Archive for Nov 2008

November 14, 2008 Twins at Christmas

Okay – I think twins are one of the best inventions ever – ha ha! So much fun.

Anyways, I had the fun of photographing Carter and Kylie in their home all decked out for Christmas! How fun! Sure put me in the Christmas spirit! Now to start my shopping….

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Celebrating life and love,


November 14, 2008 Ryan & Krista's wedding

Saturday was Ryan and Krista’s wedding – and despite it calling for rain, it was a great day! I love Fall weddings! They got married at the most gorgeous church here in Hamilton – slightly in love with this place! And the reception was one big party – they know how to have fun!! It was a great day!

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Krista spent time in Africa as a nurse – so I wanted to incorporate some of her souvenir’s from her time there…

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This hilarious tea towel on her stove made me laugh!

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future photographer…

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No, that’s not Santa doing the service – it’s Krista’s dad doing a portion. Although… if you check back next week you’ll see some photos of him as Santa!! (He’s a professional Santa and I’ll be doing some photos for his portfolio – how fun!)

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Loved the cape’s that Ryan’s mom made the girls!

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I’ll leave you with this fun one – Krista’s “something blue” – ha ha!

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November 14, 2008 Learning to See

One of the things I always tell people about photography is it is all about learning to see. We ALL see a bride and groom – but a good photographer will also see that one moment, that look, that squeeze of the hand that lasts but a second. Photography is so much about learning to see and be aware.

My friend Diane sent me this – ad it reinforced that idea to me. Learning to be aware.


November 13, 2008 Enter Tooth Fairy

Today, finally, Madi has lost her first tooth. She has been waiting for this day since she got her teeth I think! ha ha! She has been anticipating it soooo much. She could not be more ecstatic. As soon as it was out (with a little help from dad) – she called her “BFF” Zoe and one of her sets of grandparents. Then she called my sister and left a message saying “I lost my first tooth – call and tell all your family. I already called Grandpa and Zoe but if you could call everyone else that would be great.” love it!

She left a note for the tooth fairy asking her to write down names of kids who have and have not lost teeth. (eeks!) And Eden left a picture she coloured for the tooth fairy. They’re pumped.

Anyways, here’s a picture of my big girl!

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November 12, 2008 Kenny Family

I love families that I get to photograph regularly – to see the kids change is so fun! It was great to catch up with the Kennys – their boys are so sweet! This was our first time photographing in the home (something I’m really starting to love!) and the photos of dad and son on the piano… well, I get a little choked up over these.

Have a look !

Let me introduce you to the adorable Isaac…

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And his big brother Jacob…

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And some of the musical family….

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And the whole family!

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I love finding a cool chair in the family home and dragging it outside – ha ha! These little guys just adore each other!

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Celebrating life and love,


November 7, 2008 Bell Arte

As I told you recently I changed from Pictage being our online gallery to a new one. In plain English – before we used Pictage – clients would view their images, order and Pictage would print and ship them. I never saw them. I was unhappy with this as I could not guarantee quality control.

I also felt like I was giving in to the Big Box mentality rather than supporting our local businesses. Blah – hate that. So – I’m happy to say I’m back! I loooove Belle Arte who is now back to doing all our printing! Yeah!

Belle Arte is a family run business and one of the few places left on earth that has customer service. You go in – and they not only know my name, but my kids. They ask about my kids and my life. They know me. I’m not just a number. And it’s not just me – whenever I’m in there, each and every person that walks in is greeted by name. It’s amazing!

This week in the Spectator they had a front page article – an amazing story! – on how Robert (the owner of Belle Arte) reunited two brothers who never knew the other existed! Simply because he listened to their stories, knew their last names, recognized faces… it was incredible!

So… if you’re in the Hamilton area – check these guys out. I think the are the best – at printing AND at customer service. And if you need gear – even if they don’t have it in, they’ll get it in for you. Let’s support our local businesses!

November 7, 2008 Our Family

Every Mother’s Day I ask for the same gift. One thing.

Family Photos. I want everyone – including mark who hates getting his picture taken to snap a few photos. Yes, Mother’s Day was 6 months ago… but better late than never. ha ha!

I am reminded why people need to hire photographers – it’s frustrating! Yes, I was able to get a couple photos – but not without feeling totally frazzled and frustrated! What a different expierence this would be if someone else was taking the photos and we just needed to concentrate on interacting and loving. Next year…

Without further ado… here’s my family!

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As my friend Monica said – this next photo is your typical facial expressions of both big and little sisters – ha ha!

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This is how I caught Madi and Mark standing as I dug out my gear…

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And then Eden had to join in…

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And I tried to get some of each girl – as you can see one of my girls loves modeling. The other one loves tormenting their mother by not cooperating – ha ha!

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Celebrating life and love,


I met this gorgeous family on what turned out to be a summer-like evening in November. Sweet! Yesterday and today have been gorgeous! (Finally!) These boys were way too cute – with their massive blue eyes. We rolled in the leaves, played hide and seek, through sticks… had a blast!

Meet Owen – completely in love with his rosy cheeks and blue, blue eyes!

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And Ian – also has killer blue eyes and loads of spunk!

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And mom and dad….

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And the whole gang together!

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Got to love leaves!

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And just having a whole lot of fun!

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Celebrating life and love,


November 6, 2008 Tyler & Lindsay

As we saw in yesterday’s post – Lindsay’s dress was phenomenal! So it was no surprise that on their wedding this past Sunday Tyler could not take his eyes off of her. These two are smitten and so sweet! Loved watching them together!

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Poor dad giving away his second daughter in 5 weeks…

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And I always love the bagpipes!!

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Loved the centrepieces!

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Lots of laughs at the reception!

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Loved this moment between Lindsay and her new father-in-law….

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Tyler’s Uncle Jim singing a song to the couple

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And off for some photo fun!

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Rings are so hard for a guy to get use to!

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Celebrating life and love,


I’m going through withdrawl of the Miller family now! Since this Spring I have spent a lot of time with this family as both Lindsay and her sister were married this Fall (Kristen & Mike were married 5 weeks ago!). This means engagement photos for both couples, consults, both weddings – and both sisters also booked bridal portrait sessions! This is such a wonderful idea – we do photos of the bride a couple weeks before the Big Day – and its a lot of fun! needless to say – I’ve gotten to know the family and will miss seeing them every few weeks! icon smile Lindsay's Bridal Portraits

Now that the wedding is done – I can post some photos from the bridal portrait session a few weeks ago. Tomorrow I’ll post some from the wedding.

Be prepared to fall in love with this dress….

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Celebrating life and love,