Happy 1st Birthday Mr I!

Oh this handsome fella….a masculine spitting image of his big sister! I have been photographing this family and their children since big sister was just a few days old….over 4 years now! Not only have they become amazing clients, but amazing friends as well.  Mom, she is insanely crafty and sweet and talented and I simply adore her! Dad is a personal trainer and professional body builder (and who I have had as my personal trainer)…he is so sweet.  He never made me feel bad, or uncomfortable, or self conscious or anything but excited and strong every session we had!  (Check out Marty’s Way Personal Training in Windsor, Ontario….you won’t be disappointed!)

So, with this little Mr, it was fitting to do a muscle theme cake smash! (like seriously….see his onsie? “This is All  Muscle” haha too cute!

And he did what every cake smash photographer hopes for….face first into the cake! Yum!!!

 

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Little Mr Z is 6 months!

Milk baths. All the rage and so much fun! We put a little citrus twist on the traditional floral milk bath for this little Mr!
Let me tell you what I learned; Lime slices do not float. Seriously, who would have thought? (neither do kiwi but that’s not really surprising!) AND this little guy LOVED eating the sour stuff!
He was enthralled at shoving the lemon & oranges in his mouth, I really had to work to get him to look my way! 🙂

But like seriously, what’s more adorable than this?

 

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Mr I is THREE! ~Windsor Children Photographer~

Being a photographer, I sometimes feel like I have many, many more children than I actually do.  I get to grow with these families and children and fall in love with them.  Mr I, well I can’t even tell you how many sessions his family has come to Windsor for since he was nestled warmly in his mama’s womb. He’s now THREE years old!  And TALKING! So incredible for me.  And he was SO SO SO good for his 3rd birthday session…following every direction I asked of him. (I know he is such a good boy, but I bet his mama wishes he always followed directions so well!).  Even when I asked him to give me his best serious (first photo) and grumpy (second photo) he totally nailed it!
I love you sweet Mr I!

 

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*~Zeus~* The World’s Tallest Dog

Recently over the weekend a fundraiser was held called “WOOFA ROO”.  It was an amazing event full of information, fun, entertainment and excitement.  The money raised went to animal charities such as The Windsor Essex County Humane Society.
I was honoured that I was asked to be part of this event and excited to be able to meet Zeus.  For those of you who don’t know, I am a full time working Registered Veterinary Technician.  So to be photographing, at an event geared towards animals, well that’s just like a big chocolate cake and tall glass of milk- awesome!
Zeus’ family is from Michigan, about 3 hours away from Windsor.  The event co-ordinator contacted them and asked if they would like to be part of this event and help raise money for the charities.  They accepted and on their way to Windsor they came.   The idea was that attendees could pay to have their photo taken with Zeus with 100% of the money going directly to the Humane Society (meaning neither I, nor the family received any portion of this money or any monies at all).  This was 100% donated services and time.  Before I met the family, I was already told how awesome they were.  However, that still didn’t “prepare” me for just how amazing they were.  Mother, Father, Daughter & Son came along with Zeus.  And I fell in love instantly.
Now, like I said, I am a Registered Vet Tech (RVT) and I have been working at my clinic for 11 years.  Nothing in my 11 years prepared me for what I was going to see when I saw Zeus- when I say he is the Worlds Tallest Dog, he truly is (really, he’s in the Guinness Book!)   And you think you’ve seen big dogs, until you’ve seen Zeus!  There were so many other Great Dane’s in attendance, even some Irish Wolfhounds and they all looked huge.  Until Zeus walked up.

So of course I need to address something that became an issue when Zeus was “crowned”  (World’s Tallest Dog last year)  by those around who took it upon themselves to make ignorant comments based upon zero knowledge and credentials.  His size.  He is huge.  But he is lean.  And in a world’ where obesity is an epidemic, not only among humans but animals too, we have become all too comfortable with seeing overweight pets.  In fact, when a dog that is considered a great body condition score, they are looked upon as “too skinny” or “malnourished”, when in fact, they are perfect.  It pains me when I hear about people “bragging” about how fat their dog or cat is or when the “fattest cat” is highlighted on a news report.  All dogs, but especially giant breeds should be kept at a normal body condition and weight for their health.  Giant breeds, such as Great Danes are at a higher risk of joint, spine and hip issues as they get older and any extra weight will only serve to exacerbate this problem.

Zeus is incredibly lucky to be part of this family.  He has the best veterinary care and is on an a very high quality diet (which I was very happy and impressed to hear).  Aside from his wonderful veterinary care and nutrition, he is the utmost loving family.

Zeus’ photoshoots were 1 hour each, twice each day (for a total of 4 hours).  When he needed a break, he took one.  When he needed a drink, he took one. And in between he slept like a baby.  Our number one concern was that Zeus remained comfortable and happy throughout the entire day.  And we completely succeeded.  My other concern was that I might have to turn lots of people away due to time constraints for the photos.  I am so pleased to say that this did not need to happen!  I shot just over 200 families/portraits during that 4 hours. (which is just over 1 minute on average per photo)  And we raised over $2000 for the Humane Society!!! How amazing is that!?!?

And I can assure you, this is not a post that is up for debate nor will I tolerate any ill-comments.  Thank you!!! Clarissa-Marie-Photography-Andrea-Broughton-copy Clarissa-Marie-Photography-Diane-Bevan-copy Clarissa-Marie-Photography-Donna-Hicks-copy Clarissa-Marie-Photography-Mary-Serdachny-copy

My parents, my father is also 6’4″!!!!!

 

 

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My oldest daughter, who is almost 6, reaching up to touch Zeus on his back!!                                                        Zeus’ dad was kind enough to take this photo of myself, my husband, oldest daughter and our Shep/Husky

Angela & Matthew ~*Happy 1st Anniversary*~

Angela and I have been friends from a long time….and now that I am thinking about it, it’s about 15 years!  I am a couple years older than her and so I have a bit of a “big sister” feeling when I think of our friendship over the years.  I have watched her grow from an adorable pre-teen to a smart aleck teenager to an intelligent, gorgeous, successful woman.  Although we have some “lost years” as our lives went in different directions, the friendship was just the same as if there never was a break when we crossed paths again years ago!  When Angela started dating Matthew, I could tell this was different.  He is an incredibly nice guy!  I was so excited and proud as I watched Angela & Matthew say “I do” 1 year ago.   When they asked me to do their 1st anniversary photos I was so excited!  And the more we shot, the more excited I became.  These two are IN LOVE.  And not just “we just got married and we love each other” but “I absolutely cannot live without your love and you by my side for a single moment of the rest of my life” Love.   And it is obvious that they each think the other is incredibly sexy and are so naturally loving towards each other!  I had an amazing time.   Happy 1st anniversary Angela & Matthew!

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Connor 4 years of sweetness!

I was contacted by Connor’s mom to photograph her sweet little boy while they were here visiting from Toronto one weekend.  I was told he LOVED angry birds- and boy did he ever! He had a backpack full of them and was telling me what the special power of each one was (thankfully I had played the game before so I could understand what he was meaning!)   I also brought a special little surprise for him to use during the shoot 🙂
He was such a purely sweet little boy and he and I had a great time racing and chasing each other.  (I even almost beat him once!)  And when I pulled out the Red Angry Bird blanket he had a fantastic time pretending to be an angry bird! I truly enjoyed meeting this handsome young man and his family!  (and look at those eyelashes! Lucky guy!)

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The Triplets: Week One

As some of you may know, my brother and sister-in-law recently welcomed triplets into their lives.  They were born at 31 weeks.  I was blessed and lucky enough to be present during the entire delivery to photograph their birth (although I am unable to post photos from this experience as they are wishing to keep that portion private for now)
I have been allowed access to go into the NICU once a week to photograph them as they grow and progress.  (Typically only parents and biological grandparents are allowed to visit)

They are growing and thriving and we are all so excited.

Little J was 3lbs 12oz at birth, “Big sis” Miss E was 2lbs 13oz and “Lil Sis” Miss E was 3lbs 3oz.

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Happy Birthday Miss R!!

I remember Miss R being in her mama’s belly and bringing their sweet dog to see me at my clinic.  And I was so excited to meet her that her mama knew she couldn’t bring the dog without bringing the baby! (one of my favourite appointments to go into is one with not only a fur-baby but a real baby too!)
I have basically watched her grow over the last year each time she came in and she has grown cuter and cuter and cuter (and looking more and more like mama every day)
Her eyes are RIDICULOUS! They are SO blue and SO beautiful, it’s almost unbelievable.  She had a grand time with her cake, eating the icing and “painting” with it.  She is such a doll!!!

 

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The morning of this shoot, I had no idea the level of cuteness that was about to bombard me when I got to the park.  I had prepared myself with my airplane, aviator hat and princess dresses.  Little did I know that although Princess R (which is what I called her the entire shoot) would want the airplane too!  These two were FULL of energy and we all were quite active and persuasive as I photographed them.  This shoot was a special gift to grandma for her birthday- I hope she loved the photos!
Mr R had the most gorgeous eyes- he is certainly going to be a heartbreaker!  And Miss R’s hair ….*sigh*….so gorgeous.  Although, being a curly haired girl myself, I am sure she will go through a phase of hating her wonderful ringlets, but in the end she will embrace and love them! And one day be so thankful of her gorgeous curls!

 

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First Communion- Congratulations Mr M!

I was invited to witness and capture a very special moment in a young Catholic’s life- the 1st Communion.  And although it was not allowed to take photos during the actual ceremony, we were able to capture the excitement and family love.  This young man was so wonderful- I hope that my children will grow up to be as respectful and polite as he is.  His mother and family must be so truly proud of him.  And I am positive his loving father is looking down on him, so proud of the young man he is becoming and being a guiding hand for not only him, but his mother and brother as well.  At this age, keeping still for photo after photo isn’t always the easiest (or the most fun) and even though I could tell that he was starting to grow tired of all the photos, he still listened to every direction and request from his mother and myself.  I felt proud of him, I can only imagine how his family feels!!

Congratulations handsome!!!!

 

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