• cake smashing,  Children

    Renna’s 1 Year Cake Smashing

    Meet Renna and her big sister Maren.

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    In celebration of turning one, Miss Renna came over to smash a cake!

    Renna is such a sweetheart.  She’s a cuddly girl, and adores her Mom (who is stunning I might add).  They have such a beautiful connection.

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    Onto the cake smashing!  Once again, Penny Zulke did a fabulous job on the cake.  Perfect for a little star.

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    Renna’s face was just priceless when she figured out she was allowed to dig into the cake.

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    Time to call in reinforcements. Maren was all too happy to help…

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    Happy birthday Renna! Thanks for the morning of pure entertainment.

  • Children

    Lukey’s Locks

    Meet Lucas.

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    His parents call him Lukey Duke, which is funny because that’s also what we call our Lucas.

    Lukey’s Mom called me to see if I could take a few pictures of Lukey’s curly locks before he gets a hair cut.

    Aren’t his curls the BEST?!

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    Good luck at the barber shop Lukey Duke!  Keep a few curls 🙂

  • Children,  Couples,  Family,  Love

    A Day in the Life of Maya

    Meet Maya.

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    It’s been a year since she smashed a cake as I clicked away and how she has changed.  For starters, she can talk now and she’s good at it!  I met with Maya’s family at their home to explore her neighbourhood of winding walking paths, natural parks full of birds and flowers, and even a forest within the city.

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    This is what it looks like to go for a “walk” with Maya….She’s fast.  Really fast.

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    She’ll stop on a dime when she sees something that interests her.

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    We reached our destination in the forest and wouldn’t you know it, the sky opening up and it poured.  We walked back in the rain, but Maya didn’t seem to mind at all.  In fact, she fell asleep on her Daddy’s shoulder just as the rain stopped and the sun rays kissed her sweet face.

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    We returned home to her house, and as her parents were deciding if they should lay her down for the night or not, she bolted up and started talking once again.  She was proud to show me her kitty.

    I think this picture should be called “Stare Down”

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    Thank you so much for showing me around your neighbourhood.  It was an amazing way to spend an evening.

  • Personal,  Photography

    The Value of a Photograph

    At a photography workshop, the presenter posed the question “Why did you get into Photography?”

    The standard answer ran through my head…

    “It started at the birth of my kids, and took over.”

    That’s part of it…but that’s not it.

    My passion for photography really took over because I wanted to show Women how beautiful they are at any size, shape, age, and stage in life.

    Many of you know that I lost 90 some odd pounds 5 years ago.  I don’t have many photographs of myself during that time in my life because I didn’t feel beautiful or worthy.  Looking back, I wish I had.  As I flip through my old photo albums, years worth of pictures of my children growing up with the absence of their mother in the photos stare back at me.  My kids love me the same no matter what size I am.  Those pictures are for them just as much as they are for me and those who love them.  Why did I think being documented as part of their early childhood wasn’t important?  It absolutely is.

    One of the most important lessons I’ve learned after losing the weight is that confidence, strength, wisdom, and beauty comes from the heart and it grows with age.  I used to believe that if only I were a certain size and weight THEN I would be happy and confident.  My confidence grew not because I shed pounds, but because I worked hard and I was proud of the work I put in.  I finally put value on who I was and I found beauty in the everyday.

    If only we could view ourselves through the eyes of those who love us.  We are loved deeply.  We are cherished.  To look at a photograph of someone we cherish, we are taken right back to that time and we remember all the things we love about them.

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    There is so much beauty that lies within the story told through a photograph . To be able to document that story, is an incredible feeling.

    The thoughts I’ve shared here, is the reason I updated my website Homepage slide show and the Galleries.

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    If you are a picture hater and refuse to have your picture taken I would like to leave you with this thought.

    The photographs aren’t only for you. They are for those who love you. You are beautiful and you are cherished.  The bond you share with those you love deserves to be documented. Your loved ones want to remember you just as you are.  Perfectly, Imperfectly, Undeniably YOU.

    From my heart to yours,

    Christine