Newborns these days

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I simply love working with new babies and new families. Whether you are welcoming your first or fourth baby, there is something so lovely about these first days as your heart grows and you learn to love each other and each other’s presence.

Although they are often called newborn sessions, I prefer to call them new family sessions because there is so much richness and beauty beyond just the sweet babe. We always involve the whole family. Mother, father, siblings, grandparents. I have even hosted dogs and cats in the studio. 🙂

When you arrive for your newborn session, we take time to pick from the many lovely knits and fabrics, simple but elegant props I have on hand on the studio. I love it when parents bring in a meaningful blanket or soft toy that we can incorporate. We follow the mood of the baby, stopping when feeding or cuddles are needed.

Over the course of a newborn session we usually work in 5 – 6 settings for the baby and then move into family pictures. I hope to capture the sweetness of your family and the sense of coming adventure together.

Continuing my “these days” series, I am happy to share Newborns these days with the lovely Emma who joined her mom, dad, grand mother and big brother for this relaxed and joyful session.

Wrapped up in you
Wrapped up in you
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Buds
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Rest
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A little color
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And some smiles
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Here to watch over you
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Eyes wide open
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For some sweet kisses
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Some love from Dad
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Happy days
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Here we are
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Three generations
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Wisdom
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Quiet
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And a vistor. 🙂
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Bed cuddles
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Proud
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Joy
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Simple and sweet
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Curley que
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Precious pieces
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Grounded
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Love grows here

 

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A Sprite in the Forest

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The light in the forest

As usual we had an amazing time during the Adventures in the Bluebell Forest at Hallerbos. Warm temperatures and sunny days brought out the best in the play of light, shadows and color. I am still very much working my way through the editing (we had 21 families join this year!) but I was so inspired by this lovely duo I had to share.

I have had the pleasure of photographing this sweet little girl and her family since she was just a couple of months old. Now becoming a proper big girl, she showed off her moves and larger than life personality while taking a special momma and me day in the forest. Such a cutie! I hope you enjoy their images as much as I have. 🙂

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Dreaming place
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Queen of the forest
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Glow
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Regard
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Stroll
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Fly
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A quiet place
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Bisous
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Play
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In the wind

 

A look back and a look forward: Royals!

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Beauty

You might say this year has been a little crazy. The making of B3 seriously sapped my energy and between babybuilding, kid raising, fun having and sleep missing my dear blog was put on hold. No longer! With the arrival of little Jasper (photo debut coming soon) and start of maternity leave, I am excited to revive this forum with more storytelling, photo sharing and adventure seeking.

To kick us off, I take you all the way back to February for our very first Bear and Dragon adventure, Royals! Set in the glamorous Chateau at Domaine de la Hulpe, Royals was a day filled with lovely princes and princesses. We dressed up, danced and played. There was fun, adventure and even romance. All the makings of a great adventure.

Enjoy!

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Tea party for three
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Some for you and some for me!
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A prince in waiting
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The Guardian
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Royal applause
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Dreamy
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Wonder
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Past times
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Stepping out
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A little romance
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Elegance
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Fairytale
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Adore
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Bejeweled
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I hope you dance
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Royalty

Royals Sneak Peak: a very special Bear & Dragon Adventure

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Royals

In a castle on a hill, from a time long ago. Princes and Princesses rule and dragons prowl. Here we are Royal and here we play. This morning the crew at Bear & Dragon Adventures took over Chateau de la Hulpe to capture this sneak peak of out first Adventure session open to the public. The official announcement coming this Monday. Enjoy!

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Light of my life
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Precious
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Delicate things
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View
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Thoughtful
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Glee
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Beware foul dragons
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Tip toes
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Golden
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Fun and games
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Elegant
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Blush
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Admire
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At rest
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The protector
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Gallant Boy
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Baubles
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Royal rascals
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All dolled up

First look: Welcome to the world baby girl!

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Big girl, baby girl

Its been a little while since I shared some sweet newborn photos. Wait no longer!

I love working with newborns and I really get to geek out with the little girls. Flowers, crowns, pink blankets. You name it! This sweet baby girl was a perfect angel for her session and big sister was one of the most attentive around. I am not beneath some heavy bribery to get those lovely sibling pictures but there was no need with this one. She loved cuddling and kissing her new little sister.

I am really happy to share this session because it was more of a family than just a newborn session. I find that more and more, my newborn sessions are really a shapshot in the life of the whole family as they welcome a new one into their midst.

So welcome to the world baby girl! Enjoy. 🙂

Cuddle
Cuddle
The sweetest thing
The sweetest thing
All dolled up
All dolled up
Together
Together
Touch
Touch
Slumber
Slumber
I love you so
I love you so
Blossom
Blossom
Curly que
Curly que
Got your nose!
Got your nose!
Got you back!
Got you back!
Pappa and the girls
Pappa and the girls

First look: Balloons!

You will be mine!
You will be mine!

Marie first contacted me after she received a gift of a photo session from her partner. She had tons of great ideas on fun things to include in the session for her 10 month old, Diane. Summery outfits, bright colors and best of all…balloons! Now sure to be a staple in the studio, it was so much fun watching Diane play and intensely pursue these bright globes. A doll from start to finish and in an act of happenstance, sharing a birthday with my own babatwo. 

Enjoy the show. 🙂

On the prowl
On the prowl
The love
The love
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Before
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After – ha!
Drama
Drama
Proud
Proud