The V’s | Life Series

Meet the Virag’s. They have come to me to document their family nine times since 2011. Until recently I have been unable to post their portraits but now I’m free to share and I’m pretty excited about it! I’ve held onto these photographs for far too long. This will be a significantly long post, but hang in there, it’s worth it to watch this family – and my photography – grow.

August 2011 – Ryan was so tiny, I can’t get over it!
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Welcome baby Allie! – July 2012 (This was my third newborn session!!)
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I love these fun photographs. I remember editing them and thinking to myself “None of these are perfect.” But looking back on them now, the candid portraits are my favourite!liz_czinege_photography_family_child_newborn_5  April 2013 – Allie is 9 months old!liz_czinege_photography_family_child_newborn_6
July 2013 – Happy Birthday Allie!
These are still some of my favourite birthday portraits. I came up with a design for these portraits and it turned out even better than I planned!liz_czinege_photography_family_child_newborn_7
Christmas 2013
The black and white portraits of Ryan are my FAVOURITE photographs, just perfect!liz_czinege_photography_family_child_newborn_8 July 2014
I had to slip in a quick snap of Duke – most gentle and loving dog ever. Again I had a plan for these portraits of Allie, inspired by a photo that her mom had taken. This session didn’t turn out how I planned, but I love the portraits I got, carefree and wild, that’s Allie.

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Haley | Niagara Maternity Photographer

liz_czinege_photography_niagara_hamilton_maternity09In about 3 weeks this little family will get to meet their newest member, a little girl. I had a fun morning pampering Haley and capturing her maternity portraits. I’m in love with the architecture in this house, it was a dream to photograph in it! liz_czinege_photography_niagara_hamilton_maternity05Timber, their first baby! He is going to make a great big brother, she will always have a protector and a friend in him. liz_czinege_photography_niagara_hamilton_maternity04liz_czinege_photography_niagara_hamilton_maternity01liz_czinege_photography_niagara_hamilton_maternity06 I love photographing nurseries. And I LOVE that I captured another one of their babies in the photograph! liz_czinege_photography_niagara_hamilton_maternity02 liz_czinege_photography_niagara_hamilton_maternity03 I can’t wait to photograph their little girl, stay tuned for her portraits in 3ish weeks. liz_czinege_photography_niagara_hamilton_maternity07

Jewels for Jules | Rare Genetic & Neurological Disorder Awareness

Jewels for JulesSome of you may recognize this beautiful happy little girl as Julia, or Jules to her family. Julia’s parents have been my clients since she was born – and my friends for longer. Julia is honestly the happiest little girl I have ever met and it breaks my heart to be writing this post.

At a few months of age, doctors noticed a developmental delay in Julia. Recently, her doctors and specialists have finally confirmed a diagnosis and it’s devastating – a very rare seizure disorder. So rare that Julia is one of six documented cases in the world with this specific disorder and at 3 years old she is the oldest survivor.  Few things are known about Julia’s disorder, but what is known is that her seizures will become more frequent and harder to control through medication, her skills will digress and there is a high risk for cardiac arrest and apnea attacks.
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Over the last 3 years I have watched Julia grow. Her smile is so contagious you can’t help but be happy around her. And oh my gosh, her giggle – AMAZING!  Evie, the youngest but the “big” sister, loves brushing Julia’s hair and giving her kisses – they are always holding hands. The love they have for each other is so strong, they’re the perfect little duo.

Sitting on her own, standing with her leg braces and walking help of her specialized walker is such a beautiful sight.  She is such an inspiration to myself and everyone that knows her. With the help of her therapy team, the hard work of her mom and dad and of course Julia’s perseverance, she has come so far.

Julia’s mom has begun making “Jewels for Jules” to raise awareness for Rare Genetic and Neurological Disorders. Julia is just one of many living with Rare Genetic and Neurological Disorders.  Jewels for Jules aims to shed light on the struggles of all those and their families affected by these disorders.

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“By supporting “Jewels for Jules” you will be helping us say thank you to our amazing Genetic and Neurological teams from McMaster Children’s Hospital, who worked tirelessly to find answers for Julia and our family, and in turn, may help to benefit another family like ours somewhere down the line. These ladybug keychains symbolise a number of things. They are a symbol of love, strength and courage. They represent understanding and acceptance for the simple fact that we were not all made the same, but that we all have a lot to give. And last but not least, let them be a reminder that no matter how tough life may get, that we can all find a reason to smile and be thankful each day that we are here together.”

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I have my ladybug on my keyring and every time I look at it I am reminded of Julia’s strength, pure joy and happiness in life. If you would like to help support Jewels for Jules you can purchase a ladybug for $5 from myself (905 931 4893 | liz.czinege@gmail.com) or Katie (text 905 321 8369)

Much love,
Liz