Throwback Thursday – Christmas portraits

You might be thinking that it’s silly for me to be thinking of Christmas in July. And you might be right. But here’s the thing… I don’t care! I love Christmas. Even in July! I’ve already started working on the Duders wish lists with them, and I’ve already started my shopping.
This year is going to be even better than last year. The boys are both at such great ages to really revel in the magic of the holiday. And hopefully, this year, they’re at great ages to cooperate for portraits! TOGETHER. Last year was a bust. The year before was a bust… you get the idea. They’re both pretty good at individual portraits, but trying to get them together is a challenge, to say the least.
Today’s flash back is to a couple of my favorite individual Christmas portraits: Deklan’s is from 2010, and Easton’s is from 2011.

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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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Flashback to summer 2010: Baby E!! #iheartfaces

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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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Throwback – Mr. Serious

This really has nothing to do with today’s post, but I can’t resist sharing…
…I got an email yesterday from a nice lady named Candace.
Candace is the #YMCCommunity manager at Yummy Mummy Club.
A few weeks ago, I applied to join the community, and yesterday Candace sent me my acceptance email. Hip Hip Hooray!
Here’s where you can find my page, and the pages of the rest of the#YMCCommunity: http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/community/all

Okay… enough shop-talk… on to the blog post!
Today’s throwback is all about Easton. My little Mr. Serious.
Since it’s Deklan’s birthday month, there’s been a lot of focus on him lately, so I figured it was E’s turn to star in a post.
This sweet little boy of mine is silly, and funny, and crazy in all the right ways. But if you’re a new person in his world – forget about it! There’s no chance that he’s making friends with you, smiling at you, or even just giving you the time of day.
Looking back at photos of him over his 3.5yrs, you’d never know he was anything but serious & stubborn. Speaking of which, I’ll take credit for the Shields’ impatience in the boys – but the stubborn streak in my Duders is ALL Dey – even if they’re too stubborn to admit it ;)

His very first portrait. It’s been featured on my blog before, but it fits too well to skip it in this post. The little Worm with his namesakes.

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This is Easton’s first Halloween. Such a serious little Lion Man! (and yes, I still think of him every time I hear the Mumford & Sons song)

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Easton’s 1st Christmas portrait. I didn’t realize until I was editing it, that he’s actually flipping me the bird. Clearly, he’s UBER impressed to be in front of my camera again.

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Playing on the swings at the park. Most kids either love, or hate the swings. His feeling was clearly: Meh.
And just hanging out in Mummy & Daddy’s bed. Serious as always.

TBTEBlog3I have so many more images that are along these same lines. But rather than inundate you with them now, I’m going to save them for a future blog post – now there’s thinking ahead!

I’d love to know what kind of kiddo(s) you have… happy? Serious? Cranky? Silly?

Happy Thursday!

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Easton is Three!

I know that all parents say this, but seriously, where does the time go!?

Today was Easton’s third birthday. And as strange as it is to say, he hasn’t really changed all that much in his three years of life.  Sure, he’s grown up, and learned new things… but he’s still the same serious, sometimes goofy, loving and LOVEABLE little Duder he was when he was born.

Here are some things that you may or may not know about the birthdey boy:
His favourite colour is orange.
For his birthday this year, he asked for an orange hot rod, a Ninja Turtle, and a spoon.
His hero is “Super Hero Deklan”!
When he grows up, he wants to be “Big”!
His favourite sport is football.
His favourite food is “Kraft roni’s”.
If he had one wish, it would be for “3 dollars”.

Happy Birthday my Littlest Duder!! Mummy loves you SEVENTEEN!

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Worm is TWO!

Two years ago, I was awakened at 4am by labour pains.  Realizing that it was July 7th, exactly 2.5yrs after Deklan’s birthday, I was determined to birth that baby within the next 20hrs.
At about 10:00am we dropped Deklan off at daycare and headed to the hospital for the long road ahead.  Just under 12hrs later, at 8:57pm, Easton Henry Raine was welcomed into the world with open arms, and tears of joy.

And now, here we are… In the blink of an eye, it’s two years later.

Easton’s day started off with all three of us barrelling into his room to wish him a Happy Birthday.
He was bleary eyed and surprised/confused, but he smiled his little smirky-smile nonetheless.

When asked what he wanted for breakfast, the answer came quickly: Pancakes.
Mister got out the Aunt Jemima (because who needs scratch when these taste good and are so quick/easy!) and let E help him make breakfast. He was pretty excited to be big-boy enough to participate.

After a quick visit from Grumpy & Granny, we headed out to buy the birthday boy his gift: his very own set of golf clubs. From Golf Town. Much like his Daddy & his big brother, Easton asks to go to Golf Town every single weekend.  I’m totally outnumbered!
When it came time for lunch, Easton showed no hesitation in requesting pretzels.  In order to make it just a BIT more healthy, we added a side of Booster Juice.

We arrived home and took to the back yard for some fun in the sun.  And I did my darndest to get a portrait of the birthday boy.
Have I mentioned lately that we’re starting the Terrible Two’s?

Ma’am and Papa arrived for a quick visit, and then it was nap time.
Easton seemed much happier after his nap, so we went back outside and attempted portraits one more time.  With always dutiful assistance from Mister, we finally succeeded!

After a Happy Meal for dinner, Grandma & Grandpa arrived and so did Aunty & Uncle.
We all sang Happy Birthday, and watched Easton blow out the two candles on his Cookie Monster cupcake.

It feels like just yesterday that Deklan turned two.
So the fact that Easton is not just one, but TWO… it’s almost unbelievable to me.

Happy Birthday baby boy!  Mummy loves you, even when you’re Terrible!

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