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Bruno

 

Meet my new favourite four legged fellow. His name is Bruno. Such a strong burly name for such a tender little pup! This day, he walked further than he ever has in his short life. The world must have felt like a big, busy place. He explored every nook and cranny he could find, and still paused to pose for me… well, sort of. If there were treats, he would pause for me… but only for a second or two. There was too much to do! So much, in fact, that he finally just stopped walking. His little feet were done. Time for a nap.

 

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Winter Baby

 

Newborns love to sleep, right? Not this little sweetheart… at least, not this day. Her big beautiful blue eyes wanted to take in the world this day and all of its happenings. And a lot was going on!  When you are only two weeks old, everything is new and interesting. Especially all of that light coming from the windows. Even though it was cold outside, we kept her warm and toasty… with a full tummy and mom’s soothing voice by her side. A perfect recipe for sleep, you might think. She did take a tiny nap… photo shoots are exhausting events, and a wee bit of beauty sleep was definitely in order. But it wasn’t long before those baby blues were wide open once more, charming me utterly and completely with her adorable little expressions. What a beautiful baby girl. A winter princess.

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At the Lagoon

 

This time of year can be unpredictable when it comes to weather, but we lucked out this mild day at the Esquimalt Lagoon. The water was running high under the bridge, the fall colours were abundant and the rains subsided just long enough for us to have some fun in the sand. This little guy was offering me all kinds of adorable faces, but his infamous smile was undercover for much of our session… which is perfectly fine by me! I think that children have such a vast range of interesting expressions that are so unique to each child. I think my favourite is the pensive look.. whether they are looking at my lens slightly perplexed about what it does, or whether something in their environment catches their eye. For Carter, it was the airplanes in the sky. He was fascinated by them. I was able to catch a few little grins and open smiles from time to time as well, which I know will make his mom and dad happy, as that is how they know Carter. They joked about how he is all smiles most of the time… except during a photo shoot when we want him to smile! I think he will go through much of his life doing things his own way… is there any better way to do it?

 

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Mai – Headshots

 

Isn’t she beautiful? I love love love doing head shots. It gives me the opportunity to connect with a person one on one in a very real and sensitive way. Each and every time I photograph someone in this way, something wonderful is revealed to me. It takes a little time, as we all get a little nervous when a lens is pointed at us, and we feel vulnerable…. but there is a moment in the session when the person being photographed relaxes, and their true beauty shines. It happens every time. I can pretty much throw away the first images from any session… the good stuff is always at the end. Mai was no exception. I love her natural smile, her gentleness of being… with a little touch of spark. She is beautifully unique, and was such a treasure to photograph. Thank you, Mai, for your trust in me. You shine.

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Natalie and Starbuck

 

Right from the first moments of arriving at the barn, I knew these two had an extraordinary connection. Natalie’s love for this horse runs deep, and Starbuck… well, he will do almost anything for her. I loved watching them interact with each other as I captured these pictures. When we went into the field, all Starbuck wanted to do was munch on the fresh green grasses at his feet.. Natalie would lightly smack him with the rope to get his attention the way good friends playfully nudge each other when one is acting up. They each had their own idea about how this photo shoot was going to go, and for Starbuck, it wasn’t about looking pretty for pictures. When we returned to the barn, I was so moved when I watched them hug each other as Natalie gently removed his halter. I found myself smiling the entire time I was editing these photos, because I was so utterly charmed by this horse. I was editing, but also reminiscing at the same time.. wishing I could go back and visit Starbuck once again. Speaking of halters, don’t you just love how he has a custom bridle with his own beautiful nameplate?

 

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A Turn for the Better

 

As I was driving to the beach to do this session, I had my doubts. Little raindrops were lightly tapping my windshield and the trees were swaying a soft dance. I thought to myself, just wait and see. The weather can be unpredictable when you live on the coast, and sometimes things can change quickly. Although I knew this, I dreaded calling this family and cancelling so last minute, as I know how challenging it can be to prepare your kids for a photo session. And the drive wasn’t all that short. I parked my car and walked a small stretch of the beach, and while there were a few raindrops, it wasn’t serious. And sure enough, as soon as we all met each other and began the session, the most beautiful thing happened. The warm fading sun slipped behind a cloud and the soft filtered light was absolutely magical. It is my most favourite kind of light! And what a delightful family. I got completely lost somewhere within my camera as I clicked frame after frame. If it weren’t for the diminishing light, I could have gone on for hours. Sometimes it pays off to be patient, when it comes to the variable weather and see what unfolds!

 

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The Golden Girl

 

The last time I photographed this beautiful family was eleven years ago. How the kids have grown! I don’t think I would have recognized any of them if I passed them by on the sidewalk, but as I looked through my lens, I saw the young children they used to be in each of their faces. I even noticed some of the same mannerisms that they had as young ones. We change over the years, but in some ways we never change, and that is a wonderful thing. What was really fun and unique about this session though, was that it was an extended family shoot… which included their beloved chicken Golden Girl! In all the years I have been photographing families, this was a first. How delightful! What a sweet creature.. so willing to pose quietly for me as the family gathered and prepared for the shoot. I kind of wish I could have a chicken now.

 

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Fun at Willows Beach

 

I’m always amazed at how resourceful kids can be when they are playing on the beach. No screens of any kind are needed here. These three beauties found all kinds of things to keep them immersed in play. They used the charred remnants of a beach fire to write their names on stones (complete with little hearts), they built sand castles with only their hands and imaginations, they performed countless gymnastics moves on the pillowy soft sand, while I stood back and marvelled at how flexible they were! I wish I could do a back bend! Children have a way of simply being in the moment and creating their own worlds of adventure just by being present and spontaneous. It was so beautiful to watch these girls be themselves and take advantage of the sea and sand this lovely early Autumn evening.

 

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All Beak and No Wing

 

They are called Indian Runner Ducks, and they hatched a few weeks ago in Ms. Takhar’s kindergarten class at Lochside Elementary. They have been adored since the first beak cracked open the egg. The class gave each of them a special name… Star, Rosy, Rocky and Chirpy. Now they reside on my friend’s beautiful organic farm, and it is truly a lovely place to call home. They have so much room to run, and they are excellent runners, which is a good thing because they don’t really grow wings. Even as adults, they don’t fly. They prefer to forage in the grass and even catch flies! love how they stand tall, almost penguin-like, and how they always stick together. Soon, they will lose their fuzz and grow a fresh coat of pretty white feathers. Hopefully, they will grow into those big beautiful beaks, too. I know that these lucky four will be living the good life.

 

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  • Gyneth Turner - Oh my gosh, those ducks are the cutest lil things!  They look like Easter!  Did they hatch in Helena Takhar’s class?  Great names. .ReplyCancel

    • rhayne73@yahoo.ca - Aren’t they sweet? Indeed they did! They lived in the kindergarten classroom for a week before they found their new home at Michelle’s farm!ReplyCancel

Lacey

 

She was so little, we couldn’t take her for a walk at the beach yet. But that’s ok… she was showing me just how adorable she is, just by sitting on the couch! No need to find the perfect setting when you’ve got eyes the size of dinner plates and the softest puppy fur imaginable. Little Lacy stole my heart.. over and over again. Everything she did was scrumptious. We played indoors for a little while and then ventured outside with her sweet little ladybug leash that she loved to chew. Everything in the world was new to her. We couldn’t keep her contained! She went here, there and everywhere, with a little bounce in her step. She jumped into the hedge and almost completely submerged… she crawled under my car…. she smashed the pansies in the front yard…and when she finally tuckered out, she flopped down on her favourite mat and fell into a deep snooze. She’s so very new and very small, but looking at the size of those paws, she’s in for a bit of a growth spurt!

 

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