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Calgary Newborn Identical Twins Photoshoot - Paige and Quinn - Calgary and Airdrie baby photographer by Mila Boekestyn

These 2 identical twin sisters were 1 month old during their newborn photoshoot. Usually I photograph newborn babies during the first 2 weeks of their lives, but It is very common to photograph newborn twins at a later date as they are usually born prematurely and many spend some time in the NICU (just like these 2 beautiful sisters did) and you can check out their NICU session here.

The girls were born with 1 pound difference in their birth weight and it was still very apparent during this photoshoot. Paige - the older (by 20 minutes) and the smaller twin was born weighting 3.75lbs and Quinn was at 4.88lbs. They were born at 35 weeks and 4 days.

It is very interesting to observe their personalities that start to develop so early in life. Paige is small but mighty - she is the feisty one - she doesn’t like to sleep much, she is often alert and ready to rock n roll and party, whereas Quinn likes to sleep, to be held and loves the attention. I wonder if their personalities will change in the future or will evolve. The photo of Paige “telling a secret” to Quinn and Quinn is “looking at her invisible watch” is one of my favourites from this session as this is so true to their personalities at this point of time.

We had a great session and big brother Liam was absolutely awesome with them - he is super gentle, caring and loving. I can’t wait to take more photos of these adorable identical twin sisters in the future.

Identical Newborn Baby Sisters. Calgary photoshoot with Milashka Photography. Two newborn twin sisters are posed in the antique bed with purple rug and wearing purple bonnets.
Identical Newborn Baby Sisters. Calgary photoshoot with Milashka Photography.
Newborn twin sisters are posed on the antique bed and their big brother is proudly sitting beside them. Twins Photography in Calgary, Alberta by Milashka Photography.
Newborn Twin sisters are hugging each other. Twins Photography in Calgary, Alberta by Milashka Photography.
Twins Photography in Calgary, Alberta by Milashka Photography. Twin sisters are posed on a lilac flokati rug.
Twin sisters are giving each other a kiss pose. Twins Photography in Calgary, Alberta by Milashka Photography.
Twin sister is telling the other twin sister a secret. Twins Photography in Calgary, Alberta by Milashka Photography.
Twins Photography in Calgary, Alberta by Milashka Photography. Twin sister is “telling a secret” to another twin, while she is looking at her invisible watch.
Twins Photography in Calgary, Alberta by Milashka Photography. Identical twin sisters are sleeping soundly on an antique bed and holding hands.
Twins Photography in Calgary, Alberta by Milashka Photography. Twin sisters are holding cute little toys in their hands and sleeping soundly on an antique bed
Twins Photography in Calgary, Alberta by Milashka Photography. Twin sisters are sleeping soundly and wearing cute lilac and lime hats
Twins Photography in Calgary, Alberta by Milashka Photography. One twin is 1 pound smaller then the other and it shows in this photo as they are both posed side by side.
Twins Photography in Calgary, Alberta by Milashka Photography. Twin sisters are lying side by side wrapped in the mustard colour wraps.
Twins Photography in Calgary, Alberta by Milashka Photography. Twin sisters and their big brother posed on a flokati rug
Twins Photography in Calgary, Alberta by Milashka Photography. Twin sisters are giving each other a kiss and a hug
Twins Photography in Calgary, Alberta by Milashka Photography. Newborn Twin sisters are posed in a round basket and wrapped in white.
Twins Photography in Calgary, Alberta by Milashka Photography. Newborn twin photography ideas.
Twins Photography in Calgary, Alberta by Milashka Photography. Newborn twin photography ideas.
Twins Photography in Calgary, Alberta by Milashka Photography. Newborn twin photography ideas.
Twins Photography in Calgary, Alberta by Milashka Photography. Newborn twin photography ideas.

NICU experience in Calgary - YYC identical twins - Calgary and Airdrie Photographer - Paige and Quinn by Mila Boekestyn

NICU experience in Calgary - YYC identical twin girls - Calgary and Airdrie Photographer

What an amazing experience this was! I was so excited when my friend Jenn, has asked me if I would be interested to photograph her identical twin girls Paige and Quinn, while they were looking after them at the NICU. I have never been in the NICU before and had no idea what to expect. This NICU is located at the South Health Campus, a large, beautiful, new hospital in the South of Calgary, Alberta. As I understand all NICU's rules are different depending on the hospital, but this one allows for photographers to come in and document precious first moments of new lives.

Paige and Quinn were born on April 8, 2019 at 35 weeks + 4 days, with Paige weighing at 3.75lbs and Quinn at 4.88lbs. They were both doing great, however the girls had to stay at the NICU for a few weeks, since the full term for twins is considered 37 weeks. In order to be discharged from the NICU - premies need to gain some weight and to be able to eat on their own.

This photoshoot took place when the girls were 12 days old. I fell in love with them instantly - how can one resist heir sweet little innocent faces!? And guess what their middle name is? Yes - it is Mila! I remember during one of Liam’s photoshoots (Paige and Quinn’s big brother) when he was about 3 months old, I told Jenn that if she will ever have a daughter, she should call her “Mila” (no, no, not after me lol….) but my name has all the same letters as Liam - so I thought it would be super cute… well… well… well - I got my wishes x 2.

I had an honour to observe and document Jenn and Brett feeding the girls - they were drinking pumped breast milk from the bottles and if they would fall asleep before finishing the whole bottle, they were getting the leftover milk through the tube that goes directly to their tummy. All their feeding is scheduled and recorded in the chart and closely monitored by nurses.

After the feeding, I had a chance to photograph their very first bath - the nurses in the NICU were all so very helpful and patient while teaching Jenn how to give the girls a bath - and I was surprised and fascinated that all of the cords that were attached to monitor girls vital signs are water-resistant and Jenn was able to bathe them with the cords still attached!

When the girls were just born, big brother Liam had a bit of a cough, so he hasn’t had a chance to meet them yet. This was the very first time that Liam got to meet his two little sisters. In the beginning he was very cautious and observant, sitting on Brett’s shoulders, while Jenn brought each baby to him and introduced them one by one. But as the time went on, he was right there - trying to help with brushing Paige’s hair after the bath and tickling her toes.

The girls are now home and everyone is doing great and getting used to the routine (one can only imagine how busy life is with 2 newborn babies and a toddler). I can’t wait for my official “Newborn session” with the girls, stay tuned! Welcome to the world beautiful Paige and Quinn!!

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Family session with twins - Rotary Park - Julie - Calgary Family Photographer by Mila Boekestyn

Family session with twins - Rotary Park - Calgary Family Photographer

This is my third time photographing these fun and very active twins - Finn and Grayson as well as their big brother Ryder.  So nice to see this family again!  I have met them first time when the twins were born for their newborn session, which you can see herethen I have photographed their beautiful family just before the twins turned 1, you can check out this photoshoot here. And we meet again - boys are all grown up and very cute.  I seriously don't know how Julie and Eric do it - very busy household with 3 young boys, Hats off to all parents with twins!

3 brothers sitting on a blanket. Twins and their older brother. Rotary Park. Calgary Photographer. Milashka Photography
Boy standing by lilac tree and smiling. Calgary child photographer. Milashka Photography
Boy in a blue shirt, smiling and looking at the camera. Calgary child photographer. Milashka Photography
Boy is smiling. Calgary Child photographer. Milashka Photography
Mother and her 3 sons sitting in a grass and smiling. Calgary photographer. Milashka photography
Twin boys holding hands. Calgary downtown background in Rotary park. Calgary Family Photographer. Miashka Photography
Boy with his tongue out holding bouquet of lilacs. Calgary child photographer. Milashka Photography
3 brothers lying on the grass head to head and smiling. Calgary child Photographer. Milashka photography

Finn, Grayson and Ryder by Mila Boekestyn

I LOVE meeting my newborn clients after a certain time, seeing them grow up into adorable babies with their own unique personalities.  You may remember these cute twins from my earlier blog, they are 10 months now! A very happy and smiley Finn, a very serious Grayson and a very busy Ryder :-)  Julie and Eric have their hands full with these little champs! 

Aby and Rory - 1st Birthday - Cake Smash photoshoot by Mila Boekestyn

I can't believe it has been a year!  Abygail and Aurora (Aby and Rory) were my very first clients, here in my new home - Calgary, Alberta.  I did their newborn photoshoot last year, and look at them now!  Wow, time really does fly - so capture this moment to last forever!!!  It was really interesting to see how their personalities have developed - Rory (in purple / green) is much more daring, a "go-getter", this little girl knows what she wants and goes for it! Aby is just a gentle soul, so sweet and so tender. Together, they are: Yin and Yang. Happy 1st Birthday beautiful girls, thank you for allowing me to be part of this very special moment in your lives!

Abygail, Aurora and family by Mila Boekestyn

This was a really exciting photoshoot as I not only got to see my newborn clients completely transform into the most adorable babies, I also got to meet their extended family - cousins, aunt, uncle and grandparents! What did you do since last August? Well... Aby and Rory (on my very first blog) were very busy growing up and learning how to sit and crawl.

Noah and Aden by Mila Boekestyn

Twins Twins Twins, there must me something in Calgary's water :-)  I was so lucky to spend a warm autumn day with these cute "almost six year olds" brothers.  They were just so full of energy and happy, it is contagious!  Had such a great time during this photo shoot!

Finn and Grayson by Mila Boekestyn

Last photo shoot I was fortunate to photograph 2 adorable twin sisters and this time, I had an honour to spend some time with these handsome twin brothers. I was fascinated by their names - so original and unique :-), so I looked up the meaning ... According to Urban Dictionary:  Finn: "a bad - ass dude with brains and brawn" and Grayson - "a rare boy, with the ability to love with all his heart". Can you guess who is Finn and who is Grayson looking at those pictures? ;-)

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Abygail & Aurora by Mila Boekestyn

Recently, I was fortunate enough to photograph these adorable twin baby girls.  They were just over 2 weeks old and were soundly asleep throughout the whole session.  I brought my 8 year old daughter to the photo shoot with me and she was a great help! Now she is writing a letter to Santa asking him to bring her a real big camera for Christmas, just like mommy's.  Uh oh :-)