Living in Northwestern Ontario, we are used to long, cold winters and short, muggy summers. Spring can be iffy, and I watch photographer friends with envy as they post gorgeous blooming flower photos, and images of days spent playing in the sand by the ocean.

We finally had the chance for a long awaited beach day (our kind of beach – at the lake, not the ocean 😉 ) and Mother Nature blessed us with gorgeous weather!  The water was too cold for a swim (it’s Lake Superior, so it’s always frigid lol) but the kids had such a blast playing in the sand, lounging on the deck, and hanging with Grampa.

Please forgive the overshare, but I want to remember every grain of sand, every silly face, and all the beautiful moments…

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Thunder Bay is notorious for unpredictable weather. This lovely family was limited time-wise due to dad’s busy work schedule, and baby number 2’s quickly arriving due date. We took advantage of the beautiful sunshine to sneak in a session at the park. The wind was strong, there were some watery eyes and runny noses, but this family was so much fun to spend time with that I barely noticed the weather.

When mom contacted me, she told me that she really wanted to some photos of them as a family before baby arrives (and we all know that with a new baby comes not only tons more love, but some chaos and sleepless nights too!).  I giggled a bit at her description of their son, and her concern about him participating. I have met children of all temperaments and activity levels, and some love getting their photo taken, and others….not so much 😉  This little guy did a wonderful job.  He didn’t shed a single tear. He didn’t fuss. He also didn’t stop moving for more than 5 seconds lol, but he’s so stinking cute!  He does this sticking out the tongue thing that my little guy used to do, and spending time with him made me long for the days when my son was 2 <3

This time I’m trying something a bit different. Instead of doling out the sneak peeks for the session through Facebook, I’m sharing them all here in this blog post.

These tractors attract the attention of every child I’ve ever met at this park.  They’re so fun to climb on, and I adore watching kids use their imagination, pretending to drive.  I especially love when mom or dad joins their little ones up there! (And see!  There goes the tongue lol.)

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The wind really picked up after a while, so mom to the rescue with some mittens!

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Can you tell the little guy is ready to bolt here 😀

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I love when mom and dad get right into the session, and in this image, dad is hanging out behind me being hilarious. (I wish I could have peeked at what he was doing, because he sure had mom and the little one laughing!)

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The rest of the gallery will be sent off to mom and dad to look over by the end of the week!  I so very much enjoyed the time I spent with this family.  I loved seeing dad chase and play with his son, and I’m in awe of this mother – she has the sweetest baby belly but she still manages to keep up with their always-moving 2 year old!  Thank you for spending the morning with me <3


 

Jana O’Flaherty of Photography 2204 is a Thunder Bay photographer offering lifestyle and storytelling family and newborn sessions.  The focus is on capturing genuine emotion and beautiful, natural connections.  Contact Photography 2204 today to discuss how Jana can help you memorialize all the details that make up your life’s story.

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We (my husband and I) consider swimming a life skill. S has been in lessons since she was tiny, but I’ll admit it became a struggle to get her to actually TRY, so we agreed to let her take a break and try something new (yoga, which was fantastic for her!). In the meantime, G started lessons. After some initial struggles getting him to stick his face in the water, he dove right in (haha – bad pun!).

While the pool isn’t the most beautiful, the light can be something special in there. The instructors have been wonderful with the kids, and I’m thrilled to see their progress. S decided she was ready to start lessons again, and quickly finished her level 3 and whipped through level 4. G is fearless, and it’s awesome to see his comfort with the water. We’re so proud of both kids <3

I definitely need to give a shout out to Learn to Swim Thunder Bay. It’s admittedly not cheap, but it is worth it to us to pay extra to have the kids in private lessons. (We tried group lessons back when we were living in Dryden and they were a disaster – S didn’t learn a thing, the pool was packed with kids and parents, it was chaos lol.)

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It’s difficult to get images of S with her beautiful face in them. She is just at that age where she is exerting more control over photos (and justifiably) so sometimes I get the back of her head 😉  And that’s ok!  I’ve started a new personal project based on ensuring her life is represented in our family albums, and it’s called the ‘In-Between Project.’

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His jumps at the end are wild and brave and fun – just like him!

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I’m so happy to have captured her brilliant smile at least once <3


 

Jana O’Flaherty of Photography 2204 is a Thunder Bay photographer offering lifestyle and storytelling family and newborn sessions.  The focus is on capturing genuine emotion and beautiful, natural connections.  Contact Photography 2204 today to discuss how Jana can help you memorialize all the details that make up your life’s story.

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  • Cynthia - Love how you documented this Jana!! The light is gorgeous and so are the moments you shared.ReplyCancel

We’ve had such a mild winter, but of course the way luck would have it, it was freezing the day of this session!  We thought we’d give it a go anyway, and mom bundled up the kids and off to the park we went!  Baby brother is obviously much loved by the whole family, what a lucky little boy!

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Thank you for braving the snow and the cold – I had a wonderful time with this beautiful family!


 

Jana O’Flaherty of Photography 2204 is a Thunder Bay photographer offering lifestyle and storytelling family and newborn sessions.  The focus is on capturing genuine emotion and beautiful, natural connections.  Contact Photography 2204 today to discuss how Jana can help you memorialize all the details that make up your life’s story.

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This beautiful, creative and fun family wanted some Christmas card images, but wanted them to be candid and fun, so as soon as we got a little bit of snow, we headed to a local park.  You might recognize these lovely kids from this post, as they were one of my first in-home documentary sessions (and still one of my favourites).

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The last image is perfect for a Christmas card (but I secretly hope they included some of the others too!) <3


 

Jana O’Flaherty of Photography 2204 is a Thunder Bay photographer offering lifestyle and storytelling family and newborn sessions.  The focus is on capturing genuine emotion and beautiful, natural connections.  Contact Photography 2204 today to discuss how Jana can help you memorialize all the details that make up your life’s story.

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  • Felicia - Where the heck is all the snow?! They look so happy and having a ton of fun in this mild weather. I love that you incorporated some parents-only images…those are so important too! Beautiful Jana!ReplyCancel