Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Jacob's 2nd Birthday | Redwood Park Photos

About a year and half ago, I met Jacob for the first time and you can see those photos here.  So fun to look back and see the smiley-est kid ever!  This time, instead of the bright colours of Fort Langley, it was more of a nature-ish family session as any two year old likes to explore.   Jacob loved the playground and the sticks and the trails and everything :)

The reason for this session was that it was Jacob's 2nd birthday!  Check out the super cute ones of him towards the end with his balloons, he loved them!  

Lael and Steve, great to see you again!
Love, Louise

Monday, May 27, 2013

Sophia, Levi and Theo | Maple Ridge Family Photos

I was so excited to take pictures of this adorable family!  I hadn't seen Christa in years and now she has 3 super adorable kids!!  Christa and Matthew have a gorgeous house as Christa is an interior designer, you can check her out here.  As beautiful as their home is, I really do enjoy natural light and outdoor photography so out we went.  And you know what? They have a perfect field full of buttercups right behind their home.  What's better than cute kids in a field of flowers?!  Enjoy.
See?  Such cutie pies!!!  Thanks for having me take your photos, it was so good to see you again!
Love, Louise

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Leanne & Derek | Derby Reach Engagement Session

Leanne and Derek had a beautiful engagement session at Derby Reach Heritage Park. We had to omit the beach pictures because the Fraser River was all the way to the top of the stairs if you know the area!  I've taught both Leanne and Derek back in the day so this adds a whole other awesome dimension to a wedding day.  Leanne and Derek have known each other for forever (I think!) as they are neighbours and have attended the same schools too.  

I love doing engagement sessions because then you get to see pretty quickly how a couple works together and how they communicate.  These two flirt by bugging each other which is a little bit of how Gary and I work too :)  Leanne and Derek, look how great you guys look!  We are totally looking forward to your wedding day in September.  Happy wedding planning!    Love, Louise and Gary.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Happy Birthday Nya!

Can you believe it's been one year since my baby girl was born?  I am emotional and thankful and just so in love.  Here is our Princess Peach, our `Cutie', our Miss Nya.  We all love her very much.  

Monday, May 20, 2013

Brady Marek | Langley Birth Photography

Four years ago, I captured my first birth on camera.   It was Ali and Joel's first son, Caden and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.  A couple of years later, I was able to photograph the arrival of their second son, Cole. Although I wish I could do birth photography full time, I can only do about one per year as it's just too hard to be `on call' with three kids and a photography business with weddings (aka inflexible dates!).  One day maybe.  I told Ali, my long time friend of 12 years, that I would do my best to be there but couldn't promise anything.  

On Thursday, May 16th, at 7 am, I got the phone call!  Ali was in labour and headed to the hospital.  Last time I arrived just in time so I knew we didn't have much time.  I was able to get my kids off to my sister's house (thank you Maria and Pam!) and was at the hospital by 8 am.  Ali did not want any pictures of her labouring, just the first few minutes with babe.  So, I spent some time with them as she laboured and then I went to the waiting room to wait for the `she's pushing!' call :)  It was a tough one and it's so hard to see a friend going through it.  She was amazing and tough and she did it!   I have never pushed a baby out (oh, did I try!!) and I am in awe of the strength of their minds and bodies every single time.  

At 9:20 am, I entered the room as mom and dad met their newest son!!!!  They didn't know what they were having.  What a beautiful baby boy.  8lbs 6oz.  Great lungs. Brown hair.  Cute. Very cute.  I let out a sob or two (how can you not?!) and then captured some photos of them celebrating his arrival.  
Welcome Baby Brady.  You are so loved.  You are such a blessing and I cannot wait to get to know you!  Way to go Ali and Joel, you did it!  What a wonderful addition to your family.  Love, Louise

Monday, May 13, 2013

Andrew & Nicole | Maple Ridge Engagement Photos

Andrew and Nicole's engagement session took them from Cliff Park, where they often walk their adorable dog Enzo, all the way to Archbishop Carney,which was the high school where they met and started dating.  It all began when Nicole was in grade 9 and Andrew was in grade 11.  They both attended the Science Olympics for their high school and bonded over marshmallow towers and bridges made of straws.  Andrew joked that her tower wasn't very successful because she must have been eating the marshmallows :)  

We met up at the gorgeous Cliff Park in Maple Ridge, and as a side note, I now get the difference between Lougheed and Dewdney Trunk Road.  Won't make that mistake again!  We are totally looking forward to Andrew and Nicole's wedding in September.  Not only are they beautiful people inside out and out, their photos will be at Whonnock Lake and I LOVE Whonnock Lake.  Enjoy!
{I think the pictures below are my favourite!}
{Then it was off to Archbishop Carney where they first they are by Andrew's old locker...}
Andrew and Nicole, happy wedding planning!
Love, Louise and Gary