Ivy and I met for the first time on the day we moved in together as roommates back in our university days. I am just one super lucky chic to get someone like Ivy as a roommate. She has the biggest and most gentle heart, and she put up with all my pranks. Even when I don’t see her for a long time, we can always pick it up where we left off last time.
Ivy bravely volunteered to be my model. I loved the photos, and I love Ivy.
FYI, the bottom two photos are Ivy wearing a traditional Singapore outfit.
Ever since Savanna was born, Josh laid claimed to my bear toy and it became his “Baby Bear”. He like to take care of Baby Bear the same way I take care of Savanna. Josh would put Baby Bear down for naps, teach her how to walk, nursed her with his belly, and take her to the playground to go down the slide. It’s really sweet how he is so protective of this bear.
Over time, Baby Bear got really dirty, but Josh didn’t want to put her in the washer. Eventually he agreed that we need to give Baby Bear a bath, and he was going to do the work. He looks like a proud daddy, washing his baby for the first time.
Start with a scrub with some soap.
Daddy gets in to help make sure all the parts are scrubbed.
Rinsing off the soap.
He put his thumbs over the bear’s eyes so water won’t get into her eyes.
Baby Bear all washed and cleaned, wrapped up in a towel to dry.
A clean bear.
Last time when I photographed my friend Lisette, she gave me a little taste of what modern glamour portraits can look like. I was hooked. It was hard for me to admit that I was hooked, because I’ve always seen myself as the families and babies photographer. So what happens when I am now entering unchartered waters? I have no idea what it means. I don’t even have a gallery category on my website for this type of work!
Erica bravely volunteered to be my model. I am not sure if she knew what she was getting herself into. Ha. I was studying like mad for the days leading up to the shoot, trying to remember all the rules about making a successful portrait and all the posing instructions. I was nervous.
Well, I think the results were amazing. I had a lovely model with a great wardrobe, and an awesome team of hair stylist and make-up artist. There’s nothing more I could ask for. Other than the images looking amazing, if I may say so myself, I felt like they captured Erica–intelligent, fun, successful, confident, and a go-getter.
When we were in Whistler last week, we took the kids to an indoor playground. There was an inflated slide probably 15 or 20 feet high. Josh is old enough to climb up and slide down quickly.
Savanna was ambitious enough to climb up there, but she refused to slide down when she got to the top. She was holding up the line with 5 kids behind her. We tried coaxing her, the other kids tried encouraging her, and she just wouldn’t budge. She didn’t look freaked out, but I can tell she was a bit scared. I was starting to get a little anxious for the kids waiting behind her.
Just then, Josh ran by while on his way to something else. He looked up and saw Savanna up at the top of the slide, and without me prompting, said, “Oh, I’ll go up to get her!”
Why didn’t I think of that? I don’t know.
Before I know it, he has climbed to the top, positioned himself right behind her, held her, and pushed the both of them down the slide safely. And when they got to the bottom, he said to Savanna, “You did it, little girl!” with a smile and enthusiasm.
I must have been pms’ing, because I felt so emotional about this that I actually cried. My baby boy is no longer a baby. He is so confident and so loving.
Christmas is so much more fun now that Josh is old enough to understand what is going on. Everyday, Josh asked how many more sleeps till it’s Christmas.
This morning, he was patient enough to actually wait for all of us to sit down to open the presents. All throughout the morning, he kept saying, “Mommy, I am so happy with my new toys!” Seeing him so giddy was certainly lots of fun for us. Savanna joined in the action in ripping wrapping paper off her presents. She loved the little Winnie the Pooh and Piglet figurines that Cliff got for her. I’d like to think that she also loved the baby doll I got her.
After we had Cliff’s family over for brunch, we headed out to the park for a bit of play time. It was gorgeous and sunny today in Vancouver. Then we had my brother’s family over for dinner to round up a perfect Christmas Day.