A few weeks back I had the honour of photographing a beautiful family awaiting the arrival of their first baby.
She showed up with one of her own gowns and it blew me away. It wasn’t an actual maternity gown, it was a gown she wore for her rehearsal dinner a few years prior.
So um… two things, its gorgeous and WHAT?! I didn’t fit anything even 5 months into my first pregnancy that I wore before I was pregnant! I found her gown so inspiring and we got to work creating images to showcase it.
We used every inch of available space in my tiny little studio and it was such fun session.
I cant wait for them to welcome their baby home. Its gonna be soooooo cute!!!
I’ve been so busy this summer with that whole work-life balance thing that I haven’t blogged in a little while. I have so many edited sessions piling up in my TO BLOG file on my desktop. Slowly but surely! This session was so fun! I had a beautiful couple come in to my Qualicum Beach based studio expecting their first baby who should be coming earth side very soon. The mom was a natural even though she expressed she didn’t love being in front of the camera. (I hope I was able to help her change her mind!)
But the camera obviously loves her! Look at this beauty!!! And her partner was so supportive and up for anything I had him change his shirt a bunch of times! I am so lucky.
That couples shot may look serious but we had so many laughs. It is so much fun capturing the moments leading up to a family of two becoming a family of three!
This gown was basically made for this mama. I love these simple studio images that show how connected a pregnant woman can be to her baby. I cant wait to meet their little one soon!
I met this beautiful little family when they were just three. Well, when they were 3.5… They called for a Maternity Session and I just fell in love with how sweet they all were. Before I could get their images prepared from their Maternity Session they welcomed their daughter into the world. They decided a Lifestyle Newborn Session was the best fit for them and we were able to squeeze a very quick session (in the door and back out in 55 minutes!) into their new busy schedule as a family of 4. As a backdrop for their newborn images they selected this beautiful room with light spilling in. Oh Happy Day!
Someone was excited to obtain Big Brother status!
I just loved how this beautiful mom stole away quiet moments with her newborn daughter and all the calm and grace she carried with her into this new challenge in motherhood.
I have so many maternity sessions coming up and new dresses that I can’t wait to photograph. I am sure I’ll be blogging about them all because the the pregnant form is already so gorgeous but add these dresses!? I cannot wait!!!
This year I was so honoured to take over the Mother’s Day show that has been running for the past 19 years at the Bayside Resort in Parksville BC.
I had so much fun meeting new Moms and documenting their connection with their beautiful kids. My husband is a good sport and built and stained the backdrops for the show and they were ingenious in their design. I am able to use them for backdrops or floor drops in the studio even. My Dad is a trooper and helped me place artwork and between he and my husband they brought the muscle to move the backdrops.We were like a parade arriving with a huge trailer and my van packed to the gills with artwork. It was a community supported event and I couldn’t have pulled it off without all the love. The Bayside took a chance on me, I was very transparent in letting them know I hadn’t even been in business for more than 2 years and never put on a show. Vertgen Farms supplied me with some pretty incredible bouquets that really added a feminine touch to the show and my friends and family supported me by coming out to the show and even being in it! I am so appreciative of everyone’s support.
Here you can see the front of the main display wall. Isn’t it beautiful?! The canvas was a 30X40, it was almost as fun to unbox as it was to hang. It is literally larger than my television! I loved little lanterns that glimmered all day and night and added a romantic touch to the show. Coupled with the flowers and the intimate portraits of mother’s and their children I was pleased with the vibe the show was putting off.
My husband’s kinda rad you guys, he had the idea that I should have my picture in the show with our kids and the kids were
certain because they were in an art show they were practically famous.
This is a shot that includes my littles and shows some of the back wall. There was another wall not pictured but you can see all the images from the show in the slider below. I had a table set up with (no surprise…) more flowers and lanterns and a few matted prints, albums and gift certificates. I loved how it all came together and was so happy to be invited back next year. Gift certificates are always available and redeemable for up to one year after their purchase. They make such an awesome gift for Mom’s To Be, Mother’s Day (think the show next year!) and birthday presents.
I have included a slider with all the images that were featured in the show and if you follow me on Facebook you’ll be able to see my favourites that weren’t chosen by clients for their wall art but still hold a special place in my heart.
Look at who came to see me in the studio! Little baby Corbin, with an I. I kept spelling his name with an A but honestly, I like it even more with an I. He liked being bundled up into a cute baby burrito so we did that.
When we finally unfurled him from his little bundle he didn’t want me to move him out of scrunchy positions.
Getting his head on his hands was a tricky pose so we went with what worked for Corbin. (With an I)I’m so glad we did, his gallery is full of naturally beautiful moments. Oh and he woke up at the end. Look at his bright eyes and inquisitive little face. Swoon. I just know his family is going to have so much fun getting to know him, I sure did!