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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
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.
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.
One of life sweet and simple moment.
In honour of our Father & Daughter Bond series, I had to share these few images with you as it was such an authentic moment, my girl in her pyjama while Daddy is showing her how to cast with her ever so pretty Dora fishing rod.
Call me bias and I will completely agree. But give me my two favourite people together playing and I melt. I love that once in a while I remember to use my skills for my own selfish needs. I have always believed that to find meaning in your work , you have to be passionate about what you do. I still believe that it couldn’t be more true for a photographer. You have to believe that you are making a difference weather it is recognize right away or in 50 years shouldn’t really matter as long as you can feel it.
When talking about a moment, we say: “Don’t worry you’ll remember how it was, how it felt”. I am not so sure, I think there is nothing like looking back at an image and being able to still have the feeling of the wind in your hair on a swing set or the smell of the grass or even that carefree feeling of pure joy playing with you daddy. That is what an image should do.
So I smile when I know that if nothing else this is the gift I am able to give my daughter, her daddy and myself. Now I just have to remember to do it often!
You have to love family reunion. Well I do anyways because there is always something that doesn’t go according to plan and keeps it real.
I was ask by a long time client of mine if I could come and capture some images during their family reunion:
Me: “of course”
Me: “How many kids?”
Melanie: ” 6 boys, 1 girl and a newborn”
Me: “Oh this will be fun!”
The kids and I had a great time, the parents laugh, the newborn had a nap and everyone was happy.
The kids made all of us keep it real!
There is something timeless about a black and white image that just makes you smile. Make it about children and it becomes an instant classic…!!!
Some parents may not be so proud (see first image) but they are timeless moments nonetheless!
I have known Julie and Ryan for a few years starting with their gorgeous wedding at The Edgewater Lodge. A few years went by and Zola came along. We always kept in touch and a few weeks ago, we all decided it was time to claim the last few weeks as a family of three before they become a family of four.
It was the perfect setting to celebrate Zola as a big girl, ready to be a big sister and sexy mama Julie sporting her gorgeous perfect belly.
I had a friend of mine the other day ask me:” How do you customize each session to look so different given similar family situation?”
It’s funny as I actually never really see similarities between my families even with the similar dynamics, looking back at Julie, Ryan and Zola’s session it occurred to me that they were in the same boat as an other family that I photographed a few months ago that I love Jodi,Todd and Charli both waiting for the new baby yet two different stories, take a look at The Carter Family + One Session and you be the judge as to how each family is completely different and deserve a unique look that is just right for them.
We all have our little special moments with our families. One of mine was a few months ago. A gorgeous plant was given to me by my parents. The moment my daughter saw it she made up her mind that it was her soother plant.
Let me explain…running out of ideas to convince her to stop using the pacifier, I made up a story involving a special plant, giving the soothers to new babies and being a big girl. This is how the story unfolded for her to move into being a big girl.
Every day is filled with special moments, we just need to make sure we pay attention to them.
Going to the market on a Saturday morning is so simple and pure. The energy and the sounds of kids running around and discovering new tastes is rejuvenating. Not to mention the unbeatable sense of community. What a beautiful ritual to share with our children.