We met with Sarah again for some more wonderful family portraits this November. My goal was to get some family photos that we could frame on our wall, as soon as Damien could sit. Well, he began solidly sitting just a couple of days before our photoshoot!
Despite the fact that Aiden was less-than-cooperative during the shoot (he was very tired and very much a 3-year-old), Sarah managed to capture some beautiful moments with our family. We did the photoshoot down by the Shipbuilders Yard in North Vancouver, doing some outdoor shots in the sun and also some indoor shots, since I wanted some sweater-free poses of the boys for our wall. I can’t wait to see how they look framed!
I see you're doing some art...
Come now, show me what you can do!
No no, don't look at the camera! Paint, darn you, I'm watching!
That's more like it! That looks interesting...
-Aiden, hard at work-
Look at that use of purple!
-Aiden applies the purple-
Hmm, I'm not sure about that use of yellow...
I think it could use a little extra something...
Rocks used to paint. I am humbled by your genius.
When little Damien was 12 days over, Sarah of SarahJane Photography, came over to our house for a newborn photo session (and Nicole of Mary Kay came to do my make-up!). I’d actually won a shoot with another photographer, but decided to pass on it since we were so happy with our family portraits while I was pregnant. By the time Aiden was a dozen days old, we had set up several home photoshoots; the reality of two kids is that there are fewer opportunities to take photos. With that in mind, we wanted to make Damien’s memories just as special as Aiden’s. In this case, Damien won out – with the help of a pro, we have some truly amazing photos!
It took Damien about 2 hours to fall asleep, even though he’d been awake for an hour by the time Sarah arrived. Bit of a fail there. Since Damien was diaper free, you can imagine just how many accidents there were during this time period (and they mostly landed on me – gross). Anyway, once Damien was finally asleep, we captured some beautiful moments. He was amazingly pliable once he fell asleep and had a massive nap after the shoot finished.
We bribed Aiden with a bag of candy to participate in a few of the photos (he really didn’t want to participate). Mexx should pay us for this photo of him:
See all the photos here.
Two weeks ago, we headed down to Cates Park with SarahJane Photography for some family portraits. As Sarah noted on her post, Aiden was a trooper for most of the session… until he noticed the playground ;)
Sarah did a great job capturing our family and some really beautiful moments. I love how she framed some of the photos, like the one above. So cute!
I really wanted to capture Aiden pre-big-brother, since I know a lot of attention will be on the baby after he is born and on Aiden as big brother, with baby. This was our last chance to really just showcase Aiden. We took a few belly shots and family shots and it was just the perfect mix.
View the full set of photos here.
One of the obscure phrases that Aiden started saying a lot this past month was “not Christmas anymore.” Perhaps this came about as he realized he wanted to read some of his Christmas-related books, which we’d put away, or because he wanted to listen to Christmas music. Whatever the reason, the phrase stuck, and he will randomly pull it out during the day for no apparent reason. He just likes to state the fact.
Sometimes, we think, he will notice Christmas lights still up around town, prompting the phrase. Other times, it’s not clear why he says this. Perhaps he simply misses all the Christmas fun.
Speaking of Christmas, we finally have all our photos online from December onwards. Here’s the Christmas set.