Archive for Jan 2011

January 31, 2011 One Year Old Fox

I love seeing a child grow and change…. it has been so fun to document Kim’s pregnancy, and then Greg and Kim’s growing family as they introduced me to baby Fox. So to now see him as a one year old was so much fun!

Like the two photo sessions before, we met at their condo. I had fallen in love with Fox’s nursery artwork last time…. and now was greeted with a sweet sign on his door by the same artist. Too cute!

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Fox is also a serious model now… but more on that later… so he had to make sure his hair was just right.

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It was fun to go back to the same spot as his newborn photos – he’s grown and changed so much!

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Fox’s parents have a great sense of humour I love… and he just seems to be in on the joke all the time.

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I just love how they look at him… and how he just knows he’s adored.

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Greg had been given these ridiculous mustaches. We had to use them.

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Fox thought they might taste good….

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And then he thought it would be fun to pull Greg’s off….

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I mentioned before that Fox was a serious model. Well… he is with a modeling agency and his first gig takes the cake. Harlequin Novels. Isn’t that awesome??? In their words “We would have let him do it for free just to be able to pull it out at his wedding to embarrass him!” We thought Greg should try to replicate it… so funny shooting this with Kim saying “try to look more smoldering, Greg!”

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Although Fox thought he made a better cowboy….

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We then bundled up and went outside. Love this age where the smallest bit of snow seems like a massive snow-covered mountain to Fox.

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We went back inside and Fox showed me his big teddy bear! He had his photo taken with it every month up to one year to show how much he’d grown. Will take a while yet to surpass the bear in size!

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Such a sweetheart!

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

January 29, 2011 Noah and Courtney

A snowy, cold winter day is the perfect backdrop for an evening winter wedding. I had enjoyed getting to know Noah and Courtney – still laugh about the runaway dog and her Ugg boot from their engagement session – and yesterday’s wedding was so much fun again.

Noah was such a handsome groom… I mean he made Courtney cry just when he had tried on his tuxedo! Loved his tie…

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The wedding was full of “maximum sparkle” as Courtney had told me… she said she just loves all things sparkly!

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And the beautiful bride. I loved, loved, loved her necklace… it has two diamonds – both were taken from her late Grandmother’s engagement rings and so it was a way to have her loved ones with her on her wedding day.

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Love this mother daughter moment!

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The ceremony was just beautiful….

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And I love these stolen glances

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The happy couple!

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I had loved the light on the organist during the ceremony – so I had to take the couple over to the organ for a quick shot there!

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And then on to the Scarborough Golf and Country Club for the reception. What a beautiful venue!

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And then after an amazing meal, and some of the best speeches I’ve ever heard (the Best Man’s speech about the top 10 reasons why Noah should have chosen to marry him was hilarious!) it was on to a fun filled dance!

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Noah and Courtney, it was so great getting to know you both. Have an amazing time with your butler vacation in Jamaica!!! A well deserved break.

celebrating life and love,

Krista

January 14, 2011 Overlooked

One thing I love about traveling is meeting people. Hearing their stories.

What really struck me was how each and every person is important. The guy who stands at the fruit stand outside for twelve hours a day. The musician in the subway station who is bearing their heart through song as everyone walks on by. The street vendor who is trying to make a living selling to all the people who just whiz on by.

Awhile ago I read a great article by Jon Acuff who reminded me we are all famous. We are all loved.

This visit to New York I may not have photographed any celebrities – but I did photograph some “famous” people. I hope that they realize they are special, unique and important. I hope I remember that each person I meet is famous and deserves a smile, eye contact, a hand shake…

Meet my famous friends.

This is Raman and he stands at his produce stand outside from 7am to 7pm. That’s not including set up and take down.

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This is Ron. He has the biggest smile ever!

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Our good friend Lo… he was so camera shy but did manage to get his cold hands as he worked at his hat stand.

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I had such a hard time pronouncing this friend’s name… he looked so chilly as he stood on the street corner.

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And so many others!

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

January 13, 2011 Overlooked

One thing I love about traveling is meeting people. Hearing their stories.

What really struck me was how each and every person is important. The guy who stands at the fruit stand outside for twelve hours a day. The musician in the subway station who is bearing their heart through song as everyone walks on by. The street vendor who is trying to make a living selling to all the people who just whiz on by.

Awhile ago I read a great article by Jon Acuff who reminded me we are all famous. We are all loved.

This visit to New York I may not have photographed any celebrities – but I did photograph some “famous” people. I hope that they realize they are special, unique and important. I hope I remember that each person I meet is famous and deserves a smile, eye contact, a hand shake…

Meet my famous friends.

This is Raman and he stands at his produce stand outside from 7am to 7pm. That’s not including set up and take down.

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This is Ron. He has the biggest smile ever!

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Our good friend Lo… he was so camera shy but did manage to get his cold hands as he worked at his hat stand.

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I had such a hard time pronouncing this friend’s name… he looked so chilly as he stood on the street corner.

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And so many others!

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

January 13, 2011 Victor and Marina

One of my favourite things to do in New York City is to walk the Brooklyn Bridge. It is so gorgeous! While walking there this week… we saw the cutest couple who were so obviously wild about each other. After we had taken their photo a couple times for them with their point and shoot, I asked if we could do some on our cameras for them! They were thrilled – turns out they are from Brazil and had just arrived in New York that day. It was 30degrees when they had left Brazil – and they got into NYC in time for a blizzard! They were so sweet – it was pure fun to document a bit of their trip for them!

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

January 12, 2011 Five Guys

I recently posted that on my trip we learned so much not only through the courses we took at the conference but through the people we met and places we visited….. here’s one more instance.

When we went out for supper the last day of the conference, we were just going to go anywhere… but people kept telling us we HAD to try “Five Guys“. We were game… and wow! Not only was it the best burgers ever (with massive, huge, ginormous portions) but I fell in love with their look.

I love, love, love when a company knows who they are – what their colour and look is and carries it consistently through everything. I have often said I wish McDonald’s had kept their restaurants all the yellow and red interiors with the hard plastic chairs. It was consistent and you could go into any McDonald’s and know what to expect. Now you could be met with a classy McDonald’s with leather chairs and fireplace – or one with brown swivel chairs and booths… or I’ve been to one with turquoise interior… So wrong.

As soon as you enter Five Guys you see two things.

White. Red.

Everywhere. I mean – even the toilet paper dispenser and paper towel dispenser in the bathroom! Every detail was red and white and their theme was so consistent. I just loved it! Made me think about how people always joke about my obsessive love of yellow for edison. icon smile Five Guys

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And a happy story… we were chatting with the staff there (who were so friendly and great!). Found out our server had bought his daughter an SLR camera and we got talking about photography. When we left (giddy and ridiculous and distracted as usual) I had left my camera bag behind! EEKS! As we got in the van he came running out with it for me. I was so happy with his honesty and quick response. Actually, happy doesn’t go far enough. Thank you!!!

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

January 12, 2011 Dave and Vivian

Last year, I came down to New York City to photograph both Dave and Vivian’s engagement and wedding. Having never met them before I was a bit nervous how we would click… they were awesome! So I was thrilled to connect again with them this trip and do some photos out in a blizzard along 5th avenue and by the Plaza! After a year of marriage they look just as smitten and happy. Always so fun to re-connect with couples! And I just love doing sessions for married couples “just because”!

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So in love…

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Dave is a martial arts teacher – so we had some fun with his crazy spins and kicks!

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Then the snow started coming down really hard… so fun for photos!

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I love how they are just oblivious to all the people around them.

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

January 11, 2011 Pennywise

I have been away in Mystic, CT at a great photography conference… while there I learned so much about photography and the business… but not just from the speakers. There is so much to learn from life all around – let me introduce Donna and her store Pennywise.

We first stumbled across Pennywise when we went into the town of Mystic to explore. You should have heard the squeals from us girls when we saw the store with great name brand clothes at this consignment store at phenomenal prices. We had so much fun finding clothes for each other, trying stuff on and got some great finds!

But really… what makes a store is the owner. Enter Donna.

Not only does she have a great eye (you should see the stuff in this store!) and built a beautiful store – but she engages with each of her clients. Over my three (yes THREE) visits – you would hear her greeting customers by name. Chatting with each one. We met her cat, Steve and she showed us photos of her horse and dogs. All of her pets are rescue animals. When we left the first time we exchanges twitter info… soon we were chatting on Twitter. So the next day when we had a break we HAD to go back. Why? Yes, the store is great… but Donna felt more like a friend…. and you can’t stand a friend up.

Awesome business lesson. I adore that might clients are not just clients but people I love to connect with. I love, love hearing each of your stories. Learning about you. Donna reminded us that a successful business is not just about business but relationships.

Donna, it was great to get to know you, your staff and Steve!

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

January 3, 2011 Captain

It’s January. The first week of a new year. A time to dream, evaluate and make changes.

I love this time of year. I come into December each year feeling a little drained and enter January with a passion renewed. It’s as if I’m given a chance to start again. And you know what – January 1st is just another day. But New Year’s reminds me to stop and evaluate where I am, who I am, and what changes need to be made. And because January 1st is in fact just another day… and tomorrow is another day… and then there’s another day… I’m reminded that there is nothing magical about New Year’s. Each day is a chance for a fresh start.

As Anne said to Marilla in Anne of Green Gables… “Marilla, isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?

Like so many others, I have thought about “resolutions” for 2011. I know I will break many, make new ones as I go along and forget others…. but I love the pursuit of a life well lived. At church on Sunday the story was told about three frogs on a lily pad. One decided to jump off the lily pad. How many are now on the lily pad?

The obvious answer would appear to be two… but it’s three. The one frog decided to jump off – but until his decision is put into action, nothing has changed.

This coming week I am going to a photography conference in Connecticut with some fellow photographers and friends and then we’re taking time to debrief and to dream for a couple days in New York City on the way home. This is a time for me to set goals. Resolutions. And to dream what 2011 and beyond can look like for me personally and for edison photography. This excites me.

I’ll sign off with a favourite poem… Invictus by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Celebrating life and love!

Krista