I recently went on a search for families to help me with a vision. In moving to New Brunswick, I wanted to be able to start fresh with my photography. My dream is to shoot only family lifestyle sessions for young families who want to preserve their real life moments together. I want to photograph the little details and moments that make up your lives. I want to see the connection between moms and babies, and the laughter between a dad and his kid. And I want to show parents that their life means something, that every little thing means something.
So I put out a call for families to help me create this vision I have in my head and my heart, the Moments and Memories project.
I received so many wonderful submissions. Small families and big ones, all with a beautiful story to tell. I want to work with them all, but unfortunately I can’t work for free all the time. So I had to choose the ones that spoke to me deepest.
The Nicholson family was one of the first that jumped out at me. Mom Lauren told me their story of finding their baby in an unconventional way.
“My husband and I had been trying for children for a few years and were disappointed many times, until we received a message about a very special gift who turned out to be Benjamin. He is a very active, happy little boy who loves his family very much.
“We traveled thousands of miles to Winnipeg to meet his birth mother who was from Nunavut. We waited anxiously for two weeks until we got to see him in person. To become ‘insta parents’ is tough but we dove in head first and haven’t looked back.”
I was immediately taken in by their strength to overcome the challenges life gave them and find a way to make their family. I knew that they would want to document this wonderful time in their life, and create memories with their son that they can look back on later.
I asked them if there were any places that mean something to them, because I believe that our connection with places is an important part of our lives, where our story is told creates a backdrop for our most cherished memories. They mentioned spending a lot of time at Killarney Lake. So we met there on a warm and calm evening, with storm clouds and thunder in the distance. The rain held off for us, and we played at the beach, walking across Benjamin’s favourite bride and tossed a ball on the grass. Those real life moments were all around us.
I could see how much Lauren and Patrick love that little boy who came into their life, was gifted to them as they were to him. It made me feel so humbled to be able to do this for them.
“We didn’t give you the gift of life, life gave us the gift of you.”
Do you want images like this of your family? Get in touch with me!