Throwback to Summer of 2010

Today’s iheartfaces photo challenge prompt is “flashback” – which perfectly coincides with Throwback Thursday!
I chose an oldie but a goodie of Easton from the Summer of 2010. I sure do miss the days when my Duders didn’t know any better, and bribes weren’t required in order to photograph them.  But I still love looking into these big brown eyes!  They’re quite a bit darker now than they were then.

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Jude – Newborn photography, Victoria BC

Sometimes, when you meet someone for the first time, you just KNOW that they’re going to be in your life for years to come.
That’s kind of how it went when I first met Mandy.  We were sitting in a Victoria-area Starbucks, discussing her upcoming wedding, while her super-cute little Duder sat in his stroller and entertained us.

Fast forward a few years, and I’ve photographed her wedding, some of her awesome line of handbags, and now her newborn baby boy!

Mister helped me pack all of my gear into a hockey bag, and I made my way to the happy of home of wee Jude and his family.  His big brother, Angus, was more than happy to introduce me, and he participated in some portraits with a huge grin on his face.  I’m sure he’s unhappy SOMETIMES – but when I see Angus, he’s usually got a huge smile on his face. I just love it!  I took some of my favorite props with me, but Mandy made a hat, diaper cover, and quilt for her little bundle, and I was excited to use them in some of the portraits too!  I’m always thrilled to incorporate things that are special to the family.

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I [heart] Instagram

I often take little breaks from Instagram… but they never last long. Something about it always pulls me back in.
Here’s a small compilation of some of my recent posts.

Much to his Mummy’s dismay, Dek REALLY wanted to play goal.  And boy-oh-boy… he LOVED it.

Early on a Sunday morning, when Dek’s on the ice and E is content to sit quietly beside me, I usually get the urge to pull out my iPhone camera.  Such was the case on this occasion, when I photographed the seats in front of us at the rink

This little boy sure had me smitten!! My first preemie – and he knocked his session outta the park!

Life at my day job

Have I mentioned lately that I’m a book nerd?

This week was St. Patrick’s Day. Erin go Bragh!

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Kade – Newborn photography, Victoria BC

I like to do newborn sessions in my clients homes.  I find that it’s easier on the new parents (and siblings), if they don’t have to leave their comfort zone, or even get out of their pajammies, if they don’t want to.  I troop in all of my blankets and gear, often looking like I’m planning on staying for a week!  My last client joked that he thought I was moving in :)
As long as there’s a window with ample light, I can shoot in some pretty tight spaces.  I’ve been known to be found sitting on the floor holed up in a spare back-bedroom, behind a couch beside a sliding door, in the dining room, and even tucked in a corner beside the TV console.  Makes no difference to me… as long as bebe is comfy, I can work just fine!

This perfect little boy belongs to some very good friends of ours.  Their daughter was born just a few weeks before E, and now they’ve added a son to the mix.  I had the pleasure of spending some time with them at their home, about a week after he arrived.  We started off with some portraits of him and his big sister, then she moved on to have a snack and play princess, while I worked on Kade’s solo photos. He slept his way through the session like a champ.
(The little gallery below includes three of my favorite props, that I bring with me to each session.)

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Macro Monday – Newborn details

I’m going to use today as an excuse to post a second sneak-peek of this little Duder. (The first little preview was emailed to his Mommy, but if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll see it there shortly!)

I’m still working on his session edits, but when Macro Monday rolled around, I knew had two perfect examples to post!  I can’t even count how many times I’ve said this, but I just love newborn details. Lashes, lips, flaky skin, teeny-tiny finger nails… you name it!

I met this sweetheart when he was almost 3 weeks old… but you’d never know that to look at him. He was my first preemie. Born at just over 4lbs, but healthy as a horse (well… maybe not a HORSE… but he was lucky enough to not have any of the typical preemie under-development issues) and oh-so-cute!!


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Throwback – Newborn E

I have had the distinct pleasure of photographing two baby boys over the past two weeks.

On Valentine’s day, I spent a few hours with a 5 day old. Then, just over a week later, on a snowy Sunday afternoon, I spent my afternoon with a 17 day old preemie & his big brother.

There isn’t much that makes me happier than photographing newborn babies.

Mister and I completed our family with the birth of Easton, so snuggling with other peoples little bundles of joy really makes me reminisce:
The sleepless nights; the countless feedings and diaper changes; the constant worry… the way it feels when your babe wraps his hand around your finger, or makes eye contact the first time; that first coo, smile, laugh; the first time they tell you that they love you… parenthood is the most amazing job in the world, and I wouldn’t trade it for ANYTHING.

I hope that all of the parents of “my” newborns love their new jobs as much as I love mine!

Here’s baby E at approx 7 days old. Our Mr. Serious, just hanging around in Daddy’s arms.
(I love this portrait of him. But I will say that looking at it also makes me proud to say that I can see how much my photography has improved in the past couple of years. Sometimes a walk down memory lane serves multiple purposes!)


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I [heart] Instagram

It’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged any Instagram posts, so I thought I’d go back over the past couple of months and share some of my favorites with you now.

A light snowfall on some holly berries at work.

My fancy party shoes!  They hurt… but they’re worth it.

I found this little note on the floor while I was walking through the basement one evening. Ah, life as the Mummy of Duders.

Oh this sad face! Would you just look at those crocodile tears!?

Sitting at a the rink (as per usual), I let E use my iPhone to keep him occupied. He snapped this photo of me and I actually don’t hate it!

Mister and I had a liquid lunch on a Duder-free day. Enough said.

This would be the liquid lunch mentioned above! Mmmm… Granville Island Winter Ale!

I super-duper love my new glasses!

Enjoying a cup of David’s tea. So what else is new!?

…and what goes better with tea than cookies!?

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Friday Favorite – Tulips

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s day last week!
We had a fun day at our house… Deklan wrote out all of his own Valentines for his kindergarten classmates, and he wore his team Canada jersey for Red & White day at school – he was thrilled to get to show it off to his teacher and his class. He’s so patriotic already – I’m such a proud Mummy.

I got to spend my afternoon with a beautiful newborn baby boy. He was 5 days old, and had the most perfect skin I’ve ever seen on a wee babe.  Over the last week (and for the next week or so, too) I’ve been working on his images in my down time.  His parents have seen a quick sneak peek, but they prefer that his portraits aren’t shared on social media, so I’m afraid you’re out of luck. You’ll have to use your imagination – I know you can do it! :)

After our session was done, I picked Dek up from school and we went grocery shopping for dinner ingredients… I made Mister a special Valentine’s dinner: Buffalo Chicken Poutine. YUMMO (although not at all photogenic)!

For today’s favorite though, here’s an image of my Valentine’s gift from Mister.  He knows me so well… a giant mason jar/vase with tulips! *sigh*


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