"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!