One of the many awesome bonuses of being a photographer of young families and births in Ottawa is meeting SO many amazing people! Little did I know when I walked into this family's home I would meet a fellow mom, photographer and now friend.
Mom's warmth, kindness and sunny disposition (now I know why people use those words!!) runs through her home and children! I think the session was only meant to be a short one...but we ended up chatting and playing with lenses & cameras and watching the twins explore for much much longer!
We have since gotten to know each other more, she has saved one of my son's favourite toys from loosing it's head and we are in the midst of working together on a soon-to-be-announced project.
Anyway, back to this awesome session. Read on to learn more about this great family and their feeding journey.
Tell me about your family
I have 4 babies, the twins being my youngest. I have 2 boys who are 6.5 and 2.5 . The girls were a complete surprise! We were done at 2 but the universe had other plans. We are so lucky and so blessed to have 4 amazing kids. My youngest is sweet and usually quiet and such an amazing little person. Our second oldest is super cuddly, sweet and totally wild he really is hot and cold but such a sweet little boy. The twins are wild cards - they spice up the family with their constant talking, laughing and yelling. Ginny who is the first is clean, sweet and always smiling. Abby is messy, loud, and very curious and cautious. They all love playing together and we have so much fun!
How did your feeding relationship go with your twins?
It went really well - I exclusively breastfed for the first 8 months then we introduced formula more regularly but still mostly breastfed probably 75% breastmilk and 25% formula - twins eat a lot!
Was it different feeding twins compared with feeding your older children?
I don't think it was any different other than the girls got some formula. My boys were exclusively breastfed until they weaned themselves. All four of them stopped breastfeeding between 11 to 16 months with my first breastfeeding the longest.
What is the most challenging part of your feeding relationship with your daughters?
I have been pretty lucky overall. If I had to choose something it would be the guilt I felt introducing formula. There isn't anything wrong with formula - just for me I love being able to provide everything they need and not having enough was hard. I mean you would assume if your body can create and grow twins it should be able to make enough milk. The sleep that I got because I added formula was really good though (lol).
What are some of the things you hope you will never forget about your feeding relationship with your daughters?
Their tiny hands and the cuddles, and those big brown eyes looking up at me. I loved everything about nursing and bottle feeding my girls. When they were big enough to hold their bottles themselves it was kind of sad in a bitter-sweet kind of way. There is nothing like a sweet baby falling asleep in your arms after a good feed.
How did you feel when you saw your images?
OMG the images will be cherished forever!! It was just so beautiful to be able to capture these fleeting moments. These moments of total and utter bliss. just perfect sweet moments.
I love them all!
I know you have your own photography business - how do you manage running your business and your family? Tell me more about your business?
I have a very supportive husband and family! My mom lives close and helps with the kids and my husband gives me the time I need so I can focus on what I love: Photography and crafting.
I specialize in newborn, children and family photography. I mostly do a lot of studio work, but I have been venturing outside more. Ottawa is such a beautiful city and photographing families outdoors where they can be more natural is lots of fun.
My business is named after my first son - Chase Me Photography - it's very fitting because when I am photographing children I am usually are chasing them (lol).
Why is photography important to you?
Photography is important to me because having the ability to freeze a moment in time is so special. Children grow quickly and time is fleeting - when you blink they are grown. Being able to capture these moments of laughter, hope, curiosity, family and love in a picture that can be hung on your wall and for you to be able to look back and remember is just so priceless.
Giving families these moments in a picture that they can now look back on forever is why I love photography. You easily forget how your little ones use to fit in the palms of your hand all squishy and cute, or how much your one year old has grown and changed.
Giving families photographs they can look at that makes a memory more tangible is just such an amazing honour. Plus I just love photography in general and photographing little baby toes and sweet smiles is amazing.
Would you like to have some beautiful images to celebrate your feeding relationship? Breathe In Photography offers in home feeding sessions year round.