Sometimes life doesn’t look like how we imagined it would look. Sometimes things take longer than we originally hoped. We dream of motherhood from such a young age, practicing with our dolls and siblings. And in some cases, those prayers are answered differently than we expected...
Joy is contagious. There is something about joy that when we see it on another face and when we hear it in another’s giggles, it gets in our bones and bubbles up and before we know it, we’ve caught the joy too. And I think there is a way to create such a standard of joy in our lives where we are able to live out...
There is something about the waiting that feels holy and sacred. It is almost as if I pause for just a moment, I can feel God breathing as He forms their little lives and small frames right here, right inside of me.
I will never forget the feeling in my heart when I found out that you were here, that you were alive, that you were growing on the inside of my swelling stomach. I won’t forget the look of joy and celebration on people’s faces as we told them with their gasps, and tears and squeals, as if you were the biggest gift. Because you are.
I get to hang out with new mamas here in the studio all the time. I quickly get a sense of who they are as people, what kind of mother they'll be, and often they share their concerns about being a mom for the first time. Here's what I always want to say but sometimes it doesn't come out right, or at all.Mama, try your hardest not to worry. There will be times where you'll wonder and where you'll hope. Times when you know you don’t have all the answers and you pray that your best will be good enough.
Choosing to use a midwife for all of my pregnancies was easy. They encouraged home births, but also delivered in the hospital if that's what I needed or prefered. They answered all my questions, about epidurals or trying with no meds at all. They met with me, got to know me, and literally helped me every step of the way.I didn't realize how much I needed these kind, gentle and knowledgeable ladies until after my baby arrived. They inspired me, pushed me and cared for me.
Marianne was comfortable, beautiful and having a great time, but the look on her face when Carter and her boys arrived to join her at her pregnancy session here in the studio was sheer happiness. She is so gentle and kind, and yes, this new baby is going to bring a little more chaos to their lives, but also whole lot more happiness.
So, what happens after your portraits are taken? Let’s say you’re sitting on your chair, looking lovingly at the images of your brand new baby wrapped up cozy and beautiful on your computer screen from home. There are 25-30 images, and each one seems to be even more gorgeous than the next. You want to take these from a screen and put them on your walls, but you have too many questions...
When I started photographing this family they had just become three. They had welcomed their first baby into their lives and hearts, their son, Carter. As with all new parents, Alicia and Travis were still learning the ropes of being parents to a newborn, but completely in love with little Carter.
As we grow as artists and humans, we must push the limits that we previously set for ourselves. Perhaps the hardest areas to push the limits are the ones we are most familiar with. I have been shooting indoor maternity session for years.
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.
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.
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.
A smile. A smile says so much without saying a word. The universal sign for so many thing, all of which are good. Happiness, love, acceptance, understanding. It is hard not to greet a smile with a smile. The power of a smile is unlimited. A smile is contagious. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Jaime when she came to my Grimsby studio for her maternity session.
Do you remember the days (and nights) of childhood sleepovers? The ones where you would stay up talking and giggling the night away? As we grow older, finish schooling, and start our families, those days become more and more distant. We still have our closest girlfriends, and make new ones along the journey but our conversations become more about the "right now" or a place to vent about our current frustrations.
In the grande scheme of things, each of life's moments equates to just a dimple in time. Some shallow, barely to be seen, and others run deep. The moments that touch our hearts run the deepest. Dimples in time that define a life. Shawna came to see me at my Grimsby studio for her maternity session. We started with some pampering as Shawna had her makeup done by our makeup artist, Christine.
Meet Austin. Austin helps women breathe through labour every day. She supports them while they exhale. And at the end, she puts new life into their arms. Austin is one of the wonderful midwives at Niagara Midwifery. She has devoted her life to empowering women through labour and delivery, and is a true gift to her patients.
You have invested the time, energy and money to have beautiful images of your family and children created. The connection, joy and beauty of those who you love most has been captured and celebrated on film so that you can hold onto them forever. Once you receive those images...
There are so many beautiful moments in life that deserve to be captured in photographs and celebrated. Whether, you are holding your newborn in your arms or you are simply wanting to have treasured images of your family; there are so many perfect and important moments in your life to...