Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Ohhhh baby you are sweet!

A baby girl...
one of the most beautiful miracles in life,
one of the greatest joys we can ever know,
and one of the reasons why
there is a little extra sunshine, laughter and happiness
in your world today ~ Author unknown

And how much sunshine, laughter and happiness must gorgeous little Chloe be bringing into her mommy and daddy's life. A first child changes so much about your life; your priorities change and a baby shows you that your heart CAN burst with such love. Ok, there are also the sleepless nights, the spit up which seems to spread to all of your clothes and let's not even get into the changes the mommies go through...but it is all well worth it when your newborn baby looks into your eyes with such love, adoration and need. No, I'm not broody, just happy to see someone else's newborn baby. Enjoy it!




Sunday, 28 August 2011

Two little girls with curls

The knowingness of little girls hidden underneath their curls. ~ Phyllis Mcginley
And third time is a charm...This was the third consecutive summer to have the looooovely Prokupek girls as my models! Back in Cookstown, back playing in the fields (this year it was corn...) and back having loads of fun with Lil and her two gals Autumn and Georgia. And without fail with this gang - the photos rocked! They just know how to put on the right expression, be themselves and have a bit of fun. Which always makes a session great for me. Plus, doesn't it give me a great opportunity to meet up with one of my funnest, funniest and sexiest gal-pals! Lil - there is a room here in Belfast with your name on it and a few local drinks waiting for you to taste them! Don't keep me hanging!
Autumn, seriously you are one fabulous girl...
And Georgia - toooo cute for words!


I just LOVE the sisterly bond between these two. Magical...

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

I love this family toooo much!

"See you and me have a better time than most can dream of, better than the best, so we can pull on through, whatever tears at us, whatever holds us down, and if nothing can be done, we'll make the best of what's around."
-Dave Matthews Band
I read this and immediately thought of the Sproules. Jeannine, Daryl, Ella and Lucas. Such a positive family unit. Jeannine - my best buddy - we've been through the best of times together, had many a laugh and shared so many amazing life experiences together (university, roomies, travelling, families and everything in between - many unmentionable here!) We were "attached at the hip" and the only thing that could seperate us was my move to Ireland but although the hips may be temporarily severed, they reattach easily every summer - as do our daughters' Emma and Ella and our sons', Jack and Lucas. It is so incredible to see our little ones sharing the fun we do and developing a bond that is still so special to us. Jeannine and Daryl just celebrated their 10 year anniversary (in style in Peru!) and what a solid couple they are - I remember when they met in university and everyone knew they were a match made in heaven (or was it the John...) Now their family is complete with Ella and Lucas and the four of them are just the best! It was an absolute pleasure to take these photos and capture the fun and love they all have for one another. It did help that the lighting was perfect and their backyard location idyllic. I'm already looking forward to seeing them again next summer. "I've learned that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance."
The gorgeous Ella - where she got her white-blonde hair and blue eyes is a mystery to me - but wow, what a stunner! And her and Emma are to cute to watch...
Lucas whose cheeks I could seriously squish all day. Amazingly big brown eyes I could sink into and the best little mop of curly hair - he and Jack are a hoot together.
Sibling fun - they're lucky to have eachother, buddies for life.
TOOOOOOO adorable you are!
A future heartbreaker...
Miss you and love you always and if I think too much about it, I'll start to cry - so that's me finished here! Enjoy!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Freddy cuties!

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck
Ahhh, to be back in Canada for the summer, see amazing friends, meet the newest members of their families and photograph in gorgeous locations...what an honour! I have known Julia since we went to Sparrow Lake Camp together as teens and then spent an amazing, life changing experience travelling Australia and New Zealand together. Life brought her to live in Quebec and me in Ireland, so we always try to coordinate our visits back to Ontario together so we can meet up and I cherish these get togethers so much. Here is her gorgeous clan....
and the newset little man in her life...
Beach lovin' kiddos
and of course the lovely Carolyn and her two cuties.
Fab, as always, to see you all this summer!