Baby Connor | New Brunswick Newborn Photographer

(Catching up on the rest of my 2016 newborns, there was a little boom at the end of the year and I couldn’t keep up!)

Oh, little Connor. With 2 older siblings and adoring parents there’s no doubt this handsome little guy is going to be loved (and entertained) his whole life. And lucky me, he is coming back this year for his 1-year session, I can’t wait to see how much he has changed!

Everyone, meet Connor.

[All props except beige pants by Angela’s Stitches and Such]

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BEST OF 2016 | ENGAGEMENTS | New Brunswick Engagement Photographer

This one is for the lovers. For the smiles, the laughs, the hands (that communicate SO much), the eyes-opened and closed-, the awkwardness, the cuddles, the nose crinkles and nose squishes, the bear hugs, the passion, the jokes, the quiet, the walks, the romance, the exploration, the memories, the short and the long relationships of every kind, it’s EVERYTHING. It’s one of the greatest treasures in life, to have someone to hold-I believe that with my whole heart and capturing the love between 2 people feels like a purpose to me. Maybe a bit corny, maybe a bit overly sentimental, but that’s me, and this is them.

It was a great 2016, and I can’t wait for 2017!

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BEST OF 2016 | NEWBORNS [New Brunswick Newborn Photographer]

30. Thirty sweet, tiny, squishy, flaky, gassy, sleepy, coo-ey, chubby, bendy, stubborn, funny, pretty, unique, pouty, and perfect little beings came to see me in my studio in 2016, and I couldn’t be more grateful. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, 2016 was a big year of inner turmoil and change for me, but one thing remained constant, and that was my love for newborn photography. Despite wanting to change many things about my business, working with new families was something I knew I wanted to continue, and so I’m super excited for all the new little ones who will be coming to see me this year! I want to continue to grow in my skills (there is still SO much to learn with this type of photography, which is what makes it so exciting!) and I want to continue providing new mamas and papas with a calm, safe and rewarding newborn experience.

Speaking of parents, 2016 was also the year where I really started to grow in my newborn family-posed images, and they have quickly become some of my favourites. Seeing a couple become 3, or a family of 3 becoming 4, or 4 become 5, etc, is so special and I absolutely LOVE it when parents want to get involved or have their older children involved (as chaotic as that may be)! As cute as the baby poses are, as adorable as the props, the colours, etc, the photos of you with your little ones, so tiny in your hands, are the ones I know you will cherish in 1, 5, 10 years down the road <3

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Changes for 2017 at Genevieve Flynn Photography

Happy new year! I know we are well into January now (how did that happen?!), but since my kids only went back to school on Tuesday, I feel like the year has only just started for me work-wise, so please pardon my tardiness! I know you are all probably sooooo over the “goals and changes” posts, but bear with me for just one more, OK?

Merci.

So, of course this is the time of year for reflection (and grand proclamations) and lately I have been doing a lot of reflecting. You see, 2016 (at least the second half), was a strange time for me; although everything was going great, the kids were in school and therefore I had a ton more time to work, I crushed my deadlines and kept on top of my work, never really felt stressed, by November I was just feeling…off. It always happens at the end of the year but this year the feeling was much stronger and more persistent (I’m still feeling it to be honest). It’s a feeling that I need to change, I need to grow.

The past 6 (!) years have been amazing for me and my new career but somewhere along the way I got stuck, both in my artistic growth, as well as in the momentum of my business. I wasn’t necessarily doing what I wanted anymore, I was doing what was comfortable and what worked. And, I’m realizing, it was slowly making me not enjoy it anymore.

Now, I don’t want this to sound like I’m complaining (especially about my clients) because I don’t want anyone to think I’m not appreciative of their support; I know for a fact that I am insanely lucky (and, ugh I hate to use this word, #blessed) to be doing this–to work for myself at a pursuit that I’m passionate about…I know that the majority of people don’t get to live this way. But, the tragically beautiful thing about being a ‘creative’ is that the pursuit of creativity is intricately tied to the happiness of the creator; in other words, if I don’t love what I do, the art (/work) will suffer (and so will my life). It’s not like a plumber or accountant; if they aren’t in love with what they do the spreadsheets will still look the same, the toilet will still be unclogged (though I’m sure the quality of their work will suffer as well in some aspect). And, I’m sure to most people looking at my work, it hasn’t suffered but to me, the passion behind it has.

So, all this to say that…

for real,

truly,

(I mean it this time),

I’m changing my business.

Ok, so what does that mean?

  • It means that I’m shifting the focus of my business over to what I love, which means weddings, engagements, married couples (more on this in a second), and newborns. The gradual shift away from babies, kids and families will be finalized and all other types of random sessions (extended families, events) will be scrapped completely.
  • Along with this, my branding will reflect only what I intend to shoot; kids, families and maternity sessions will no longer be featured on my website or blog (though I will still occasionally shoot them).
  • I’m still debating how to share on social media but I know that my blogging will be reduced dramatically to only a select few sessions and weddings that reflect my work and the direction I want to move in. This will save me a lot of time and I will attract more of what I hope to do. I will no longer be blogging anything that is not newborns, weddings and engagements or couples.
  • As for studio work, I will only be taking on a few Baby’s 1st Year clients and return clients only for 1-year sessions or cake smashes. (These will also be reduced to so many per year so please book ahead!)
  • Family sessions will only occur at my annual mini session date (aiming for Fall this year) and again, will only be available to return clients unless the spots cannot be filled in which case I’ll open them up to new clients. I looooove seeing my old clients at these sessions so I definitely want to extend the opportunity to them first (if you’ve come to see me for these, thank you so much!)
  • I will be introducing EMBRACE SESSIONS, a new type of session for married couples. It’s an idea I’ve had in my head for a while and I’m very excited for its launch next month. Married couples (and marriage in particular) has been taking up more and more space in my mind and heart lately so I’ve finally decided to invest my time and energy into it. I will probably write a post on it soon (and hopefully a series on marriage as well…in fact I’d like to write more in general.)
  • I will still be doing the A Mother’s Body project this year (Year 3!), so if you are interested in this please get in touch with me soon (it will be in late March or early April.)
  •  My poor neglected boudoir business,  Bare Branch Boudoir is something that I also want to invest more time into this year; I love this type of photography and would love to get back into it…perhaps another model call or contest is an order? (Please check out my FB page as it will be home base for any announcement related to boudoir.)
  • I will be teaching a Photography Basics Workshop next week and hope to teach more in the future! I love teaching and hope to develop a few new classes this year.

Other than that I’m just really hoping to follow my heart a bit more with my photography, as corny as that sounds (I’m currently reading Big Magic so I’m all about the pursuit of creativity and living my most creative life, #sorrynotsorry). As I get older and realize more and more concretely who I am as a person, I want to honour that with my one wild and precious life by trusting in it and taking the risks to get where I want to go.

I’m not sure how successful I will be at any of this, but I’m now fortunate enough to be in a place in life where I can at least try…so try I will.

(If you made it this far through my moody landscapes, congrats!)

Be back next week with “Best of 2016” posts, stay tuned!

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Personal | Freelensing Course with Joni Burtt

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November was a huge month for me in terms of education; over the years I’ve always tried to continue to learn and grow as a photographer, taking online classes and getting out for creative shoots and experimenting with other photographers, but last month I took it to another level by attending not 1, not 2, but THREE workshops, all completely different and in-person (not online). It’s just what I needed at this time of year, when work is finishing up and I’m feeling a little drained artistically. I’ve just gotten back from my last workshop (an in-person 2-day workshop in Toronto), so I’ll be sharing about that one soon, but first I wanted to share my experience at a really fun little class I took early on in the month with Joni Burtt (who did some photos of Dan and I back in January.)

The class was on ‘free-lensing‘: if you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a neat little trick where you actually physically remove the lens from your camera when you take a shot, creating a really blurry, dream-like look to your images that can’t be achieved in any other way. Joni is a master at this and the photos she takes of her children all have that incredible dream-like quality (see her IG for examples), and although it’s not something that can used all the time, it was super neat to learn something new and add to my bag of ‘tricks’. I’ll definitely be using it for personal work and might even throw some in to my couples sessions. Joni is a great teacher, she made it really easy to understand and it was great to spend an afternoon with other creatives, learning and shooting (you can see some of my attempts in this post). Most of all though, this is what I took away from the class, something she said at the very start of her talk:

“Freelensing makes your images look like how a memory feels.”

Oh, my heart. So true. Less technical mastery, more feeling…this is what I want to work on in 2017.

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Samuel - This is simply amazing work!

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