GAVIN | 10 DAYS | Surrey Newborn Photographer

Sweet little Gavin, I am so thankful that you were my send off session.  At 10 days old he came into the studio with his adorable family ready for his very first photo shoot.  He was a dream to work with, happy and content through the entire session, willing to let us try anything we asked of him.  What I  didn’t know was that it was going to be my last in the studio – for an undefined time.  It took me a lot longer than usual to edit this session, my mind just couldn’t focus 🙁

This is such a ‘strange’ time for everyone.  That heavy feeling many of us are feeling – the one that keeps us in bed a little longer in the morning, the one that has us grabbing cookies from the cupboard… when we are not hungry.  That feeling of grief… we are all grieving the life that we were all so accustomed to.  Getting out and enjoying our beautiful Province, Country… World.    There are so many things that I think about through the day.  From the new mom’s who are close to delivering and scared of what that might look like going into a hospital.  To the new moms hoping to come into the studio and capture this precious time in their lives, the toddlers who don’t understand why they can’t go play in the sand box at the park, the school aged children who all miss their friends, teachers, classmates… to the teens who were all planning their graduation celebrations for grade 12, university etc.  There are so many pivotal moments in our lives that will all look very different now.

But life doesn’t just stop.  Our families are growing, changing and we will all learn to find ways to adapt to this current reality.  For me I’m trying to think of ways that I can help new parents still capture those precious first photos of their families.  For those interested, I’m going to create a Facebook group to teach a few tips/tricks to enable you to capture some home images.  I’m happy to even offer an editing service for the photos you do capture… as I’m not sure how long this will be going on – we (photographers) may need to find ways to help our families create amazing memories through their images.

For now, I leave you with the ‘outdoor’s inspired session.  How fitting for a time when we are asked to stay indoors.

I CAN’T WAIT TO BE SNUGGLING NEWBORNS AGAIN!!!

ELLINKA | 17 Weeks (born at 26 weeks!)

I’m so happy to be back capturing tiny lives and the huge impact they have in the world around them!  I had taken a few weeks off in January for a family holiday and then returned to a cold that had me off for another few weeks.  Just the nature of working with babies, we take no chances in passing on anything to them!

Thankfully, little Ellinka (Elli) was happy to wait for me to get better.  She spent the first 100 days of her little life in the NICU as she decided to arrive into the world a little early at only 26 weeks.  She and her family came into the studio last week to capture her official release out of the hospital and finally home with her family.  This little lady was a dream to photograph and work with.   Such a calm disposition, but this is also true of her loving big brother.    I’m so grateful to be able to share these moments with families, capture their love, capture the new bonds that are forming so quickly.  I’m exited to see what 2020 will bring and how many new lives I will get to meet.

Thank you to all those who trust in me to capture your families!

 

CHARLIE | 9 DAYS | Surrey Newborn Photographer

I am certain that this gallery is going to bring a smile to your face.  These two beautiful little girls just warmed my heart.

It wasn’t that long ago that big sister Blayklee was here in the studio for her newborn photos!  Now look at her all grown up.  We used a lot of whites/neutrals in this session and honestly really makes me want to only use whites!!  Funny enough when I just looked back on Blayklee’s session we somehow used the exact same wrap again for baby Charlie!  Out of all the props in the studio… somehow we used the same one.  That said, I am just in love with all the emotion in these images.  So much love for little Charlie already, these two girls are going to have an amazing life together.

For Charlie and Blayklee we did a mix of standard newborn photos as well as a few Christmasy ones!!  So for all you new mom’s out there who would love to do a Christmas photo with your new baby… keep an eye out as I’m going to host an event just for babies!

Japji | 7 weeks | Surrey Newborn Photographer

This family contacted me over the long weekend and asked if there was any way that they could come for photos, that same day.  This doesn’t often work out, but… we made it work this time and I’m sure glad we did.

Sweet little Japji came to the studio in the afternoon for a newborn ‘swaddle me’ session.  It’s a little smaller than a full newborn session and they choose to not include family and just focus on baby.  These are great sessions that provide families with a few portraits  of these precious stages of life.  You don’t always have to book in for a full session!

These sessions really are baby led.    This just means that if your little bundle is awake and content, then we just go with what they want to do.  We don’t spend the same amount of time attempting to get them into sleeping poses.  I personally love that we captured these beautiful big eyes of hers, she really did feel like one of those old souls!  In the end, she was tired and we got a few beautiful images of her drifting off… but at 7 weeks, she was less interested in me moving her around once she was napping!

So if you’re feeling like you’ve missed the ‘newborn’ stage or that you really don’t need the full newborn session – consider these little swaddle sessions!  Babies love them, and so do I.

EMILY + ASHLEY | NEWBORN TWINS | SURREY BC

As soon as someone says they are expecting twins/multiples something really special happens, or at least it does for me.  You imagine all the little things that these two humans are going to grow up and experience in life.   I picture all the things they might experience, but knowing that they will both likely have very different emotional attachment to, memory of, description of.  I just find it fascinating as I’m sure many others do.

I was excited to hear that this momma had welcomed her baby girls!  They had arrived 6 weeks earlier than anticipated, but after a short stay in the hospital, both are healthy and happy at home.  They were ready to come into the studio and arrived just a few days before their actual due date.

Although the night before the session I may have had dreams of all the different poses I was going to breeze through with the girls, the reality is babies are totally unique.  They do what they want, on their time.  In writing this, I hope that new parents appreciate that a newborn session is still all about them, they lead what we do typically.

I can only imagine how busy this family’s house is in the morning.  Two newborns and a toddler to rush around and tend to, while trying to get ready for the day.  I’m thankful that once in the studio, they had time to do a few things for themselves.  Dad slipped out to get coffees/food while mom got to spend some 1:1 time with the girls big brother.  The job of a photographer is simple in a sense, capturing a super important time in a family’s life.   As they welcome home these two girls, as their home and lives change forever… we captured a few moments of a time that passes all too fast.  When these little girls were so tiny to fit in your hands, when the nights feel like they last forever, because you’re up making bottles instead of sleeping, when life likely feels totally wild and unmanageable… these images will be there to look back on and remember it all.  All the accomplishments, the fails, the laughs and all the love.

 

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