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My oh my… where does the time go? I know I say that every time a birthday rolls around for Kylie but seriously… 2 more years and she’ll be double digits!

Every year I cherish the birthday photo session I do with each of my kids. With Kylie being older, we now talk about what type of colours and set up she would like to do.  Each year I see a little more personality pop out in those images. And every year I look back at previous ones and there’s a little tug ‘war of the heart…. torn between missing the things she’s grown out of… yet loving who she has become.  Goodbye My Little Ponies, hello Monster High.  One day she won’t insist on bringing Pink Teddy into the photos… tear.  She may be growing and it may be happening faster then I want it to happen but she’s growing more and more beautiful by the day, inside and out.  I’m one lucky mama.


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This was my first time meeting Oliver! He was a little shy at first but came to me for an ‘up’ once and eventually became comfortable exploring my studio with all the little props that I had lined up for him! His mom and dad knew the tricks to get him to smile but he saved the best ones for last as he discovered how much fun it is to splash in the tub!


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Baby Sutton came to the studio in early January. He arrived just before the New Year, on Dec 29 and was welcomed by not only his mom and dad, but also his very proud big brother, Will.  Its been so wonderful getting to know the Nessman family.  From their wedding, to their first baby boy, Will, to rounding out their family with newborn Sutton, its been a true pleasure to watch them grow and be able to capture those milestones along the way.


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The first time I met Kim was just one week before her wedding date.  Luckily I had the pleasure of meeting her sister Carlee, who conveniently runs Pocketful Productions – event & wedding planning.  With Kim & Ryan oversea until just before their wedding, Carlee handled all correspondence until my in person meeting with Kim.   The ceremony was held at Filberg Park, followed by the reception at Kim’s family home, which has a picturesque view of the ocean.  This made it easy to sneak out during the reception for one last photo before sunset.1kr-pages12-1PINIMAGE


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Having a May wedding up at Mount Washington prooved absolutely amazing! Taylor and Cory had a day with perfect weather (once we rose above the fog)!  Capturing the first look was such a special treat, especially when there was no one else present to experience that sweet moment where the bride and groom first set eyes on each other.  Taylor and Cory were full of emotion and I couldn’t help but feel the anticipation as Taylor walked up behind Cory and tapped him on the shoulder.

I found myself a little more sentimental feeling then most weddings as this was also our wedding venue nearly 9 years ago.  There have been many changes over the last 9 years as Mount Washington has made itself stand out as a exceptional venue to host both the ceremony and reception.  Some things remain just as vivid, such as the breathtaking, scenic alpine backdrop.  Raven Lodge is one of those venues that doesn’t require much in the way of décor as the tall windows showcase the captivating views and the post and beams, highlighted by lanterns, give a warm, intimate feeling.


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