How lucky am I to still have these talented, beautiful women in my life.  This year we celebrated 2 years of learning and loving photography together after meeting in a beginner’s photography class at Clickin Moms.  I’m in awe of how much their work has grown, and I have loved watching their individual styles emerge.

Holy cow, how did summer end???  I cannot believe that August is over.  August was the month of patterns for my fantabulous group.  As always, I took artistic licence with our theme 😉

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Summers are crazy so this month is a short circle!  Head over to the beautiful, talented Emily Poston Photography to see the surprise places she captured patterns this month.  You can also follow her gorgeous work on Facebook <3

Our month wouldn’t be complete without our collage – this month you’ll find work by Amee A Photography, Dinah Reece Photography, Emily Poston Photography, and Lumos Photography <3

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Jana O’Flaherty of Photography 2204 is a Thunder Bay photographer offering lifestyle and storytelling family and newborn sessions.  Jana focuses 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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  • Melissa - Wow!!! I am loving your pattern photos, Jana!!! you have such an artistic and creative eye! Awesome!ReplyCancel

    • Jana~Photography2204 - Thank you Melissa <3ReplyCancel

  • Alice - I love the patterns you chose!! <3ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - These are so cool! I love the patterns you focused on. Beautiful work !ReplyCancel

 

One of my favourite things about being a photographer is watching the families who come to me as they grow, as their children change from year to year.  This particular family was one of my first when I opened for business last year, and I was honoured to be able to take their photos during their recent visit to Thunder Bay.

This year, we opted to try shooting at the marina.  The marina is lovely and there is plenty to see and do, but that can also make it hard to keep little ones’ attention!  The train was a big draw for their son lol, and we managed to steer clear of the splash pad because I’m certain we wouldn’t have been able to keep them away from that.

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Mom requested some images that were more posed than my usual, and I was happy to oblige <3  I love a beautiful family image, and we even got lucky with one where everyone was looking!

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Ahhh how lucky is their sweet little girl?  This ladybug definitely wanted to be her friend <3

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I’d very much like to take credit for this beautiful grin, but it was all mom.  I love the way moms can always bring out the smiles!

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Such a beautiful family <3  Thank you for spending the evening with me!  I can’t wait to see you all next year!


 

As a lifestyle family photographer based in Thunder Bay, Ontario,  I focus on capturing genuine emotion and beautiful, natural connections.  Contact me today to discuss how I can help you memorialize all the details that make up your life’s unique story. ~ Jana O’Flaherty of Photography 2204

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  • Alice C. - Jana, these are so wonderful! Love all those expressions you captured!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - What a great session! Beautiful, authentic smiles, and that last family photo is priceless.ReplyCancel

There is something so very magical about watching a new baby with his parents.  This baby boy was so ridiculously cute, with his little scrunchy face and his squeaky cries.  I loved watching how just being in mama’s arms was soothing to him <3

Huge thanks to mom and dad for letting me steal a little of their precious family time to document these moments.  He will never be quite this tiny again (in fact, I’ve seen mom’s photos of baby K up on Facebook taken after this session, and he has changed so much already!) <3

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This image makes me long for the days when my babies were tiny and grasped my fingers.

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I cannot decide which I am more in love with, the connection between daddy and his son, or mom’s expression in the background.

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Did I mention this family lives in a zoo?  Seriously, it’s a house full of puppies and kitty cats lol!

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Ok, so are these not the most ridiculously adorable baby faces ever lol?

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So much love in this house!  K is absolutely gorgeous, and I am so thrilled I was able to capture him in all his new-baby glory <3


 

As a lifestyle family photographer based in Thunder Bay, Ontario,  I focus on capturing genuine emotion and beautiful, natural connections.  Contact me today to discuss how I can help you memorialize all the details that make up your life’s unique story. ~ Jana O’Flaherty of Photography 2204

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Each month, on the 7th, I join a group of photographers as we each tell a story from our month using only seven photographs.

My kids love water balloons.  I actually love water balloons, but I hate filling them!  So after a friend mentioned something similar, I was able to dig up these super cool water balloons that are set up so you can fill tons all in a minute!  We bought ours at Canadian Tire, but I’m sure you can find some on Amazon or elsewhere if you’re in the US.  Now I will say, the ones we bought filled up and self-tied quickly, so they were awesome that way.  BUT, they didn’t break easily when we threw them at each other.  Some broke well, but a lot didn’t.  It was almost like they didn’t quite fill enough before popping off, and we found if we kind of squeezed them a little, they popped better.

Regardless, we had a ton of fun.  I shot photos for a little bit, but then I put the camera down and jumped in on the fun <3

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Up next in our circle is the fabulously talented Cynthia Dawson, so head over to Cynthia Dawson Photography to see what story she is sharing with use this month!  You can also follow her on Facebook <3

 

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  • Cynthia - I love fun that is happening in your story this month Jana! But I guess when water balloons are involved the fun is not far. Great share!ReplyCancel

  • AmyJayPhoto - I didn’t realize you could get these at Canadian Tire!?? I thought they were only available in the States, so hadn’t even really looked! BUT I WANT SOME!! Good to know about them not breaking super easily… maybe you you hold them up a bit (or support them) so they don’t pop off so quickly? They’d fill up more and break better?ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Nielsen - SO FUN!!! I love the shot of him squeezing it over her head. Hilarious! I would’ve lasted 2 seconds behind the camera before getting in on that action! 🙂ReplyCancel

On Our Plates is a monthly blog circle.  All the contributors share a love of food photography, and it’s such an amazing opportunity to share skills and discover new yummy recipes!  You won’t want to miss the posts by the other photographers in our circle, so make sure to click the link at the end of this post to follow through!

Back when my husband and I bought our first home, we had a gorgeous big garden.  While the zone for Thunder Bay is technically anywhere from 3a to 2b depending on where you look, Westfort is apparently its own little microclimate.  Everything I tossed into the garden grew (some things needed more time, so starting from seed was not the best choice, or I should have had a greenhouse lol).  I so very much miss it.  We don’t have a garden in our current home so we are trying to grab up local veggies when we have the opportunity (and money – buying local is understandable pricey).

I signed up for a local Good Food Box, through the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre.  You can purchase a box of veggies each month (family box is $20) but this is a special locally grown box run as a fundraising initiative that I’m thrilled to support when we can.

So that leads me to this month’s photos.  I adore roasted veggies.  They are honestly easier than tossing a salad.  We go for simple here, but you can be as complicated and layered as you wish.  Local carrots, beets (peeled and chopped) and some local potatoes tossed in olive oil, sprinkled with fresh ground pepper and roasted at 400F for approximately 30 minutes and done!  A sprinkle of coarse salt and the yummiest veggies ever are ready to serve!

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You’ll notice that I didn’t include the beets at first.  My husband doesn’t care for them (crazy, right?) so originally I intended to roast them in a separate pan, but it felt like the carrots and potatoes were just missing something.  The pop of colour from those gorgeous locally grown beets is perfect.

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Et voila!   Seriously, they were so ridiculously good.  With just some oil, salt and pepper, the true flavour of the veggies and the natural sweetness in the carrots and beets just shines.

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Up next in our circle is the amazingly multi-talented Jennifer Carr of Jennifer Carr Photography.  You can follow along to her website to see what yumminess she is sharing this month!  You can also follow her work on her Facebook page.


 

Jana O’Flaherty of Photography 2204 is a family photographer based in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  Jana focuses 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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