a boy, his favorite things, a back alley and 15 minutes | calgary children’s photography

A boy, but not just any boy.  He’s mine.  Lately I’ve been noticing how sweet he is.  Yesterday and today especially.  His big sister and brothers are back in school and he isn’t trying to act like a big boy.  He’s playing with little boy toys, being totally sweet, giving lots of hugs and kisses, and discussing our next week-end away and his first day of Kindergarten.  I love our mornings together.  It’s quiet and he’s all mine.  I don’t have to share him with anyone.

I remember these days with Kiana as well and how I cried on her first day of grade one.  I tried to hide it from the other mom’s that all looked so happy.  It didn’t work.  They noticed.  I’m thankful that they did because baby in tow, we headed to Starbucks and laughed and cried together.  I knew that day that my special times with Kiana would be few and far between.  No more dancing in the kitchen to our favorite song.  No more playdoh, paints and felt pens out all at the same time.  No more laying quietly snuggling on the couch.

Anyway – back to Adam.  He’s currently driving playmobil vehicles all over the floor around me and asking me to come for a ride in his boat.  It’s small… I don’t think I’ll fit.  I’ll pretend I do.  I know these days are fleeting.  So… yesterday, spur of the moment, we threw a few of his favorite things in to a laundry basket and went out the door.  We walked thirty feet to our ugly back alley (picture of this to follow) and had some fun together.  He loved it.  I loved it.  We have these memories forever.  Fifteen minutes is all it took (in between three trips back in to the house for a bag for him to sit on the wet grass, a new memory card and a different lens).  The start of our last year of time with just the two of us in the mornings… captured.

Oh, the picture of Adam laying in amongst his cars…. i was inspired by another photographer for that one.  I wish I remembered who.  If anyone knows please let me know and I’ll put her link here.  Thanks!


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  • melissa deakin - hi!
    i found your site from Evoking You.
    your work is just incredible.
    i adore this session with your son.
    i am a mama to three boys, so i have a spot in my heart for sessions like this.
    can i just ask if that is a vintage airplane?
    i would love to get one for my own sons.
    thanks so much for the inspiration!

  • Chelsey - A) what an awesome plane! B) Adam! You are getting SO BIG!!! Wish we could have a playdate. I know you’d have fun with my crew. Your baby, my oldest (baby) – it’s the year of kindy kids. *sniff, sniff* 😉 I am so happy & excited to see them grow into the little people they are meant to be. congrats mama! You done good.

  • Emmy - I LOVE your posts about Adam – they are so sweet and heartfelt – he’s a lucky boy with such a sweet mom.

  • Jessi - When did he get so big?! How fun to capture the everyday life experiences!!

  • Morgan - Absolutely love this session with your sweet little boy!

  • jennifer armstrong - SO SWEET!!! I can feel the love you to share, the deep heart connection, the fun, the way you play & interact, his ease & joy. Such amazing, simple moments held as beautiful memories you & he will cherish over the years. They change faster than we can imagine (even when we know that!) Thank you for sharing! xoxo

  • Melanie - Holy man! When did he grow up? Beautiful pictures – you’re so right – this is that last year together… when grade one gets here there’s no turning back 🙁

  • Lance - Awesome set Michelle. Sometimes we don’t take the time to get photos of our own family and you have reminded us to stop and take a moment to do so. Great memories were captured, Adam is a good sport!