Liam & Nala | A friendship in time… {Brantford Family Photography}

Nala, our dog, was our first baby…..well, our second…Cody our cat was our first (sadly, he passed away last year before Liam arrived).  Nala is a rescue dog from ARF Ontario. They are an amazing rescue organization that takes in stray puppies and puts them into foster homes until they are pretty much trained and ready to be adopted out. The adoption process for Nala was pretty intense. We were surprised by how many questions they asked us, and how rigid their expectations were. However, we realized that they only want their dogs to be placed in FOREVER homes, and never want them to return to a shelter or to be given to another family. They made sure that Nala was a perfect fit for our family….and she sure is!

But Nala, our timid and sweet dog, is a sensitive soul. She takes things to heart. If we raise our voices at her, she pretty much sulks for a day. She is SO well behaved so it’s rare we have to raise our voices to her. She needs constant socialization with other dogs (yup, she even goes to “doggy daycare” twice a week to play) and she needs a lot of love and affection from us. Nala was my baby before Liam arrived. We did a lot together…walks every day, lots of playing and trick training, etc. After the baby, that was put on hold for awhile. We still walked, but my time was taken up by this little bundle, and Nala wasn’t impressed. She started chewing things (boxes of tissue, pens, every lip gloss I own) and her nose was a bit out of joint. Every time she wanted attention, I had a baby in my arms to feed or to soothe. It made me sad I couldn’t give her the attention she needed, but I knew that the baby would need less of my time and Nala could get more of it as the months passed.

To summarize, Nala was jealous. Extremely jealous. I had no idea that jealousy was such a natural emotion that animals can express it whole heartedly. But, it is! We knew Nala cared for Liam, as she would gently sniff him, give him little kisses and she would get excited everytime we would bring him in the house from being out. But, she was also jealous. As Liam has grown a bit, he has taken quite an interest in Nala. He just looks at her and smiles, he giggles when she does tricks, and (happily for Nala) he has learned how to feed her Cheerios from his highchair. Now, I’d say they are pretty close to being buds! She’ll love him even more once he can run around with her and throw a ball for her.

I was taking photos of Liam the other day and Nala walked in the studio and laid down beside him. These are a couple of images of them together…They melt my heart and I can see their friendship budding and an understanding between the two of them beginning! I think Nala is even smiling in the first photo 🙂

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Project 365….beginning a little late (but hey, better late than never??!?!) {Paris, ON Family Photography}

As a new mom, I have clients ask me all the time, “How many photos do you take of Liam?! Must be a lot”…well, the truth is…it’s not enough. I’m sad looking back at his first few months of life and realizing I didn’t take enough photos. I didn’t take the day to day photos of him just doing nothing…or doing something new. I also didn’t take many studio photos of him because…well…he was a bit “spirited” in the beginning and was not the happiest of happy little people new to the world. In fact, Liam isn’t a big grinner. He does giggle, but he’s pretty darn serious most of the time. I’ve grown to love this part of him unconditionally, and it just makes the smiles we DO get that much sweeter!

Mid-January I really realized, I DO NOT TAKE ENOUGH PHOTOS OF MY OWN BABY!! If I wasn’t going to take them…who was? I’ve hired other photographers to capture different photos for us (newborn, fall family photos…and I have one coming up in April I’m SO excited for) but no one but me, the one who is with him each and everyday, will take those EVER important day-to-day images I will cherish most of all when he is older. So, I made a deal with myself to take one photo of him a day (it’s USUALLY more, but at least one). This way, I will get to look back and see all the changes in him. My friend emailed me a cute little template that would be perfect for this “project” of mine….it’s the 365 project. So, I thought I would start organizing my photos into it weekly…and hey, why not BLOG about it (since another resolution was to blog more….PERFECT!!) 

Also, I should mention that I knew I wouldn’t be able to take out my professional camera and capture him each day, so I ordered a new battery charger for my little Canon Elf pocket cam and got snapping! Most of these images ARE NOT “professional” by any means…and this I know…but I just wanted to capture Liam as he is, without studio lights and such.

Here’s the beginnings of my 365 project. I KNOW I won’t blog daily, so I figure weekly is a great goal to set. I’m a tad behind since I just got this template today, so here’s weeks one and two of our “Project 365: Liam’s daily photo”

I hope you’ll enjoy watching my sweet (sometimes sour) little man grow. He’s so special to me….I really never thought being a mom would be like this….and I know life is a lot different with him, maybe even a little tougher to accomplish those errands, and such, but I can’t even really remember life before him. He has made our little family so much happier…we just feel complete with him in our lives now. It’s so cliche but I totally get all of those mushy little “mom” cliches now because they’re true to us!

 

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Lexi | First Birthday Cake…..smash?!? {Kitchener Child Photographer}

Last January, I had the opportunity to photograph a sweet little baby…her name was Lexi. Here she is a year later (what a QUICK year, too) having her photos taken with me again! I’m so blessed to have the chance to see children grow and to work with the same family more than once!  Lexi’s older sister, Leah, actually had her first birthday photos taken with me a few years back as well…so it’s definitely been fun to watch these children grow and to get to know this awesome family a bit!

Here are a few of my favourites from our time together:

The many faces of Lexi! I love this expression below the best.

 

 We managed to get a few cute ones of the girls together and of big sis on her own!

We ended with a cake smash….which Lexi wasn’t a huge fan of. She did eat some puff treats off of it…and ran away from it a bit, but no smashing was done (except by me!) Cake smash photos always turn out cute, even if it’s just their little selves running in the opposite direction of the cake! I love this age because you never know what could happen with a 1 year old and a cake!

Thanks again, family! Hopefully, we’ll be seeing each other in the near future!

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Holiday Mini-Sessions 2012!

This year was a wonderful year for our Christmas mini-sessions!! I had a little help designing my set, and I think it turned out beautifully!  With red presents surrounded by birch trees, a neat wooden sled and a ton of Christmas ornaments, the set came together quite nicely and we had some seriously adorable children photographed in it this year, too.  Along with taking photographs, we also collected gifts to be donated to the RBC Children’s Toy-Drive. They were taken to Brantford’s main RBC branch and will be distributed to local families 🙂   Here are a few of my favourite photographs from our sessions this season:

 

 To finish off the post, I thought I’d include a few images of my own family photographed this holiday season! Here’s Nala, my beautiful dog…she loves having her photo taken so I couldn’t leave her out!!

Liam just mastered the skill of hanging out on his belly in time for these photos…he isn’t the biggest fan hence the grumpy face 😉

 

However, he is a HUGE fan of wearing no pants…so here he is, half naked and thrilled LOL

 

Thank you to all of the wonderful families (and they aren’t all on the blog but they are all fabulous) who came in for photos and who donated to the RBC Christmas Toy-Drive!! We will definitely be doing this again next year! Merry Christmas, everyone!

 

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Landon Turns 1!!! | Kitchener Child Photographer

I love having the opportunity to photograph families…and I especially love seeing the same families come back again. I have had the absolute pleasure of photographing this particular family for the past few years, beginning with big brother through his First Year and now onto Little Bro Landon for his Baby’s First Year, too.  Now, here we are with his first birthday photos! I can’t believe the year is up already…it feels like I was JUST photographing his newborn photos, talking about babies and how amazing they are with his mom…and here we are a year later. This little guy is walking and getting into all kinds of things and I have my own baby LOL. CRAZY! Here are a few of my favourites from our session this past weekend!

Ummm, I’m in no way, shape or form joking when I write the above photo is the look I received when I started singing. OK…I can take a hint 😉

Having some fun with big bro when he joined in! He waited SO SO SO patiently while Landon got his turn then excitedly joined him to smash (and did a little bit of cake throwing, too). I loooove cake smashes, they’re hilarious!

HAHAHA This photo shouts, “I GOT TO DESTROY A CAKE AND I’M EXCITED!”  Love the look on his face while holding the cake plate 🙂

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