Monthly Archives: October 2012

A different kind of birth…

Over the weekend I was privileged to shoot a different kind of birth for an old friend… the birth of their family through adoption.  What a joy to be able to capture the first family photos of their 3 year old twins who have now found their forever family!!  Due to privacy concerns, I won’t post any of their photos – but believe me -those twins are cutie pies!  I have a few friends who were adopted themselves and a few who have adopted internationally and locally.  It’s so beautiful to see the relationships form and families be born.  Not always an easy road, but immeasurably worth it.  Congrats you guys!!

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Last Crawl!

Tomorrow is the last outdoor maker’s market art crawl of the season… it will be chilly, but I’m looking forward to chatting with people and showing off some new Hamilton prints.  So many schools are being slated for closure and I thought it would be good to document some of these old, but beautiful buildings that hold so many memories for the people of Hamilton. While out picturing I stumbled upon an abandoned chair just sitting by a garage.  It reminded me so much of the time I was in New Orleans, post hurricane Katrina, and saw the same sort of welcoming chair amidst rough surroundings.

If you are on James N tomorrow night for the art crawl, pop by the Cathedral and say hi!

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Fall Family Photos

At Christmas Grandma got a gift – the promise of family pictures! And now many, many months later we finally found a time to make her gift a reality.  Thanksgiving worked out to be the perfect time to capture the family when everyone is all together!  Beautiful leaves, cute kids running around in the sunshine.  We had a great time down at Battlefield park in Stoney Creek.  Everyone was in great spirits.  Well, except maybe Tobias who was done with it all at the end! His big brother was so helpful in trying to keep him going – so sweet that he was wiping his tears away.  Here are a few photos for you to enjoy as you take time to be thankful this weekend.  Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Thanks!

This morning I got a lovely email from a friend, thanking me for a business referral and wishing me a Happy Thanksgiving.  It brightened my day and lifted my heart to know that by making a simple connection, he had been helped.  Such a small thing, really. Sending out an email.  It sure did brighten my morning though!  Taking the time to just say thanks is so important. Why don’t I do it more often?  Cultivating an attitude of gratefulness and thankfulness really does change our experience. When we are intentionally thankful, and express it to those around us, all of a sudden we start seeing just how great life is.  Sure, there’s still grey mornings and problems … but we start to see that these are the exceptions in a marvelous life, rather than the rule.  So, this Thanksgiving season I will take a pause to be grateful for turkey naps, friends, family (even if they did go away and we have to celebrate later), autumn days and art crawls. And for you, my friends, who let me document and share your lives in photos.  Thanks!

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Isabella

I was privileged to get to visit little Isabella a few days after she was born.  What a little bit of thing!  A few weeks early and in need of a little sun, she was soaking up the rays in her little tanning bed when we stopped by for a visit.  Congrats to Maria and Gord on your sweet girl.  So glad she’s home now and doing well!!

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Maria Magdalena

One of the things that I decided to do when I started my business, was to contribute to a loan through Kiva and help support an entrepreneur in a developing country.  I have been the grateful recipient of support here, without which I wouldn’t have been able to start Jennifer Kellner Birth Photography, so it only seemed right to pay it forward.  It’s amazing to be able to join with people from all over the world to pool our little bits of money to lend her the capital that she needs to expand her business. For the grey days of struggle, Maria is a source of inspiration as she grows her crops to provide for her community and to support her family.  With a beautiful smile in Ecuador, she grows corn and rice and raises her ducks and chickens. So grateful to Kiva for connecting us and making it possible.  I’m also grateful to the girls from The Commons who helped me in the selection process during our slumber party.  Beautiful.

Consider giving a loan through Kiva!  Once the loan is paid back, you can either withdraw the money or keep on lending it to others.   www.kiva.org

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