Laughter in the Abbey

“If love is the treasure, laughter is the key.” – Yakov Smirnoff

I had the chance to work with a very giggly couple and I had such a great time finding ways to get them to crack up but also loosen up to share their love with the world. We walked around Villers Abbey again searching for little ways to make it our own and to make it romantic. I think we succeeded in getting some great (and steamy) moments.

I never thought I’d love doing couples photos so much because I started out taking photos of my son but every session reminds me of myself and as I work with every client, I always imagine what I would want and I have a fun time trying to deliver that art for someone else.

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Getting Ready for Little Brother!

I got to take another family into the woods in the heat wave, this time with two big sisters to welcome a new little one! They loved reading and posing for the camera and mama was absolutely gorgeous!

The woods are my new favorite place to take pictures. I love the colors and the simplicity of it all.

Congrats and good luck to this little family as they prepare to welcome their new addition!

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Surrounded by Girls!

I’ve really been enjoying black and white to showcase the more intimate candid moments shared by my families so for a nice little break, I thought I would share my favorite black and white images from my second session at the Château de Seneffe (check out my first session here).

Mommy so wanted for the rain to pour so these girls could run around in their rainboots and hide under their umbrellas and I love the moody rainy weather we get here in Belgium but because we wanted it, we didn’t get it! The sun was out on high for the entire session so I had to work with some pretty harsh light but I so love the connection between this family and how easily it came out!

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Back to the Abbey, +1

The last time we visited Villers Abbey, I worked with the family that didn’t stop! I have to tell you, not many kids do stop… which makes my job fun!

This time we had a family of six (1 more than our last visit to the Abbey) full of littles who were 4, 3, 2, and 0 years of age! This mom and dad team were fantastic and the littles were so sweet. Big sister A knew everything (even things about me!) while the littler sister (keep up!) was very picky about getting her picture taken (though rest assured she did end up sitting pretty and posing for me at the very end). The brothers, N and R were very stoic though I got a few smirks from big brother N and laughs from baby brother R. Okay, now that I’ve confused you all, here are their portraits!

 

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The Big, Happy Family in Mons!

This week, I was able to get out with a family of 6 (my biggest yet!) into the city of Mons. We walked around, me armed with a purse full of candy, them armed with big smiles and a lot of love! The best part about this session while we were shooting was how easy it was to get these kids, and mom, to laugh! They were such a hoot and when I opened the photos up, I fell in love with the colors mama dressed the family in! I am so happy with this session I may have to share a few more later!

Playing in the Parc

While doing my mad dash to Easter, I got out one evening with a new family for their first family pictures in years. We met at the local parc and found out that only mom spoke English though the rest of the family was fluent in multiple other languages! We had a great time anyway exploring the parc and getting to know each other. The littles were so sweet together, often times playing in the sweetest way making it easy to capture some beautiful candid moments. The family was so in love with each other and so excited to get in front of the camera that my job was pretty easy this time around.

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Thanks so much to this beautiful family for letting me document their love!

Fresh 48 – Loved Little Man

In Belgium, most families spend 4 nights in the hospital as standard procedure and a cot is provided for daddies to stay in the room every night too. It’s a different experience having a baby in Belgium and it wraps you up in a world of newness and gives you time to breathe before you walk into what is, essentially, a new world. And, for most mommies and daddies, it feels like you’re breaking out of prison by the time you FINALLY get discharged.

I got to go back to the hospital that brought Mess Maker J into the new world of family that, from the moment I walked in, exuded happiness. Mom and Dad couldn’t stop smiling and loving on this little baby. They were so natural with their little man and each other, that the session flew by. I can’t wait to work with this little family again. They’ll be coming by the studio with big brother for an Easter session in a few days so stay tuned for more squishy, wrinkly baby!

So, without further ado, enjoy the newness of this Belgian made mama, daddy, and baby!

 

 

Thank you to the little family that welcomed me into their brand new world, it was a beautiful visit!

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