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Ashley & Jacob – e session

16 Jun

Some cute lovers who are cutely in love

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Kimberly, Kai and kids

13 Jun

Sneak peek at the first blossom session. I could barely choose what images to post there are so many good ones!

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…and baby makes three

10 May

Well, technically four since Zelda the pug was there first.

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Some families request a studio newborn shoot and some request in-home.  It can be hard for new parents to leave the house, especially if the birth was difficult or there is healing to be done.  Some people like the homey-ness and real feel you get from using the personal space as a background.  Some people have the most Pinterest-Perfect nursery!

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She may not sleep in there, but we joked that in the blink of an eye baby T would be soon spending her days playing in that beautiful room. But for now she spends her days in her loving parents’ arms.

Congratulations to this lovely family ❤

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This is Zelda.

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K told me Zelda would never stay still for photos

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Do I have the magic touch?  Call me Laura Milan.

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Ice Day!

26 Apr

Blizzards, snowfall, and storms aren’t uncommon for Aprils in Thunder Bay.  City closure due to weather is pretty uncommon as well, but an ice storm has given us a day off school and work today!

The girls and I started our day with peanut butter banana smoothies and yoga. We did lots of playing and painting, planted seeds to start our garden, and just after lunch we decided to go outside.  We smashed tons of ice off the car and other surfaces outside; a surprising inch or so thick in lots of places!

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When the wind got to be too much we came in to watch a show but the power went out!

I had an idea to keep us entertained, something I’ve wanted to do since the lightpainting workshop at Neechee: Experimenting with portable light in the studio.  Flashlights, sparklers, strobes, etc.

Now, it’s hard as heck to get the girls be still and follow my directions – they want to do their own posing and follow their ideas, but I let them run the show and still got fun results!

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Once in a while a school closure is such a treat – a surprise sleep in annnnnd a day with the kids.  Good attitudes all ’round at this house.

Maternity photos >> New Family of Four

19 Apr

Jayan contacted me early in her pregnancy wondering if I would be interested in doing a creative maternity shoot.  Creative and artistic are two categories that are important to me in photography so, naturally we decided we would absolutely work together.

The following is a small selection from the “milk bath” tub shoot.  There is a beautiful fluidity of the milk, curving porcelain tub, flowing mermaid hair, and draping fabrics.  All complementary to the softness of motherhood, (the serenity before the entrance of a new baby, hehe), this celebration of the beautiful body holding their second child.

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Right after our shoot, Jayan’s mom cast her belly to make a belly bowl (it is shown in the next set of photos).  Now we get to see the new addition to the family!

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Here is the beautiful belly bowl!  Babe had no interest in curling up into it like I wanted, but that’s okay, you fling those tiny baby legs wherever you’re comfiest, little one!

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Congratulations to these two wonderful parents of now two beautiful children – welcome little brother!

Things of Port Arthur

19 Apr

A walk around Bay & Algoma neighbourhood this morning.

I chatted in the street with a woman who asked me what I was doing, and I said I was just out on a walk to take some pictures.  She said “there isn’t much that’s beautiful around here is there?” to which I said, you gotta look for the little things!

Personally I find a lot to be lovely about this neighbourhood.  Aside from the community feel while walking around, there is tons of visual appeal, right?  Signage, urban decay, treed streets, ART! Painting and prettying up courtesy of Die Active Art Collective, fun alleyways, beautiful window displays.

Some of my favourite shops are around here!  I gotta add a serious thanks to the City of Thunder Bay for installing the Pedestrian Crosswalk at Cornwall and Algoma making it waaaaaaaaay easier to cross the street. Thumbs up for walkability.

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If you’re interested in seeing what people you’ll run into in Port Arthur, click on over to the blog I totally ripped this post’s title off from: People of Port Arthur (by the author of Eating Dirt – a great Tbay blog)

Spring Sundays

2 Apr

It’s very much a spring day today!  Warm sun, no bitterness in the wind, enough snow has melted that there are massive patches of dry grass, and the air smells a little more alive.

So, I’m relatively kid-free on Sundays, therefore I reserve it for shoots, editing, cleaning the house, spending time with family, and time for myself.

I had a shoot scheduled this morning, early enough that I had time to do whateverrrrrr I wanted for a bit afterwards, so I indulged in a walk at the marina.

Prince Arthur’s Landing is really one of my favourite locations in Thunder Bay.  It’s a place to bring the family, it’s a place to feel connected, a place to go alone, a place to people watch, to sit and think, to be active, and to see lots of dogs (I saw at least three this morning but photographed zero, sorry).

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