On the weekend of December 1st and 2nd I held my first ever Holiday mini session, and it did NOT disappoint. Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year, I love finding the perfect gift for my loved ones, decorating the house, watching Elf, and drinking Lactose-Free egg nog! These sessions actually came at a very hard time for me, as I had a lot going on personally. However, as the first family showed up (with their pet guinea pig in hand) and I pulled out my camera I was filled with excitement. I turned up my Christmas playlist, full of Michael Bublé songs, and tackled this weekend head on.
Held at the beautiful Air B and B, Cozy Flat in Kingston, many of these sessions were new to me. I haven't done many indoor sessions, especially in only 30 minutes! So, this weekend was the perfect time to remind myself why I started photography: because I love it and I want to challenge myself.
These sessions were a friendly reminder that no matter what you are doing in school, work, or your life, it is incredibly important to continue to challenge yourself. Without pushing yourself, you will never know what you're capable. That might sound "cliché", however many times people get stuck in what's comfortable.
One new session that I was able to shoot this weekend was boudoir. Many people have different ideas of what a boudoir session is, but to me it is a chance for anyone to get a little outside their comfort zone, and gain some more self-confidence! My goal is for these sessions to empower individuals, allow them to improve their confidence, and create some incredible pictures. This session was a great experience to learn, as a photographer, how important and meaningful boudoir shots can be! I am hoping to hold more of these types of sessions in the new year (stay tuned for more info)!
I also got the chance to shoot some newborn pictures, which is fairly new experience for me. It takes a lot more patience and thought to get their pictures. You can’t exactly tell a baby to what to do, though sometimes I swear they understand you. A huge part of me worries taking on new projects and different kinds of shoots. In one weekend I did family, couples, newborn, and boudoir sessions!! But another part of me is just so excited to learn new thing and try different styles. I am a firm believer in lifelong learning. There’s always something new to learn or try, so why not? You never know what you can achieve or what your good at unless you try it.
As a final point, before you get to see some more adorable pictures of the kiddies, I just want to encourage people to continue to get outside their comfort zone, whether it's getting in front of the camera, taking on a new project, or learning a new skill. It's so much fun, and who knows... you might find a new hobby that you love!
With that in mind, I wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday! Take lots of pictures, and keep the memories of these special moments with family and friends alive. Cheers!