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***WEDNESDAY WEIGH IN – FROM ANOTHER VIEW***


My scar does not make me less of a woman, it is the definition of my story and my strength to become a mother.

~ Andrea Marsh


 

While we typically use our Wednesday Weigh In’s for all the brides and grooms out there planning their big days, today specifically we wanted to focus on awareness.  Something that hits me in the gut, literally.  Today this post is for all the mamas out there.  Spread kindness, share love and show support.

Some of you may already know that the month of April is C-Section Awareness month.  And I”m not here to lessen the birth experience of vaginal birth or say one way is right over the other.  You do what is safest for you and your baby.

While some people think there are two kinds of moms… those who have c-sections and those who do not, this is an  argument causing separation and making one or the other feel like less of a mother who did or didn’t do the ‘right’ thing.

I can say for certain I was someone who was never going to have a c-section, I had a plan!  A plan that would not involve going under the knife.  A plan that would allow me to experience birth a different way.  For me, both of my babies being born by emergency c-sections, a very necessary intervention.  I know I don’t owe anyone an explanation as to why but I do feel its important to stand up for those who are suffering in silence.   I was judged harshly, completely shamed for having not one but two c-sections.  Crazy I know.  While birth to some including myself is private and an incredibly emotional event, being judged by others for having not one, but two c-sections was just wrong!  I’m not alone when I say many have had to have a c-section to become a mom.   Many times we don’t have the choice as its a reasoning between living or dying.  Not sure about you but my choice to live and be there for these little beauties and raise them to be outstanding human beings is a very simple choice.

There are many of us out there that didn’t include this kind of emergency in their birth plan.  Some of whom remain silent as they continue to silently hurt.  For an emergency c-section certainly wasn’t their plan.  So here’s speaking from the heart and the truth in it all:


We are still moms!


Wear your scars proud mama.  For a super hero you truly are!   Say it again and again, ‘my scars are beautiful’.  You’re not alone.  I remember feeling terrified, yet excited at the same time.  It doesn’t make sense I know, but heres the justification.  While I maybe didn’t know the true outcome, I knew if I didn’t have the first emergency c-section I may not be around to see my baby girl.  HELLP syndrome is some scary shtuff!  That was way more terrifying than going under the knife.  Excitement, why you might ask, well I’ve wanted to be a mom my entire life, I have the best mom and she was raised by the best grandma I ever had, and there I was about to become a mama myself.  So hell yeah I was excited!  We won’t even talk pain, because in all honesty it becomes irrelevant when your holding that sweet little bundle after winning the battle.  (yes, the raw emotional highs and lows, the strength of your body and thinking you don’t have it in you to keep going, and somehow your inner battle becomes courage and you continue to fight, so yes it is a battle).

The shame game needs to stop.  We too, as c-section mamas deserve quietude in the way we had our babies.

No you will not see my scars, they are deeply personal and only privileged to my babies and I.  They ask, I show.  Every time I rub my scar its a gentle reminder of just how badass I was not once, but twice!  Oh and hey, all you mamas that delivered vaginally, adopted etc, this high five is also for you, because you’re a badass mama who brought/chose that little piece of heaven to be part of your world too!

April is C-section Awareness Month

My c-section miracles!

Andrea
AdaLilly Photography

***TIP TUESDAY #10***

We understand the struggle of not being able to get those very first tiny moments photographed by a professional right now.  We are feeling the withdrawal too!  So in order to combat that we wanted to share with you a few tips and tricks you can easily use with your babe until we can get you in the studio and create together.


Please remember SAFETY is a priority.  Regardless of what positions you've googled, pinned, or seen other professional newborn photographers do, please do not attempt these on your own.


  • Look for the light. Where does it fall across your newborn.
  • Take photos when your baby(ies) are at their happiest.  Be it at the beginning of the day or afternoon.  We do notice however they're typically happiest in the morning after a good feed.
  • Get down to their level.  As newborns typically sleep a lot in those first few weeks we recommend to try and capture those sleepy moments (make sure your babe is warm, full tummy and they feel secure)
  • Come in nice and close to capture all those perfect newborn features, such as their hands, and feet, and beautiful lashes or any stand out facial features you want to highlight the detail.
  • You made that beautiful little bundle so remember to be in photos with your baby. Take turns with your partner to photograph those special moments when you’re snuggling and being with your baby while they’re awake or when you’re rocking them o to sleep. When they’re older they’re going to love looking back at these amazing memories.
  • Turn off your flash.  It can be very unflattering to your baby.
  • The busier the background the more distracting it can be and quite often take away from those purest moments and details, so keep it simple.
  • You can attempt to edit your photos using apps like Lightroom Mobile for a more finished look or you're welcome to send them to AdaLilly Photography and we'd be happy to assist you.  (subject to retouching fee)
  • Go ahead and share your images.
  • Remember to print your photos so you have them forever.
  • Finally, don’t forget to backup your photos for safe storage.

 


Newborn Safety & Disclaimer


Do not try any newborn poses a regular professional newborn photographer would use.  As Professionals we  have been trained and some images while they may appear as if the baby is unattended they are not, those images are a composite image giving the illusion baby is upright on their own.

Liability:   AdaLilly Photography is not responsible for any injuries inflicted upon any participating parties.  Client(s) will be responsible for their children and themselves and release AdaLilly Photography from any claims against their person or their business.

Thank you for stopping by!

AdaLilly Photography

***MEMO MONDAY***


Did you get the memo?


Good morning all!
 
First off we’d like to thank you all for sticking with us. We’ve had several changes over the last few months and still working through galleries created in that time.
 
We are heading into an even busier part of our season and wanted to touch base on a few key points of our business. While we know there are time frames for images, we sometimes have a larger wait time as we are growing and getting into busy seasons. We love each and every one of our loyal clients (YOU!) and want to ensure we do our very best on each gallery. We can not and will not break our policies to jump anyone ahead of the line. Unfortunately this just isn’t fair.  We edit in the order the albums are created in session. Therefore no one will bumped ahead because they need a last minute image for said reason.  It’s unfair to the ones who’ve booked in before.  
So that being said, if you know you’re needing to book a scheduled session regardless of seasonal or not it is highly recommended that you do so in a timely manner, as such no less than 4 weeks is recommended for studio sessions.  If you’re planning for a wedding please inquire, as weekend dates are booked 1 – 1.5years in advance and we may have a weekday available sooner than that.

Re-touching Services


This is first and foremost at the discretion of the photographer.  We have added a change in our policies to this. You can find this under General Policies on our policies page.  Should any retouching be requested after your gallery has been delivered please note you will be placed at the bottom of the list as you’ve received your full gallery of proof images at that time and others have not. There will be going forward a fee for any retouching services over and above 3 digital images.  This is in detail in our Policies section on our webpage.

We appreciate your understanding and business going forward.


AdaLilly Photography

***FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS***

THE ALP SIGNATURE COLLECTION FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS


Introducing our FIRST Signature Collection Release our Spring Digital Collection!


We are so excited y’all!  Last year we started working on our very own Signature Collection of Fine Art Digital Backdrops for Photographers and here we are today ready to share the first of many with you all.

 

ALP 2020 SPRING COLLECTION – Copyright AdaLilly Photography

 

In order to celebrate our launch we’re offering our digitals at Buy 3 get one FREE!  Head over to our partnered Etsy page and have a look.


Can’t decide on just one digital?  No worries – we got you!  In order to celebrate our official launch we’re offering our digital collections at Buy 3 get 1 FREE!


Remember to keep checking back.  We have a lot more to share and will release them as our Signature Collections going forward.

Thank you for celebrating with us, and supporting this small business.

Happy shopping!

AdaLilly Photography

***TIP TUESDAY #9***


7 Tips for Preparing for Your Spring Session


 

With the first official day of spring literally a couple days away, we’ve gone ahead and given you some tips to ensure your day is stress free and flawless for your spring session. Listen up!

 

  • Wear layers. Spring can be finicky in the sense that you can go from frigid to over heated in a matter of minutes. We suggest wearing layers — tank top, tee shirt, cardigan, scarf, etc. That way each family member can peel off, or add, a layer as they see fit and remain comfortable throughout the session.
  • Location is a big deal. You better believe we’re going to take advantage of the fresh, warm air and all those bud popping up from the ground and in the trees. If you have any favorite locations, let us know. We have a nice list on hand, ourselves.
  • Play into the colours of the season when choosing your family’s outfits. Fresh pops of green, blue, pink and yellow are always a hit in the springtime. We recommend choosing a color theme for the whole gang, then slightly deviating from that with accessories to keep things interesting.
  • Speaking of accessories: wear them! Choose jewelry, scarves, or prints that play into the spring theme. Butterflies, flowers, insects, etc, can make for some super adorable family pictures.
  • Time it right. Book a session too early and you may miss out on those spring buds. Book too late and you’ve already wandered into summer territory. Keep an eye on the weather and give your photographer a call when the time is right.
  • Incorporate props.  Spring offers some beautiful backdrops where props blend in perfectly. For example, old wooden chairs look stunning in a sea of blooming rose bushes, and a quilted blanket is lovely on the fresh, green grass.  (ALP Studio offers some great props to choose from to bring to your session.  These can be identified and selected during your pre-session planning consult).
  • Really think about your footwear. Spring can often mean a soggy ground, so flip-flops or heels are not the best choice. Instead, wear something that’s comfortable and spring appropriate, like loafers, flats or boots.

 

See you in the Spring!

 

Xo,

AdaLilly Photography

***ALP ANNOUNCEMENT***


With the world in fear and completely shutting down over COVID-19 I wanted to address what we’re doing and how we’re continuing to go forward right here in the studio.


We’ve always followed a standard of care in the studio but want to reassure everyone that we will continue to follow and exceed that standard.  As of today we have bleached and disinfected everything again and will continue to do so.  We have maintained hygiene and continue to wash our hands and refrain from touching faces. We plan to continue to remain open during the epidemic as we are not going to be terrified by what media has lead us to believe.  We are listening to the health care professionals and the scientists who have been working with the virus.  That being said, should you feel uncomfortable coming for your newborn, family, or any portrait session we understand.  We ask that you please be aware of our studio policies.  We do not offer refunds.  We know currently in AB the risks are low, however due to the fear out there and your choice to rebook a session we are happy to transfer your session fee to another scheduled date.


Going Forward


  •  We will be closely following the guidelines of the CDC to protect my studio and our families.
  • While I’ve always sanitized my studio, and all clothing touched after ever single session, we will continue to follow this practice.
  • Im an avid hand washer regardless but will continue to be one throughout and wash even a little bit more than we already do.
  • We will be disinfecting doorknobs and surfaces that don’t come in contact with babies and children.
  • We will be asking that everyone that walks into the studio to please wash your hands before proceeding with your session.

 


We ask that should you feel unwell, or be symptomatic in any way, get tested by simply dialling 8-1-1.  AB health services are there to help!  Communicate with us!  Keep us informed.  If you or anyone in your family coming for the session are immunocompromised, advise us. We WILL reschedule your appointment should you feel more comfortable in order to protect YOU!


While COVID-19 does not revolve around vaccinations etc, we want our clients to know we do take pride in making sure our healthy steps to run a healthy space are met so that we can protect those who can’t protect themselves.

Thank you,


AdaLilly Photography

 

***ALL ABOUT MOM-DAYS***


Mom, Mommy, Mum, Mere, Maman, Mutte, Makuahine, Mamma, Madre, Mama, Mami


 

No matter how many languages speak her name, she deserves only the best gifts this mothers day.  Get her the gift she will cherish forever.

 

Being a mother of two I cherish all the moments with my babies that I can look back on and remember them like it was yesterday.  They’re small for such a short period of time after all.  So lets capture those moments together and able you to relive every single one for a lifetime.


ONLY 10 of these $100 gift cards available for any studio session for those amazing moms!!


 


Not only is the session handcrafted and one of a kind but so are these gift certificates.  Hand made right here in our studio.  We believe in making it an extra special experience and chose to complete the process with a one of a kind added touch!


To purchase, please contact Andrea either via email (adalillyphotography@gmail.com) or our contact page.

 

Note:  Sessions do not include Hair & Makeup but this service is available should you choose to utilize it.  Notice required a minimum of 4 weeks to book Aprille.

 


Mother’s Day Gift Card T&C’s


  • Any services chosen over the value of the gift card, gift card will be applied and balance must be paid by holder.
  • Gift card can be used towards any type of studio session.  If the session is more than the value of the gift card the additional must be paid in full before services rendered.
  • Gift cards can not be redeemed for cash
  • Gift cards do not have an expiration date however it is highly encouraged to use ASAP as sessions fill quickly and we can not guarantee we will be available for your requested date.  (We are typically booked out 4-6 months in advance for studio sessions and 1-1.5years for weddings)

 

Thank you!

AdaLilly Photography

 

*** Prices subject to change without notice ***

***TIP TUESDAY #8***


How much time do I really need for my session?


 

Here at ALP we offer three different options for your session. To help you choose the one that’s right for you, we have compiled this list to help you understand the amount of time needed for your session.

 

  • THE EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION (or the Mini Session) – 20-30 minutes– A mini session is ideal if you just want to document what your child looks like at the age he or she is right For example, doing a session for 7-year-old photos, or 4th grade photos, etc. These sessions are short and are best suited for older children (post-toddler) who are able to follow directions rather quickly. There will be some variation in the photos, but we don’t change locations or outfits, so there’s not a lot of extra creative shots included.

 

  • ALP STUDIO COLLECTION – 1 hour– This is our most popular session. This session caters to younger children and allows us to capture more creative photos. We permit two outfit changes for this session. An hour gives us more time to get the younger children to warm up and cooperate, which the mini session doesn’t allow for.

 

  • ALP STUDIO/ON LOCATION COLLECTIONS – 1-2 hours– We suggest this session if you are doing a sibling session with three or more children. This amount of time allows us to take photos of your children together, as well as individually. It will also give us more time to pose them together and to get good, genuine smiles. Depending on how many children you have and their ages, this session can allow up to two outfit changes for siblings and three to four for individual children.  One location determined during booking consultation.

 

Thank you for sticking with us!

 

AdaLilly Photography

***ALP EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION – 2020 EASTER MINIS***

RESERVE NOW before you miss out!

Two backdrops to choose from this year.  Keeping it true to our minimalistic approach we can’t wait to work with your little ones this year.

Session Fee:  $99 + gst (regularly $149 + gst)
Dates:  March 15th & 21st, 2020 10 am – 4 pm
30 Minute Session
Use of ALP High Quality props & wardrobe (optional)
Included:  2 complimentary digital images (option to purchase more)
Turnaround:  In time for Easter 2020

BACKDROP OPTION 1 – HOPPY FRIENDS

BACKDROP OPTION 2 – HOPPY TREATS


All backdrops & set designs are copyright AdaLilly Photography


RESERVE TODAY

 

AdaLilly Photography

***TIP TUESDAY #7***


The Art of Candid Child Photography


If your child doesn’t like sitting still or posing for the camera, have no worries.  We can still get some great photos of the little ones.  When children don’t want to cooperate, we as photographers jump to plan B.  It is our job to create situations where you child can relax and candidly bring out their personalities.  About 97% of the time, I prefer candid shots instead of the posed ones.

THE ALP ESSENTIAL COLLECTION

AdaLilly Photography

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