What do you get when you mix a 2 year old, almost 1 year old and 2 week old, amazing parents and beautiful home together in a lifestyle session? A suuuuuper long blog post full of fun, candid and snuggly images! Big brother Charlie was without a doubt the sweetest and most gentle big brother I've ever met, covering his new baby sister, Reese, in so many kisses! Middle girlie, Quinn, was a bundle of energy, movement and adorable smiles. This little girl was a super early walker and had the speed to prove it! She was so fun, but started to fade as nap time approached, and graced me with some sleepy cuddles and even let me put her down for her nap! And finally, the star of the show, baby girl Reese. She was just beautiful and slept so sweetly for us. She even gave me a smile as she napped in her mama's arms. These gorgeous children all belong to the wonderful Danielle and Stu, two super-parents who managed their 3 under 3 with a competence and grace that I can only aspire to! This family was such a joy to capture and I am honoured to have had the opportunity to capture their story.
Every once in a while I get super lucky during a newborn session and get a perfectly behaved little angel who sleeps so soundly that I can move them and reposition them any number of ways without them even batting an eye. Sweet little Eric was one of these babies. It probably helped that is was a super hot September day and the house was nice and toasty, but this baby boy slept like a dream and made my photographer's heart so happy! I loved reconnecting with his parents, Jenny and Ryan, and big brother Justin. We captured their maternity session back in July, and I had been so looking forward to meeting their newest love! What a treasure these first days with baby are, and what a joy it is to witness.
I had SO much fun with the Sproat family during the Saturday morning we spent together. John and Becky welcomed me so warmly into their home, and gave me total freedom to do my thing as I captured all of the antics and fun that unfolded! Jesse and Alexa were silly and adventurous, as you will see from a few of the photos at the park (was I that brave as a child?)! When we returned back home though, they were kind enough to show me a few of their favourite things. Alexa loves cats and Jesse loves pugs, and both love Lego! They also both adore their little white hamster, Fiona, who become quite the star, and actually had some impressive posing skills...although she did poop a lot ;) Becky and John were also game for a few couples shots which made me very happy! All-in-all it was everything I hope for in a family session, and as always, an honour to create these memories for them.
Sometimes when the weather is being a pain and there's too much rain and cloud and I have a bunch of sessions that have to be rescheduled, I start to ask myself why I even bother shooting outside at all?! But then I have sessions like this and I am reminded. Because a gorgeous fall evening + a beautiful and fun-loving family + the golden setting sun = magic. That's what my session with the Morris family was. Audrey and Linden had a classic brother-sister relationship, which I think you can get a feel for in some of these photos! Being only a year apart they have the perfect blend of sweetness one moment and teasing the next. It made for some fun moments! Theresa and Jason are so obviously adored by their kiddos, and I absolutely loved capturing all of the joy and fun that this family brought to our session!
Ashley and Giancarlo welcomed their beautiful baby boy, Matteo, into the world this past September. A couple weeks later I had the honour of meeting and capturing this beautiful little family of 3 in their early days together. The days after Matteo's birth were a little stressful as he was in and out of the hospital with jaundice, so it was beautiful to see them all settling in together as they figure out the rhythm of regular life with a new baby at home.
Matteo was such a sweetie, which I think you can tell from his angelic little face! He slept so well and we got so many sweet and snuggly shots with him and each of his parents. I just loved capturing these early days for Ashley and Giancarlo to look back on. My hope is for Matteo to look at these photos when he is older and see how much his mom and dad loved him from the start.
This session was SO much fun. A mix of intimate maternity photos and some documentary-style family fun, the entire morning was totally up my alley (who doesn't love brunch, amiright?!). Dawne is such a gorgeous mama and wanted to document this pregnancy as they await the arrival of their baby girl. She did such a fantastic job modelling and allowed me to get creative with some harsh lighting and I just loved the results! Then we got together with the rest of the family and captured them preparing and enjoying a delicious brunch. It was such a relaxed and enjoyable session and I can't wait to capture their baby girl when she arrives this month!
To keep things consistent with my last post, another huge overshare here! This fun family was getting ready to celebrate their littlest member's first birthday and thought a cake smash and sink bath session would be a great way to start! Despite the fact that we messed with his nap times a little bit, James was in fine form and was a rockstar when it came to the cake smash. He wasn't afraid to get his little hands dirty, and definitely ended up with a pretty decent sugar high! And, of course, it goes without saying that a sink bath makes me over the moon happy as a photographer. It was so fun capturing everyone loving on and celebrating this sweet boy. Happy first birthday James!
Huge overshare happening in this post, my friends. This beautiful family made my job so incredibly easy. Nine month old Grayson was SO charming, I could have photographed that sweet smile alllll day. Rebecca and Andrew were a lot of fun and knew all the best ways to entertain Grayson as we got closer and closer to bedtime. They introduced me to the best kids playlist on Spotify (Upbeat Children's Songs...give it listen, you won't be disappointed!) and showed me how much fun I missed out on by not letting my husband throw Levi in the air! Our session was so fun and it was a joy to capture all the love between these three.
Say hello to sweet Abigail! I first met her parents, Andrea and Joe, at their maternity session back in May, and was excited to find out whether they were having a boy or girl! I have great admiration for those crazy people who have enough patience to wait until baby is born to find these things out ;) It does add an extra fun element of anticipation though, I think! Abigail was sweet as can be and really pulled of some serious modelling throughout the course of our session. I had a wonderful morning with these three, and loved capturing this exciting piece of their family history for them!
Audrey's newborn session was full of some of the sweetest cuddles I've had the pleasure of capturing. This baby girl was a huge fan of snuggling against mom and dad's chest. And while she was not big on being put down, her parents did an wonderful job comforting their sweet daughter and eventually had her lulled off to sleep! I'm always impressed with how new parents to take these things in stride and how quickly they learn the little tricks that work well for their baby. I love capturing the new-ness of the family dynamic with a tiny newborn in the household. I've said it before and I'll say it again...I love my job!
Meet Keiran. He has the BEST baby lips I've ever seen (scroll down a couple for their closeup). This handsome baby boy was such a treat the photograph. He even let us get some nudie pictures to match with one his older sister had done at her newborn session on a chair in the living room. Between that and the way he posed his sweet hands I am still completely smitten over this little man. Having this level of charm with be helpful to Keiran so he can keep up with his charming older sister Lily. She was one of the friendliest kids I've worked with and I loved capturing her fun personality! I think it's safe to say their parents Penny and Phillip have their hands and hearts full in the best possible way. Wishing so many blessings for this beautiful family!
I met this beautiful family on a gorgeous August evening in High Park. Sweet little Sage was incredibly happy and easygoing which was a pleasant surprise since we were shooting very close to his regular bedtime! We wandered around to a variety of spots in the park, but my personal favourite is under the willow trees next to the water. Natasha and Sean came so well prepared with toys to entertain Sage and a picnic blanket to sit on. It was a fun and relaxed evening with these three and an absolute pleasure for me to capture this stage in their family's history.
Baby Jakob. This little man is one of the most handsome babies I have ever had the pleasure of photographing! With an incredible head of wavy, dark hair, his long eyelashes, big eyes and perfect little lips, he was a joy to photograph! Despite some tears and extra feeds throughout our session, Jakob gave us some beautiful sleeping and bright-eyed awake photos, and even let me get some close ups of those amazing lashes. I had so much fun reconnecting with Reshma and Irfan (you can see their maternity session here) and watching them love on their sweet baby boy. We did Jakob's session when he was 4 weeks old, and I loved seeing how they've settled into the rhythms of parenthood and the craziness that is life with a baby. It was such an honour to capture the love between this brand new family of 3.
The first day we attempted to do little Greyson's newborn session the clouds rolled in SO heavily right when I arrived that we ended up not being able to shoot (it pretty much looked like nighttime!). Luckily Amanda and Dan were so gracious and we were able to reschedule for the next day, which ended up being gorgeous and sunny and exactly what we wanted! I had so much fun getting to know Amanda and Dan. They are both teachers with a love of art and music. They are laid back and fun and I had such a wonderful time hanging out with them. Amanda did a beautiful job planning out Greyson's nursery, complete with some beautiful art pieces made by his own mama (go check out @amandasimmonsart on Instagram)! Greyson was the sweetest thing and I am officially obsessed with redhead babies. They are simply adorable! It was such an honour to capture these moments for this beautiful family.
Oh miss Harper. She was the easiest baby I have every photographed! I could move her as much as I wished between poses and she was happy as a clam and would settle right back to sleep. Unfortunately for her parents this was because she was exhausted from being up most of the night! Big brother Preston was incredibly sweet and introduced me to every character from the movie Cars. He also has an amazing pirate ship bed which I can only imagine is the envy of all of his friends! This session was so fun and laid back and I loved every moment. Denise and Albert, thank you so much for trusting me to capture your beautiful baby girl and the love and joy she has added to your family.