Favourites of 2016

As I start this post, I realize that it's been since MARCH!!!!! that I've posted anything.  Yes, a busy year here, maybe one of the most rewarding and fun years yet.  I love my job and found myself being pulled in a more creative direction this year.  Love weddings - totally gorgeous and happy days.  Love families - even bloopers are the keepers right?!  Love grads - so unique and exciting for them.  But find myself seriously in love with family/newborn lifestyle sessions.  There is something intimate, quiet, loving and not contrived or posed in any way about these sessions.  I love watching a family move, smile and be together, and feel so honoured to do this for families.  Thank you to all of my wonderful clients.......you make this gig pretty fun!  Here's hoping that 2017 there are more of these sessions for me.

So here are a few of my random picks from awesome 2016!

 

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Growing and growing and growing!

Baby numero three.  The kind of shoot I like - loose and free flowing.  This one was pretty special with my people.  Ready to welcome a new little sister very soon, into this active and love filled family.

Let's go get our pictures taken now.  Someone wants to go see the boat.  Someone wants to snuggle her little sister, and someone doesn't, he wants to go see the boat.  Someone is cold and needs her jacket back on.  The kids don't want to hold hands.  Oh wait, they do!  Someone needs to go see the tower (our wind power tower) - now!  Then we're near the lake, must be time to go skating.  They need their skates on.  They want to go skate!  We pile them into the sled......and we go skating.  Easy peasy maternity session.  

Family Day at the Sugarbush

A family sugarbush weekend at the river.  Friends let me tag along, and I'm so glad they did.  It was overcast, but warm.  An annual get together with many family and friends laughing, sharing, and working together.  It made me think about my childhood........gathering at Grammie and Grampies to boil in the big cauldron.  Everything on the farm, back then, seemed like a big family party.

This gang was set for a weekend of fun, and maybe a bit of work, that didn't really seem like work.  All for the fun of it all, and to make that sweet maple syrup for the coming year.  I only wish I would have spent the day......for the taffy on the snow!!  ;-)

Thanks Watson family for letting me hang out with you for a couple of hours.

The trek down over the hill.

The trek down over the hill.

Chaga tea.  Surprisingly sweet.

Chaga tea.  Surprisingly sweet.

Everybody lends a hand.  Quite a process.

Everybody lends a hand.  Quite a process.

These images were just me playing with a new lens.

These images were just me playing with a new lens.

2015 ReCap

Holy Wow!  I've been a total slacker in the BLOG dept. this Fall.  It was a busy and fun and freaky and frenzied and awesome year!  My husband kept asking...."aren't you busier than normal this year?"  I certainly loved every minute!  Let's see.........I shot 5 weddings, 2 engagements, 10 - 2016 grads, 24 family sessions (that's a LOT of kid chasing), 4 newborn/in home sessions, 5 commercial gigs, HHS prom, 3 maternity sessions and a first birthday party - it was beyond fun & colourful & loud!  haha  And a few more fun projects were thrown into the mix, including a show with my photography collective - SilverFish.  

I feel so truly blessed to have the clients and friends that I do.  My job is not a job..........I'm so thankful to be doing what I love.  Thank you all for another fabulous year!

In no particular order.....here are some of my favourites from last year.

 

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Jessica & Troy

The perfect spring wedding.  Every detail was so well thought out - from the "Poppy" scarf sewn into Jessica's dress and the guys wearing tiny orchids, in memory of Troy's Mom........this was one fantastic couple and posse to spend the day with!

There was no shortage of love and laughter with this gang.  From the minute all the fun started, at the hairdressers, it was a belly laugh day.  

Congratulations Grads of 2015

The 2015 graduating class..........intelligent, witty, creative, beautiful, handsome, and all-of-a-sudden-grown ups!  A few of the amazing young people that I had the honour to photograph this year.

Oh the places you will go!!  Really.....go go go and make your mark!

 

Remember the Hudsons?

Mr Parker Hudson arrived!  He is so sweet and tiny and cute and tiny!!!  This little guy has a lot of love surrounding him, in this home and family............. that are just a joy to photograph.

Welcome Parker!!

It's my Party And I'll Cry if I Want To!

Not that dear Simon, who just turned 1, is a cryer, but he's quite the opposite.  A sweet and loveable little boy who is surrounded by love love love and then a side of love!  But he  certainly preferred his piece of watermelon to a chocolate cupcake!  I don't get it!!  

This was a fun afternoon of shooting - lots of family memories for this lovely young and fun gang.

Happy 1st birthday sweet Simon!!  xo

 

The Traveling Dress Project

I belong to a creative and fun Facebook group of fabulous photographers who concentrate their creativity on boosting women up, by showing them how beautiful and special each and everyone is through a beautiful photographic experience.  

In this group there was one photographer who had a lovely vision..............

The Traveling Dress Project is a collaborative project created by Gianella Simon from Minnesota. After purchasing this beautiful dress from a second hand store, Gianella had the brilliant idea to have it photographed by photographers from around the world and so the Traveling Dress Project was born. The dress began its travels in September 2014 and is still traveling with an estimated end date of December 2015. By the end of its journey it will have traveled across the United States and made its way across Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and more with over a hundred photographers involved. Each photographer will have the opportunity to capture the dress in their own unique style and vision. The project will culminate with a book release sharing the journey the dress has made around the world. Proceeds will benefit Operation Smile! Operation Smile provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe. For more information about this charity you can visit http://www.operationsmile.org

Please visit  https://www.facebook.com/TheTravelingDressProject for more information.

I was the second photographer to photograph the dress - lucky me!!!

This a small peek into my contribution to the project.

The behind the scene prep for look #1.  A wonderful make-up artist - Lauren, and wonderful model - Amber.

The behind the scene prep for look #1.  A wonderful make-up artist - Lauren, and wonderful model - Amber.

A spectacular, but cold, November morning.

A spectacular, but cold, November morning.

A frosted bride.

A frosted bride.

Look #2 was probably my favourite.  A fun day was spent with these two!!

Look #2 was probably my favourite.  A fun day was spent with these two!!

Location was fabulous too!  Thanks Carla! 

Location was fabulous too!  Thanks Carla! 

Melissa and Cody patiently waiting.

Melissa and Cody met in high school, went to university, got jobs, bought a sweet little house, in the right part of town  ;-) and now...........BOOM!  They are patiently waiting for baby.  I love love love taking expectant parents pictures in their home, it's so intimate and comfortable........especially with these three.  

I cannot wait to take her/his pictures in his new home......soon!

 

Bryer

There are no words for how much I LOVE this kid.  He may as well be mine.  I remember vividly, the first time I saw and held him.  I still can't believe he's "there".  Graduating.  From high school. Oh my, what a lovely young man you've become Bry.  I don't think you know how much love and  support surrounds you!  We are ALL so proud of you.

xo

Auntie Deice

Mr J and his peeps.

A lovely drive in the country, a just woke up from a car nap baby, and a sunny afternoon made for an effortless family session.  Mr J is pretty much the cats pyjamas!  

There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING like a Mommas love.  <3

There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING like a Mommas love.  <3

With a large sprinkle of Daddy's love.

With a large sprinkle of Daddy's love.

A sweet little family.

A sweet little family.

Jen & Mitch & Ava

This is the third time I've met up with Jen & Mitch.  Their wedding, first anniversary, now awaiting the arrival of baby Ava - they are such a sweet couple, and so much fun to spend time with. And (sorry for starting a sentence with and) they live on a beautiful family farm that just goes on and on with gorgeous fields........and blackflies the evening I was there, a LOT of blackflies!!

 Just a wee glimpse at their session.  Fun, sweet and very, very fast (due to flies keeping us focused (haha) and on task!)