My neighbours (and friends) hired me to photograph their little family as a mini session last spring. It was their son who prompted it apparently, he said he wanted to have family pictures all over his bedroom wall, just like Spiderman does. I thought that was pretty adorable.
Their kids always have a blast playing outside, so we definitely needed to incorporate that and a few other favourite family activities into the mix. They chose reading and baking, two things they do often together on a weekend.
As you can see, everyone really enjoyed themselves since it was just like a favourite Saturday morning!
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A hardworking, amazing mom, April has raised a son who is incredibly independent, smart and thoughtful. It was a delight to see their dynamic together and get to know a bit about their daily routine.
It is in these moments that I feel very privileged to do the work that I do.I got to spend the morning with these two last spring, covering everything from drawing pictures and enjoying a pancake breakfast, to playing at the park with swings, slides and lots of cuddles in between.
They have a special bond and their home is filled with love, it didn't take long for that to be felt while in their presence and I hope that it comes through in their photographs as well.
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Like the last session I blogged, this was another short session attempted as a Montreal documentary family photo shoot, of pure unscripted moments but in a mini session format. These are now offered as a main part of my photography, in half or full day sessions to give more time for things to unfold and feel comfortable. Luckily with these three, we were already at ease together since it was my third time working with them! I have felt very lucky to capture this family over and over, and watch little Violet grow from baby bump to baby, and now toddler. I am super pleased that I will be seeing them again in a couple of weeks for this year's outdoor mini sessions.
I love doing family photography in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, an area of Montreal's West Island. I have a few favourite returning clients from this area, some who didn't know each other but we discovered they lived two doors apart due to both being clients of mine!
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Last spring I decided to try my hand at doing some mini sessions inside people's homes, partly in an effort to gain a few more family photojournalism-type images that I could use in my portfolio to show more natural family moments, but also to really see if it could be done successfully in such a short format session. One has to test things out before considering them again, right?
Typically my mini sessions are in a park setting and scheduled back-to-back in order to bring down the cost to my customers. For this series I was willing to put a little more into them in order to gain the new perspective and not be too concerned about travelling around for the shoots.
I joined this family in the West Island city of Pointe-Claire. I had a great time in their spacious, minimalist home that has been really nicely decorated to accommodate for play and imagination. It was really the perfect setting to try this out in, since I had lots of natural light to work with and a couple of boys that were willing to be themselves. After showing me around, and treating me to a great view of a little bird's nest that had settled into the corner of their garage roof (I didn't snap a photo unfortunately), we settled down for some play time and story time.
I think this was worth testing out and I was really pleased that they were happy with their photos in the end, have framed them on their walls and will be joining me again this year for a West Island photo session at Centennial park in DDO.
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Sarah was expecting her first baby and got in touch with me well in advance of her due date (highly recommended!). She ended up being another case of someone I photographed who gave birth within a week after the shoot just the same though, I can't believe this keeps happening!
So I ventured out to do this maternity photography in NDG at her lovely home in the springtime. She had just recently moved in, which actually helped since the space was light and bright and perfect to photograph in.
One of my favourite things was how she'd arranged the blinds in her dining room window to create a graphic, whimsical look. I chose to frame her in this space for a number of shots since I was so drawn to it.
Like at every maternity shoot, I photographed a few little details of the preparations for baby's imminent arrival, such as the little toys in the nursery, and small details like the cards on the mantel from a recent baby shower.
We even had a chance to go outside since it was a gorgeous, warm and sunny day. It was on April 10th last year - fingers crossed we get a day this nice in the coming week where one could feel comfortable enough to go out in a sun dress!
It was truly a great pleasure to work with Sarah, she was relaxed and easygoing and I was so pleased to be invited back to photograph her baby girl 6 months later... to come in a future post!