• Just for fun,  Personal

    Joy in the Little Things Part One

    I’m reminded through times of adverstiy and during the blur of every day activities, that one should remember to find joy in the little things.  There is so much beauty and joy to be found in life, but it’s the little things that I often take for granted.

    More blog posts on this topic to come! I’m on a mission to be acutely aware to find joy in the little things as life quickly travels forward.

     

    Joy found in the patience of my children

    Every year I corner my kids to take their school photo.  This is usually taken during my busy time when I’m photographing other people’s beautiful children.  Without fail, in the midst of a busy day I’ll announce to the kids to find some clean clothes, brush their hair, wipe the dinner crumbs, and be patient with me as I snap a few photos to be shared with friends and family.  This year, my kids were on different haircut rotations, so their pictures were days apart as we rushed them in for a trim.  My 8 year old son sat down in the barber chair and upon asking what we wanted for a haircut, in his best monotone voice he said, “Caesar cut please, #2 on the sides”.

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    Joy found at Etsy!

    I’m completely addicted to Allison Strine’s jewelry, magnets, and cards.  I’ve ordered several pendants and she is not only delightfully witty but also extremely talented.

    I own this pendant.

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    Love, love, love her work.

    Check out her shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=51268

     

    Joy in music!

    Greg Laswell

    I’m addicted to Greg Laswell’s music.  His soulful, beautiful music just touches my heart.

    Download this: “This Woman’s Work” and “Comes and Goes (In Waves)”

    Check out his website: http://greglaswell.com/

     

    Joy found in my fuzzy slippers

    I was cursed blessed with some big feet.  My moccasins rock. The first time my feet graced these moccasins they started dancing on their own.  Every one should own a pair of moccasins. Your feet will thank you.

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    Image disclaimer: Feet in this image appear larger than they are. 😉

  • Children,  Couples,  Family,  Love

    Family Love

    Let me start off by saying, I love this family.  My good friend and fellow photog.

    Amy approached me to take her extended family’s photos.  I don’t usually shoot large groups, but Amy wouldn’t accept any answer but yes so I was voluntold for the job!  I was happy to do it as they are such a close and fun-loving family. Their love for one another is very clear if you have the fortune of spending any amount of time with them.

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    One of my favourite shots of the sisters!  Amy is a talented photographer and Penny owns a fabulous Designer Shoe business.  I have such respect for these talented sisters as they follow their dreams with such passion and style. 🙂

    Thank you for hanging out with me for the afternoon!  Love you!

  • Children,  Family,  Love,  Newborns

    Head Over Heels Times Two

    Remember this beautiful family?  They welcomed an adorable baby boy into the family!

    Meet baby Carter…

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    I think Carter looks a lot like little Isla did as a newborn.  It was so good to catch up with them, and little Isla is now a busy one year old and on the move…and smart!  She is so smart.

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    This is one of the only pictures where I could get them in the same frame! Lucky for me, it was a tender moment that just melts the heart.

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    K. handles motherhood with style, grace, and with a quiet confidence that has the power to relax those in her company.

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    Thanks for spending the morning with me and introducing me to the newest Hopaluk cousin!  Congratulations to your beautiful family. You are very blessed. 🙂

  • Personal,  Photography

    Get Away!

    This week-end, a few of us photography peeps spent two gloriously relaxing days together.  Ahhhh… it was amazing.

    As we were driving up, I already knew the week-end was going to be magical.  The sun was setting as we made our way to our little chalet get-away at the beach.  One really shouldn’t take pictures through the side window while driving, but the camera was just inches from me and for the record, I kept my eye on the road. 🙂

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    My friend Amy and I were the first to arrive.  We were like kids in a candy store, running from room to room and checking out the place.  We lit a fire in the potbelly stove, set out chocolates and snacks and waited for the others to arrive.

    The next morning, we actually slept in!  It was so amazing waking up at 10 a.m.  It felt like 2:00 p.m.  Our friend Hope planned a day of activities for all of us.  She gave us a list of words to capture through photography.   Here are a few I took on our scavenger hunt.

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    “Reflect”

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    “Lovely”

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    “Shimmer” (although the next morning once the sun came out there was much more shimmer around us)

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    “Lonely”

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    “Shapely”

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    “Fantastic” (yes you are my friend)

    I have to tell you, taking these pictures was one of the most relaxing experiences I have ever had in my life.  It’s a memory I will always treasure, and that’s why I chose this picture for “Treasure”.

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    and a few more…

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    I think this one should be called “Cat on a Stick”

    We returned back to the chalet from our scavenger hunt to homemade chicken stew (thanks Hope) and then a celebratory cocktail.

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    Group Shot!

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    The next day, Hope had another little fun tidbit planned.  On a piece of paper, we were to write a descriptive word about each person there.  We shot each person holding their paper, but the only person that was allowed to see the word was the person taking the picture.

    This will be the first time each beautiful girl is seeing the word I used to describe them (I can’t wait to see every one’s words).  Thanks so much for a wonderful week-end.  Love you girls!

    First up…The Authentic and the ever-so-talented Amber

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    My Confidante Amy (Love you!!!)

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    Oh so Genuine Heather

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    The Always Generous with her time, opinions, and her heart…Hope

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    Kind-Hearted Lareina

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    Sweetly Confident Lisa

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    That was officially the longest blog post ever!  Thanks girls for a fantastic get away.   I had an incredible and unforgettable week-end with you all (although we sure missed those girls who could not make it out).  I can’t wait for the next one. 🙂

  • Family,  Love,  Newborns

    Part of the Family

    This family is very special to me.  Sometimes people come into your life and the bond you form is amazing and you become part of the family.  They have completely moved right into my heart and I’m so thankful I met them.

    You may remember them from other posts.  Little S. is now 2 months old and she is so sweet.  Mom and Dad still can’t get enough of her.

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    She can go from a smile to a pout in a blink of an eye at this stage. Her pouts are just as cute as her smiles!

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    She prefers a pinkie finger to a soother…

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    She is simply perfect.

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    Thank you so much for asking me to capture your beautiful family again.  My heart is full!

  • Children,  Family,  Love

    Fall into Family

    I first took photos for the M. family two years ago.  They have grown by 1 since our last family session!  I was fortunate to also take pictures of baby B. a few weeks ago.

    The M. family braved the chilly weather and met me for a session of tree climbing, running the board walk, and cuddling up.  They have so much love for one another and I loved capturing it for them.

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  • Children,  Family,  Love

    The Warmth of Family Love

    Let me start off by telling you it was cold when we met for the W. family’s session!  Last year I shot the kid’s pictures during the same cold week in October.   This year the kids were on the run, so they didn’t seem to mind the frigid temperatures too much!   The warmth of love within their family could be felt during the session. My favourite part of our time together  was when little R. called me Auntie whenever he needed my attention.  Love it! 🙂

    Meet the W. family.

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    R. was too fast for me!  He ran right out of frame before I even got the camera up to shoot!

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    I told Mom and Dad to cuddle up…the kids were fine, they were just chasing each other with sticks.  lol

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    Thanks for braving the cold with me!

  • Children,  Love

    Double the Love

    I was so excited to take pictures of the most adorable, sweet, and adventurous 4 year old twins!   I have twin nieces and I just love the special connection twins share.

    We spent an hour playing, exploring, throwing leaves, and finding a special little “nesting” spot for the treasures they found while on our little hike.

    Meet sweet O. and Z.

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    This is the nest of treasures they found!

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    Double the Love for Mom!

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    Thanks for the play time girls!