Aribella’s First Birthday | Niagara Child Photographer

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Aribella is such a beautiful little girl. We wanted to come up with something unique for her portraits, and when I stumbled across these steps, I knew they would be perfect for her session. A little secret garden inspiration.

First birthday’s are one of my favourite sessions to photograph. Seeing how much LCP’s newborns have grown in a year is always so special. AdobeBridgeBatchRenameTemp1liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_01Those big brown eyes, ahhhh. Perfection.
AdobeBridgeBatchRenameTemp2liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_02AdobeBridgeBatchRenameTemp3liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_04 Cake smashes are a lot of fun. I love watching the child’s face when they realize that they can eat the cake and that their parents aren’t going to say no. AdobeBridgeBatchRenameTemp8liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_09AdobeBridgeBatchRenameTemp7liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_08 This dress was a gift from Greece, doesn’t she look like a little goddess?! I love it, suites her so well!AdobeBridgeBatchRenameTemp4liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_05 AdobeBridgeBatchRenameTemp5liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_06 AdobeBridgeBatchRenameTemp6liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_07

Kenzie | Niagara Child Photographer

liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_01 I wasn’t sure how these portraits were going to go, I was a little bit nervous.  Last time I met Kenz she was super shy and wouldn’t talk to me, but after only a few minutes she opened right up and was a perfect model! Smiling on demand, posing perfectly, chatting away with me. Perfection! liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_02 liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_03 liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_04 I love these two portraits with dad, way too sweet. liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_05 liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_06 Some photographs are just made to be black and white. The tones in these, ahhhhhhh. liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_07 Kenz picked me a whole bouquet of wild flowers.  liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_08 I love how natural this portrait is, so focused on what she’s doing. liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_09 I had a lot of fun photographing Kenz, she was so great to work with!
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Matthias | Niagara Child Photographer

liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_01 I don’t even know where to begin with this post. This is Matthias, my oldest nephew, the first kid I knew how to love unconditionally. He also has ADHD and Aspergers, so the fact that these photographs even exist to make this blog post is a miracle. It is very rare that Matthias will sit for me and let me take his portrait – it is rare that Matthias will do anything he doesn’t want to do without a fight. That being said, when he isn’t being stubborn, he is a hilarious and loving boy. He is always willing to give hugs or crack a joke. He may not know how to read (we’re slooooowly working away on that) but he can tell you more about dinosaurs and the ocean than any other person I know. liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_02I had to include some of his poses, these are definitely him, always trying to make people laugh or the complete opposite – scare them. liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_03 liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_04 These two are growing up WAY too fast for my liking!liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_05 Eliza couldn’t resist being in a few of the portraits, so excuse the poor outfit choice. That being said, I LOVE these portraits, it’s been way too long since I’ve captured some really good ones of them. liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_06 liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_07 These two might fight like cats and dogs, but when it comes to things that are really important, they pull together. As much as Matthias takes care of his little sister, his little sister needs to take more care of him. Giving in when she knows he won’t, keeping him in line and out of trouble and sighing rather than getting frustrated when he is having a meltdown. She is wise way beyond her years. And when she says things like “It is such a beautiful day.” I know she’s got an old soul.  liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_08 I love a little side by side comparison. The photographs on the left are my all time favourite photographs of Matthias and Eliza from 2012. This one was completely unposed – both times. They love each other so much. liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_09 I had to do a little recreation if this image, it’s been hanging as a 16×16 on my parents wall since 2012. (Look at their hands, that was totally not me. Some things never change!) liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_10I can’t wait to see the people these two become.

Eliza’s Life Series | Niagara Child Photographer

liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_01It was one of those perfectly days where everything just comes together.

Driving home from Hamilton a few weeks ago I took a back road and was inspired by all the beautiful wildflowers and the beautiful sky. I picked some flowers (thanks for the swiss army knife in my car Dad!) and raced home to pick up my niece (and throw her in a dress that I was waiting to give her.) I threw the crown together and half an hour later we were on our way! liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_05 Eliza loved her special flower crown. These two silly photos are my favourite! I printed the one on the right in a 16×20 and framed it. It’s GORGEOUS – print your photographs people, there’s nothing better!liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_02 liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_03

After the flower portraits we headed to the beach for my second wave (ha!) of inspiration. I was hoping that it would downpour (as it had been off and on for my whole drive home) and I wanted to capture the stormy beach in these portraits. It didn’t rain and Eliza refused to standing the water and get her dress wet, but I love how these ones turned out anyways. I was hoping to get a few more variations, however Eliza fell into the water before I could continue. She was not pleased, ahhh, memories. liz_czinege_child_photographer_hamilton_niagara_04

I have photographed Eliza every Spring and Fall since she was born, I love how this life series is coming together. I just love this girl so much! She is such a little lady, way too mature of her age. So loving and smart. I could go on and on. I’m one proud Auntie. I hope one day she reads this and knows how much I love her.

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