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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A Mother’s Body | Jessica’s Story

The “A Mother’s Body” project is a photography project aiming to normalize, highlight and celebrate mothers’ bodies of all sizes, shapes and stages of motherhood.

  Welcome to Year 3!

I have always wanted kids and to experience what being pregnant was like so when I found out I was pregnant I was so excited but terrified at the same time. I didn’t know if I would be a good mom or where I would live because I did not want to raise a kid in an apartment. About a month before I had my first baby my parents bought me and my boyfriend a house so we moved in and got all settled. A little over a year later we found out we were expecting again, 2 days after I had surgery on my belly. Everything went well and we had a baby girl and even though my body has lots of sagging and lots of stretch marks my kids don’t see it and they don’t care. My body might not be perfect but it created two perfect and beautiful children who are the most amazing people in my life. We only have one body to love and cherish. We may look at ourself and not like the way we look but our kids don’t see any of that. They only want for you to love them and care for them. I have had my own struggles with raising two kids that are 22 months apart. Having depression and postpartum depression has been a big struggle with two kids and trying to deal with my own inner demons and trying to get myself right while trying to raise two kids. It’s a battle but I know that every person has to go threw struggles before you can really enjoy what life has for you. My kids lift me up every day and brighten my spirits when I’m having trouble.

My kids are the biggest and best part of my life. I would not change when I had kids or who I had kids with. My life is perfect with Edward who is two and Kara who is 3 months and my loving and supportive boyfriend of 6 years. I hope to be a big role model for my kids and for them to know they car do things and go places in life if that’s what they want to do. My kids are my everything and nothing will ever change that.

I want my kids to grow up strong, confident, kind, funny, healthy people who will love there body’s and to not care what others think of them because all that matters is if you love yourself.

Thank you Jessica (and Edward and Kara) for sharing your story!

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A Mother’s Body | Caroline’s Story

The “A Mother’s Body” project is a photography project aiming to normalize, highlight and celebrate mothers’ bodies of all sizes, shapes and stages of motherhood.

  Welcome to Year 3!

Something happens after having a baby. I tell other moms it is like a super power but it has more to do with having a new perspective. I used to be afraid of flying but after kids, I don’t have time to be scared because I am looking after them. It is the same with my body. I didnt love getting my picture taken and would be critical of myself when I did see me in a photo. Now, I see a happy, healthy woman who is doing the best at being a mother as she can be.

Than you Caroline (and Simone) for sharing your story!

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