Lizzy + Adam + Ava + 1

Happiest Halloween to all!

It feels only right today to share this family session shot this past month at Quinn Farm in the pumpkin patch. Halloween has been a favourite holiday of mine since always. Today I've done some halloween baking, will be on my way home to trick or treat with my niece and maybe sit down with a scary movie or two tonight.

I was able to photograph little Ava while she was still in her mum's tummy, and now she's quite the ball of energy, excitedly awaiting her newest sibling!

Congratulations Lizzy and Adam on their growing little family!

Seven Families | One day

When it comes to family and casual shoots I've never attempted more than two in one day - let alone seven! I was contacted by a very dear friend (who's wedding has been on this blog before, let along a few of the other parents in this group). She spread the word to other local families about organizing a photo day. At first I expected maybe four, and perhaps we could walk around as a group. We ended up with 7 families! We managed to schedule each one after the other, in beautiful L'Ile-Perrot. I wasn't sure if I was facing utter chaos, or a seamless day out in nature. Luckily, thanks to everyone's organization, and effort on all sides, the day went perfectly!

It was truly beautiful. So much happiness and love, it was slightly overwhelming at the end of the day. I'm not a mother myself but this day wasn't just work experience for me, I learned a lot about what a lasting relationship and being a parent looks like. True, I'm not there with them to see the midnight feedings, the struggles of potty training, or the endless teething and ear aches. But this glimpse gave me a lot to go on. There were tears, of course, only so many times does a toddler or newborn want to be picked up and kissed, or asked to sit still rather than explore. But the amount of love I saw outweighed any moment of frustration; there was so much there as a photographer it's difficult to say when you have enough. I could do this for years and never get the same moment twice. Simply put, it was amazing to see.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to work with me, I understand the importance to capture these moments, it fills me up with all the warm and fuzzies that you invited me to help with that.

In order of appearance: Jen, Rob and baby on the way | Kirsten, Chris, Kai and baby on the way | Tamara, Julian and Jakob | Jennifer, Peter and Ellis | Victoria, Anthony and Nicholas | Meagan, Simon, Brady and Tess | Kayleigh, Marc and William (And Jax the dog)

Kadri Family

I've discussed family sessions before, there are some significant challenges working with kids that vary depending on their ages. You can't ask them to do something you want or need as a photographer, like you would an adult, and if they do it chances are they won't do it the way you hoped or hold it. That's why I like to take every session as a play date and get what you can. Embrace the funny, the weird and the spontaneity.

What I've never mentioned was the difference polite children can make. There is no shame on parents being laid in this post, I have a niece who is sweet as pie one day and won't have anything to do with you the next. Kids can be unpredictable. What I can say though, is the more you've instilled manners and kindness into your children the more likely they are to give it back.

I bring this up with the Kadri family's session because they stole a tiny piece of my heart this day, it's obvious the parents did their job and more with their children. Between picking flowers, chasing birds, Laia showing me how to dance and genuine sweetness, they were above and beyond.

Cheers to all parents, who struggle and work so much for the little 'wins'.

And this lovely family for the beautiful day!