A Birthday Gift {The Stokes Family}

It is better to give than to receive. It brings a smile and fills the heart of the receiver with happiness and sends the warm and fuzzy message that they are cared about, particularly when the gift comes from a place of tremendous love. When my friend, Rochelle, asked me if I would take some family photos as a gift for her mom, Hermien’s, upcoming birthday, I was more than happy to do so. She didn’t think there are any images of her mom and her little toddler, Norah, and that needs to be rectified! What a wonderful and thoughtful gift – to want to preserve memories of time that we, as parents, know to be so fleeting. The gift of photography is such a great way to do it :).

We met at a nearby park on yet another beautiful Fall morning. The spot that Rochelle chose is absolutely stunning: a boulevard scattered with red maples and open space for her petite, cute-as-a-button Norah to run about. Hermien lives close to Rochelle and her husband, Dan, and that means lots of quality time with her little grand-daughter, who’s just sprouted so quickly in the last few months. It’s evident that Norah and her have a pretty special relationship as they play together :).


At sixteen months, Norah has found her running feet and is constantly on the move. It’s no surprise really, given that her parents are tremendously active themselves. For instance, when I first met Rochelle, she was only about five or six weeks postpartum and doing the Grouse grind with the rest of us moms that have babes at least a few months old. Since then, her and Dan have gone on some epic all-day hikes with Norah on their back :). Love that mischievious smile!


The session wouldn’t be complete without a little airplane ride, both by grandma and mom :).


This series of images below just melts my heart to see the love Rochelle has for Norah and how much this little girl delights to be in her mother’s arms! What a photogenic pair they are! The best part is, Rochelle has no idea how stunning she is :).


Rochelle, thank you so much for letting me capture this love between three generations. I truly hope that these images is a gift that will bring you and your mom (and eventually Norah) fond memories of your time together. Hermien, here’s wishing you a very Happy Birthday and have a wonderful trip with your family. It was such a pleasure to meet you!


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