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There is a lullaby that we sing over you, baby. It's a song of love and hope and dreaming big. It is song that keeps our hearts in our throats because of our adoration for you. It is a song that we sing over you every time we cradle you, every time we hold you, every time we feed you, every time your name sits like a gift upon our lips.
I believe in a tangible photography experience, encouraging you to have your artwork printed, whether it be in an album, image box or as wall portraits. Life is just too short to let those digital files sit in a drawer, or become an obsolete file type. Your baby and your relationships are worth more that that. They’re worth preserving.
There are no words to describe their love for you, babe. There are no books that could contain it, no artist that could paint it, no song that could capture it. They loved you since the moment they knew about you and even in the years and moments before. They've loved you in every movement, every kick, every heartbeat.
There is an innocence when you come face-to-face with a baby. You can see it like a song singing through their eyes. It is almost like a purity weaved through every single breath and every flutter of the eyelashes. It is almost like when we meet these little lives that become one of the greatest gifts we ever know, they come out as this brilliant and explosive light.
True beauty is not found in the moments that are posed and forced. True and exhilarating beauty is found in the unbridled and raw moments. You know the ones; the laughter that comes from deep within, the look on your four-year-old as she asks you a question, the love found in your husband’s eyes.
There is this look on the face of a newborn as they sleep where it is almost as if they have surrendered to complete peace. It is almost like in that very moment you wonder if God might be hugging them. And sometimes even as we get older and as we age, as we sleep, we still hold that exact same expression.
Baby, may you dream the kind of dreams that make your heart feel completely alive. May you dream not what they told you to dream and not what you feel like you should, but dream about that thing that your soul just cannot seem to shake. There will be so many people demanding you to be so many things, but baby you are so powerful and incredible just as you are.
"Your eyes tell me a story and I hope mine tell you one back too. Baby, sometimes I look at your eyes and simply know exactly what you need whereas other times, it is almost as if I can hear you asking me a question. There are moments when I look inside your eyes and I wish I could hear what you're thinking about because I know it must be great. Then sometimes there are others where your gaze...
Time is a mystery. In one glance, you’re wanting to rush the seconds that make up a minute, so that you’ll get to the moment you’ve been waiting for, and in the next, you’re holding the hand of your son, wondering how he grew up so fast.
Hope. It reminds us that even in the midst of darkness, there is still a light. With all that's going wrong in the world, there are still many things right. And that expecting and anticipating beauty is not outrageous but it is actually brilliant. It gives us fire for the days to come. And it tells us that the things that God has planned are actually better than we could imagine and even dream up.
"There are these moments that when you’re sleeping, I sit back and watch you breathe. I watch your chest rise and fall ever so subtly as your lungs fill with breath and then release. I watch as your eyelids almost seem to flutter like rest is chasing you down and how you squirm just so as if you’re just getting comfortable. I watch you move and imagine that maybe you’re dreaming about slaying dragons or running fast or maybe you’re just dreaming of colours, of love, of us."
The day my life changed forever was the day I found out I was about to bring you into this world. I remember how my heart beat fast in my chest in anticipation. I remember images of your ultrasounds flashing in my mind and how I had pictured your little feet every time I felt you kick. I remember that as we got ready how there was this rushing, this flurry, this excitement mixed with unpreparedness.
There is something that happens the first time you hold your sweet baby in your arms. You’re never the same. You’re changed. Suddenly, your life shifts from being mostly about you to all about the little life that you’re now holding. And in the midst of such a radical change, you’re in love. You are completely in love. You would trade in the sleeping in and all those beautiful inconveniences, for the pure delight of knowing and loving this little one.
The other day, I held the sweetest newborn in my arms. It made me think. It is a beautiful and brave season to be newly born. You’ve entered the world and everything, literally everything, is brand new. Your entire life story is unwritten. It is completely for the seizing and the revealing; who you’ll be, what you’ll do, where you’ll go is undecided. It is to be written. The possibility of that is beautiful.
When was the last time you experienced something for the first time? Maybe a different culture, a new food, an experience that you’ve just never had before. And you know how there is that rush of energy and sometimes even fear that we get as we do something new, try something new, experience something new. One thing that I love about little newborn baby lives is...
Imagine you’re lying in the hospital bed, holding your precious newborn in your arms. You feel such a sense of peace, now that you’ve been able to see him or her for the first time. You can see they’re safe there with you, hear them breathe and watch them move their tiny little arms and legs. You’d love to shout it from the rooftops, to announce all those details, how much he or she weighed, or what day your long awaited baby was born on.
Children are unpredictable, and photography sessions can seem hard to prepare for. Clinton and Jill's session was so loving and genuine, even if sometimes little big brother Oliver wanted nothing to do with being photographed. Their newborn baby girl, Eleanor, was content and wonderful. To help my clients keep their stress levels down when preparing for a session like this, I’ve put together some helpful hints. Reading these over and following them will be sure to help you feel completely informed, and to reduce your stress levels before and during your photo session.
The birth of a child is remarkable. It is remarkable in conception, in anticipation, in pregnancy and in their arrival. Like a breath in these seasons, it is almost like you can just feel it, like you just know it deep inside, “This is remarkable.” There almost seems to be this weighty sense of awe on us like, “Can you believe this?” As if somewhere along the line we were chosen and that brings such a sense of honour that we cannot contain it, we cannot fill it in jars and try to sell it, we can only receive it and be thankful.
You know that feeling when someone is truly gentle with you? It is almost as if they are full of this peace and kindness that invites you to be yourself, to be okay with where you are in life and to just breathe deep because it is good. Gentleness is something I strive for every single day in my parenting, my work, my play, and in my walk with God
There is this feeling you get. You can feel it in your soul. It comes when you’re watching a family play, like really play, with their kids. And if love could be seen, it would be bursting out of every single moment and every single interaction.It is this moment where all the busy is set to the side and forgotten and all that matters is the connection between family.
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.
I could write an entire blog post about that hair. But the truth is, everything about you is wonderful. You are perfectly made, perfectly framed, perfectly put together. The way your eyes gush with being captivated. The clasp of your little fingers around your daddy's. The rising and falling of your chest as you breathe. The slight grin of your lips and the way your toes wiggle when you’re excited. The softness of your cheek. The way you always want your tiny hands near your face. The perfect curve of your ears that will hear all the best songs. The weight of a life on purpose.
Before I became a mom for the first time, I realized that raising children would involve many emotions - joy and happiness, sadness, confusion even. What I didn't realize is how young they would be when I actually had to let go. In my mind I figured this moment would be like in Gilmore Girls when my 18 year old daughter went off to college but she still came home every weekend for Friday night dinners.
I remember the studio was bright and welcoming that Friday afternoon. I prepared the room while listening to my favourite soundtrack from the movie Like Crazy. It was so calm and peaceful, and those feelings continued after this little bundle arrived. Most people don't realize how much careful thought goes into creating the warm and inviting atmosphere of a newborn session here in the studio. What you see, smell, hear and feel are all part of the experience you have. What we talk about is part of what makes it personal, and it makes you feel connected to your baby. The images you receive afterward-they represent more than what you came here for. It's truly meaningful.
As a Niagara newborn photographer, I’ve compiled a quick list of links to help you guide you through the process of creating natural newborn portraits, how to choose the best photographer for you, how they’re created and some suggestions on what to do with your finished pieces.
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...
You’re expecting a little one and all the pieces are coming together for his or her room. Whether you’re still in the dreaming stage or you’re out there searching for the perfect pieces online and in stores, I’ve collected a variety of amazing nursery examples for you and you’ll find them on my Pinterest board called “For The Nursery“.
We all have things that we cover our walls, bookshelves and coffee tables with. Maybe it is paintings that make us swoon or words that remind us of what we want for our future. Maybe it's magazines, novels or favourite movies. The most amazing thing that we get to fill our homes with are images captured when we’ve spent time with the ones we love the most.
Recently my family went through a very difficult time. We've been torn apart, and I don't know if we'll ever be able to rebuild what we've lost. At first I kept most of it to myself, but now I realize that being able to talk to my close friends, and asking for help, has made a huge impact on how I'm dealing with it all.
They say that the eyes are the window to the soul. When working with newborns, you don't always get a calm, awake baby. Even more so, you are not always able to capture awake images with eye contact. In those chance moments that you do, the results are always captivating. They are usually among the parents' favorite images in the gallery. They stop a viewer in his or her tracks, and elicit a reaction.