February 22, 2014 GOLDEN: Dick and Nancy

IMG 2137 2 zps3b7b779d GOLDEN: Dick and Nancy

I have been trying for several weeks to get together with Dick and Nancy as part of this Golden Project – but each time we go to meet one of us are sick or the weather doesn’t cooperate. Finally Friday everything was set to meet! I arrived at their condo where I was to meet their granddaughter – and checked my messages. There was a message saying Dick wasn’t feeling well and not up to it. Oh no! But then the next message was – if you’ve already left, let’s go ahead anyways! And so we did. I didn’t expect Dick to talk much, but right from the string, firm handshake when I arrived he had this twinkle in his eye. He corrected Nancy’s story and laughed along with us. And at the end they thanked us for a fun morning down memory lane. I’m so glad we went ahead!

Dick and Nancy’s story starts during World War ll. Nancy is from the town of Irvine, Scotland. Dick was a Canadian soldier. Nancy and her girlfriends were crossing over a bridge one day in the fall of 1943, when some soldiers crossed and were making rude comments to the girls. The girls kept walking and saw another group of soldiers – Nancy was dreading passing them also. Then she noticed they were Canadian! One of them was Dick, and he said to his friends “let’s stop these girls.”

I asked Dick why he wanted to stop the girls. “Just wanted to pick up a girl” came his quick response.

IMG 2048 zpsb78daa72 GOLDEN: Dick and Nancy

Nancy had a hat with a veil over her face that day. As they went for a drink, she asked him “How come you asked me when you couldn’t see my face?”

Dick’s honest response was, “I seen your legs.”

IMG 2075 2 zps25b9a634 GOLDEN: Dick and Nancy

They saw each other for 6 weeks before Dick had to go back to war.

(Here Nancy is showing me where she and Dick met for the first time)

IMG 2147 zps48a5d01f GOLDEN: Dick and Nancy

They wrote back and forth for the next year until one day Nancy got the telegram no one ever wants to receive.

Dick had been wounded and was not expected to live.

Nancy’s parents would not let her go to him in the hospital. He spent 3 months in the hospital and it was 6 months before Nancy could see him again. His first leave after the hospital, Dick and Nancy got engaged. They inscribed the date of the engagement on her ring – she did not want it to be for the real date of November 13, 1944 as 13 is unlucky… so they chose two days before which was a day of celebrating around the world as it was the day the war ended. November 11, 1944!

IMG 2122 zpsd4dd5966 GOLDEN: Dick and Nancy

They were married in Scotland in 1945. Dick’s family had never met Nancy – but he said his mother was “pretty pleased” because he was one of four boys and she always wanted a girl. When I asked them about their wedding they both started to laugh.

Dick says while laughing, “Never a wedding like ours in a million years.”

IMG 2062 zps3ca9b8e5 GOLDEN: Dick and Nancy

Nancy had to continually keep changing the date of the wedding as she was trying to coordinate it with both Dick and her brother getting a leave from the war to come. Dick jokes that she was more concerned her brother got to the wedding than if he did! Finally the day was set.

Because everything was rationed during the war, it was challenging planning a wedding. Nancy had ordered some steak for the wedding – but then realized without an icebox and not certain that Dick could in fact make it – she had to cancel the order again. When he did in fact come on the wedding day – she went to town in her curlers (on her wedding day!!) to find food for the celebration. She had some coupons for candy. And when she ran into an old acquaintance and he asked her what she was doing – she said “I’m getting married today!”. He offered her candy as well. So she had nice fruit and candy at the wedding.

Nancy borrowed her wedding dress – and was actually the third bride to wear it!

They had the wedding in their hime and the neighbours offered baking. There was one taxi and they had to cram everyone into it. The photographer in town was busy so they had the photographer’s apprentice and had two photos taken. Two. As a photographer I gasped when I Heard only two photos taken. But then they showed me the most beautiful, timeless photo. Two was all they needed. icon smile GOLDEN: Dick and Nancy

They have it hung in their bedroom and Nancy told me she looks at it every single night before she goes to sleep.

IMG 2118 zps11373830 GOLDEN: Dick and Nancy

Dick had 11 day leave before he had to go back to his troop. Then he had to return to Canada without Nancy as the ships were only allowed so many war brides each trip. It was 10 months before Nancy’s turn came to come to Canada.

She talked about the week’s passage across the ocean and how excited she was to see the lights in Halifax. From there it was a train ride to Toronto and then on to Hamilton. It was midnight before she got to Hamilton. She was the last one off the train. nancy told us how she had on a black and white tartan and a white blouse. Her mom had told her to tuck the collar in on the blouse until she got there and then turn it out and it would still look fresh.

I said to Dick that she must have looked good to him after all that time. He got this slow grin across his face. “She sure did.”

IMG 2054 zps548223ca GOLDEN: Dick and Nancy

Nancy was quick to say they didn’t have a perfect marriage but that they were committed. You “pick each other up and keep going.” And if you stick with it, you’ll find “a stronger love than you had in the beginning. And a closeness.”

Dick piped up. “Love is something that grows.”

Nancy added “Deeper and stronger as it grows.”

IMG 2091 zps04b03ed5 GOLDEN: Dick and Nancy

Then the wisdom just started to flow out. They had so much to offer from their 69 years of experience.

“Be open with each other and be there for each other.”

“Perservere and be committed to each other.”

“Every night we tell each other we love each other. We read our Bibles. And we pray.”

Nancy shared part of a favourite verse that has helped in their marriage… “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other”

IMG 2103 zps5baa60a6 GOLDEN: Dick and Nancy

IMG 2099 zps80f452c5 GOLDEN: Dick and Nancy

On their 50th and 60th anniversaries Dick and Nancy renewed their vows with friends and family. They had a big celebration – and what a reason to celebrate!

When I asked Nancy her wedding date – she said Ground Hogs Day. With a laugh she adds “he stuck his nose out of the ground, I hit him over the head and said ‘you’re mine!’”

IMG 2137 zps7e5ba13b GOLDEN: Dick and Nancy

Nancy has some favourite quotes written out she likes to share with people when writing wedding or anniversary cards – she shared them with me.

“Three kinds of love.
Love that takes
Is the love that breaks.
Love that ties
Is the love that dies.
Love that gives
Is the love that lives.”

IMG 2042 zps870acf56 GOLDEN: Dick and Nancy

IMG 2044 zpsc0eb9b1f GOLDEN: Dick and Nancy

And when I left – I left not only with a happy heart full of stories and love, but also fresh baked banana bread! Yum!

IMG 2158 zpsd6f4d004 GOLDEN: Dick and Nancy

Throughout the whole time together Nancy kept saying, “We have been so blessed. So blessed.” Wishing them many, many more blessings – and thankful for them blessing us with this gift of their experience and knowledge.

Celebrating life and love,

Krista

9 Comments »

February 21, 2014 Memories of Quebec

For the last couple of Christmases, we have started a new tradition with our girls. We realized they don’t need more “stuff” and instead wanted to give them a memory. So, the tradition is now that they get one Santa gift and then a memory from mom and dad. This year – we said we’d take them to somewhere I’ve wanted to go to since I was their age… Quebec Carnival! The girls have loved visiting Quebec in the past – but had not been in the winter. And Eden had been asking to go see the ice hotel…. so it was time! We just went this past weekend – we joked it was our “Valentine’s/Family Day/Christmas” weekend. Whatever it was – it was a lot of fun! My girls – Madison (11) and Eden (9) are going to help tell about some favourite parts in the blog below. (Please note these are personal pics – some from our little point and shoot – but wanted to share our little adventure with you all!)

We left on Valentine’s day after school and drove to Montreal. And then Saturday morning finished the trip on to Quebec City. We love doing road trips – the girls and Mark love listening to audio books. I can not seem to get in to them – so while they listen, I read. icon smile Memories of Quebec

Quebec001 zps7bea3716 Memories of Quebec

The snow in Quebec was crazy – I thought we had a lot of snow this winter! There was SO much snow! Huge snowbanks and piles of snow everywhere. This image is of a fence that you barely even knew was there!

Quebec004 zps00ee6092 Memories of Quebec

And then it was time. We arrived at the Carnival!!

Quebec003 zpsd6c7af51 Memories of Quebec

Quebec002 zps1ab56d61 Memories of Quebec

Quebec060 zpsbab7ecca Memories of Quebec

“My favourite part of my Quebec trip was the carnival. I liked going to the carnival because it is a once in a life time opportunity because it is only held in Quebec once a year. They had amazing opportunities and awesome rides. ” (Madison)

Quebec005 zpsb8a2131e Memories of Quebec

Quebec006 zpse759148f Memories of Quebec

Quebec007 zps4f59f098 Memories of Quebec

Quebec008 zps1bab901a Memories of Quebec

We tried lots of fun games – one favourite was this one – sort of like curling and lawn darts combined!

Quebec009 zpsd8a78220 Memories of Quebec

Quebec010 zpsc48d9a13 Memories of Quebec

We went up on a big ferris wheel – great view of this section of the carnival!

Quebec012 zps54fdd1b6 Memories of Quebec

Quebec011 zpsc2973585 Memories of Quebec

We were so impressed by the ice and snow sculptures – we took advantage of the sculpting station and tried to create our own. I think we all gave up before our creations were done – much harder than it looks!!

Quebec013 zps16e45e4b Memories of Quebec

One of our favourite things was this human foos ball (spelling?) game. We were all strapped in so we couldn’t move and played a round of human sized table top soccer – so ridiculous and fun! We didn’t get a great picture of it because we were all playing – but here’s a photo from my iphone of it!

Screen Shot 2014 02 21 at 11.03.52 PM Memories of Quebec

We all loved the tube rides!

Quebec014 zps0fc20934 Memories of Quebec

Quebec015 zpsa4d5303d Memories of Quebec

Quebec017 zpsecbdee5d Memories of Quebec

Okay – here’s my dorky moment. (Well, one of many). I’ve always wanted to meet Bonhomme. We saw him – and I literally went running over. And hugged him. There was a big crowd and I’m surprised Mark even got a photo of me. Also surprised that my family did not disown me.

Quebec016 zps07fde178 Memories of Quebec

“One of my favourite things at the carnival was the ice slide they had it was entirely made out of ice! It was an experience I’ll never forget.” (Madison) The ice slide was one of my favourites too! You sat on a sled and whipped down this bumpy course racing against one other person. It just so happened when it was the girls turn to go the marching band had just started up! Fun! And even though it was a long line – no one seemed to notice because they had a couple of heated tents – the first one was handing out chapstick and hand warmers – and the second one was a photo booth! Then you exited the photo booth and it was your turn to go! So fun! You can see the girls on the ice slide in this little instagram video HERE

Then we were waiting for the parade, and saw people ziplining through old Quebec – right over the main street (that was closed off for the carnival). We asked how much – included in the carnival pass!! Sweet! I held our stuff well Mark and the girls zipped over top of me. They were the last ones for the day – hard to get photos as they whip by against the black night sky, in dark colours – but you get the idea!

Quebec018 zpsa6152393 Memories of Quebec

Quebec019 zpscd2c17ee Memories of Quebec

“I enjoyed zip-lining. I enjoyed this because of the thrill, it felt like you would fall any second. Also it was really cool because it was dark and snowy.” (Eden)

Quebec020 zps5180950b Memories of Quebec

Quebec021 zpsaabc5897 Memories of Quebec

Then it was the parade!! I unfortunately didn’t have a wide angle lens on – and it was snowing so hard I wasn’t about to change it outside – so there aren’t a lot of photos of the parade. Let me just say though – it was spectacular! The best parade I’ve seen – and the snow just made it extra magical! Every single person in it gave 150%! It was incredible. And also incredibly cold! We all had to give in and admit defeat – after a full day out in the cold, we had to go warm up. It was hard to pull ourselves away!

Quebec022 zps6d6f4e18 Memories of Quebec

Quebec023 zps70b43194 Memories of Quebec

Quebec024 zps7ca77032 Memories of Quebec

Quebec025 zps14cb7a3a Memories of Quebec

Quebec026 zps8c8d0785 Memories of Quebec

Quebec027 zpsc45947e0 Memories of Quebec

Quebec028 zps9c84e724 Memories of Quebec

Quebec029 zps5fd7ca55 Memories of Quebec

Quebec030 zps93d5dac5 Memories of Quebec

Quebec031 zps81b1c522 Memories of Quebec

Eden having a hard time leaving – look how snow covered her dark hat is though!

Quebec032 zps03c76971 Memories of Quebec

Another thing we did was go to the Ice Hotel (Hotel de Glace) – wow! I wondered what all there would be to see at a hotel we weren’t staying at. It was beyond amazing. It’s always between -3 and -5 degrees. It is cool but bearable. The sculptures and carvings are breathtaking!

“I also liked the ice hotel with all the cool (ha ha) rooms and the beautiful designs. What surprised me the most was there was a room based on the movie Frozen!” (Eden)

Quebec037 zps0cbc859f Memories of Quebec

Quebec038 zpsa729d54e Memories of Quebec

Quebec036 zps5f487242 Memories of Quebec

Quebec033 zps96ca46e7 Memories of Quebec

Quebec034 zpsca0bbdaf Memories of Quebec

Quebec039 zps778ced35 Memories of Quebec

Quebec041 zps1b70d902 Memories of Quebec

Quebec040 zpsa9e8f2dd Memories of Quebec

Quebec043 zps595203e7 Memories of Quebec

Quebec044 zps4f316232 Memories of Quebec

Quebec045 zps78db2f01 Memories of Quebec

Quebec046 zpsfcc7b365 Memories of Quebec

Quebec047 zps7355b52b Memories of Quebec

Quebec048 zpsfdce5533 Memories of Quebec

Quebec050 zpsed85425e Memories of Quebec

Quebec051 zps66581dc9 Memories of Quebec

Quebec053 zpsd95a0320 Memories of Quebec

Quebec054 zps001c31f0 Memories of Quebec

Quebec055 zpsd13bdcae Memories of Quebec

Quebec056 zps8a195a95 Memories of Quebec

The chapel at the hotel – stunning!

Quebec058 zps5c1d2764 Memories of Quebec

Quebec059 zpsab0f1553 Memories of Quebec

Quebec057 zpsb319b4ea Memories of Quebec

An amazing vacation full of great memories!

Celebrating life and love,

Krista

2 Comments »

February 12, 2014 GOLDEN: John and Margaret

template zps1df86c21 GOLDEN: John and Margaret

[The GOLDEN project can be read about HERE. I will be photographing couples married 50+ years, hearing their stories and sharing their wisdom. Have someone you think I should document for this? Drop me a line at: info@edisonphotography.com with the subject "GOLDEN"]

When we sat down at the kitchen table at John and Margaret’s home to chat about life and marriage we enjoyed some casual talk until Marg cut to the chase.

“So, what do you want?” she says to me. Love it. I explained how I wanted to hear their story, and any wisdom they learned along the way.

I started by asking what is their wedding anniversary date.

“April 24, 1948.” Marg was quick to reply.

John pulled out his “blackberry” as Marg jokingly referred to it – a well worn and used notebook – from his shirt pocket and one of his beloved pens he collects. “What was that date again?” he asked and wrote it down. Marg laughed heartily and the ice was broken.

MarG001 zps213d0640 GOLDEN: John and Margaret

MarG002 zpse2c8104f GOLDEN: John and Margaret

John and Marg have not only been married for 65 years, they’ve also lived in the same house for over 50 years (since 1960). Their house is filled with stories and memories and I loved being invited in to enjoy them.

IMG 1605 zpsaee00cf5 GOLDEN: John and Margaret

Many years ago, friends of theirs set them up on a date. John said he suggested they go swimming in the river for their first date. Marg was quick to add “That was the most ridiculous thing I’d heard in my life!” Turns out John did in deed swim on that first date, while Marg watched. His spunk must have won her over though because it wasn’t long before they were item.

MarG012 zpseee9d974 GOLDEN: John and Margaret

They didn’t have much money then and no car, so every where they went was by walking. They would walk down town and go to a show or spend hours window shopping at Simpsons or Eaton’s. They might go to a restaurant – a simple lunch counter – for a bite to eat. They said this simple lifestyle was “just normal” and they didn’t expect anything more.

MarG005 zps328cadb5 GOLDEN: John and Margaret

I loved how they spoke of education. Even though John did not have a lot of formal education, and Marg had to take time off of school to help the family – they added that they have “studied all of our lives.”

MarG006 zpse1e9d723 GOLDEN: John and Margaret

MarG007 zpsd300cdaa GOLDEN: John and Margaret

Marg pulled out a wedding photo, and we talked about their wedding. Their wedding was small. Only family – their parents and siblings were in attendance. They married in the church, and then went to a restaurant for dinner.

While talking about their small wedding, Marg adds that was common then. There weren’t big weddings. “Having a big wedding doesn’t make it last.”

MarG003 zps3cbfef04 GOLDEN: John and Margaret

MarG009 zpsb0b1c4a4 GOLDEN: John and Margaret

MarG010 zpsb0c1b213 GOLDEN: John and Margaret

I asked what advice they had for people newlywed – or just earlier in their marriage journey.

Know the other person really well. Don’t just jump in. Or in the words of Marg, “you make darn sure that you know that person.” They thought people sometimes rush into a marriage – instead they thought you should take your time and really get to know the person you are planning to spend forever with.

MarG019 zps67a3c1c8 GOLDEN: John and Margaret

They thought the most important thing though was respect. Respecting the other person.

“They have a role. And you have a role. And you need to both be able to do your roles together.”

MarG020 zpse301bcd8 GOLDEN: John and Margaret

And it’s important to have lots of interests. Until recently Marg enjoyed tai chi, yoga and more – enjoying a very active lifestyle. As we spoke it was obvious she knew what each of her children, and grandchildren were doing and involved in. Family is clearly very important to her.

John has a passion for collecting things. He is an extremely talented refinisher and their home is furnished with beautiful antiques he has acquired and refinished. John showed me some of his collections – pens, watches, pins, photographs, artwork – I loved hearing the history and significance of every piece.

MarG013 zpsc2f81def GOLDEN: John and Margaret

MarG015 zpsd42c9872 GOLDEN: John and Margaret

MarG016 zps8a0ccbf1 GOLDEN: John and Margaret

Marg is a tremendous cook – we enjoyed homemade soup, warm biscuits, and apricot bread for dessert! What a treat!

MarG017 zpsdb542493 GOLDEN: John and Margaret

MarG018 zps0a897c05 GOLDEN: John and Margaret

After all these years – one last piece of advice they gave is sometimes, when things get rough, you just need to stick it out.

Watching these two interact so naturally – laughing and being so comfortable together, it’s clear we are all glad they “stuck it out” and have enjoyed each other’s company so long!

MarG021 zps1158fb6e GOLDEN: John and Margaret

Celebrating life and love,

Krista

1 Comment »

February 11, 2014 Marnie and Andy

Growing up in the North, Marnie loves the snow. SO when we sat down to talk about their engagement photos – we had to do them in the snow! Fortunately it’s been the perfect winter for snow! We enjoyed a morning hike in the Dundas valley – the snow was amazing – and we had so much fun!

Marnie002 zpsc7ed318e Marnie and Andy

Marnie003 zpse877674a Marnie and Andy

Marnie004 zps1f0f644c Marnie and Andy

Marnie005 zpsf6d00d1f Marnie and Andy

Marnie006 zpsd560d288 Marnie and Andy

Marnie007 zpsba451717 Marnie and Andy

Marnie008 zps32e47283 Marnie and Andy

Marnie009 zps15428c0d Marnie and Andy

Marnie010 zpsc805539e Marnie and Andy

Marnie011 zps088ace53 Marnie and Andy

Marnie012 zps4f10eede Marnie and Andy

Marnie013 zps10991d99 Marnie and Andy

Marnie014 zpse09b6ca6 Marnie and Andy

Marnie015 zps47d44ee9 Marnie and Andy

Marnie016 zps54bb0360 Marnie and Andy

Marnie017 zpsc06d2006 Marnie and Andy

Marnie020 zpse140630f Marnie and Andy

Marnie019 zps8a519354 Marnie and Andy

Marnie018 zps94d19a2d Marnie and Andy

Marnie021 zps3f55ab05 Marnie and Andy

Marnie022 zps9f1cea95 Marnie and Andy

Marnie023 zpse7647354 Marnie and Andy

Marnie024 zps33980173 Marnie and Andy

Celebrating life and love,

Krista

View / Edit Comments

January 31, 2014 Baby Hannah

Yesterday I had the fun of meeting one week old little Hannah. This little munchkin is so beautiful – and good! The entire time I was there, she simply did what we wanted and was completely content. Let’s hope this trend continues! Mom and dad are so smitten with her – loved watching them interact. And big brother Winston – an english sheepdog – was as in love with Hannah as anyone else!

I love that her mom asked for natural, lifestyle images – no props. Perfect! My style exactly and what I love to capture. Life is beautiful all on it’s own… loved telling Hannah’s story through the lens!

Hannah001 zps11c5eab6 Baby Hannah

Hannah002 zpsff441e07 Baby Hannah

Hannah003 zps421fdb28 Baby Hannah

Hannah004 zpsc5b90416 Baby Hannah

Hannah005 zps0f337063 Baby Hannah

Hannah006 zps6d24decf Baby Hannah

Hannah007 zps99def704 Baby Hannah

Hannah008 zps5962b2a4 Baby Hannah

Hannah010 zpsef504d22 Baby Hannah

Hannah009 zps312025b1 Baby Hannah

Hannah011 zps87a7898c Baby Hannah

Hannah012 zps0b93367e Baby Hannah

Hannah013 zps60000d69 Baby Hannah

Hannah014 zps4ae0fded Baby Hannah

Hannah015 zpsf2fa9ad6 Baby Hannah

Hannah016 zps6ae79b57 Baby Hannah

Hannah017 zpsac7a7a11 Baby Hannah

Hannah018 zps842db778 Baby Hannah

Hannah020 zps0278cddf Baby Hannah

Hannah021 zpsdc9a1c65 Baby Hannah

Hannah023 zps58418b14 Baby Hannah

Hannah024 zps81d45c1f Baby Hannah

Hannah025 zps03713048 Baby Hannah

Hannah026 zps34447e01 Baby Hannah

Hannah029 zps759df731 Baby Hannah

Hannah030 zps20950d11 Baby Hannah

Hannah031 zpsf8776ddb Baby Hannah

Celebrating life and love,

Krista

View / Edit Comments

title GOLDEN: Lee and Norma Jean

[The GOLDEN project can be read about HERE. I will be photographing couples married 50+ years, hearing their stories and sharing their wisdom. Have someone you think I should document for this? Drop me a line at: info@edisonphotography.com with the subject "GOLDEN"]

Lee and Norma Jean met each other at a house party around 1947. Their group of friends would regularly all get together at someone’s home, push back the living room furniture and have a square dance! Whoever could play an instrument would provide the music for the group. They enjoyed each other’s company so much that night, that Lee drove Norma Jean home. He invited her to a show, and they dated for the next five years.

LN004 zps9204c7a7 GOLDEN: Lee and Norma Jean

LN005 zps44917a74 GOLDEN: Lee and Norma Jean

Lee and Norma Jean had a small wedding with about 35 guests in 1952. They got married in the church and then had a reception outside at a family home with food and the wedding cake all made by relatives. I asked if they wished they had a big, fancy wedding to which they replied “It isn’t about the wedding”. It’s the marriage that lasts after all!

They said that they thought all young people should watch the TV show “To Debt Do us Part” as credit cards break a lot of people. People go overboard today and make too much money they think. It makes people selfish. I loved Lee and Norma Jean’s simple lifestyle and philosophy.

LN002 zps28806507 GOLDEN: Lee and Norma Jean

Norma Jean shared how she was so excited about having her own home after they got married. Her father had passed away when she was 14 and she had lived with extended family and not known a home of her own since that time. Lee and her bought a farm that they moved into when they married in 1952. They laughed as they remembered how bare the house was when they bought it. They had to finish the barn before the house renovations as the farm was their income. Then over time each room in the house got redone but it took many, many years to do. They both felt that it’s too bad that young people these days start out with everything right from the beginning. “That’s where you get life’s lessons. It’s why you appreciate what you have!”

LN003 zps7941b8a2 GOLDEN: Lee and Norma Jean

When they were first married Norma Jean had never made a meal before – her granddaughter who was with us was shocked by this as she’s known as a great cook now. Norma Jean explained it was a lot of trial and error and she was taught by Lee’s mom and aunt also. She also had never milked cows before – and hated chickens! – but as a farmer’s wife she had to learn to do it all. And the two of them worked together on chores and around the farm. Even when their children were young – Norma Jean would bring the kids to the barn with her, and she said sometimes they were crying and yelling right along with the cows but she had to finish her work. In those farm days it felt like all they did was sleep and work – and you didn’t sleep long as you had to be up at 5am! They sold the farm in 1975 but still wake up at 5am even now!

Even during those long farming days, they always made time for friends and fun. They would get together with friends at one of their homes 2-3 times a week. They would all bring something for dinner, and they’d play cards and have fun. The kids would play until they fell asleep, and then around midnight they’d carry them to the car to head home. They had no TV at this time – “Television is what ruined life!” icon smile GOLDEN: Lee and Norma Jean

IMG 0277 zps0e2778de GOLDEN: Lee and Norma Jean

LN012 zpsd197f9d7 GOLDEN: Lee and Norma Jean

They had some paintings around their apartment that a family member had painted of their property at the farm. Beautiful keepsakes of a happy time in their lives.

LN013 zps2e11a080 GOLDEN: Lee and Norma Jean

Even though Lee is 89, both he and Norma Jean are still so active. They babysit their great grandchildren occasionally. Lee loves driving – and they shared with me about a great day they had the week before going out for a drive to a town about an hour away. They went out for lunch, shopped and walked around the mall to get some exercise indoors during this bitter, cold winter. A great day out they both agreed. Most of their couple friends have passed on, but they have one friend who is 90 they enjoy playing cards with a couple times a month and try to go out with about once a month. Lee likes to go to the coffee hour at their seniors apartment building and socialize with his friends there. I commented on his great laugh and Norma Jean said that’s why they love having him come to the coffee hour!

LN015 zpsaf32044c GOLDEN: Lee and Norma Jean

LN014 zps24ac9f15 GOLDEN: Lee and Norma Jean

Norma Jean had a big basket of knitting at her feet I asked her about. She casually mentioned she likes to knit. Her granddaughter was there and I got the story of Norma Jean’s knitting skills from her. Norma Jean at age 84, knits layettes for St. Joseph’s hospital – hats, booties, mitts and a blanket for newborns at the hospital. She knits all year and then delivers them once a year. She also knit 24 pairs of slippers for the Ronald McDonald House last year. And she knit for a local women’s shelter too! She was so thrilled with the handwritten thank you card from the shelter. “It makes it all worthwhile” she said.

LN008 zps81d290fd GOLDEN: Lee and Norma Jean

LN018 zpsd9d172e9 GOLDEN: Lee and Norma Jean

Lee and Norma Jean shared how they do everything together. They work as a team and enjoy each others company.

As we finished our visit Lee said “Do the best you can as long as you can.” And they said they have lived with “no regrets. I could die tomorrow and I’d be happy.” Definitely lives well lived!

LN025 zps71626a27 GOLDEN: Lee and Norma Jean

Celebrating life and love,

Krista

View / Edit Comments

January 19, 2014 The Street Gang

When I started to chat with Nicole to organize this photo session – I immediately fell in love with it.

A group of 5 childhood friends who all grew up on the same street. Two sets of sisters lived next door to each other then just one house divided them between the four and their other good friend. And all three sets of parents still live in these same homes! Originally Nicole had asked if I’d come to a park – but I asked where they had spent time as kids. She said they would always meet on the “green box” on their street – well, that’s where we need to meet then I said! I also asked if they could all bring old photos to share – waiting until they were all together to show them. It was so fun watching them laugh and cringe at the old photos of themselves! One of the girls brought a book of photos and writings and drawings she had made for each of them many years ago – but had never given them! Such a fun treasure! A great afternoon in the neighbourhood of where this friendship first formed!

deb001 zps632a3bef The Street Gang

deb002 zps4a0802f9 The Street Gang

deb005 zpsfef5ba23 The Street Gang

deb003 zpsec1e1e40 The Street Gang

deb007 zpsf07d3e0c The Street Gang

deb009 zps708eaefb The Street Gang

deb012 zpsa574803e The Street Gang

deb011 zps54b0aafc The Street Gang

deb008 zpsa0f2df63 The Street Gang

deb006 zpsf47cff44 The Street Gang

deb014 zpse8ad3081 The Street Gang

Then we went outside to the green box where they always met!

deb017 zpse4974254 The Street Gang

deb016 zps484d71a1 The Street Gang

deb015 zpsb801ad78 The Street Gang

deb021 zpsfdd9e649 The Street Gang

deb020 zpsea0867a9 The Street Gang

deb019 zpsab1df0ec The Street Gang

deb018 zps8104dedd The Street Gang

deb023 zps42da60f8 The Street Gang

deb022 zps18fe5fec The Street Gang

deb024 zps190988d1 The Street Gang

deb026 zps6315ed85 The Street Gang

The big tree they would meet at for picnics!

deb027 zpsef52dc11 The Street Gang

deb028 zps010b0a0a The Street Gang

Such a fun time watching these five interact! Thanks ladies!

Celebrating life and love,

Krista

1 Comment »

January 17, 2014 GOLDEN: Art and Betty

IMG 2251 zps253b8aa0 GOLDEN: Art and Betty

[The GOLDEN project can be read about HERE. I will be photographing couples married 50+ years, hearing their stories and sharing their wisdom. Have someone you think I should document for this? Drop me a line at: info@edisonphotography.com with the subject "GOLDEN"]

Art and Betty I call Grandma and Grandpa Daniels. They’re not my grandparents but they are my sister-in-law’s grandparents. I remember when my brother and sister-in-law got engaged they said “we’re family now!” and that’s how it seems.

I don’t see them often – usually once or twice a year at family birthday parties. In 2011 at a birthday party I explained to them I wanted to photograph them. They laughed. Fast forward a year. In 2012, I saw them at my nephew’s birthday and told them I still wanted to photograph them. They laughed. Then I thought why wait? And pulled out my camera. They stopped laughing and realized I was serious!

Meet Art and Betty.

IMG 2254 zps60900671 GOLDEN: Art and Betty

When I posted on Facebook a sneak peek stating that their pictures were coming up on the blog – I started getting comments from grandkids, friends of their kids, friends of their grandkids and people who’ve ever met them. The comments went something like this… “Love these two” “They’re the best” “I love them.” “Greatest couple! Just love them!” “A very special couple!”” They are pretty awesome.” and so on.

So what better couple to start my GOLDEN project with?

IMG 2253 zps48ee0b30 GOLDEN: Art and Betty

I first photographed them back in August of 2012 – very unplanned at a chaotic kid birthday party. Conversation was limited as kids were running around and noise levels were loud. So, I went back to them this week and asked if we could continue our conversation. I thought we’d have a quick chat today – two hours later I had to pull myself away. I could sit and listen to their stories all day!

colour01 zps6a4b1a7d GOLDEN: Art and Betty

Art and Betty had photos everywhere in their home of their kids, grandkids and great grandkids. Betty loves to talk about her family and can fill you in on what every single one of them is up to and doing in their lives.

colour03 zps4b91552b GOLDEN: Art and Betty

Art has these incredible cross stitch pictures he has created – real works of art! He took up cross stitching after he retired – and they have three beautiful pictures in their living room framed. He explained that there is one for each of his three children and they can fight over who gets which picture themselves.

colour02 zpsce64fd76 GOLDEN: Art and Betty

When we sat down, Betty said in her cheeky way “well we better sit on the same couch and be all romantic.”

Their story goes back over several decades. Art and Betty are now 86 and 88 and met when they were in grade school. When we talk about their days at school Betty exclaims “Oh! I did not like him at all! He lived on the other side of the tracks you know!”

colour003 zpsf949b203 GOLDEN: Art and Betty

In 1941, at the age of 15, Art started to work for Betty’s dad in the used furniture business. Betty explained that during World War II people couldn’t buy new furniture. This lead to reminiscing about the war… and the day they announced it was over and how exciting that was!

We talked about how they started dating. Once a week they use to all pile in the back of a truck and go to the show. It cost 22cents to get in at the time. They all went and payed their own way. One day one of the guys who could tell Art and Betty were starting to be interested in each other said “Betty – make Art pay your way!” And after that he did – paying her way to the show every week and spending his whole wages to do so. icon smile GOLDEN: Art and Betty

When Betty was 14 they went on their first date. It was “firecracker day” (the Victoria day holiday) and Art took her to see the fireworks. But – Betty’s parents didn’t trust them to go alone so their friend had to go with them also!

colour04 zps16ed462b GOLDEN: Art and Betty

On June 26, 1948 they were married. If you’re doing the math… that’s 66years this June! It was a beautiful wedding with the reception in the family’s backyard. Betty’s mom and her friends set up tables in the backyard and made sandwiches for people to eat. I asked what their wedding budget would have been – they said $50 would have been more than enough! At that time Art was making $19 a week with a $25 bonus at the end of the month.

colour07 zpse457a897 GOLDEN: Art and Betty

They reminisced about their early days… about how poor they were. As they shared about the early, hard days they laughed. It’s interesting to see how fondly they remembered the days when they went without. After the war it was hard to get a place to live and necessities like a fridge. Art and Betty’s first year of marriage was in an apartment where they shared a fridge and a washroom with the other tenant – Art’s brother Fred who married Betty’s sister Doris! It cost $40 a month for rent.

Art and Betty lived on a very strict budget. They have never gone into debt or paid interest on a credit card. They would make a grocery list – with the items they needed on the top, and then a separate list on the bottom of the items they wanted if they had money left over.

As Betty talked about how tight things were financially in the early days she said, “We never regretted it.”

colour09 zps46965443 GOLDEN: Art and Betty

I asked if they had any advice for a newlywed couple. What they wish they could tell themselves back in 1948 or someone else just starting out on the journey of marriage. They offered some GOLDEN nuggets of wisdom.

“The biggest thing is communication… but it took me a long time to learn it.”

I asked them what exactly should be communicated.

“Talk things over.” “Admit you’re wrong.” “We even have fights now at our age but we talk about it.” “Always make up.”

colour08 zps6548bd0d GOLDEN: Art and Betty

And as well as communicating – is learning when NOT to communicate.

“Learn to keep your mouth shut. Walk away. Count to ten.”

colour005 zpsbe1dd8ea GOLDEN: Art and Betty

“There was rough years for sure. But we couldn’t afford to break up!”

“It’s not easy. We are learning all the time how important all this is.”

colour10 zps5af4e167 GOLDEN: Art and Betty

Art added that learning to “give and take” is so important.

“You can’t do what you want all the time. It has to be give and take.” “How long did it take us to learn that?” [Laughter] “Oh… about 60 years.”

bw021 zpsc7443a74 GOLDEN: Art and Betty

Art and Betty – thanks for sharing your story!

Celebrating life and love,

Krista

12 Comments »

January 15, 2014 Golden: Intro

I’ve been kicking around a personal photo project that I’d like to do for years now. I started photographing for it a year and a half ago – but didn’t want to share until I had everything done and had photographed enough people and… and… and….

Well, a new year means new beginnings. And one thing I’m working on this year is DOING rather than just talking about doing. So folks, let me introduce you to my GOLDEN project. I’m so excited to share it with you.

A bit of an intro…

I remember a night a few years ago so vividly. I was coming home late at night from photographing a wedding. I had witnessed the couple so in love vow their forevers to each other. They held hands. They laughed. They cried tears of joy. They looked with starry eyes as they walked out of the ceremony only seeing their happily ever after. I was still smiling as I drove home.

(Now – I need to add a disclaimer here. I’m a bit of a nerd. Instead of music, I always listen to talk radio in my car. Either 680 news or 1010 talk. Please don’t judge. Anyhow, I digress.)

On this particular summer evening, I turned on the news and listened to the horrifying statistics of divorce. Of marriages that did not end in happily ever after.

The contrast of the beauty of that day’s wedding, and the cold hard facts was like a slap across my face. I may have even gasped out loud from the sting of the hit.

I’ve been married 17 years and I’ll be the first to admit it’s not always easy. I adore my husband and am baffled he sticks with me… but sometimes it is in fact work and not roses, unicorns and rainbows.

My mind drifted to my grandparents and parents generations. All the people I know and have met who have been married 40, 50, 60+ years. I wondered what they knew that I don’t. That the couple who had just promised forever to each other might not yet know.

And so it began.

The GOLDEN project was born.

I started to document couples married fifty years or more and just hear their stories. Watch them interact. Soak in their wisdom. One thingI’ve noticed – pretty much all of them don’t think they have the answers and think they’ve still got lots to learn. Lifelong learners of love. I like that.

So, over the next while I will begin to share these stories and images with you in hopes that someday it’ll be your GOLDEN story being documented. To find these stories check back under the category “GOLDEN” on the blog… bring some tissues and an open heart too.

I’m just preparing to share my first couple later this week. Warning – you will adore them.

IMG 2257 zpsb5698c27 Golden: Intro

Celebrating life and love,

Krista

7 Comments »

December 13, 2013 Miss K’s Smiling Eyes

This week I visited Miss K and her family in their beautiful home to capture her smiling eyes and some memories of their family together. I loved visiting with them and their young daughters – reminded me of the fun times we had when my own two girls were these ages. Lots of laughing, giggles and fun. Miss K’s strength, beauty and generosity is inspiring! An absolutely beautiful family to spend a morning with!

Krista2013 4 zps05146d13 Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 9 zpseccb9c96 Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 7 zpsc9ea52e4 Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 11 zps45e16403 Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 12 zpsb19e7cd8 Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 13 zps38ad84d6 Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 18 zps7499631a Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 27 zps78cff607 Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 29 zpsb04c21b5 Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 34 zpsa02a4066 Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 40 zps766e3234 Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 36 zpsfd9649ac Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 39 zps0f1718ad Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 41 zps5368d4da Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 42 zpsae98a7e5 Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 45 zps7471ce0c Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 47 zps4ed975ad Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 52 zpsc2a2faa9 Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 58 zps31252fba Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 59 zpsdfd5b6fc Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

AFter all that behaving it was definitely time for cookies… and LOTS of sprinkles. icon smile Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 68 zps0d9f2ae5 Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 69 zps18011b75 Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 70 zpsb394f03b Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 73 zps75474dba Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 74 zps1745deed Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 85 zps7861f54f Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 88 zps6f3da37f Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 93 zps634a8d27 Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 97 zps33f6752b Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 99 zpsf52e43e5 Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Krista2013 101 zps8ca6b898 Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

We always say in my family if you’re dirty it means you had fun… by the look on this face the girls had a lot of fun. And so did I!

Krista2013 109 zps7fbe3de1 Miss Ks Smiling Eyes

Celebrating life and love,

Krista

View / Edit Comments