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  • Little Nicky's and Summer Walks

    To me, the idea of a perfect day off is one where I get to spend it with people I care about, exploring new places and preferably eating delicious treats. This particular day was no different. I finally had a chance to go to Little Nicky's, and I'm wishing I hadn't waited so long to make the effort! Chad, Katie and I met one Friday afternoon for a little conversation and coffee before Katie headed back to work. They are known for their fresh made-to-order mini doughnuts, and I didn't hesitate to get 1/2 dozen to go when we left. I have a soft spot for fresh doughtnuts and Little Nicky's did not let me down. 









    Chad and I then ventured into the beaches for an afternoon of exploring in the summer sun. 



    We stopped for some quick sustinance in the form of delicious sandwiches from Juice & Java Cafe and Catering. I could really go for one of those right about now! 










     

    Our day of food did not end there - we then went to my house and bbq'd some amazing burgers with sauteed kale and mashed potatoes on the side. Another perfect summer day.

    All photos taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and my Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM lens.

  • Cuba in film

    Remember back in August when I went to Cuba? Well, I just got back a roll I took with my Diana F+ while I was there! I had a couple of other rolls previously processed so I'm going to throw them all into one huge photo post.

    It's always fun to look back on a vacation months (and months) later and really feel like you're there again. Sitting here I can almost smell the ocean, and feel the soft breeze blowing through my hair. But don't worry, I won't forget that I'm still in Toronto and it's practically fall outside (What happened to the summer like weather from last week? What a tease.)

    Okay! Get ready for 30+ photos of beautiful Cuba...







    Taken on our taxi ride to Havana, we stopped at a little pina colada/snack bar for a rest. It looked out onto this gorgeous view.








    I loaned Diana my Fisheye 2 camera for the week so she had a ball taking snaps with that. I forgot how fun that little camera is! 
     



    There's me - only carrying about 3 cameras at this particular time! 



     

    After all of our tourist activities it was back to the pool! 
     





    We even watched someone get married on the beach!

    All images taken with my Diana F+ and one of these types of film: Ektachrome E200 (Cross processed), Illford Delta 400, or Kodak Portra 400VC.

  • My new Polaroid camera.

    I'm so happy to be able to share these shots today. I picked up a Polaroid Automatic 103 camera (see here ) off of Craigslist probably about a year ago, I'm not really sure how long ago exactly because it sat under my bed for a very long time. Finally I got myself together and found a working battery for it and fixed a ripped in the bellows. Thankfully B&H sells fairly cheap peel-apart instant film for it, because now I can use a camera I've been dreaming about owning. 

    These are my first three shots with it, and don't worry, there will definitely be more to come. I'm realizing this particular camera tends to underexpose, so I'm going to need to play with it to find the best settings.

    I'd love to test out some portraits on it, so anyone in the Toronto area who doesn't mind letting me capture their face on film, leave a comment or send an email! 

    The flowers above are the beautiful bouquet I got for Valentine's day. Aren't they gorgeous? So thankful that I'm so lucky. 

    I also decided to use this shot as my week 7 (out of 52) self-portrait. It's not the best shot, but it means a lot to me. I coudn't be more happy this camera is working as well as it does. 





    All photos taken with my Polaroid Automatic 103 and Fujifilm FP-100C.

  • Newfoundland, December 2011

    Finally got around to scanning some Diana F+ from a long time ago...I have quite a few scanned Cuba photos to share but first, here's some old photos from my trip to Newfoundland last Christmas! 















    All photos taken with my Diana F+ and Ilford Delta 400 film. 

  • Cuba - Part One


    Just as the mornings are growing chilly and frosty, I decided it was a perfect time to look through and post some memories from my Cuba trip.
    This part one post will be mainly photos around the resort we stayed at in Varadero (apologies for all the nature and still life captures!). After a couple of days we ventured out of the resort and I will feature those shots in future posts! Please do come back and look:)





    Our first few days in Varadero were during the tail end of hurricane Issac. Thankfully, we only had to endure a few rainshowers and some cloudy skies. It was still extremely hot, the drinks were flowing and the water was warm so we were still able to have a great time before the sun joined us.




    My adorable Mom and Sister!





    The man who taught me so much of what I know.








    Our first (much needed) drink after our 6am flight.



    Honestly? I wasn't a fan, but it was neat to try a piña colada while in Cuba.









    It was a pretty cloudy day at the beach when we arrived. But it's okay, we were in a warm, gorgeous place.





    The sun peeked out a little!





    We saw a million cute kitties (and puppies). Don't worry, in the upcoming post there are even more to be seen.






    Thanks for looking! Stay tuned for many more Cuba photos and stories to come.


    All photos taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and my Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM lens.

  • Aberfoyle Antique Market



    Back in June, a few of us ladies took off for the day to Aberfoyle to go to their amazing antique market. It was unlike anything I'd seen before - it was huge, hundreds of different vendors and tables. If I had a truck with me (or a thicker wallet) I could've easily bought hundreds of things. We had the best day hunting around and looking at all the cute and quirky stuff for sale. We stopped for a quick lunch inside their adorable, rustic cafe to refuel and then continued on. It was pouring off and on all day and of course, the moment we got back on the highway it was a downpour - lucky us! I can't wait until next summer when we can go back.






    It's such a cute place!





    You'll all be happy to know that I did NOT add another camera to my collection that day - I need to start using what I have before I buy more.. or so I've been told. (It's an addiction)

    I look like a giant!




    There was some pretty classy stuff there! Brynn had to know what they felt like, of course.




    We met some very cute puppies.





    I'm really regretting not buying that bunny!


    A car-seat!

    This is something I SERIOUSLY regret not buying. How amazing would this look in my kitchen?!

















    And then it poured on the way home...

    All Images shot with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and my 85mm 1.8 and  50mm 1.8 lenses.
     

  • Montreal and Osheaga 2012



    About 3 months ago, back in August, Chad and I headed to Montreal for Osheaga. It was the first major festival we've been to together and we had the best time! We definitely fell in love with Montreal and wish we could just move there - but the lack of our french language skills will definitely hinder us in this dream. The weather was insanely hot - but the rain held out (mostly) so we were all pretty lucky. We saw some amazing bands: fun., Sigur Ros, The Shins, M83, Brand New, Of Monsters and Men, Portugal. The Man, James Vincent McMorrow, and many many more. Even though I've seen almost all of those bands before, the spirit of a festival changes everything.





    This completely saved me in the Montreal heat - so yummy.




    (Beginning of a roll...)




    Such a cute bow in this lady's hair!



    We got to be front row for Sigur Ros - it was as mesmerizing and amazing as you'd expect. I had to keep pinching myself so I'd remember it was all really happening. Ahhh...

    This is the wonderful apartment we got to stay in - rented through www.airbnb.com. If you haven't used Airbnb before, I highly recommend it, I have stayed in some amazing places!









    The apartment had an adorable claw foot tub that I was pretty taken with!





    We took a little walk around the neighbourhood we stayed in, near Cremazie station....








    On the metro heading back to the Osheaga grounds!




    Here is a very crappy photo from a Panasonic Point and Shoot when we got to see Brand New front row. Not the best performance I've seen, but it was really great to see them live again.



    I was pretty excited about it!



    Then I got to run into these two cuties!




    We tried to take shelter from the absolutely sweltering afternoon sun under these umbrellas - didn't work that well.





    The handsome man I got to spend the weekend with.



    There is a blurry me sitting on one of those lightboxes (but you could only tell that in the evening, of course).



    Lots of beautiful foresty areas there.



    The back of Jana's lovely head.





    I gained a little weight over the weekend from all the poutine (just fries for me though).






    Then I got a super fresh, super tasty burger! Sadly I had to eat it without the bun, but I was just happily to be eatin' something. Yum.





    Then on Sunday, the clouds moved in....



    ...and it POURED. But it was okay-because Dallas Green has a pretty voice.



    We spent a few hours on Sunday enjoying Old Montreal, it was a bit wet, but that made it all the more beautiful!













    Not blurry, look closer.




    Thanks goes to Chad, for being awesome and willing to take all these shots of me.




    Photos taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and 35mm 1.4 lens, my Canon AE-1 50mm 1.8, (with Kodak Portra 400, and Fuji Superia 400 film), and a couple of shots were taken with a free Topshop disposible camera I got at the festival and my Dad's Panasonic TS2.

  • A Day in the Park

    I'm a bit ashamed to even post this after letting over 3 months go by, but it's my blog and if I want to do something, there's no one here's to stop me! Back at the end of May I met up with two wonderful ladies (and photographers), Sara and Krysta that I met from Flickr. I will forever be indebted to that website for meeting and being inspired by many amazing and talented people. It helped me to grow my skills and talents and has given me courage to try new things in my art.

    Sara, Krysta and I spent the day (a sun blazing, butterflies flying, beautiful day) wandering around High Park. We walked along the paths chatting and getting to know one another. It was nice to be around new people who appreciate photography as much as I do. Not to mention that Sara seems to love tea as much as I do! (She even brought us each a sweet little jar of tea!)

    Enjoy the photos, friends... I am going to work hard to get some more Spring and Summer photo posts in before I take off on my two week Europe adventure. (When I'm sure I'll come back and have so many photos that I won't even know what to do with myself.)

    We met a lot of very nice (and cute) puppies!













    (This and the photo following are from a bokeh panorama that I wasn't super pleased with.. so I decided to post a couple of snippits from it instead!)





















    And here's an extra cute shot from my Canon AE-1 (with Kodak Portra 400):




    All photos taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and 85mm 1.8 and 24-70 2.8 lenses.
     

  • Will you trust me like you did when we were young?

    Will you trust me like you did when we were young?

    The adorable Rustic Owl Cafe on Bloor St W. Beautiful evening light streaming in through the windows. 

    Photo taken with my Canon AE-1 50mm 1.8 and Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400.

  • A Black and White Spring

     




    I made this doormat for Katie's birthday, thanks to a wonderful tutorial by Sincerely Kinsey.


    Fancy mussels dinner with Katie.

    Of out focus birthday cake for Chad! Espresso flavoured, yum.



    Weekend antique shopping.



    Cupcakes for Brynn's birthday!



    fun. at Kool Haus.




    The first signs of Spring.


    All photos taken between March and April 2012 with my Canon AE-1 50mm 1.8 and Ilford HP5 PLUS 400.

  • Playing Catch Up



    I'm way behind in posting these, but I wanted to let them see the light of day before another year had flown by. I had a great Winter this year. Was probably a little lazier than I would have liked, but I had a lot of fun! (We won't talk about the hours I spent playing Resident Evil on Chad's Wii)


    Christmas at my parent's house.

    Diana on Christmas morning, waiting to open gifts. (I'll admit that I have the same sweater... and I love it).



    On Boxing Day this year I flew out East to Newfoundland. The Porter lounge on the Island Airport is amazing! Free cookies and tea, what else could one want?




    Chad's parent's house.



    The bacon even tasted better there!



    Homemade raisin bread.



    Breakfast is by far my favourite meal.




    In case you forgot what Winter looked like - here it is, probably one of the only snowstorms we had all year.


    What's better than breakfast? Breakfast in bed.


    Taken by Chad, excuse my dopey look.. not sure what was happening.


    Family day in Kleinburg, how cute are those little chairs?





    All photos taken between December 2011 and February 2012 with my Canon AE-1 50mm 1.8 and Kodak Portra 160VC.

  • Magic Hours

    Back in October, I took some portraits of a lovely friend of a friend named Hailey. I recently came across some 'mystery' film and it turned out these and some other gems were on it. So I quickly scanned a couple and thought I'd show a few extra shots from this set. There's something about film that makes my heart race. The tones are warmer, the light looks natural, simpler. I will pick a film shot over a digital shot any day! And oh - welcome to my blog!

    Gear Information:
    Mamiya C3, 80mm f/2.8
    Fujicolour NPC 160

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