Living in Canada, we know full well how to take advantage of summer. It’s short and it’s unpredictable, so when the temperature is above 25 C (77 F) and the sun is out, you can be pretty much guaranteed that we will be out in our yard with the sprinkler on.
This particular day was special as it was the day our littlest turned 1. Last year at this time I could have never imagined I’d be taking pictures of her crawling around the yard, playing with her sister, and happily getting sprayed in the face. The amount of growth and learning in that first year continually amazes me.
The series of photos is below is only a small snippet of the full day that I captured for her first birthday. It’s just us hanging out. It’s our normal. Our ordinary that is really quite extraordinary.
I live in the ‘burbs with my husband and 2 full-of-personality little girls, who continually teach me what unconditional love is and how to be a more patient person. Aside from kid giggles and the creak of the garage opening as my husband comes home from work, the sound of the shutter clicking is one of my absolute favourite sounds. Coffee is a necessity not a luxury. I don’t like a quiet house and tend to have music on most of the time – usually it’s country. I’m sure one day my kids will beg me to change the radio station, but for now they are ok with me teaching them the words to Fishing In the Dark. I wish I could wear flip flops or my Toms every day of the year as I really loathe socks. Having to put snow pants and mittens on my 3 year old makes me break out into a sweat (I trust I’m not alone on this one). I have a passion for capturing life as it is. Right here. Right now. I crave authenticity and truth. I want images that make me smile, laugh, cry and take my breath away.