It’s always funny how life just happens the way it does, isn’t it? At the end of March it marked FOUR years since we brought our daughter home as a wee babe from Ethiopia. And when I sit and think about it, I can’t even imagine it possible. SO much has happened and changed in those 4 short years. She’s grown into a beautiful, smart, charismatic little girl. She’s in full time French kindergarten. She has friends. Interests and opinions of her own. A deep love for animals. A sweet fashion sense and a sense of humour that is a lot like mine (which may or may not be a good thing. LOL!). And as wonderful as it’s been to be a part of her growth, it’s left my husband and I feeling a little old! In May we’ll also be celebrating THREE years with our son. This may be even more unbelievable to me. Adopting him as an ‘older child’ from the foster care system, just over a year after becoming first time parents to an infant created a MASSIVE mountain for our family. One that on my darkest days, I thought I’d never be able to climb. But time has a way of fixing things. It heals some of the deepest wounds of the heart. It provides time for thought and reflection. And it makes the impossible seem possible…even if it takes a while. Our son loves Beybaldes, Star Wars, Taekwondo, eating pancakes and bugging his sister. He’s currently experiencing his first crush on a girl at school and he’s learning to speak, read and write french at a neck-breaking pace. He is handsome, clever and silly. Mostly though? He loves his Mom. He frequently tells me how beautiful I am and how I am the best mom in the world. I feel lucky for this and to have made the progress we have. The road has been a long one…and we still have a ways to go. But in three years we’ve accomplished so much.
I’m going to admit that I am a bit embarrassed at how long it’s taken me to photograph my own kids! Even my son (who previously, couldn’t care less about photos) asked me last week why I hadn’t taken them out for a session. So I knew it was time. I had a location I wanted to try out, a nice, evenly lit day and two eager participants…so I seized the opportunity. As I finished up the photos I remarked to my husband about how easy this process has become over the course of the past 3 years. Gone are the days of coming away from a session with them exhausted and frustrated. And as I sorted through the images on my computer afterwards, my heart fluttered at what I was able to capture. These photos are so very THEM. And not just the happy them. The serious them. The goofy them. The sassy them. The loving them. These images show the connection that I am so grateful they have.
If you are thinking about booking a professional photography session for your child or children in Ottawa – I’d love to speak with you! As an award winning child and family photographer, I am please to offer one-of-a-kind photography experiences that allow your kids to have fun and express who they are! Book your session today and document this wonderful time in the life of your family!