Candace Lightbourne Serves Grown & Sexy Vibes

Hello lovely,

After shooting the Dawkins family, I’ve been itching to get behind my camera again. Two weeks ago I shared a fun, bright and colourful shoot with my three year old goddaughter and today I’m sharing a semi-editorial style shoot with my co-worker. The interesting part is that both of these shoots were done at the same place. That was kind of a challenge for me to create two completely unique shoots using the same property. But it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be because one look was meant to be playful while the other was meant to give a grown and sexy vibe.

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Light retouching and playing around with some new presets in Lightroom produced a look that I am more than pleased with and I think Candace was too with the entire experience. I love the dark and stormy vibe and can’t wait to do more shoots with this theme.

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ARIANA IS THREE YEARS OLD

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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

THE DAWKINS FAMILY PHOTO SESSION AT HOBBY HORSE

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Last week Sunday I was sitting at home, after a long day of cleaning, when I got a call from my hairstylist. Her family planned to have a photoshoot, but the photographer was no longer available so she called me. I was honoured that she chose me to photograph her family. Over the past two years, Jamell has told me numerous stories about her family, but I never met them until the shoot. Can you believe she has THREE sisters? Imagine, raising FOUR girls, all with larger than life personalities! I wonder if her parents were trying for a boy, but I’m sure they wouldn’t trade any of their daughters for anything in the world!

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I haven’t done a photoshoot in forever, so I was worried I might’ve been a little rusty, but once I met everyone, I had nothing to worry about. I just love this family! I laughed the entire session! Everyone brought so much energy, I hardly had to direct at all, which is my favourite kind of client. We moved through this session really quickly and I’m really happy with how many shots we got in only one hour of shooting. Thank you guys for inviting me to capture this moment for you; I feel like an honorary member of the family now!

 
 
 

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!

Favourite Photos I've Taken Lately

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Can you believe we're already done with January? There's been so much positive things happening and I'm glad to have been able to capture most of it. I've been busier but I love it, because I'm busy doing things I love to do. One of my New Year's resolutions is to make time for more creative activities such as photography, sewing, crocheting and other arts and crafts. I'm happy to report that so far, I've been making more time for my hobbies, however, with a full time job, that meant a lot of late nights. But with my recent productivity spike, I didn't mind at all. So something new I want to start doing is sharing some of my favourite photos I've taken each month. So in no particular order, here we go!

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My cousin's wedding was a beautiful sight to behold. She's only 22 but I couldn't help but feel extremely proud of the woman she has become. I love this photo because it is s elegant. We wanted a photo of how beautiful her gown was from the back and everything just fell into place. She's such a natural, I can't wait to go back to Freeport to take more photos of her.

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There's something about this photo that I absolutely love. The preparation of a wedding is so important because everyone gathers around the bride to make her look her best and keep her calm. In this photo, my cousin's mother and soon-to-be mother-in-law were struggling to keep her veil on. This created a lot of anxiety in her as the limo was fast approaching, but in the end, we were able to get the veil to stay in place just long enough for her to say, "I Do".

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How do you not fall in love with the innocence of a child? These two photos were candidly caught during a family photo shoot for New Year's. Watching the children run around and play was a gentle reminder to keep an eye out for the moments in between. 

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Speaking of the innocence of a child, check out this adorable photo of my niece! She's three months old and absolutely the joy of my heart! Getting photos of her is so difficult because she always ends up just staring at the camera, but as she gets older, I'm finding a few tricks to get that great shot!

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Just some of my favourite photos from the maternity shoot with my best friend. I had so much fun this day. As the photographer it's my job to make the mommy-to-be feel super confident, which can be a little difficult at times. Her body doesn't look how it used to and she often worries if it even looks like it should for a pregnant woman. Together with her daughter we brought a sense of calm and unconditional love that I think these two photos capture greatly.

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Self-love is very important. I recently started making my own wigs out of boredom. I wanted to try something new and I wasn't bad at it. I call this my Dirty Diana wig because it has me feeling confident and sexy! I also loved my outfit because I never wouldn't worn stripes together like this but something about it made me feel bold and glamorous! The blouse is Primark and the skirt is from Make Me Chic.

How do you celebrate your productivity? What was your New Year's resolution? Are you sticking to it? What inspires you creatively? Share your thoughts in the comment section below and let's chat!

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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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!