families

& this was 2017 {vancouver lifestyle photographer}

My 2017 was filled with photographing beautiful people & beautiful newborns. And then at the end of the year came a beautiful newborn of our own, and oh how we love him. Matthias calls baby Jamie "our precious little baby" and tells him "you don't need to be worried, because I protect you." (He also jumps on top of him, pinches him, and screams in his ear, but I'm trying to remember the good stuff.)

And this has basically been our life ever since:

Vancouver family photographer

I didn't know how heart-swelling it would be to see your oldest baby loving your youngest baby, and to see the adoration in the littlest one's eyes as he stares at his big brother. It's just the best thing. I've had so much fun taking the last few months off and having the opportunity to photograph our family a little bit more.

But I didn't want to leave 2017 completely behind, without sharing some of my favourite images from the year. I felt tired and pregnant for so much of it, but looking back at these images made me smile and remember all the loveliness I photographed. And here is some of it.

{vancouver family photographer} our everyday moments

My goal this year has been to capture more real moments and to care less about perfection. It's definitely been a learning curve. (Jorge says this tweet he came across perfectly describes me: *wife runs back into house which is on fire* Me: "What are you doing?" Wife: "I just want to straighten up a little before the firemen get here.") But I've been trying. At least some of the time. I really have.

And so, while one little sick 3-month old naps and the other 3-year old zooms fire trucks around our family room in his pajamas, I decided to drink my cold coffee and put together some photos that summarize our 2018 so far.



 

once upon a summer day {crescent beach family photographer}

This was last summer already - I can hardly believe it - and it warmed my heart to meet this beautiful family. They're originally from Quebec, but have moved to Vancouver for a few years, to give their children an opportunity to explore a different part of Canada. They love to discover the world together, and their love for each other was so evident even in the short time we spent together at Crescent Beach. 

We had so much fun we forgot that the tide was coming in - and as the sun set I may have found myself stranded, wading through knee-deep water with my camera bag and lenses precariously perched on my back, but it was so worth it.

 

 

& this was 2016 - vancouver lifestyle photographer

It's a bit overwhelming to go through all my images from the past year.  This is especially true when I'm limited to the rare moments my toddler is reading by himself (and yelling from his bedroom every two minutes, "I reading!"), which are quickly interrupted by his urgent potty breaks/questions about animals/requests for food. Being a mom is, of course, my most important job - and that's why my year-end photo review is coming a month into the new year.

[He just ran into my room and is testing gravity by letting his storybook fall on my keyboard. Over and over again. This is what happens: ui.iy|{!?>EWADFGK&$( This also explains why I have to mend the bindings of his books so frequently.]

2016 had some very exciting moments. I got to meet and be inspired by fellow photographers throughout the year.  I had an article published in Click Magazine and several articles on different wonderful blogs. I started to focus on commercial children's work (which I LOVE). I also decided to cut back a little on work, since my little family comes first, and that was also inspiring because it gave me the chance to focus on clients that really understood and loved what I did, the real moments, the real things. And that was wonderful. I'm so grateful for all the people who chose me to capture the love and light in their lives in 2016.

& here it is!