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  • Kara and Travis

    I was absolutely honoured to be asked to photograph Travis and Kara's wedding day this past May. From start to finish it was a day that couldn't have been more wonderful. Travis and Kara share a beautiful love, and getting to photograph that was truly special. From getting ready at the Thompson hotel and Crow's Nest Barbershop, first look and ceremony at The Burroughes, to the cocktail hour with Long Range Hustle on the rooftop and a spectacular dinner and speeches, I hope you enjoy this snippet of their day.


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    ** Photos of the guys at Crows Nest Barbershop were taken by my amazing second shooter that day Sara Lynn Paige.

    Details:

    Venue: The Burroughes
    Florist: Fiori Oakville
    Kara's dress and the bridesmaid's dresses were custom made by: Maureen Patricia Toronto
    Hair by Melody and Caitlin at: Lebel and Crowe
    Rings: Avalon Fine Jewellery
    Catering: Invisible Chef Catering
    Band: Long Range Hustle



  • Amsterdam, October 2012

    Looking back to my visit to Amsterdam in 2012, I remember it so fondly. It would be one of those cities that I could picture myself happily living in. The biking culture, the history, the water, the art, everything is just wonderful. 

    Our Airbnb host was wonderful and offered to pick us up at the airport. He then took us on a little tour of the neighbourhood our apartment was in, and even brought us to a local grocery store to pick up a few necessities. (The ginger cookies were so good!)

    Our first night in the city, it was pouring rain so we stopped a local spot for a dinner of some delicious comfort food, before heading to our apartment to open up a bottle of wine. We then took some time to explore the city, before stopping a cute bar for a drink. (And by cute, I mean that there was an adorable black cat in there!)

    It was extremely hard to have any self-control with delicious looks pastries like these at every turn!

    We accidentally locked ourselves out of the apartment on this day, so before we could start our day of sightseeing we had to wait for the (extremely patient) Airbnb owner to come back! We took the time spent waiting as an opportunity to grab a couple of shots of the area surrounding the building.

    See the spider? Sorry!

    The first thing we did was take a canal tour around the city. We were so lucky to have such perfect sun shining down on us!

    We opted not to rent bikes as it was a bit daunting in a city we had never been to before. Perhaps next time we will!

    I highly recommend getting pies from Pieminister, they were perfectly flaky and filled with a wide assortment of options, we were in pie heaven.

    We also went into a Hermitage Museum for a few hours where they had a temporary Van Gogh exhibit. At the time we visited Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum was undergoing some renovations so they had moved part of the collection over The Hermitage. It is always breathtaking seeing such great works of art in their original form. 

    Sadly we didn't get to take a Heineken tour (arrived too late!), but we did explore the gift shop.

    A dream world for cyclists!

    Such a magical city at night.

    By far, the absolute best split pea soup I have ever had. I have dreams about this soup!

    A traditional dutch pancake at The Pancake Bakery

    On our last morning in Amsterdam, we went to the Anne Frank House. It was something that I have wanted to see since I was a young child reading her diaries. Words cannot express how moving and devasting seeing it in person was. Sorry if this picture is tacky, but I wanted a memory that I got to be there and see such an huge memorial to an amazing young girl and her family. 

    We then hopped on the Thalys train to Paris, photos to come soon! 

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

  • Ireland Part Two


    I should probably give fair warning that this is a very image heavy post, and that it's mainly of (beautiful) landscapes. Also that it might make you want to drop everything and go visit the Giant's Causeway, because boy, is it ever gorgeous.

    Brenda and I drove up with her cousin Declan and his wife Darina who were kind enough to take us on this lovely trip to Northern Ireland to see the Giant's Causeway. We stayed in a lovely little trailer in the town of Ballycastle (A town nearby to the Causeway). I wish I had more photos of the trailer because Brenda and I's bedroom was hilariously small, but it seems that most of what I have consists of this shot of my breakfast of peanut butter on toast and tea.



    That is some pretty realistic rowing of the boat, if I do say so myself :)


    If you haven't heard of the Giant's Causeway before, here is what their website says about its history:
    "60 million years ago the land here was different: the climate was warmer and vegetation thrived. Tectonic plates were moving - Europe and North America were moving apart. Magma from deep inside Earth spewed through cracks in the surface. Lava flowed. It cooled in contact with air and rock, hardening into basalt. For hundreds of thousands of years, all was relatively quiet. Then the earth cracked open again and more lava forced its way out. This time, the lava cooled slowly and evenly in a deep pool. Cracks travelled through the cooling rock, creating the columns we see stretching up..and making the honeycomb pattern we can see today. There are over 40,000 columns at the Giant's Causeway, most are six-sided, but there are others with fewer or more sides. Later eruptions left these columns hidden deep underground. It took millions of years of erosion for the columns to begin to be revealed. The sea level rose and fell and rose again. It wasn’t until after the last ice age, about 15,000 years ago, that the columns were revealed at the shore as they are today."

    The honeycomb shapes are absolutely amazing to see in person, they all fit together so perfectly! 

    After leaving the Causeway, we drove over to another fantastic spot: The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. The bridge takes you over to the Carrick-a-Rede island where you can walk around and take in the amazing views. The bridge was traditionally erected by salmon fishermen. There is no longer any salmon fishing done here, as there aren't many salmon left to catch.

     

    After seeing how shaky and high up this bridge was, I almost opted to wait on the safe side, but after some convincing we all made it across. And since you can't tell from the photos, I should tell you how it very rainy and windy it was that day (Didn't help with my fear of heights while crossing!)


    Taken just before the bridge actually started, otherwise how could I have looked this calm and collected?

    I will be forever dreaming about these breathtaking views.

    Probably the bravest photo I've taken so far! 

    Later on, we had a much deserved dinner at Central Wine Bar in downtown Ballycastle.

    After dinner we checked out a few of the other pubs in Ballycastle and then finished the night with some fresh chips from a local chip shop, mmm! 

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

  • Ireland Part One

    It's hard to believe I went to Europe for the first time almost a year and a half ago, in October of 2012. I flew into Dublin to meet up with my Cousin Brenda, and begin our two week adventure! Since Brenda has family in Ireland, we spent the first few days in a Naas, a town outside of Dublin, and then went into Dublin for explore for the day. 

    The morning I arrived into Dublin, Brenda's uncle Jimmy picked me up bright and early from the airport, such a kind gesture was a lovely way to begin my trip.

    Deciding to travel in the fall was a perfect idea, the cities were quieter, and the leaves were such brilliant colours.

    We stayed with another aunt and uncle of Brenda while in Dublin and they had this adorable dog!
     

    My first night there (after a long afternoon nap) we went for a quick drink at the Killashee House Hotel nearby, and met up with some of Brenda's other family members. My aunt Mary and Uncle John, who live over here, were also in Ireland at the same time as me for a wedding!

    Try not to notice the jetleg bags under my eyes :)

    Brenda's aunt Fionnuala made this amazing dessert snack, I can't remember what it's called but I do rememember it included Mars Bars and Cadbury milk chocolate melted on top, yum!

    At the train station in Naas, heading to Dublin! Typical cloudy day in Ireland, which then turned into a downpour when we arrived in Dublin.



    Some nourishment before the day of exploring Dublin began.



    The Book of Kells was fascinating, and the Library was absolutely gorgeous, sadly I followed their no photo rules and all I have now is this photo of a sign! 

    We took solace from the rain inside an adorable tart shop where we split this delicious apple crisp.



    We took a tour at the Jameson Distillery, which is now actually just a museum and the main factory is located in Cork... But we did get to do an official tasting to compare different types of whiskey, and at the end of the day, Jameson definitely tasted the best. (If you like straight whiskey, which I quite honestly don't!) But the cocktail offered at the end of the tour was pretty delicious.



    A perfect sunset while on the train heading out of the city.


    Stay tuned friends, I'm going to aim to post once a week so that you can relive this trip with me, I have Northern Ireland, Amsterdam, Paris and London to get through yet! 

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

  • Montreal in September



    Back in September Chad and I went for a short weekend away to Montreal and it was absolutely wonderful. We had been the previous year for Osheaga but regretted not getting to spend more time there outside of the music fest. We basically spent the weekend doing what we love to do: wandering, eating and seeing a few of the typical tourist sites. Take a few moments and enjoy Montreal with us...

    Our perfectly situated Airbnb apartment. I would kill for this much natural light in my current apartment. And what's funny is that most of the reviews of the place complained that it was too bright! 






    On our walk through Mont Royal, we stumbled upon (more like delicious baked goods scents wafted our way) Boulangerie Kouign-Amann and we had the best treats we could ever imagine. Probably one of our favourites places in Montreal now, we visited this about 3-4 times that weekend alone.... yum! 







    Poutine at La Banquise. They even had an amazing goat cheese poutine (Pictured) for those of us who can't eat any cows milk dairy! (That would be me in this scenario) 

    A simple but tasty brunch at a very welcoming place nearby to the apartment. The bagel was delicious, as one would expect in Montreal. 

    This stand has caught my eye a few times when passing through Old Montreal, it's just so quaint, and it makes me crave a freshly made smoothie. 

    We spent the afternoon at the Biodome, and it was as fun as I remember it being. Nothing like seeing monkeys, penguins and sloths all in one place! 

    Another perfect breakfast, this time at Engaufrez Vous. The most delightful waffle-sandwiches for brunch. With a side of dried fruit and homemade jam. 

    The Jean-Talon market is most definitely one of my top three favourite things in Montreal. I was completely in heaven as we wandered rows upon rows of fresh vegetables, fruits and homemade delights of every sort. I wish I lived closer and could do all of my shopping here, I have never seen so much of a selection in my life!

    And yes, because I am crazy person and so very addicted to kale, I purchased this tauntingly delicious looking head of kale and carried it back on the train with us. Let me tell you - it was worth it! 

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

  • 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.

  • Shaun and Elese



    Back in July, I had the pleasure of attending Shaun and Elese's wedding in Ottawa with my Family. Shaun's parents are old friends of my parents, and Shaun with his sisters and Diana and I spent many fun days together as kids. Ontario Place (RIP) will forever be tied with memories of them! I'm happy we've all kept in touch over the years, they're all wonderful, loving people and I was so happy I could make it to Ottawa to see Shaun and his love, Elese tie the knot. 







    Diana and I took photos  at the hotel before the reception. 



    We ended up getting stuck in traffic for about an hour on the way to the reception, due to the highway being closed (and a horrible lack of signage!), but it's okay - we made it in time for the food!





     And of course, being who we are - we made very good use of the photo booth!

    My adorable parents.




    I was so happy to find this wonderful dress at Fitzroy Boutique one short week away from the wedding. They have amazing, unique items in store (and online!)





    It was a wonderful weekend with my family, and to top it off we had a delicious brunch at Corner Bar and Grill and then amazing doughnuts at SuzyQ Doughnuts. If you're ever in Ottawa, I highly recommend it!

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

  • Jamaica

    This has been a couple months coming, but it's finally here, photos of my work trip to Jamaica! Now that I work during the day for Flight Centre, there are more opportunities for travel, (not to mention many afternoons spent daydreaming about all of the beautiful places on this planet). Back at the beginning of June, I headed to Jamaica for a few days for a 'familiarization' trip with some Flight Centre colleagues. (Fam trips are for travel agents to learn more about certain destinations/resorts) This specific trip was based on the Sandals/Beaches chain of properties. So naturally, we were treated like royalty (now I'll never be able to travel on a budget again!) and I can't believe that I get to go back in September (for work again - am I lucky or what?!) 

    We started our trip bright and early at the Pearson airport - guzzling down caffeine and listening to Monika on her ukele to pass the time. 



    We finally made it (after a very short flight and a few naps), and were treated to lunch at The Mariner beach-side grill at Sandals Royal Caribbean. Nothing like eating fresh and delicious food while looking at the gorgeous blue sea.

     
    Next up we drove through the mountains into Ocho Rios and were checked into Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort. We were all treated to our own butler suites (my own butler!).




    Nothing like sleeping in a massive king bed all alone!




    My butler suite had it's own semi-private (shared with one other couple) plunge pool. I was estastic!



    I spent the rest of the afternoon swimming and revelling in my new home for the next couple days.





    That first evening, all of us Flight Centre folk went to Kimonos, Grande Riviera's Japanese Teppanyaki Restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious, and watching someone prepare it from fresh made it even better!




    So comfy. 






    A few of us ate breakfast at China Doll, where they serve breakfast to only butler suite guests! Yum.



    The rest of the day was spent touring a few of the Sandals properties in the Ocho Rios area. This is the main pool area at the Grande Riviera resort. 




    One of the absolutely gorgeous and serene spa treatment rooms. 





    Words can even describe how HOT Jamaica was. Any clothing was too much clothing - it was a constant state of sweating! But I'm not complaining, give me that any day over a -25, with windchill, winter day in Toronto! 








    This is only a partial view of the stunning Honeymoon Romeo & Juliet butler suite at the resort. 












    Jerk Chicken pizza - oh yeah, it's a thing. The Beaches Ocho Rios prepared a special lunch for us flighties and even had the Sesame Street Characters stop by to say hello.



    That orange girl looks like she's about to choke me!




    Beaches Ocho Rios also has a waterpark!!! And thanks to our awesome Sandals host we got to play on the waterslides for a couple of hours.








    Our waterside dinner at Kelly's Dockside restaurant. Such a filling, satisfying meal. Every restaurant at Sandals was so great about dealing with all of my food intolerances, I didn't have to spend a moment worrying about what I'd eat!




    Yes, in case you're wondering, they did paint themselves with chocolate!




    The next morning, before we all transferred for our last night at a resort in Montego Bay, I ordered myself some room service for breakfast. Only I didn't quite get to eat it...



    That morning I was very closely introduced to a family of mongoose who appeared to thoroughly enjoy my breakfast. I then proceeded to lock myself out of my suite by accident because I was so flustered (I don't do well when hungry!) I had no idea what these creatures were until I asked a member of the staff who laughed when I told her the story of my breakfast.







    Lunch at the Royal Caribbean resort in Montego Bay - I love a good salad bar!



    This resort has it's own private island!








    Lazy river with a swim up bar, what else do you need?! 


    Sunset from the balcony in my room at Sandals Montego Bay.

    These next few photos are from the underwater camera I borrowed from my dad, quality is pretty bad, but these are more about the fun than the photo! 










    If you made it all the way through these, I applaud you!


    All photos taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and my Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM lens. (Except the underwater shots)  

  • Magic Oven & Friends



    Every so often a few photography friends and I get together for hangs and food (of course), Sara lovingly refers to us as the "The Little Toronto Photo club." Sara, Krysta and I met at Magic Oven for a tasty lunch and some much needed catch up time. 

    I had the best pizza. Their gluten free crust is really good, I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking for some new options.











    Sara, don't hate me for posting this, I know you have deep didn't-buy-the-hat regrets, but you looked adorable so I just had to put it up here! 


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

  • On guilt.

    Guys, I'm a really bad blogger. No matter how much I try to keep a schedule with this thing, it always seems to get away from me! As per my new year resolutions (who keeps those anyway?) I should be posting once a week. I'm really falling behind on the job with my once a month posts. I have 8 months left to do this! (And the plan is that I'll continue posting once a week from there on out...)

    Anyway! It's been a chilly Spring so far, but it's been fun. I'm getting more comfortable in my new job, and I've been trying to take my camera out as much as I can... I have quite a few rolls of film to process, so hopefully I can get those done soon and post them here! 

    Two weekends ago I bought a sweet new ride. My old bike stood by me through my first few years here in the city but it was definitely time to retire it and move on up. 
     

    How gorgeous is she? Right? Right.
     


    And here's an outtake from my most recent 52 weeks project post:

     



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

    For a brief moment last week I was sure that Spring was here, so I went a little crazy and bought myself 3 bouquets of tulips. It's amazing how fresh flowers can breathe life into a home and brighten one's mood. Sadly, the consistent snowy weather for the past couple days is letting us know that Mother Nature has other plans. But at least we all got to spend a couple of lovely days enjoying the sunshine. 

    This is my week 10 self-portrait for the 52 weeks project I'm doing. I'm only a week behind on posting the updates, not bad! 

    And in case you missed week 9 of the project....

    Here's an outtake with a better view of my hairstyle. I'm happy that my hair is finally long enough to do all the fun braid hairstyles I've been so envious of! 

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

  • Live on coffee and flowers

    Here's a glimpse into a typical weekend morning in my life. This happened to be from the post Valentine's Day weekend, so my beautiful flowers get to make an appearance featuring some wonderful morning light. We ate a pretty typical meal of scrambled eggs, chicken bacon, hashbrowns and fruit. We also decided to have some very healthy, refreshing fruit smoothies this particular weekend. Made up of apples, strawberries, bananas, and almond milk, my smoothie was tasty, but definitely not as rich and filling as chad's was, with his yogurt addition. I occasionally eat almond yogurt or soy yogurt, but it's just not the same! Sometimes you just can't replace the real thing. 

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

  • Love what you have and you'll have more love.

    You know you've had a good weekend when it was spent with people you care about and good food. If only we should all be so lucky. 



    Easy is a brunch spot a two minute walk from my house, and it's one of my favourites in the city. Not only do they have delicious, nutrious smoothies but they have light, fluffy gluten-free waffles! 

    Chad and I met up with our friends Scott and Julie for a mid afternoon meal the other weekend, and it did not disappoint. The service was a tad slow, but everything was okay our food arrived ( waffles and side of bacon for me!)

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

  • 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.

  • 52 weeks progress...

    About a month ago, I posted about my 2013 goals and the 52 weeks project I was starting. It's definitely time to do a little update. I'm sad to say, I've already fallen behind on my promise of posting one blog a week, as this is my second post this year - but don't worry I could fill your ear up with excuses, if you ask! 

    In happier news, I have been 95% on time. A miraculous feat! Only 11 months to go. It's astounding how being on time is a lot more relaxing and satisfying than I ever thought possible, maybe that'll be what spurs me on to continue to change my ways. 

    I'm doing well at reading more books and being gluten free - it's fun to have a reason to look up new recipes and shop in new stores. And tonight I had the tastiest gluten free baguette, who even knew that was possible?!

    I'll be back later this week with some photos I took this past week, but for now I'll leave you with my 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th photos of my 52 weeks project...









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

     

  • 2013

     

    For the past couple of months I've been tweaking my 30 before 30 list. I know it's a little overdone on the internet now days, but I think it will be really good for me to make a set list of goals for the next few years of my life. Keeping in that mindset, I'd like to set a few goals for 2013. I suppose you could call them resolutions, but really they are just guidelines to which I'd like to live my life by.

    1. Be on time
    I am a disaster in this area. No matter how many times and promises I've made to myself, I just can't seem to become the punctual person I'd like to be. With a bunch of new changes for this year, and friends and family that deserve to see me arrive on time, I'm making this my main goal.

    2. Read one book a month
    No matter how busy I might be, reading should never take a backseat. I have more books than bookshelf space and it's time I start reading and enjoying the books I've bought and been given.

    3. More blog posts
    I'd love to post once per week, so that is what I'll aim to achieve, and if I manage that, I'll work towards two. The more I post, the more I'll shoot and vice versa. With my new gear from Christmas, I won't have a lack of inspiration!

    4. Be completely gluten free for one month
    Keeping with the wishes of my various doctors I've been working on being gluten free, but I really need to make the final push to do it completely, and at least for one month. That way I can measure how I feel in relation to other things I'm doing. One month can't be that hard, right?

    5. Try yoga
    I need to do this, I've been all talk for far too long. I know it would be a tremedous help to my back/neck/body but I've yet to even try it. I have a yoga mat, all I need is the motivation. If I hate it, so be it - but at least I tried!

    6. Declutter
    This year I'd like to declutter my apartment. If I haven't used, worn or needed something in 6 months or more, I will get rid of it or give it away. This will encourage me to eventually live simply. (Well, a girl can dream)

    7. Project 52
    And last but definitely not least, I'm gonna try out another project - back in 2008 I did the 365 and failed somewhere around the 177 day mark. I can't believe it's been almost 5 years since then. I figure I'll go easy on myself this time around and do the 52 weeks project - taking a photo of myself once a week for 52 weeks.

     

    There you have it. We'll see how I make out - but if you catch me not doing any of these things please do feel free to scold me.


    (Top photo is my first photo for the 52 weeks project, you can view it full size and with more details here.)

  • 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.

  • Another Day

    Bokeh Panorama, 13 photo stitch.


    Reliving Spring memories today with a few shots of a walk we took on a beautiful May afternoon. 


    Laundromat, furrowed brow self-portrait.


    Full of Beans Cafe on Dundas St W.

    Stealing the neighbours' lilacs!




    All photos taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens.

  • 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.

  • Spending!


    Here's a little non-photography related post for everyone. Since the beginning of the year I have been keeping track of my spending in order to gain further insight into where most of my money goes. As one can guess, it's been pretty eye-opening to say the least.  Despite trying to cut back, I've still been spending money pretty loosely. So for now I will be excited about what I have bought and will work towards being smarter with my money... tomorrow.

    Here's some of the things I've acquired...

    American Eagle Blue Jeggings
    Who doesn't need another pair of comfy jeggings?

     

    One ticket to this wonderful festival! I can't wait.




    Lost in the Trees - A Church That Fits Our Needs (Amazing album!)



    Skyn Iceland - Icelandic Relief Eye Pen
    Haven't received this in the mail yet, but I can't wait to try it. I've heard great things about this brand!


    Sephora - Super Nourishing Lip Balm
    Love this stuff! So soft.

    Sephora - Instant Depuffing Roll-On Gel
    Perfect for sleepy mornings with tired eyes.


    Hanson Shout It Out CD.
    I never buy CD's anymore but for $15, I got to see them perform acoustic and meet them (again)! Not bad.


    Dalish Lip and Cheek Balm in Hot Momma and Coral
    Two all natural, Canadian made products that I found at the One of a Kind show. This stuff is really great as blush and is soft and shiny for lips as well!

    Kodak Portra 120 400 x 5
    When my friend went to NYC and stopped in at B&H I couldn't resist asking for another few rolls of film.

    That's all for now... Spring photo update coming soon.

     

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