Ice Cream Mini Sessions - Fun in Squamish with Alice and Brohm!

 

The verdict is in…everybody loves Ice Cream!

This was my favourite partnership to date; the most delicious ice cream known to man, great weather, the iconic boler, and we got to hang out at the new Alice & Brohm shop at the Squamish Town Hub!

The skies threatened to open up (pretty typical of Squamish weather, as we all know), but luckily on the Big Day, the clouds held off. And I was SO thankful for that! Certainly didn’t want any rain on this parade of adorable-ness!

So please, sit back, grab a snack (or an ice cream cone!) and check out how much fun we had!

 Who doesn’t love smushy ice cream faces?!?

Who doesn’t love smushy ice cream faces?!?

 And sticky little hands…

And sticky little hands…

 The little mohawk just kills me!

The little mohawk just kills me!

 Such blue eyes you have!

Such blue eyes you have!

 Brotherly love, such a fun family!

Brotherly love, such a fun family!

 It’s your ice cream cone, and you can eat it how you want to!

It’s your ice cream cone, and you can eat it how you want to!

 Sharing the stickiness :P

Sharing the stickiness :P

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 Such dapper little dudes for their photoshoot!

Such dapper little dudes for their photoshoot!

 These guys were sooooo cute!

These guys were sooooo cute!

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 Tickles!

Tickles!

 I can’t get over this little fluffball that came for the fun! He was so well behaved, and a great poser!

I can’t get over this little fluffball that came for the fun! He was so well behaved, and a great poser!

 The perfect Mother/Daughter date!

The perfect Mother/Daughter date!

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 Can’t forget the pup!

Can’t forget the pup!

 This little gal was such a character!

This little gal was such a character!

 Color coordination, loving it!

Color coordination, loving it!

 Aw man, the ice cream is alllllllmost too good to put in your Mama’s face…almost!

Aw man, the ice cream is alllllllmost too good to put in your Mama’s face…almost!

 How to bribe your kids to hang out with you…ice cream!

How to bribe your kids to hang out with you…ice cream!

 And now for some sisters! Love the matching outfits <3

And now for some sisters! Love the matching outfits <3

 Grandma love is just the best!

Grandma love is just the best!

 Of course the young ones always make the biggest mess!

Of course the young ones always make the biggest mess!

 …and also ham it up for the camera!

…and also ham it up for the camera!

 Her “mean mug” is becoming famous…

Her “mean mug” is becoming famous…

 …and it’s easy to see why!

…and it’s easy to see why!

 I just love the dynamic between these two.

I just love the dynamic between these two.

 CHEEEEEESE!

CHEEEEEESE!

 Coaxing a smile out of the older gal was a bit of a challenge, but we made it happen!

Coaxing a smile out of the older gal was a bit of a challenge, but we made it happen!

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 “Brother…what on earth are you doing!?”

“Brother…what on earth are you doing!?”

 I won’t tell you what he was laughing at here! Boys will be boys!

I won’t tell you what he was laughing at here! Boys will be boys!

 And last but not least, the family knows how to have fun!

And last but not least, the family knows how to have fun!

 Mmm mmmm goooood! It tastes even better when you’re wearing fancy clothes, I bet.

Mmm mmmm goooood! It tastes even better when you’re wearing fancy clothes, I bet.

 Her little pink spoon just melts my heart!

Her little pink spoon just melts my heart!

 “whatchu lookin’ at?”

“whatchu lookin’ at?”

 The sticky ice cream princess!

The sticky ice cream princess!

 Pinky’s up, like the queen! And last but not least…

Pinky’s up, like the queen! And last but not least…

 “Please sir, I want some more!”

“Please sir, I want some more!”

 
 

Well, good news! There will be plenty more where these come from! I would like to make the Ice Cream Mini’s an annual event. And hey, we might not even have to wait that long. Just a few months of rain, no biggie.

If you want to be first to know about the next round of Ice Cream Mini’s, shoot me a message!

Photographer: Katia Grondin
Ice Cream: Alice & Brohm
Locations: John Hunter Park | Squamish Town Hub
Wooden Bench: Anna’s Interiors

Thank you so much to everybody who made these magical moments happen, it was a pleasure working with you all!

 

"Day" in the Life - Squamish photographer adventures to Robert's Creek

 

The best part about having a sister as a professional photographer is how long it takes to get the edits back...

...not.

I took a big trip over to Robert's Creek, and my camera came along, of course. I snapped fifty bazillionty photos of their real life over on the Sunshine Coast! We even got a formal(ish) family photoshoot in at the very end! My sister would constantly hassle me about finishing the photos, which I finally did. And when I hit "export," I WEPT TEARS OF JOY! Not because of the many hours I spent post-processing, but because this collection of images are some of my favourites, ever - of some of my most favorite little & big people! I can honestly say that my sister is my best friend in the whole wide world! 

It's also neat that I grew up with my brother in law - we got into all sorts of shenanigans together in high school! We go way back, and when he asked my sister to marry him, I could not have been more thrilled! You will have to ask her the story of his proposal...it's so Nick! And so adorable. 

As well, my sister found out she was pregnant with her first...when she took a pregnancy test IN MY HOUSE and then proceeded to NOT EVEN TELL ME until a few days later. I'll still never get over that, but I still love you, sister! 

Fast forward to their eldest being almost 6 years old. HOW does this even happen? I remember when she finally told me about the pregnancy, I did a little dance and jumped up and down, of course. It was a long wait for me, (I'm sure it was just a breeze on her to be carrying that fiesty little bowling ball around inside for 9 months) but when the day finally came for me to meet my first-ever niece, everything changed. 

On my way down to Lion's Gate Hospital, where she would be giving birth via elective cesarean (read about it here), I was almost there. 2 more streets! And then, a red light...UGH. That red light just caused me to BURST into tears, I was SO anxious, and SO excited, I just couldn't possibly wait one more second! But, I didn't have a choice. My heart was going a mile a minute, with anxiousness, and with love that I didn't even know was possible, yet.

After arriving at Lion's Gate Hospital and getting parked and all that fun stuff, I went up to the recovery room, where Midwife Lydia from Root's Community Midwives met me and said "are you ready to meet your niece!?" 

I was SO ready! But I was not so ready for the feeling of exploding love everywhere.

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The feeling of meeting your first niece is unfathomable. Lucky for me, I have like, soooo many nieces now! I also have a nephew and one more on the way. All of these little people! They are for another entry, soon ;)

In any case, I COULD NOT FUCKING WAIT to show this gallery to my sister + the sweet fam! There are so many hilarious, heart-warming moments here. My absolute FAVORITE thing about documentary & lifestyle photography is that it is so raw & real. The real shit, the funny shit, the messy shit. Sometimes, there is actual shit! And that is okay, because that is real life, and that is what we live for 

<3 

 These goofy little girls! Hanging out at  the Gumboot Cafe  in Robert's Creek!&nbsp;

These goofy little girls! Hanging out at the Gumboot Cafe in Robert's Creek! 

 Funny story - when my sister and I were kids, my mother left us with a babysitter for the very first time. We were playing on the trampoline, and my sister fell into me. She smacked her head on mine, and there was instantly blood everywhere! Of COURSE she cracked her head open on our very first time being babysat...OF COURSE. I thought her stitches were pretty damn cool. If I remember correctly, when she got them out the Dr. taped them to a prescription paper and drew a silly little face!&nbsp;

Funny story - when my sister and I were kids, my mother left us with a babysitter for the very first time. We were playing on the trampoline, and my sister fell into me. She smacked her head on mine, and there was instantly blood everywhere! Of COURSE she cracked her head open on our very first time being babysat...OF COURSE. I thought her stitches were pretty damn cool. If I remember correctly, when she got them out the Dr. taped them to a prescription paper and drew a silly little face! 

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 I told them to pose nice, so we could send all the photos to the Easter Bunny, in hopes of him bringing them more chocolate. Is that unethical? Likely so! *shrugs*

I told them to pose nice, so we could send all the photos to the Easter Bunny, in hopes of him bringing them more chocolate. Is that unethical? Likely so! *shrugs*

 The little sister should ALWAYS have one eye open! I'm the older sister, so I know this to be true, muahahahahha!

The little sister should ALWAYS have one eye open! I'm the older sister, so I know this to be true, muahahahahha!

 I sure wouldn't mess with either of these kiddos! I swear, they are sweet sometimes, though.

I sure wouldn't mess with either of these kiddos! I swear, they are sweet sometimes, though.

 And the rooster says "toodaloo, motherfucker." I LOVE that these kiddos get to experience the magic of having livestock in their very own backyard! Something I will strive for, until I get it! I also plan on adopting an old tortoise too, one day when I own a yard.

And the rooster says "toodaloo, motherfucker." I LOVE that these kiddos get to experience the magic of having livestock in their very own backyard! Something I will strive for, until I get it! I also plan on adopting an old tortoise too, one day when I own a yard.

 The many faces of Taija, I'm not sure why she was such a ham on this day!&nbsp;

The many faces of Taija, I'm not sure why she was such a ham on this day! 

 #sorrynotsorry kids, these are definitely going in your Wedding slideshows!&nbsp;

#sorrynotsorry kids, these are definitely going in your Wedding slideshows! 

 I swear, it's not pee! When I was a kid, I was lucky to get a bath bomb here and there, but these guys have it all! Little color pellets to dye the water, bath crayons, boats, balls, and even a  BC Ferries  souvenir!&nbsp;

I swear, it's not pee! When I was a kid, I was lucky to get a bath bomb here and there, but these guys have it all! Little color pellets to dye the water, bath crayons, boats, balls, and even a BC Ferries souvenir! 

 We took a little visit to the  Sechelt Public Library , and of course wreaked a bit havoc. Don't worry, we were quiet about it!&nbsp;

We took a little visit to the Sechelt Public Library, and of course wreaked a bit havoc. Don't worry, we were quiet about it! 

 A long lens is key to photos of kids when they don't want to pose for pictures! I mean, I had to bribe her for that first one of her pretty blue eyes, but the rest I totally snuck when she wasn't looking!&nbsp;

A long lens is key to photos of kids when they don't want to pose for pictures! I mean, I had to bribe her for that first one of her pretty blue eyes, but the rest I totally snuck when she wasn't looking! 

 I love watching kids pick their nose! It makes for the most hilarious photos. Another one for the books, my love!

I love watching kids pick their nose! It makes for the most hilarious photos. Another one for the books, my love!

 Nothing wrong with a little hanging out on the floor, we all know your mommy sweeps a million times a day anyway! You kinda have to when you have such an amazing backyard and you're in and out all day, tracking in dirt and sticks, and who-knows-what-else!&nbsp;

Nothing wrong with a little hanging out on the floor, we all know your mommy sweeps a million times a day anyway! You kinda have to when you have such an amazing backyard and you're in and out all day, tracking in dirt and sticks, and who-knows-what-else! 

 THAT FACE,&nbsp;THOUGH!&nbsp;

THAT FACE, THOUGH! 

 "This is my trailer park shirt!" Yep. She said that. I have noooo idea where she came up with that *shifty eyes*

"This is my trailer park shirt!" Yep. She said that. I have noooo idea where she came up with that *shifty eyes*

 The crazy comes out when they're waiting for dinner!&nbsp;

The crazy comes out when they're waiting for dinner! 

 And a little bedtime snack, complete with a story (with funny voices, and everything!) goofy faces, and some tasty adult "tea."

And a little bedtime snack, complete with a story (with funny voices, and everything!) goofy faces, and some tasty adult "tea."

 Cold hands n' cooking up some smiles! As an adult, I was excessively excited to eat some of those, I'm not gonna lie.&nbsp;

Cold hands n' cooking up some smiles! As an adult, I was excessively excited to eat some of those, I'm not gonna lie. 

 I think someone visited the yard overnight, and seems to have left some things behind...

I think someone visited the yard overnight, and seems to have left some things behind...

 I hope the Easter bunny didn't leave any broccoli or carrots in the Easter Eggs! Spoiler alert - he/she did.&nbsp;

I hope the Easter bunny didn't leave any broccoli or carrots in the Easter Eggs! Spoiler alert - he/she did. 

 The sugar rush begins!

The sugar rush begins!

 Also not sorry for posting this one, too perfect!

Also not sorry for posting this one, too perfect!

 Goofing off at snack time. Why don't I look that cute when I'm eating?

Goofing off at snack time. Why don't I look that cute when I'm eating?

 Some playtime in the morning while Mama gets some coffee in her.

Some playtime in the morning while Mama gets some coffee in her.

 Just a gorgeous day to head off to the beach! The weather was pretty much perfect for my entire visit, couldn't have asked for anything more!&nbsp;

Just a gorgeous day to head off to the beach! The weather was pretty much perfect for my entire visit, couldn't have asked for anything more! 

 Them holding little hands...*crying emoji!* They are going to be best friends when they grow up, though I'm sure there will be some animosity between then, if they're anything like my sister and I!&nbsp;

Them holding little hands...*crying emoji!* They are going to be best friends when they grow up, though I'm sure there will be some animosity between then, if they're anything like my sister and I! 

 Such little sweethearts when they are playing and discovering.&nbsp;

Such little sweethearts when they are playing and discovering. 

 A bit tuckered out after the beach adventure. Just gonna stop here for a snooze. And yeah, you probably SHOULD keep that helmet on, with your big sister around!&nbsp;

A bit tuckered out after the beach adventure. Just gonna stop here for a snooze. And yeah, you probably SHOULD keep that helmet on, with your big sister around! 

 After a quick stop back to the homestead, some dinner, and a change of clothes, we headed back to he beach for some formal-ish family photos!&nbsp;

After a quick stop back to the homestead, some dinner, and a change of clothes, we headed back to he beach for some formal-ish family photos! 

 And so far, so good! I didn't even have to photoshop any stains out of the girls' clothes!&nbsp;

And so far, so good! I didn't even have to photoshop any stains out of the girls' clothes! 

 And they behaved so well, despite their protests for photos. Gosh, HOW CUTE ARE THEY!?

And they behaved so well, despite their protests for photos. Gosh, HOW CUTE ARE THEY!?

 I did, however have to photoshop some guy out of the background of most of these. Sorry, guy!&nbsp;

I did, however have to photoshop some guy out of the background of most of these. Sorry, guy! 

 You've gotta get a bit silly for family portraits! Funny, whenever I tell a group of people to make a funny face, the tongues always come out!!&nbsp;

You've gotta get a bit silly for family portraits! Funny, whenever I tell a group of people to make a funny face, the tongues always come out!! 

 I know that I am an adult and not a teenage girl but the phrase "I can't even!" definitely applies here! Sisterly love &lt;3

I know that I am an adult and not a teenage girl but the phrase "I can't even!" definitely applies here! Sisterly love <3

 So stinkin' cute! And a bit closer look at this gorgeous  Peekaboo Beans  dress (right).&nbsp;

So stinkin' cute! And a bit closer look at this gorgeous Peekaboo Beans dress (right). 

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 They sure are cute together, but I bet she whispered something TOTALLY evil to her sister...

They sure are cute together, but I bet she whispered something TOTALLY evil to her sister...

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 DEFINITELY had to photoshop that guy out for the smoochy photo!&nbsp;

DEFINITELY had to photoshop that guy out for the smoochy photo! 

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 It's been 5 years and he's only tried to throw her in the ocean once (that I know of...) I think that's success!&nbsp;

It's been 5 years and he's only tried to throw her in the ocean once (that I know of...) I think that's success! 

 Contrary to popular belief, it's NOT always the kids that screw around at these photoshoots, Dad's gotta have some fun, too!&nbsp;

Contrary to popular belief, it's NOT always the kids that screw around at these photoshoots, Dad's gotta have some fun, too! 

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 And I must say...after 5 days of being thrust into full-on life with 2 little girls, I was exhausted, but so, so fulfilled. I could not be happier!&nbsp;

And I must say...after 5 days of being thrust into full-on life with 2 little girls, I was exhausted, but so, so fulfilled. I could not be happier! 

 

Ice Cream Mini Sessions with Katia G Photo + Alice & Brohm

 

Squamish! Take chances, make mistakes, and GET MESSYYYYYY! Read on for all the deets!

I am offering a limited quantity of Mini Sessions, in partnership with my buds over at Alice & Brohm. If you haven't tried their ice cream yet, check this out...

LOCALLY SOURCED FRESH INGREDIENTS, BLENDED TOGETHER AND MADE TO ORDER.
NO ADDED COLOUR OR FLAVOURS.
WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET...LITERALLY.
IT’S DELICIOUSLY SIMPLE.

Together with Katia G Photo, you get real, authentic messy moments of you & your loved ones. These are perfect sessions for the kids, the grandparents, the newly engaged couple, or heck, maybe you want to propose with ice cream? Why not! These sessions are every bit as fun as you are, let's get together and make some messy memories! 

THE DETAILS

$150 - Includes ice cream*
Choose 2 images from a personalized online gallery

August 17: 6 to 8pm - John Hunter Park, Squamish
August 25: 1 to 4pm - The Ledge COMMUNITY COFFEE HOUSE, Squamish

Yes, I know, you want to book this immediately...So fill out this form, and we'll choose your spot! Additional dates may be added, so check back often. I'm so excited to meet you all! 

*ice cream for 2 people is included. Additional ice cream can be purchased at the time of your session from the Alice & Brohm Boler! 

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Squamish Moms - Have you heard about UBC's Childbirth Fear Study?

 

Hello lovelies,

So you just found out you're pregnant. A million thoughts flash quickly through your head. Is this for real!? You text your sister a photo ... "is there actually a second line!?" You wonder how you should tell the other half. You start planning the gender reveal in your head. You're relieved that you know what all those weird symptoms were about. You want to tell EVERYBODY! But as time moves along and you adapt to the changes you're experiencing, it starts to dawn on you...you're going to have a baby. You're going to give birth to a baby! As you get closer to the big day, fear and uncertainty can set in. Friends and relatives are regaling you with tales of how horrible labor and birth were for them. You begin to think about how you will manage the pain. You become afraid of the pain. You have a hundred different suggestions coming at you from all different directions, and you don't know what to do. This can be an incredibly scary time for a pregnant woman. For some, it goes beyond that.

I have agreed to help with recruitment for a Childbirth Fear Study, being conducted by Dr. Nichole Fairbrother and a team of researchers at the University of British Columbia's Department of Psychiatry.

"The purpose of this new study is to find out if our new measure can help us to identify women experiencing clinically significant fear of childbirth. To do this, we are asking pregnant women to complete the online Childbirth Fear Questionnaire and a very brief interview to assess clinically significant fear of childbirth.

In our study, we are also looking at how childbirth fears relate to pregnant women’s birth preferences, mental health, and history of sexual abuse and symptoms of posttraumatic stress. This is an important topic because we know that women with mental health problems, or a history of sexual assault or trauma may find childbirth more challenging. We also understand that this is a sensitive topic.

This research is appropriate for women who are pregnant and 18 years or older. Please note that we would like to hear from ALL pregnant women (those who are fearful of childbirth and those who are not)."

TO PARTICIPATE, click here.

Thank you!

 

Squamish Baby Photographer Places in the Top 10% of Shoot & Share Photography Contest - Worldwide!

 

Hello lovely Squamish people...remember that time I entered the Shoot & Share contest at the absolute last second?

As a matter of fact, I entered BEYOND the last second...I had been loosely planning to enter when it came around, but life got busy and I put it off. I didn't have any particular images in mind. But it was a moot point - I found out I had missed the deadline. I was so disappointed.

But then! As I was scrolling Instagram ("But honey, I'm NOT just wasting time on Social Media, I am building up my business! You know, EXPOSURE and BRAND AWARENESS!?") I saw that the deadline has been extended. YESSSS!

I scrambled to my desk and pulled up a chair. I was at a loss on what I should enter. I didn't have that much time to read the rules or categories or descriptions. I didn't have time to go through everything I had ever shot. I didn't have time to formulate a strategy for how to get this Squamish photographer on the map! I just aimlessly went through my archives and thought "yeah, that one!" 

In my hurried state, I compiled 50 photos (the maximum you can enter - and you even get an "All In" badge for doing so!) I painstakingly resized them to meet the requirements. As I was uploading and categorizing them all, I was SO CLOSE to running out of the extra time I had been given - I wasn't even sure if I was going by the correct time zone. I just wanted to get it done, and the whole time I knew full well that my entries may not count. Creatives are some of the worst procrastinators I know, and I am basically the Mayor of Procrastination Town.

There was also some contest controversy regarding what constitutes "family friendly." Blow-up sex dolls vs breastfeeding. DING DING DING, FIGHT!!!

Though at the last second, it was decided that areola and breastfeeding photos WERE in fact, going to be allowed into the competition. 

Luckily, I made it. All of my entries were accepted, and voting began! I spent so much time trying to decide between my favourites. The evenings I spent telling myself to get to work, but instead hours floated by as I voted for my favourite of 4 images. I was addicted, and it was so, so fun. 

I am glad I got the opportunity to participate in this contest. 

I am extremely elated to say, I had 2 photos place in the Top 10%! The thing I love most about this, both of the photos were entered in the "Birth & Newborn" category. This is significant because in the 2016 contest, Birth photos were not included in this contest. This was brand new, uncharted territory for our genre of photography. To finally be included and accepted made my heart swell with joy! However, BECAUSE we were lumped in with posed Newborns (you know, babies in baskets, frog poses, headbands) we all thought, HOW could raw & real birth images compete with sterile, clean, studio images? But compete, they did. You will just have to see for yourself! I will include the link to the results at the bottom of this post. 

This Squamish Photographer *raises hand* also had 1 photo in the Top 20%, and 4 photos in the Top 30% of each category they were entered in! 

If this is how I placed without much thought, imagine where I will go, next year (when I plan ahead). Hello, my name is Katia and I'm a procrastinator. I am already excited for next year! 

Have a look at my top entries and let me know what you think in the comments!

 

Shoot & Share - Squamish Birth, Baby & Family Portrait Photographer

 

It appears to be contest season!

If you missed it, I am competing in the Birth Becomes Her contest - more info HERE

I did mention the Shoot & Share contest in my last blog post as well. Guys, it is SO. FUN. 

When I chose to enter, it was about 12 hours AFTER the closing deadline...I am a severe last minute-er. Thankfully they extended the deadline slightly. This is my first year in the competition - said to be "the world’s only free & fair photo contest." 

Photographers can enter up to 50 images, and there are 25 separate categories. Voters are shown 4 images per category, and you choose your favourite. The page refreshes, and on, and on and on....my goodness. I have spent SO much time voting, it is addicting!

The contest is completely anonymous. There are no watermarks, no link backs, you have no idea whose images you are voting on. Even the participants don't quite know how they're doing, until the very bitter end! 

The reason I mentioned it in my last post - there was an extreme amount of backlash within birth photographer community. The Shoot & Share contest has always been touted as "family friendly," however the organizers used some very choice words to tell us what we can and cannot enter. Describing birth and breastfeeding as "grotesque." We were not okay with that! The birth community pushed back, and Shoot & Share relented! Breastfeeding images are now allowed, regardless of how much areola is visible! 

Baby steps. They still recommend against excessive blood. But Rome wasn't built in a day. 

If you have been voting, let me know if you spot one of my images! If you haven't been voting...what are you waiting for!? This is better than Instagram, folks! 

*UPDATE* I have made it to Round 9! NINE!!!!! This contest started out with 412,379 and we are left with only 67,561 photos. This means that my image(s) are floating around somewhere in the top 16.3% of the 400,000+ images that were submitted! I won't have any idea which photo(s) are still in the contest until it closes...the wait is killing me! But in the meantime, I'm still having tons of fun voting. And I must say, voting is getting much harder each round, there is so much talent here, it's unbelievable <3

 

Squamish Birth Photographer - Birth Becomes Her 2018

 

I am the most prolific blogger...not.

I quietly re-launched my photography site about a week ago. I did not make any social media posts about it, just hit publish! And here we are. I will not make any grand promises to keep up with this thing, but that is my *quiet* intention. 

For now, I want all my Squamish peeps (well, everybody, actually) to be aware of the Birth Becomes Her photo contest for 2018! I submitted 5 images, and 2 of them have moved on to the second round of judging - how exciting! I am just over the moon to be participating alongside some of my favourite artists.

The Birth Becomes her contest is first and foremost, a completely UNCENSORED contest. A grand movement to NORMALIZE BIRTH. We are sick and tired of being muzzled by social media outlets. If a photo is reported, we receive bans. Our images are removed. They threaten to shut down our pages and remove our work, and that is not okay. It is especially hurtful that scantily clad women are displayed, along with some really sick and patronizing comments, and when reported, these images stay up. I know, because I have reported hundreds of sexually suggestive images, and they are NEVER removed. It seems that women's bodies are not appreciated or worshipped (as they should be!) unless it's to please somebody sexually. This is not acceptable. The double standard is not acceptable.

Thankfully, the birth photography community has made waves recently. Facebook is listening, Shoot and Share is listening. Times are a changing, friends, and I want you to be a part of it! 

I would love it if you took a look at the art that was submitted here! Please note, this is a BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY contest - it will be unlike anything you've ever seen before! This is real, raw, and it is breathtaking - all of it. This is real life, and real love.

If you would like to vote for my images - click through the photos. I would appreciate each and every vote. However - collecting votes is not my intention here. My intention is to spread the love and beauty of birth photography.

To view all images in the contest, click HERE

Thanks for visiting, friends <3

 

Hello There!

 

Welcome!

As you may have noticed, I have done a little bit of housekeeping. My website has a new face, and my brand has a new logo. I suppose now would be a good time to introduce myself, and get the ball rolling on this blog o' mine!

My name is Katia Grondin, and I was born & raised in Squamish, BC, Canada.

Some fun facts, shall we? I have 2 amazingly adorable nieces, as well as a nephew, but no children of my own (yet?) I love animals, you can often find me visiting the Canada Geese that hang around town. I have a large pet snake - she is a Dumeril's Boa named David Bowie (Don't ask - I did not name her!) I'm currently training to be a solo skydiver (WHEEEEEE!) I have a fairly large family, including my dear sister, who just so happens to be a birth doula, as well as a business partner. Also - I have lived in Squamish for my whole life. I was even born at Squamish General Hospital - you can't get more local than that!

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Now down to the nitty gritty...I have been taking photos from a very young age. I received my very first digital camera as a Christmas gift, but it truly started with the old disposable cameras - they used FILM! I would spend what little money I had at the grocery store - always buying cameras and having the photos developed. Most of them would make any photographer cringe, but hey, it was fun! So I kept at it.

As time went on, I was being asked to take photos for friends, families, and even some people I didn't know. It was when I got my first DSLR camera that I thought to myself "HEY, maybe I could do this!" But sadly, life has always gotten in the way, the need to have a steady income so that I can reliably pay rent has gotten in the way! I'm not saying the whole starving artist thing is true, but if I had relied solely on photography, I'd be starving, and probably homeless...But no more!

In the last 4 months, I have worked some insanely long hours in between my "real job" to make this happen. After many years dreaming, I am able to be more available for what I love; I am now the proud owner of a photography business! It has taken blood, sweat, and tears to get myself to this point (okay, maybe no blood!) but I am finally here. After a lot of frustration, boatloads of money, hours upon hours of research, bank appointments galore, millions of emails (MILLIONS!), almost giving up, being so excited I just couldnt hide it, 't almost giving up again, and back to excitement, I am finally able to put a lot more of my soul into my photography business, and soon enough, I hope to call photography my REAL JOB! This is what I love, and my heart is so full that I can finally, officially, launch this website!

So I just wanted to say hello, I am here, and THANK YOU to everybody who has helped me along the way. Every small session you have hired me for, every time I dragged you out on a photo walk, every time I borrowed your baby to play dress-up, every Facebook share, every word-of-mouth recommendation. And THANK YOU to every friend, family member, or loved one who has rolled their eyes at me because the answer to "what are you doing" is always "working" Every little bit of support and encouragement has helped tremendously. I would not be here if it weren't for YOU, my amazing clients and supporters. So as a THANK YOU, I would like to launch an exclusive special!

If you book a session between now and July 31st*, you will receive 20% off and TWO complimentary 8x10 prints**

To take advantage of this, send me an email and make sure you mention that you saw the special on my blog.

*Sessions must be completed before October 31st
**Excluding Wedding and Birth packages

NEWCOMERS - Don't be shy! Take a look through my Galleries, or for the most up-to-date content, join me on Instagram!

So, let's get together; I can't wait!

Thanks, lovelies!