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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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!

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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

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!