Parker Turns 2!
Parker turns TWO!
The goofy pup, who knows at the sound of the words, "Dog Park" begins to act like he's hooped up on a mound of sugar, celebrated his 2nd birthday and looking dashing with his bow tie... because well, he needs to celebrate the start of his 2nd year in style, hit up the local Pet Valu in Windermere tonight to do a little birthday shopping!
Totally being the spoiled pup tonight by running around the store with no leash... on the hunt for the perfect birthday treat! It's a dog life!
Parkers super excited to be getting his "swanky" new KISS Tshirt! He's a big fan of Gene Simons! And even being a bit of rebel by counter surfing when he knows he's not allowed.. #badmanners
Last month I launched a really special project, Shutters & Strollers, a Canadian Directory for Photographers like myself that feature documentary and lifestyle photographers. I started the directory because I was on the hunt for a site that wasn't all american based, I wanted to find a resource that would showcase and feature Canadian photographers
It's the start of the holiday season, the kids have already been to the mall to see Santa twice. You've started working on your Christmas baking. The home is filled with the smell of fresh baked cookies wafting through the air. You've found your tree and set it up, now resting in it's place, the garland has been draped & the lights now untangled grace the tree. Though, if you have a pre-lit tree.. you may be ahead of the game on me here. Now the kids are starting to getting antsy, they're excited to finally be able to decorate, pulling out the boxes of ornaments, while you set aside the glass ones for a later
You've booked your session with me, but you're starting to over analyze what to wear, what do you pick for the kids, do you style everything to the last detail, will you make sure that hubby is looking good, like it's date night?? Do you hit up Old Navy.. and replicate their mannequin family?? All things to consider.. but with Lifestyle/Documentary it's a much more relaxed approach then typical sessions.
Lifestyle & Documentary sessions are not about spending a ton of money on outfits for your session. It can get to the point where one person just feels to overwhelmed and causes not only yourself stress, but puts stress on your family. That's not what booking a session with me should like.. EVER!
Corrine & I met a few years ago through home schooling and we're also book-buddies. I'm in her awesome book club where we meet up once a month, go out for appetizers & wine.. catch up on life, kids and talk about whether a book was top shelf or a total flop and hits the bottom drawer.... without her, I just don't read for enjoyment the way I'd like to. She's my literary lifeline, she's my "good-reads"!
She's always a huge encourager, has a big mama heart and well one of the sweeetest people I know! So, when she called me back in October needing some new photo's for Christmas, we quickly made it happen, hitting up a quiet little spot in the city and did some exploring with her & her awesome crew down by the creek.
Ever wonder what I bring to a family lifestyle session, today we're taking a quick look & sharing with you some of the equipment I bring along.
1. Starters.. I carry my Nikon D3.. she is my work horse. A full frame purchased from Adorama Camera. I adore her.. She is my Bessy Girl (yes, I am that girl that names her gear, cars, bike, travel trailer), along with my Canon AE-1 (film) and my back up body a Nikon D300s (not shown)
Guilty as charged!
It's true.. I do forget to print my own images as much as the next guy! My goal this year has been to print as much as I can for myself, for my kids, for my hubby..and well for my lonely walls! It's been a little over a year when we moved into our first-brand-new-built-for-us-house. A lifetime of marriage and we did something we thought we'd never do and that was build new.
Years ago I was scheduled to photograph a family in their home to take some photos for their holiday cards. I arrived, set up.. the kids were being silly and showing me all their stuff.... All was going pretty good but dad was running behind schedule... no biggie!
This month I'm challenging myself to blog for 20 days.. ya, I could blog everyday.. but I'm not superwoman.. so I'll go with attempting 20days. .and hopefully I won't completely exhaust myself! .. it also means.. (gulp).. a post daily through the week!
Introducing the sweetest pooch Merry, an ever so lovely Bernese Mountain dog and her owner Darice where they reside in one of my favourite areas, just off 124street.
This mornings mini session was originally to take place in summer.. but on that day, it was stifling hot.. no one would cope well with the temps, especially Merry with her beautiful fur coat...