Throwback – Newborn B

Last Easter Sunday, my sweet baby niece got to leave the hospital, and the bunny delivered her to her home.  What a perfect way to celebrate the holiday!
She wasn’t quite ready for her newborn portraits yet, but with an Auntie who loves photography as much as I do, there wasn’t a chance that her homecoming would go undocumented!  Mister and I packed up the boys, and drove over to greet our Little Bee.
I just love these images… they really show just how smitten the Duders are with their baby cousin.

(I have a number of Braylie, by herself, in her Easter basket… but I’m going to save those for another post.)

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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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Wordless Wednesday – Braylie at 3mo’s old


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Throwback – Portrait Bribery

I was eating a Peek Freans cookie the other day (and I instagrammed an iPhone picture of it for two different prompts: “snack” and “half”) and it reminded me so much of this portrait of Deklan. I knew I had to share it here today.

It was a sunny day in February of 2011. Mister and I took the boys to the park to enjoy the weather, and so that I could try to take some portraits.  Easton was his usual serious self, and Deklan wanted nothing to do with slowing down long enough for me to photograph him. As I’ve often done with my darling Duders, I resorted to bribery. Think what you must of me and my parenting practices, but I’m not above bribery in certain circumstances – especially when it comes to having the boys be cool in front of the camera.
On this particular day, good ol’ Peek Freans cookies were the bribery material of choice, and I couldn’t have been happier with the results (Dek was happy too… I let him eat them both as soon as I knew I had what I set out to capture)!


And because I mentioned it, in case you’re interested, here’s the one from Instagram the other day.

Do you bribe your kids? What do you bribe them to do, and what’s your favorite bribe?

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Wordless Wednesday – Pretty window side-light

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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:

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.


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)


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.


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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Deklan’s 6yr portraits

My Duders both know that there are a few times a year when Mummy takes their portraits… whether they like it or not! And their birthday’s is one of those times.  Deklan didn’t want his photo taken on his birthday this year, and he did get a bit of a reprieve.  It was dark when we left the house for daycare/school/work on his birthday morning, and it was dark when we got home. The weekend immediately following, it was dark and rainy the entire time – and we spent a good chunk of time in the rink for hockey.
But a weekend off hockey soon followed, and it coordinated with some decent weather. PERFECT – In my mind at least. Dek wasn’t super impressed.  Luckily for me, he’s a good boy, and it doesn’t take much time to get him on board.
Happy (belated) sixth birthday to my big Tadpole!

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iheartfaces – By the Book

This weeks iheartfaces challenge states that we need to use a book as some kind of a prop, but that a face still needs to be clearly showing in our photo. No problemo! While this isn’t a new portrait, it’s … Continue reading