Personal | #Communityovercompetition – Maternity Model Call with EHP & VP

I’ve been in business for 8 years now, which sometimes feel like forever and I feel like I belong to another ‘time’ when it comes to photography. The industry has changed so much over the last half decade and there are more talented working photographers around than ever; this can be scary to someone like me, but I have been fortunate enough over the past couple of years (who knows how long now?!) to be a part of a great group of local photographers who I consider friends and colleagues and definitely not competition. In fact, we actively encourage, refer, guide and help each other to be better, whether it be in our business or in our art. We have collaborated, held meetings, critiques, and have learned over time that’s it’s not just about working on an island, but being part of a larger photography community. I feel very lucky to be a part of this group.

ALL THAT TO SAY, last month I was part of a maternity model call with Carla of Enchanted Hill Photography and Brittany of Valley Photography. After a long winter we were feeling a little creatively stifled, so we decided to get together to do something a bit different. I love photographing maternity but I usually do it in more of a lifestyle type way (outdoor, etc). Brittany does as well so we wanted to explore doing more artistic, studio-based portraits. Carla is wonderful at this already and allowed us to use her studio and gowns for the event. We found 4 beautiful expectant mommas and had Patience Cole come in to do hair and make-up (she did a gorgeous job as always). The girls and I met up a couple weeks before and wrote out every single pose, outfit, light set-up and background so that the day flowed smoothly, and everything went perfectly, I was so pleased! My images definitely were the most…umm…naked, but I truly feel that all bodies are beautiful and nudity shouldn’t be something to shy away from, especially when doing the amazing task of carrying life! It was also fun to try new lighting techniques, poses and styling, being creative without any pressure is so good and necessary from time to time.

I will definitely be offering sessions like this int he future so if you are an expectant momma, know that this can be part of your Bump and Baby package, or simple a standalone maternity session (which I’ll probably offer at a slight discounted rate due to the nature of the images, so keep an out for that!)

These are a few of my favourite images that I took but be sure to check out Carla and Brittany’s pages as well to see their set-ups and images!

Photographers: Carla Bagley and Brittany Calder (and me)

Hair and Make-Up: Patience Cole Make-up Artistry

Models: Janelle (1st), Casey (top image and 2nd), Kaitelyn (3rd) and Monique (4th) <–All 4 ladies are expecting girls!

 

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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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