The Mama Journal | stop. be. enjoy.

As I sit down to write this, my 22 month old daughter is sitting on my lap. Her curly wisps of honey blonde hair are ticking my lips (just begging for kisses!) and her little body is still in its warm and snuggly post-nap state. She is biting into an apple and the juice is running down her chin. Little moments like these make me pause and smile. We’ve had a tough couple of days, and it’s nice to just sit together for a moment.

We returned from a lovely little family holiday in Montreal (where David and I grew up and met) a couple of days ago, and while it was so wonderful to get away for a bit, my girl is now reeling from a disrupted sleep routine and a newly acquired cold. Which means this little ray of sunshine is tired and GRUMPY. And so is her mama. Add to that a pile of post-vacay laundry, incessant rain (read: cabin fever) and a few toddler tantrums for good measure, and you’ve got a pretty good picture of the last few days. I’ve always been one to look for the good, but in these less-than-perfect moments I inevitably start to see more good in others’ lives than in my own. And my perfect idea of how things should be starts to cloud the beauty of right now, however messy it may be. And since comparison is the thief of joy, as they say, that’s just not a mindset I want to have. So here’s to simply stopping and being and enjoying real life – because even with its messes and struggles and exasperating moments, there is always beauty to be found in it.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m leaving the laundry behind and headed to the park to enjoy this rain-free window (as per my grumpy bear’s request!)

-xo

A note about these photos: taken in a friend’s gorgeous Montreal apartment. I loved the pure, honest feel of this bright little corner and snapped a few frames of my girl playing by the window. Simple, no frills, no props. Just real, sweet childhood. I thought they were a good fit for this post! :)

London Ontario Family Photographer | Erin, Spencer & Sydney Downtown

I had the pleasure of working with Erin as an ECE in her kindergarten classroom when I first moved to London, before I took the plunge and decided to really dive into my passion for photography. Her lovely little family trusted me with one of my very first portfolio building sessions, and then officially hired me again shortly after when I first started my business. Erin’s always been such a supporter of my work and is such a wonderful person, it was such a joy to see her and her kids and photograph them again. Such a beautiful, fun-loving, radiant bunch. Our downtown session was a blast, and the light was so warm and soft. Here is a look at our session!

London Ontario Family Photography | Mother’s Day Minis Part 4

Here it is, the fourth and final instalment of Mother’s Day Minis photos! A week after they were supposed to take place, the three remaining families made their way to the field for their scheduled rain date. I couldn’t believe how much greener the same location looked after just one week. Here are some peeks at their lovely sessions.

Big thanks to all the families who came out and made these minis amazing! I can’t wait for next year!! xo

Project Ten | May (Soft)

This month’s theme was ”soft”. No better time to introduce Neve to the wonders of soft ice cream, and no better place than under a majestic, blossoming Magnolia tree. Both the tree and the light were so stunning, I have a whole other set of lovely shots - sans ice cream – that I’ll be sharing soon. But for now, enjoy these adorable and hilarious captures featuring one very soft (and messy!) ice cream cone. And when you’re done, be sure to head over toRed Rubber Studio to see Julianna’s interpretation of the theme! -xo

 

London Ontario Family Photography | Mother’s Day Minis Part 3

Sunday evening’s forecast was looking like rain (and rain, it did!), so we did a last minute scramble and rescheduled some of Sunday evening’s families to Sunday morning. There wasn’t much sun (and you’ll notice how different the setting looks with the different lighting!), but everyone was in good spirits and we captured some adorable family moments. You can go back and check our Part 1 and Part 2, and enjoy some Part 3 peeks below! One more round to blog! :)

London Ontario Family Photography | Mother’s Day Minis Part 1

What a wonderful round of mini sessions we had again this Spring! I had the pleasure of photographing so many new faces, and many familiar ones as well, in a beautiful rustic field. We enjoyed cookies and lemonade and a delightful vintage setup provided by Found Decor Company. There’s something so tangibly beautiful about a mama loving on her littles, and it’s always an honour to capture these precious interactions through my lens. We had a few different rounds of minis, including two rain dates, so I’ve chosen to blog these sessions in four parts, one post per round. Please enjoy Part 1, photographed on the first morning of minis. And stay tuned for parts 2, 3 and 4 in the coming days! -xo

 

London Ontario Photographer | Announcing Customized Mobile Photo Apps!

I’m always a little late on the technology wave – I didn’t get a cell phone until 2007 (gasp!), I still have no idea what blu-ray is (is that how you spell it?) and I figure by the time I actually get a tablet, they’ll be so yesterday.

But when it comes to you guys, my beloved clients, I do my best to stay on top of the  trends despite my old-fashioned, minimalist nature. In an effort to get with the times and provide you with the very best service and products I can, I recently announced two very big changes on the old Facebook Page. As of July 1st, 2013, Raw Footage Photography will be ditching DVDs and introducing customized flash drives as part of all full packages and weddings. And as of this month, you get a complimentary, totally customized photo app for your Apple or Android device with all full portrait and wedding packages. I am so excited about this new product, because it allows you to take your photos with you everywhere.

Essentially, this is an app like any other app on your mobile device. It will contain photos from your session for you to view and share. You’ll be able to share this app with family and friends too, so if Grandma wants an app on her phone or tablet that has your family photos at a tap of a finger, no problem. The complimentary app will contain a sneak peek sampling of images that you will receive before your package is ready. So you are basically getting a personalized preview that you can take everywhere (you know, so when your dentist asks how the kids are doing, you can just show him!). And if you’re dying to have an app with all your photos, you can easily upgrade to a full gallery containing all of your portrait session photos (or up to 40 of your wedding photos). The app does not expire, it’s yours to keep and share. Cool, right?

I randomly selected a lucky mama from the Mother’s Day Mini clients to test out the app and give me some feedback. You can read Mallory’s thoughts below and see a few screen shots from her personalized photo app. I hope you’re excited about this new complimentary addition to your Raw Footage Photography packages – I know I am! :)

Mallory’s Feedback:

Not only was I lucky enough to score a spot for Sophie’s mother’s day mini sessions…I also was picked to be the “guinea pig” for Raw Footage Photography’s new app for viewing my beautiful session!!!! BONUS!
I wasn’t too sure how this app would work, but Sophie emailed me the link and I downloaded it right away (just couldn’t wait any longer!) 
The instructions for download are super easy (I think even MY DAD could do it..and thats saying a lot hahaha)
Within about 20 seconds, I could view all my pictures!! 
The best thing is that they are easy to access on my phone, so when I went to my friend’s house I could easily show them off 
I am always eagerly waiting for a sneak peek from photo sessions so this little “extra” allows me to see my pictures as soon as possible, and who wouldn’t want that?!
Amazing, Sophie..I couldn’t be happier!!