& this was 2014

What happened last year?

Everything blurs together and then suddenly focuses.  Our son was born, and that was the end of life as we knew it and the beginning of something full of blessing.  This is our Matthias, our gift of God, a few hours after he was born.  Every time I look at this picture, I remember the pain and exhaustion of standing up, of holding my camera steady in the low hospital light, but the knowing that I would want to have taken this photo.  And every time I look at this picture, I am so glad that I did.  He's not wrinkly anymore, or red, and his hair is much lighter and he's twice as big, and sometimes this photo makes me want to cry.  So maybe this is my favourite photo of 2014.

But that's not it.  In 2014, I met so many amazing people, so many happy families that laughed together.  I captured so much joy, and that is what I want to share with you below.  

(Disclaimer: I tried to choose just a few favourite photos of 2014.  Truly.)

2 months later...

Hello everyone!  I haven't updated my blog in a couple months, and here's why:

(Yes, he looks like Tintin.)  Matthias is almost 3 months old, and right now, he's smiling happily at the stuffed monkey dangling from his activity gym. 

I've started doing shoots again & have finally sent off all the sessions from before this little guy was born - which means I have many photos to share with you!  I've even got sessions from LAST July that I haven't posted yet.  (I'm not kidding.)  Apparently being pregnant & becoming a mom is time-consuming?  Who knew!

(Matthias just noticed his reflection in the activity gym mirror.  This will keep him occupied for a while.)

While I try to figure out which session to begin with, I'm going to put up a few photos from sessions over the past few months.


So it's been a long time since I've updated my blog, and there are two reasons: 1.) I've been crazily busy with lots of shoots that I can't wait to post, and 2.) my husband and I just had a baby boy!  He has such a nice newborn smell, he likes to wrinkle his forehead, he has long strong legs, and he gets the hiccups.  A lot.

His name is Matthias, and here he is.

vancouver photographer // and this was 2013

So before you start - this post is packed with photos.  I don't even know how many photos it has, that's how many  there are.  Don't say I didn't warn you.

It made me smile to look back over all my 2013 sessions - so many amazing people I met and laughed with - families & couples & babies & moms & dads & stories, and each were beautiful in their own way.  I feel so blessed to have met them and been chosen to document their stories.  

I was recently doing a maternity session for a couple I've photographed before, and as I asked her to pose in some strange and uncomfortable position, I said, "I'm sorry - I bet you didn't come here expecting to have some crazy photographer tell you to do this!"   She looked at her husband and laughed and said, "Actually, it was the same last time..."

:) So thank you to everyone who let me photograph you & who put up with all of my crazy ideas.  Here's looking at 2014!