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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



  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
     

  • Rebel Rebel Outtakes / Toronto Band Photographer

    As a follow up to Monday's post, I thought I'd show you guys a few outtakes from the Rebel Rebel shoot. It's always hard to narrow down the best shots from a shoot, that's why it's fun to have a blog like this and be able to show off a few extras from the day. I will have some backlogged posts and some new posts coming up soon. (Right after I edit over 1000 photos from the gorgeous Cuba!)












    All Images shot with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and my 85mm 1.8 and 35mm 1.4 lenses. 

  • Rebel Rebel / Toronto Band Photographer


    Hello all! Sorry for the silence these past couple of weeks - I just got back from a very relaxing vacation and I am ready to show you all some photos! But first...

    About two months ago (I can't believe it's gone by so quickly) I shot Rebel Rebel at a local Toronto spot. Having known a couple of the members for a few years now, I was honoured to be asked to shoot some photos for them. They are a lovely bunch of people and they make great music together. They also have an EP coming out September 22nd as well, which you can read more about here.




    Bokeh panorama, 15 photo stitch
















    All Images shot with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and my 85mm 1.8 and 35mm 1.4 lenses.

  • July is over?!

    I can't believe how fast time is flying. I still have a million things to accomplish this summer. Many of which include more days spent lying in the park. But let's be honest, I've had an amazing summer so far and I've taken more photos than I could ever count.

    I'll be doing some more catch up blog posts in the next couple days, but here's a few teasers from July...



    I shot an event on Toronto Island and got this shot of my two beautiful friends, Katie and Brynn.

    Bokeh Panorama, 16 Photo Stitch





    A day spent at Ward's Island.
     





    Canada Day sparklers in the park!




    Shot some good concerts, like this one, with James Vincent McMorrow.



     Then Tracey and I spent our Birthday with the people (and food and drinks) we love on Toronto Island! (3rd year in a row!)
     


    More bike porn!

     


    Got to hang out with this cutie, Sawyer, all day too!
     



    Then I spent my birthday at home with my beautiful family.



    I'm a lucky girl and had these wonderful cupcakes and a cake made for me by my wonderful sister! 

     
    All photos taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II and either my Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM lens or my Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens. 

  • Mother's Day 2012

    I went home to Brampton for Mother's Day back in May to see my beautiful Mom. It was a wonderful day spent with lots of food, peaceful nature, and lovely company.

    Bokeh panorama, 9 photo stitch.



    We started the day off with some baked cinnamon french toast that I made from this recipe. So tasty, but a little to much sugar so I'd probably only make it for special occasions.


    These two ducks have taken to swimming in the standing water on the top of our pool cover, they seemed joyously happy there!



    We then took a long walk through a conservation area in Brampton that was surprisingly beautiful. The weather was perfect.









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

  • 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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