Avery | MY FAVOURITES [Norton, NB Newborn/Family Photographer]

I mentioned in my Sneak Peek of Avery’s session that we actually had 2 sessions due to, well…some stubbornness on this little lady’s part, haha. It was more than ok though, because on our first day we took these adorable owl shots of her, as well as some family shots of her with her mom Erin and dad David. I had seen the owl idea online (can’t take credit for this one!) and thought it was so cute, so I got an owl hat made up by the very talented Janet Main of Funky Baby Handcrafted Creations (at the last minute, thanks Janet!), and bought a few wreaths at the local floral shop for her ‘nest’. She was actually the most comfortable in that nest and slept like a little champ the entire time she was in it! We also took some shots of her with her little cousin, so cute 🙂

Here we are, enjoy!

A little bit different for me, which I really enjoy!

I have another newborn session to share next, a little cutie named Kyle! Be back with his session soon.

Until then,

Faye - Nice work!! Love the B&W one with both parents, and the “mama’s girl” one too. That’s a great idea with the wreaths to make a nest too, must remember that one 🙂

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52 Fridays | Week Six: Love [Personal Project]

 

Hi Everyone! Back for another week of photo inspiration! I actually missed last week, just didn’t have time and wasn’t feeling very inspired, but as soon as I saw this week’s theme an idea popped into my head and I knew right away what I wanted to do. It’s not an overly creative shot, but I think the explanation of why I took it might help.

This week’s theme? LOVE. Here is my shot:

Now you might be wondering why a pile of scraggly old sports bras is a good representation of Love…well, the reason why is because these are my nursing bras.

[And let me start off by saying that this isn’t supposed to be a PSA about breastfeeding, it’s just my personal story/view on the matter. And it is kind of personal, but that’s the point of this project…]

You see, I don’t love breastfeeding. In fact, I don’t even like it. I find it inconvenient at times, and time consuming, and messy, and just plain annoying. I don’t get those warm and fuzzy bonding feelings when I’m doing it, and most days I wish I could just quit. I want my body back. I want my boobs back. I want to wear normal bras with underwires that actually give me some sort of shape. I want to wear clothes that don’t have to be ‘easy access’. I want to go just one day without having a wet sleeve from spit up and dripping. But you know why I don’t quit? Because I love my kids. I know that they would most likely be fine if they were formula fed, but at the same time, I know that breastfeeding them is the absolute BEST thing I can do at this point in their lives, so I do it even though I don’t enjoy it. It’s a small sacrifice I make in the name of Love for my children. I fed my son until he was 10 months old (and weaned himself), and I will do the same for my daughter. Since they are so close in age, I’ve basically been breastfeeding for 2 years with only a short break in between. Everyday, wearing those ugly old bras (which are getting quite used by this point).

There are many areas in parenting in which I know I’m not going to be able to give them my best, but in this, I know I am. I’m not an overly mushy or lovey-dovey person, but to me, this is Love.

Now, let’s head on over to Alberta to check out the incredibly talented Jenn Duguay to see what she did with this week’s theme (I bet it’s going to be dreamy and filled with light!)

Back soon with more “Favourites of 2011”,

Jenny - ABSOLUTELY and AMEN! Perfect. (Before I read your story I thought you just loved folded laundry – which I thought was awesome, too! haha!!)

Christa P. - I love this and the story behind it too!

Karol Quinn - Love the photo and story! I can so relate!

Jenn - SO perfect. Love the story behind your image and the colour in your shot!!!

Cathy K - The story behind the shot is a great interpretation of love! As parents we do many things that we don’t enjoy and yes, maybe even hate, but we do them because we love our kids and their happiness and well being becomes as important, if not more important, than our own. This is a great way to document those feelings.

Faye - Haha G, love this story. Love the composition and the colours – simple and perfect!

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MY FAVOURITES OF 2011 [Newborns]

Here we are, my first “Favourites of 2011” post! 2011 was such an incredible year for me. It was my first entire year of working full time as a photographer, and while it was A LOT of work (made all the more challenging by being pregnant for 9 months of it and buying a new home halfway through the busy season!), it was one of the best years I’ve had in my ‘working career’. I met so many incredible people and captured some really special moments, and I look forward to seeing how 2012 is going to treat this little business of mine. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank each and every one of you who has supported me and my work in some way, whether through Facebook or blog comments, link shares, referrals, sessions, handing out my business cards, loaning me props…every lit bit helps and supporting a local business is really one of the best things you can do, so THANK YOU!

As I mentioned, I’ll be splitting these posts up by category, and there’s no better place to start than with my tiniest of clients, the newborns! I loved getting to know these little ones, and I’m just amazed when I see them later on, all ‘grown up’ already! I’m glad I was able to freeze their newness, because it truly does not last long enough.

So here we go, some of my favourite newborn shots from last year!

Next up, the most…well, challenging and fun group of the bunch, the babies and children!

Until then,

Faye - Wow you sure had lots of babies!!!! The outside ones are definitely my faves…..gorgeous light in those!

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52 Fridays | Week Four: Warmth [Personal Project]

 

Week four! And still in it, woohoo!

This week’s theme was Warmth, and there were so many things I could have done, so many possibilities, especially at this time of year when warmth is essential, comforting, fleeting, etc, but the first thing that came to my mind was “a scarf”. Creative huh? 😉  Originally I was just going to do an up close shot of the scarf around my neck, but then decided to try more of a self-portrait since I so rarely get to do them anymore (unless I’m pregnant, ha!) Back when I first started photography (pre-kids), I took all kinds of self portraits, and sometimes I miss it, as awkward as I am most of the time…I think it’s really important not only to document your family, your clients’ families, whatever, but also to document YOU, no matter how much you might hate it. I know I would have loved to see more shots of my mother as a young mama, in her 20s, but there are honestly VERY few (if any) pictures of her like that around, and that makes me sad not only for me, but also for my kids. So I hope that someday when my kids are older they’ll get a sense of who their mom was (or at least what she looked like) when I was first starting out raising them (and before, when it was just me and their dad).

Anyway, rambling again! Here we go:

(And for those who don’t know me in real life, hello there!)

Next up, check out what Tracy Waye Kelly, Photographer in Miramichi, NB did with the challenge.

Until next time,

 

 

*Disclaimer: Yes, I totally photoshopped my skin and eyes a bit, I’m usually much more tired-looking 😉 And no, I didn’t mean to match my sweater to my nails, haha.

Faye - This is too funny, it’s what I was going to do – with a warm fuzzy sweater. Just didn’t work out this week for me, though. Yes, I was going to do another self-portrait, hard to believe, haha. Nicely done – and love the nails too, btw.

Amy Moisuk - You’re too funny! Very pretty shot though!! I have NOT. A. CLUE. how to do a self-portrait…I’m jealous of your talent 🙂

Robin Moore - love the self portrait. love the softness – yet your eyes so sharp and beautiful. That scarf says i am so warm.

Tammy Bilodeau - Very Nice! Great selfie and I love that scarf too. It just screams warm!

Amy - Great self portrait and perfect warmth! Nice job!

Amy - Your disclaimer made me laugh! I love that you got in the shot though, I’m definitely guilty of not getting in the frame. And your scarf certainly looks as if it would keep your neck quite warm! 🙂

Cathy K - Good for you, sharing a self portrait! I wasn’t quite as brave! You have gorgeous eyes, btw!

Jenn - Great image and take on the theme! Lovely light!

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*SNEAK PEEK* Hats & Headbands | Avery [Norton, NB Newborn Photographer]

One demographic that I didn’t expect to photograph as much as I did last year was newborns. I thought maybe I’d get to do 2-3 sessions, but in the end I think I shot 9-10. It was an unexpected but very pleasant surprise, as it has turned out to be one of my favourite groups of little people to photograph 🙂 There’s just something about newborns that is hard to describe. Their sweetness, their newness, everything about them is pure (even their cries!) Newborn photography is an art and there are some seriously beautiful shots out there…I still consider myself very much a beginner but I hope that 2012 allows me the chance to study, learn, try new things and capture more of the fleeting first weeks in a new person’s (and new family’s) life.

Now, onto Avery! She was actually 3 weeks old when we had our session, so a bit older than ideal, but she was still very sweet. Unfortunately I think that my house was a bit too chilly and new for her, and she put up a good fight with us to get our shots. The ones I’m about to show you are actually from our 2nd day together, at her home where she felt more comfortable (and warm!) Once she did settle down though we were able to slightly move her around and change her head gear, so you’ll see lots of pretty props used. In my next post I’ll show you the shots we did on the first day, including some shots with mom and dad!

For now though, enjoy miss Avery Ashlynn…

Back soon with the rest of the Babineau’s winter session, and yet another newborn, this time an adorable little man named Kyle!

Until then,

Faye - Awesome stuff! Love that 3rd one especially, where she’s got almost a little smirk on her face… too cute.

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