Speaking of journeys into parenthood, our 3rd baby is now 2 months old and I wanted to share some images from my very own maternity session. Being in front of the camera always makes me a little uncomfortable, but as a photographer, I know how important it is to experience being on the other side of the lens. So, to all our clients... I'm with you guys! :)
Here I am, and what you all have been saying about Sam is so true. He has a way of making you feel at ease and gives you the license to be yourself, quirks and all; and yet still able to make you look and feel beautiful. And to top it all off, it was a heck of a lot of fun! :) Thanks to my awesome photographer husband, for these portraits of this amazing and beautiful time of our lives.
Of course, I had to grab the camera for a few shots of the proud daddy:
Can't wait for more maternity sessions to share with you this year!
Lots a luv,
Some personal news: We recently welcomed baby girl #3 into our family last month and despite the exhaustion, we couldn't feel more blessed. Stay tuned for more on that in an upcoming post!
Other than that, we have some really exciting weddings, engagements, and lifestyle sessions, to share (including a few maternity and baby sessions that we have had the privilege of shooting). Up first though, is a sneak peak of Pamela and Jimmy's recent winter wedding in February.
Mary (& Sam)
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Sam and Mary
Last night, Mary and I joined the rest of the world in witnessing the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Though we've lived in Canada since we were kids, and have thoroughly experienced true Canadian living (cold weather and all), it was nice to be reminded of some of the symbols and imagery that represent us, and our nation. The mountains, the snow, the prairies, the Natives with their elaborate costumes, what a beautiful country we live in!
We also enjoyed the Celtic fiddlers and dancers featuring Ashley MacIsaac playing insanely energetic "Devil in the Kitchen" and who could refuse K D Lang's brilliant performance of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" which left us breathless!
One of the most memorable parts of the celebration for me was the passionate performance of his poem "We are More" by Shane Koyczan. Now I'm not a poetry buff by any means, but his words resonated with me and painted a picture of Canadians that goes far beyond our frozen pond ice rinks and quirky colloquialism (eh?).
We'll leave you with the poem below. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. More can be found about Shane and his work at: House of Parlance Media
Thanks, Shane for bravely sharing this with us.
ps. Anyone for some Tim Hortons? :)
We Are More by Shane Koyczan
When defining Canada
you might list some statistics
you might mention our tallest building
or biggest lake
you might shake a tree in the fall
and call a red leaf Canada
you might rattle off some celebrities
might mention Buffy Sainte-Marie
might even mention the fact that we've got a few
or that we made these crazy things
and washing machines
when defining Canada
it seems the world's anthem has been
" been there done that"
and maybe that's where we used to be at
we've done and we've been
all the great themes get swallowed up by the machine
and turned into theme parks
but when defining Canada
don't forget to mention that we have set sparks
we are not just fishing stories
about the one that got away
we do more than sit around and say "eh?"
we are the home of the Rocket and the Great One
who inspired little number nines
and little number ninety-nines
but we're more than just hockey and fishing lines
off of the rocky coast of the Maritimes
and some say what defines us
is something as simple as please and thank you
and as for you're welcome
well we say that too
but we are more
than genteel or civilized
we are an idea in the process
of being realized
we are young
we are cultures strung together
then woven into a tapestry
and the design
is what makes us more
than the sum total of our history
we are an experiment going right for a change
with influences that range from a to zed
and yes we say zed instead of zee
we are the colours of Chinatown and the coffee of Little Italy
we dream so big that there are those
who would call our ambition an industry
because we are more than sticky maple syrup and clean snow
we do more than grow wheat and brew beer
we are vineyards of good year after good year
we reforest what we clear
because we believe in generations beyond our own
knowing now that so many of us
have grown past what used to be
we can stand here today
filled with all the hope people have
when they say things like "someday"
someday we'll be great
someday we'll be this
someday we'll be at a point
when someday was yesterday
and all of our aspirations will pay the way
for those who on that day
look towards tomorrow
and still they say someday
we will reach the goals we set
and we will get interest on our inspiration
because we are more than a nation of whale watchers and lumberjacks
more than backpacks and hiking trails
we are hammers and nails building bridges
towards those who are willing to walk across
we are the lost-and-found for all those who might find themselves at a loss
we are not the see-through gloss or glamour
of those who clamour for the failings of others
we are fathers brothers sisters and mothers
uncles and nephews aunts and nieces
we are cousins
we are found missing puzzle pieces
we are families with room at the table for newcomers
we are more than summers and winters
more than on and off seasons
we are the reasons people have for wanting to stay
because we are more than what we say or do
we live to get past what we go through
and learn who we are
we are students
students who study the studiousness of studying
so we know what as well as why
we don't have all the answers
but we try
and the effort is what makes us more
we don't all know what it is in life we're looking for
so keep exploring
go far and wide
or go inside but go deep
as if James Cameron was filming a sequel to The Abyss
and suddenly there was this location scout
trying to figure some way out
to get inside you
because you've been through hell and high water
and you went deep
because we are more
than a laundry list of things to do and places to see
we are more than hills to ski
or countryside ponds to skate
we are the abandoned hesitation of all those who can't wait
we are first-rate greasy-spoon diners and healthy-living cafes
a country that is all the ways you choose to live
a land that can give you variety
because we are choices
we are millions upon millions of voices shouting
" keep exploring... we are more"
we are the surprise the world has in store for you
Canada is the "what" in "what's new?"
so don't say "been there done that"
unless you've sat on the sidewalk
while chalk artists draw still lifes
on the concrete of a kid in the street
beatboxing to Neil Young for fun
don't say you've been there done that
unless you've been here doing it
let this country be your first-aid kit
for all the times you get sick of the same old same old
let us be the story told to your friends
and when that story ends
leave chapters for the next time you'll come back
next time pack for all the things
you didn't pack for the first time
but don't let your luggage define your travels
each life unravels differently
and experiences are what make up
the colours of our tapestry
we are the true north
strong and free
and what's more
is that we didn't just say it
we made it be.
Having come from a big family, my parents couldn't afford to send us all to all kinds of lessons, including music, but on one special occasion, they did save up and buy us a small Casio digital keyboard that I had been wishing for. I still remember that keyboard fondly even though I was never able play it beyond plunking around and imagining myself making beautiful music. It's the imagining that keeps dreams going.
Well, I'm in my 30s now and here is my first piece of music I have ever written. It's like going back to kindergarten and learning to write again. I fretted posting this, but Sam has encouraged me to share it. I wrote it in a rough draft as an exercise thinking I will just put it in a folder, but he took my song, listened to me play it and worked it by helping me put on the finishing touches. You know the person who sees something in you, and can't wait to share it with the world? Yes, that would be him.
Here is my song that Sam has produced together with some video I shot earlier this week. He loves creating, even on his day off. Creating something for yourself to enjoy whether it be trying out a new recipe for a dish you've been dreaming of, or that craft that you're excited about, or whatever your passion may be, is important. We need to do it more daily.
The challenge is conquering our fears of trying that something new. Once you get your feet wet, it's not all that scary, really. Really, don't panic.
Have a great weekend!