Archive for Sep 2011

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September 29, 2011 Chris, Arlene & Girls

I have had the pleasure of photographing Chris and Arlene’s wedding… and then their first daughter as a baby and toddler… and now I got to meet their newest addition! Little Rowena (called “Rowen”) is so sweet! What I enjoy about photo shoots with this family – and even their wedding! – is that they are not interested in posed photos, but in capturing life and the important aspects they want to remember. Favourite activities and places – every day life. I met up with them at their home again and wandered the neighbourhood. So fun!

The girls are so sweet – Evelyn is full of life and spunk and can’t wait for little Rowen to join in the fun! The girls are the very same age difference as my girls (22months) – so it was fun to relive the early days!

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All eyes on Rowen – but how can you not when she’s that cute!

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We then headed off to the park… Evelyn is such a charmer!

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These are probably my favourite images… “life” moments to be remembered.

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Chris was so sweet helping Evelyn learn the names of the different trees and to identify them.

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I think Arlene is still smitten…

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These next three (in order) crack me up. It goes from thinking about mischief, to acting out the mischief… to reaction from Rowen.

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These girls are so sweet!

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This one of Chris & Evelyn cracks me up. Dads are meant to be goofy.

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We then headed back to their house – Rowen wanted to show me a few things.

She got a “Rowan tree” from her grandparents – so cool! I wonder if there’s a “Krista tree”?

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Then she wanted to show me her crib and room – and her picture above her bed about sisters!

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She really does draw a crowd…

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Something so tender about this one…

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And I love how Evelyn wanted to comfort her sister when she started to cry…

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Evelyn needed (yes “need” – got to love girls!) to put on her costume and read some books. Reminds me of my girls!

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Finally it’s time to end the day.. bath time!

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It was great meeting you, Rowen!

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Celebrating life and love,


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September 29, 2011 Beauty

I shared this image on Facebook last week, but wanted to share it here also. I was driving home from a photo session, and passed the most gorgeous sunset off to the side of the highway. Since I had all my gear with me, I turned around and went back to capture this image. This is just a small taste of how beautiful it really was.

This is a reminder to me that there really is beauty everywhere – even on the side of the highway… just I’m usually going too fast, with a large to-do list looming to notice it. The lesson I’m continually learning is to stop and savour life.

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Celebrating life and love,


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September 28, 2011 Tree Climbing Goats

Last week I saw on Twitter Ellen Page (girl from Juno – love her) made the following tweet:

Tree-climbing goats!? Yes please! LINK

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I thought it would be great if Juliette learned how to do this too… but didn’t put any more thought into it. Tonight as we came home, Eden yelled “Juliette!!!” as we pulled up to our house. I was confused as I couldn’t see her anywhere. And then I saw it. My very own tree climbing goat!

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Eden was quick to join in the fun….

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And Olivia (our dog) tries to do everything that Juliette (our goat) does. Olivia now eats leaves off of bushes and today she tried to push Juliette away from her bottle and drink from it herself… and now she too wants to climb trees.

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It’s official. Welcome to the Funny Farm.

Click here to see a little clip of our crazy goat.. enjoy!

Celebrating life and love,


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This was a very special session for me… my cousin Kathryn and her husband Aaron have become so close to us over the last few years they’ve been living in Southern Ontario near us. Many years ago I babysat Kathryn and her siblings for a couple summers… and it’s been so fun to move from older cousin, to friend over the last few years. And Aaron, is an absolute gift to our whole extended family. Love this guy.

So for these two to now be expecting a baby is beyond exciting for us all! When we started chatting about their maternity photos we kicked around different ideas – but we wanted to keep an outdoorsy look as these two love camping and being outside. Hope you enjoy what we came up with!

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And then it was on to a campfire and s’mores and hot chocolate! Mmmmmm…..

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Celebrating life and love,


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September 27, 2011 Josh & Trish’s Wedding

I met Josh and Trish about a year ago when they booked me to document their day – they shared their vision of a big wedding and lots of guests… a couple months later I got a call and they wanted to chat about changes. The planning was becoming stressful and not fun… they just wanted to be married! So they changed to a simple wedding – just 25 people present – and they just wanted to be married outside by a tree. It was beautiful. I loved that they followed their hearts – not only to each other, but also to their perfect day! All week it called for rain on Saturday – even when I went to bed on Friday it was calling for rain. Woke up to a perfect day – what a gift!

Josh and Trish have been good friends since grade 4 (my daughter’s age – hmmm….) and so they are completely comfortable around each other and have a great relaxed chemistry. They are so fun to be with – Trish’s crazy, quirky, laughing personality and Josh’s calm and serene presence.

You may remember from Josh and Trish’s engagement session – their love for books! So I tried to incorporate books throughout the day’s images.

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You can’t really tell – but I know – I put the rings on the page in Pride & Prejudice where Darcy proposes to Elizabeth (the first time). This quote is there “…allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

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Trish and her girls went to the Farmer’s Market the day of the wedding, bought flowers and then arranged them by themselves – they did an amazing job!

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Trish had her good friends come from Georgia – and they gave them this great wedding gift! A wreath made of pages from one of Trish’s favourite books (The Historian). What a beautiful gift!

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The beautiful dress. Loved the simplicity of it and how you could change the look with it so easily!

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Trish had not planned to wear a veil – but her mom repeatedly asked her to. Whenever she would go for a dress fitting her mom would sneak one on her. Trish knew it was important to her mom, and so she surprised her by wearing a small one she ordered from etsy. Her mom was thrilled!

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The beautiful bride!

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The girls are READY!

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Trish’s dad was so sweet when he saw her for the first time!

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And time for the ceremony! They got married at Osler House in Dundas which was beautiful!

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We got to the part in the ceremony when they were having a “hand fasting” ceremony… and Trish realized she forgot the rope she had made! In the relaxed feel of the day she yelled out – “I need a tie! Someone give me their tie!” Ricardo was quick to offer his tie and it made for a laugh during the ceremony!

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Husband and wife!

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This is one happy bride!

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Trish had asked for some photos of her and Papa as he is very special to her and his memory is starting to go. It was a good day for him on the wedding and he knew exactly who the beautiful bride was. This is the traditional portrait of him and her….

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But to me – this moment where he is congratulating his granddaughter, is much more special (and what I would have loved with my own Grandpa).

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The grounds were beautiful at Osler House, and we had lots of fun with the wedding party taking photos.

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Oh Trish – I just love you!

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And then some time with just Josh and Trish….

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High fives – they’re married!

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And then we went inside the house – so beautiful!

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Josh and Trish – congratulations! Thank you for letting me be a part of your Big Day!

Celebrating life and love,


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September 25, 2011 Fall Beauty

I’ve been on a bit of a personal project lately to document some of my neighbourhood and community that I adore so much. In the Fall, I sometimes feel like I’m going to burst with looking at so much beauty. It’s like eye candy overload! Not complaining – I just simply LOVE Fall. I’ll be sharing some of these images periodically here on the blog.

On Saturday, I was heading to a wedding and so I had all my gear in my trunk… and I passed the Monthly “Horse and Hound Hunt” that happens on the road I live on. The red coats against the Fall colours was just gorgeous! I drove 5minutes before I realized I had my camera with me ready to go! I quickly turned around and grabbed just a of images. I’d love to document them more sometime, but I had a wedding to get to!

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September 23, 2011 Jamison & Megan

Megan and I have been emailing for months… so it was great to finally meet her and Jamison last weekend! And to find out Megan is also from Thunder Bay and shares a love of persians (not the cats). Mmmmmmm…..

We met in Toronto around the corner from their condo. It was such a gorgeous day – and fun to wander around and explore!

The middle high rise in the background is their condo… for another week! Fun to document this stage of their lives.

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And Jamison and Megan are both huge Phoenix Coyote fans… so we had to do a few in their jerseys!

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September 22, 2011 Thank You!!

I am SO thankful to you for nominating edison photography in the Reader’s Choice awards in the Hamilton Spectator! Over the last 5 years, we have been astonished to not only be nominated but to win awards each year. Wow. Such a HUGE honour – to be chosen and awarded by you! Thank you so much!!

If you feel we deserve your vote again – I’d love to have you vote for us. We are nominated for best Photography Studio under “Business Services” and best Photographer under “People”. You can vote here.

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Again – THANK YOU!!!

September 21, 2011 Happy 9th!

9 years ago today, I became a mother. We named our little gaffer “Madison” as it means “Gift from God” and my goodness she is just that! This girl has taught me so much about caring, kindness, generosity, laughing, dancing, Justin Bieber, horse facts, and how to love people 150%. She is at an amazing stage in life I’m really enjoying. We can sit and have a good chat and with her quick wit, we always enjoy a laugh. The next minute, she’ll crawl up in my lap or hold my hand. She will put music on and dance with her friends – looking more like a teenager than a 9 year old… and then turn around and play Barbies. I’m loving this mix of grown up Madi who is maturing before my eyes, and little girl Madi who is disappearing before my eyes.

Tonight, I picked Madison up from school. We went through Tim Horton’s drive thru and she got a Smoothie. “You’re the best mom ever!” Then we went to the pet store and she got to pick out a Beta fish as her gift from Eden. “This is the most amazing birthday ever!” And then we picked up KFC for supper (she begs for it all the time and it’s always NO so we promised for her birthday) “I am so happy!!” This kid is so easy to please!!

Then when we got home, in the driveway (in the pouring rain) was my family. Not a huge crowd – just a few of Madi’s family… and she was so shocked and excited. SHe said “What the crap?!” And then jumped out and hugged them all. All night Madi said “This is the best birthday ever… I’m so happy…”

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To Madi, it’s about people. She could be thrilled if we had stopped there without gifts. Her “love language” is the gift of time. She just wants to be with the people she loves. She was just beaming. It was such a fun night!

One new tradition Madi started at Eden’s birthday, was everyone writes down something we love about the birthday girl. Then they’re read aloud and she guesses who wrote them. It was such a great idea that we’re doing it at all our birthdays now! Such a great way to honour the birthday person! Hannah (her cousin) read them all aloud… and Eden did the drum roll before each one.

(Eden took a LONG time writing hers out – she said “I love everything about her.” and then filled the entire page with “X”‘s and “O”‘s. Hope she always feels this way!)

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Happy Birthday Madison! I love you dearly and am so honoured God chose me to be your mom!

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Celebrating life, love and Madison,


September 19, 2011 Fall Baking

On Facebook and Twitter everyone has been talking about Pumpkin Spice Lattes, bundling up cozy with sweaters, baking, etc. and it put me in the mood for Fall! So, today while I was out grocery shopping I decided to grab the ingredients to make the girls some pumpkin cookies. (Disclaimer- by “ingredients” I mean a pillsbury package where all I do is pop them in the oven. And by “pumpkin cookies” I mean the ones with pumpkin faces on them). I imagined the girls coming home to the house smelling of baking and enjoying a warm cookie on a cold, wet day. Some dreams never come true I’m learning. Me being Martha is one of them.

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Can you see the cute pumpkin designs on them? No, me neither. Too much black! ha ha

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Hope your Fall preparation is going better than mine. Happy Monday!

Celebrating life and love,


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