I first met this beautiful little family last year durning my mini shoots, and since them I’ve gotten to see them through my lens a few times. So of course, When Melissa talked to me about doing Zelie’s “one year” shoot, I was pumped.

I don’t know who I should brag about first…. How adorable their daughter is, how Melissa is total #momgoals or how stinkin’ beautiful their family is!

Okay but seriously! I got a text message the night before their shoot, and it was warning me that their dogs had been sprayed by a skunk. We are talking two dogs, a heat-wave and skunk. So if that doesn’t want to make you throw up your hands and give up on life… I don’t know what does! (That may be a little dramatic, but I dread the day my dog goes after a skunk. It’ll result in him living in a tomato patch, and me crossing my fingers that tomatoes actually work.)

When I walked up to the house, everyone looked fabulous. Melissa looked like a model, her house looked fabulous and they were making jokes about the skunk chaos all morning. She continued to show me the two backdrops, teepee, banner and cake that she made for her daughters shoot/party.

We made our way down toward the lake, and tried to find a pocket of sunshine between storm clouds. The love these two have for each-other and their daughter is so evident. All you have to do is take pictures of them interacting with one another, and you have a beautiful gallery. Their daughter has one of the most precious personalities, and doing her photoshoots is an honour for this photographer.

I love watching families grow together. Getting to document that through my camera is my favourite thing, and being able to give them keepsakes to treasure is why I do what I do.

Happy first year of life, little one. <3



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