Niagara Maternity Photographer | Blind Love

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For Aisling and Wayne, the greatest loves in their lives are blind. They took the first steps towards those loves without seeing, without knowing, and just trusting. Aisling and Wayne met on a blind date. They grew and nurtured their love from that day forward. And now, they have a new blind love that they are nurturing and growing. They have not met her or held her. They have not laid their eyes on her beyond an ultrasound image but they are deeply in love with her.

Aisling asked that I share this glimpse into their journey to this moment, and I do so with great pleasure:

Wayne and I have been together for 10 years.

A blind date that was nurtured and flourished with our unwavering commitment to each other and a dream for a family of our own one day. Not every couple has 10 years together before they have children. I smile as I remember the time Wayne and I have shared developing our bond and making memories.

We worked hard and planned many aspects of our lives getting ready to build a family ensuring that we could provide the life that we wanted to for our future children. I am a nurse and work with the elderly and Wayne is an auto mechanic. Loving my job opens my eyes to what we all have in the last years of our lives- our memories and family. We often found ourselves daydreaming about our own family which always included children; who they would be, family vacations, who's eyes they would have. Always including our Finnegan (our 6 year old chocolate labradoodle) and what kind of furry big brother he would be.

Our fertility path was not one that was easily walked. After deciding that we were finally ready for a child it felt like it was taking a long time to happen. I began to worry that perhaps we waited too long to start trying. Wayne however never doubted that there was a bigger plan that we just weren't aware of.

When we first found out we were expecting we were full of gratitude and hope for the future. Every day I talk to this child repeating: "You are loved, you are wanted, we are ready."

I absolutely love being pregnant! Every change, every movement I cherish. This baby is a gift and Wayne and I are so excited to share this beautiful life with the world. Having a daughter is something special, Wayne's generous soul will no doubt be an enormous influence in whom she becomes. I hope to teach her to be kind, present and to seek out the light in others.

We look forward to experiencing this world through her eyes, seeing everything for the first time. From the sunshine and the stars to the sand and the trees. We want our daughter to know that we will be her family forever and that love is eternal.

My journey with our portrait session was so gentle, calming and reassuring. I was nervous but Karen had a quiet peaceful space where I could close my eyes and focus on this blessing of the baby girl that we are growing.

I am thankful for the timeless images. Nine months seems like a long time but it has gone by so quickly and as the time nears for our baby girl to come earthside I am grateful for these memories of this special time being pregnant with our first child. 

-Aisling Gordon

Maternity gowns are all a part of our Studio Wardrobe.


Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your ownmaternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Maternity photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Maternity Photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Grimsby ON Maternity Photographer | With All My Heart

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With pregnancy comes a wide range of emotion. Excitement, anticipation, nervousness, hope and joy. Most of all it bring with it the feeling of a love like no other. It is a love that has no bounds, and a love that cannot be broken. Without ever laying your eyes on your tiny new love, you already know that he is the most beautiful thing you will ever see. Without ever holding her in your arms, you know that the moment you do will be among the happiest of your life. You may not fully understand the capacity of this new love but in that moment when you first hold him against your heart, it will all make sense. Because, from the moment you knew he existed, you loved him with all your heart.

Cynthia has been a client of mine since her first born's newborn session. I photographed Gray as a newborn and when he was about 8 months old for a baby milestone session. As Cynthia was approaching the end of her second pregnancy, like many moms-to-be, she was feeling tired and swollen and not very camera ready. But after some time well spent with our makeup artist, Christine, and picking some pieces from the Reflections of Life studio wardrobe, Cynthia was ready, and she was beautiful. Together, we had a wonderful session capturing all the emotions that come along with pregnancy. Through the images, you can feel that Cynthia already loves this baby with all her heart.

Maternity gowns are all a part of our Studio Wardrobe.


Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Grimsby ON Maternity photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Grimsby ON Maternity Photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Father's Day Petite Sessions

Welcome daddys!  In honour of Father's Day, on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 10-1 pm, The Happy Baby and Reflections of Life Photography will be offering daddy & baby photography sessions, right there in the store.  Reservations are available by emailing karen@rolphoto.ca, but walk ins are also welcome.  Just pop in and we'll document the relationship you have with each other in a beautiful, meaningful way.  More details here.

Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Area Maternity photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Niagara Area Maternity Photographer | Windows to the Soul

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The eyes can say so much without ever saying a word. The eyes are the window to our souls. And when they make a real connection with my camera, an image is created that can touch the viewer's soul. 

Ashley came to the Reflections of Life studio for her maternity session. She is already a mother, and is awaiting the arrival of another little one who will call her Mommy. After selecting her session outfits from our studio wardrobe and being pampered by our makeup artist, Christine, Ashley was ready. Her comfort in front of the camera and her genuine smile make you feel like you have known her for years, while her eyes light up the room and invite you in for a long talk. 

Ashley is enjoying every moment she can of this pregnancy. She is so grateful for this short time that she has her new baby all to herself, yet is eager to hold her baby in her arms. Most of all, Ashley is happy and full of joy. You can know all of this just from her eyes, as they give us a glimpse of her soul and her heart. 

Maternity gowns are all a part of our Studio Wardrobe.


Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Area Maternity photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Area Maternity Photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara Baby Photographer | Simply Baby

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There is beauty in simplicity. An everlasting beauty that is seen by the masses. As a photographer, it can be so easy to get caught up in the grande setups, frilly outfits and colorful accessories. To get caught up in the trends of the time.

But what happens when those trends fade? Do the images lose some of their original appeal? Or do they become harder to display with the décor of the home? While the images are fun, the little details of your baby often get lost in the mix.

When I have a sweet babe visit me at the Reflections of Life studio, I strive to create timeless images that will forever be "in style." Images that can be turned into pieces of art that will forever adorn your walls as though the décor was built around them. The only sparkle is in your little one's eyes, the only ruffles are the rolls in her baby thighs. 

Precious Hannah Dianne came into see me recently for a six month baby session. She was quiet and reserved, and took a little time to warm up to me. But that is who Hannah is right now, and I was able to capture her quiet, calm nature to create some beautiful images. I love the simplicity of each image with the only thing drawing in the eye is Hannah. Simply beautiful. Simply baby.


Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Baby photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara baby photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara Region Baby Photographer | Mama's Day Petite Sessions

Recently, Reflections of Life Photography went on location to the Happy Baby Shop to hold Mama's Day Petite Sessions. I love doing these special sessions because it gets the mamas out there in front of the camera with their little ones instead of behind it. Us mamas, myself included, do not get in front of the camera with our babies often enough. I was so happy to team up with the Happy Baby Shop to offer these sessions to a wonderful group of mothers. 

Capturing the love and bond between mamas and their children is one of the many joys of this job. The emotions are so strong, and always come through in the images. Every mama who participated in our event was SO happy that she did. And I am so happy to be able to give them the gift of having memories of this time to hold on to forever.

Thank you to the Happy Baby Shop for hosting such a wonderful event. And, Happy Mama's Day to all the beautiful, loving, sacrificing, caring, and amazing mamas out there!


Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region Baby photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region baby photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara ON Baby Photographer | Sense of Wonder

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Babies are amazing little humans. They have so much joy, love and wonder for everything around them. They are pure innocence and pure joy. Babies see things that we, as adults, can no longer see. 

The sense of wonder of a one year old is like no other. They see amazement in the simple. In the things we take for granted. A balloon floating above their head. Blocks that can be magically transformed into a tipsy tower.

Braxton came in to the Reflections of Life studio to celebrate his one year birthday. I am honoured to have been a part of his story since the very beginning, when he was still growing inside his mama's belly. I photographed him as a newborn, and we also had a lovely family session last Fall. 

At one year of age, Braxton is full of smiles. The kind of smiles that make you smile when you see them, and one full of tiny little teeth! He is so expressive, and filled with the purest of joy. Braxton loves his mama. Fiercely. Braxton is a curious little one, and examined every detail of the wooden blocks he was playing with. And, he has the cutest of baby tushes.

Happy First Birthday Braxton. My wish for you is that you never lose your sense of wonder.


Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara ON Baby photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara ON baby photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Grimsby ON Newborn Photographer | And Beautiful is What You Are

Sue and Dylan came back to the Reflections of Life studio with their precious baby girl, Rylan Brianna. Sue and Dylan had previously been to the studio for Sue's maternity session, where we focused on making Sue feel as beautiful as she looked. With the arrival of Rylan, Sue has the beautiful glow of a new mother. Our makeup artist Christine worked off of that glow to highlight Sue's natural beauty. 

With the arrival of Rylan, Dylan looks at his wife in a whole new light. He is in awe of her beauty and her strength. They both look at Rylan as though she is the only thing in the room. There is so much love between this new family of three.  

Rylan is beautiful to the core. Every inch of her and every tiny detail is perfect. Every stretch, every yawn, every smile is pure. Pure innocence. Pure beauty. Just like her momma. I know that Rylan will grow in confidence with Sue and Dylan as her role models. She will grow to see the beauty in everything around her, including herself. Sue, Dylan and Rylan, beautiful is what you are.

   

Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Grimsby ON newborn photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Grimsby ON newborn photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

 

 

Niagara Baby Photographer | Never Stop Growing

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As an artist and a human, I make it my mission to never stop growing and to never stop learning. It can be easy, and perhaps a little tempting at times, to fall into routine. You find a system that works for you and you stick to it. That is when you know you need to find a little inspiration.

I recently traveled to Fredricksburg, Texas for the Illuminate Retreat put on by The Motherhood Anthology. I traveled and roomed with my friend, business partner and fellow newborn photographer, Tamsen Donker of Creative Clicks Photography. Tamsen and I work together to bring fellow photographers the Poetic Posing guide. Tamsen was as wonderful a travel partner as she is a friend!  

The Illuminate Retreat was simply amazing. It was everything I hoped for, and everything that I had no idea I needed. Beautiful weather, a different scenery from Ontario, gorgeous models and inspiring mentors. Not to mention, just the right amount of me time with other adults who have the same passion as me. It is important for us to remember that it is okay for mothers and wives to take some time for ourselves. Do not convince yourself that you do not need it, or feel guilty when you take it. We all need time to ourselves to grow.

I returned home refreshed. I returned to the studio ignited. In a few short days in Texas, I grew as a wife, mother and photographer.

Mother's dress is included in my Studio Wardrobe Collection.


Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Baby photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara baby photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara Ontario Newborn Photographer | Change of Heart

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Change. It can be hard. It is rarely easy. Even the smallest change to routine can throw the rest of your day off course. More often than not, however, we must embrace change. Especially when that change is within ourselves.

Pregnancy causes so many changes. Changes to our emotions, our hormones, our bodies. It leaves an everlasting change to our bodies and our hearts. After pregnancy, our hearts are forever changed by a love we never knew existed and never want to be without. Our bodies, on the other hand, often change in ways that are much harder to embrace. It is difficult to feel comfortable in a skin you are not familiar with and no longer comfortable in. As a result, we avoid having our photographs taken, even with the precious miracles our amazing, but different body, has created.

Embrace the change. Be in pictures. Your little one will cherish the pictures his whole life. He will not see the changes to your body that you cannot see past. He will see his mama. He will see your smile. He will look at the pictures throughout his life and instantly feel his mother's love for him. We all must embrace the changes and be in pictures with our little ones. We owe it to them to have memories that they can hold onto forever with their mother, who sacrificed everything, embraced change and loved them and herself unconditionally.

Carlin came to Reflections of Life Photography with Hans and their sons Cohen and Wolfgang for Wolfgang's newborn session. Like so many of us, Carlin has struggled with her body changes since Cohen was born. As a result, most of their family pictures are of Cohen, or of Cohen and Hans. Carlin's one request was to have images of all of them together, as a family. I was happy to oblige, and we were able to capture wonderful images of this new family of a four together. There is so much love between them. My hope is that when Carlin looks at them, she sees the connection, the love and the togetherness of her family. Becoming a family is the most wonderful change in this life, and it should be celebrated and captured. 

Newborn swaddle wraps by The Happy Baby Shop


Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Ontario newborn photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Ontario newborn photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, maternity and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara Region Family Photographer | Word of Mouth

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As a photographer and small business owner, one of the greatest compliments to receive is a referral from a client. To know that a client not only enjoyed their session but loved their images enough to recommend Reflections of Life Photography to a loved one or friend means everything to me. There is no better advertising available than word of mouth. I am forever grateful to all of my clients for choosing Reflections of Life Photography.

Claudia is a valued client of mine. I photographed her family after the arrival of their second little one. You can meet Claudia and her family here. Claudia's friend, Erin, was looking for a photographer to use for her family's first family session. Claudia was kind enough to recommend Reflections of Life Photography. It was my pleasure and honour to be chosen for this family's first portrait session.

For Erin, the most important thing about the session was to capture the fun they have as a family. To capture the love and laughter, and to sneak some pictures of Mike loving on the family pet, a miniature dachshund named Roxy. The girls, Molly and Ella, are about 3 years apart and have such a close relationship. It naturally shows that they are more than sisters, they are best friends. I loved being able to freeze the connection between their two girls for Erin and Mike. As their girls grow, so to will their relationship. It will evolve and mature just like Molly and Ella.

I hope that the artwork Mike and Erin choose to display in their newly redecorated living room will bring them joy and make them smile for years to come. I am also so glad I was able to deliver Mike giving Roxy some love! I do believe that one should have a special place for all to see!


Do you have a young family? Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region family photographer specializing in capturing the love and emotions of your family. Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created.

If expecting, and for best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region family photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in newborn, maternity and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara Newborn Photographer | Life's Portraits

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The first thing that probably comes to mind when you hear the word "portrait" is a portrait of a person, or a portrait of a family. A formal photograph. But what about life's portraits? Is it the the collection of portraits throughout our lives, or is it something more? My wonderful clients come to me to help them document some of life's most important memories. Your pregnancies, the welcoming of your newborn baby, your baby's first year of life, your yearly family sessions. Snapshots, school yearbook pictures, and other pictures fill in the gaps. But together, all of these images create your life's portrait. My hope, for all of you, is that your life's portrait is full of love and laughter, a reflection of the life you lived.

Bryan and Allison recently came to the Reflections of Life studio for their newest family member's newborn session. Bryan is someone who fully understands and appreciates the importance of photographs as he is a  professional, and highly sought after, wedding photographer in the area. Bryan is not only an industry colleague of mine, but also a friend. It is always an honour when a friend allows me to capture their life's moments, but even more so when the friend is an extremely talented photographer. 

Big sister Ava is a darling, and a very proud and excited new sister. We had a wonderful time capturing the love and excitement that this family has as they welcome Benjamin to the family. Bryan and Allison have together created a beautiful life of love and laughter (and smiles, even Benjamin). I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to contribute to their life's portrait. 

Be sure to check out Bryan's photography work here. Fellow photographers, I highly recommend the studio management software, Sprout Studio, that Bryan has developed. It has been an amazing resource for my workflow.


Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara maternity photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region newborn photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, maternity and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara Maternity Photographer | What You Are is Beautiful

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There is a difference between looking beautiful and feeling beautiful. We are all beautiful. Beautiful in our own way. There is beauty in life. But we do not always feel beautiful. Add in pregnancy and our changing, growing bodies and it can become even more difficult to feel beautiful. Unless, of course, you have a partner who makes sure that you always feel beautiful.

Dylan is one of those partners. Sue's maternity session was Dylan's idea. When he looks at Sue, all he sees is beautiful. And when Dylan looks at Sue, you can see how beautiful she feels. When it was time for Sue to stand alone, Dylan kept his distance but was also an encouraging force in the room. Together, their love is beautiful. Their love for one another, and their love for their unborn baby. When I look at these images, I not only see the beauty but I feel the love. Dylan, I am so glad that you brought Sue in for a maternity session so that she can see the beauty she feels when she is when she is in your embrace.  

Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara ON maternity photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region maternity photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara Family Photographer | Laughter of My Heart

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Years down the road, when your little ones are grown, what do you want the sounds of your memories to be? The pitter patter of little feet, or maybe sweet sighs of "I love yous". Or maybe is the sound of laughter filling your home and your heart over the years! The giggles, the belly laughs and everything in between.

I had the pleasure of photographing this family recently. Aimee is my wonderful hair stylist. Together with her husband Steve, they have 3 beautiful daughters. We started the session at their home, followed by a quick outfit change and a trip to one of my favorite spots for outdoor sessions. A field down the road from my studio offers a pretty backdrop with perfect light as the sun goes down. With three young girls, you can imagine the fun we had during the session. Moments of goofiness, playfulness, and love. There was no shortage of smiles or snuggles. In my book, those are the ingredients for a perfect family session. 

When I have a family session, my goal is to capture the love, and all of the laughs. I want my clients to look back on these portraits over the years and instantly hear the laughter of their hearts.

Do you have a young family? Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara family photographer specializing in capturing the love and emotions of your family. Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created.

If expecting, and for best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region family photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in newborn, maternity and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara Photographer | The Anticipation of Spring

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There is something powerful about spring. The way it rushes into the winter and brings this tangible joy and lightheartedness that makes people want to dance in the streets. It is like when spring comes, we want to peel off all those layers, the coats and sweaters, that we've been carrying around all winter and just get lighter. Spring is anticipated likely more than any other season. Because of the harshness of winter that comes before it, it is like good news. It is a good story, it is the realization of something we've been waiting and longing for.

And sometimes that's exactly the level of anticipation that we feel as the little ones kick inside our bellies and we long to see their little faces and feel their little heartbeats against our own. We imagine them, we wait for them, we anticipate them and the day that they arrive in our world, it is like the brightest of suns pouring the greatest of lights into our lives.

It is the warmest of moments because they've finally come home.

And sometimes the journey before can be hard and harsh even. Maybe it takes longer than you ever wanted to conceive, maybe pregnancy carried its difficulties, maybe there were lives that had been lost and in the context of all that, the joy of receiving a life into your hands, is one that is unforgettable and truly sacred.

We know the beauty of spring because of the barrenness of winter.

We know the bliss of a new life because of the journey it took to get there.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region newborn photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, maternity and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara Newborn Photographer | The Value of Memories

What is the value of your memories? Can you put a price on the moments that define your life? You cannot. Luckily, as human beings, we have an incredible gift. The gift of memory. Certain memories stick with us more than others. Other memories are triggered by smells or sounds. But as the time passes, our memories fade. The details may be lost but there is an eternal hope that the memory never dies.

Certain life moments rise to the occasion of having the moments forever preserved by a professional photographer. Engagements, weddings, pregnancy, new babies, and yearly documentation of the ever changing look of your family. Almost anyone can take a photograph. Reflections of Life Photography, however, is not in the business of simply taking a photograph. We want to do more for our clients. We strive to capture emotions and authentic moments. We are in the business of preserving details so your memories will always be complete.

Karen and Rob came to Reflections of Life Photography with their 3 week old newborn, Nicholas, after going to a place in the business of taking photographs. Karen and Rob were not happy with the results of that session They wanted more than just photographs of their new baby. After some research, Karen and Rob came to our studio with their precious Nicholas. Despite being older than my normal newborn of 5 to 7 days, we were able to capture the newborn essence of Nicholas. All of the fresh and tiny details from the tiny eyelashes to the cracked lips. We also captured the love and elation Karen and Rob have for their amazing gift, Nicholas.

I am so happy that Karen and Rob came across Reflections of Life Photography in their search for something more. My time with them was so much more than preserving their memories. It was creating my own memories. I am so thankful for clients who value our work, and for clients who instantly feel like friends. 

Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Grimsby ON newborn photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region newborn photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, maternity and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara Maternity Portraits | Behind the Scenes

I am so excited to give you an inside glimpse of a Reflections of Life maternity session. I am taking you behind the scenes into my studio! The studio is where maternity, newborn and baby sessions take place. I have set out to create a bright and relaxing space where you are instantly put at ease. Where the light pours over you with beauty and warmth.

My studio lends itself to creating organic, natural portraits that highlight the love and emotions that you are feeling. Every detail was carefully thought out to ensure that it fit my style. From the rustic, hand painted head board on the movable bed to the delicate lace in my maternity wardrobe to the airy sheer drapery to the just-the-right-height chair rail.

Laura came to Reflections of Life's studio for an heirloom maternity session. She wanted to create something beautiful for her unborn baby. Something that captured the beauty and excitement of her pregnancy. What a beautiful gift to give your unborn child, for he or she to someday be able to see and feel how much they were loved before they were even born.

Laura is enjoying her time pregnant. She loves her changing body, and it shows. My goal during Laura's session was to highlight two features she loved about herself at that moment in time - her baby bump and her freckles. My hope with this behind the scene look into a session is that you not only get to see my studio but that you get to feel how a session with Reflections of Life Photography feels. It is an intimate journey of ... you.

Come on in and take a look. Let's capture your beautiful. 

Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography offers Niagara region maternity portraits and specializes in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region maternity photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara Photographer | Do This When You're Not Feeling Good Enough

 Professional Maternity, Newborn, Baby, Family Photography in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada

We all have those days where we look in our mirror and we see the things we don't like, the flaws and the imperfections, the waist that's not small enough, the frame that's not tall enough, the eyes that are not blue enough.  

We hunt like thieves in the night for the things we can pick apart and steal a glance at as if in the tearing down, something gets better. But really, nothing ever gets better. We forget our beauty. We forget our strength. We forget the life that courses through our veins and makes us stunning.

We stop remembering those are the scars that gave us children. And that the wrinkles on our faces are from fits of laughter and memories had. And the weight on parts of our bodies that we might not like is actually from a life enjoyed.

And so what do we do when these days happen? What do we do when we feel not good enough?

We spend time with friends who know us inside out. We laugh until we can't breathe. We do something that we really love like cooking a new meal, going for a run or doing something creative. We have a new experience. We unplug digitally and experience real, face-to-face life. We spend time with our kids. We block out our mirrors. We whisper to ourselves that we are beautiful.

We stop seeing beauty as a measurement stick and we start seeing it as the condition of our hearts. And this, this makes all the difference.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region newborn photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, maternity and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara Newborn Photographer | The Lullaby of Life

A lullaby. It quiets a cranky newborn, and calms a restless toddler. A lullaby is soothing and familiar. The familiar routines of life, whether in the morning, after work or before bed become the lullabies of life. 

I first met this wonderful family when I photographed Landon as a newborn a little over 2 years ago. It was a wonderful session, and quickly became one of my favorites. It was a beautiful session filled with love. So I knew that this session, for baby number 2, was going to be filled with even more love.

Landon is the carbon copy of this parents, Tim and Laura. He loves his new baby brother, Marcus, so deeply and unconditionally for the tender age of two year. It is obvious that he is following the example of Tim and Laura. Landon could not get enough of holding, loving and being close to Marcus. I predict that they will be the best of friends throughout life with an unbreakable bond with each other and their faith.

Tim plays the guitar so we not only incorporated it into Marcus' newborn session but included it in the video highlighting Marcus' session. The lullaby of this wonderful family's life is one of music, love and faith. 

Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara ON newborn photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region newborn photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, maternity and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara Family Photographer | In Honour of Mama's Day

Welcome mamas!  In honour of Mother's Day, on Friday, April 22, 2016 from 10-1 pm, The Happy Baby and Reflections of Life Photography will be offering mama & baby photography sessions, right there in the store.  No need to make an appointment, just pop in and we'll document the relationship you have with each other in a beautiful, meaningful way.  More details here.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region family photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in newborn, maternity and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.