October 22, 2013 Aaron & Becky

Becky’s favourite place is at her cottage up north in Muskoka… and so this was exactly where she wanted to do her engagement session. I went up last weekend – and the rain came too. I arrived Thursday night and it started raining then… and it rained right until I left on Sunday! We met up a couple times when the rain stopped briefly = and once in the pouring rain too! A fun weekend with a great couple!

Saturday morning we met up in between rain…

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We had really hoped for a campfire Saturday night – no go! So instead we played out in the rain!

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Sunday morning went from fog to rain to sunshine to gloom to rain – I think we had everything!

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

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October 22, 2013 Ron and Sabra

A few weeks ago I met someone for the first time and we were doing the obligatory “get to know you” questions. “Do you have any kids?” “How old are they?” and then she asked me something that broke my heart. She said “Are you still married? Isn’t it strange I have to ask that even?”

With increasing frequency I have watched people around me split up and it’s so sad. I watch couples commit to forever as a wedding photographer, and I want them to keep those vows. So, I have started to ask people who have been married a number of years what they would share with a newlywed couple.

Enter Ron and Sabra.

Ron and Sabra were our neighbours at our last home. I always really liked them and their family. I remember how much it meant to us when we were going through the tough days of my dad’s brain tumour to have them invite us over for dinner (and a dinner it was! Turkey and all the fixings – mmmm).

Their kids purchased a session for them for Mother’s Day… and we were finally able to do our session last week. We met at their home and these two were amazing. They are always cuddling and holding hands and laughing!

I asked Sabra what advice she would give to a newlywed and this is what she said….

“I wish I had some very significant words of wisdom but truly I think it is really quite simple. It is not just about love, you really have to like each other! There is no person on earth I would rather be with we are friends and friends accept each other for who they are! They don`t criticize each others faults but celebrate each others strengths! In difficult times we turn to each other not away from each other.
“We TALK!! Things are never as bad as you make them out to be in your head if you talk them out! We laugh!!!!!!! We laugh at ourselves, at each other and together! Someone once told us if you are going to laugh about it in 10 years you may as well laugh at it now!!
“We touch and we touch often, we hold hands, we hug, we sit side by side so we are touching…
“We start and end EVERY day with a kiss and not a day goes by without saying I LOVE YOU, three of the happiest words in the world and we use them often!!”

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Celebrate life and love,

Krista

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October 18, 2013 Martin Family

Another one of my close friends on the blog tonight – what a treat to photograph some of my favourite people lately! Kerri-Anne and I have become good friends although we could not be more different on the outside – she helps keep my scatter-brained ways on track and I keep her laughing. It was fun to photograph Kerri-Anne’s extended family this time – I had met her sister before (and love her too – she’s so much fun!) but hadn’t met her parents yet. Always fun to see the whole family together!

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This picture cracks me up… some things never change. icon smile Martin Family

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Because the kids know me so well – there was lots of goofing off as well. Love that! I’ll end with a couple goofy pictures!

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

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October 18, 2013 Bucek Family

I have known this family for a long time – Carolynn is one of my closest friends. I was happy when they asked for photos again this year and agreed to drive out to have their session. Even though we don’t live close – it makes the time we do have together extra special! Love these guys!

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

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October 16, 2013 Abigail

Last time I saw Abigail she was a little baby – she’s grown into such a gorgeous toddler now! Almost two and so beautiful with that fiery red hair and big blue eyes. So fun to see her personality coming through and to see Kirk and Lyndsay as parents.

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

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October 16, 2013 McNeice Family

It was fun to document this family again – the kids have grown so much since the last time I photographed them two years ago (LINK)! It was a perfect Fall day to enjoy the outdoors and have some laughs!

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Keira requested we do this image again after we had last time! So fun.

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Keira teaching her dad how to smile.

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

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October 16, 2013 Bob

This summer I had the joy of photographing John and Bridget’s wedding – they are so fun! They mentioned they just had a new addition to their family – and like parents everywhere, wanted to have their new little one documented.

So, last week I had the fun of meeting their new addition – Bob. This bulldog had us laughing and grinning from ear to ear. I was smitten.

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

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October 16, 2013 Meera Update

I have had so many emails and questions about Meera and how she is doing. I am blown away by the support and love shown to her and her family. Thank you!

Just before Meera’s last chemo treatment of this round, they noticed a small lump in her mouth above a tooth (her mouth area is where the cancer has been). They had her come in for surgery immediately and removed the lump. I joined the family on the day of her surgery. And then came the waiting. They had expected the prognosis to take about a week – but yesterday they received the news early. It wasn’t cancerous! Hurray!!!

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Love Sick Kids and all the things they do to make these tough journeys easier… like iPad’s for the kids while waiting for the meds to kick in before surgery!

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And out of surgery and recovering with mom, dad and new baby sister Kembree. It was sweet – Meera’s other little sister Ameena wasn’t there (a bit much for a toddler!) and Meera said “I want both sisters.” She is such a good big sister.

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Don’t know if you can see Laura’s tattoo – it says “Hair grows back, Kids don’t”. icon smile Meera Update

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

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October 3, 2013 Baby Rayne

As you may remember, we sold our country home earlier this year. We were to meet the new owners one time before we left – I was prepared not to like them – ha ha. But, when you meet Mike and Jen they are so friendly and likeable that I had no choice but to like them! As we were talking and getting to know each other, Jen told me her big secret… she was expecting their first child. We were so excited to know there would be kids in the home again! And what an honour it was to go back this Fall to document their new family as they had welcomed baby Rayne into the world exactly one week prior to my visit. It was great to see all they had done to the home – and to see the new little life that would be roaming the fields there! Congratulations again Mike and Jen – Rayne is just perfect!

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Celebrating life and love,

Krista

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October 3, 2013 Thankful Sessions

Lately I have been so in love with people – even more so than normally. I have been thinking about the lost art of friend making that kids so naturally possess. A child can see someone at a park that think looks interesting. Walk up to this stranger and ask “Want to be my friend? Want to be my BEST friend? Want to come to my birthday party?”

When do we lose that?

I think there are so many people who are lonely – surrounded by people they’d like to be friends with, but scared to ask “Want to be my friend?”

So recently I’ve tried a little experiment and started asking. Yesterday I had an amazing few hours with a woman I’ve barely known but always knew I really liked. Tomorrow I am connecting with another new friend who I met last week and knew I liked and may have creeped her out by telling her so.

So my heart is feeling a little lighter. Happier. I’m feeling thankful for friends in my life. Old friends. New friends. The people in my life are rich and make life sweet.

Who are you thankful for? This Thanksgiving I’m offering mini sessions – these could be with your family, your spouse – or maybe your friend who you’re so thankful for and couldn’t live without.

This Thanksgiving take time out to do just that… give thanks!

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