ARIANA IS THREE YEARS OLD

Hello lovely,

I have had so much fun documenting the growth of my friend’s kids. Not only has it been a fun challenge for me to grow in my photography, but it allows us to bond and quality time is always a good thing. It started when I captured Natasha’s maternity shoot. Once she was born, we couldn’t wait to capture her as a newborn, and then before we knew it she was one! From then she was a rambunctious scamp going everywhere big brother Liam went. In fact that’s the only way I got her to light up for her second birthday!

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Now she’s three and just as playful and adventurous as ever! She’s curious about the world around her and loves taking pictures. As soon as she sees as a camera, you’ll hear her little voice say, “Cheese”. Over the years I’ve been drawn more to lifestyle photography to capture moments just as they are, not staged. So I found myself saying many times, “Pretend I’m not here, keep playing”, only for the kids to say back to me, “But you are here. I can see you”. So I had to become a ninja to snap some of the photos whenever she was occupied with something.

I picked the Umbrella Sky Project by Graycliff Restaurant as the perfect location for the photos. It was bright, colourful and the perfect backdrop to bring out Riri’s playful side. Afterwards we moved over to the National Art Gallery just up the street for a few family shots. Of course my little diva got tired after an hour of photos, and soon that “cheese” was less enthusiastic and came without a smile.

But we all had fun and I hope to do this for every one of her birthdays!

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Look Who's 2!

Hello Lovely,

Can you believe that Ariana is already TWO?! Ariana is my little pumpkin because I joke that she's so orange. She looks exactly like her big brother and follows him everywhere he goes! I love following her growth. Little Ariana loves Laugh & Learn Puppy and tells great stories (even if she doesn't get the details quite right). I found that Ariana did not smile if she was sitting but if she got to run around and chase her brother, she was all smiles and giggles! Mom wanted a spring/nature theme so I took advantage of the Farmer's Market at The Island House on the second day of shooting and the kids really had a blast! Happy Birthday sweetheart!

Introducing Lukas Tracy Bentley Knowles

Hello Lovely,

I'm so happy to tell you that on February 17, 2018, at 3:46 PM, my best friend Telia gave birth to a healthy baby boy! At 7lbs 4 oz., I have never seen a baby so small! When RiRi was born she was tiny and had jaundice as well but I feel that Lukas was extra tiny! I could tell throughout the pregnancy that he would be a small baby. I was super excited to meet him,(I've been emotionally invested for almost a year)  but had to wait a whole week as he got treated for jaundice. Other than that he was completely healthy with no defects.

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Before Telia gave birth, we were sold on the name Cruz so imagine my shock when the name changed. We joke that Lukas will one day marry my niece, who's only about five months older than him, and then we can all be one family! Lukas is a dream, but his defiant personality is already showing! Every time I tried to fold his legs in, he insisted on stretching them out. Even calling him by his full name didn't get him to cooperate. He was alert the entire time, which has never happened in an infant shoot for me before.

Lukas has the most gorgeous eyes, but they just may change colour. At one point it even looked like he was posing for the camera. He didn't like being on his tummy so we only got one good shot with that, but overall, mommy and daddy were super happy with the photos and couldn't wait to share them with the world!

Welcome baby Lukas Tracy Bentley Knowles. We all love you SOOOOOO much!

Ariana's First Birthday

Sugar and Spice and everything nice!  My little girl is just that and more! Ariana is my best friend's daughter, and after her brother was born five years ago, I thought I would never love another baby the same. But the moment I looked into those eyes of hers I knew I would do anything for her! It's been a really busy year, but Oh My Gosh, it's been a whole year!

Can you believe that this baby:

Is now this baby?!

Where has the time gone? Ariana is already walking and fascinated by the sounds she makes. She even sang a little song for us while we were shooting. She was not shy at all and we had so much fun with her portraits. Ariana (or Riri as she's affectionately called) came alive as soon as the camera turned on and dazzled us with her toothy grin!

So from Mommy, Daddy, Liam, Goddy Livy and all of your godparents, have the happiest first birthday a baby could ever have! We love you Riri!

For Unto Us a Child is Born | Christmas Newborn Photoshoot

Hello Lovely,

Photographing a newborn is a unique experience.It’s amazing how quickly they grow up and how quickly you forget their little stages. One of the most important stages in a baby's life, is baby's first Christmas! As you all know Christmas is my favourite time of year, so I feel it's extra special for our little ones. Their innocence and exploration is so precious you never want to miss a second! Let's face it, these kids are practically born with their own personalities and agenda's. 

Meet Makhlyee Haven! This little bundle of joy was only 4 weeks old at the time of our shoot! She has grey eyes and the cutest little cheeks! It wasn't until the end of the shoot when I realised that this candid shot was my favourite and trumped all of the staged shots. There's something so simple about it, that's still so striking, that makes it hauntingly beautiful. Even these ones below were a crowd pleaser because we didn't expect her to smile. These candid shots really showed her playful personality. Moments like these I happened to capture because I kept snapping.

Baby Photography is the most unpredictable of all if you ask me (right after wedding photography). Even when I'm working in your home, so many things can happen that throws us off schedule and sometimes we'll have to scrap a shot altogether. Remember when newborns just laid there and never really did anything impressive? Not any more! The most amazing part of this shoot for me was seeing Makhylee hold herself up inside of the Christmas box. I mean at first, she slumped over and to be honest, it was hilarious (I now totally understand the drunk baby memes). But after a few minutes it was as if she put on her big girl pants. But of course after awhile, all of the excitement wore her out and she needed a beauty nap.

When it comes to shooting baby's, I like to focus on the details. They grow so quickly, something that was there this week, may be bigger/smaller/gone next week. These little things can easily be taken for granted. It's important to capture these moments so you can look back at them once the child is older.

Some of the best shots were also because of the added human element: mom.

We didn't show all of mom, just bits and pieces, because it was really more about Makhylee.

I hope you enjoyed meeting her! If you're interested in booking your own Christmas photoshoot, you'll have to act fast as I leave at the end of next week. Fill out the form below and specify if you want a Christmas shoot or something that can wait until next year. I can't wait to hear from you!

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ANNOUNCING....OUR NEWEST BLOG CONTRIBUTOR & 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HER

Hello Lovely,

I don’t know if you’ve noticed the extensive use of “we” in certain posts lately. If you have, you’re probably wondering who this other person is. If not, don’t feel bad, I’m going to tell you anyway. Awhile back I put out a call for a new blog contributor and an angel answered! Her name is Mechelle Sweeting, a fellow cat lover, outdoor enthusiast and foodie extraordinaire! So far, she’s been working behind the scenes for a few weeks to help with the expansion and you’ll soon see some changes like a cleaner homepage and a wider variety of content on the blog. So who is this mysterious woman, you ask?

She loves to eat and cook various cuisines from around the world, including Italian, Asian and Bahamian.  Trying different foods and out-of-the-box dishes like escargot, seaweed salad and sushi fuels her love for travel and exploration. Mechelle loves writing; using it as a main source of self-expression: “When you feel it, as you feel it - write it!”

No need for expensive store-bought products, DIY skincare is her everyday go to and nail therapy is a MUST: stiletto, coffin, almond, and gemstones – the whole shebang! She’s a girly-girl through and through with a strong spirit and a big heart! I’m so glad to welcome her to the team and I know you’ll love her!

Here are 10 Fun Facts Mechelle is sharing with us for you to get to know her better! Take it away Mechelle:

Hello Everyone! It’s so great to be a part of the team. I can’t wait to begin sharing with you and giving your life a personal touch! But before we get into that, here are 10 fun facts I wanted you to know about me!


·         Usual Sushi order – Seaweed salad, as well as a side of eel sauce and extra ginger to accommodate my roll.  I prefer salmon rolls with avocado or cream cheese fillings but I am branching out into ahi tuna

·         Favourite Desserts- cheesecake, guava duff, carrot cake

·         I prefer cats over dogs - They’re fluffy, warm and snuggle up around your ankles at just the right times. Mr. Wiggins will soon be added to the Sweeting family.

·         I can go weeks without meat! From my late teens I spent many years following a vegetarian lifestyle and was content not eating meat.  I easily have meals of just vegetables such as smashed plantain, boiled butternut squash or pumpkin.

·         In case you're wondering.......it's Mrs. Sweeting ;) My hubby and I love to watch movies and cuddle up on the couch or in the theatre (snacks are ALWAYS included).

·         I'm in love with the outdoors and gardening (thanks Mom!).  I continue to find inspiration and tranquillity through plants wherever I go.

·         My fitness preferences are Yoga, Spinning and Walking.

·         Although I started my natural hair journey 11 years ago, I’ve grown my locs for 9, with many trims and styles in between. 

·         I binge watch Food shows such as Chopped, Top Chef (my favourite), Hell’s Kitchen and enjoy Food Documentaries such as Fed Up!, Food Inc. and Hungry for more.

·         I am an avid user of fresh citrus for face masks such as orange or lemon (P.S. lemon and honey is an excellent mix!)

Join me on Pinterest to see what else I’m inspired by and tune back tomorrow to read my first post!

EJ & Janae | Unstoppable Love Engagement Photo Session

Working at a Bath and Body store six years ago, Janae never thought that’s how she would meet her future husband. After four years of an unsuspecting friendship, and a failed relationship with a mutual friend, EJ finally made his move. She loved his sense of humour and he could always make even a bad situation good. Little did Janae know, from that moment, he had planned to make her the one, and wasn’t taking no for an answer. EJ saw a passionate, down-to-earth and selfless woman who went above and beyond to make others happy.

EJ said that peaches remind him of Janae, and I can’t blame him. She has very peachy cheeks, and always has as long as I’ve known her.

Janae recounted feeling secure, loved and special when she’s with him, which definitely showed in the photos. She was comfortable around him, whereas her beauty and smile left him speechless while shooting. She was caring and considerate, always making sure he looked his best in between shooting; even coaching him behind the scenes, which of course made him blush. Their matching outfits were absolutely adorable! Can you believe that Janae's mother made the dress specifically for the shoot in like two days?

When they think about all that they’ve been through, the one thing they can laugh about now, is how despite everything, their engagement was almost called off over a Jet Ski incident! EJ laughed, but Janae didn’t find it so funny when she found herself thrown off of a Jet Ski after recently getting her hair done. She admits it was silly now, but I can just imagine her yelling at him for messing up her hair in the middle of the ocean.

On February 13, 2015 EJ took the next step in their relationship by proposing over dinner in a restaurant. They are both looking forward to new experiences and Janae is especially looking forward to being a wife and a mother.

“He’s not a perfect person, I’m not a perfect person, but I think that we’re perfect for each other. I honestly think that God sent him in my direction.” - Janae

Thank you for allowing me to capture this precious moment in your lives. May God to continue to richly bless each of you!

Thank you for allowing me to capture this precious moment in your lives. May God to continue to richly bless each of you!

Look Who's 30 Photo shoot!

Hello Lovely,

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of shooting a friend of mine's 30th Birthday Party. That's where I used those super cool photobooth props! Everyone had a great time, and I was even gifted with the delicately sparkling and endlessly romantic perfume and limited edition, Chance Eau Tendre by Chanel! I love Chanel! I'm not obsessed with it, but I just love everything it stands for. But enough about me!

The decorators did a smashing job! I wanted to take everything home! And when the cake arrived, it was just too pretty to cut (but of course we still ate it)!

Telia was a delight to shoot and work with! Here are just some of the highlights from her special day!

XoX,