Archive for Oct 2014

October 28, 2014 Paying our Respects

One week ago I watched the news from Ottawa unfold in shock. And along with the rest of the country, I was glued to listening to the coverage (which was excellently done!) of the death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo.

And then to hear he was from Hamilton! That hit home again – he was from here. Made it so much more personal.

When the body came from Ottawa last week I wasn’t able to go. And I regretted not attending.

When they had open visitation for the public I wasn’t able to go. And I regretted not attending.

I try to live with no regrets – so last minute, I decided I needed to go to the funeral processional today. And it wasn’t just that I wanted to – it felt like a “need”. A way to say “thank you”.

I pulled my daughter out of school for the morning (my other daughter was away on a field trip) and we had – what I like to call – a “real life field trip”. I am a big supporter of education – but recognize not all education can take place inside the walls of a school.

As we headed out the door, on a whim I grabbed my camera. I’m so glad I did as it was such a powerful experience. I realize not everyone is able to attend – so I was happy to be their “eyes” for them – it was an honour.

Rest in Peace Nathan Cirillo.

I love that Hamilton has had it’s patriotism rejuvenated through this experience. Every city bus had “Lest We Forget” on them. Flags everywhere – and those on poles at half mast. People were decked out in Canada attire and red and white.

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And then the processional began. The atmosphere was a mix of sadness over such an untimely death, and pride for our country and our uniformed servants.

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In the back of this photo I realized after is Nathan’s son – wearing his daddy’s hat.

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As we left I looked back – and as far as I could see – was a sea of uniforms. And I got a little choked up. And then this plane from the Warplane Heritage flew over just as we got to our car.

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Tonight, hours later we opened the door to head out and saw double rainbows! Eden cried out “Look, mom! Lest we forget!” When we got in the car she said “Mom! I have to find the right song for this moment.” She put on “If I Die Young” – and belted out these lyrics as we looked at the rainbow:

“Lord make me a rainbow, I’ll shine down on my mother
She’ll know I’m safe with you when she stands under my colors
Oh, and, life ain’t always what you think it ought to be, no
Ain’t even grey, but sheburies her baby

The sharp knife of a short life
Oh well, I’ve had just enough time

If I die young, bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song”

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

Andy and Marnie had a perfect warm, Fall day for their wedding with the gorgeous colours of the leaves! These two are so sweet and thoughtful that everyone was thrilled to come and celebrate the happy couple!

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

October 14, 2014 Abigail’s waiting

I’ve loved photographing Kirk and Lyndsay through their stages of life – and now as Abigail waits to meet her little sister I got to document them once again. She’s going to be the cutest big sister ever! We met one evening after work for a quick sunset maternity session – now I can’t wait to meet the newest addition soon!

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

October 11, 2014 Thanksgiving

I love the season of Thanksgiving – we have so much to be grateful for. To take time to stop and intentionally give thanks – love it. And this year the weather has been perfect for celebrating amongst the Fall colours. So when my girls had a PD day on the Friday of the long weekend – it was time to get out and explore! We are fortunate to live near Hamilton “Waterfall capital of the world” and within a short drive we enjoyed not one – but four amazing waterfalls! We had planned to visit a couple more too but our energy was spent and we were ready to curl up at home with books by the end. We’ll save those falls for another day!

Here’s some of my munckins on our day of exploring….

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

October 9, 2014 Billy & Becca

It was so fun to photograph Billy and Becca’s engagement session. Over the years I’ve been able to document a number of family events for Becca’s family – and so it was great now to see Becca as the bride to be! They were so relaxed and fun together – made for great photos!

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Loved watching these two interact as they told me about how they met and got engaged.

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

October 5, 2014 Stone Family

I love this family so much – it has been so much fun documenting their pregnancies, births, newborns and family over the years. With three kids three and under they are busy – but they know how to live life well. With Sarah always laughing and Kris always on his guitar… their home is filled with the best sounds. We got up early – which was a bit painful for Kris and I who are night owls! – and did their photos on their farm as the sun came up. So much fun!

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista