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Oh how I love lifestyle newborn sessions! There is just something so genuine and natural about these types of sessions that make my heart sing. The early days with a newborn baby are so fleeting – the exhaustion, the new (or lack-of) routine, the change in the family dynamic. These sessions are a little glimpse of what that can represent.

At the end of January I met with Amber and Steve to photograph their new little addition, with big brother of course. I loved so many images from this session that it was really hard to chose my favourites!

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Back in October I got to meet up with a lovely family to do an extended family session. With two new additions to their family it was great to capture the dynamics between siblings and cousins.  I love how the blue in their outfits pop against the fall backdrop.

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While I slowly play blog catch up on the things I have been up to this year I am reminded of the way things have changed a little in how I view what it is that I like to do.

I had a few goals that I started the year off with. A few business ones; lots of family ones – and of course some personal ones.
I had been feeling like I was stuck in my photography. Unmotivated. Blah. Everything felt the same. And I looked at my work and wondered why I spent so much time and effort creating images that I didn’t love? I knew I needed something different – a change; a push. It had been ages since I did a workshop, so that was the first thing on my list. And the one I had been eyeing for quite some time was Kate Densmore’s “Voice and Visual Intent” on the In Beauty & Chaos forum. Once I heard that the final run of that workshop was slated for May, I knew I had to get in on it.

While I was unable to take the workshop as a Full Participant, I was still fortunate to get in as a Silent Participant. And very fortunate indeed! It was just what I needed. A push. A challenge. I really needed to look at what I was photographing and how I was. What did I enjoy capturing? What was my work trying to say? In my client work and my personal work? It was really eye opening. I still feel like I can read the course over again and learn a whole bunch more that I didn’t learn about myself the first time. That is the beauty of it!

Here are a few of my favourite images that I took during my workshop:

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After I started the workshop I also had the amazing opportunity to have a portfolio review by Kate Densmore herself. Honestly, I was terrified! I haven’t had much of my work honestly critiqued before and I wasn’t sure what to expect. After sending off 30 images to her to look at, she took the time to put her feedback into a beautifully written PDF. I was then so pleased to be able to see my images and her words put together in a magazine style printed book. It felt so “official!”.

Look at how nice it is!

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Between the Voice and Visual Intent workshop (which is now offered independantly on her website) and the awesome portfolio review, my eyes where opened with a new perspective. It was great to hear what another person sees when they look at my work – and which areas I am strong on, and which areas need improvement. That is the beauty of any craft that one can undertake – it is forever evolving. I have lots to learn and grow, and I am excited at the possibilities of finding my true voice <3

To find out more about Kate’s Voice and Visual Intent workshop as well as her personal portfolio review option, please visit her website at www.katedensmore.com