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?

Kylie&Jon | Niagara Engagement Photographer

A beautiful couple, the beach, at sunset – the stars aligned! A lot of planning went into this session. From outfit co-ordination to making sure we got the timing right for the sunset and just hoping for a sunny day and a great sunset!

Kylie mentioned during the pre-consultation that she doesn’t like being in front of the camera (she’s a natural though, you’d never know!) and Jon on the other hand was soaking it all up. It’s great when the guy enjoys the session, makes for some great natural shots and creative poses.

While I was waiting for Kylie and Jon to arrive at the location I noticed this perfect little spot. I was hoping that they would be troopers and trek in through the weeds and grass and who knows what, and they were! SO WORTH IT.

Kylie and I know each other from when we were in Girl Guides together, and I remember now why she had the nickname Giggles. We had so many laughs during this session. Mostly laughing through poses that felt awkward but look great. I think they trust me now that they’ve seen their portraits! Am I right Kylie? That is one of the many reasons I love photographing couples before their wedding. It’s a great way to break the ice and build up a trust before the big day! Bugs, annoying little things, but they sure do look magical when they’re backlit!  Gahhh! These two are the cutest. I can’t even.  Jon requested a photograph of their matching tattoos, how could I say no?? I love them! Couldn’t have asked for a more perfect sunset – or location. OR COUPLE!  I truly can not wait to photograph their wedding in September. 

Jonathan | Niagara Newborn Photographer

A couple years ago I photographed Jonathan’s older brother Anthony. I was so thrilled when his mama reached out to me again for baby #2! When photographing a sibling I always try to keep it similar so they go great together hanging on a wall, but also make them unique so the portraits are their own!  Jonathan looks so much like Anthony in this photograph!  And baby makes four! 

Thin’s | Niagara Newborn Photographer

I love this family. The only time I ever get nervous before a session is when I am photographing friends for the first time. I always feel so much pressure to get the right shots, the perfect shots. But these guys nailed it!  When you love your brother so much you just have to put him in a choke hold. That portrait makes me laugh, 100% accurate to their relationship. Parents always get stressed out when children don’t behave how we want for the session, but I always get some good ones! When I photograph my niece and nephews, the candid shots are my favourite. So natural and so them, as they grow – those are the photographs that I love the most because it reminds me of how they truly were at that age.  I love this photograph, reminds me of an album cover.  Ruby, the sweetest daddy’s girl! She is the BIGGEST suck and is so patient with the boys. 

Emma | Niagara Newborn Photographer

I’m a little behind on my blogging, due to the fact that I was working my butt off trying to get everyone their portraits before going to Punta Cana for my friends wedding! But now I’m back and rested and ready to blog!

Emma. Oh Emma. You are just perfect.  After multiple newborns who put up quite the fight, I was beginning to think that I’d lost my touch – it was time to retire my “Baby Whisperer” shirt – literally! But Emma slept through her entire session, stayed in every pose I put her in and didn’t fuss. She was exactly what I needed to get me out of my funk!
Emma has the softest, shiniest hair I have ever seen on a newborn. So gorgeous, I can’t get over it!  These portraits are completely different than my usual style, but I am in love with them. She looks so comfy in the bucket!

Ripley | Niagara Newborn Photographer

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!  

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! 

Everly | Niagara Child Photographer

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! 

William | Niagara Newborn Photographer

On a snowy day in January I drove to Port Colborne to photograph William. When I arrived Mom and Dad had a fire going in the fireplace, it was nice and cozy for little William – and me! Is there anything better than a real wood fire?!! At 6 pounds and 19 inches, you would never know that he was born more than a month early.    That little tuff of hair. Too cute not to capture!  When I saw a bunch of buffalo plaid in the house I knew I had to incorporate it into William’s portraits.  This family is so sweet. I’m happy that Dad agreed to be in a couple portraits. William had some smiles for us too!