Beautiful Mama Jennifer

When I found out these two initially were not going to have a maternity session my first instinct was what!? Are they crazy? 🙂 Of course, I know that belly photos aren’t for everyone but I am a strong believer (now that I have 2 children) that there will come a time that you WILL want to remember this time, it’s so quick and fleeting in the grand scheme of life, and there is just so much excitement.  I love seeing the look of love and pure energetic excitement in the anticipation of a first child (or second or third or more!)

There are maybe a few more times in a woman’s life that she is just as stunning and glowing and beautiful as when she is expecting a child. I think it has to do with, in part, how much happiness an expectant mother exudes (even in those final, potentially grouchy days!) and that happiness is formed in a beautiful aura around her.  I just love it.

So these two gorgeous parents to be, braved the bitter cold and the slippery ice to capture this time!
And I couldn’t be happier with the outcome!

As I finished packaging up their session’s photos, I got an unexpected and very exciting bit of news; baby girl made an early debut! I had been excited for February to come along and here we are, in the last week of January and my darling makes her appearance.  I have been fortunate enough to get a sneak peak of her and she’s adorable! I can’t wait to get my hands on her!

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Meet Mr A *~17 days new~*

I was a little surprised to hear the news of another baby in our family when our cousins announced they were expecting again.  They have two sons already who are teenagers, which may be why they wanted another sweet baby in the house.  Perhaps they wanted something cute and snuggly that sometimes smelled funny, rather than only big and usually smelled funny! 🙂

I was very excited. And watching her teeny little belly grow was fun! (I even managed to persuade her to trek through a field of waist high flowers, shrubs and bushes in the county to get a belly shot in the beautiful patch of purple wildflowers- all while completely standing by my statement there were absolutely no snakes in the field).

Little Mr came shortly before Christmas- and what a Christmas gift he is! He is so adorable.  His cheeks and his lips – well I could just kiss them all day!  I had one of the photos canvassed as a present to my cousins and when it arrived, I almost decided to keep it for myself in my studio!

So to little Mr: You might be close or even more than the 50th Great-grandchild in the family, but you will come to know that even with a family this large, we are close. And loving. And we were shown the best, from the best, your great-grandmother.  And even though she has passed, you will certainly come to know her and the love that she instilled in this big, crazy, sometimes nutty family.

Welcome to THE family Mr A. Welcome.

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Miracles Come In Threes

As some of you may already know, my brother and sister in law welcomed three new little lives into this world in the summer of 2013.  You can say we were pretty surprised to hear they were pregnant and to say we were shocked to hear there were three is an understatement!  Up until this point, I had never known of anyone who spontaneously conceived triplets and yet here we were.  I was lucky enough to photograph their gender reveal (you can find it here on my blog) and even more incredibly lucky to photograph their actual birth (which at this point, have not been posted as requested by mom and dad- I’m still working on them to show you, they’re amazing!).  I was so happy to follow their journey in the NICU at the hospital until each was discharged.   And when they were 7 weeks 6 days new, we photographed their official newborn session.  (which was still a few days before their actual due date!).  Big J was already so much bigger than his sisters, he almost looked like an older cousin!   We also couldn’t resist using the fishing lure backdrop and fishing boat, my brother is an avid fisherman.  Funny, when he walked in and saw the set up, he started naming all the lures on the backdrop!

So now they’ve just turned 7 months and I’ve realized I never posted photos from their session!

I am very lucky to have made some incredible connections and friends within the Windsor (and World) photography community.  We help each other, encourage each other and support each other.  For their session, I was so happy that my friend Danielle, of Danielle Rorai Photography invited me into her studio and helped assist me during this shoot.  (Heck, a session from 1 newborn can take 2-4 hours, can you imagine doing three all at once by yourself? I certainly cannot!)  I am very thankful for this, the session went amazing and I could not have done it without Danielle.

Little Emily and little Elizabeth have the prettiest eyelashes – they’re so long and girly. And Big J, well he doesn’t really have any eyelashes and looks just like a little old man! Funny how that worked out!

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Miss A turns TWO!

This is the third time I have photographed Miss A and she just keeps getting cuter!  She turned two this year and brought me a “new present” when she came to her shoot: her new baby brother!  I was very excited to finally meet him (he is 3 months old now!) as they live a few hours away and travel here for their family and family shoots. (which means sadly I couldn’t do his newborn shoot!)
Miss A has recently started this very adorable and very funny “Cheese face” where she smiles so big her eyes get all squinty and scrunchy and adorable. It made me laugh every time.  Although she made me work for smiles this time!  I love her family dearly- they are so wonderful and I have many, many, many amazing memories from the time I was 5 years old with her mama that I treasure dearly.
I love that I am preserving memories for them in the form of photographs so they too can look back and continue to treasure this time dearly as well.
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Tiny Footprints Project: Baby E & O *~18 days new~*

I am blessed and honoured to be part of The Tiny Footprints Project which offers my time and services to families who have babies in the NICU.  When I do a typical newborn session, it is done within the first 14 days of their new little lives.  However parents of babies born prematurely aren’t often afforded this ability since they are still in the NICU.  I love being able to go and photograph these tiny little sweethearts.  I love capturing the environment that surrounds these families and the beauty of such tiny lives.

And these two are certainly beautiful sweeties. I really enjoyed seeing both mom and dad and the love they radiate for these little beauties. I wish them all the best as their little ones continue to grow.  Sooner than they think they will be home and growing so big.  It’s an amazing thing.  The only difficult thing about these types of shoots is that I cannot kiss and smoosh these sweet little babies!

I also make sure that I follow all the rules and guidelines that the NICU has in place. I do not handle the babies, pick them up or move them.  I may slightly readjust if I do any posed shots, but I have the parents do most of the moving, readjusting and positioning.  I ensure that any items I may bring are clean and fresh.  And should I feel even the slightly tickle, cough, sore throat or any other form of illness, I do not shoot. I will reschedule and if by chance I am unable to meet the timeframe needed, I will do my best to find another photographer in this project to perform.  My first and foremost concern is the safety and healthy of these fragile new little loves.

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If you or someone you know has a baby (or babies) currently in the Windsor Met Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit you can contact the Tiny Footprints Project to request a shoot.  http://www.thetinyfootprintsproject.com/