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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Scotty has Arrived

Danielle had been to my studio for her maternity pictures and now we were just waiting for her little guy to arrive. FInally after a few days overdue she messaged to say that Scotty has arrived!

The day of her session she came in with his big sister and was so calm, despite being the mother of a new baby and toddler. Scotty was ready for his pictures and super sleepy. We were able to get amazing pictures of him. And his big sister was a rock star! She was so excited to have her pictures taken and wanted to please us so much!

Her little outfit was from Mia Joy Couture and fit her perfectly!

Thank you Danielle for bringing your beautiful family to my studio! It was such a pleasure meeting you and photographing you.

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A Christmas Elf

One of my favorite families was expecting a little one over the holiday season, the studio was ready for any holiday babies with cute little hats and outfits. I was pretty excited about the hand knitted elf outfit that had yet to be used.

This little guy was born on Christmas Day and when they arrived we were pretty excited! He looked similar to his big brother and he was so content and sweet. Keeping with the neutrals and adding a bit of the Christmas props for a timeless look.

The Christmas elf outfit was incredibly cute and he was so sweet! His big brother was very proud of his new buddy!

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