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
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
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!
Here we go with round two of the minis! We had gorgeous weather Saturday evening and the sunlight was just delicious. You can see round 1 blogged here, and stay tuned for two more posts in the coming days!
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
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!
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!!
The lovely Leili is the photographer behind Leili Heidema Photography in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories (which just so happens to be a place my husband and I have always dreamed of visiting together!). When she contacted me about doing maternity photos for her and her husband during their short London visit, my heart skipped a beat. It is always such an honour when another photographer chooses me to capture their memories, and maternity photography is my favourite.
We met in a quaint little organic cafe before heading out to an overgrown field. It threatened to rain during the entire session, but the first drop didn’t fall until we were saying our goodbyes – talk about perfect timing! Leili and her husband are simply adorable, and I had so much fun hanging out with them. Leili – thank you so much for trusting me with documenting this very special milestone for your family. I wish you the very best as you prepare to welcome your little bundle! xo
Dear mom-who-yelled-at-me-out-the-car-window-as-you-drove-by-today, hello. We haven’t been formally introduced yet (though you definitely broke the ice!) – I’m Sophie.
First of all, let me just say that I hope you were on your way to the nearest Starbucks drive-thru, because it seems like you’re having a bit of a stressful morning. I mean who yells at random people as they drive by? If I could have, i would have slipped you a dollar so you could add a little whipped cream to your drink – something to turn that frown upside down.
I have to admit I was a little taken aback that you actually rolled down your window to yell at me that my child needed a hat. Because again, who does that? But let me assure you that if you are the new leader of the MMSS Brigade (Mean Moms for Sun Safety), you picked the wrong target. I’m actually pretty obsessive about my fair skinned, light-haired child wearing a hat outside, and before I realized how terrible the ingredients in sunscreen really are, I was all about the highest SPF in town. Now I generally opt for more natural SPF protectors, but it’s still a top priority. So you see, mean-mom, you kind of wasted your breath on me. Because I’m with you sister, sun safety is important. But, that’s neither here nor there now, is it. Because this post really isn’t about sun safety. It’s about moms. Mean moms, to be specific.
I’m just assuming that you are indeed a mom. Because sadly, these days it seems only a mom would feel so entitled to put down another random mom out of the blue. It’s kind of what a lot of moms do. Whether it’s on internet forums, at the park, or – apparently – while driving by. It’s a sad reality that I quickly was introduced to as a new mama. I came to realize that everything is cause for war, debate and belittling- everything from your method of delivery to whether or not you vaccinate your kids to what your child wears to the park. Can I be real with you for a minute, mom-who-yelled-at-me? I’m so over the mama-wars. Motherhood rocks. It really does. We’re all different women, with different children, making different decisions. And I really wish that we could just stand united on the common ground that we love our kids to the moon and back instead of pointing out each other’s flaws.
You’re right, mom-who-yelled-at-me-today, my daughter should have been wearing a hat. But here’s what you didn’t know.
We had been outside for an hour. My 21-month-old daughter had a hat on for 55 of those 60 minutes. In fact, on the way to the park, when my little one decided the hat was lame, I took the time to elaborately explain why we have to wear our hat outside, and by the time we reached the park, she had learned the phrase “soleil bobo tete, chapeau tete” – which is a simple French way of saying “sun hurts head, hat head”. And the hat stayed on. Win! 1 point for me! We spent the next 45 minutes playing at the park, and then decided it was time to walk back home. Did I mention my daughter chose to push her toy stroller (containing a purse, two stuffed animals and a few other toys) to the park? Well, a few seconds before you drove by and schooled me, she decided she was done. She was done pushing the stroller. Done walking. Done wearing her coat. And yes, done wearing her hat. She was hungry. She was tired. She was over our little outing. And no amount of reasoning, singing, hugs and distracting her with birds and cars was helping anymore. Isn’t it great when that happens on a street corner, in front of all the neighbours? I’m sure you’ve been there, mom-who-yelled-at-me, because we all have. I knew that it was a pretty big accomplishment for my under-two-year-old to have pushed that stroller all the way to the park and 3/4 of the way back. I knew it was lunch time. I knew she was tired. And you see, mom-who-yelled-at-me, I’m the kind of mom that likes to pick her battles – maybe you are too. When you drove by and saw me carrying a stroller full of toys and a hatless toddler – it wasn’t my finest mama moment. But I was just happy I managed to keep her coat on. And here’s what I knew, that you didn’t. We were 6 houses away from home. 6 houses. I figured that 45 hatless seconds would be ok. Because even though we care about sun safety, we’re also big fans of vitamin D and feeling the wind in our hair. And we also know that sometimes, all that really matters is getting your cranky kid home before all H-E-double-hockey-stick breaks loose on the street corner.
So you see, mom-who-yelled-at-me-today, not only was your rant pointless and misguided, it was also mean. I was already feeling pretty embarrassed and exasperated about the whole situation. And to be honest, your words stung. Next time you see a mama struggling on a street corner to carry a giant cranky toddler and a stroller full of toys home, instead of yelling out to point out what she’s doing wrong, why don’t you slow down and ask if she needs help? Or tell her you’ve been there. Or, just keep driving. And mind your own business. But stop being mean. Because how are we ever going to teach our children that bullying is wrong when mamas all over do it all the time? We’re all in this together, and quite frankly I’d much rather sip a mimosa with you and laugh about all of our hilariously exasperating mama stories than engage in this never-ending mama war.
p.s.: this wouldn’t be a mama journal post without a few cute photos – so here are a few I snapped last night just as David arrived home from work (we were waiting at the window!). And if someone points out that Neve isn’t wearing a hat, I might cry. lol
Last week, I spontaneously texted my lovely friend Natalie about checking out a new possible location, and… let’s just say one thing led to another. We ended up photographing each other and soaking up the gorgeous golden sunlight… the kind of light that makes a photographer’s heart skip a beat. What started as a few test shots turned into mini headshot sessions, and it was so fun to photograph (and be photographed by) someone as passionate about golden hour photography as I am. (picture us mildly freaking out over the perfect light, and frantically taking turns shooting each other… “Ok, just one last shot…. no I lied, just one more… hold on… okay your turn…” — so much fun!)
You can see the shots Natalie took of me on her blog, and read her thoughts on networking with other local photographers. I have to say, I couldn’t agree more. This idea that local photographers should be at each other’s throats is just silly. I’ve never been the competitive type (I can’t even be fully happy when my favourite teams win, because I’m always feeling bad for the losing team), and quite frankly I’d much rather sip coffee with my “colleagues” and laugh about crazy #photographerlife stories than walk solo and try to “beat the competition”. It has been so refreshing and wonderful to get to know this girl on both a business and personal level over the past year, and I’m so thankful she’s in my life. While on paper, I suppose we are each other’s “competition”, the reality is that we are each other’s biggest fan, and her support means the world to me.
Ok, enough sentimental gushing. Here are some photos of the GORGEOUS Natalie Young, who by the way is carrying TWINS!
This week has been difficult for me on an emotional level. I’ve never been to Boston or Texas, and yet I shed real tears upon hearing the news of the recent tragic events that took place in these cities. Tears that shook me to the core. My heart broke over and over again for the lives that were lost and the countless others that were forever changed. I’m typically a pretty positive person, but this week has been a difficult one to navigate. I don’t just turn on the news, turn it off, go to bed and forget. Perhaps that’s why I tend to avoid the news in general. I internalize all the sadness and it’s hard for me to “turn it off” and go about my daily life without being, well… sad. There is always something terrible happening, and it would be easy for me to live in a perpetual state of heartbreak. And yet, I don’t want to remove myself completely from the injustices and tragedies of this world so that I become disconnected and ignorant. It’s a tricky balance – one that I haven’t mastered – to maintain perspective by regularly putting oneself in another’s shoes while still knowing how to appreciate the familiar comforts and celebrate the beauty of one’s own shoes. Does that make any sense at all?
Regardless – There was no escaping it this week – it was everywhere I turned, even in my news-free bubble. So this week has been about striving to see the tangible beauty in my everyday world of home while my heart aches for the pain felt elsewhere in the world. I’ve gathered a small collection of everyday simplicities, sweet moments of childhood experienced with my girl over the past few weeks, that I just wanted to share here. I am so thankful for these beautiful moments that happen even when the world seems to be falling apart. And I am aware more than ever to hold on to them and cherish them, because they can be taken away all too soon.
Daily book time – Her favourite.
Watching at the window, waiting for Papa to get home for dinner.
Coming full-circle – bathing her baby in the bath she used to fit in
An official introduction to sidewalk chalk on a stormy Saturday morning.