Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Apple of My Eye

My new nephew came to visit last week, we photographed the boys together, and then Griffin stayed asleep in the large bowl for the remainder of the afternoon. When the girls got home from school I decided to try my luck with these photos. I needed Reese as a "helper" just in case Griffin got squirmy. Fortunately he didn't and I took a bunch of photos in just a couple minutes. If only newborns could generally be as easy peasy to photograph as he was that afternoon! I haven't even gotten a chance to look at all my pics, but I always grab a few that I like and edit those right away. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My Boys

One of the first things that attracted me to Dave was that he was interested in growth. Dave was a little chubby when we first met and I remember him telling me he was going on some kind of diet. When I ran into him again a few montbs later, I was shocked to see he had lost weight. He said something along the lines about how he had told me he was going to lose weight, as if I shouldn't be surprised. But many people say this and never follow through. Dave is a motivated, hard working, and driven person, and I like that about him. It makes me so happy to have him as my husband and the father of my children. He continues to amaze me, even after 13 years together. ❤

Monday, September 22, 2014

Griffin Meets the Fam Jam

Yesterday my family came to meet Griffin. They would have come sooner, but my parents had planned a two week trip to Portugal before we knew Griffin was coming. They also brought one of my nephews along.:) 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Some Newbie pics

I have been getting lots of "early" day pics in of Griffin. After all, he will only be this little once, and having these photos is important to me. For his individual portraits, I had a pretty short list of "must haves." I wanted one of him on books in glasses for sure. That was tricky because the glasses were so huge. He lifted his head up just enough for them to fall into place, and I snapped the photo. I love that one. I bought the large wooden bowl at Homesense with the intention of photographing him again in it at 6 months and 1 year because it is so big and he'll be able to sit in it. There were limited poses I could do because I had no helping hands. Usually I have the mom close by for safe posing, but since I am the mom and the photographer, I didn't have this. I like to keep the poses pretty simple anyway though. I like the curled up baby in the little bowl pose and I try to get that with most of the newbies I photograph. It's simple and shows off their cute little faces. I tried to buy a macro lens off Kijiji, but it didn't work out. In the end I decided the expense was probably unnecessary at this time and made a reverse 50 to get the close up shots. (You take the 50mm lens off, flip it backwards, holding it in front of the camera and manually focus the shots.) It served it's purpose well enough, but certainly doesn't have real macro quality. I do almost all of my in studio photos using a 35 mm 1.4 lens because I try not to cut off feet too much, etc. so I need the extra width. But I occasionally use my 50 too. I just have the cheapie 1.8, but it is quite a good lens. The flooring in the photos is our actual floor that we have throughout the house. It's a distressed, handscraped Hickory hardwood. I love how it photographs and intend to have Dave eventually make me a backdrop with the leftovers (after he's eventually finished the loft and maybe the basement bedroom.)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Big Sisters

I had a very short list of "must have" photos I wanted of Griffin. I am actually weaning it down because I realize my true "must haves" are just a few photos that I will always treasure. Photographing him with his big sisters in the matching ivory dresses I ordered was one of my must haves. Goal achieved!

Saturday, September 13, 2014


I feel like in my 30's I have had so much more gratitude for things than I did in my 20's. I "stop and smell the roses"more. I appreciate the little things, and I try to savour them. Having my third child in my 30's is no exception to this. I enjoyed my pregnancy with him, and I want to savour all the little moments of his childhood. He is my last baby. A gift. A very wonderful surprise. The last year and a half has brought us a lot of challenges, but those memories are starting to fade the surface of my mind, pushing away for the much greater things that were waiting for us. I love Griffin so much. I photographed him in his crib on Friday morning, trying to preserve those little moments, little memories, little parts of him.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Birth of Griffin David

On Tuesday, September 9th (his exact due date), we welcomed our baby boy, Griffin David, weighing in at the same birth weight as big sister Reese- 8lbs, 12ozs. The birth was everything I could possibly hope for from the birthing process, which left me very happy. It is nice to be able to have fond memories of my last experience giving birth, like ending on a high note. David took a lovely little series of photos for me, but these are the only two that don't show Griffin's nudey parts, or me nursing him for the first time, which was amazing by the way.  He latched on the VERY first attempt, no fumbling, like he was born to breastfeed. We are all absolutely in love with him. Yesterday I found his head sticky from cotton candy lipgloss kisses, if that's any indication. ;)

Monday, September 8, 2014

When Are You Due?

Last night Dave and I stayed up until 1:30 watching the Mindy Project and talking. I enjoy our weekends together, and we are finding a good balance, even though he still has to find a fair amount of time to work on the house. The house is good though. We are in a good place where we have come to realize that we could never really appreciate every detail the way we do- trim, a new door, landscaping- if we hadn't gone through this process. And there is still so much exciting stuff yet to come. We took our last trip to America for a while. It was a nice outing. I always enjoy our day trips and we make it fun for the kids. I will be sad to have to take a break from that, but it's probably not realistic to go there monthly with a newborn.
It seems every time I'm out now someone asks me when I'm due. I told Dave I must have that look about my (huge) belly now that says I'm ready to pop. Unfortunately it seems like someone wants to stay put. Being at the end of pregnancy people ask if I'm getting uncomfortable. Well, I can barely bend and have no balance, but I feel fine. I think it's just more eagerness because I know I'm days away. I don't know when, or what to expect,  but just days away. 
(These yellow pants came for Reese in the mail the other day. They make me really happy to see them on her. I love colour.)