Tuesday, November 29, 2011

murphy family | hog's back park

When I got an email from Kari-Anne Murphy, telling me that their beautiful family of four was expecting a fifth, I couldn't wait to meet up with them for another photo session!

Luckily we were blessed with perfectly cloudy skies and super mild weather...

I couldn't believe how much the kids grew since our last shoot! But I'm glad Justin still gave me his cutest and funniest faces!

Rocking a pregnant belly with a kid on the shoulders? Yup, sounds about right!

Monday, November 28, 2011

the combo

Great friends, christmas music, white lights, and a glass of rosé...
what more could a girl ask for from a Monday night?

steele family | christmas mini session

Here are some of my faves from a recent Christmas mini session with a lovely family of four, around downtown Ottawa!

Look at these classy little winter sweaters!

The kids were being so good and giving great smiles, so they got a couple Smarties from Dad's coat for a treat!

And speaking of treats....we walked over to Starbucks for some hot chocolate after the shoot!

Couldn't help posting this photo on the right....


Sunday, November 27, 2011

jennifer + david | dow's lake engagement

Jennifer and David asked if I had any suggestions for a spot for their engagment shoot, and for some reason, of all the parks and open areas where I've ever shot, my first thought was Dow's Lake.

Jennifer instantly agreed and said that it was the perfect spot since they walk their puppies there almost every day! They actually met just around the corner, oddly enough.

I loved every single frame from this session, it was actually impossible to narrow it down...!

See what I mean? They were amaaaazing subjects...

Ladies, please take a second look at those leashes. Yes, yes they are...Coach.

Fave sequence right here:

David proposed with a gorgeous canary diamond ring...exactly what Jennifer wanted :)

Ughhhh ....♥

So if it's not 100% clear at this point... I LOVE this couple, and I LOVE this shoot!

chatterley family | christmas mini session

What a perfect November day! Warm enough to venture outside for some Christmas photos without having to bundled up in coats and mitts and hats!

Here are a few of my favourites from my session with the Chatterley family of five ♥...

My two new friends, Jeremy and Ava!

I was in awe of the Chatterley household's Christmas display...every corner, every nook, every surface was perfectly festive.

Friday, November 25, 2011

colleen | christmas mini session

This was such a fun mini-shoot!

Colleen was looking for a photo for her Christmas card, and she really pulled out all the stops with her magic bag of reindeer ears and Santa hats.

I couldn't believe how well behaved her pups were, they just sat there and smiled for the camera. It was adorable!

Colleen...thanks for making my job a BLAST on this lovely Winter day!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

mitten weather

It's here, it's here!

Winter has officially arrived, and no one can deny it -- what with the 5km/h drive in to work, and the general sounds of hustling and bustling to try and find those darn winter boots...

It may be cold, and we may start to question why we don't live in California...but personally...I love mitten weather, and it is SUPER cute for outdoor family and engagement photos.

But hey, it's only -1°C, and I'm positive that I'll change my tune when it gets to be -30°C...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

autumn's 2nd birthday

"We're having a hot-pink & zebra themed birthday party for our little girl who is turning two!" she said, as she provided me with a date, a time, and an address.

What I have come to realize is that she meant "We're having an out-of-control amazingly beautiful and elaborate birthday affair to celebrate Princess Autumn turning two!"

Needless to say, I was unprepared for what I was about to see when I walked in the door...

There's the birthday girl in question, looking beyond cute in her custom made birthday outfit!

I thought I had seen every pink, black, white, and zebra print item at this point, and then I stepped into the living room. I died.

I wonder if she knows how cute she is...

Present time! Autumn was so good, picking up each present, unwrapping it slowly, trying desperately to figure out what it was, passing it to her Mom, and finding the next one.

So sweet...

I couldn't resist some shots of this adorable family of girls!

...and the four sisters who made the whole thing possible:

Kristen...thank you for giving me the pleasure of attending this lovely party and meeting you and your family. I will never forget it!

PS...when I have kids, I might be contacting you for some bday party HELP!