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We are three and a half weeks away from our due date. The nursery remains without carpet, much less a crib, and we’re not sure where we’ll be living – the condo or the new house – when baby decides to arrive. Still trying to sell our condo, you could walk through and not see a trace of baby anywhere (unless you snooped – then you’d find the box of newborn diapers stuffed in a closet and a chest full of tiny onesies, swaddlers, crib sheets and the like). Does this stress me out? Cause me/us to lose sleep? More than a little. But. We still have our health, each other, and the promise of a sweet, new, little life that we get to wrap in our arms before too long. Ready or not ;)

Last week we got to escape the craziness briefly and enjoy a photo shoot by the lovely and talented Jamie Delaine. She and I have become friends over the years, connecting over photography (I recently did her new promo images) and life, and I’ve enjoyed following her blog and career as a wedding photographer. So, it was a treat to step in front of her camera! My friend and most trusted makeup artist, Ashley of Wedded Bliss, did my makeup (Getting married? Book her!) and I had my hair done by my hairdresser and friend, Kobie.

It was a most perfect summer evening out in Langley and we had so much fun with Jamie and her husband Randy. Following the shoot, the four of us hung out over coffee until dark and we left excited to connect with these two more in the future.

And now, just a few of my favourites from our session. Jamie, we love them! Thank you. Be sure to visit Jamie’s blog for more!

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  • Kristen - July 7, 2014 - 11:54 am

    In LOVE with your floral dress!! Where is it from?ReplyCancel

    • Mikaela - July 7, 2014 - 4:20 pm

      Thanks so much, Kristen! Both dresses are from ASOS maternity.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - Visual Meringue - July 7, 2014 - 1:25 pm

    Beautiful photos – you both look great. Not long now! Thanks for sharing these :)ReplyCancel

  • Amber - July 7, 2014 - 4:42 pm

    You guys are on the most incredible journey and the fun stuff is just about to begin. I can totally relate to how you feel right now with the preperations of your new home. Baby will arrive and everything will come together – as it does you will grow into a family. Enjoy every moment. I am so excited for you both.ReplyCancel

  • Corinna - July 7, 2014 - 9:53 pm

    Love these shots. Never knew you could get your hair and makeup done for maternity shots, but it looks great.
    We had to move when baby Hugo was 8 weeks old, which wasn’t ideal, but it’s possible… get all the help you can muster for the move. You’ll do great.
    Can’t wait to see newborn shots on your blog soon. :)ReplyCancel

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Yesterday in small town America we had our second annual Fourth of July hot dog roast at our property. Up until not long ago we imagined being in our new house, with my green card, celebrating with a BBQ. With neither of those in place yet (and our patience being tested!), we went ahead with the festivities like last year – around the campfire with family and friends, with an abundance of food and fireworks and we didn’t know the difference.

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But first, a bike ride around town and (massive amounts of) ice cream with my brother and his girlfriend Avery. We quite like her.

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It was extra special to have my cousin Narissa out from Chicago, along with her itty bitty son Seth!

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There’s a peek at our house. At this point we’re not sure what will come first – it or the baby!

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A few days before, my Dad casually announced this cupcake idea he saw on Pinterest…and we all looked at him in disbelief that he was on Pinterest.
But they turned out almost too good to eat!

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Until next year!

  • Connie Eberhardt - July 7, 2014 - 12:37 am

    Nice pictures! Lovely house you are building!ReplyCancel

I would love to hear more about how you found your style. I’m currently just beginning and I find myself admiring lots of beautiful work from other photographers, but I can’t quite get mine how I want it. Any tips for going through this process?

The way I see it, your style is something that is a continual work in progress, even if subtle. Your style is something that you learn the more that you shoot. The more you shoot, the more you see what you like and what you don’t like…what you’re drawn to, and what you like to avoid. For example, I’ve discovered that I’m more drawn to lighter backgrounds and elements in my photos as I love achieving a light, airy feel to them.

While your style is very much defined in how you shoot – lens choice, composition, use of light, posing, etc. – editing also plays a role. Experimenting in Lightroom until you achieve the look you love is another way in which to find your style. More contrast vs less contract, cooler temperature vs warmer, etc. And when you find the right combination of edits in Lightroom, save it as a preset to ensure consistency for future photographs.

The beautiful thing is that everyone see things differently so every photographer develops their own style. As much as we can look to one another for inspiration, ultimately it comes down to how we each see and document things :)

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Feel free to comment below if you have any questions for a future FAQ post, or if you have any thoughts on finding your photography style.
Happy Thursday!

  • Katie - July 5, 2014 - 9:39 am

    Thank you, Mikaela! I loved the post! :)ReplyCancel