Fine Art Family, Baby, boudoir and wedding portraiture

based in Vancouver, Canada

Cindy+Joe// Maternity+family Session// Vancouver, BC

February 13, 2018

Happy Tuesday everyone!

It’s a beautiful day here in Paris(yes the one in France: I am currently traveling!)

I recently got re-accepted into as a Canadian Birth Photographers member so it has inspired me to share some new life. In this particular session, we are celebrating the before, the in between, the growth and change that happens when you have a baby. There are months of preparation, dreaming, and excitement; along with exhaustion, fear, uncomfortable sleepless nights and constant hunger. But it is a beautiful time. Maternity is the shortest state of your life, the shortest step you’ll have. You are a child for 11 years, a teen for 18, single from 18-30 years, married for 30+ years, a mom for the rest of your life but pregnant you are only 9 months. So I urge mamas to be to enjoy this moment, you will miss it and it is so special.

So this beautiful lady was about to be a second-time mama, though you know what to expect it isn’t exactly easier; the steps are the same and so is the struggle. But this mama did it all with such calm, grace and peace. As I got to know her and her husband Joe I have come to realize this is just who they are: extremely chill(modern term, yet so fitting).

Their first baby was not feeling well that day but she was such a champ! There were so many cuddles, giggles and lots of fun.

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One of my favorite things about Joe and Cindy is how they co-parent. It reminds me of the way I was raised. They are an amazing team! They make decisions, dress their daughter and do housework together. She stays home with the kids and when he comes home he takes over the kids so that Cindy can rest, do something for herself and breathe. I adore how much Joe cares for his family, how much he values them and how he talks about them. You can tell that these two perfectly fit together. They are from two totally different worlds and met her in Vancouver at a local gym, though there were many things that could have made them not get together, they did anyway. And in my opinion, it was all meant to be!

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This little girl is without a doubt a daddies girl. She follows him all around the house, she copies him and always wants him to carry her. I have found that the first child always has this stage(the wanting to be carried stage) just before they get a younger sibling and for the first year because they realize they are not a baby anymore and they don’t want to detach and do things themselves. They have the struggle of wanting to be a big girl/boy and do everything alone but then they wanted to constantly be carried, they often will go back into diapers(if they are already using the potty) and start crawling instead of walking. I have seen this often with a lot of the kids I work with. I guess we all have that attachment and the fear of moving forward.

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She’s got her daddy wrapped around her little finger. He’s already giving in and giving her money. I told him to get used to it, it’ll only be a constant stream from his pocket to her hand until you eventually cut her off 😉

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Does this photo remind you of a different, significantly more famous, image? Hint it’s painted in a cathedral in Rome… There are a lot of naked people in the painting 😉 This reference was not created intentionally, but I love the reminder as it is one of my favorite pieces in the High Renaissance art.

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We made the yummiest smoothies to wrap up the session and start our afternoons off right 😉

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I loved working with this beautiful family. Just before Christmas, I stopped by their house and I got to meet their beautiful baby boy. I’ll have to stop by again and visit for a while. I fell in love with their joy and love for each other, life and travel. We had so much to talk about and by the end we felt like fast friends. They are the type of clients that make me love my job so much!

Cindy just started a children’s clothing line called Little Wagon Co. and I hope to work with her in the future to incorporate her clothes in future family sessions. Go check out her Instagram too!

Much love,

Laura <3

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