His furrowed brow is my favourite.
I held this serious boy just hours after he was born. His tiny coos and whimpers melted my heart and I fell instantly in love. Now full disclosure his momma is my best friend and so I don’t think there is any way I could not love him. But his inquisitive demeanour and love for his Aunty Shay really help.
Heading to Quadra is one of my favourite things. When Shannon (Carson’s momma) moved to Quadra in grade 9 I was devastated. We grew up just minutes from each other and Quadra was a whole different place and a ferry ride away. In reality about it was only about 30 minutes from house to house, even with the ferry but that felt like an eternity to a 14-year-old. Now I savour that quiet 15 minutes aboard the ferry to decompress from a busy life. The ferry feels like a restart, a chance to gather your thoughts with the ocean breeze blowing on your face and your time to prepare for a quiet life on Quadra. I have grown to love it and the morning of this shoot was no different. Those 15 minutes really allowed me to reflect and be filled with gratitude for not only being allowed the chance to create this super fun in-home session but also the gratefulness of trusting friends to allow me to shoot this moment in Carson’s life.
Deep breath (Quadra ferry style)
Shannon and I had discussed the night before some nerves we were having about the session – mine that I would miss the shot – and her’s that Carson would freak out. Which I’ve come to realize is pretty much every moms fear going into anything, all the time. We laughed hard about the fact that either of us were nervous. Especially since this was for fun. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves all the time and sometimes you just need a best friend to remind you to take things a little less seriously.
And we couldn’t have had more fun! Carson was so unsure about the cake smash part. And while I thought I would have mear seconds to capture it. In total, I think I had about 10 minutes. He kept looking at us like “Are you sure I can touch this”? It was adorable. He hated sitting on our backdrop and once he was good and covered in cake he crawled over to give me a huge cake filled snuggle. It was EVERYWHERE. I thought this might be the part where Shannon freaked out but she stayed calm and cool, even though her entire kitchen was covered in cake.
Shannon bathed Carson while I started to clean up and we got ready to take a few more photos in his birthday present – a reclining chair with a cup holder. I mean come on! How freaking cute!
We finished cleaning up and Shannon made us lunch. Carson literally fell asleep in his highchair while we were eating apparently, we tuckered him out. I left shortly after lunch and headed out to catch the ferry. I sat with such appreciation of all those cakey moments, while the ocean breeze swallowed me up. My heart was so happy to be doing so many things I loved at once - visits with best friends, snuggles with nephews, deep breaths on Quadra – I’m so grateful for that afternoon and I will never forget leaving that house with cake suck to my ankle.
Love you Carson Richard, Happy 1st Birthday!