I had a blast this past fall at Rockwood Conservation Area, photographing a day full of new and past clients. Its always amazing when clients come back to see me year after year, and I cannot believe how big the gets have gotten!
I am so honoured to be chosen as 1 of 50 photographers across the land to select and photograph a child for the upcoming edition of Beauty Revived Magazine - 50 Beautiful Children. The magazine can be ordered here and there will also be a blog post coming in October that I will link!
I knew right away who I wanted to photograph and tell her story - Ruby.
I met this family about 2 years ago when Ashley was pregnant with baby Max. They purchased my Grow with Me Package (4 sessions over the baby's first year). I love when families go this route as we really get to know one another and at the end of the year, all the favourite images get put into a custom designed album for you to look back on forever.
And to all you Moms, I am you. I know you worry about losing "those last 10 lbs" or getting the perfect haircut, or waiting until you feel better about something else in your life, but let's be honest here - there will ALWAYS be something, some reason to say "maybe later" and put off booking those family photos.
I look at you and often have to close my eyes and do a double take. I am not entirely sure when you grew up to be a little girl, and not my baby anymore. Since you started Kindergarten last fall you have blossomed into this smarter, more beautiful, and calmer version of yourself. But luckily for me, you still give Mommy cuddles and love and kisses, enough to make me still see that little babe inside of you. :) (and that makes me happy!)
I have to touch on how amazing you are with your little brother lately. The two of you are peas in a pod, always hanging out and running around and playing dress up and having a good time. You teach him right from wrong, and are always by his side ready to help him if he gets stuck or needs something or has a boo-boo. You have become a natural mother-figure to him and that makes me so reassured knowing I can trust you with him at anytime.
In less than 2 months you will be a double big sis as your new sister will be arriving. You already call her "my baby" which sometimes confuses me as I think you are talking about your toy doll! But nope, you are talking about that little one living in my belly as if she is already here. About how you will dress her, and change her, and read to her and teach her everything. It warms my heart and I cannot wait to see the two of you grow up together.
Until then, lets enjoy the last 2 months of you being my baby girl, and please know that you will always be my first baby girl which holds a special spot in my heart.
xoxox Sweet Girl,
I am SO excited to take part in a "Letters to our Children" blog circle featuring many other amazing photographers again! I took a break last year and really missed this special project. It let me take time each month to write each of my kids a little note, and feature them in a few photos.
This year we have a lot of new photographer faces, many who shoot ONLY film, some hybrid (meaning they shoot both film and digital) and some digital. Its really cool to see all the different styles of photography and even more, to read their special letters!
Once you finish up with my post, click over to Connecticut and Elizabeth's blog to read her letter and view her beautiful children's photography.
Now for my letter ....
To my "big" O,
you are seven. I cannot believe it actually. I look at you (I mean, stare at you) sometimes and just cannot comprehend that you are the tiny peanut that I gave birth to so few years ago. You spend hours a night reading in your bed, you love fact books about dinosaurs or animals (dangerous ones!), sharks, space and anything army related, just like your dad. Lego is a go-to activity as well as colouring with your sister and a ton of creative play.
I am not sure when you turned into this little man. Not so much a child anymore, but a young boy. BUT you are still my little guy, my snuggle-bum, my sweet as pie, tender hearted gentle soul. You take things to heart and often get upset by little things, which I love about you. I know that no matter what you do in life, you will do it with good intentions and kindness.
ahh...little Max! I can't believe he is ONE already! Max was one of my "Grow with Me" Plans meaning I have seen him grow since his Mama's maternity session, to his newborn session, and again at 8 months (my favourite age to photograph!!)
Our fourth session was the whole family again at Scotsdale Farm, where we first met for the maternity photos, a great way to close the circle! Although I hope its not the last time I get to hang with this amazing family!
Happy 3rd Birthday Jackson! We had a fun afternoon at Big Apple Farm on the border of Brampton and Georgetown, picking (and eating) apples, climbing trees, running around and having lots of fun!
Thanks for letting me hang with you on this big day buddy!
When Nancy asked me to do a photo shoot with her Mom, her sister and their families I was thrilled! I have photographed Nancy and her family a couple times now and every time we have a blast. Its so nice seeing my clients each year and watching the kids grow up ♥
We frolicked in the woods near Nana's house, had fun, played, ran, told secrets, and all that fun stuff that comes with such a loving family and 4 beautiful cousins who do not get to see each other enough.
I hope you all enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed taking them
Love, Bee ♥
Another month of joining some other awesome film photographers and showing off our new work! This month I decided to share a few of each one of my 3 little munchkins. Its been awhile since I blogged about them. I think Tri-X is my favourite black and white film stock. A little grainy goodness but overall it always looks pretty awesome.
In order of appearance - my second (hilarious, independent, free-spirited, loving princess tomboy), my newest (sweet-as-pie go with the flow dude), and my oldest (athletic good natured sensitive old-soul)
Head over to Erin's page and check out her film goodness from DISNEY and then follow the circle to see more!! Awesome work!
what else can I say? These were just too good not to share. She was helping me test the light in the studio for some upcoming sessions and this is what we got in literally one minute!
Another sweet babe in the studio this week! Actually, Ella and Logan came together. They may be dating...(but don`t tell their moms!)
Ella`s mom planned the tea party and it turned out beautiful. I am not one for big over the top props, but this worked. We kept it sweet and simple, which is what I am now offering in my new studio!
And her outfits! What a girly girl!!! We had to take breaks for wardrobe changes :) So much fun!
I think Ella should be a baby model, don't you?
One year ago (yesterday to be exact), I met this adorable newborn. He was only a few hours old and I was there to capture his first meeting with big sister and Grandparents. What a thrill! Those precious one-time moments make me love my job to pieces! And now...Logan is ONE! How crazy is that!? He is sweet and funny and cute and you will see from these photos - a future supermodel! Tyson Beckford's got nothing on this guy!
On a side note - I now have an in home studio to capture those little milestones - birthdays, simple portraits, headshots, and more! The decor is simple and bright and natural. Send me a message to set one up!
Who ever said baking Christmas cookies was a clean event? Especially with two kids...
It was messy, and fun, and an adventure for everyone!
Cookies made with love, heart and soul ♥
I am absolutely loving our new home in Adjala Township (I know, where the heck is that?!) It is outside of Alliston, Ontario. East of Orangeville and West of Newmarket. They call is "God's Country" out here - come visit and you will see why!!!
All images are freelensed with a Canon 85mm 1.8 lens
To book your own documentary session, click the contact link below!
This is the third time I have been privileged to photograph this family! The first time was when the baby was born, then we did a fall family session later that year. And now Ysa is growing up and walking and running and getting into mischief with his older brothers! I absolutely love when families come back to me time and time again. It means the world to me ♥
I cannot wait until our next session together!
My dear little O
Three months you are already. Where has the time gone? Days go by and I wonder if I held you enough or laughed with your or taught you enough that day. Being the third baby, and having your two big siblings home every day since its summer break, I feel you do not get the quality time you need (or maybe that mom needs?). And if I hold you too much I feel the others do not get enough Mom-time. Ah, the joys of having 3 children! (wink).
Actually little one, it is a joy. You are AMAZING. You eat well and sleep awesome and I have not felt that overwhelming-too-tired-need-a-break feeling that I had with the other two at this point. You are making this transition pretty darn easy and I love you even more for that. As does Mommy's sanity ♥
My dear Oscar, how much I love you I cannot express. You fit into our home as though you were always here and we enjoy you in our own ways. Some of us (Miss M) may be a little too rough while others may be a tad too protective (Big O).
But we love you in our own ways. And are happy you joined us.
Love Mommy xo♥
Now head over to read Carrie's letter to her children!
Another monthly 10 on 10 post and this time all my images are shot on film. Yes, FILM! Like that old school stuff you used back in the day..remember? I actually am really loving film lately and for sure you will be seeing more of it on my site!
Why I love Film :
- No, or little, post processing of images. They come straight out of the camera looking awesome.
- Film always seems to have this "look" that I love. Its simple, and raw. And totally reminds me of my childhood photos.
- Film makes my heart sing. It is like Christmas every time I send in a roll and have no idea how they will turn out! I have had some disappointments (like Christmas?!) but mostly have been happy with my scans. Even the not-so-good ones are exiting as you often forget what you shot and its like a little surprise!
- It makes you a better photographer. You HAVE to know your settings and how to manipulate light and understand the how and why of creating a great image. You only get one shot, not 100 like on digital!
- the creamy dreamy bokeh far exceeds anything created digitally
I can go on. Every time I shoot I discover another reason why I love Film.
I promise - film will be making an appearance in many a wedding or portrait shoot coming up! ♥
Once again there are a few more than ten images...but they are all my babes and I couldn't narrow it down!
Follow along the circle with the other amazing photographers starting with the talented Hope Davis
Love Bee Photography is now booking into Fall 2014. To book your session, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org