Darrell and Tara and I have been friends for a long time… Tara and I were friends when we each met our now husbands and stood up for each other in our weddings. Fast forward 18 years of marriage for each of us – and now Tara and Darrell have three little ones to love! Big sister Sophie, and then the new twins Owen and Ella! It was so fun to visit with this family on a very cold morning recently!

Tara definitely has her hands full now!

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Okay – now make a silly face!

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December 5, 2014 Rob & Sandra’s Family

It has been great to get to know Sandra and her family over the years at school and soccer and around the community. It was a lot of fun photographing their four little ones on a cold morning recently!

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I always love the annual photo session with this family – it has been so much fun to document them from their wedding and through the years. The girls are getting so big and love seeing their personalities coming through more and more! This year Arlene had the great idea of documenting visiting some of their neighbours and the neighbourhood they love so much. We went to a couple homes – wait until you see the incredible “mouse house” under their home’s stairs someone has created for the neighbourhood kids to enjoy – they even decorate it for each season! A fun evening with the family again this year!

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Sisters – fighting and angry one minute… hugging and loving the next!

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The girls were excited to show their new trampoline!

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As we collected neighbour kids on our walk – we ended up at the mouse house I had heard so much about – it didn’t disappoint!

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A great night with these sisters and the family once again!

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I’ve been waiting to share this wedding – today you can see it also on Wedding Chicks – so it’s time to share it here too!

Jen and I have been friends for years and it was such an honour to document their love story. There is so much to tell about this wedding – so I’ll just dive in! Peter and Jennifer love Hamilton, bicycling and their community of friends and family. They incorporated all of these passions into their wedding celebration!

Peter and Jennifer had their “first look” in their own backyard before doing their portraits in and around their own neighbourhood. All portraits were taken within walking distance of home.

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The moss in the ring bearer’s canoe holder was from where they sat to write their vows at the cottage.

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Jen’s mother made the veils for both ceremony and reception. Jen’s earrings were a family heirloom. So many personal touches!

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And finally time for the first look in their backyard!

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Peter had proposed to Jennifer with a tandem bicycle – and now for their wedding celebration they used it to ride from home to the ceremony! But not only did they ride – they extended an open invitation to any guests who would like to ride with them. Friends – adults and children – joined in the ride through downtown Hamilton, Ontario. It was such a celebration as they rode – the riders rang their bike bells, cars honked and waved, people cheered and shouted out congratulations!

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At the Waterfront Centre – where their ceremony and reception were to be held – guests enjoyed the view. The ceremony had more personal touches – with no attendants (all guests were participants instead!).

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One beautiful part of the service was the binding ceremony where Pete and Jen literally tied the knot! They had asked specific groups (family for each side, community groups they are involved in, work place, church, etc.) to choose a ribbon with meaning specific to that group. For example – Pete and Jen’s own ribbon they chose was an ombre blue ribbon going from dark blue to light blue – the two colours combining into one with no clear distinction where one ended and one began. (This ribbon was also used in the boutonniere’s the couple made.) Randy – a good friend and minister – shared the meaning of each ribbon one at a time.

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After the ceremony, the guests enjoyed lawn games – bocce ball, bubbles, croquet and more.

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The reception seating also reflected the couple’s desire to be with their guests. Instead of a head table at the front – Peter and Jen sat in the middle of the room at a table with other guests. They were able to easily connect with all their guests this way! Their special, personalized touches continued throughout the day. The guestbook alternative was a pottery dish that would be put in the kiln and glazed to make a lasting keepsake. Instead of cake – there were donuts from a friend’s new company including maple bacon donuts! Board games and colouring for kids – or those who didn’t want to dance. Each item carefully thought through with great intent!

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The dance was hopping with young and old out on the dance floor! Such a fun wedding full of celebrating love – both Pete & Jen’s and their love for their friends and family!

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November 21, 2014 Cafazzo Family

We have known the Cafazzo family for a few years – and every time we see them it seems they’re either pregnant or have a newborn. icon smile Cafazzo Family They are now up to six amazing kids – five boys and one girl!

Their fourth youngest – Danny – had a brain tumour a couple years ago. And recently it has come back. We did this photo session before his chemo started. Here is Jo-Anne’s (mom) update on his health:

“The latest MRI shows that the tumour is growing back. Our next course of action will be chemo starting in dec/jan. Folks have been asking why chemo. Has the tumour become cancerous? Isn’t chemo only for cancer? the answer to both is no. The tumour is still benign… and chemo is the next line of defense. The reason being, a brain tumour has to be handled with extreme care. Elsewhere in the body, surgerical resections (removals) involve taking a cusp of tissue around the tumour to be certain to get any roots/residual tumour. However, that can’t be done in the brain, and in particular for Danny because of the location of the tumour. It would be catastrophic. And here is where “benign” doesn’t always mean better. It’s incredibly complicated to deal with. He has had 2 surgeries already, which have not been able to completely get rid of this thing. The chemo is going to attack the cell reproduction of the tumour and kick its butt from growing any more. The type of tumour is slow growing (compared with cancer, which is fast), and so the journey will be slow as well. Danny will be at Mac every week for 50-60 weeks. We’re in for a long haul. But we know that God is with us. Every step of the way.”

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November 18, 2014 Bob

Bob was back with his mom for his annual photo session his Fall. I love this dog so much! He has so much personality and just makes me laugh the entire time.

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November 17, 2014 Christa’s Family

Christa and I have connected on social media – but had never met in person. I was so honoured to have her family make the trek down to have their Fall portraits done! Always great to meet face to face!

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November 17, 2014 Julie’s family

Abby was in my daughter’s class and through that I got to know her mom, Julie. It was great to photograph their family this Fall! You can definitely see the similarity between mom and daughter – and their great bond!

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November 16, 2014 Cousins

Always love photographing all the different relationships and connections – and had so much fun with this set of cousins! They enjoyed a photography session as gifts for their families. Such a great idea!

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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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