We can all appreciate and see the absolute value the annual smiley photo, ideal for that space on grandparents’ mantle or a Christmas card. Backlit and a snapped in front of some perfectly golden foliage, each family member in their brand new subtlety coordinated attire. Though, as I whiz faster and faster through my own motherhood journey, the shots from our personal archives that jump out at me are of those snippets that come from the in between. When my husband sneakily grabs the camera while we are baking cookies; messy hair, mismatched socks, the kitchen in total disarray. The shot our photographer captured of Morris and I having a quick heart to heart before the next formal pose. The poorly cropped, kind of blurry images in burst mode from when my firstborn asks for my iPhone to get a picture of his brother and I on a nature walk. The quick snaps from our camping trips with peanut butter crusted smiles, tangled hair, runny noses, pyjama pants all day long and Birkenstocks with socks.
Hey, I’m back! The last time I visited this little corner of the internet was nearly 3 years ago. It is safe to say the arrival of our second babe totally kicked my ass, absolutely overwhelmed me with every imaginable emotion, filled me to the brim and put everything into perspective.
An idea popped into my head a while back. Was it groundbreaking? Nah. Was it an idea that excited me again? YES. Honest images of mothers alongside their children. Cozied up in your home together or outside at your most favourite secret spot doing something meaningful. Let your kids pick their prized, most ridiculous outfit. Please, please, please don’t stress over your hair or the weather or meeting at the perfect picturesque location. All you need to do is just cuddle them, play LEGO, let them jump on your bed while you fold laundry, make pancakes and play dough, go puddle jumping, practice that new trick at your local playground. I’ll work with the clutter and the tears and crusty toddler noses, bumps and bruises, nursing sessions, diaper changes, snack times and potty breaks. All of this is part of your story right now. We all know by now that these phases feel so tiring and tedious, but man oh man do they pass us by in a foggy blur.
It feels exciting and admittedly scary for me to be opening this part of my world back up, nonetheless, I would be so honoured if you were to invite me along to capture this snippet of time in your lives. These sessions will be offered for $275 for the remainder of 2018. I’ll hang out with my camera for about an hour then shoot you an email with a link to download your collection of images.
If you’re interested to see how this all unfolds, how about you follow along here…I can’t confidently promise this blogging thing will become a regular occurrence but I hope to share images and some occasional words on Instagram.
A couple weeks back, my great friend Lindsay zipped out to the mountains to shoot some baby belly/fall photos for us. She did our first real set of family photos last spring…clearly, a lot has changed since then! Morris is becoming a cooler little person all the time, I absolutley love spending my days with him. Things are undoubtedly going to get shaken right up around here in the next couple of months. Though, it makes me pretty excited to know that there’s another cool little person cooking away in my tummy who will join our crew by the new year. These past 21 months as parents have been pretty rad and this is EXACTLY how I want to remember our family of three.
Lindsay got THE BEST Morris expressions…he never looks at my lens like this.
This guy! I could have never ever hoped for a better partner to do life with.
Lindsay completely nailed this session, there’s no way I could have hoped for anything better. Between the quickly fading sunlight & dropping temperatures, a wiggly, high-energy toddler and most of all, an annoying 30 week-pregnant-mum far too concerned about looking like a blob while chasing after and negotiating with the wiggly, high-energy toddler she had her work cut out for her. Somehow, we caught some killer patches of late afternoon light, I don’t look that much like a blob and she captured just the perfect amount of Morris wiggles. Thank you Lindsay! I’d highly recommend reaching out to her if you’re looking for family photos over the next 5 to 6 months while I am on maternity leave.
With baby #2 arriving before we know it, things are going to be quieting down even more [...I realize I haven't exactly been posting at the speed of light this past little while...] but I still plan to share occasional tidbits of my personal work and our family snaps over here if you’re curious to know what’s up in our world.
Tessa photographed Adam and I nearly two years ago when I was pregnant with Morris. It’s about time I finally was able to return the favour and get her family in front of my lens! We’d planned a simple, casual and classic outdoor fall shoot, which was fine. The evening beforehand, I got a text suggesting I come a bit earlier and photograph them in the family home prepping breakfast. Candid storytelling is what I think I do best, so I loved the idea. Tessa and Ethan grew up in this cozy home for their entire lives so I hope this set of images will be kind of special for them.
On the week of the 2013 Canmore floods, the Perkins were so, so kind to welcome Adam & I [as well as another family!] into their home while we were evacuated from ours.
Dani and Dave met in Canmore many, many moons ago.