Our own Paris session

It’s been 6 weeks since we arrived back home after our trip to Europe. I figure it’s probably time to share a few of the amazing things we experienced during our 2 weeks away from home.

This was Ari’s first major trip. First plane ride, needless to say I was a little anxious about how it was going to go. There is only so much one can pre-plan and prepare, but I tried my best to get as much organized before we left as possible.

As it turns out, Ari is an amazing little traveller. She rocked that plane like nobody’s business. We brought a few key items to get us through…namely tasty snacks, enough fluids, and a few entertaining bits and bobs (skinny, easy to pack books, a fun kids movie, and a few fun stickers and pens).

Our first location was… ahhhh, Paris. I had been here once before in my early twenties. And I had been dying to get back since the moment I left. Paris is definitely one of my favourite cities I’ve visited so far in my lifetime. And this time round did not disappoint.

We got an amazing Airbnb place close to Luxembourg Park, and the weather was fabulous. We must have walked that park every day, pushing the stroller and soaking in something new and beautiful each time we walked through the pathways.

Our first day in Paris, we had to make our way to the Eiffel Tower. It wasn’t officially in the plans for the day, but our ‘walk around the neighbourhood’ turned into a curious wander in the direction of the tower. And eventually we just couldn’t help ourselves but to see if we could get there! And we did. It was so exciting to see the tip of the Eiffel Tower peeking through the buildings, and finally having it come fully into view. We made our way to it, and had a little lay-down underneath as we just took in the upwards view.

Even though these photos weren’t taken till a few days later, these are such special memories of the Tower. One of my ‘preparations’ for Paris, was to book a family photo session while we were there. And it just had to include the Eiffel Tower. So, we met up with a wonderful local photographer, Olga Litmanova, at sunrise. If you can make it happen, it is a special way to experience the view, as it is such a quiet, peaceful time of day in a place that is normally full of tourists.

And since we are usually up with Arianna at 6AM on any given day, a 7AM photo session didn’t seem too impossible to make happen! It was worth it, as these photos are going to be mine to cherish forever… and that is exactly what I plan to do.

Thank you Olga for these precious memories…  you can check out Olga’s website HERE

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Christina + Mike + baby

2 weeks from today is the due date. The due date for my very first niece or nephew to arrive into this world!

There aren’t words to describe how excited I am for my big sister to become a mother. She has been an inspiration to me, she is my best friend, my confidant, my kindred spirit. And to be there to support her through her pregnancy, and now through the final stages as she brings this little one into the world… truly, no words.

I was lucky enough to steal an evening to capture her beautiful self and her amazing husband, Mike. Thank you two for letting me be the one to capture these images for you. It is my honour, and I cannot wait to meet the little bean!

2 weeks and counting!

xo

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A big thank you to Nicole Sweezey for an amazing job on Christina’s make-up. She is the absolute best on bring out all that natural beauty in her clients.

Peach Dress: The Wardrobe

Blue Dress: Pretty Little Things

 

 

 

 

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I feel so blessed to have had the chance to photograph this family more than once… I met Sophie a few years ago when they were just a little family of 4. Now, they have their beautiful baby boy, Emmett, and he is such a special little guy. I am completely smitten with his hair! In these photos (which were actually taken in the fall), were around his first birthday. I remember doing his newborn photos the year before, and can’t believe how much he had changed. He went from being this tiny babe to a little man with jeans and leather elbow pads (sooo cute)!

Not to mention the sweetest (and hilarious) little girls that are also growing so fast! They are two peas in a pod, as they wrestled in the dirt together, even taking momma down with them! And with dad watching over everyone, we made it though our photo session with no scraps or bruises, just a whole lot of dust.

Thank you S+C for coming to spend time with me again. I love every time I get to photograph your family, and I’m already looking forward to the next!Martin-3 Martin-11 Martin-19 Martin-22 Martin-26 Martin-27 Martin-32 Martin-35 Martin-45 Martin-46

 

And then there were 4

To see this little family welcome Baby Levi into their lives, it is no secret they are absolutely in love. With a big sister and two amazing parents, this little boy will be snuggled and cherished more ways than I can count. Just 10 days old in these photos, he is an absolutely perfect little baby with perfect little toes and a perfect little nose.

A month ago, we went out and braved the cold for their maternity session, but this time, we kept inside the warm walls of the studio. Thank you two for asking me to do these photographs for you. It was so wonderful to meet Levi and to witness this new family bond that will only grow stronger and more beautiful each and every day. xo

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3 plus 1

Windy, cold, but oh, so beautiful. I had the pleasure of photographing Kate + Jeremy this weekend with their adorable daughter Maddy, and their little soon-to-be bundle.

I’ve known K+J since we were kids, growing up together in the Okanagan. I had the honor of photographing their wedding almost 5 years ago, and now seeing them grow into this family of 4 is so special. Maddy is almost 3 and is such a beautiful little girl, full of lots of energy and is excited about the idea of a little baby brother or sister. It is easy to see that K+J are amazing parents to Maddy and are ready to have another babe in their lives.

Thank you two for having me photograph this time of your lives, and I can’t wait to meet the new little one! xo

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Family of 3

Just six weeks new, this little family of three is now complete. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Andrea and Ken 1.5 years ago when I photographed their wedding on a beautiful spring day in Kelowna.

This time round, it was so special to see them as brand new parents. With this ‘melt-your-heart’ little bundle of a boy, they seemed so happy, a little tired but completely in love.

One of my favorite parts of the day was actually before we even started photographing. I can only imagine how challenging it must be to be a new parent. Especially when your new little babe is upset and you can’t seem to figure out what is wrong… So, this was happening, and instead of getting frustrated or upset themselves, Andrea + Ken simply worked together to resolve little K’s upset cries. They went down the list of ‘potential’ issues, and eventually got it solved. And now, it was time for some snuggles and lovin’ in the studio.

Thank you Andrea + Ken for inviting me back into your lives to capture another milestone moment for you. I can see the love and the patience you have for your new family, and it is something very special…

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baby simon, mom + dad

I remember Larissa and I being little girls, bare foot in the summer running around the backyard. I remember playing Clue around the kitchen table and eating homemade cookies, all the while our mom’s watching over us as we grew.

Now, it is Larissa’s time to be that mother. And it is plain to see that her new babe, Simon, has completely stolen her heart. When I see the way Larissa looks down at her little one… and the way that he simply stares back into her eyes, it will melt your heart. It melted mine.

This was my first time meeting Darnell, and it is easy to see he has fallen right into step with being a new dad. His genuine care, love and concern for his little Simon is so evident in the way he holds his new son.

24 days new, little Simon came to the studio for his photo session, and he did such a good job! Even though he didn’t sleep a wink, he rocked his poses and enjoyed all the snuggles from mom and dad. And even though this session was to celebrate the new beginning that is wrapped up in their little bambino, Larissa and Darnell are also preparing to get married this next year. So, we made sure to sneak a few moments at the end to celebrate their relationship and the importance of the love between the two of them.

Thank you two for letting me photograph such a special moment in your lives.

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family of 4

With the newest addition already 6 months old, it was time for a visit with Leah, Adam and their beautiful babies.

I have known Leah since kindergarten, and Adam just a few years after that. We were all school friends, and it wasn’t until after graduation, where these two started to be more than ‘just friends’. They were married over 3 years ago, and had their first adorable daughter the next year. I managed to sneak in a mini-maternity session with them while they were pregnant with Lucy, AND we did their first family photo session once Lucy was about 4 months…

Now Lucy is 2, baby Georgia is 6 months, and I can tell that life is a little crazy, but in such a wonderful way. Thank you two for having me along to photograph these special moments in your life. I adore spending each moment with your girls (and with you too, of course), and I hope you enjoy these photos. xo

ps. happy birthday to my beautiful friend, Leah. I hope you have such a special day with your family. Sending lots of hugs your way…

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I’ve now had the absolute pleasure of knowing this family for over 2 years now, and Diane and I have become good friends… I’ve got to watch her babies grow up, and see their family morph with all the new changes that come with growing munchkins. Charlize, their beautiful baby girl, is no longer a baby! She started her first year of kindergarten this year, and I can only imagine what it felt like to watch her and her little back-pack head into those big school doors for the first time. Noah was just a 6 month babe when I first met him, and now he’s this little climbing, running chatterbox with lots of hugs and snuggles to give. Looks just like his dad, and loves his momma to no end.

We headed out to play at the river, and it was great just to see Diane and Brent with their kids. I hope these photos can reflect your family and what life is like right now. In this moment. Crazy, playful, challenging, wonderful and perfectly imperfect. xo

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Family of five

A walk through the farm was the perfect backdrop to capture this family of five. Three little ones and two busy parents! As we walked through the fields, threw rocks in the pond, played tag and laughed over lots of tickles, it was easy to see the love within this family. Taylor (dad) had so much fun with all his little kidlets, and mom’s soft spirit kept them snuggly.

Thank you two for inviting me to have a little sneak peek into your family, and I hope you enjoy your photos!

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