Archive for January, 2011

Due with their first baby, this wonderful couple came in for their maternity pictures totally in love and excited to meet their son.  He’s supposed to come around February 28th, but I donno – I think it could be sooner!

Dad is just as excited to meet his son as mom is…you can even see it in his eyes.

So true….

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Oh how I just adore this age.  The sweet little babies who all giggle and drool and smile and are just interested in everything they see.  I love how they want to eat everything in site – especially their own toes lol!

LOVE this image.  Her smile is just perfect!

After trying to eat the pearls…

and i think this is so sweet….Jenna and her big brother Jason.  How adorable are these two?

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I was honoured to be asked to come and photograph little Gabriel’s baptism on Sunday…but had to decline because I too, was getting baptized!  It was definitely a great day Sunday!  So since I couldn’t go to Gabe’s baptism, we brought the baptism to me 🙂

Love the details.

Gabe’s God Parents.

and of course we had to do some for fun!

Love the hats!

after our little mini session we finished off with these two adorable furry critters…lol

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…lol, okay so Daniel is actually almost a month old but his due date isn’t until tomorrow!  He was just a little peanut and he slept like a CHAMP!

Another very happy baby today!  How LUCKY am I?!!

One of my new hats for 2011

One for daddy who not only plays hockey, but loves the Leafs…

Last, but not least 🙂  Hope this can hold you over until your gallery is ready 🙂

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Wow – this is an amazing family with such a wonderful heart-warming story of daughter-mother relationships.  As I’m sure you won’t believe it either – these three are all MOTHER-DAUGHTERs!!

and can you say MELT MY HEART?!!!

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Marvellous Monday

What a fantastic weekend in the Lariviere house!  I had a great week leading up to the weekend that I was (and have been) looking forward to.  I have been a Christian for a couple years now and I knew it was time to be baptized!  An exciting step in the life of a Christian.  It was exciting and exhilarating and just so awesome to be able to proclaim my life is God’s in front of family, friends and my church family.  By the way – for anyone who is local – Caledonia Gateway church is truly amazing!!!  The people are fabulous, the minister is young and fresh and so excited to talk about God…and he explains everything so well!!  There is a service every Sunday – one at 9:15 and one at 11:15.  There is FREE child care for both services so that you can actually enjoy the service and really listen to what is being talked about….and believe me, as someone who used to go to church once a year and sit with grandma’s and listen to opera sounding hymns…I never EVER thought I would go to church voluntarily as an adult.  I LOVE IT!!! I love Gateway, I love our pastor, I love the fellowship and the caring and the spirit that moves through our church-please come and join us!!  Okay, so here are some pictures from Sunday…the first one – I’m on the stage in the baptism pool with our pastor Steve.  I’m giving my testimony of faith – how I was lead to faith.

After I nervously read my testimony, it was time to answer pastor Steve’s questions…then the big moment…

The excitement poured through me and I think it showed on my face.

The question I guess for a lot of people who don’t believe is “how do you KNOW” that God is real?  Or “how do you KNOW” that the bible speaks the truth and isn’t just written by someone years ago?  A part of it is called “FAITH”.  I will tell you a little of my story.  I have always believed there was a God.  I always prayed when something was wrong or things didn’t go my way (the last time you were in a horrible situation did you say “please God help me”?).  So I always believed. I never “knew” about Him, or prayed like I was talking to my father.  I just believed there was a God.  Through out my last 11 years as a paramedic, I have come across some pretty unbelievable scenes.  I have met a lot of people and one of the people who had great influence on me was my (now husband) Will.  I would talk to him about “religion” and explain that I believed in God but that’s about as far as my beliefs went.  I knew I hated going to church and remember it always being boring.  I even had my baby baptized because that was thing to do?  I used to go to United Church (and please forgive me if you go there) but my experience in a United church was that everyone sat in pews (I think that’s how you spell it?) lol…and didn’t say a word to each other unless they were over the age of 70 and had been going to that church since childhood.  I’m not slamming United, I’m just sharing in what I experienced in the United Church that I attended.  The songs were boring, the sermon was boring and rarely ever kept my attention and I always found myself looking at my watch to see when it was over.  So one day Will said to try a Baptist church…so I did.  My first Baptist church was Binbrook Baptist.  I couldn’t believe the difference.  I walked in and it was like walking into a high school classroom before the teacher arrived.  Everyone was chatting and laughing and smiling and it was just so great!! I loved it! AND get this – they had a BAND that played the music! Not a piano or an organ but a BAND!?  I’m thinking “uh – THIS is church?”  I really enjoyed it.  Then I thought I would go to different churches to experience different ones – so my next stop was Gateway in Caledonia.  I LOVED IT!!! Every Sunday that I went – I cried.  I didn’t want to, I didn’t mean to…I just cried.  I felt so emotional all the time!  The sermons spoke to my heart.  The amazing band that plays fantastic music at the beginning of every service melted my soul and literally made me weak.  Why would this happen?  I knew – I KNEW there was something to it.  So I began to ask questions.  I was told that to become a Christian I just needed to ask Jesus into my heart.  Lol..now how funny does that sound when your first of all not a Christian and second of all – perhaps not a believer?  So I would always say there has to be more to it.  There HAS TO BE MORE TO IT!  You mean I just “say” those words and I’m promised Heaven? No way.  For me, I knew I had to FEEL it.  I had to FEEL that I truly BELIEVED that the Lord sent his one and only son to the world in human form to die on the cross for MY sins.  I had to believe it in my heart and KNOW it in my soul.  For months, I would go to church, cry during the service and always leave feeling hungry to know more.  One night, while my daughter slept, I just prayed and I cried and I prayed and I cried and I just said “God, I want to know you are real.  I want to believe that you sent your son to die for me.  I want to ask Jesus into my heart and I want to live for you…but how do I KNOW”?  and I kid you NOT…I heard my name as clear as having a conversation with a friend…I heard “Tonia” – on my left side behind me…I literally turned around scared out of my mind that someone was in my house…and there was no one.  God said my name…and that very moment I became a Christian.

It is an amazing journey.  When I’m sad, I lift it up to God.  When I am in need – I pray and He delivers EVERY SINGLE TIME!  When I swear, which is not often, I find myself feeling shameful and guilty…I know God is real…and it’s amazing the feeling that gives me knowing where my eternity will end up!  Want to read a couple great books that may help you understand the Lord a little better?  1  –  Heaven is For Real.  2 – 90 minutes in Heaven.  I’ll just leave it at that – but I tell you, you won’t regret it!  AMAZING!

Okay now that I have told you my life story (lol)…after my baptism we headed home for celebration.  My husband ❤ :

My 11-year-old daughter who told me after the service that my testimony made her cry…

(I know – it’s fuzzy – but hey, I didn’t take the picture) lol…

This last picture means a lot to me.  When you think of the typical teenager, what do you think of?  Lazy?  Mouthy?  Irresponsible?…well this is Evan.  He is my stepson…and he is a great kid!  After the service on Sunday – he hugged me like he has never hugged me before…and he said “I love you mom”…which he has also never said before.  MELT MY HEART!  I’m so happy and so blessed and so thankful for so many people in my life.  My in-laws live upstairs, my “son” and daughter live with us…we have jobs, and passions, and a marriage that I ADORE…and it is ALL because of God!  All because of HIS divine plan.  Here is my boy….who I’m so blessed to have in my life:

One last message….GOD IS AWESOME!!!!!!!  See you all at church!!!  Happy Monday everyone!!!!

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As a photographer I’m sure that most photographers would agree that babies are absolutely awesome to photograph.  Then when you get TWO babies, it’s twice as nice – it’s literally twice as awesome as photographing one baby.  I know that when two car seats come through the studio, I am in complete awe…I often wonder how the parents manage two crying babies at night, give double the love and snuggles during the day and just keep a schedule with TWO babies…but they all make it look just so easy.  Now when TWO 1-year-old’s come in, it is even better than the newborn session because we can watch them giggle, and interact with each other and get to actually see their personalities.  This is the first of my twins to come back for a cake smash and I was just THRILLED!

Anna’s personality..

and this picture is so cute (makes me giggle everytime I look at it!) lol… William’s personality…


Plus with twins you have to purchase twice the stuff!  Must be fun when you get to buy blue AND pink 🙂

Also…twice the mess lol !

Did you notice their feet? They actually sit like that!  Thanks for coming back munchkins! I hope I get to see you at Christmas for the holiday mini sessions!

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Wow – what a weekend I have had an amazing story to tell of today (Sunday) but I will leave that for my “Marvellous Monday” post.  For now, a little sneak peak at Mr Brayden who came to visit the studio on Friday.  At 3 weeks old Brayden did NOT want to sleep at all.   Though in the following pictures you would never be able to tell 😉

One word comes to mind when I see the following picture and look at his lips…PERFECT!

Mmmmm….family ❤

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Wow! The cheeks on this little monkey just got me so excited to do her pictures the moment I saw her!  What a sweet heart ❤

*YAWN….* sooooo tired being a super star at only 7 weeks old.

With a daughter who is already 14, mom is clearly so in love with having a baby all over again

I don’t know what you see here, but all I can see are cheeks!

And here is something parents of teenagers might wish they could do sometimes.  I know I have a daughter that will soon be a teenager and I am so going to do this with her too! Lol…thanks Bella & Ian for letting me have some fun with this one 🙂

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A first baby on the way for this soon-to-be new family.  Brenda came by yesterday to capture this awesome time in their lives..though I think with all the illness this pregnancy has caused, they are super excited to get this little man  OUT!

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