Huron River/Lessons from Penny

One of the biggest lessons that Penelope has taught me recently is to try and slow down. It's SO hard, but SO important. These little people have absolutely no comprehension of 'destination', they only know about the journey. They stop, they wander, they sit down 1000 times to pull grass and flowers, to collect rocks and, in Pen's case, to hang out in the river. They have not had it forced into them yet that we always need to be busy and to be moving along. I'm choosing to allow her to be curious as much as possible, which requires a LOT of learning and patience for me, but she is my greatest teacher on learning to just be a proper, natural human, and I hope to do her proud.

 

Grace

I am always so grateful and honored when I have the opportunity to document people and be in their lives for that short time. Shooting Grace and her mum and dad was no exception to this. This sweet family have had to summon more strength than anyone I personally know in just 6 months. 
Little Grace was born very prematurely (at 23 weeks gestation), which meant that her chance of survival was extremely slim, but she fought all of her odds. She is now past a month of when she was due to arrive, and is just the sweetest little chunky thing.

I had so much fun hanging in their home and watching them relax and spend time together as a family. There's nothing like seeing the power of love right in front of your eyes (and your lens). 

 

Piper's Birth

I arrived about 10:50am at their home, and as I took my shoes off, I saw Heather in the back room, sat in her pool, in deep concentration on breathing through what would be one of her final contractions. Not wanting to disturb her, I went into the kitchen to greet Beth (her midwife for all 4 of her babies!) and tried to get a sense of the sort of volume we should be talking at, so we didn't disturb labouring mama. Once I realized that her contraction had passed, I went and greeted Heather and her husband Chet, and began photographing. 15 minutes later, Heather ever-so gracefully and gently brought her little girl Earthside.
After Heather and Piper were assessed and had time to settle, her three big brothers came home from grandma's to meet her. I was thinking the whole time I was photographing, "What a lucky little girl, to be born into such a beautiful family with three adoring big brothers!" (even though they renamed her something along the lines of 'poopy head').

I will be forever grateful for having had the opportunity to witness the calm that was Piper's birth, and also witness the humungous love that her family has for her and for each other. 

Here are a handful of photos that I got to capture. 

SASHA spring event 20.05.18

As per usual, we had the most wonderful Sunday at SASHA farm animal sanctuary, hanging with their sweet residents. Matthew took a good chunk of these photos (which I edited) which is always a lovely break for me so I can get to focus my attention on giving piggy belly rubs! It was particularly fun this time, as our friends and their beautiful little girls came from Ohio to join us, and Penelope was wearing shoes and walked around a lot by herself! Proud mama moment.