Family

Baby Thomas: A Guardian Angel | Owen Sound Newborn & Family Photographer

I thought about this blog post for awhile, and didn’t know where to start.  I often post session shares here on my blog, but this is a unique situation. Every family has their own story, but in this instance I thought it would be more fitting for Sarah to tell her own family’s story.  Thank you, Sarah…for being so open, honest, courageous, and brave.   You are a true inspiration, and I am proud to be able to call you a friend.  Thank you for graciously sharing your journey with us.  We continue to pray and send positive thoughts your way.  Stay strong, friend.  Hugs!

Sarah’s Words:

Not every baby saves his mothers life. Not only is Thomas a miracle himself, he is also my guardian angel. Thomas was born prematurely at 27 weeks weighing 1lb 13oz. He came at a critical time…when doctors refused to deliver him, and I was given only weeks to live without chemotherapy treatment. You see, I only learned that I had cancer when I had unusual pains at week 21 of my pregnancy that left me hospitalized. I was eventually diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer that has spread to my liver. Thomas seemed to sense his mother’s struggle, and knew the only way we both would live was if he was born naturally. That way we could both fight our own battles side by side at the hospital.   Today Thomas is a scale tipping 9lbs and  is doing amazing.  Doctors are pleasantly surprised with his outstanding growth and development.  I continue to receive chemo with hopes of shrinking my tumours until they can be operated on–praying this will all be behind us one day and that I will be able to watch my miracle baby grow each day, for years to come.  

Dana has been a long time friend of my husband and I.  We struggled for years to have a baby.  When we did, we knew immediately we wanted Dana to capture our special moments. Her natural talent made her an easy choice.  We didn’t know that our circumstances would be so unique…Instead of a maternity session, Dana came to the neonatal intensive care unit to photograph out preemie son.  And instead of doing a newborn session, she kindly packed up her studio and came to our home to photograph Thomas as a 4-month old babe…who was now just the size of a newborn.  Her photos mean the world to us.  They will transcend time and stand as a testament of our love- as a mother’s love-for her son.  I couldn’t be happier with our photos.  No matter what the future holds, Thomas will always be able to see and know the love and tenderness we shared.  He will witness our special bond and know that I’ll always be there for him.

~Sarah

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New Addition | Guelph Newborn photographer

This past summer I had the pleasure of reuniting with a family who I had worked with 2 years ago, when I photographed their first daughter  Jayd, at 5 weeks-old.  Sometimes toddlers don’t really understand what’s happening when a new baby is on the way, but Jayd seemed to be quite excited about the prospect of having a new baby around.  Even at our maternity session, she wanted to snuggle mommy’s tummy to love on her baby sister Kyra.  I’m sure these two girls will have a beautiful bond as sisters, and will also be close friends.   Thank you S & C for choosing me to photograph these special milestones in your lives — you have such a beautiful family!

 

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Christmas Minis | Guelph photographer

Christmas Mini session

Our Christmas Mini Sessions are open for booking!  There are two events to choose from:  the {Kids Only} Christmas Minis, and the outdoor Family Minis.  The details for each event can be found below.  There is limited spaces for each day, so please book early to avoid disappointment.  What-to-Wear suggestions will be provided upon booking.   Email info@definingmomentsphotography.ca to secure your time slot.

*Note: a 50% non-refundable retainer is required at the time of booking to secure your spot

 

{Kids Only} Christmas Mini Sessions
Details:  We will be bringing the outdoors into the studio…complete with snow (of the fake variety, of course!) for the {Kids Only} Christmas Minis. Our Winter Wonderland set will be designed in mostly whites, grey and silver with a touch of sparkle too. When planning your child’s wardrobe, feel free to go casual, dressy, or even add some stylish winter accessories that they would normally wear outdoors. Keep in mind that footwear will be worn, and may be visible in the photographs.

Date:  October 18th, 2014.

Package:  15-minute in-studio session for up to 3 siblings, two sets, all edited images via digital download (maximum of 8), and a set of 25 holiday cards

Cost:  $225+hst

Outdoor Family Christmas Mini Sessions
Details:  These styled sessions will take place at an outdoor location (tba) and are available for up to 5 family members.  The set will include a antique-style couch, and some natural and simple festive props.

Date:  November 22nd, 2014.

Package:  20-minute session for up to 5 family members, all edited images via digital download (maximum of 12), and a set of 25 holiday cards

Cost: $325+hst

Happiness is…Family | Guelph Family Photographer

I pretty much love every.single.image from this session. I always enjoy meeting up with, and photographing this family. Maiya recently turned 2, and so we incorporated her birthday balloons in a few of the shots to commemorate her special milestone. As always Stewart Family, it was a pleasure! Thank you for having me capture your family again :)
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A Fond Farewell | Oakville Family Photographer

This family contacted me early in the summer to book a portrait session at a place close to their home in Oakville. This place had special meaning to them. It was a spot where they had spent some fun and happy times together over the past four years. A spot that they would surely miss when they moved away, back to the UK. I had such a great time with this family during their session, and I hope that these images help them to remember some of the memories that they shared during their adventures here in Ontario. Thank you Green Family for inviting me to your special spot.  It was a pleasure meeting the four of you, and I bid you a fond farewell as you head home.
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The Torgerson Family | Toronto Family Photographer

Although I tend to shoot most of my sessions around the Guelph area, I am certainly willing to travel as well! Recently I had the opportunity to travel to Toronto to meet up with my beautiful friend Nadine and her gorgeous family. The location we used for our session wasn’t too far from their home near the Lakeshore. I had the privilege of photographing them one year ago, and it was so nice to have the opportunity to see the five of them again and to see how much the little ones had grown and changed. I adore this family — their fun personalities and their style! Thank you N & C for having me capture some updated images of you and your wonderful family!

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Baby Finn | Kincardine Newborn Photographer

This wee man and his wonderful family travelled 2-hours one-way to have me photograph Finn’s newborn session. I also had the priviledge of photographing Finn’s older sister Paige as a newborn, about 2 1/2 years ago. I am so humbled and grateful for the continued support from this little guy’s parents, and I am honoured that I have been given the opportunities to photograph their growing family. Finn was such a good boy for his session, and I have so many favourites to share! Thank you K & C for making the trek to Guelph to have me photograph your precious baby boy.  It has been an absolute pleasure capturing your beautiful, growing family!
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Baby Milestone Session: Meredith – 6 months | Waterloo Baby Photographer

I had the priviledge of photographing Meredith to mark her 6-month milestone. Although this is already a pretty photo-worthy age, it was an extra memorable time for her parents, as Meredith learned to sit unsupported AND began sleeping through the night! Meredith was such a good girl for her session and I just love the smiles that we got from her. Here are a few of my favourites from her session…
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New Arrival: Baby Leonie | Guelph Newborn Photographer

I have been anxious to share some favourites from this newborn session, and now that Leonie’s parents have had an opportunity to view their images, I can! I loved having the opportunity to meet with this family for their in-person session reveal. I loved hearing the “oooh”s and “aaah”s as they saw their images for the first time….something that I miss when sending out online proofing galleries. I always have a case of the “butterflies” as I press the ‘send’ button, so having the chance to be there in-person to present the images and to see my clients’ reactions and get immediate feedback is a wonderful experience for me. Meet the beautiful Leonie at 10-days new…

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Mama & Me Babywearing Mini Sessions | Guelph photographer

Babywearing Mini ad web-ready

I am so excited about this collaboration with Meggan from Yellow Birch Baby Carriers.

Are you:
* a new mom considering babywearing?
* already a babywearing mama, but are considering a new type of carrier?
* an experienced babywearing mama who would love some beautiful images of you and your little one?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, you should definitely consider this event.  Location will be determined closer to the date, but it will be a lovely outdoor location in Guelph.  Email info@definingmomentsphotography.ca for more details or to book your spot!  There are only 8 timeslots available!