While I have become quite diverse in my photography starting out with landscapes, moving in to portrait photography and branching out into some life style photography here and there - birth photography was never something I imagined or even thought of doing. I was completely taken back when Bernice messaged me a month or so ago with the idea of capturing the birth of her second son. I worked with Bernice back in late November 2013 on my first maternity boudoir session - so it seems fitting that she would be the one to introduce me to the amazing world of birth photography. I truly had no clue what it entailed and she provided me with a link to a blog about birth photography so I can do some light reading and get a small feel at whether this was something I would be interested in doing. It didn't take long to convince me and that started our initial step forward on this wonderful journey. Bernice & I were in constant communication after each appointment as she got closer to her due date, providing me with constant updates and her progress.
On the week surrounding her due date, I purposely changed the ringer on my cell phone to something much louder and kept a cordless phone near the edge of my bed, lest I miss that important phone call from Bernice saying she's in labor. As the day drew nearer, she messaged me about contractions she was having and that feeling that he may just arrive earlier than expected - that night I was on the edge full of anxiety, don't think I got much sleep then. What we thought was THE day, turned out to be a false alarm. This little boy was proving to be stubborn and surely wasn't ready to make his announcement. Her due date (Feb. 19th), came and went with no sign of baby. Regardless of the building frustrations on not having given birth yet, this beautiful Momma maintained her sense of humour - asking me if I knew of a way to make him come out already lol! I dug deep within and the advice that came forth was to just let go and let be. The moment we stop anticipating and expecting, is the moment he will be ready. I had also hinted she would be calling me over the weekend and we would be having this baby. Sure enough, that message came Sunday morning sometime around 8:50am on Feb. 23, 2014.
This being my first ever birthing session and not knowing what it was like to go into labor nor the time frame from labor to actual delivery (my kids were delivered C-section), I hurriedly got ready and grabbed my gear before bolting out the door. I wasn't sure if I had time for a pit stop, but made one anyways so I could pick up my daily morning red bull, a bottle of water and some chips to snack on - I had no clue how long I would be there for. I arrived somewhere around 10:30a.m and was met by her husband Zach. He led me into the room once she was all situated and hooked up to the monitors. I was so happy and excited to see Bernice! My heart was racing 1000 miles per hour with anticipation of her baby's arrival. We all chit chatted a little until the contractions started and then I think she phased me out from then on, which was fine with me because I surely did not want to be caught in the line of fire as the adrenaline started to peak with every major contraction.
For the first half of her major contractions, they had put her on epidural to help with the pain. At some point during the pushing process, the doctor took her off it. Let me tell you, from that moment on, I got to experience the helpless feeling that the Daddies go through. I positioned myself behind her and off to the left a little, perched atop the sofa chair to get a good angle for my shots. I sat and watched her push and push, I could almost feel the deep seated pain she endured in her attempts to push little Cade out. I have a new appreciation for a woman in labor.
After what seemed like forever, baby Cade Gunnar Nelson was born at 4:04pm weighing in at 9lbs 12oz and measuring at 21.25inches - that's a BIG boy!!! All the heartache and pain to get him here was worth it!! To be able to witness and photograph the miracle of life, was an amazing experience for me. I will forever be blessed by this day. The birth of baby Cade has inspired and fuelled my desire to capture ALL of life's moments. I walked away humbled and grateful for the experience, knowing deep in my heart - birth photography is definitely something I want to pursue. Congratulations to Bernice & Zach Nelson on the birth of your beautiful baby boy. Thank you for having me out to capture and be a part of this miraculous moment!!!
Sweet ~ outrageously funny ~ confident ~ and bursting with life. I've never met anyone quite like this girl! A Miley Cyrus doppleganger with a flare that is all her own. Young, creative and full of adventure. She goes from model to photographer and does quite well no matter what hat she dons on. I am blessed with her friendship and to have had the opportunity to Capture the essence of Paige <3
I was invited out to a "horse shoot" by another fellow photographer last weekend. I was excited at the opportunity, but also not prepared in a sense for this session. I had no clue how to pose a model with a horse. I spent more time trying to look for poses of models on horses to help give me some creative inspiration, and even that proved to be difficult. So I decide to just chance it...and just go with the flow.
When we arrived, we were able to walk around and get a sense of where we wanted to take our shots from and a chance to look at some of the horses while we waited for our model. I snapped a few pictures of a couple of horses...this particular one just seemed to be smiling for the camera :)
Finally Ms. Erika arrives and we got an intro going with the group as there were several other photographers, and then we decided on the first horse for our session. We started out with a beautiful white horse and had Erika change into a white dress with a yellow flower head piece to match.
We weren't able to get too many shots done with this white beauty, she was too finicky and just didn't seem to want to participate much. But I was glad to have captured at least two images that I am quite happy with before switching out horses.
The second horse that came out, startled us all a bit. I never knew horses could cough until that moment...lol! I think the horse had a cold or something, so we once again changed horses. Needless to say, we didn't quite get any shots that turned out in our favour with that horse. When the next two horses came out - third and fourth time was definitely a charm! These two were definitely the star of the ranch :) We had the lovely Erika change into a soft blue dress to accent the brown colour of the horses.
We did the majority of our shoot in the stables due to the slight rain that came down. But even at that...the soft lighting and shadows played well, and we were still able to get some amazing shots!
And just as quickly as it came...the rain lifted and slowly the sun made it's way back. So I took that moment to place Erika right in the path of light shining into the stables. I love the side lighting on this shot...not too bright and with some hint of shadows in just the right places :)
Seems our beautiful white friend from the beginning of our shoot decided to peak its head out just as I went in for this shot. Go figure! LOL!! I have to admit though...it made for an awesome shot :)
And of course...what is a photo shoot without some stand alone shots of just the beautiful model herself. So as we were wrapping up and heading out, we walked out over to the fenced area to take some simple beauty shots of the lovely Ms. Erika basking in the golden hour, just as the sun was slightly above the horizon preparing to set.
I had a wonderful time at this shoot and it was so much fun working with Erika. We had a bunch of laughs all of us, the whole time. It was quite an experience and not at all as simple as I had imagined it to be. Doing a photo shoot that involves working with animals isn't as easy as it looks...especially horses! There were quite a few times that Erika had to step back a bit to give the horses some "breathing" room...and other times they had to be bribed with carrots, LOL! There was even a moment where Erika gave one of the horses a pep talk to help soothe the animal some, and that is the image I will close this blog with ;) Visit my FB page to see more photos from the Rock & Rail Horse Ranch photo shoot with Erika.
Christmas by the beach seemed like the perfect setting for a family portrait. My partner and I arrived about 45 minutes early to set up and get our creative vision flowing. It was a nice morning and the weather seemed to be in our favor. We chose Ypao beach as the prime location for our session...nice soft sandy shores...blue green water...and not so much coral that the kids would get injured.
My first meeting with the Matlock family was during a recent mud shoot a few months ago, and I thought it was so awesome that they came out as a family to partake in the fun. They seemed to really enjoy playing in the mud and I knew they would be perfect for my first "Christmas in Paradise" family session. I was thrilled when I contacted Krystal only to find out she was thinking of doing a family portrait - Christmas beach theme. Talk about yet another synchronicity moment.
When Krystal and her family showed up, they were definitely not what I expected. I had half expected them to all arrive in casual matching outfits...but they pleasantly surprised me by arriving in what I like to call "Sunday best." It gave this shoot a very formal look to it...but at the same time, comfortable enough to be casual and playful :)
At first I was hesitant to have them doing any shots that required sitting in the sand or what not, I was fortunate enough that my partner remembered to bring a towel as a backup. We didn't use it though - John quickly assured me it was okay for them to get sand on their clothes and that they were pretty much down for anything for their family photo shoot.
After a few clicks of my camera, Xaden decided he would rather be at the playground area...we had to find ways to divert his attention back to the session. So rather than conform him to the ideas I had for a couple of shots, I decided to conform to him a little and let him lead the way. I was able to snap this picture with him just barely walking off, his sister Raigan flashing her beautiful smile, as Mom and Dad are faded out in the background. The rest of the session had us promising Xaden that if he took a few more pictures, he could go to the playground afterwards.
And then the rain came...but we still managed to get a nice family photo despite the rain. I actually love this particular photo ALOT - it almost looks like it was snowing on the beach and Xaden gave a quick wink for the camera :)
That pretty much wrapped up our session and Xaden got his wish - the family relocated to the playground area for a bit as promised. I decided to follow with camera in hand and take a few more shots of this beautiful family enjoying their togetherness.
Thank you Krystal, John, Raigan & Xaden for a wonderful morning Christmas in Paradise session. What a great way to start my day!! Check out my FB page for more pictures of this beautiful family.
Had the pleasure of being a part of another maternity session, this time for my friend and colleague. This was the 4th maternity session I have done this week. I started off the session with the usual, getting in the shot that my clients would like to accomplish first. In this case, this beautiful couple had purchased a nice bronze metal "R" (first letter of their baby's name) and wanted to incorporate it into the session.
This lovely young couple, so full of love and a strong sense of family. There is no doubt their love will carry them to great heights and their child will never be short of love. Thank you both for trusting in me to capture and be a part of your moment.
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From creepy psycho child in the American Horror shoot just this past October, to playing in the mud for the Mud Shoot - this lovely young woman will turn your head and make you say WOW! When I first met Sev at the American Horror shoot - she left me with nightmares for days to follow...haha! But I knew, she would be perfect in any setting - another natural!
I finally had the opportunity to capture her in her natural state of beauty! This session, while no glamour involved - it was every bit as glamorous in my eyes. We took the most simplest of outfits...and turned the ordinary into the extraordinary ;)
This was by far a great session! I know I most often say that about almost all my sessions, but there are those select few in which all the elements and the Universe conspire to come together to make it all turn out perfect - this is one of those sessions. Sev is such a wonderful Sprite - yes, I said Sprite. She reminds me of a little wood fae...so carefree, comfortable in her element and the Earth just loves to feel her bare feet upon her.
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Thank you Sevi for the awesome mid morning session - love you!! To see more of this perfect beauty...visit my FB page!
What a wonderful maternity session this was. It was such a joy to experience the excitement and the love that Allison & Josh were emanating as first time expecting parents. After 10 beautiful years of marriage, they have decided to finally create a little spark of joy to bring into the world.
When Allison first contacted me, she had only wanted to get some simple pictures done - just one or two photos perhaps. Something to capture their first moment as expecting parents. I was thrilled at the opportunity that presented itself...a chance to photograph the essence of "new" parents to be & more so, an opportunity to be a part of their moment.
We did their session right outside the condo area. It was perfect! We had the option of getting a few shots done in the grassy area out back, and then move down towards the beach just as the "golden moment" time of day was starting to settle in. My first priority when I arrive for any of my sessions, is to greet my clients and engage in small talk...it helps set a comfortable tone and I am able to attune myself to their energy which I use to guide the flow of the session. First thing on the agenda is covering any ideas for shots that my client may have...in this case, Allison and I were spot on with each other for our first shot. She had gone out and purchased a cute set of wooden blocks to spell out her baby's name and having her and Josh faded out in the background. I had also brought along my wooden blocks which were just a tad smaller than hers for the same idea :) I love it when great minds think alike!
I also wanted to include something, a toy or a stuffed animal that would belong to Alexis when she arrives to greet the world. So while Josh went up to their condo to retrieve the item, Allison and I talked some and I captured this beautiful shot of her just as she stepped into the sun's rays....
After a few more shots, we closed out our session and this beautiful couple decided to gift me with their set of wooden blocks we used for the shoot. I had commented that I definitely liked her set better because the size was perfect (not so big and yet not so small). I was thrilled at the gesture and expressed my humble gratitude. It's good people such as the Champagne's that keeps me inspired to continue seeing the love and purity that I know exists in the heart of each human being. They are already on their way to being great parents! Thank you Allison and Josh for trusting in me to Capture your Moment and for the opportunity to be a part of it. I can't wait until Alexis is born...newborn session in the making :)
On the drive out, I was able to pull over nearby and enjoy the setting sun. What a beautiful ending to an awesome afternoon! Follow me or visit my FB page to see more beautiful photos from the Champagne's maternity session.
I had the extreme pleasure of working with a very bold, bright and confident soul for my first maternity boudoir. This young woman radiated with an ultimate glow that doesn't just come with pregnancy, but more so with being confident in her pregnancy and embracing the beauty of it.
I especially love the simplicity behind the moment and the softness of her aura through out the shoot. We went through a few changes in clothing, and she never skipped a beat - the whole session seemed to flow naturally for her. There was no "obvious" evidence of glamour....no exotic clothing...over done makeup and no "glitz". Everything in simple form - natural beauty at it's finest!
As we were wrapping up our afternoon session, her little man awoke from his nap and was a bit curious as to the new face in his home and my bag of holiday props I brought along just in case. So of course, natural photographer instincts took over and I snapped a few shots of this curious, handsome, golden haired fellow :)
I can't wait for when her hubby returns in the next week or so, and we can do family maternity session!
Life style photography is about you...your life...and every moment that goes in to creating it. My photography journey started out with my passion for capturing the beauty of every day life. Seeing the unseen from different angles, the real raw emotions and the everyday details that make our lives so special. My style of photography offers a slice of life...creating for my clients a treasure trove of "real" memories. Unposed moments, cherished details, everyday beauty right down to their priceless quirks. When I am out on a shoot with my clients, I don't worry about setting up a shot, or get too concerned with having them look at me and smile. While I do fall back on the "norm" for those that prefer the "structured" style of portrait photography, I prefer to capture the "real" life moments that my subjects can look back on and remember the sounds and feelings behind the photo. Taking photos for others is not about me or my vision, it is about the person or people being photographed...and I am far more interested in my subjects being completely aware of each other, their own natural flow and less aware of me. At the end of the day, I want to be able to give my clients something in which they can recognize as their history, their story, their love or passion, in the images we capture together. Freezing time and capturing the endless beauty in the details of every day life. This is me...this is what I do...I offer you a moment, where we take the mundane of everyday life and turn it in to art!
A fierce beauty, confident in her own skin. It's never a dull day with Grace. So much heart, passion....everything to love, nothing to hate.