What the difference a year makes…
What the difference a year makes…
We had our family photos taken by Sarah Jane Photography again this year. She has taken our family photos for a few years (here is last year), always managing to capture our family with such lightness and joy. We left the photos a little late this year, due to colds / scratched faces / my hairdresser being away. Eventually, as with last year, we chose a frosty cold day to venture down to the Shipyards here in North Vancouver. We did our photos on a weekday, so I picked Aiden up from school and we went straight down to capture the hour of light before sunset.
Though the photoshoot felt entirely chaotic – with kids running everywhere, facing different ways, whining or wanting to play rather than look at the camera, Sarah once again managed to capture some glorious shots. You’d never know it felt so chaotic.
This year I have found that we have used our camera far less than in past years. Having 2 kids is just so much more chaotic and carrying around a large camera just seems too impractical most of the time.
The discerning eye will notice that Damien is wearing the sweater Aiden had on last year, the shoes he wore 2 years ago and the pants he wore 3 years ago! Yep, hand me downs! Not to say we have no other clothes, but of the 8 pairs of jeans (yes) that Damien currently has, these ones are the most trim fitting and unique. And sweaters, he has a whole drawer, but I like my kids to wear solid colours without hoods in photos and the blue and green seemed more “gem-toned” and beautiful than the contrast a red (his other solid sweater) and green would have. So, there you go!
See the rest of the photos here.
The ActiveMama family recently did our annual photoshoot with Sarah Jane Photography, who has been taking our photos for a few years now.
We went down to Shipbuilder’s Square at the foot of Lonsdale again, since we found last year that it had the perfect mix of backdrops for our photos. It’s not busy, it has an urban feel, the view is great and there are no distractions (like parks or bodies of water) that cause whiny kids! While I really wanted to hit up a forested area, it’s so hard to find the right light in the shade of the trees.
I couldn’t be more happy with the photos this year! Sarah did a great job capturing the kids in the chilly wind before they got too grumpy. Damien has some dermatitis on his face right now, which is worse in the cold, but Sarah did a good job clearing that out of the proofs. Thanks Sarah!
Check out all our photos here.
My boys are getting closer by the day lately. As Damien grows up, it’s clear that Aiden is enjoying his role of big brother even more. Damien is able to play some things with him now (trains, cars, etc), they read together, but their favourite times are spent just roughhousing or going crazy making faces and sounds together. Damien now will launch himself at Aiden for hugs and kisses, which suits my cuddly Aiden just fine!
Every morning since Aiden was quite small, he has come to our room in the morning for some snuggles. When he was older, he looked at photos on a phone or later watched some short show or YouTube clips. It afforded us a way to wake up in the morning! Now Damien comes to our room in the morning too and is more than happy to snuggle with me, but not so much with anyone else. We don’t use electronics in the morning anymore, but they have a bucket of toys they play with and, if both are awake at the same time, they roughhouse, tickle, or just play silly games. Aiden is finally getting the cuddles he’s always wanted from Damien, though still he would want more!
Just this week, Aiden got to hold Damien for the first time. Damien is not really a lap kid, and Aiden wasn’t interested in holding Damien when he was very small, so this was a big moment. The two sat together while they were pulled around on little scooter boards at StrongStart – and Aiden was so proud!
My boys have a wonderful relationship together most of the time. Damien loves his brother in a way that I can’t even describe – his biggest laughs are always for Aiden. Aiden loves to cuddle Damien, perhaps more than Damien would prefer. This photo – it captures their bond more than any before. I have it saved as my phone screensaver now. So precious.