Todays blog post is all about breaking the cycle of the “UGH Family photos!” thought process. We’ve all seen it and or done it ourselves and in part its due to the last time you probably had family photos done … Continue reading
This post is being dedicated to my son this morning. Today we both start a new adventure and although it may not be together, its exciting, scary and new for the both of us! Today is his FIRST day of DAYCARE!! *dah, dah, DAAAAHHH!*
I have been fortunate that I have been able to spend the first year and a half of Logan’s life with him. Watching him grow, learn new things, getting on my nerves and develop into the most charismatic little man ever. But with my business growing just as fast as he is this momma is finding it harder and harder to be able to get work done and keep up with the demand. Thats where the decision for daycare (only 2 days a week) came into play. It was something my husband and I have been discussing for a while, weighing in the pros and cons (pros being the heavier side) and decided it was now time.
I believe all parents go through the same emotions both my husband and I are going through right now. I will admit I am the “stronger” of the two but that doesn’t mean its still not hard for me as well. I try and keep all the positives about this decision floating at the top knowing that this is by far the best thing for our dude right now.
I would like to share this letter with all of you as I am sure there are many moms and dads out there that feel the same way as we do. I will be the first to admit that the tears did fall as I wrote it but thats par for the course.
Today is a very exciting day for you and me (dad too). Its a day where new friends are being made, both big and small. Its a day where new freedoms are found and our independence is tested. Its a day to be proud about. This is a big step in your life and you will handle it like the little champ you are!
Daycare is the first step towards an amazing education that we are fortunate to be able to provide for you. Your teachers can teach you things that mommy and daddy cannot and for that we are a grateful. You will learn how to share, because at home you currently don’t have to. You will learn to wait your turn and the art of patience. New things will come your way every day and you will adjust…this I promise!!
I know that today will be hard on both you and I. I heard you cry as I left the building when you realized I was no longer standing behind you. Take comfort my little man in knowing that you can be consoled by the wonderful people helping mom and dad help you grow. Much like us they are there to instil the same morals and values and make sure that no harm comes your way.
As I sit here in our home that is much too quiet for my liking, know that mommy is missing you to. But as I said this was good for you its good for me to. I need this to be able to continue to provide for our family. Its only 2 days a week my little boy, but it will make a big difference in our relationship. I will miss more and hug you tighter (if thats even possible) and I will be so excited for you to show me all the wonderful things you are doing at daycare.
Each day will become a little easier and pretty soon you will be running towards that gate to see your friends. All those little people you are with while there have moms and dads that are working to. So rest assured that this is normal for little boys and girls to have a little time without their parents. I want you to have fun, come home dirty (not too dirty) and greet us with your wonderful hugs when we come to pick you.
I hope you realize down the road how wonderful this experience is. You will become stronger, smarter and more independent and before we know it you will be off to big boy school (we aren’t rushing that part)
So my dear Logan, make new friends and learn new things and when the day is done and we pick you up know that we will be even more excited for our cuddles on the couch as we watch Ellen!
Love you a lot a lot,
Mom <3 (and dad)
Yours in blog and Photog,
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For those of you who frequent my blog I am sure you have seen a few sessions I have posted where we are at a Dairy Farm. This spot has become one of my favourite locations to shoot at and I couldn’t be more grateful to the amazing Green Family that owns and runs the farm for allowing me an all access pass when I have a session there.
To show them my appreciation I offered them a free session of me following around all 8 grandchildren through the farm property. I have to say though I was shocked the day of the session when I pulled up the lane way to find a “for Sale” sign in front. This farm has been in the family for over 40 years and they told me its just time to down size :( *insert tears here*
Wendy, the loving grandma to all 8 grand kids, had one very special request before we let the grand kids loose….if I could get a photo of each family standing in front of the Sunny Acres Farm sign that sits proud on the front field of the farm. I would be lying if I told you while editing these photos I didn’t get a little teary eyed. Its not even my farm and I love it so much I can’t even image how they feel.
So on a happier note I would like to share with you all this amazing family session filled with love, smiles, silly faces and of course one of my favourite parts…..COWS!!!! I almost forgot to mention the guest of honour….Apple Jack the 3 month old calf….seriously I was so smitten with this little lady I wanted to take her home with me.
Yours in blog & photog,
I would like everyone to meet Miss A! She graced the studio with her presence a few weeks back and I finally get to share some of my favourites with all of you. She was a precious 5 days old when I got to snuggle her and let me tell you she had a killer session.
There was no crying, no being fussy, only 1 feeding and best part…wait for it…..NO LAUNDRY!!!!!! Can you feel my excitement? lol It was a full studio this day as mom had lots of help by grandma, great grandma and Miss A’s cousin, who even posed for a few photos (after some bribery of course hehehe)
Even though I have been photographing newborns for three years now I am still in awe every time I hold one, snuggle one and just plain stare. They truly are a little miracle and every little miracle is welcome in this studio :)
Yours in blog & photog,
I had the pleasure of photographing this family when their beautiful little lady, Miss V, came to my studio for her newborn session. This little girl rocked that session so I was uber excited when her mom Danielle called me to set up another session.
This time we kept it close to home….actually it was right in their front yard :) Living in the country provides many beautiful backdrops and this was no exception. Danielle and Brad are a super sweet couple and they ooze love for each other and their daughter! Once you take a look at these photos I think you will agree. I also believe they told me that the location with the rows of willow trees what were a certain country star, Brad Paisley???? (I’m not a country fan at all) had photographed for the cover of one of his albums…go figure :)
So sit back, relax and feast your eyes on this cute family session.
Yours in blog & photog,
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Some of you may remember this couples amazing E session I blogged a few weeks back. Nestled in the beautiful grounds at the Paletta House in Burlington, ON this couple couldn’t have asked for a better evening.
Well the same can be said for their wedding day. I was so excited to see Shu Shu all dolled up and in her dress. They decided to keep things very down to earth and simple, getting married in the early afternoon at the Ancaster Mill in Ancaster, ON. Surrounded by only very close friends and family, as most of their families were back home in their countries of birth (China and Sri Lanka) Shu Shu and Chin decided to walk each other down the aisle. To say that I love this idea is an understatement. I loved the feeling of the two of them taking the walk down the aisle hand in hand. They took an almost scary moment for most brides, having everyone staring at you, and chose to do it together, enjoying every second they could while being in the moment of now.
Thats what I learned by getting to know Shu Shu and Chin. Live in the now. Take each breath with feeling and purpose. I guess thats what happens when you live away from the love of your life for over a year and having to rely on modern technology like Skype and FaceTime to connect with them. They taught me not to take moments with your family for granted as it could be a very long time before you see them again and wanting them to be present at a special moment in your life is not always a possibility.
Noe speaking of Skype and Face Time its a good thing we do live in a time where this is something to enjoy. Shu Shu and Chin took a little moment out of their lunch time reception to step outside and Skype with Chinthaka’s father who was back home in Sri Lanka. Talk about amazing.
I would like to now share with all of you some of my favourite moments from their very special day.
Yours in blog & photog,
Ahhhhh…the day is finally here that I get to blog this magnificent event of Melissa and Kevin! I was excited for this day the moment I met Melissa, over a year and a half ago. To say I had a blast at their engagement session is an understatement and as I drove home that evening I said to myself “This is going to be one amazing wedding!!!”
Melissa and Kevin are a very sweet couple that compliment each other very well. They met in a unconventional way, lets just say it was at a location that you would never expect to meet your future spouse ;) The way Kevin looks at Melissa is magical. He has pure love and devotion in his eyes and Melissa mirrors that back. They are not afraid to show a little PDA (which makes my job very easy) and I think if my camera could talk it would say that its in love with this couple!
I adored the details this wedding had. The key holes on the girls bouquets that matched the keys on the guys boutonnieres was such a sweet touch. Melissa’s grandfather brought his beautifully restored car and the blush pink bridesmaid dresses went perfectly with the romantic feeling. Melissa’s dress even had a hint of blush in the ruffles…..and let me tell you it was a serious dress!!!
Please fest your eyes on all that is beautiful on this very special day for an amazing couple! I wish the both of you a life time of happiness and can’t wait to watch the two of you grow through out the years!
Yours in blog & photog,