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On a day like today even the most jaded spirits puts everything aside to celebrate motherhood and the wonderful woman in their lives.
It’s a title that I am starting to embrace with my head held up high, more now then ever. As I get older (gee), I am witnessing such beautiful serendipity moments around me. The pure unconditional love I have for my child is nothing I have ever experienced nor expected. It’s a completely different emotion, it’s not the same that you have for your partner nor for your sister or your best friend, it’s in a league of it’s own, it’s wild and it’s so intense you have to surrender to it and just breathe.
I would of never expected to feel such a fundamental need to give her all of my being, my “forced” smile at 5am, my cuddles of comfort at 2am, my drive to colour just one more little pony or my last piece of chocolate (ok this last one is a lie, I still have some boundaries but to feel better about myself, I tell her it’s wine chocolate so she leaves it alone). I also never expected to have so much influence in shaping this little human for the world ahead. Damn, that’s a whole lot of pressure on someone that’s still figuring it out for herself. But I have to say so far I could not be prouder of her and I. She’s not perfect and except for my husband, we all know I am not either (please don’t tell him that, he still thinks I’m the bomb!) But the truth is, besides all the added stress we mothers so easily put on our shoulders, I do think we are all trying to do our best. If I can raise my girl to have respect and self worth for her mind, her body and her spirit and her environment, I think she will be strong enough to figure the rest out.
I’m not sure how my mom did it, I really don’t. She worked non-stop, went back to school when I was 12, she was a part of every fundraisers and committees for my sister and I and did it all with conviction and passion,pretty much like she does everything in her life.
She never allowed for me to feel any less than I should because someone said so. She never tolerated for me to feel sorry for myself or quit. I was never allowed to speak badly about someone or be a mean girl. My mother taught me to be caring yet strong, smart yet humble, independent yet allowed being vulnerable. She made it so that I always felt proud, smart and confidant in who I was, to handle myself in any situation…not always gracefully but without self doubt.
And my dad you may ask, well he taught me how kindly a man should always treat me!
Now if I only can pass it all to my daughter and not mess her up too much, she should be well on her way.
Maman, je t’aime
Pascale Anouk oxo
P.S I am sharing with you one of my favourite song. This song shakes my very soul every time I listen to it. I’m still not entirely sure what it was meant to be about but to me it’s about Motherhood; Happy Mother’s Day
Sometimes the most simple setting forces us to truly focus on our subject. I met the kids right after school and it was just about to start a massive rain storm so we all decided to stay within the school yard and just go play hide and seek in the woods.
Thank you for such a great game of hide and seek
When you have family members flying in for your wedding celebration from all over the country or even over seas it’s bound to be a great gathering.
When Janice & Pat approach me to capture their friends and family in the relax setting of the rehearsal dinner hosted by Pat’s parent’s in a private property in Whistler, I thought to myself, perfect setting to break the ice!
It was casual & fun and a great way to quickly have everyone get comfortable with having me around. We quickly realized that it also gave the perfect excuse to capture some great moments of the children, the grand parents, friends and their growing families and great friendships. It was Janice’s way of making sure everyone would have great photographs of themselves and their loved ones. Not to mention that I was able to steal the couple away for a few minutes for some romance before their big day!
Needless to say that on the wedding day no one was hidding from me and the comfort level and trust had already been establish. But we will treat you to THOSE images in a future post!
I DARE YOU NOT TO SMILE!
In order to start the New Year with the values close to my heart, I was eager to show you one of my most favourite Family Session from the end of 2012.
You may have read about the Pearson Family in previous post, that is because I have been so fortunate to have met Nicole way back in a maternity yoga class while we were both expecting. Her with already two boys at home and me with Charlotte. Since then I have been invited in their home numerous times and the boys ( all 4 of them now!) are always so nice and we often high five each others or hug it out.
The beauty of having been part of these boys world for a while is that now we truly just go and have fun for our photography session. They are use to me and I am as the oldest would say:”no big deal” so I think Nicole & Peter would agree to say that I am able to capture the boys and their full personalities.
So to start the New Year, these images remain me to take the time to spend time with my family, to go for more walks in the woods and to laugh and run lots.
Thank you Nicole & Peter for your continued trust and congrats on raising 4 handsome boys for which it will be very hard to keep my daughter away in a few years.
P.S Nicole just like me loves documenting her boys life in images and lately we started to focus on creating a Family Book for her to have a special keepsakes. Here is the latest one for the curious readers out there; Pearson Family Book
Sometimes my world is busy enough with one child that I cannot even think how some of my favourite families make it look effortless with 4 kids. So needless to say that when Patricia asked me if we could capture images of her family as they embark in their new adventure across the country, I was ready and excited to discover everyone’s personality come out and capture in a setting that had been home for so long before they set their eyes on a new start out east.
I have been one of those lucky photographer to have met Colleen & Landon almost 5 years ago when they made me their wedding photographer at their very intimate celebration in Tofino. Since then a friendship has been blooming so much so that I was also invited at the birth of their beautiful daughter Maya and to capture every milestone since then. As shown here!
Now Maya is turning into quite the little precious girly girl and she made me laugh the whole time I had my camera on her.
Thank you Colleen & Landon for including me in Maya’s world.
Aliesha has been a longtime client of mine, we found a friendship somewhere in the middle of her wedding planning, her strong animal right support and adventures and her growing passion for photography. So needless to say when she called me to photograph her family, I had a really good idea of what style and ideas we both shared. What I didn’t realize was that as much as I though I was the biggest animal lover, she is in a different league with a giant heart.
As we took the dogs out for a walk, I began to learn the touching story of the different family members (cats and dogs) and I tell you, I don’t know if I have ever seen such an eclectic group living happily together. I loved every minute of it.
I asked her to describe each one of them, this is what she wrote me:
“What a beautiful day we had. We really lucked out with the weather. The dogs seemed better behaved than I thought they would be.
You asked for the spelling of all their names. The orange cat is Kolbassa, my Fairview cat, a complete attention hound. Autolycus is the grey and white cat, a bottle baby with a strange personality. I don’t think he knows he is a cat. They do not get along very well, Autolycus is always chasing Kolbassa around the house, though Kolbassa is the boss at meal times.
Molly is the little blonde dog. She is afraid of the cats and is a complete momma’s girl. Zelgadis is the chocolate lab. He is the one who is allergic to the cats and everything else. Poor guy has had several health issues all his life. Samwise it the golden coloured male dog. He is the sensitive boy in the group, well named as he is hobbit like in every way. He thinks with his stomach, but is loyal and friendly. “Samwise the Brave”
Thank you for your trust Aliesha once more.
Meet the Raine boys. Give them a few more years and they will be the ones ripping it on the hill, in the bike park, pretty much anywhere they will go. You would want to resist their love but you would melt within minutes. They are so deliciously funny and sweet.
Little boys are indeed so different in every possible way to how little girls behave, it’s hilarious. So when I am asked to photograph little boys, I usually end up with bruised knees, grass stains and a huge smile. This was the best of times.
Thank you Kennedy & Willy for trusting me with your boys!
Doing a photo session with siblings has to be one of my favourites. You don’t have to interfere or direct too much just be efficient. One second it’s a gorgeous hug and the next their pulling the hair out of each other! Don’t you just lobe sibling affection.
Next Week a “WOW” wedding to show you!
It’s a smiling kind of day today, don’t you think? A great end of Summer blending into Fall. An exciting Winter ahead filled with anticipation of a great snow year. All of it just makes me want to smile. On my work desk, I have a little quote a day calendar (yes I do and I love it!) and yesterday’s quote was as follow;
“Laugh out loud
A great way to boost happiness: Laugh out loud. A typical young child laughs more then 400 times a day, a typical adult, 15 times. Laughter is healthy; It lowers blood pressure and cortisol levels and boots immunity. It strengthens social bonds and helps ease difficult situations. And it’s fun. Make an effort and laugh out loud.”
So here for no other reason than that, here is a random top 5 best children smiles captured!
Ok you got me, I lied, my faves as a photographer are above, my favourite as a mama of a girl that makes me smile everyday is below.
Two words come to mind; PURE JOY
Let’s just smile more for no particular reason, just because.