Sweet Baby Briella | New Brunswick Newborn Photographer

Oh little Briella, you were as adorable as your big brother Sam was 2 years ago and although you didn’t seep quite as well as he did, your session is still one of my recent favourites. Stay little for your mama a bit longer, ok?

Everyone, meet sweet baby Briella (Rose).

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Happy Birthday Maya! | New Brunswick Cake Smash Photographer

Sweet Maya came in as my first little model for the new “Just Celebrate!” package I created last year; some simple birthday set ups to celebrate a big milestone! I had a lot of fun styling her session and Angela over at Angela’s Stitches and Such created some adorable floral hoops as part of her custom birthday set.  Isn’t she just the prettiest little girl ever! And so cheeky too (once she warmed up to me).

Happy birthday Maya, welcome to 1!

 

 

 

 

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Lillian at Home | New Brunswick Lifestyle Photographer

So, a little over a year ago I was told I needed to make more space on my blog server by my hosting company, so I spent an afternoon going back through 8 years worth of posts (!!) to delete all the sessions I no longer wanted to show and subjects I no longer photograph; random events, babies and kids (this was hard to do, so many cute faces!), families, pets, and other old work. It was hard to do because I was (and am) proud of all of those sessions, but my business evolved a lot since 2011-2014 and I want my blog to reflect that. Anyway, in my deleting haste I removed all the lifestyle sessions I’ve shot (probably 6-7 over the past couple of years) because I thought I didn’t want to advertise that I do them…

I’ve since changed my mind!

Why?

Because every time I do a lifestyle session I leave feeling happy, nostalgic and, well, important, because I know that these simple images taken at home of day-to-day life will mean so much in years to come for these families. Capturing the ‘boring’ routines, rituals and details of your home while living with little (or big little) kids is so important because although you think you won’t forget, trust this older mama, you will. I’m so glad I took many, MANY photographs of my kids and our home over the years, but a small part of me wishes I had done a session like this to have myself in the images too; still, just seeing what our house looked like, what the kids’ favourite toys and books were, how our days have changed, it’s all super important and gives you a sense of roots and family history.

Sooo, all this to say that I will be offering a lifestyle package soon (conditions will apply as I find this type of session works best with certain ages), so if you are interested please get in touch!

These images were taken at Carolyn and Ausaf’s home last month as part of Lillian’s Baby’s 1st Year package (I always try to do one lifestyle session with this package). 6 months is a perfect age for this, and I absolutely loved spending a morning with this happy little doll and her family <3

I just had to share this last photo because even though it might not be Carolyn’s favourite, I feel like its honesty and rawness is the perfect representation of motherhood, and that Lil will look back at this photo in 20 years and think: my mom was beautiful.

 

 

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Sweet Baby Cohen | New Brunswick Newborn Photographer

Last month I had a sweet little dude come in to visit me at the studio! He is having a bit of a rough start in life with casts placed on his little legs, but that didn’t stop him from showing off his personality and posing well for me (with a few adjustments). Working safely with all babies, no matter their condition, is super important to me and I’m so glad Kelsey brought him in for a few family and newborn photos!

[Hats by Angela’s Stitches and Such]

Everyone meet sweet baby Cohen.

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A Mother’s Body | Final Thoughts

Another year has come to an end for A Mother’s Body! This is my third time doing this project over the past 4 years and the thing I noticed the most this time around was how the messages have changed; maybe it’s because of social media, the body positivity movement, advertisers showing more diverse bodies, or just society as a whole moving forward, but I found the mothers much more willing and open to not only bare themselves physically, but emotionally as well. And the messages were all the same-these mothers wanted to be a good example for their children when it comes to loving their bodies, so they are all working hard on loving themselves every step of the way, in any phase of life, which is SO amazing! Post-partum is such a special and hard time for most mamas, so I really appreciate the effort and bravery it took to do this.

If I decide to do the project again (last year I had to cancel due to lack of participation but this year I had as many as I did my first year which was great), I definitely want to focus on getting more variety with my mommas (mommas of older kids in particular interest me because their perspectives are so different than new mamas, and ones that aren’t often represented; mommas of more than 1 child; and more diversity is always the goal), but I’m very happy with the images that I created this year and am super thankful for all the support this project has gotten over the years…thank you!

Finally, thank you to Rebecca, Erin, Kathrin, Stephanie, Jordan-Leigh, Alishia, Jessica and Caroline, and all their sweet babies and kids, for volunteering and sharing their experiences!

Happy Mother’s Day.

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