July 22, 2014 Baby Cabot

At a recent wedding, I connected with Cabot’s Grandma. His first birthday was fast approaching and she wanted to do something extra special for his birthday. She had the great idea to surprise his parents with a photo session of Cabot to celebrate his first year! She made plans to babysit him for a day – and we met at a friend’s farm for some portraits to gift Cabot and his parents with. Such a fun idea!

Cabot was such an easygoing, happy baby! He just toddled around – completely happy to wander and explore. I love this stage when they can still be a little uncertain on their feet, the world is still a wonder and each new step shows yet another a new discovery.

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[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"]

Jose and Maria met at an outdoor dance in their homeland of Portugal when they were only 14 and 16. Maria’s parents had told her “Don’t go dance with the boys”. But… she did and she met Jose! It turns out they lived 6km away from each other – which at that time was a long distance.

Maria worked at a sewing place – and twice a week Jose would come by and see her. Everybody liked him. She was never allowed to go anywhere alone with him until they were married and her Grandma came as a chaperone. Good thing Grandma liked him as it was 5 years of dating until they were married!

Maria talked about how Jose would ride his bike by her house – from 1km away he would start honking his bike horn – and she had learned to tell the difference between his horn sound and other bikes. She always knew when his bike was coming!

In 1954, Jose and Maria were finally married! They were 19 and 21 at this time. They first got married in city hall, and then later in a church. They had a Saturday and Sunday dinner at her family home with about 40 people. It was a celebration from Friday night to Monday!

Two years after they were married, Jose moved to France. It was two years after that before his new bride could join him in France. There was no phone and mail took about 6 months. Hard to imagine that separation now with cell phones and Skype!

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These two are a great pair. When I asked them for advice, Maria said “Love the person you’re with.”
Jose responds with “You love me? That makes me so happy. That made my day!”

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They talked about when they get mad. They said sometimes you just have to learn to “shut your mouth” and then later talk about it. Maria said if she was “yapping” at him that would put a fire under him, but if she waits then later they cool down and can reach an understanding.

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They shared they hold hands “all the time”. They commented how that is something you don’t see too often any more. But they always hold hands when they walk – and later when we went outside I saw that first hand! icon smile GOLDEN: Jose and Maria

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They shared that seeing their child or grandchild happy is better than anything. Better than money. They love their family so much. When they see their family they said “life is better”. Maria pulled out countless photos of loved ones to share. What a treasure!

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Love how these two care for each other – straightening each other up for their photos outside.

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Once we had taken a few photos Jose said “Can I kiss her now?” Yes. You absolutely can.

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July 17, 2014 Baby Violet

It was so great to meet Violet’s family last week – mom and dad, Melissa and Andrew – are so smitten with her already. Violet was only 9 days old when we met and could not be better behaved – a real little lady. She showed me around their beautiful home and pointed out all of her parent’s handiwork creations like her quilt her mom made and the rocking chair dad painted. She loves them already too and I think she’s quite glad they’ve been given the task of being her parents.

The chalkboard sign remains from when Violet first came home….

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So cuddly!

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July 11, 2014 Baby Sloane

It is always so fun to follow clients through their milestones of life… A few years ago I was able to document Richard and Patricia’s engagement and wedding.. and now it was time to meet their first family member! Their 11 day old daughter Sloane was so sweet and was just perfect for our time together at their home.

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July 6, 2014 Nick & Alyssa

Nick and Alyssa are both new to Hamilton. They didn’t have a family church they wanted to be married in. Didn’t want the risk of bad weather with planning an outdoor ceremony in September. And so they were stumped as to where to get married.

Then they realized they shared a love for movies – their first date was at the movies even! They approached SilverCity – the idea was new to them, but they were willing to give it a go! This September this real life love story will be happening at the theatre! But for now – we enjoyed their engagement session as well! We played in the empty theatre – before following the setting sun for a few outdoor images as well.

This couple is so fun – can’t wait for their September wedding!

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July 3, 2014 Baby Nathan

Always such an honour to document families through all the stages of life – I had photographed Spencer and Caitlin’s engagement, wedding, first maternity and firstborn as a newborn… and now baby Nathan’s arrival! Unfortunately he came early so we missed his maternity session – but no worries! He made up on cuteness…

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June 26, 2014 Shaun and Allison

I was really looking forward to Shaun and Allison’s wedding – having photographed Allison in two previous weddings (and having these brides in her wedding party) – it felt more like a reunion! Always so fun to catch up with past clients!

Shaun and Allison had a beautiful day at the Waterfront Centre in Hamilton! Couldn’t ask for better weather – even a perfect sunset we had to slip out and enjoy! A great celebration!

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Jen has been a dear friend of mine for a long time. We have travelled together to Iceland, Las Vegas, and New Orleans. I’ve lost her in the Nevada desert (and had a park ranger close down the park until we found her), and I’ve helped piggyback her out of an Icelandic park when she broke her ankle and had so many memories in between. So it is exciting now to be documenting her wedding and engagement! I loved this engagement session because everything had such meaning in it.

I had suggested a couple of beautiful nature locations to them – but they came back with downtown Hamilton. “This is us” they replied.

The bike – not just a pretty prop, but part of their engagement story. And not just part of their engagement story – part an analogy of their relationship and how they make it run smoothly.

Pete and Jen are about intentional living – and this shows in every choice they made. Even Jen’s choice of outfits – a dress that was a second hand find because they choose to live simply to have more to invest in others. Her colourful necklace and then her green bracelet is from my fair trade organization empowering women in Africa (www.IAmJustOne.ca). And those pink converse. They are her traveling shoes. They have traveled the world with Jen and are part of her story. Pete suggested she clean them up at least – to which she answered “these have dirt from Iceland and the Nevada desert and New Orleans and Ireland and….”

I also had her share her story in her own words….

“Peter and I both love Hamilton. We love the gritty beauty of its alley ways. We love the serenity of the harbour front trails and Cootes Paradise. We love biking up (and down!) the ‘mountain’. Hamilton is home and where we first met. We love the people of Hamilton. The dancing guy. The friendly, approachable people who you meet downtown. The quirky folk who band together to try to make things better and the artists who share their hearts every month on James St N. (at the art crawl). We fit right in. We join right in. Often we walk the streets of our city with full hearts as we wander and explore seeing what changes have happened. It’s fitting that the most perfect engagement surprise ever to be orchestrated (I may be biased) happened right at the park where we spent so many afternoons.

It was a “goodbye to winter” bike ride organized by a group of friends on April 1. Even though it was a bit brisk outside still, all of us were all revelling in the freedom of being on our bikes again on Canon St. after such a harsh winter. We made our way down to Bayfront Park and had a little rest at the gazebo. It turns out it was more than just a great ride with perfect weather and a bunch of great company! While the sun set over the Hamilton harbour, Pete pulled a guitar from nowhere and began to sing a surprise serenade of “bicycle built for two.” I was a bit confused. What’s going on? Is this a joke? Is this a music video shoot? As I turned around, I saw that his dad was there playing Viola, and my folks were there too! He had arranged the whole thing! As he got down on one knee to ask me to marry him, he presented an enormous box – with a huge bicycle bell in it. He asked, I answered – YES! Then, my dad wheeled out a two-seater bicycle that Pete and I had seen at an antique shop months before – all fixed up for us to ride! The bicycle bells rang out in celebration and with the cry of “we’re getting married!” in the air we travelled off down the path. It was so, so beautiful. In reality though, it was a bit bumpy. It took a while to figure out the stops and starts and for us to sync up. As in many things, communication is key. But we figured it out. Together. Now we are setting off on our journey and are so happy! We can’t wait to celebrate with all of our friends and family!!

AND! as if that wasn’t enough ~ Pete knows how important photography and capturing moments is to me…so he asked our friend Kaz from Verity Creative to film the whole thing! He stepped into a whirlwind and created a poem that captures the beauty of the day.” LINK

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June 16, 2014 My Girls

EVery once in awhile, I have to take my camera and point it at my own girls. They are growing so fast and moving from little girls to young women before my eyes. I wish I could freeze time – but since I can’t, I had to capture a few frames of them at this moment instead. They make me laugh, inspire me, encourage me and drive me crazy. I love these two so much!

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Madi has learned guitar this year and she wanted to bring it along. Love hearing her play and write her songs.

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May 26, 2014 Orchard Friends

I love traditions – and fortunately my good friends Cherie, and Carolynn do too! Every year we wait for “the call” from Cherie. She lives on the edge of a beautiful orchard and the first message comes early Spring. “The trees are about two weeks away from being in bloom”. And then regular reports until it’s finally “time” – and we hectically try to organize our schedules to make an evening work. We get all of our kids out to the orchard – we all enjoy a visit and running through the trees. Some years we’ve done props and a bit of a “set”. This year, we didn’t get as many photos – the kids just played, hung out and goofed off. It was a gorgeous evening and we’re so thankful our kids enjoy this annual tradition as much as us!

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After this photo session, I feel like I need to write my older siblings a formal apology. Eden is exactly like I Was. I’m so sorry, Marcie and David.

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We then piled in the cars – and headed to another orchard. Got to love Ontario in the SPring! And this time we added Cherie’s stepdaughter Jodey who was home from university. We love Jodey and were so glad we could get her in on the craziness – unfortunately kids cooperation was done by this point. ha ha.

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And this time we did something crazy – got a photo of us three moms. Cherie and Carolynn have been friends since grade one, and I’ve been friends with them since I moved to the area in grade nine. We’ve been through a lot together and I’m so thankful for these two!

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