When one of your first clients asks if you think photographing their 2 year old's birthday pool party at Panorama Rec Centre would work you say heck yeah we will make it work! It was so much fun!
As soon as I found out my friend Anastasia was pregnant, I knew I wanted to throw her a baby shower. I was unsure as to the etiquette showers for second+ pregnancies, but a quick Google search taught me that showers for second+ pregnancies are often called sprinkles (a light shower). I love themes and I love ice cream, so I decided this terminology was a sign!
I really wanted the shower to be a family affair so that Eric and Alex could be included, so I commissioned custom illustrated invitations from Karen at Teacups and Spectacles. They were perfect and the illustration she drew was also used on the belly band for the activity sheet set I made up. Prior to the invitations being sent, a mini photo session at Mattick's Farm (with lots of ice cream and sprinkles of course) provided photographs for the sprinkle website where Karen's illustration was also featured.
Since baby's sex was being kept secret, a sprinkle theme worked well for gender neutral decor. Colourful tissue paper fans brightened up the walls and tissue paper poms paired with construction paper raindrops lent some classic baby shower decor. Balloons were strewn over the kids' room and not only looked like big sprinkles but proved to be entertaining for the kids and the adults. Goody bags for the kids followed the multicolour theme with packs of crayons, bubbles, and brightly coloured sunglasses. More detailed colouring sheets from Amy J. Delightful were set out for the adults while easier pages from Mak & Ruby were a hit with the kids. A cute printable watercolour ice cream cone from Spring Break Designs fit perfectly into a frame I had and carried the ice cream motif into the living room.
Healthy snacks including fruit, veggies, crackers, spreads, and dips were put out at the beginning of the sprinkle so that the littles wouldn't fill up on sugary treats. Later in the afternoon, desserts from Thrifty's and a beautiful melting cone cake from Ooh La La Cupcakes were brought out along with an ice cream sundae decorating bar.
It was such a fun afternoon and really felt like we were celebrating the whole family growing from 3 to 4. I think it's time for kid-friendly and co-ed showers to start trending!
At the end of July, I got to spend a Saturday surrounded by crafty and creative people at The Island Mavins Handmade and Vintage Market. There were over 40 vendors this year, and the final tally showed that over 2000 people visited the market over the weekend - what an incredible turnout! This was my second time photographing Island Mavins, and I had just as much fun documenting the first day of event this year as I did last year - I can't wait for next year's market! Here are a few of my favourite photos from Saturday.