At every moment we have the opportunity to spread joy 💫💃🏻🤘🏻
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others;
for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness;
and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
This mini session was pure magic — mainly because these two sweetest girls have the BEST personalities.
But also because their mama has some serious style (and enough energy to power the city, but we won’t go there).
Anyway, enough of my talk; here they are:
are you listening?
In my experience I’ve found that the amount of energy you invest into something
is generally the reflection of what you’ll get out of it in the end.
And photographs are a perfect example of just that.
Now I’m sure you’ve heard me say (or write) that I love catching the little moments, keeping things simple.
I absolutely do — but sometimes with a little planning, a fun location, beautiful wardrobe, and A game attitudes —
photos can go next level.
Take a look.
We’re so excited, we just can’t hide it!
Spring temperatures that we’ve been begging, praying, pleading for have fine-allllllly arrived.
So as a parent, I decided it’s about that time of the year that my kids are no longer allowed indoors … and it will stay that way at least until October.
This was our first outdoor challenge: attempting a ramp, riding a new #santacruz board AND holding the GoPro!
You know that I love in-home sessions; no elaborate backdrops; working with the natural light that’s already in a home.
I plan on letting these pictures do the talking; just look at how baby boy is almost boasting how easy he had it (loving all the attention).
But I’d also like to mention that I’m totally in love with the shots where mom and dad really let their personalities shine through.
My favourite photos are always where everyone forgets for a moment that photos are being taken : )
Every heart’s a hurricane,
Every soul a starlit sea
Every mind’s a meteor
Unbound by gravity
And everybody’s wishing
They could learn to tame their tides
When nothing more than nature
Is what’s echoing inside
Cousins are a true gift.
Classy tea parties with a cousin, are heartwarming.
It makes me laugh to think of all the funny childhood memories and stories they’ll share for years to come.
We played real-life Crossy Road, braved the extreme temps and were lifted up and away with giant red balloons.
And celebrated family.
Where life begins and love never ends.
This time of year is always the craziest for me.
Editing, scheduling, emailing, late nights, early mornings…
I can’t put into words how much gratitude I feel to all the families that I work with;
those who invite me to tag along and capture all the some kind of wonderfuls with them.
Getting to know them and watching them grow,
has been fulfilling in ways I could never have expected.
As always, thank you so much.
These three were quite possibly the most enthusiastic funny little group I’ve ever taken photos of.
I spoke; they laughed. Wait, what?!
We all laughed … it was a great way to keep toasty warm.
There may’ve been some jumping, wrestling and caroling going on as well,
but I’ll let you guess which is true.
“Laughter is a smile that had burst.”
Do I have a tendency to fly off the handle?
Once you go lumberjack, you never go lumber back.
Everything I brew, I brew it for you.
“Time spent amongst the trees is never a waste of time.”
We meet in the woods, and wandered till we were lost.
I got lost.
They lead the way back out.
That’s beside the point though.
There are fewer places as lovely to play than in the forest.
So we played amongst the trees, and it was almost magical.
We planned to chase leaves and bright autumn colours, but it didn’t work out as so.
In my opinion, it turned out even better!
We hung out in the family’s incredibly beautiful home (this very talented mama is responsible for it),
and I couldn’t have loved it more. The kids had opinions on how and where their portraits should be taken.
So I let them take lead, and worked with them … it was pretty flippin’ awesome.
Take a look and tell me what you think : )
“My mission in life is not to merely survive, but to thrive and do so with some passion,
some compassion, some humour and some style.” Maya Angelou
(the world needs you most, now)
This little guy and his big sister were an absolute blast to work with.
The charisma, their expressive eyes and personalities.
It’s always such an honour capturing a moments with so many incredible families,
and these two (and their lovely parents) are no exception.
The great paradox of parenting is that it moves in both slow motion and fast speed.
I’ve spent much time lately thinking about what makes me smile.
Top of the list is, of course, family and friends.
A close second being outdoors… running, cycling or just feeling sun on my face.
But always in the back of my mind is an anticipation spend more time in the garden.
I love caring for flower beds, but my veggie patch is what really sets my heart off singing.
I grow vegetables for many reasons:
for novelty, for nostalgia, to show the kids that growing food is somewhat simple,
to wind-down and relieve stress, to please my soul, to challenge the earth.
And most importantly, because nothing tastes better than vegetables straight out of the garden!
Decide every morning that you’re in a great mood.
Cause the secret to being happy, is knowing you already are.
This was my first time meeting this family;
working with them made my heart skip do a happy dance : )
Spring, butterflies and cherry blossoms.
Contact me if you have a themed photoshoot in mind that you’d like to discuss!
and everything jolly!
When a friend who I don’t get to see enough of (why does life get so busy) asks if I can take photos of her week-old little man, my heart explodes a little.
Maybe a lot.
So without delay, I’ll let these photo speak for themselves.
Here’s only a few from the very relaxed newborn session we did.
When I arrived, the boys were climbing trees.
Playing, with not a care in the world.
The mood lasted the entire session, with mom joining in.
No, she wasn’t climbing trees.
But she connected with the kids in such a way,
it seemed she also had not a care in the world.
We spent the first 20 minutes of this session looking for the ‘spot’ that I’ve used dozens of times before.
Everything was flooded. Couldn’t find it. How is that even possible?
Luckily, this family is the kindest, most co-operative family that exists on this side of town.
They stayed cool, never lost their happy faces and turned my frown upside down.
The best, right? Yes. Absolutely.
Plant it. Grow it. Pick it. Eat it.
Grilled zucchini and tomato with basil and ricotta on toast.
“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder,
he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it,
rediscovering with him the joy, excitement,
and mystery of the world we live in.” Rachel Carson
Free-spirited sessions have long been my favourite.
Keeping it real, spending time playing and laughing.
These two little guys didn’t stand still for a second.
Always on the go and squealing with laughter!
Grown in my garden, or fresh from the farmer’s market.
I love food. I love food almost as much as fine paper.
But slightly less than playfully patterned fabric.
These zucchini strips were savoury and ridiculously delicious.
Because sleeping in, never ending sunshine and lack of routine and rules has been truly exhausting… ammiright?
Summer evenings are so much sweeter when friends share their joy with with us 🐎🥰
… in a world this pretty ❤️