This past weekend I had the absolute honour of taking a 2 day newborn posing workshop with Kelly Brown.
I knew it was going to be an incredible opportunity for my business and I was not mistaken. I left the workshop feeling confident and excited to return to Vancouver Island and my little studio and get busy.
What I didn’t expect to leave with was a renewed sense of self and a deeper appreciation for my family.
On day 2 Kelly spoke about how important family photography is. How valuable it is to capture a family as they are, to remember this time in their lives as they grow, change, evolve. She also touched on how important it is to have those memories printed. Having a tangible way to hold on to the memories we have is an incredibly service to provide to families and therefore I decided to start offering prints + albums in my packages.
After thinking deeply about other families I really started missing mine. Since coming home I have remembered to hug a little longer, love a little harder and I rearranged my shelves to make room for pictures I am taking of the kids and our family in the studio now that my gorgeous new flokati has arrived from Drops + Props Canada.
Here is a few BTS and edited images from my weekend workshop.
If you are curious about Kelly Brown’s workshops you can see where and when they’re happening Here.
If you’re ready to book your newborn session you can click through to my booking page!
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.