Archive for Sep 2014

September 30, 2014 Katie’s Kids

When Katie and I first started talking about doing a photo session – it was for Molly’s first birthday. But unfortunately on her first birthday, Molly was in the hospital with an infection. No worries – we waited and were gifted a gorgeous summer like evening instead (and good health!). These kids are so full of personality – they each are so much fun and always have a sparkle in their eyes! We enjoyed playing around their grandparent’s farm – climbing hay bales, dancing on the trailer, swinging from the willow branches – and just being kids! I love that Katie asked not so much for posed photos – but natural and playful. A perfect fit for her kids!

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Celebrating life and love,


September 19, 2014 Dawson Family

I have loved documenting this family over the years – from maternity to family sessions. This family is extra special too because Katie is my regular second shooter at weddings and is also a big support to my other business at JustOne. And of course – if Blake wasn’t there supporting Katie she wouldn’t be able to be such a big part of JustOne and Edison so I’m thankful for him too! It’s been great getting to know these guys over the years and love watching their kids grow up. SO much personality! We had a fun session at sunset earlier this week on a perfect Fall day!

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And then we sent the kids inside and had some time with just Blake and Katie. Tomorrow is their 11th wedding anniversary – and as we snapped photos I asked them about how they met, first impressions, first dates, when they “knew”.. and loved hearing their responses! But more so, loved watching them interact.

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Celebrating life and love,


September 15, 2014 Swim for Keira

Saturday afternoon I got an email. The next morning there was to be a 25K swim fundraiser for Keira, and the photographer was no longer available. Any chance I knew someone who could do it? I shuffled some things, and set my alarm for 3am – and just after 4am I was loading on a sailboat with a crew of people to set out on this swim for Keira.

I had photographed Keira’s family six years ago when she was just wee little. Now she’s about 8years old – and has spent the last 9months in isolation as the doctors try to get her well again. You can read some of her story here and donate to help her family also. As a mom, you always think “this could be us” and it makes you so grateful for your child’s health. So of course I would document this event.

For now – here’s some photos of the morning! Some of them are quite dark – and I left them that way to show the actual lighting of the moment. You will notice how the light changes drastically from start to finish – and depending on which side of the boat they were (shooting into the sun or sun at my back). It was some tricky light to start – I use the term “light” loosely as it was more like darkness. On a moving boat. Hard to stay steady and get the shot!

We set out on Lake Erie before the sun – by the time we got to the starting point (about an hour and a half boat ride) the sun was starting to peek out.

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The boat and kayaks that would ride along the swimmers arrived – almost show time!

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Josh Reid was doing this swim as a fundraiser for Keira. Josh is a teacher at Keira’s school and wanted to do something for her family. Beautiful.

He had been one of the pace swimmers for Annaleise Carr when she did her lake crossings, so she generously returned the favour and swam with him on this swim of his. Here they are getting ready to jump in.

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(The photo above and the next two have flash – after that it’s back to ambient light… but wanted to make sure we could at least see Josh!)

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Two little bobbing heads and a kayak – about to start off on their adventure!

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Shooting no the other side of the boat was quite dark – gives you a bit of a feel for how dark the morning was out there!

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A little while later it’s starting to brighten up – still swimming!

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See that one little arm out there? All alone? So crazy how small one seems in our great lakes! This was during a kayak/boat change so our sailboat was spotting Josh.

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Sun is starting to warm things up!

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And Annaleise is always, always smiling. Such a sweet little thing – hard to believe all she has accomplished at such a young age!

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And Josh is still swimming….

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Not only is Josh still swimming – he’s still smiling! I can only doggy paddle so this whole thing was amazing to me!

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Josh started at 6:30am. He finished at 2:45pm – long before his expected completion! Before this swim the longest he had ever done was 10K. Amazing job, Josh and team!! Thanks for letting me document this!

Keira – we hope to see you healthy and home SOON!

Celebrating life and love,


September 4, 2014 Greg and Lindsay

I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Lindsay over the time since she booked me for her wedding. I knew her day would be beautiful – full of joy and laughter, tears and memories. I love someone who is alive in the moment – and Lindsay has a gift for this. She was a stunning bride – but also took time to enjoy her day and the people who made it so special. Greg and Lindsay were amazing to photograph and I loved being a part of their day!

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Celebrating life and love,