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Smith Family

December 13, 2015

Let me share a little something with you about Irish women, we HATE to be in front of the camera. We’re our own worst critics and we’re relentless in picking ourselves apart should anyone manage to grab a snap shot of us. Crazy? Absolutely, but if you know any Irish women, then you know most of us are in fact crazy. While we were in Texas I told my friend Caitriona that I’d take some family photos for her. I made sure not to ask, cos in true Irish women style, she would throw up some very creative excuses so as to avoid putting herself in front of my camera. Telling her it was going to happen was the only way to do it. And wouldn’t you know, she did it. Even though it went against all of her instincts and pushed her so far outside of her camera comfort zone, she still did it. And since she’s already in the zone of discomfort, I thought I’d push her just that one step further and blog some of my favorites from the shoot. There’s a good chance my friend will hate me for this, but I’m willing to take the risk, cos I think she and her wee family are perfect and look nothing short of adorable.

Gorgeous Roisin (an Irish name pronounced “Row-sheen” for those unfamiliar). Only 6 years old but one of the smarts kids I’ve ever met. I couldn’t even pretend to know some of the things she talked about.

This little guy Ronan is all lad. High energy and doesn’t stay still, not for one second. There’s just too much that needs exploring for him to hang around.

There he is, gone.

While Daddy ran after Ronan, the ladies worked their fierce.

Fist bumps for the lads.

Daddy asked for a kiss, and this was Ronan’s response.

Shooting fast was paramount, Ronan would only give me .05 seconds of his time before he was ready to move on.

He’ll hate me for saying it cos its so not macho, but Paul is one of the sweetest Dad’s around. One minute dealing with little girl hair emergencies, the next minute crashing trains and miniature cars with 22 month old boys.

And if pretty and smart wasn’t enough, Roisin’s also got an abundance of athletic talent. Not surprising, her mom and I actually trained and competed together back in the day and her dad is highly skilled at martial arts.

Age difference be damned, Ronan believes he can keep up with any 6 year old.

Oops, a little tumble and in true sibling style, Roisin thinks her brothers fall is hilarious.

Not even a tear, up and ready to go again.

Caitriona and I have known each other for a long time, and its amazing to see her now as a mother, doing a kick ass job at one of the most challenging jobs there is.

Baby tosses, always a great shot.

A little family race and poor Ronan went down. I love how Roisin powered on, a true competitor.

Switching gears to try and sneak a little romance into the shoot…..

…was short lived. Life with kids. Gotta love it.

Starting to get tired.

That Time of Year

November 30, 2015

Its that time of year, lots of family sessions happening in the fabulous Fall sunshine. Lots of families rushing to get Christmas cards out, stylish and on time (something I myself struggle to achieve). And while the focus of my family sessions are always to get a great, relaxed, natural portrait of your family, I also like to allow some time to capture the kids being kids. And perhaps even squeeze in some romantic shots of mom & dad. This photo is from a family session this past weekend and there is a sweetness to it I just loved.

The Clem Family 2015

October 3, 2015

Hands down the best part of being a photographer, is getting to be part of some of the most special moments in a families life, and its something I never take for granted. I have met some of the most amazing people through my job, formed relationships and lasting friendships and it has been such a privilege to provide memories and physical images to the story that is their lives. Melissa & Kevin were one of my favorite couples from the moment I shot their engagement session.¬†They are the sweetest, most perfect and nicest people you could ever hope to meet. I had a blast shooting their wedding and a little over a year later, they welcomed their first baby, Eli, and I got to shoot their first family photos. 2 years later, baby brother Grant arrived and I was invited back to update the family album. I can’t say enough about this family. Melissa & Kevin, you will always be one of my special couples and I never take for granted the honor it is to capture your families memories.

Cole Family

May 6, 2015

I wish I could claim credit for the idea of bringing strawberries to the Cole family shoot last weekend, but that was all Taylor. So simple, yet so creative. The boys loved it and I loved the shots this addition of color and juiciness allowed me to capture. A definite nod to summer. Here are some of my favourites images of this adorable family.

Joint Family & Baby Shoot

February 12, 2015

Michelle reached out to me a few weeks ago to set up a day and time to do Reed’s 6 month photos. Wait, what? His 6 month photos already? It honestly didn’t feel like 6 months had past since I was in their house capturing his newborn photos, but apparently it had. So with a little back and forth we locked down a date, but as the day of the shoot approached, we realized that the weather was going to be freakishly warm on that particular day, so we decided to take full advantage of this random day of warmth and turn what was suppose to be baby Reed’s 6 month shoot into a joint family/6 month baby shoot.