Family Day 2019 | Community Heart

On this last day of the BC “Family Day” long weekend, I am hoping that as I write this many families are looking back at all the memories made together and all those still to come.

As a photographer I’m often asked to capture that ‘perfect’ family moment when everyone is smiling and looking at the camera, when in reality all I want to do is capture you tickling each other and being silly.  Capturing you chasing one another or giving a loving embrace when someone falls.    See the thing is, so many people are looking for that perfect moment, photo, thing to do, thing to have without really looking at what truly makes life amazing.  For me, family is what you make it.  It can include those you are born surrounded by, but it can also be a chosen family.  People who come into your lives in some form and are there for good.  People who enrich your life and bring you joy.  This is what family is about.

It is so easy to get stuck in routines.  Get up,  get ready for the day, running out the door to school, work and getting home to sports, dinner and back to bed.  The weeks can seem on repeat for sure!  I’ve always tried to look at how I can throw a wrench into the loop, what little thing can we do differently that will impact our lives and make it memorable.  It really doesn’t take a lot, it doesn’t take money or planning a big party at all, likely all you need is time and willingness to try something different.

Last week my family was to get together as we hadn’t seen each other in a while.  We were going to meet at my mom’s house, but I reached out and asked if they would all meet us at the lake instead.  It had been cold enough, long enough to finally freeze over.   As many of you know, this doesn’t happen often so taking full advantage, everyone agreed.   This wasn’t something huge at all, but let me tell you I’m certain that everyone will remember the day all the cousins got together and goofed around on the frozen lake, being silly, goofy and young at heart, no matter the age.  Upon arriving there we see several other families who are doing exactly the same thing and kindly open their arms to share hockey sticks and pucks so we could join in the fun.  This… this it the family I choose.  The loved ones I was born with, but also the community of family who step up and are there for each other.   The smilies on everyone’s faces said it all, I can’t think of a more ‘Canadian’ afternoon.

Fast forward to today.  The launch of the United Way’s Clayton Heights Little Libraries project!!!  As soon as I heard they were looking for residents in the area to host a free little library, we jumped on it!  It wasn’t long before we already had ours delivered and ready to go!  This morning was the launch party – the school was opened to welcome the community for a pancake breakfast.   Payment was only to bring a book to donate to the libraries!   It was the perfect way to spend our Family day morning and include all of the amazing people of our community who I’m proud to consider my family from the ‘hood’.  There were games, stories, crafts and then a walk about the community to find all of the new little libraries.  Sorry for the long post, but here are some of my favourite images from both my family adventure on the frozen lake and today’s awesome event

Kyzlee | 7 Days | Langley Newborn Photographer

This little girl certainly had her own ideas for our photo shoot!!  She came in awake, and basically stayed that way for the majority of the session.  Babies do not have to be sleeping their entire photo shoot to create beautiful images of them, they just need to be content.  Well this little girl was defiantly that.  She came into the studio on her 7th day in this world.  I was really excited to try out a few new things, practice some posing with her – but instead we just did what she felt like doing, which was being adorable.

This year I’ve been slowly adding more props to the studio.  Investing in new knits and wraps and playing with the different textures.    As you know I’ve also been working on composites, and loving that I”m pushing myself to grow and learn.

Looking forward to what 2019 will bring, I’m excited for the journey!

 

Parker | 11 Days| Surrey Newborn Photorapher

It is always amazing to me how fast the time passes… and yet when you are pregnant and waiting to meet your first born, the arm of a clock couldn’t feel slower.

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting this family who was soon to welcome baby Parker.  The couple came into the maternity session not knowing how they would feel, how the session would go, but it always makes me smile to see families instantly feel at ease in the studio.   It wasn’t long before I got the message that Parker had arrived!!  He was such a dream to photograph, letting me move him around from set up to set up, entertaining all of our ‘demands’ of him as a model.  Each session that I have had in the past few months I have been adding a new collection of images to my sessions.  There is truly an art to creating these fine art portraits for clients.  Creating a feel for the scene in the studio and yet creating the final image in photoshop. I hope that you all enjoy the variety this brings to a session and that more clients will ask to include these in their final selections.

Without further delay… enjoy these first images of Parker and his family!

ELLINGTON | New Westminster Newborn Photographer

Here’s a little ray of sunshine on this cloudy day!  Oh how little baby toes, fingers and features make my day that much brighter!

 

 

LUCA | 7 DAYS | Surrey Newborn Photographer

Little Luca was a dream client!!  I love when babies arrive and hare content to do anything we ask of them.  So get ready to see lots of scrumptious images of this little dude and his family!

Not that long ago I was capturing Luca’s big brother’s newborn photos, now look at him holding his baby brother, so proud, happy and grown up!

In the past few weeks I have been trying to experiment with new things, learn some new tricks and have my style grow and evolve with the industry.  I hope you will all enjoy the new changes, some may not notice much at all… and that’s great too.  I feel we are all growing and always changing our craft, what ever your profession is.  It is a great feeling to push yourself out of that comfort zone and try new things – some fail, some succeed!!  Thank you all for being along for my journey!

Now… please if you need some newborn happiness, scroll through the images below!!

 

always smiling for mommy’s kisses!!

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