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I’ve said it before and I will say it again…I LOVE FIRST BIRTHDAYS!!!

To celebrate that first year where children learn SO MUCH, is really something special.  So when Little M’s mom and dad contacted me about a photo session to celebrate their son’s first birthday – and on his actual birthdate – I couldn’t refuse!  We all had a great time in the fall sunshine, exploring, playing and examining all the fall leaves.  I think it was the perfect way to spend a first birthday and all the accomplishments of the last year.  I kinda think M did too!

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When C emailed me to tell me they were expecting again, I was so excited to hear their news.  After having twins in her first pregnancy and then leaving their newborn session a few weeks later, I was fairly confident their family was complete.  But boy was I wrong!  Now we are days away from baby number 3 (if they haven’t arrived already!).  Having 3 kids means making big changes…bigger cars, maybe a bigger home, more laundry but also a lot more love.  I am completely confident that C& J and big brother and sister N&M have the love part covered.

Can’t wait to photograph the newborn baby soon!

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And not just because it revoles around the bitty people in our lives!  (although clearly this Mom and Dad are all about little Miss E’s world). But about halfway through this wonderful fall family session, Mom K, turned to me and asked, “were you at the neighbourhood street party this summer?”  While not EXACTLY our street, yes, yes I was!  “I knew I recognized you!”  Turns out we live in the same neighbourhood!  Lucky for me.  Maybe I will get to see Little E’s face at the park sometime.  Check her out….she is irresistable!

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And sure enough, without a lie, I was thinking about the P family late last year and thinking, I’ll bet they have another one soon.  And poof!  Two days later K sends me an email wanting to book and maternity and newborn session!

We had a great morning at the Arboretum catching up and photographing their family of three, soon to be four.  I can’t wait to hear their new baby news in just a few short weeks!

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They’re back!

I love when I get emails from past clients announcing a new baby on the way.  When families let you into their lives during such an amazing time, I can’t help but share in their excitment and anticipation for the second time around!  It really is a wonderful job.

So when J&S let me know baby number 2 was on the way, I was over the moon.  Not only did I get to catch up with them AND capture the belly bump, but I was going to see Miss S again, in all her toddler glory!  And let me tell you see didn’t disappoint!  She is as spunky as I expected her to be….and any kid who can sing the batman theme song (you know…na na na na na na na na na na na na, BATMAN!) is pretty cool in my books!

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After L&J’s family session, we met up with the rest of their family for a big, giant, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents session!!  It was a lot of people, but also a lot of fun!

This session was a wish of Grandma’s.  As they live in different cities, she really wanted a portrait of her entire family and the two of them with their grandkids.  While I was photographing her and her husband, she told me they had been married for 40 years.  Isn’t that amazing?  I let her know that what they created together in the last 40 years is nothing short of incredible.  Two wonderful boys, with gorgeous families of their own.  How can you not be proud? 

G&R, thank you for entrusting me to capture your family.  I hope you had fun and can now fill your home with special memories from the warm, sunny afternoon we had.

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I have had the pleasure of photographing this wonderful family, every fall, for years!  And every fall, Miss F. is a little bigger, a little more confident and a little more independent.  But this year, there was a whole other aspect to define her – big sister! 

How wonderful is it to have a built in playmate that lives with you?  Mr. L clearly wants to move and groove and try to keep up her, but I think mom (luckily) might have a few more months before he is exloring on his own and tagging along with his big sister.

This session was full of a lot of love and a lot of giggles.  It makes me so happy to be part of their lives every fall.  Thank you L&J!


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This is what photographer’s love to shoot in.  That last little bit of golden sunlight at the end of the day.  It is warm and glowy – is that a word? and just all round perfection.

This is what the lovely W family got for their family session at the Arboretum.  It was gorgeous.  Together we walked through the paths, talked about Ninjago and Katy Perry, explored and examined leaves and weeds, all while stopping along the way for some amazing family shots.  As the kids got a little more comfortable with me, their little personalities emerged and we giggled and held hands.  I loved every minute.

Thank you W family for a lovely friday evening!

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One of my favourites from our session.  I love those giggles!

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It was one of those days where you just aren’t sure if the heavens are going to opening up, or if we are just in for an overcast day.  So much so, that we while on the phone with mom, we decided to postpone, then a little while later, decided we should just go for it!

I am so glad we did!  Baby A was so bright and happy, that he provided all the sun we needed!

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 Thanks so much R&S for braving the elements!  I think it was worth it!

Mother Nature doesn’t always bring her A game.

But even when the sunshine is lacking, the vibrant leaves and my wonderful families, more than make up for it!

If you follow my blog, you will definitely recognize the D family.  Over the years, I’ve had the honour of photographing them a number of times – first baby, family, maternity, newborn.  It is amazing to me that I am welcomed into people’s lives at each special milestone in their family’s story.  But this was extra special to me as I finally got to see Mr. J on his feet and moving like the big boy he has become!  He obviously has to keep up with Miss S, who has become a busy big girl herself!

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I just *adore* this one.  Yes, it isn’t perfectly composed, but I love everything about it just the same.  It was one of those moments where I was changing camera settings and this is what I turned around to see.  I snapped quickly and captured this.  Joy and love wrapped up together.

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