LUKAS TURNS ONE YEAR OLD!

Hello Lovely,

It’s really fun when your friends have babies. You get to play with them and laugh at how they resemble their parents who you know so well. And the best part is the ability to give them back to their parents. I honestly thought Lukas and I might end up sharing a birthday, but on February 17, he came. I loved capturing his newborn photos so I had big dreams for his first birthday!

DSC_0161.jpg

My biggest frustration as a lifestyle blogger and photograher is when expectation is not reality and I always blame myself. When working with babies, something is always going to go wrong, but I roll with it and embrace the imperfections. I love shooting but the editing process is the worst for me. I nit-pick everything: How could I overlook that thing in the corner, how did that get in the shot, why did I cut off their heads? I know, I know, I overthink things, but that’s because I’m always trying to get better.

This shoot wasn’t about me so I’m done with my little confession. It was about capturing Lukas as he is, precious moments with his mom and a few candids at the party. Lukas partied until the last person went home! He’s growing so fast. Mommy and daddy better cherish these moments, because he is truly on the move!

Lifestyle birthday shoot for one year old includes footage of quality time with mommy before getting ready for his birthday party. To book your own lifestyle shoot check out this link below for details: http://www.lifebyolivia.net/blog/thinking-about-scheduling-a-lifestyle-session-for-your-munchkin

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.

28822448_10160013001615153_1625591424_o (1).jpg

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!

DIY No Sew Baby Headband

Hello Lovely,

Ever since my niece was born I've been obsessed with her and finding ways to make her smile and laugh. It was rough at first because she really didn't want anyone to hold her other than her mother, but since she started nursery, she's not afraid to go to anyone and I now have more freedom to take photos of her and do fun things. One of the things I couldn't wait to do for her was this cute DIY from A Beautiful Mess. I made a version of the Daisy Trim using a Sunflower trim. Instead of cutting it and applying it to an elastic trim, I added snaps on the ends to hold it together and the headband simply slides on her head comfortably. But I still included the steps for how to make three versions of the no sew baby headband.

DSC_0008 (1).jpg

Supplies:
ruched elastic
daisy trim
-stretch knit fabric (medium weight)
star trim
1/4″ elastic trim
rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat
-fabric scissors
quick dry fabric glue or glue gun

Instructions:

  1. Daisy Trim: Cut a strip of ruched elastic that is 1/2″ longer than your baby’s head circumference. Use a flowered trim (like that daisy trim) and cut each flower apart to make a quick appliqué pattern. Attach 3-4 flowers together in a cluster a few inches to the right or left of the centre of your ruched elastic and space another single flower an inch or so in both directions. Use a generous amount of your fabric glue (or use a hot glue gun) to stack and attach the elastic ends together in the back to complete the headband loop. Let the glue set and you’re ready to try it on!
  2. Head Wrap: For this headband, use your rotary cutter to cut a strip of fabric that is 5″ wide and 1/2″ longer than your baby’s head circumference. Fold your long edges in towards the middle and use your fabric glue or hot glue gun to attach one edge over the other, creating a long flattened tube.Stuff one end of your tube into the opening at the other end and glue them together. Cut a small strip of fabric that’s 3/4″ wide and 3″ long and fold and glue the long edges inwards like you did with the larger headband. Fold your smaller tube around the enter front of your headband (seam side inward on both pieces) and trim the smaller piece shorter, depending on how much of a gather you like in your headband. Repeat the process of stuffing one end of your small tube into the other end and gluing together like you did with the bigger piece and your headband is ready to wear!
  3. Starry Eyed: For this headband, cut a piece of decorative trim that is 2″ shorter than your baby’s head circumference. Cut a piece of 1/4″ elastic that is 1.5″ long and generously glue the elastic to both ends of the trim to complete the loop. That’s it! This one really showcases a pretty piece of trim as the star (no pun intended), so you can really use any trim you like and you may be able to find a coloured elastic that matches to help it look seamless as well.
DSC_0012 (1).jpg

Notes: Just keep in mind that you may have to do a little glue/fabric testing to make a no-sew headband that won’t fall apart as soon as you put it on your baby. There are definitely fabrics that glue really well and strongly to each other and some that don’t, so I would do a little test gluing with scraps to make sure your fabrics create a tight seal. Hot glue tends to work on a larger variety of supplies, so try that if the fabric glue doesn’t hold. If you use fabric glue, you should be able to wash the headbands in cold water, although if you have a really delicate trim I may just spot treat as needed. And as always, make sure your headband isn’t too tight! I know it sucks to remake something if it’s too small, but everyone will be happier if baby’s headband isn’t squeezing them uncomfortably.

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!

Name *
Name

 

 

Romantic Maternity Session

When mommy met daddy:

Natasha and William first met almost nine years ago at her best friend's birthday party. He asked for an introduction and after two years of being friends,  they started dating. They got married two years later and have now been married for four years.

Thoughts from the mom-to-be:

When we first found out about baby number 2, we didn't take the news too well - in fact I cried and moped about for a few days because I was and still am in school full time, work full time and barely have enough time for my three year old. This is not the best time to have her in either of our minds, but we have faith that God knows best!

I'm happy it's a girl but wasn't planning on another child for 2-4 years. She's a surprise to say the least. But the fact that it's a girl lessened the blow for me as I've wanted a girl for a while because growing up with six sisters and numerous nieces and goddaughters, I'm kind of a pro at dealing with girls. Boys not so much- in fact I'm learning daily how to be a great mom for my son.

My hopes for my kids are that they will be strong, healthy, confident, well adjusted productive citizens. I want them to find their passion and work earnestly at it. I plan on raising them to be Christians who can stand up for their faith, be independent, and I want them to have and experience the best life has to offer. I want them to seek new truths daily live Christ filled lives. If I can accomplish this as a parent, I will feel like I did okay.

About Natasha:

Natasha is a Christian, Patient Care Assistant by professions and college student studying to be a nurse. She loves reading, writing, taking pictures, cooking, walking and exercising and spending time with family and friends. She is a wife and mother to three year old Liam.

 

Thoughts from the photographer:

Natasha has been my best friend since 2009 when we met in a writer's workshop. It has been an honour to be with her every step of the way with her first child, Liam and to be able to do the same her new baby, which I am super excited is a girl! So I really wanted to show how wonderful a pregnant woman could be through this photo session with Natasha. The physical and inner beauty of a mother-to-be are just so precious. Every scar and blemish is perfect because of its story and I'm so glad I got to tell it!

Lighting provided by: D'Angelo Reid of Michaelangelo Photography

Find the Photographer:

Facebook   |   Twitter