This little beauty didn’t want to sleep, but that’s okay! Parents always LOVE opened eyed portraits. And I don’t think there’s any doubt that she’s going to have blue eyes! Contrary to popular belief, skinny babies have the most rolls!! #extraskin Ripley rocked this pose! Gosh, isn’t her little features so precious?! My mom hand stitched this quilt for me, I love that I was able to incorporate it into Ripley’s session!
Occasionally I get asked to do sessions outside of the Niagara Region, Jamisyn was SO worth the drive to Toronto! She rocked every pose, in newborn terms – she didn’t move! Not to mention she is the sweetest little girl, I just wanted to keep snuggling her after her session was over. She’s got the most adorable little features. It was refreshing photographing a girl after so many boys, but Jamisyn did not love having headbands on, it was the only time she stirred while I was posing her.
Mom didn’t want anything too girly, I think this is the perfect amount!
Parents always love these open eyed portraits. Jamisyn kept her hand perfectly posed! Jamisyn’s big sister had a newborn portrait hanging on the wall in a similar pose, so I couldn’t help myself, I had to recreate it! Aren’t those cheeks perfectly squishable?!
I so wish more women did maternity sessions. One of the comments I hear most often is that they want to wait until the baby comes to do portraits. A valid reason – why invest in portraits without the newest addition in them? However more often than not, once the baby comes and you’re on your 5th, 6th, 7th day of sleep deprivation – having your portrait taken with your little one doesn’t sound so appealing. The time and energy it takes to shower, put on makeup (to hide the exhaustion) and pull yourself together is too much and parents opt to do portraits of the baby by themselves.
The second comment I hear from Mom’s is that they don’t feel like themselves when pregnant. Ladies, pregnancy is BEAUTIFUL. You may not feel attractive.. beautiful.. like yourself… etc etc, you name it I’ve heard it… but you – are – beautiful! If you think back to other women in your life who were expecting, what comes to mind? Probably that they were glowing, right? So why would you be any different? I treat all my maternity Mama’s to hair and make-up because let’s be real, when you can’t see your feet, let alone bend over to put shoes on, do you really want to do your hair and makeup? It’s a great excuse to be pampered and FEEL as beautiful as you look to everyone else. (A little shout out to Ash Swords and Maeg Lowes for their amazing work on Hayley’s maternity session!)
Can we talk about how adorable Hayley is! Such a sweet lady with a kind soul (Like, can we be friends?!) I can’t wait to meet her little one, Hayley is going to be a great mom!
Hayley REALLY made me work for some real smiles, I’m happy she let loose for a few cause that dimple is adorable! The “Okay, now give me a fake laugh” never fails me. The fake awkward laugh gives way to a real smile. Guhhhh, this girl is way too beautiful and perfect skin to boot, not even fair! As much as I love dresses for maternity sessions, I really enjoy doing a couple casual images as well. We did this session at Greystone Manor in Niagara Falls. A beautiful, original manor overlooking the Niagara River. A perfect little spot for a weekend getaway in Niagara.
The first time I came to Greystone Manor I knew I had to use this window for a portrait. The chandelier, those original windows, a photographers dream. And being an interior designer, Hayley appreciated them just as much as I did!
Everly is an expressive little girl. From the minute she was born she has been her own person. Looking at her you can’t help but think she has such an old soul. Throughout her first year I captured her newborn, 4 month, 9 month and 1 year portraits! Everly’s mom and I came up with a theme for her portraits that we carried throughout the year. They are perfect for her personality! When Tara suggested a teepee, my first thought “great, now I have to figure out how to make a teepee” but I think it turned out pretty good! I came across the doily hoops in my closet the day before the session and knew I had to include them!
Everly is so sweet with her littler hands. She really knows how to work them! “In between” portraits. I love Everly’s hands in the right image, reminds me of the emoji – cracks me up every time I see it. 4 Months and One Year, quite the difference. I can never believe how fast time goes by.
Sometimes after a successful portraits session you need to throw on a little “Burning Man” by Dierks and have a dance party! Although I LOVE Dierks – this was Everly’s favourite and had nothing to do with me. Can’t say I minded!
Little River was full of smiles and put up quite the fight. But we got the sweetest open eyed portraits of this handsome little man. I loved taking portraits of River and his big sister. She loves her little brother so much! Bright eyed and adorable. I am so amused by these portraits. River decided to poop – without a diaper – mid pose. Priceless!
I’m so happy for this beautiful family. I can’t wait to see them again.
I photographed Monica’s maternity portraits and was so excited to meet Naomi! She is the sweet little babe! Her features are so sweet I just wanted to snuggle her for the entire session! I photographed her session Thanksgiving Monday, her grandparents and their visitors were having brunch Caesars – and one was waiting for me when I finished the session – BEST CLIENTS EVER! They’re my FAV, and my post wedding ritual. Can every newborn session end with a Caesar? Mmmmmm….
Naomi was so content while she was awake and being posed, which rarely happens, and made for some adorable portraits! AND she had so many smiles! Come ON! How adorable is this?! I can’t wait to watch Naomi grow!
Sigh, when did my little niece become and adult! Talk about 9 going on 19. One of the benefits of buying all of her clothes is that I get to dress her however I want – which is usually exactly like me. I wish this outfit came in my size. (Who am I kidding. I also have that vest, thanks Old Navy!) I drive by this field so often and was struck by how beautiful the purple flowers were so I couldn’t help myself! She gets it from me. #sorrynotsorry I love this carefree laugh. Geesh!! STOP GROWING UP! At every stage I think it’s the best age ever and then the next stage happens and THAT is the best age ever. Smart, kind, sassy and such an old soul. I just love this kid so much!
Little Harper was in the studio a couple weeks ago. Such a teeny little girl with the sweetest features! She was so good to me, I loved this session!
I was so happy that I finally got to use this headband! Who says baby girls can’t be photographed in blue? Safe in Daddy’s arms. This family is so sweet!
A late night blog post because I really can not help myself! Everly is 9 months old – and she gets cuter by the day! Her mama got lost trying to find this field – too many times to count – she called me, Everly SCREAMING in the backseat and I thought to myself “oh boy, here we go”. Eventually I went to find her and she followed me to this field. Everly came out of the van with a smile on her face. The shoot started an hour later than it was supposed to, but that meant that the sun was PERFECT. This session could not have worked out any better! Kudos to Tara for not letter her frustration come through and transfer to Everly. This girls eyes – just stunning!
I never post straight out of camera images. I always adjust the colour and brightness to suit my personal style, but this image was just way too perfect not to share as is. After a short little drive we ended up here, fit so perfectly with the theme we have going for her first year sessions. Her mom made this dress because she couldn’t find what she was picturing in a store. SO PERFECT. I love Everly’s eye squint, her big sister does the same thing when she is really happy! Ahhh, one more session to go to complete her first year package. But I’m not sure how I can top these. She was so perfect!
I had the pleasure of photographing Joy and Jayde. It was so interesting to see their completely different personalities come out – even at only a couple days old! Joy is on the purple and Jayde is on the grey!
Best friends. Joy
Jayde On my way to the session I came up with the idea for this set up and stopped to pick some wildflowers. I’m so happy with the way it turned out! I love the similarities and the differences that suit each girl perfectly.