Archive for Sep 2012

It is always so much fun to see a family grow through photos. It had been about a year since I had documented this sweet family at their farm – and it was great to go back and see how they had grown and changed. They are such a sweet family – made documenting them fun! The older two kids had so many ideas for poses and locations – I could easily do a blog post on each of them individually! But instead let’s see how cute this entire gang is!

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Celebrating life and love,


September 25, 2012 Meera: September (part 1)

(Meera is a beautiful 2year old with cancer that I am photographing once a month for a year. You can see more about her here: December, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August and her story in her mom’s words.)

September is childhood cancer awareness month. I am aware and I don’t like it.

You might remember in June I was there as Meera had her last Chemo treatment. In July we celebrated with a “Chemo’s done” party! In August the family enjoyed time as a family – outside the hospital doing regular family outings and relaxing.

Then came September. Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Last week Meera’s mom msged me to say she feared the tumour might be back. She just happened to feel something one day (Meera’s tumor was between her nose and top lip). A couple days later Meera had an MRI and our fears were confirmed. Meera’s tumor was back. Words I hoped to never associate with Meera again were being thrown around – chemo, hospital, etc.

Because Meera had the maximum radiation the first time around last year, it is not an option. Roy and Laura were faced with a few options and tough choices. I joined them on Friday as they took Meera in to have a CAT scan to make sure it had not spread to her lungs. Word came back yesterday that her lungs are clear. Hallellujah!

But… tomorrow I head back into Sick Kids to be with them as Meera is having surgery to remove the tumor and also part of her bone. Chemo will be beginning shortly.

It was tough being back at Sick Kids with them this time knowing what lays ahead. As always, I was so impressed with the strength of Roy and Laura. They work so well together – as Laura is staying with Meera getting her ready for the scan, Roy was down talking to a different doctor. And Ameena – who celebrated her first birthday last week – was happily playing as always.

Please keep this family in your prayers. These girls are about the same age difference as mine, and I can only imagine if it was one of mine. I am so thankful for Sick KIds and our amazing medical facilities in Canada. I just wish we didn’t have the need for them.

When I got there, Meera was just going in to get her port/central line accessed. She was scheduled to get it out just days before – but because of Laura finding the tumor, she did not have to go through getting it out and then put back in.

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Meera’s bravery beads for the day!

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Then we had some time to play while we waited for her turn.

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And then the nurse arrived to talk with Laura and get Meera ready.

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Poor MEera. She did not want to do this all again.

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I think Ameena was ready to defend Meera – I’d be afraid of her. icon smile Meera: September (part 1)

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Mommy cuddles can soothe a sad little girl like nothing else. The little arm around Laura’s neck just about made me lose it.

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Again, please keep Meera in your prayers tomorrow as she heads into surgery at 1pm. We are believing for a MEERAcle.

Celebrating life and love,


September 21, 2012 Decade of Love

September 21, 2002 – in an instant the world was made a better place because one of the most amazing people ever to breath had arrived.

It’s hard to believe how fast a decade can go. In one way I’m sad that Madison is now ten years old – never ever again in her life will she be single digits. (As I typed that a large lump formed in my throat… swallow the tears Krista). But it is such an amazing thing to watch her turn into the beautiful, caring, compassionate young woman she’s becoming. What an incredible honour to be her mom.

Here’s a few photos from the last week….

Here she is today with the horse she cares for through 4H… she was thrilled to be able to spend her birthday with her horse. Even if it meant washing the horse and doing chores. She was in her element and so happy. Love this kid.

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And one from last weekend I just love. This was after her first day of showing her horse at a fall fair. She was exhausted but so happy.

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Madi’s unique fashion sense.

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Madi wanted to go on a “real” camping trip for her birthday. Last weekend Mark and her canoed 25km and had a fun camping trip! Great memory for both!

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(I gave her a big kiss good-bye)

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Madi got bearded dragons for her birthday. She is sharing them with Eden – they each have one and are so thrilled! (bed head and PJ’s – ha ha)

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Happy birthday, Madison! I love being your mom!

Celebrating life and love,


September 12, 2012 Maia’s family

A couple years ago, I was to document Cynthia’s pregnancy – but then Miss Maia decided to come several weeks early and interrupt all plans! That’s okay though – she’s such a doll, and a healthy, happy girl now! It was so good to see her now running around, laughing and playing with her mom and dad. Just adorable!

We met on a day that had called for rain – t urned out to be a perfect evening to enjoy playing at the Hamilton waterfront!

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Celebrating life and love,


September 11, 2012 Adam and Livia

I woke up Saturday to sideways rain, crazy winds and a black sky. This did not look good for Adam and Livia‘s outdoor wedding at Livia’s family’s home. All morning I obsessed over the weather… until it was time to grab some umbrellas and go. As I drove the skies started to clear, black skys turned blue and the sun waved hello.

Things were going to be alright.

Actually – better than alright. The earlier stormy weather made for some dramatic skies and nice breezes. It was a perfect day.

I was fortunate to have Eva with me again as a second shooter. Eva is so great to work with – not only is she a great photographer, but she’s always one step ahead of what I might ask her. And she’s fun too! Love this photo of Adam laughing as he gets ready – he’s fairly shy, so it was great to see him so relaxed before the ceremony! (loved his Tom Ford suit!)

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And while she was with the guys, I got to go see Livia and the girls… and how beautiful everything looked at Livia’s family home!

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Those Valentino shoes are so gorgeous! As is the invitation (and all the stationary!) from Paper & Poste in Toronto.

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The bridesmaids dresses were so gorgeous!

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This flowergirl dress was so sweet! And so was the little one trying to get at the yummy sweets!

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Livia’s Lazaro dress… stunning. Absolutely gorgeous!

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And it’s time for the ceremony! The decor in both the ceremony tent and the reception tent were just exquisite! Her decorator was phenomenal!

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I just love how happy Livia’s mom looks – and gorgeous in that sweet Valentino dress!

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Livia looks so mischevious here as she signs the registry!

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Such a beautiful couple – and home – to photograph!

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Love this vineyard in the backyard….

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We were snapping photos of the rings on the grapes, and I was hoping one of the bees would land on the ring… with one image left on my memory card it landed and I snapped. yay!

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Adam and Livia really wanted time to enjoy the celebration – and so we did just a short portrait time so they could go enjoy their party! I loved this part of the cocktail time when Livia’s Nonno sang in Italian to them. So sweet!

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Eva couldn’t find me at one point during the cocktails, then when she did find me I was photographing the flowergirl and ring bearer. She said she knew if she found the kids, she’d find me. icon smile Adam and Livia What can I say – I adore kids!

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Loved the favour they had for their guests – a beautiful cheese board their wedding party handed out to everyone.

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The reception decor was so beautiful… here’s a taste! Livia did such an amazing job planning this wedding – loved her Tuscan Vineyard theme!

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At the head table each cream-coloured chair was a different style – so homey feeling!

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Love this cake from Wellington cakes so much! And you could just smell it when you were anywhere near it – mmmmmm….

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Adam and Livia came in and did their first dance right away – and then all their guests joined in. Throughout the dinner courses of the reception, the band would get people up and dancing. Such a fun atmosphere!

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The New Image band was so good – switching between amazing cover songs and Italian ballads. So fun!

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When I left the party was still going strong! Such a fun day!

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Celebrating life and love,


September 6, 2012 Thank You!

Just over a month ago, I posted on here about a necklace made by the women in Uganda. Asking if anyone would be interested in it. I have now shipped them and have a few to deliver locally. ALl 200 of them.

I just want to say “THANK YOU!”. These are being sent out to PEI, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia, Michigan and California. Wow.

But… I’ve had countless emails, tweets, instagram and facebook messages asking if there are any extras. There are not at this time but… working on getting more. So, if you are interested in being notified directly if we do this again – please email me at: with the subject line “Waiting list”. WOuld make great Christmas gifts!

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A little cutie popped by and couldn’t get enough of the necklaces!

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Some instagrams starting to show up of people in their purchases! And a BIG thank you to Karen who helped me most of the day yesterday packaging up these beauties to ship! ANd to mom who did an emergency envelope shopping trip for me when I discovered the big box I ordered of envelopes…. didn’t fit! And Shannon, Mark, Eden and Madi for helping me package these up too!

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September 5, 2012 Meera: August

(Meera is a beautiful 2year old with cancer that I am photographing once a month for a year. You can see more about her here: December, January, February, March, April, May, June, July and her story in her mom’s words.)

When I think of butterflies, I think of new life! So the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory was such a fitting place for me to meet up with Meera’s family as they vacationed in Niagara. Having completed her chemo – it was time to start their new life! The past year has taken this family through so much… time to move on and to celebrate life!

I first want to remind you of Meera just a few short months ago in the midst of chemo….

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And now, her hair, eyelashes and eyebrows are growing back, she’s eating, running outside and enjoying life outside the hospital walls!

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We met at the Butterfly Conservatory – I’m shocked how many photos I took of butterflies! Each one was so beautiful and unique… my camera was begging to snap them! Laura dressed the girls in bright colours as she had read that was good to get the butterflies to interact with you. And the girls looked so cute!


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Love how they landed right by Laura’s tattoos for both girls names!

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SO good to see them out and happy as a family and enjoying life!

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Then it was time to go outside and play!

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Laura had stayed inside to buy something – what a welcome when she returned! Love these moments when everyone around disappears and mom and daughter only have eyes for each other!

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Laura bought Meera the cutest gift – big butterfly wings she could wear!

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Okay – let’s all pause and look at Roy and Laura’s faces – have you ever seen more adoring looks? These girls are loved!

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And it was time to say good bye to the butterfly for another month…..

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Celebrating life and love,


September 4, 2012 First Day of School

First day of school is always such a mix of emotions. The kids are so excited to see their friends – but nervous for all the unknowns of a new school year ahead. I look forward to being able to get things done again – but the house seems too quiet and lonely without them.

As we stood waiting for the bus this morning, Madi said “I just wish we could stay kids forever.” Couldn’t agree more, darling.

But still they go. As much as my heart misses them – I send them off. Not so much to learn math and science and spelling… but to learn the more important lessons of life. How to be kind and include people. How to face adversity – maybe it’s being picked on, or flunking a test – and come out with their heads held high. To learn to speak publicly – even when painfully shy. To learn how to be loving, thoughtful girls.

We can hear our bus before it comes over the hill – and as we heard it’s engine this morning, both my girls gave me a huge hug and yelled “I love you so much, mom!” And I got a big lump in my throat and I felt like taking them inside and not sending them. But I took a big breath, squeezed them back, uttered some words of love… and watched my heart board the bus for another year of adventures.

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Madi is turning 10 in a couple weeks and is in grade 5! She is such a sweetie – so thoughtful and compassionate.

(Both girls got their new backpacks made by my friend Bobbie-Jo. They got to pick out the fabrics, design it with her and have fun picking out where they wanted pockets and all the details. Love them!)

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Eden turned 8 this summer and is in grade 3! She is full of life, spunk and is the first to give a hug or a compliment. She scraped her nose on the bottom of the pool yesterday – think it adds to her look perfectly!

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Fall is here!

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They can be the best of friends…. sometimes!

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Eden was so worried the bus wouldn’t come!

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But… peeking over the hill… what’s this?

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And now Olivia will spend the day looking for the girls.

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Hope everyone has a great first day back to school!

Celebrating life and love,


September 2, 2012 Andrew and Jacqui

When Andrew and Jacqui met with me a few months ago, they said what drew them to me was my black and white images – and said they would even like an entire album in black and whites! SO this post is a little different as I’m going to post everything in black and white. I love black and whites as it removes all distractions – and just leaves the emotions of the image to draw you in.

Andrew and Jacqui’s wedding was so relaxed… they got together at home together, no formal speeches, just 40 people in attendance… it was beautiful! They also did such an amazing job of including Jacqui’s 5 year old son Baeden. He thoroughly enjoyed the celebrations too!

WIthout further ado… here’s a look….

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The painting behind Jacqui was done by her talented father-in-law!

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And I loved how even Baeden got a ring!

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Since they had already seen each other, we were able to do some photos together before the ceremony.

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And I love Jacqui’s big laugh – which you’ll see lots of in the photos!

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Then it was time to give Baeden a break before the festivities began!

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A little spit wash and we’re good to go!

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The ceremony and reception were at the Vineland Estates – such a gorgeous winery and place for a wedding in Niagara!

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Andrew giving Baeden his ring – so sweet.

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We then played around the grounds while the guests were on a wine tasting tour.

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During their reception the incredibly talented Adam Cooke sang – he was so good!! People just got up and danced as they felt inclined.

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The image on the left I photographed in the morning in Baeden’s room….

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Such a beautiful day of celebrations!

Celebrating life and love,