Rub-a-dub-dub Baby in the Tub + a Printer Giveaway


Ok so I’m not always good at staging photos of the kids, mostly because my kids don’t cooperate, but also because I generally like to capture them in the natural moment.

However this past weekend I really wanted a few photos of Magnus in the tub.  He’s now sitting up so nicely and looks ridiculously cute in all his chubby glory.  Our tiny bathroom is dark and dingy.  Trying to get a good shot of anyone in there is difficult.  So I decided to stage it in the comfort of our own bedroom, on a cold and rainy Sunday.

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For this shoot I followed along with one of Canon’s Plan Your Baby Moments tips specific to Magnus’ age.  Although I’ve been photographing my kids for years, I feel like I hit a bit of a rut with my photography lately, so it was nice to get inspired again as I tried to recreate one of the moments featured on the site.  The Plan Your Baby Moments site started out as a Facebook App, as some of you who’ve followed me for some time will know.  I am huge fan of the app, but now Canon has made it even easier for moms and dad’s to turn their own photographs of their kids into professional looking captures with both inspiration and professional advice from baby photographer Stephanie Robin.  I get asked so many questions about how I photograph my kids, and ideas and inspiration etc, and now its all in one site making it super easy for anyone to access.


For my own little shoot I first of all turned up the heat in the house, as it was a chilly damp day.  Then I followed  Stephanie’s advice about how to set up the shot, which you can do as well when you select the 6-9month milestone category.  I used my Canon SL1 with my EF 50mm f/1.8 ll to take all the photographs.  The props were pretty easy to gather up and you can find similar items here.  Magnus cooperated about half the time, enough for me to capture a few cute shots of his smily face.  But the out-takes are pretty precious too don’t you think?!

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Also!  Similar to last year I’m giving away a Canon SELPHY CP910 so you can print your gorgeous shots anywhere any time! All you have to do is follow me on Facebook and leave a comment below telling me you entered. Easy peasy.  I’ll announce the winner on June 16 when I’ll also show you how easy it is for one of my friends, also a mom, to take photos of her new little babe using the Plan Your Baby Moments site!

**This post was created in partnership with Canon Canada.  As always thank you for supporting our sponsors who make this blog possible.


Christmas Card Photo-Shoot

When I was single I swore that I would never be one of those parents that put together a family photo card and send it out to relatives….but here I am on year two of holiday photos and card making, and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We had a pretty busy weekend looking for houses, doing research on top areas but we did manage to do a little photo shoot of our own for our holiday cards.  We even managed to edit every image and order our holiday cards and photo books, so we feel pretty good about it all.

We decided this year not to do gifts among our extended family.  Michael, Johannes and I will exchange gifts at home but for the rest of the family we will “make” our gifts.  That means anything goes, from baking to crafts.  And I have to be honest, I’m pretty excited about it.

So while I’m not quite ready to share our holiday card with y’all just yet … here are the out-takes.

Now tell me, do you do a yearly photo card?


I am suffering terribly from a case of the “Tuesdays” {formerly known as the “Mondays”}.  We had a great weekend in and out of the city and took advantage of every minute.

Saturday was great.  We walked down to the CNE {Canada’s largest fair, and one of the largest in North America}.  We wanted to take Johannes on a few rides, the petting zoo and have him taste his first ever funnel cake. I love fairs…who doesn’t really?!  The fun rides, the food, the excitement of the fair games with ridiculously large stuffed animals.  You can’t help but smile from ear to ear while you’re there.  So I wanted my boys to get the FULL Toronto experience.

The fair takes place within minutes of our condo, and every night when I tuck J into bed I look out at the pretty lights of the ferris wheel.  Last year J was too little to really enjoy any of it but we though this year was definitely appropriate.  Measuring in just over 33″, J was tall enough to go on a few rides {with accompaniment of course

We decided to go bright and early when the gates opened, so we could avoid the crowds and it paid off.  }. By the time we were ready to head home, the lineups had grown to ridiculous proportions and the summer sun was almost unbearably warm.  I think we definitely timed it just right.  The only thing we would do differently would be to take our stroller.  We thought that it would get in the way and mean we couldn’t go on rides together, but we found that our peanut was not too keen on walking holding hands inside the park grounds.  He wanted to run and explore {alone} and threw tantrum after tantrum if we tried to take his hand or pick him up.  This was definitely a struggle on a few occasions during our visit.

J even got to play a carnival game on his own.  He got to pick 5 duckies out of a floating stream and win himself a little teddy bear.  The downside, of course, he didn’t understand the water stream was not a water table and that once the game was done he couldn’t splush around anymore.  Ah!  Next year will be better I’m sure.

But on the whole we had a blast, and M even won J a colorful parrot.

What was the highlight of your long weekend??


Liberty Village Photo Session

A few weeks back I was asked by my brother and his super lovely girlfriend to take some couple’s photos of them.

Now you all know that I am not now….nor have I ever been a photographer lol.  I mean I just take cute photos of my kid…but that’s because he IS cute so he makes it super easy for me.

Regardless, I did the photos in and around our loft…and I even cracked open the “camera user guide” for the first time ever!!

What do you think?

***have you linked up your photos yet??  If not, you can still do so here.***

Beautiful New Mom Photos

Beautiful photographer and mom-to-be Lora Vertue, owner of Kissed by Light Photo Studio, captured the essence of a new mom.  I can’t quite get over how amazing these photos are…and I hope you love them as much as I do.  The contentment and love between mother and child is unmistakable.

To Be Mom

To be mom {Photography by Kissed by Light Photo Studio}