The big 0-1 // Life with a Baby

Well that sure flew by.  My little Zaiya (aka Poops) is ONE.  She's had a full trip around the sun. And what a trip it's been. Having a regular baby is a serious trip but I happen to think mine was born with a little bit of extra somethin.  Maybe all parents think this, I dunno.  

In some ways this year went by very slow (like at 5am when you've slept like 4 hours of broken sleep and your baby is up for the day)....but in most other ways it went by in the blink of an eye. Sometimes I just catch a glimpse of Z and realize how big she is or how far she's come in such a short period of time. And holy personality.  There is rarely a person that does not smile at her or talk to her when we go out. She has such charisma about her at such a young age that I have no doubt she is going to bring a lot of light to the world.  If we go to a restaurant with her we overhear the wait staff talking about her when they think we can't hear (always good things LOL). When I take her to the mall almost every single person stops to talk to us. She's definitely a ray of sunshine and she has made my world so much brighter than I ever thought it could be. 

There aren't any words to describe how much I love this little person.  Or how sad I am that she's growing up so fast. I just wish I could stop time right now. Her cute pudgy hands, her determined crawl, the way she tries to walk on her tip toes when we hold her hands, and the way she still loves me unabashedly, her obsession with all things dogs. The way she says kitty (kiiiii).  But since I can't stop time I'm just going to try to live in the moment and kiss her chubby cheeks 154,984 times a day. And try not to think about the fact that someday she is going to be a teenager. Because that shit is scary. 

Happy birthday Poops.  

Family Portrait Photography // Val & Kady

Year after year I see these two and I can never believe how much Kady has grown!  Being a mom myself now it really hits home how fast they grow up and to really enjoy every moment.  Cliche but true.....

For this mini session, we ventured around Arbutus Cove which has fast become a favorite since moving to a new neighbourhood.  It has a little of everything - beach, leaves and some nice greenery.  Not that these two need scenery to make them look good - what a couple of beauties!  

Here are a few snaps from our time. 

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Newborn Lifestyle Photography // Meet Baby Lillian

Those first few weeks with a new baby is really something. It's no joke. It is probably the biggest life adjustment you will ever make within a very short period of time.  It's like your whole world is shaken up from the inside out...really there are no words. But in that same breath, those first few weeks are about as good as it gets. Staring at this new life that you actually MADE. You can't believe that after all the planning, and thinking and dreaming that you are finally seeing this person with your own two eyes.  

I've been lucky enough to photograph Kerry and Craig's wedding, their maternity photos and now this beautiful new soul, Lillian, that they brought into the world.  And nothing makes me happier than to see all of this and to play but a very small part in it.  

Welcome sweet Lillian. 

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Bella Coola Wedding Photography // Jon & Dawn

This wedding was da bomb dot com!!  I used to go to high school with Jon and when he contacted me about potentially being their wedding photographer I jumped at the chance. It was one of the only weddings I photographed all year as I was on maternity leave but I just couldn't say no to a gorgeous Bella Coola wedding with two kick ass people.  

The day of was a torrential downpour. Not just a little rain, but a monsoon rain. Pretty much all day. When I showed up to start photographing the girls getting ready (and met Dawn for the first time!) I fully expected a stressed out bride or at least some mention of the terrible weather. Dawn said nothing about it. Not one word. Which is a testament to the kind of awesome person she is. She was just so happy to be marrying Jon and that was literally all that mattered.  This is exactly how a wedding day is supposed to be.  And a bit of rain can't ruin a day this good.  Here are a few of my favorites. 

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