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
My sweet friend, Kess sold her Elk Island home, moving her family into the city. But the week before they moved & were completely packed up, she hired me to come over to photograph them for a Life Session and to help celebrate their first home as we ventured around their beautiful property they talked about some of their fondest memories.
Before I start with this post that I've been sitting on, waiting to share, I want to tell you about one of the best groups I've been added to this year, Rising Tide, a collective of creatives that believe that community over competition is better than going alone. The Tuesdays Together groups are an extension of the main Rising Tide group, where we meet, hang out with other creatives, artists, entrepreneurs and get together to encourage, talk about business goals, educate ourselves on all things business and converse over coffee, tea & some really good munchies.
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
Christmas is sneaking up fast and before it arrives too soon I wanted to share one last post with you before the holiday is upon us. Years ago, when the kids were just wee ones, I began a special family tradition for our kids,called the Ribbon Game. It's one of those games that HAS to be played. The kids, even now have committed me to a lifetime of our tradition & I don't see it ending anytime soon, even with my kids being 17 & 21!
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
For Throwback Thursday going back to the winter of 2003, when Rod began to do a yearly tradition for the kids by building them a skating rink in the backyard. We did it for so many years and as we moved he continued to do that for the family.
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.