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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.

  • 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.

  • Southern Souls - Aidan Knight

    The other week I took some behind-the-scenes shots for a Southern Souls video, featuring Aidan Knight. The video was shot at a cute little place on queen, Chantecler. (They have a great menu and tasty drinks if you're ever in the area!)












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

  • 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.
     

  • 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.
     

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • I love weekends.

    Spent part of the weekend catching up with my cousin, Brenda. We used to be very close when we were younger, but it's been hard to keep in touch since we both became so busy. This past year we've been working hard at checking in and making sure we hang out more often than not. It's been wonderful! We spent Friday evening having a drink (Dominican Rum + Lime Perrier + 100% Grape Juice for me!) and planning our upcoming Fall trip to Europe. (!!!) I have never been before, (unless you count being one and in England with my parents)  so this is really, really exciting. Plus I get to spend a week meeting some of Brenda's family and poking around Ireland. We're then headed to London for a few and then onto Paris.
    Most of Saturday was spent making a huge, delicious breakfast and then proceeding heading out to go thrifting and a little mall shopping. I managed to snag a brand new sundress at Value Village and then a perfect floral skirt (and you thought I had too many!) and the cutest iced drink to go cup at Winners. I can't wait wait to put all of these use. But for now, here are some photos from our Saturday morning...

     

     

     My gluten-free pancakes.


    Chicken Bacon (I'm not allowed real bacon right now...very sad.)

     

     
    I hope everyone is having a great Monday! Photos from Easter coming soon (including photos of the tasty treats Chad and I made).

  • I'll walk in the golden light.

     

     Spent a wonderful Saturday this past weekend in High Park with Chad. The beautiful sun felt so warm and soft on our faces, that all I can do now is think about all of the summer fun to come. Nothing as satisfying as riding my bike along the waterfront, with the sun on my face.




    Chad found imported Vanilla and Cherry coke at this small convenience store near Roncesvalles, and could not have been more excited! Yum.


    Took a few moments to work on my best tourist impression to get some photos of the almost ready, cherry blossoms. So beautiful!




     

    Spent a few good minutes drooling jealously at everyone having ice cream. Gotta go find myself
    some more coconut ice cream.

  • 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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