Family Session

Motherhood | Laura & her girl, Maebel

Since becoming a mom, my world has changed completely.

People told me it would, but I didn’t really understand. Now, I do. And, it’s something I think you can only fully understand once you become a mom. There are women in my life that I have always admired, but with my journey into motherhood, I now look at these women in a whole new light. My admiration for them is beyond anything I can explain.

In the first few weeks of Oscar’s life, things weren’t the unicorns and rainbows that most people painted when describing newborn life. Being visited by some of these mama’s in my tribe were some of the most important times because they helped me find my footing and still continue to light the way. The transition from being the old me, to this new person, has been one I didn’t imagine, or couldn’t quite imagine. But mamas before me, women in my life, ladies who I admire, - well, they have helped me gracefully take on this new role. For each one of them, I’m so thankful.

Laura is one of those ladies, who even still gives me some of the best motherhood advice. One of the best things she offered was that being a mom is not necessarily giving up your “old life” but understanding and accepting your new normal. That, and surrendering yourself to the world of being a mom. I only truly really started to understand this the past few weeks as the fog of the fourth trimester has lifted and Oscar & I are creating a bond that fills my heart with something like I’ve never felt before.

With Laura, there exists such a gentleness in her soul and heart. When she talks of being a mom, it makes you fall totally in love with her and almost wish she was your own mom. Her care, her desire to spend truly present time with her little one, her connection and the absolute joy she has being a mom sets your heart on fire. The love she has is one that truly makes Maebel and this soon to arrive “baby boy”, two of the luckiest little babes there ever was.

I felt so special to have spent a little time with these gems a few weeks back documenting as they play, giggle and make more memories between them.

Motherhood, it really pulls on all the heartstrings.

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From the Comfort of Home | Esmé, Aaron & Zoë | A Family Session

Funny little fact; some people are still shocked when they find out I do family sessions. It's got me pondering this one real hard. Sometimes I think it's because family sessions still get this bad wrap of all posed, all "awkwardfamilyphotos.com" or lots of photoshopped babies in baskets and/or on pumpkins. And, I've built my business on documenting real life and really moving away from overly posed type of work. Don't get me wrong, this stuff is cute and I super respect those photographers that have a whole business around this, but for me, nothing gets my blood going more than capturing a family in the most honest and most real way. #reallife

There is someone for everyone, and I'm so happy that the families I work with throw perfect out the window and are as real as they can be. They embrace the imperfectly perfect life. And because of this, I get to witness all the things that really truly do melt my heart, especially when thinking about my own family. 

The way I document families allows us to capture the quirks and those special habits that you want to remember 10-20 years down the road because they are what makes your family so unique.

When I photograph families, it's more about the little ones leading the shoot in sharing with me their favourite funny voice that Mommy or Daddy make when reading them their favourite book, or getting super messy eating breakfast. Or, even just ignoring me for most of the shoot and doing what they do every day; like looking out the window for the post man, or snuggling with their blankie, or making a total mess with ALL the blocks they can find in the play room. Often as we move throughout the house, it looks like a tornado make have just entered but I promise the photos are so worth it!

In just one session, I learn so much and they get to share so much. The photos are a little snippet of this family's real life and these are the moments I think are the most cherished. Doing these shoots allow you to capture these moments for always. Photos are magical, they hold so many memories. Our minds absorb so much over the years and we forget, but one photo can instantly bring us back to this time & place.

That's what I focus on when I photograph my families and it just fills my heart with all the good things.

And now on to this particular sweet famjam. Zoe, Aaron & Esmé. I've known these loves for a while. And watching them go from dating, to engaged, to married and now to parents, it's been pretty lovely to see how they operate in this beautiful partnership based on love. Esmé is such a gentle, curious and adorable little girl that has such a amazing mix of both her parents. Here's a little view into this delicious family's life. Enjoy, this one holds a special place in my heart.

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