Meet Mila | New Brunswick Newborn Photographer

My last newborn of 2017 was this sweet. spunky haired girl. She was, as many others were this past year, the little sibling of one of my past clients, and I loved seeing her and older sister together (even though older sister Alaina wasn’t quite interested in the whole ‘photography’ thing) 😉 I’ll be seeing them both again next December though when Mila comes back for her 1-year photos as part of my New Life & Celebrate package (which is one of my favourite packages, I ADORE seeing them come back 1-year later to see how much they have changed, it’s remarkable!)

Everyone, meet Mila.

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Lacey & Alex | Saint John Marina Fall Wedding [Saint John, NB]

Lacey and Alex’s Thanksgiving Sunday weekend wedding was my last one of the year, and definitely one I will never forget! If you remember that weekend, you’ll remember that a big tropical storm came through the region, bringing unpredictable weather that loomed heavy over the entire day, and it resulted in one of the craziest ceremonies I ever photographed. Lacey had her heart set on getting married on a bluff overlooking Irving Nature Park and the harbor, and much of the morning was spent trying to decide whether to go ahead with the ceremony. Despite most people telling her move it indoors, she and Alexander spoke and decided to go with their gut and get married as they had always dreamed. Well, the weather…did not cooperate. But it was memorable, beautiful and something they will never forget! Afterwards we were rewarded with gorgeous fall colours, sweet pups, and a beautiful reception at the Saint John Marina (my first one there!)

These two were a joy throughout it all, so in love and so calm in the storm (literally), that it was a complete pleasure to capture the beginning of a new chapter in their lives.

Couple: Lacey O’Toole and Alexander Burrows

Ceremony Location: Private location, Saint John, NB

Reception Location: Saint John Marina, Saint John NB

Photo Locations: Irving Nature Park & Saint John Marina, Saint John, NB

Wedding Coordinator: Natasha’s One Stop Wedding Shop

Cake: Jackie Waugh

Florals: The Potting Shed

Decor:  Natasha’s One Stop Wedding Shop

Caterer: Saint John Marina

Music/DJ: Neil Wheaton

Dress: Bridal Vision located (Moncton, NB)

InvitationsNatasha’s One Stop Wedding Shop

Videographer: Heather Young

Rings: Inglis Jewelers/ Personal heirloom for groom’s ring

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Meet Khalid | New Brunswick Newborn Photographer

A few months ago I met up with baby Khalid for his newborn photos; his mama Dana had been to see me only 16 months (!) before with big brother Bilal (they asked to keep his photos private at the time but have given me permission to share these). And, like his brother, Khalid was very interested in being…well, awake, for his session, but as I’ve mentioned many times before this past year, I enjoy the (quiet, still) awake moments just as much as the sleeping ones and I found myself smiling and laughing all throughout his session as he just stared and stared at me, yawning over and over again but never really falling asleep. These little humans amuse and delight me constantly. Khalid, Bilal and mama/dada are back to their other home in Saudi Arabia right now, escaping the snow for a little bit bit (I don’t blame them!), but I was so glad that I got to meet their sweet boys <3

Everyone, meet Khalid.

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Meet Leah | New Brunswick Newborn Photographer

Before the holidays I met little Leah and her parents, and she is a perfect example of why I’ve stopped saying no to ‘older’ newborns (babies over 14 days).

Back when I first started newborn photography I didn’t know the ideal age to photograph newborns so I would photograph infants at any age (6 weeks, 8 weeks, 5 weeks, etc) and quickly learned that they were technically not ‘newborns’ in terms of photography (needless to say those shots did not turn out that well). As time went by I became very strict with what ages I would photograph and would only photograph them if they were asleep, but now that I have several years of experience with these magical little humans I’ve become more confident in photographing them a bit older, and in any state, awake or asleep (or in between). Leah was 4 weeks old when she came in so I explain to her mom that a) the session would probably take longer than usual (stretching into 4 hours), and that b) we might not be able to get all the same photos that we would with a younger newborn as they begin to change in very significant ways after 2 weeks (mainly that they begin to wake up for much longer periods of time and they become much less bendy). We were patient with her, photographed her through her awake phases, and worked with her abilities to get her into the poses, and I’m SO glad that we stuck through it because even though we may have gotten fewer variations, I was still able to provide them with a full gallery (including parent shots!) So, as much as I love photographing them at their ideal age, both for their comfort and my efficiency for the parents, I’ll never say no to an older baby. I’m so glad I didn’t say no to her <3

Everyone, meet Leah.

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Anj and Colin | Kingston, NB Engagement Photographer

I love couples who choose to do things a little differently. When I first spoke with Colin and Anj about their wedding I was immediately intrigued by their vision. A wedding ceremony with only their closest family and friends, in a location that means a lot to them and their outdoorsy lifestyle…on a frozen lake…in March. Now, I can’t say that March is a popular month for weddings but I was 100% on board when they told me, and I cannot wait to see what kind of day (and weather!) we’re going to have in 2 short months. One thing I know for sure is that it’s going to be relaxed, easy going, fun and totally cuddly, because that’s exactly what these 2 are.

We did their engagement photos in November (another ‘off’ month) at their home in Kingston and it was so cute seeing them so in love and happy together, they really are my ideal couple! And they ride motorcycles, so they’re cool too 🙂

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