Archive for Oct 2015

October 31, 2015 Happy Halloween!

Halloween is one of my favourite holidays. Now, I don’t celebrate any of the “dark” side of the holiday… as I say to my kids all the time “we celebrate life not death” in this house. But I love the idea of entire communities coming out and socializing, people staying home to hand out candy to kids who’ve done nothing to deserve it, and just the fun of the night! It’s always such an amazing night of community! Hope you all had a great Halloween also!

I thought I’d share our costumes this year. We love bring creative and making our costumes as the girls get older. We have so much fun coming up with their costumes each year! We try to spend as little as possible (Madi’s costume we spent nothing on – all things we had on hand. Eden’s was very minimal). We go high on creativity. Low on budget. icon smile Happy Halloween!

Eden asks every year to go as something scary but (see above) I say “no”. This year we came to a happy agreement – she could go as a werewolf. Nothing dead or bloody please. ha ha. She was so happy to go as something semi-scary – but in this mama’s eyes, that little face could never be scary.

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And my Madi is an avid book lover – so we came up with the idea of a “Book Fairy” – we used old book pages and newspapers to create her skirt, wings, floral headband and wand. She said that the Book Fairy gives books to all the good girls and boys. (I’ve been good! I’ve been good!)

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Love these two!

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And since I’m nostalgic.. here’s a look back over the years!


Madi as Elliott from ET
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Eden as a jellyfish
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Madi as a unicorn

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Eden as Medusa

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Madi as Mad Hatter

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Eden as “Little Red Robin Hood” (combining LIttle Red Riding Hood with Robin Hood)

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Madi as Rapunzel

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Eden as Cheetah

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Madi as Pirate

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Eden as Queen

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Madi as Veternarian

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Eden as Angel

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Madi and Eden as cats

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Madi and Eden as a lion and skunk

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Madi and Eden as a zebra and elephant

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Eden as a chicken

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Celebrating life and love,


I have photographed Chris & Arlene for eight years now – starting with their wedding, and then their growing family over the years when it was just Evelyn, and as she started to grow into a fun toddler, when they added baby Rowena, when they moved into their current home, and then last year as the girls excitedly showed me their new doll house and trampoline. Evelyn and Rowena are the same age difference as my two girls – so it’s always a bit of a trip down memory lane for me as a mother remembering when my own girls were their ages.

It is great to catch up – and when I pulled in the girls were sitting right at the door watching for me. They had practiced posing (as you can tell) and are always so full of personality! Love photographing this family!

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Celebrating life and love,


October 27, 2015 Reuben & Jacquie

It has been so exciting to see this relationship develop from friendship to dating and now as they plan their upcoming wedding! Jacquie is my daughter’s guitar teacher and we just love her. She pours her heart into her students and gives so generously of her talents and time. Reuben is also a photographer, and we love to chat about gear and photography. We have loved watching these two together and are so excited for next year’s wedding! What an honour to document their story!

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Celebrating life and love,


I met with John and Kate-Lyn recently to discuss their wedding next year – and they were eager to capture the beautiful Fall we’re having for their engagement session. A few days later we met at a gorgeous apple orchard on the most perfect Autumn day to celebrate their engagement!

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Celebrating life and love,


October 20, 2015 JJ’s Family

Had so much fun documenting Chris, Lexie and JJ again! It has been so fun to watch this family grow – from when I first document Chris and Lexie’s engagement and wedding to their sweet family today! I love the age JJ is at with her sense of wonder and wanting to explore. A great afternoon!

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Celebrating life and love,


Many years ago, I knew Melissa as a young, shy junior high student – today she’s an absolutely gorgeous bride-to-be. It was great to catch up with her again and to meet her fiancee Jay. They are a great couple – and I can’t wait to document their wedding next year!

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Celebrating life and love,