Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bang Theory | Comox Valley Photographer

DAY 1:
I was on the phone with my sister-in-law yesterday when my three-year-old daughter Sophie came up to me and said, "Don't I look beautiful, Mommy?"

"Of course you do, Sweetheart!" I said quickly, not noticing her most recent handiwork.

"I cut my bangs without cutting my forehead!" she exclaimed proudly.  I followed her into the living-room where her big sister was making a craft.  There on the table, lay a few rather long locks of Sophie's hair, and a pair of kid's scissors.

"Now her bangs won't get in her eyes," her big sister said helpfully.  I could hear my sister-in-law giggling on the phone, so I told her that it was all her fault, then hung up to investigate the damage.

The bangs were a mess, but Sophie was jubilant.  In her eyes, she had accomplished something monumental.  She's been really interested in making crafts lately, and her scissor skills have improved tremendously in the past few weeks.  Tackling a new medium, like hair, without causing injury to herself was indeed praiseworthy.

I'm rather proud of my reaction.  Instead of unleashing a horrified, "What have you done to your hair???"... I focused on the safety aspect of the trim. I told Sophie that I was impressed with her new haircut, but that it had been very dangerous to have the scissors so close to her eyes and she was NEVER to do it again.

It was time to get ready for dance class, so I decided to drop the issue, but not before asking five-year-old Stella the following question, "Stella, do you remember me ever saying to you girls that you were never, ever to use the scissors for cutting your hair?"

"Well Mama," she began thoughtfully, "I remember you saying that we should never cut our dolls hair, but that's it."


DAY 2:

This morning, it was time to document the new bangs.  I pulled out my camera while Sophie and Stella were having breakfast at their little table.  I asked Sophie what my face looked like when I first saw her new haircut.

First she did this:

Then she did this:

Oops.  And I thought I'd masked my true feelings.

Then I asked Sophie how she felt about her new bangs and she said, 'Ta da!'

This shot, I admit, was staged.

After our little photo shoot, I realized that Sophie's bangs were really growing on me.  (No pun intended.)  Not just because they make me smile, it has more to do with 'chutzpah.'  I mean, I wish I had the confidence to pick up the scissors, butcher my hair, then throw my arms in the air and say, 'Ta da!  Don't I look beautiful?'

Nevertheless, I told the girls that I would call our favourite hair salon, Indigo Lounge, tomorrow to make an appointment for Sophie.  Sophie was a bit apprehensive, so I told her that the stylist, Heather, was as lovely and sweet as Snow White, (which she is,) and Elton's dog Cassius, who was a very gentle beast, might be there.  By the time I kissed Sophie goodnight, she was excited about seeing Princess Heather at Indigo.  "I wonder if she'll have a crown," she sighed.

When I tucked Stella into bed, I decided to ask her a few questions about the incident, "Stella, did you actually see Sophie cut her bangs?"


"Be completely honest, please."

"Yes, and I tried to say, 'Sophie, you shouldn't cut your own bangs,' but she said, 'but I'm going to make them look beautifuler,' so ..."

"Did you know that it was dangerous for her to have the scissors up close to her eyes?" I asked.

"Ya, but I'd never seen her do anything like that before and I didn't know what to do."

"Stella," I said, "I completely understand and I would have felt the same way if I were you."

She gave me a great big hug at that point.  "Stel, if I can get an appointment for you, would you like to get your haircut too?"

"Okay.  Would I get to meet Cassius?"

"Maybe.  I'm not sure if Elton and Heather always take their dog to the salon, but we'll see."

"Does Cassius have bangs?"

"Oh, you're funny."

"Did he cut his own tail?"

My little comedian.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Baby Bliss | Comox Valley Photographer

Something transformative happens to my studio when I have a newborn shoot.  Yes, there is definitely an increase of bodily fluids...a little poop here and a bit of spit-up there...but it's more than that.  My studio is so small and intimate that it seems as though the Love Energy from these brand new families consumes every available molecule.  The love is truly palpable, and my cheeks end up hurting by the end of the session because I cannot stop smiling.  (I'm even smiling just thinking about this shoot!)

These young parents were no exception.  They were in the land of baby bliss and it was easy to see why.  Their daughter was a sweetheart!  She was a few weeks old at the time of our session, which meant that we didn't get any of the really sleepy, infant shots, but we captured some amazing interactions between the three new family members.

They are falling in love!

Finally, my apologies to this gorgeous, new family for not having their photos on the blog before Christmas.  It was a busy season, and I am only now feeling on top of things.

You are beautiful.  Thank you.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Valentine Sizzle Special | Comox Valley Photographer

I had two 'Sizzle' sessions prior to Christmas, and I would love to share the images with you, but I can't.  They're too personal, too intimate, and we live in too small a town!

Both ladies were fabulous, and both of their partners were thrilled with their gifts.  The women set out to do something special for their husbands, but they ended up doing something special for themselves as well.  They felt beautiful.  And yes, they also felt nervous and self-conscious initially, but those feelings didn't last long.

My studio is small.  I like to call it a 'studi-ette,' and while it doesn't work well for large family portraits, it is absolutely perfect for boudoir sessions.  It's cozy.

My guests arrive and are treated to a glass of champagne if they wish.  There's music playing, the candles are lit, and the ambience is very relaxed and intimate.  We sit and chat for a few minutes to talk about our goals for the session and look over outfits, then, when my guest is ready, I start to shoot!

So, if you're a woman reading this....now is the time!  Celebrate yourself and document your beauty for you and your guy!

And if you're a man reading this...your lady deserves to feel gorgeous!  Imagine giving her a gift certificate this Valentine's Day.  You could even combine it with a lovely piece of lingerie,  or take her out for dinner after her session.  Keep in mind that you will benefit from the results as well.  You're both worth it!