I am always looking for more firsts, and this fall, I was asked to photography my first baptism. Rosalie and Jake invited me littie Leah's christening in New Westminister. The event proved to be a mini family reunion as family flew in from out of Canada to attend. We quickly walked across the street snap a few family photos in the beautiful garden and ended off the day with a gathering with food, fun, and relaxation!
By far, my favorite type of shoot are these ones.Mahla and Jeremy graciously welcomed me into their home to help capture and celebrate little Shiri's first birthday. They gave me full creative reign to capture the tiny moments that mostly go unnoticed at these type of major events. I came to their home early to spend time with the birthday girl and watch immediate family play with this cheerful little lady.
A lot of my favourite moments from this day came in the quiet moments. Watching Shiri's family climb into her ball pit and FaceTime her aunt, the moment where I watched four important women in her life laugh out loud and relish in her smile, and the speed with which she walked around (with a little bit of assistance, of course!)
The party was a hit! I wish I could include more photos here, but most of them were of other guests attending the party! Mahla is a true hostess and had quite the spread of sweet treats, and healthy ones, for everyone to enjoy and Jeremy is quite the entertainer with his guitar in hand!
What struck me most about this family was their emanating joy. The room was filled with so much love, not only for Shiri, but for each other. Mahla and Jeremy were simply beaming with energy. Happy first birthday, Shiri! Here's to many more!
Quality time is a toughie for me. I feel like I am constantly juggling a million projects, responsibilities, and ideas in my mind that it's hard for me to be present in the moment. The only person that seems to make time stop is this little angel. A few weeks ago, Carolina invited me to bring Lucy to her first ever movie in a theatre. She was ready to watch the Minions movie with her minion backpack and a bag of popcorn. Plus, the gross sweaty Skittles that melted in her hands that she ate (and shared) throughout the movie. It was great to be a part of what can be seen as a small "First" in her life. I hope that as she grow sup I bring her to many more movies and help her to see them as works of art and peepholes into the human psyche.
Over Spring Break I got the chance to babysit her for the day. I learned that "parent" life is damn hard and full or surprises. I had the day all planned out, but it got derailed in the first hour. We adjusted quickly and still got everything checked off the list - with a mid day nap too! Some of my favourite shots of Lucy growing up are the ones that are purely in the moment. Her hiding the curtain during hide and go seek, grabbing my phone to "take photos of me", and her napping in bed (the riskiest of them all!). Taking her to the Aquarium was a blast, but laying on the ground singing "Itsy Bitsy Spider" is just as good.
The first thing you see as you enter the B Cool household is this sign. Words to live by.