That's my Christmas RIGHT THERE. Signed, sealed, delivered! Tell me a mama that doesn't ache for a photo like that one. I HAVE DIED AND GONE TO HEAVEN. My heart has cracked wide open with gratitude and love. When my favourite photographer (and best neighbour in the world) sent me a glimpse of our family photosession MY CHRISTMAS WAS SEALED. I don't care what happens this Christmas season! Blow up the frickin' turkey! Fill my stockings with gluten - I don't care! (Dan YOU ARE TOTALLY OFF THE HOOK!)
This is all I wanted. BIG sigh....
THE DIRTY: for some reason I thought it was a good idea to book a photosession for 9am on a Saturday morning. The morning after a CRAZY art show that turned into dancing till the wee hours of the night (with said photographer I might add). I went to bed with makeup plastered on and insane hair and false eyelashes hanging on my face like not-so-itsy-bitsy spiders. OH and we had houseguests! And (if we are telling the truth) A MOUSE! Okay and a wee bit of a hangover. And a little one just settling in to the flu.
Sounds like a GREAT DAY to dress up and smile for the camera.
And it totally was! Rachael (whom I usually refer to as Luckygirl wedding photography BUT the other half of her crazy-talented business is the rad family photography side called HeyKiddo) is one of those people who amaze me time after time. I WANT HER EYES - because life looks really darn good through them. Man, I love these people. Every. Exasperating. Minute. Of. Them.
These are HeyKiddo PHOTOBOOTH sessions. It takes 20 minutes. Her family photography company is called HeyKiddo and her partner Mairen is truly AMAZING, too. I'm not trying to shamelessly advertise for Rachael because quite frankly it would be more fun if she had no clients so we could hang out and have coffee all day long. SERIOUSLY. I'm trying to MAKE SURE YOU BOOK A SESSION BECAUSE IT'S SO INCREDIBLY WORTH IT to see yourself in the fabric of your own family. Check out their website. Or just go ahead and email them info (at) heykiddo (dot) ca. Book it. She said they have a couple of slots open for this Saturday (December1). And maybe the 8th. BUT DON'T WAIT. The price is right. Book it so you can DIE AND GO TO HEAVEN, too. ;)
LOVE NOTE: Poet was NOT happy that day. AT ALL. But that's kind of how life has been with her for the past couple of months. Tough. She has been cutting the last couple of really hard teeth and fighting coughs and colds and flus and bug. It's been rough for her. And for us. But I love these shots EVEN MORE because I see our right now in her. This photo makes me want to run and hug her - to stop time. This photo is awesome. It's perfect. And it's perfectly who we were on the day that wasn't the perfect day.
Thanks Rachael. You are such a gift. You are part of our family's story and that's something I am so grateful for.
Today: I'm finishing up two exciting holiday projects that these photos will be the cherry on top. I'm SO excited to share them because I think they are incredibly awesome. TOMORROW is my release goal. Yes!