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.
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!
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.
We just had our family portraits done by Holly & Roger of the Labour Union. Aiden was a real trooper for the shoot, laughing or giggling in many of the shots. There are some funny outtakes of him with a grumpy/laughing face that I’ll share once we have the full photo set.
For now, here’s a preview of the family portrait – one of our favourite shots:
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