Personal Project: Lethbridge Family Photographer

When I married my husband I had no idea the kind of Father he would be, I mean, I knew that he would make a good dad, but in my wildest dreams I never imagined he would exceed any and all of my expectations. 

Sometimes I sit back and watch him with our kids and honestly don't know how I can measure up. I mean I know that i'm a good mom and I love them fiercely but his ability to let go of his own selfish desires (like taking 30 minutes away from playing ponies to be an adult) and just be with them is admirable. I can honestly say we are a match made in heaven in the parenting department because I have no patience for playing ponies and he will play for hours with Scarlett. Sometimes I wonder who is having more fun ;)

His patience with them is inspiring and it's a good thing because I have yet to see the man raise his voice in the 9 years we've been together, but when he uses his stern dad voice to get his point across Scarlett states that he is "hurting her feelings" (if she only knew how lucky she is) 

I don't think there is anything more inspiring, more raw and real than the love between a parent (mom or dad) and their children. It's the reason I started documenting Motherhood through my Motherhood Story Sessions and the reason I felt a pull toward a more documentary style of photography. In an effort to not only strengthen my storytelling skills but to preserve our families memories I want to document his story. 

I picture this story lasting a lifetime and it's something I'm so excited about, I only wish I had started when both of my kids were babies... but it's never too late.

Puddle Jumping: Lethbridge Family Photographer

Some of you may not know this about me, but I used to be a blogger. Six months ago I decided I wanted to take my photography career to another level but in order to do that I had to let go of a lot of other things in my life, my blog being number one. 

Initially this decision felt so right, I felt this huge weight off of my shoulders and dove head first into working busily with client sessions. I still feel like this was the right decision but I do miss sharing our life and documenting it for my children. So when I can I will share some of the photos I take of them, they're completely un-posed, authentic images, I never tell my kids to look at my camera, in fact, most times I don't think they even know it's there.

My little guy, Bodhi, was such a late walker. Earlier in the year it was raining and I let Scarlett play in the puddles, at the time Bodhi was still crawling and incredibly upset that I wouldn't let him sit in the puddles. Fast forward to about a month and a half ago when he took his first steps (at 18 months) and I promised him we would go buy him a new pair of boots to splash in puddles with. We went to the store and he fell in love with these cute little yellow boots with geometric print on them and as luck had it, it rained only a few days later! 

It was the perfect rain because the streets accumulated just the right amount of water before the sun came out and it was warm enough to jump in puddles while in shorts. I rounded them up and we walked to the back alley where they filled their boots (literally) with muddy puddles! 

...and because I know someone is going to ask. Yes, I got soaking wet taking these, like any good photographer I was laying in the puddles for the perfect shot.

I love doing little mini sessions like this with my little ones! When you book a documentary session with me these are the kinds of memories I want to capture for you too. They truly are the moments that we will forget if they're not documented and writing about them helps me to preserve the details as they were. 

Spring Time Maternity Session

As I sit here working my way through this family's Fresh 48 session, I realize I haven't blogged their maternity session yet. I was so excited when Noorin reached out to me for photos, for obvious reasons because they're the most gorgeous family ever but also because they are the nicest people you will ever meet. Seeing Zakai's excitement about meeting his "baby sister" was so heartwarming and had me so excited about capturing the moment he met her. The best part is Asif and Noorin hadn't found out the sex of the baby, but like so many children, Zakai had an intuition about who she was going to be, his baby sister. 

Noorin chose my ivory off the shoulder gown for the session and I was so excited because I had yet to photograph a mom in this gown! I created a really simple floral crown to compliment it and I'm just in love with how it all looked on her, she's such a stunning mama! Here are some of the highlights from their session;

Owen Fresh 48: Lethbridge Newborn Photographer

Oh my goodness, there is just something so special about capturing my clients' early days (or hours even) as a family. These Fresh 48 sessions get me every single time and when there's a sibling involved it's just that much more heartwarming.  

Sweet baby Owen's session is so near and dear to my heart, I will never forget the way his big sister was in awe of him, how good she was with him. The moment they met took me right back to the day that my little one's met for the first time, I just saw so much of my little Scarlett in Adalynn. In addition to that, I felt so honoured that this family let me into their lives during such a special and intimate moment. I'd be lying if I said I didn't tear up a bit in that moment when Adalynn met Owen. 

Here are some of the highlights from Owen's Fresh 48 session. He was brand new at exactly 24 hours old! 


Motherhood Story Sessions

With Mother's Day just around the corner I wanted to offer something really special to all mom's out there. If there's one thing I love to capture in a photograph, it's the effortless love between a mother and her little ones. 

As a mom myself, I know how hard it is to get in front of the camera. We go through a lot between carrying a baby (or babies) for nine months, birthing them and then caring for them, literally losing weeks of sleep over the years. Our bodies change, not only in size but shape, we have scars where we never had them before, stretch marks and wrinkles across our faces. It can be hard to see these changes in ourselves but what I see in every image that I capture of motherhood is real, authentic and raw beauty. Images that are filled with a kind of love you can't even fathom until you've been there. If there's one thing I wish I had more of, it's photos of my own mother with my siblings and I when we were little. So mama's I beg of you, please get in the frame, if not for yourselves do it for your children. 

As added incentive to get you in the frame, for the next month (until the end of May) I am offering "Motherhood Sessions" at a special price!

Picture yourself, being able to cuddle up with your little ones while looking through a storybook filled with page after page of images with you in them, with them. A storybook filled with your own words about your journey to motherhood, your proudest moments and your most cherished memories. What a gift that would be to your children and I hope something that you would all cherish in the years to come. These motherhood storybook sessions will give you all of that.

Included in these sessions are;

- A 1 hour session with you and your little ones (either in your home or on location)
- Professionally edited images in a private online gallery with print release
- A Motherhood Storybook and a USB including all of your professionally edited images

I know you're all wondering about these mysterious storybooks so I'm going to break down the process for you into steps;

Step 1
You book your session with your deposit to hold your date and I will send you a questionnaire to fill out. This questionnaire is crucial for the session but it also helps me build your storybook afterwards. The more you share in your answers, the better your storybook will be and I promise this is all the work you have to do! 

Step 2
It's time for your session. We spend about an hour together capturing you with your little ones in a lifestyle/documentary fashion. You can check out some of my previous work under the portfolio tab at the top of my website.

Step 3
I will then need time to edit your images and it usually takes me up to three weeks before your online gallery is ready for viewing. When your gallery is complete I will email you a link to the gallery where you will review all of your images and choose your favourites.

Step 4
Once you've chosen your favourite images and completed your questionnaire I will start building your storybook. You will be able to choose between a few different colours and options for your book but for the most part I will build the book for you, I feel like this experience is much more enjoyable for you when you see your book for the first time in print. Below are a few images from a storybook I recently created with a client;

The final step in the process is you receiving your story book as well as a USB with all of your professionally edited images. 

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me!