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!

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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!

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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

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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!

Dreamy Bohemian Maternity Session

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Happy Monday Everyone! Today I'm happy to bring you to a dreamy bohemian maternity photo session I recently shot. As you can see in these AMAZING maternity photos, this beautiful bohemian styled mommy-to-be, Telia, exudes confidence and gracefulness. I used the sun as a natural reflector to capture the true essence and beauty of this glowing mommy-to-be. Living in The Bahamas definitely has it's perks with regard to outdoor scenery and has locations galore to choose from. I knew I wanted to capture the golden hour with lots of greenery for this spring baby boy. This simple yet stunning session is full of family love, sensational smiles and authentic expressions that light up the lens! Get ready to be in awe as we enjoy the incredible views, amazing photography and the gorgeous mother-daughter family as they wait on the exciting arrival of their precious baby boy coming soon!

When we took things outside, it almost felt like a completely different shoot. The shoot took on a more glamorous feeling with a wardrobe change and change of scenery!

Wanting her maternity session to be "dreamy with lots of light", Telia and I worked together to make her vision come to life.,Telia loved her photos and I was so happy to capture these moments for her! This  amazing capture exudes nothing short of stunning perfection! Safe delivery Telia!

Montana and Jess' Stunning Nautical Wedding

Montana and Jess' Stunning Nautical Wedding

On December 30, 2017, my baby cousin Montana was wedded. The wedding took place in Freeport at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club. The dock provided the perfect backdrop for the ceremony. The nautical theme was consistent throughout the decor, down to the anchor that provided the perfect ampersand under the arch to symbolise the joining of two individuals.

The magnetising chemistry between the couple really showed throughout the ceremony. They seriously couldn’t be any cuter together. It was a photographer’s dream to work with such  individuals who were so passionate about one another that it also inspired me with my own emotional journey.

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For Unto Us a Child is Born | Christmas Newborn Photoshoot

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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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