family portraits | burns/buist/perrault

In honour of National Adoption Awareness month, I'm sharing two portrait sessions with the same family this week. Yesterday, shared some portraits of new parents Rozlyn and Kris bringing home their son on Mother's Day weekend. Today, I thought you might like to see how this sweet family is doing a few months later. During October when I was back in Ontario, I photographed baby Reid surrounded by his closest circle of loved ones, the Burns + Buist + Perrault clan. It was a gorgeous day to be outside documenting the love of a growing family. Thank you, all of you, for inviting me to follow your journey!

Here are some thoughts from Reid's family members about how life has changed since his arrival.

"I am proud to be this little boy's granny. We are so happy he came into our lives. Not only are his mum and dad crazy in love with him, but the whole family just loves him to bits and it doesn't hurt that he is so so cute. We wanted these photos to not only capture his cuteness but our love for him as well." - Margaret, grandmother.

"Reid makes our family laugh more and love deeper. Collectively, we have adopted him into our family and fallen head over heels in love with him, and the best part is he has embraced us with just as much love and endless baby giggles." - Jennifer, auntie.

"Reid is the sunshine in our lives. We wanted photographs that captured not only how adorable he is,  but that also captured the bond we share and the immense joy he brings all of us. These pictures serve as a reminder that a family knit together by adoption is a family that is full to the brim with love, kisses and endless hugs." - Rozlyn and Kris, parents.

Wishing the whole family a beautiful future together!

welcome, reid

Earlier this year, on Mother's Day, I excitedly arrived at the home of some of my best friends, Rozlyn and Kris. We were doing a quietly thrilling portrait session to celebrate a monumental event — they had just adopted a sweet baby, their first child. In honour of National Adoption Awareness Month, I thought it would be fun to share two shoots with this lovely family this week. Today I'm sharing baby Reid's arrival and tomorrow I'll post images taken a few months later with Rozlyn's extended family. First up, the new parents wanted a few images taken to commemorate this wonderful day in their lives, and also to share the announcement with family and friends near and far. It was an absolute joy to be able to document one of their first days as a family of three and help them spread the news. Congratulations to my dear friends!

From their official announcement (message and accompanying collage):

"Surprise! We adopted a beautiful baby boy. It is with much love that we welcome Reid."