ADORE [əˈdoː] verb 1.

ADORE [əˈdoː] verb 1. to love or like very much synonyms admire, be crazy about, be gone on, be mad for, be nuts about, be smitten with, be stuck on, be sweet on, be wild about, cherish, delight in, dig*, dote on, esteem, fall for, flip over, honor, prize, treasure



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“There really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child”  …and that’s the way it was on

the early morning we first met Griffin.  Our hearts exploded and we discovered new places there that filled with the sweetness of this little boy that had just entered our lives.


Griffin Taylor was born on November 12 2014 at 4:45 am weighing 8lbs 9oz. A few minutes later he took a first

squinty look around him …

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 At a few days old he had already changed so much…


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By 2 months Griffin was smiling and learning to giggle for the first time and weighed almost 13 lbs…



I hope you become all you hope to be . . . (Four months)


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I hope you always know how loved you are . . . (Seven months)




i hope you love life to the fullest

i hope you become all you hope to be

i hope you aren’t afraid to reach for the stars

i hope you learn to fly and follow your dreams

i hope you always know how loved you are

i hope you laugh every day



Credits: “My Darling Child”  My darling child/My darling baby/My darling child/You gave life to me/My darling child/My darling baby/My darling child/You came and saved me/My darling child/My darling baby/My darling child/God gave you to me/Me little ninja/My little dancer/Me little streetfighter/Me little chancer/Me lovely boy/Me lovely babby/My pride and joy/Me little puppy…by Sinead O’Connor. “I don’t remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.” — Anne Lamott, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year

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To me there is no other moment so incredible as a new birth.  It was an honour and pleasure to be asked to be a part of the birth of R’s fourth baby.  I was there to photograph her last labour and the birth of Jake so I was thrilled to be back to document Ruby’s entrance into this beautiful family.  There is so much love awaiting this little precious girl!


“Oh, what an incredible gift, this precious life.”


Note: The images in this video are emotional and real, and I think also beautiful and tasteful, but if you are nervous around the idea of birth then you may want to skip this video. You can see the high res version here.

To see the story of Jake’s birth see here.

If you are interested in other births I’ve photographed click here and scroll down.

Some of my favourite images…the first few taken seconds after Ruby’s birth.

Chilliwack Newborn & Birth Photographer Elizabeth Kowal                                                           ADORE baby |

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  • Tanya NelmesJune 10, 2013 - 11:25 pm

    Congrats guys she’s just darling! Beautiful work Elizabeth Kowal great moments to treasure and tear up over!ReplyCancel

  • Chantal TracyJune 11, 2013 - 8:45 pm

    What a beautiful video:) love the music; gorgeous family. ReplyCancel

  • Jenn KumarJune 12, 2013 - 2:35 am

    How beautiful is that!! Amazing!!! So breath taking! Thanks for sharing! ReplyCancel

  • Chandro Shekhor RoyDecember 28, 2013 - 7:03 pm

    Amazing, great moment .I rally like it. ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth KowalJune 10, 2013 - 11:33 pm

    thanks so much tanya!ReplyCancel

A few short weeks ago we welcomed little Summer Elizabeth.  She is a gift, I am so grateful to have been there for the moment of her birth; there is no greater miracle than this. (Scroll down to the bottom to see a video of her birth.  Click on the Vimeo logo to see it larger)


My wish for you

I hope that you grow up big & strong (auntie Erin)

I hope that you will always know how special you are (Tita)

I hope that you aren’t afraid to love (Krystal)

I hope you love life (Sherri)

I hope you get a pony (Janice)

I hope that you aren’t afraid to dream big (Karla)

I hope you laugh every day (Sofia, Jaya & tia Naginder)

I hope you get your mom’s sense of of adventure (Alycia)

I hope you never forget that auntie Dayna’s favorite color is purple (auntie Dayna)

I hope you respect your mama & papa (tia Pauli)

I hope you grow like a weed (auntie Jessi)

I hope you grow in the unique knowledge that you are a marvel (Dani)

I hope that you grow old with someone you love with all your heart (auntie Dayna)

I hope you’ll find joy and beauty in life wherever it takes you, and that you know that you can always call mom, even at four am (Mom)

I hope that you’ll have peace, self knowledge and the confidence to always be true to yourself (Dad)

This is my wish
(My wish for you)
I hope you know somebody loves you
(My wish for you)
May all your dreams stay big

(My wish for you)

My Wish  Songwriters: Steele, Jeffrey; Robson, Steve

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  • michelle horsmanMay 6, 2012 - 8:08 pm

    Ok officially balling my eyes out! SO beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleMay 7, 2012 - 3:00 am

    I love it mom! You did it again.ReplyCancel

  • BobMay 7, 2012 - 5:01 am

    Invaluable – great job Elizabeth!ReplyCancel

  • DesireeMay 7, 2012 - 10:17 pm

    This is BEAUTIFUL!!!!ReplyCancel

  • JohnJuly 13, 2012 - 12:07 am

    Taylor looks really handsome! Very caring father and husband. What a guy!ReplyCancel

When the phone call came at four in the morning I knew it would be R. calling to let me know that the labour had started.  R. and I had talked about photographing the birth of her third baby Jake.  Here are some photos from Jake’s newborn session a few days later and a slideshow of her labour and Jake’s home birth. (Click Play here to see it)

There is so much to say.  I could say what a miracle it was to see this sweet life enter the world, or how I admire the strength and grace with which R. (and mothers everywhere for that matter) laboured and gave birth, or how the love and joy in this little family as they welcomed Jake made it hard for me to keep back tears. I am grateful for the trust placed in me and I hope you enjoy and are inspired by these images as much as I am.

If you are interested in other births I’ve photographed click here and here.  The images in this video are emotional and real (but I think, tasteful) but if you are nervous around the idea of birth then you may want to skip this video.

These photos and the video were featured on Inspire Me Baby (A Blog with Inspiration for Baby Photographers)
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baby and birth - adore“my feet shall dance because of you

my  heart shall beat because of you

…and i shall love because of you”

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inspire-me-babyFor Photographers: (from Inspire me Baby feature)

I recently was asked to photograph a home birth after she had seen some of the photos I took when my own daughters gave birth.  Before I was a photographer I worked as a labour and delivery nurse. As a nurse I don’t know how many times I swallowed back tears and wished I was photographing these amazing moments. I’m also a mother of three, and to me there is no time more beautiful than when a brand new person is born, whether it is in a hospital setting or safely at home under the watch of a licensed midwife.

5 Tips for photographing a birth session:

  • Tell the story.  Every birth is different. Don’t forget to capture the little details like father’s expressions, grandma’s response or even the little things like the clock telling the time on the wall.
  • Be confident. Know your camera and make sure you are comfortable shooting in low light.  Look for the light.  Be prepared to use high ISO and a low aperture when you need to.
  • Be calm. Put your feelings on hold. This is all about mom and her family.  Be a fly on the wall (real photojournalism!).
  • Be professional. Make sure you are knowledgeable about birth and be  prepared for the unexpected.  Stay out of the way of professionals and be respectful of nurses, midwives or doctors trying to do their job.
  • Be sensitive.  Chose your angles and always maintain your client’s dignity and respect her privacy.
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A photograph that tells a story.

This is the day Willow was welcomed into the world. It was a gift for me to be there and to photograph her birth. There are many more photos of these precious few moments but this one tells so much…it was taken just seconds after her birth and in those few intense and emotional seconds everyone in the room was forever touched by this tiny new life.

You can read the full story of Willow’s birth at the bottom.

I can’t watch this video without tears and I think you will understand why (just a note though, if you’re nervous about the idea of birth you may want to skip the video).


Willow’s story as told by my daughter Michelle.

“…And there she was, tiny, purple, wet, wrinkly Willow. And this is the part where I should wind down my labour story by describing the flood of love that washed over me as I held my long awaited baby in my arms.
Unfortunately the story wasn’t over yet.


As she was placed on my chest my relief turned to shock and disbelief. I knew there was a risk that this would happen, but I never thought it would be so severe. Three fingers on both hands were completely joined together. Syndactily runs in my family, I have a 50% chance of passing it to any of my children and so far I was batting 100%. Where I should have been feeling elation as I gazed into my new baby’s eyes, I felt sad, disappointed and apologetic. It was like a bad dream. All I could think about was her hands. I had already failed her…Eventually everyone said goodbye and Taylor, Willow and I were set up in a room for the night. And there we were. Just us and her. I didn’t feel like I thought I would feel; not better, not worse, just different. I had become so attached to having her inside me that she almost felt like a stranger now that I could see and hold her. I started to feel momentary gushes of love for her that I had heard so much about, but I also missed her intensely. I missed my belly and feeling her move against me. The space she had occupied for the last 9 months felt like a void in my body.


After a couple days in the hospital we took Willow home. My love for her was growing in leaps and bounds and I had gotten over my initial feelings about her hands. I knew she was perfect and my guilt and disappointment faded away quickly… It’s not all about me any more. It’s all about Willow. And as difficult as the transition has been at times, it’s been the most important, humbling experience I’ve ever had. It took a little while to fall head over heels for Willow [but] I’ve loved and cared for her all along. I’ve spent hours gazing at her in wonder and amazement and craved the feeling of holding her in my arms while she sleeps just inches away from me.

The other day, just when I thought that I had reached the climax of this love, my daughter looked right into my eyes and smiled. An overwhelming feeling gushed through me with an intensity I had never known and couldn’t have imagined. My love for Willow poured forth and it hasn’t faded since.”


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  • Lyndsay CampbellNovember 14, 2011 - 9:04 pm

    Oh man this is so beautiful! I love the photos and your story Michelle! You are an amazing person and mother! Thank you for sharing that! I totally cried haha brings me back to the day Owen was born!ReplyCancel