I just had a sweet little newborn session and wanted to share a few of my favourites with you. He’s five days old here, and a truly miracle baby! He had the most calm expressions, never got upset and had a way of staring into your eyes trying to figure you out….I almost kept him 😉
Isn’t he perfect???
Beautiful, etherial and unique are a few of the words I would use to describe this mom-to-be. I won’t lie, it made my heart leap when she contacted me asking specifically for a maternity milk bath session. I simply ADORE them and think they are such a unique way to celebrate motherhood. And then I met her. Seriously, she rides and owns horses, and well, I could literally talk all day about horses, so there’s that :).
We spent some time in the studio, and while I love those looks, I wanted to share a few of my favs from the milk bath session….
I cannot wait to meet her new little one soon!
If you are looking for one of a kind maternity sessions, I would love to hear from you! If you are looking for unique Mother’s Day Sessions, stay tuned, I am making and announcement soon!
I find more and more that I am drawn to simple portraits that express the connection between the subjects (hopefully). I have worked a lot in the past year on my back and whites as I have found they add to the simplicity, and cut out all the noise that colour can sometimes bring.
What do you think? Are you a fan of black and white or colour? If you are interested in getting simple portraits like this done, I am looking to expand my portfolio, so please contact me for more details.
I recently completed a month of shooting with the theme of “expressive hands” in mind. I had a whole blog post in mind about how the images came about, how I liked focusing on one area and really exploring it. etc. But you know what? I just love them. The six most important little (and big) beings in my home….
we can all learn how to breathe submerged, we just have to find that person worth drowning for.
Underwater maternity shoots are my jam. Are they yours?
Continuing with my self portrait series from last year, I was drawn to the idea of control, those who have real or perceived control over us, and often how we feel helpless, or unable to fight any longer. And I have to admit I was feeling just as worn down by what was happening around me.
So I made this….
Then, in a short week it all changed for me. No, I didn’t have some sort of inner revelation, or win the lottery. I did have something happen which so blatantly and perfectly embodied all that I felt, and tried to express in the photo above, that it nearly knocked the wind out of my sails. It was art imitating life amplified.
Then I did what any sensible person ought to do when they need a lift. I read Maya Angelou. If you ever feel like you have lost your way, your confidence, your mojo, your YOU, read Maya. You will be lifting that chin and adjusting that crown in no time.
In particular I read Still I Rise., and this part really stood out to me…
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries…
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise…..
It inspired me to explore a little further and create this…
We all have choices. I have made mine 🙂
Its been a while since I have been so torn between black and white or colour, but this little guy’s eyes are so incredible. it makes me love colour….almost…
Which do YOU prefer?
…or black and white
Let me know!
Often a picture, or a moment, stays with me long after a session. For me, in this session full of moments, this one in particular mean a ton to me. Sometimes, I am reminded the why I do what I do, and this moment of a new little one with his mom, surrounded by memories and fleeting moments of time, was one that really stuck with me.
Last year, around this time, I wrote this blog post letting the world know, or at least my mom and dad who I am sure are the only regular readers here, that I was committing to doing a personal photography project where I took a picture a week. Specifically, a picture of myself a week. It was a project 52 called “Get in the Frame”. 52 weeks, 52 frames and 52 pictures to prove that I exist, and not just behind the lens.
At first my reason, like many parents reasons, was to do it for the kids. To show them, really show them how I held them, how I snuggled them, how I loved them and the things we did. About halfway through, things changed for me with this project. It became about really redefining me. What I wanted, who I was, what my hopes and dreams were. It was a powerful reawakening of many things I had buried under the daily M-F grind of life, where it is all too easy to become focused on making a living, and not a life. I wrote about some of my early thoughts about it here.
In the end, compiling some of my favs, I am incredibly proud and thankful I did this project. It was a challenge, like anything worth doing, to really follow through when giving up is so easy. But as I looked back on some of the ones below, I love the moments I captured because I see me. The mom, the wife, the worker, the photographer, and most of all just me. The real one. Free from all the labels, the name and the notions of who I “should” be.
It’s nice to find her again.
Happy New Years!!!
I wanted to share a few of my favs from a recent session I did between Christmas and New Years. I spent the last few days of an old year photographing new beginnings.
Wishing you all a healthy, happy and prosperous New Years! If you haven’t had a chance to enter my Celebrate 2018 yet, but sure to do so here. I would love to see you and your family in 2018!