SURPRISE….Baby Smith is arriving in April 2019

My best friend Martina contacted me a few weeks ago inquiring about the cost to a pregnancy announcement type session… first thought is… do you have something to tell me? She wouldn’t tell me who it was for,  she just said I’ll let you know.

I was super excited and was hoping to get booked for this because those type of sessions are so much fun, I love them! Finally after going back and forth she told me it was for her brother Morgan and his girlfriend Maggie! I’ve known Martina & Morgan’s family for a very long time… I was so excited for them!

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We planned the session for Sunday, October 7th in their beautiful yard. It was cloudy, threatened rain and the photos are so incredible you would never know the weather wasn’t perfect. They wanted fall family photos with their beautiful dog Harlow, along with a few announcement shots & gender reveal.

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Morgan and Maggie were perfect to work with, you can see how much they love each other, they are going to be amazing parents and Harlow will be a great “big sis”.

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Oliver’s 1st Year through our lens

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 Oliver entered the world on June 11th, 2017 and stole out heart.  Back it up a couple months to when I created our Rainbow Baby Package. I created this package because of all the people in my life that have suffered loss and had their Rainbow baby.  Within hours of posting it, Lindsay contacted me about booking that package. 

We met Lindsay and Jason for the first time (after much chatting online) at the Halifax Public Gardens for their maternity session. We hit it off right away, they were the nicest couple that after many years of longing for a baby and suffering loss were finally having their Rainbow Baby.

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After he was born, Lindsay messaged me to announce his arrival and arrange his Fresh 48 Session. I couldn’t wait to meet Oliver, he was absolutely perfect. Seeing the love and bonding moments between mommy, daddy and Oliver just melted my heart. When you long for a baby for so long and fight so hard to have one that it gives you deeper appreciation when the Doctor places your baby in your arms for the very first time.  

Once Oliver was born, that’s when it started. We started to capture him throughout his first year. We did Newborn, Family, Christmas, Easter, Sitter Session then his first birthday. We got to capture so much of his first year, watch him grow, learn new things, and of course played & snuggled with him any chance we had. We ended up becoming great friends with Lindsay and Jason. Lindsay has been there for me as I am on the journey to try and become a mother. I couldn’t have a better person to be brutally honest on how tests are really going to be, but cheering me on because in the end…. you have a baby. My husband James and I love Oliver and love how we get to capture him as he grows up to be such a great little boy! 

Here is a look through our lens at Oliver’s first year:

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Eli’s First Year

Eli Patrick Scott Connolly arrived on May 31st, 2017 at 6:30 pm to Adam & Lauren. Not having met him yet, we had no idea this little guy was going to steal our heart and grow before our lens.

In June of last year, we decided to hold super mini sessions at Halifax Public Gardens. Adam contacted me to do their photos, that was the first time I met Eli, he wasn’t quite a month old.

Since that day, we have come to know them well. We have watched Eli grow over the past year, we did family photos with his whole family, Fall, Christmas, Easter, Mommy & Me and most recently we captured his first birthday cake smash session.

One of the most rewarding parts of our profession is getting to watch our clients lives unfold. Sometimes we meet them when they first get engaged, then married and then children or sometimes we meet them when they have their baby! We get to be apart of those exciting moments.

We met Eli at just 1 month old and got to capture his first Christmas, first Easter, first Mother’s Day and first Birthday. All those moments are so important and before you know it, his first year is over and he’s going into his second. Babies grow so fast!

We love being apart of capturing all these moments in life. We look forward to seeing what’s next for Eli and his family.

 

Oliver’s 1st Christmas

This was our 5th session with Oliver (including their maternity session when he was still in mommy’s belly).

Oliver is special is many ways, he is Lindsay and Jason’s rainbow baby and because of him my husband and I have become good friends with his parents.

I’m thankful that Lindsay and Jason chose us to be their photographer. We get to watch Oliver grow, see all the changes in him from one session to the next.

He is the happiest baby with big blue eyes and that smile that melts your heart every time. He was full of smiles, giggles and surprised us when he ripped into a present.

Clients turn into friends, you develop an relationship with them as you get to capture moments of their lives and turn them into memories they can look back on forever.

We look forward to watching Oliver grow and continuing to capture those moments for them.

Hot Chocolate + Marshmallows + Bonfire= Perfection

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Every year Mallori and I talk and brainstorm about where to hold their session. Mallori likes to be unique, thinks outside the box and she is super creative.

One of their favorite family activity is getting on their side by side and heading out to the woods to have a bonfire. Why not do something they love and capture memories while doing it. I thought it was a fantastic idea.

Mallori baked cookies, made hot chocolate, packed marshmallows and apples. James and I arrived at their house, they packed up the side by side and we ventured off into the woods.

Ian was prepared and had the bonfire going, the sun was starting to set, we had the perfect golden hour.

One of my absolute favourite things about being a photographer is becoming part of your clients life. I started as Mallori and Ian’s wedding photographer, then when they got pregnant I was their maternity photographer; when Lux entered the world, I became their family photographer. It has been 7 years of being a part of their lives.

Here are some of our favourite shots from their latest family session.

 

 

The McGregor’s

I had the opportunity to take family photos of my family’s long time friend Karen.

Karen, her husband Aaron and their boys Nolan & Chase are from Toronto. They travelled to Nova Scotia for vacation and wanted to capture some of the beauty here in their family photos.  We incorporated the boys love for hockey into their photos, they are HABS fans…but I didn’t hold that against them.

The photos were taken at Sir Sandford Fleming Park (The Dingle). I love to photograph families, especially when they are not from the East Coast. Last year I got the chance to photograph a family from Alberta, originally from here; they were travelling back for vacation with their 6 month old baby boy. They wanted to get family shots of his first time at the beach and the first time his toes hit the ocean. It makes for great memories.

Karen and her family love the east coast. The boys love the ocean. We chose the Dingle because it has a great mixture of having the water, boats and sand in the background along with the Dingle tower. I captured some memories for them that they can hang on their wall, and always have a piece of the East Coast with them.

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