This is why in-home newborn sessions are so special. While Mom was feeding baby girl, Big Sister took her Dad into her room to play.
Bringing home your first child is world-changing. Suddenly you have another little life, one that you have been gifted with caring for, loving, teaching. It is an adventure, an adjustment and, the most wonderful feeling in the world.
Bringing home baby number 2 brings with it a whole new set of wonders. It multiplies the love within your family, it takes your life of three and turns it upside down as you adjust to life as a family of four. There is the sleepless nights, and the joyful exhaustion of chasing a toddler through the day. But there is so. much. love. and joy! There is the delight of watching big sister grow to love her little sister. Of watching her learn how to cherish and take care of someone else.
When you hire a photographer, often times your expectation is posed, smiling faces, with everyone looking at the camera. And I am the first to tell you that there is nothing wrong with those images. Not at all.
But. . .
And here is the big but! That is not what I do as a photographer. I take your life as you live it and I freeze frame it. So that in years to come, when your house is spotless and quiet and you are remembering what was, you have evidence of the joy of your family.
I take you beyond the stress of making sure your kids are sitting still and behaving. Of wanting everyone to stop and look and smile at the same time. I take you beyond the backgrounds and props into a world of real.
One of the questions I am asked most often is"What happens if it is raining, or too cold, or cloudy?" My response to that is usually, so? Yes we all want pictures with that perfect golden light streaming down in the background, we don't want to have to worry if our kids are wearing enough layers and we don't want their toes or fingers or noses to get cold.
But. . .
Your session can work even in the rain. . . splashing in puddles anyone? Or in the cold, these snowshoeing pictures were taken when it was -20 C outside. Yes the kids are older, but it worked and it was fun.
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It is the little things that make them feel grown up. That give them a sense of belonging, of contributing.
Letting her make dinner wasn't hard and it allowed her to feel special, appreciated, big :)
We are raising them to be responsible, capable big people. And well often it is easier to just do it yourself, there is value in letting them. Even though it makes more of a mess, even though it takes longer.
I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets. It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful. Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me — I am happy. ~Hamlin Garland,McClure’s, February 1899
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike. This natural beauty-hunger is made manifest in the little window-sill gardens of the poor, though perhaps only a geranium slip in a broken cup, as well as in the carefully tended rose and lily gardens of the rich, the thousands of spacious city parks and botanical gardens, and in our magnificent National parks — the Yellowstone, Yosemite, Sequoia, etc. — Nature's sublime wonderlands, the admiration and joy of the world. ~John Muir, The Yosemite
"A little girl is innocence playing in the mud, beauty standing on its head and motherhood dragging a doll by the foot."
As I photographer, I love the unscripted of storytelling sessions. They are real moments in you life, frozen so that in years to come, when your kids have kids of their own, they can look back and not just remember what they did, but my hope is that the images I take for you will be filled with the emotion of the day as well.
Your kids are covered in dirt from head to toe? Your little one refuses to smile without crossing his eyes? roll with it because it is who they are. It is my job to create a work of art from the moments that your family treasures. I do that best in relaxed, in home settings.
These images were taken at 8:30 in the morning. I wasn't even going to bother bringing the camera down to the dock . ..the kids weren't going to go in they said. I am glad I did. Because the following images are some of my favourite from our time on Lake Simcoe.
So when you hire a photographer, trust them. Let them work their magic and capture your family in the style of photography that is dear to their hearts - the images you get will be better for it!!