4×6 colour reference print of every image they choose from their gallery. The reference prints are kept in a beautifully hand-crafted portrait case, and all digital images that clients purchase from their session are now provided to them on our new wooden USBs. Classic Newborn packages now also come with 25 custom designed and professionally printed birth announcements, on high quality, thick silk paper.
As your custom boutique photographer, it is so much more fulfilling for me now to be able to hand over such a beautiful product to you for you to cherish for a lifetime. In addition to our new packaging, I am now an official reseller of Zin Frames (you can read more about those here: http://issuu.com/framing/docs/customframing ) and am happy to provide a wide variety of printing options such as gift prints, enlargements, fine art prints, canvasses, and albums!
If you are interested in booking a session, please check out my packages on the pricing section of this site and contact me at email@example.com to book. As always, if you don’t hear back from me, please check your junk folders. Thanks everyone!!!
Last year when my son was 3, he came home from his preschool telling me all about his new best friend, Cruz. I finally met this little guy and he was one of the sweetest little men I’d ever met! After they started kindergarten together nearly a year later, I met Cruz’s mom, who turned out to be pretty awesome too! Turns out, she’s an amazing master stylist here in Barrie, and she’s literally two doors away from me! For YEARS I’ve been searching for “The One” when it came to a hair stylist. Finding the perfect stylist for me has been a lifelong process up to this point… I had to find someone that I got along with, someone I trusted, who is skilled and does a great job, whose prices are reasonable, and they have to have a space that is calming and esthetically pleasing to relax in while I’m being pampered…. Oh yes, and waxing services also need to be offered in the same place… Did I seriously just say all that? Geez, here I thought I wasn’t high maintenance! Lol!
Anyhow, I’ve never found this perfect mix, until I met Heather. I’m so pleased, that I want to share my awesome stylist with everyone! If you’re looking for someone fantastic in Barrie, then I highly recommend giving Heather a call!
I was thrilled to be able to get her whole little family in my studio a few weeks back for a photoshoot. Her kids were perfect little angels and I got some of my favourite pictures ever out of them!
Thanks Heather for everything you do! And for bringing me beautiful, well-behaved children to take pictures of! 😉
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