Introducing Ellisud Jude

The message I had been waiting for finally came on the morning of November 2nd….my beautiful niece Jesse was in labour!!  Apart from the excitement of becoming a Great Aunt, I was super excited because I was going to capture this amazing moment!  So I quickly got my gear all together and jumped in the car for the drive to, wait for it, Markham!  Of course, I figured I had loads of time to get there since this is her first baby and usually the first ones like to take their time.  Regardless, I was stressing, (and perhaps driving a tad too fast), to make sure I made it on time.

Made it to the Markham Stouffville Hospital in 4 hours, (with no speeding tickets I might add), and was happy to hear that the baby had not yet arrived, but she was pushing.  Jesse was exhausted and working very hard, so it was agreed that I would wait to start shooting until Ellis made his grand entrance.  So I waited with my brother, Walter, (who was celebrating his birthday), and sister-in-law Connie, along with Jesse’s sister-in-law Kathy and her daughter Taylor.  Jesse’s mother-in-law, Anne, arrived soon before baby was born.

Jesse, the super woman she is, pushed for over 3 1/2 hours!  Finally, at 6:49pm, we heard the amazing news that Ellis had arrived, 8lbs, 9oz and 22.5″ long!!  After a little time for the new Mom to recover, we were able to come in and meet the newest addition to the family.  We were in love instantly.

Jesse and Joe, words cannot express how honoured I feel to have been able to capture these amazing first moments for you.  Ellis is perfect in every way possible.

Children have neither past nor future. They enjoy the present, which very few of us do.  Enjoy every moment during these early days as they tend to fly by.  ❤

 

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Alana, Dionne, Ainsley, & Spencer

Back in April, I donated a family photo session to the “Olivia’s Easter Fundraiser for CHEO” silent auction.  This is an annual event started after Olivia was rushed to the hospital back in 2013, on Easter weekend, with an aggressive strain of Pneumonia.  Luckily, Olivia pulled through!  All proceeds from this wonderful event goes directly to CHEO, and I was honoured to be a part of it.

Alana and Dionne bid on my session and won!  They contacted me wanting some fall family photos done and I was thrilled to do this for them.  We met at THE place to be in Ottawa during the autumn months, The Arboretum (of course), and the fun began!

It was such a pleasure meeting you, Alana, and your adorable family!  I hope to work with you again in the future!

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The Zimmer’s

I had the absolute pleasure of capturing four generations this past weekend for Monica and her family!  The star of the show was baby Bria, who is 9 months old.  She was sooo cute, I could just take photos of her all day!

Thanks again to the Zimmer’s for allowing me into your home to capture these wonderful memories for you!  This is why I do what I do!!

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The Gallo Clan

I first met Candice, Richard, and their children last fall for a family photo shoot at the Arboretum, so I was just thrilled when they contacted me again to capture some shots of their extended family as a gift for their Father, this time at Petrie Island.  Can’t think of a better gift to give for Father’s Day!  And I loved seeing the just much Izzie and Neco have grown in almost a year!  I can’t wait to see you again in October for another Fall Photo Shoot!!

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…and Brigitte Makes Four!

I was so excited to do this Newborn Lifestyle Shoot, not only because I love newborns, (who doesn’t), but because baby Brigitte has a big brother, Johnathan, who is 2.5 years old!  The other newborn shoots I’ve done had no siblings, so I knew this would be a bit different, and I was looking forward to it.  Needless to say this family was adorable and because Brigitte was their second, they were so much more relaxed, which made for a great photoshoot.  I hope you enjoy this small sample of their gallery.

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Dahlia Rose

Back in February, I was asked by Thy to capture her baby shower.  She was glowing and looked absolutely beautiful!  So when I was asked again to come and meet baby Dahlia Rose and capture some moments of her with her family,  I was honoured and accepted right away!  Welcome to the world, baby Dahlia!

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside….

….but Jade was all cozy and warm thanks to her pregnancy!  Jade and Dustin’s baby girl is due the beginning of March, and they wanted some photos to remember her gorgeous baby-bump. So we headed to Mer Bleue just as the snow started falling. A perfect backdrop to a beautiful couple.

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Sigwan!

You know that quote from Shakespeare,  ‘And though she be but little, she is fierce’?  Well, this rings true for baby Sigwan!  She came into this world fighting and everyday she continues to thrive, no doubt in part due to the incredible love from her parents, Krystina and Connor.  I was so honoured to have been invited into their cozy home to capture these precious moments that last all but a second it seems.  The days are long, but the years are short ~ I hope these photos will bring you wonderful memories in the years to come.

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Zarley, Jackie, and Luke!

I have been super lucky, not only with the weather, but with having such beautiful families to photograph, and the Hutt Family was no exception!  Baby Luke had just turned 1 year old and had just starting walking, so capturing this special time for Zarley and Jackie meant a lot to me.  I hope you enjoy my top picks from this lovely photo session!

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