Monday, July 30, 2012

off-duty


I had to put my camera in my luggage...just in case. But my hope was that it would never leave that bag, until I safely returned home from Toronto this weekend, after a birthday celebration for my Mom and sister and Saturday, and my wedding shower on Sunday.

And I can proudly declare, I didn't sneak a single frame.

I wanted to enjoy some wedding related events as a GUEST, rather than a photo-journalist, and I have to say...it was great.

It was hard for me to resist getting my camera out to take a picture of the GORGEOUS cake my Aunt arranged for Sunday, but luckily there were a couple digital cameras in the room to document the day.


But this gets me to thinking...will I feel the urge to get out my camera on my wedding day? Oh right...NO, because I will have the most amazing wedding photographer there ;) 

Friday, July 27, 2012

jordan + tyson | mooney's bay engagement


Jordan and Tyson are a gorgeous couple, and I'm super excited that they picked me to photograph their wedding this year! I was really looking forward to getting them in front of my camera for an engagement session, and just as I imagined...they knocked it out of the park.


Here's another couple that didn't need me to say "closer! closer!"




These next two are my faves, so playful and cute :)



Geez Jordan...you're gorge.










I cannot wait for this wedding, you guys!! Jordan...you're going to be a STUNNING bride ♥

Thursday, July 26, 2012

FAQ video response! (I think I'm on the wrong side of this camera...)


Last week I opened up my comments to allow for tons of questions from YOU GUYS (my faithful blog readers and favourite people ever). I kept checking in throughout the day to read the questions because they were so great and I was super excited to put together a response.

The only thing was...how do I do it?

Copy and paste each answer in here and write a little blurb under each one? BO-ring. Right??

And thus, here I am with my first every video blog to show you (last week's bushleague video of Weezy and the hair dryer does NOT count. If you've seen it, you know the level of suckiness I'm trying to convey).

In this video, I cover a range of things from:
getting photos blog-ready (Blogstomp is the BOMB, seriously) to...
how much is too much when it comes to personal posts, to...
handling a potential bridezilla.

I hope you enjoy :)


Thoughts:
That was a lot harder than I expected.
I say umm a lot. I should work on that.
It's a really long process to do one of these videos! I did the shooting in one take, but uploading it for edit, adding titles, exporting it, uploading it for viewing online, it all takes so much time! I've said it before but I'll say it again...videographers...you amaze me. 

Also...that was really long. In the future, I'll probably limit my FAQ videos to 5 questions or so!

P.S...how stoked am I in that thumbnail? Too intense.

sasha + jason | mill st. brewery engagement


I sat down for drinks with a lovely wedding planner and her assistant about a month ago, at the Mill St. Pub off Wellington. And the three of us wedding professionals took a look around talked about how it would be the perfect place to have photos done.

That night, I touched base with Sasha and Jason just to see if they would humour me, and plan to meet at Mill Street for their engagement session! Sasha was all "wherever you want, girl!"

Here are some of my favourites of Sasha and Jason:



Sasha...you're GORGEOUS!





Fave ♥ I woke up this morning to see this was Sasha's profile picture, love it!


I'm super excited to be photographing their wedding in September!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

home, sweet home (& new lessons learned)


I've learned so much. Both about myself as a person, and as a business owner. And it only took skipping town for 3 days to figure it out...

I like working.

I work too much, but I like it. And I feel more of a vacation when my work is done and I'm idly working, than I do when I stow my laptop and try to push the work from my mind.

I also discovered that being busy, is all relative. Example: a year ago, being busy would have been working 8am-4pm, getting home, and having to empty the dishwasher. This year, being busy is having 3 shoots a day, 12 shoots waiting for edit, 32 emails to answer, and a personal life to try and maintain. So when I woke up and read "VACATION" on my calendar last Thursday, I didn't really know what to do with myself.

So, I took on a major, multi-day project, in the form of a complete office makeover. Much more on that later...since it's at least a week from being ready for a blog reader's eyes.

And the other thing I learned, is that it only takes 3 days of being away to go into serious internet withdrawl. I had so many blogs to read this morning, it was out. of. control.

Here's a glimpse of my mid-week weekend with Beans and Weezy at the cottage:



1. The new dock :)
2. "It's so easy playing with puppies" - Beans.
3. My boys in the forest.
4. Easy sudoku...because vacations aren't meant for deep thoughts.
5. SKIPBO!
6. Weezy's first visit at the dock, he jumped right in lol.
7. Logic puzzles in the candlelight.
8. Dusk, time for a fire!
9. Cottaging the way I know best.

Monday, July 23, 2012

off to the kelly cabin!


I am packing my bags and skipping town with Beans and Weezy! 

We will be spending a couple days at the Kelly Cabin, and then I'm planning to have quite the exciting staycation on the other days. Lots of romcoms, lots of reading, lots of browsing the internet for FUN. 

I plan on getting a couple things done on my list of 101 in 1001 too...like:

#76 Find myself with nothing to do
#91 Make Nana-K's coffee cake recipe again
#96 Watch the sunrise and the sunset in the same day


On a side note...who PLANS on finding themselves with nothing to do?

Friday, July 20, 2012

this way to the carnival | a styled wedding shoot

Maybe you remember this post about my cravings to constantly be working on a new project...well, I'm really excited to share the images from the carnival inspired styled shoot I worked on in May!

I've had to keep them under wraps for a bit to keep it exclusive for publication, but nevertheless...HERE THEY ARE!


Can't thank Stephanie, Bryan, Robyn, and Dave enough for being my lovely models...LOVE them :)


And I must say, I couldn't have pulled it off without the help of Shawna at Effervescent Occasions. Countless hours go into planning an event like this, and she did such a great job managing our big list of contributors!





Steph...you're gorgeous ♥



Recognize this little flower girl? Maybe you've seen her before here, or here!





Love this one :)











The best part about walking around a carnival in wedding attire...everyone let's you ride for free :)


And at the end of the night, as the sun was setting behind the ferris wheel...I looked at the back of my camera to see the images below and it made me SO happy.




Contributions:

Event Coordination: Effervescent Occasions
Cake Design: Chrystal's Baked Goodies
Florals: Flowers Talk
Paper Goods: Designs by MCS
Tableware: Cody Party
Models: Stephanie, Bryan, Robyn, and Dave
Makeup and Hair: Tracy D'Silva
Cotton Candy: Lois N' Frimas
Wedding Sign: Adonai Woods
Vintage car: Paddy and Greg Somers
Unconditional love, heavy-lifting, and 24-hour therapy: Beans