Justine | Niagara Maternity Photographer

Justine was GLOWING during her maternity session last week. She is truly embracing pregnancy and relishing every second of it. It isn’t hard to see how over the moon she is about her little Bean. Such a proud Mama, I can’t want to meet the little man!
What session at Botanical Gardens would be complete without this shot?

Lily&Cora | Niagara Pet Photographer

A couple of my favourites from my recent portrait session with Lily&Cora.  Cora’s litter-sister lives next door, so obviously we had to include her in a few portraits. I love how much this one looks like an album cover.  Lily and her two body guards! Don’t mess with these girls!

Conan | Niagara Newborn Photographer

I’ve been waiting 8 months to do this session! Conan’s parents are good friends of mine, and I knew about him even before his Dad did. One of the perks of being a photographer who photographs pregnancy announcements!! Conan is just as sweet as can be. He was more interested in eating than being a part of this session, but that’s okay. Typically I don’t love wrapped shots because I prefer to see their sweet newborn skin, but they’re growing on me! They’re a great way to start the session when baby isn’t completely asleep yet.  That pout though – hands up if you just made a pouty face too! This was an in-between moment, which I usually wouldn’t photograph, but I loved the way his hair looked so long on his arm!   I LOVE this black and white image.  Conan ROCKED this pose! It was one of the only poses that his mom requested – and the hardest to get! Unless they are completely 100% asleep I won’t even attempt it. The final image looks completely different from the in camera images. It’s a composite of 2 different photographs put together, so baby is supported at all times. 

I can’t wait to watch this little guy grow!

Hayley | Niagara Maternity Photographer

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! 

River | Niagara Newborn Photographer

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.

Naomi | Niagara Newborn Photographer

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! 

Cole | Niagara Child Photographer

Cole is ONE! Wow. What a year it has been. It seems like yesterday that I was photographing Cole’s newborn portraits – and here we are at his cake smash birthday session!  Doesn’t he have the best blue eyes?! Gorgeous!  After the cake smash we called in the clean up crew. Maple is the best big sister ever!

Eliza | Niagara Child Photographer

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! 

The Winner – ANNOUNCED

And the winner of the costume contest is ……

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!

As shout out to all the parents who put so much effort into costumes for their little ones. They were all so adorable. I’m glad that I didn’t have to choose the winner!

Everly | Niagara Child Photographer

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!