It is so hard to believe these beauties are graduating and will soon be embarking on the new phase of their lives. The end of this week will be bittersweet for sure. As exciting as it is to see where each of their paths will lead, it also means another life change for parents and siblings. I am not sure we are ready for that! The last time I photographed all of these girls they had just finished their first year of high school and now they have finished their last. I hope these girls can stay connected as they all head off in different directions.
What a sweet baby this little man is. His parents are working hard on finding the perfect name for him. He arrived fast and furious at home on June 18th weighing 9 lbs 9.5oz. What a special Father’s day it was for dad! Joining us today was his big sister Lily Piper who is 4yrs old. She loves her baby brother. Older siblings are such a treat to photograph! Mom is an avid gardener and brought a few things to incorporate into our session. There was very little fussing from this handsome boy during his session and he made my job really easy. I have always prided myself on getting away with never getting messed on during a session. Well, today let’s just say, I had to go home in one of the dresses I have for my maternity clients!!! Thank you so for having me capture these special memories for you.
Last evening Summerland Baptist Church held their second annual Red Carpet Event for middle school girls in our community. This year we had 41 girls through the door and you could feel the excitement as the doors opened and they burst in. The Red Carpet event is a night where these girls come to get pampered. They get to try on and wear a fancy gown, get hair, makeup and nails done, eat great munchies and get a photo taken once they are made up. The focus of the evening is helping each girl, no matter who they are, realize that they are unique and special and created by God, who loves them. The message this year focussed on the uniqueness of each person and how the way they are made is what makes them special. It stressed that as middle school is such a transitional time for girls, kindness to one another is the key to getting through. Most of us adults will agree that we have no desire to revisit the awkward, difficult middle school years but letting girls know that they will make it through, I hope was encouraging to them. I loved getting to photograph the girls and can’t believe how much so many have them have changed over the past year. It was so nice to see the high school girls (who attended as middle schoolers last year) come back and pour their love into the girls this year. I know the girls have been anxiously awaiting their images. Each girl will get a copy of their image emailed to them this week. I am already looking forward to this event next year!
I spent part of today in studio with this beautiful couple. Samantha and Dylan will be welcoming their first baby at the end of July. They have chosen to keep the gender a surprise until the birthday which is my favourite way to go! Today Samantha is about 33 weeks and her bump is so wee. As a gift her mom gave her a beautiful mom, dad and baby pendant which I just love! Samantha, you are radiant, and I can’t wait to meet your sweet baby.
Our shoot Wednesday evening had to be postponed due to a rain storm but this evening was just perfect. Almost one year to the day I met Kip and Kristen at their property in West Kelowna to document their pregnancy and tonight we met up for our 4th session together for Koen’s one year portraits. Koen will be one June 20th. I love it when clients book maternity, newborn, sitter and one year sessions! It has been fun watching Koen grow. He is so super smiley and happy but soon became bored with me and wanted to just get down and go. He wants to be able to walk so bad and just hasn’t quite mastered the skill yet. His singing stuffy friend “Scout” helped us get a few extra images but then it was obvious Koen was ready for bed. Evening sessions are hard for littles, especially when they decide not to nap! Thank you Kristen and Kip for trusting me to document Koen’s first year.