When a Newborn Becomes a Big Brother

love those phone calls to tell me that a newborn has become a big brother! Owen was only a few days old the first time I met him! He had the most amazing LIPS and that made me wonder if his little brother would too! Ellis did not disappoint! He also had those pouty lips that really make people look twice!

I love working with this family and Ellis decided to keep up with the other tiny people that have been in the studio, by trying so hard to stay wide awake and check out what was happening around him….but he eventually got baby whispered and we began. Big brother wasn’t a BIT shy but needed a little coaxing and patience to get his picture taken. When he finally agreed it was pure magic! I love those siblings shots!!!

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Sweet as her Name

Isla (pronounced eye-la) finally arrived and she was as sweet as her name! Out of the 100+ babies she was our 3rd red head? That alone makes her pretty special (and ironically enough we have photographed another Isla who is ALSO a sweet red head!!). She arrived when she was ready and she also was very curious to what was happening. She looked around and had a bit of a stare down but once she fell asleep she was down for the count! her session was all beautiful florals with some green. Soft pink, cream, mulberry and postal pink looked charming with her sweet hair and soft little cheeks.

We were pretty in love with her! I love the perfection and the artwork that newborn sessions create. Being able to see every angle, every small detail.

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Slow Summer of 2018 | New Brunswick Photographer

Last summer I had the most amazing clients, every week I was in the studio with new babies and families. The weekends were spent photographing weddings, Sundays were uploading and double saving images and editing…every spare moment went to editing. While on vacation I answered phone messages, emails, chatted with brides and made sure we had the details we needed. In short, it was pure madness. Career wise is a success. Clients coming out of my ears and mazing clients who I loved photographing.

On the family side of things I sucked. if you asked my kids what we did last summer they will tell you we went to PEI and we watched tv because Mom was working.

This is the conundrum I have been facing for 14 years. How do you balance being a good mother while running a business? I have been self employed since Charles was a baby (and this kid is turning 12 this year!) and I have felt myself struggling between the ambitious working goals  and satisfaction that only motherhood can bring.

I love my work. It has allowed me to work in the cracks of my children’s lives, given me a creative outlet, and introduced this chatty introvert to amazing people who have turned into friends. I truthfully enjoy a full calendar, having something to look forward and work towards.

Last summer the scale slipped the wrong way. I said yes, too many times and booked what I could. Only to regret how the summer became a hot sticky blur. The fire pit we bought for family evening was never used once. The planned picnic recipes were never made and I realized that September had arrived without me purchasing a single pencil.

Summer of 2018 is a slow summer with only a few special clients. I will still be taking pictures but rather my favourite subjects…the ones who taught me to love photography and the reason why I feel it is so important. For the first time in over 6 years I will be taking my camera along, grabbing it to capture them. Like below when my girls were experiencing running through a sprinkler for the first time ever. When my schedule has been so full I didn’t want to photograph or edit anything else, a bit of the cobbler’s child happening in our household.

This will be a slow summer, with a few little adventures, a whole lotta memories because before I know it, it will be time to buy pencils again.

 

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Maternity Modelling Magic- Saint John Photographer

I am not sure who’s idea it was but the end result was some maternity modelling magic. Genevieve Flynn Photography, Valley Photography and I put out a model call for a few new Mom’s to be. We wanted to stretch our skills a little bit, play with light, posing and push our own artistic boundaries. With regular session I always shoot what I know, my clients come to me for guaranteed results and their sessions are not the time to play with light and risk a fail. With three photographers sharing our knowledge with each other and trying things we had never done before there were a few failed setups that didn’t look good and it was okay! Some of my favourite setups to date happened during this session! And now I am excited for anyone who decides to book a studio maternity!

I placed the announcement on Facebook that we were looking for models and over 10, 000 people opened up the ad! I was a bit shocked and excited that so many people were spreading the word and curious to what we were cooking up! Patience Cole Makeup Artistry did hair and makeup and four amazing women signed up for the experience!

Genevieve, Brittany and I went through all of the candidates (there were so many amazing women!) and chose four, had a day where we sat down and made lists of setups, clothing, props and lighting we wanted to try. With so many people in my small studio and so many ideas flowing, we wanted to be as organized and as time efficient as we possibly could be.

Many hours of shooting later, very hot and tired, we were excited with what we accomplished!  Katelyn, Monique, Casey and Janelle were so amazing to work with! Their girls looked flawless thanks to Patience, they were good sports about trying weird poses and letting us decide every pose and all the wardrobe.  Thank you girls for the fun!!

 

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The Wait is Beauitful

Simone booked her maternity session a few months in advance and said that her friends were buying her a gift certificate for a newborn session with someone else. Little did she know but her friends were conspiring behind the scenes and bought her a gift certificate with me! During her maternity session we had a good laugh and she was so excited!

The weather was bitterly cold but she was a trooper and she makes the wait beautiful! The light was gorgeous and she glowed! She chose to borrow a purple gown that Enchanted Hill keeps in the closet for expecting clients. It looked stunning in the fields on this spring day!

Tomorrow we will be meeting her new little man!

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