Baby Bump! ~*34 weeks*~

Ever notice that as time goes on, those who were younger than you, all of a sudden are the same age as you?  That is exactly how I feel when I think of my brother and sister!  I am the oldest of three, myself, my brother and then our baby sister.

As you may know, I have 2 daughters.  My sister has 2 sons.  (And my brother, well he has triplets (2 girls and a boy) and another girl on the way!)  When my sister announced she was pregnant, it was a bit of a surprise for all of us.  We were in the midst of planning her wedding which was going to be taking place in just a few short months.  (She got married in February and was an incredibly beautiful bride- half the time you can’t even tell she is 6 1/2 months pregnant!)

During my sister and brother in laws wedding speech they started talking about a secret they wished to share with everyone.  Since all in attendance were their closest friends and family they found it only fitting to be able to share this secret at that moment.  I looked at them with excited anticipation and thought “it better be the sex of the baby!” .   After a pause, for dramatic effect I am sure, they announced they were having a GIRL!  I slightly dread seeing the wedding video or photos during that moment as I think I may have lost my mind temporarily.  I was (and am) so excited! A sweet daughter for my sister (and another sweet girl for me to photograph!)

This pregnancy has been a bit of a roller coaster for my sister but she was kind enough to oblige when I asked if I could take a few belly shots one evening.

I am greatly looking forward to so many things: I will be photographing the birth of my newest niece when she decides to make her arrival, obviously taking her newborn photos and watching my sister become a mother to a little girl. (Boys are great, but having a girl is certainly different)

Only a few short weeks to go….or sooner!

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Miss A ~*7 days fresh*~

I have known Miss A’s mama since she was just a little girl and friends with my little sister.  And, through the magic of facebook, I have been able to watch her grow as a mother and see her beautiful first daughter grow into an adorable preschooler.  Her oldest daughter, Miss F, is the most adorable little sweetheart and such a 3 year old little ham.  And she is gorgeous.  Which is not surprising in the least considering mama is a stunner.  So I was thrilled when they asked me to photograph their next daughter when she was born.  Miss A was so adorable and sweet and I loved her session.  And when her big sister came back to the studio at the “end of the session” I just had to take a few more photographs of the sisters again! And I am so happy I did, because they turned out wonderfully.

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Mr C & His Fans

I was contacted by Mr C’s very proud Auntie who asked if I could photograph her and her siblings along with her nephew.  I was told he really liked Hockey.  Boy was that an understatement!  He was only 2 years old and yet had more knowledge and what appeared to be natural talent than many adults I know!  His tiny hockey gloves and stick was just too cute.  And if you told him to “Face Off” he was so excited! I had a great time with this family and I will look forward to 15 years from now when I here of him being drafted and I get to say I photographed him as a sweet toddler!

I will also be cheering him on, but I may be overshadowed by 4 bigger fans of his!

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Miss Z ~*9 days fresh*~

I saw this little sweetheart the following day after Miss E.  While Miss E came in weighing a whopping 5 1/2 lbs, Miss Z was born almost 9 lbs,  9 days earlier.  So to say there was a difference is an understatement.  But she was SO incredible adorable.  I seriously wanted to kiss her chubby cheeks all day.  And she really loved being all snuggled and “squishy”.  So much so in fact, that I have given her a nickname (perhaps it will stick!) of “Squishy” (although I guess as a teenage girl I don’t think I’d want the nickname Squishy) 🙂

Her little rolley polley legs were just adorable.   And she also totally ROCKED her session- honestly I’ve been SO lucky! Her parents were so sweet and wonderful- and dad did an amazing job being my assistant! I really love having the dads involved in these sessions. Besides, mom just did all the hard work, let her sit back and relax and enjoy!  I also enjoy when parents bring items with them to their session that are meaningful and we get to incorporate them into the session.  When I first placed Miss Z into her jersey, she did fuss a little.  I replied to this fussing with “Don’t worry sweetie, I would fuss too if I was made to wear a Toronto Maple Leaf jersey” (we are, for sure, a Red Wing household). But when I snuggled her all up I got some huge smiles! *sigh* I guess she truly wants to be just like daddy and be a TO fan!

I truly have the most wonderful job- and the fact that so many trust me with their most precious gift, well that is just the icing on the delicious cake!

 

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Miss E ~*5 days fresh*~

At the request of the parents, I am not going to post a “back story” to this little darling.  What I will say is that she ROCKED her session. Seriously ROCKED it.  We essentially were done within the first hour (woah, what!?) but she was so dreamy that I couldn’t stop.  So I then began doing everything I could think of and wanted to 🙂

She seriously was awesome.  And so much wonderfulness (yes, I made that a word) into such a teeny tiny 5 1/2lb package!!!   I’ve got some new favourite photos!

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Miss H ~*7 days fresh*~

I was excited to have yet another newborn girl scheduled in the books and mama was excited  knowing that all but one of my girls had arrived early this year.  When I got word that Miss H made her arrival a week early I laughed, especially when I got the “Thank you” from her mama! I wish I could take credit for her early arrival!

Miss H’s papa was unable to come to the session as my helper so mama brought along her best friend.  Wonderfully enough, I had photographed her best friends newborn girl just 2 weeks prior.  I was excited to hear that mama’s BFF would also be bringing her baby and the wheels started turning.  Hmmm, 1 week and 3 weeks old; would I be able to photograph them together? I had a set up in mind and hoped it would work!

Miss H was a dream; I loved it!  And mama was so helpful (and wanted to be helpful during the session) but I had to tell her to sit back and relax! My mama’s are there to relax and enjoy (and feed if need be!).  I like making the papa’s do the helping work- or whomever they bring with them!

After we “finished” Miss H’s session it was time to get the two future BFF’s in a photo!  (and wouldn’t you know, Miss A, who was quietly WIDE awake for almost her whole own session, was completely asleep this whole session!  Which worked out in my favour as I was able to photograph these sweethearts together.  Can you imagine 25 years from now they can look back and see they have these memories together and how cool that will be?  And it was incredible to visually see how much Miss A had grown in just 2 short weeks!

I look forward to watching Miss H & Miss A grow.  How wonderful for best friends to be off on maternity leave together 🙂

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All in the family *~Cousins~*

I’ve seen a saying that cousins are you first friends; and for my family and children, it seems to hold true.

I recently went out to photograph a family at the grandparents home around Easter time when they were all together.  Part of the family lives out of Province but wanted to surprise the parents (grandparents) with photos for Easter.  It’s always a little difficult to determine what a shoot is going to be like at a location that is unfamiliar to me, there are so many variables – what kind of setting is it, what does it look like, what is the lighting like etc.  However, this family home was gorgeous and we were lucky enough to get some outdoor and indoor photos.  It was quite chilly that day, so being outdoors with 4 children until 6 was not an option for very long.

When I arrived I introduced myself to these sweet children, 6 1/2years, almost 4 years, 2 1/2 years and 3 months, and away we went.  I couldn’t help but giggle at the little boy during the shoot.  For the first half of the shoot, no matter what we tried, we could not get him to have a relaxed smile.  It was cracking us all up!

They all were adorable and what a lovely family!

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