Katy & Jordan

 I remember so vividly the many times my brother and I have shared a laugh. Despite being almost 5 years apart and spending what seems like years apart throughout our lives, I can honestly say he is one of the most important people in my life. A sweet guy, so stinking hilarious, yet stoic and patient at the same time. He was at the birth of my first son, when I was 16 years old and he was just 12. My sweet brother, who couldn’t possibly understand the gravity of the situation, who had no judgement toward his sister being a pregnant teenager, stood by patiently and took in the experience and when it was time, my brother cut his first nephews cord…that was 15 years ago..

I should have known he would end up with Katy. Friends through high school, these two found each other in the most perfect of timing and have been inseparable for years. Katy is soft spoken and reserved. A woman of many thoughts and driven to succeed and be the best she can at everything she does without being aggressive. A graceful beauty and the first born in her home, Katy learned early on what family meant. A connection, a sacrifice, a deep love words can’t explain.

I remember when they told me they were going to have a baby. An overwhelming swell of emotion came into my heart, and I saw them differently. I couldn’t help but imagine all of the ways their life was going to change, and how they were now experiencing what I consider my calling, growing and giving birth to a new family under the care of loving midwives. I found out last year that I would get to be home on the Island for my clinical placement just in time to be a part of their experience. I wanted them to ask, but wouldn’t expect it – I wanted them to decide what/who they needed to surround them during this time of great transition. When they asked me, I literally exploded – trying to stay cool as I accepted the offer..there really is no greater gift. The opportunity to support and love my sister in law and brother through labour and watch my first niece or nephew come into the world will be a gift I will cherish forever.

Growing a life is challenging. Pregnancy can be less than glamorous and at times downright hard. There are so many thoughts to consider and plans to be made. The pressure of the outside world (from what car seat to buy to where to give birth) is subject to criticism and judgement at every turn. My promise to you is that I will always be in your corner, I will always listen and I will always know that whatever choices come to pass in your journey through parenthood, you have my support. I will be here to bounce ideas off of, give suggestions or to simply just listen. I remember this time.. the sweet space when meeting your baby could be any week, day, any hour……enjoy that unknown and love each other up with the gentlest of sweetness you have ever given. Go into labour brave and strong – even if it feels so abstract to consider before the fact. Sink into your baby – just you three. Lock the outside world away for just a while and learn what your baby smells like- their warm skin on yours as you gaze upon the wonder of the miracle you have created. My sweet brother and his incredible wife, you two are a piece of what makes my heart beat. Our families integral to each other. My wish for you is that you continue to be the unique, thoughtful people you already and that you always remember you are supported and loved by many many friends and family. I am here for you. I will hold the sacred space so you can fall into the deepest love you will ever know. I will witness. I will guard. From the bottom of my heart, with every cell in my body, I love you three and could not be more proud.

** this session was done over two days in 4 location in very opposing weather **

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Sweet Baby Lucas

He arrived! Sweet little Lucas made his way to his parents arms and I travelled over to Vancouver Island to capture some sweet moments. Im finding myself falling deeper in love with capturing babies in their natural being; less posed,more real. Parents loving their sweet newbie up and siblings exploring on their own terms. I feel like these images speak to that love and genuine interaction. Im so grateful, I know Ive said is so many times before..but this is really the most amazing job.

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Erin the Ocean Goddess

I am always so blown away by the exquisite beauty that emanates from pregnant women, and Erin is no exception. Her calm and easy going attitude made capturing shots a breeze. The ocean shots are my favourite! WARNING: If you’re offended by the naked form of a gorgeous pregnant woman PLEASE don’t look any further 🙂

 

 

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The Fitzpatrick Wedding

This is my final wedding from 2013, and it couldn’t have been with a more amazing couple. I literally loved Sarah from the first time we talked, and corresponding with her in the year leading up to the wedding made me smile on many occasions. This breathtaking day was full of love and laughter; exactly how love is supposed to be….

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Cindy & Kris = LOVE

This summer has been jam packed with weddings; each with their own special magic and the Mynott wedding was no exception. Cindy and Kris are made for each other and the love they share is so plain to see. I especially love the images of Cindy gazing at her groom or smiling with such joy she literally beams with light. I am always so moved by the love of family at weddings…unbreakable, tangible, passionate LOVE

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The Donaldson Wedding

I have known Sarah for years. I have watched her become an amazing RN and commiserated through pregnancies (our young ones are nearly the same age), and I have captured her family as they grew and changed right along with her. When I first met troy, it was clear they were a match made in heaven. His gentle, kind smile and the way he was so patient with their children, I knew one day I would be capturing this incredible event. The morning of the wedding started at a local salon and ended at one of the most picturesque properties in Royston I have ever seen. Surrounded by love and tons of friends and family, they exchanged their vows…this is a glimpse into the magic…

 

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The Skjeie Wedding

Katie and Jay are the reason weddings and love exist. Two souls, clearly drawn together my forces that are so strong and true. Witnessing their wedding solidified everything Ive ever know to be true about love. Poignant, patient and indescribable in its ability to draw you to another human being. Once again I am moved so deeply when i think of the honour they entrusted in me to capture this love….
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