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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Spiced Banana Bread with Walnuts




    I made this a few weeks ago, and boy, was it delicious! I picked up a tin of "pumpkin spice" from the store, and it provided so many delicious fall flavours to the bread. Unfortunately, I have since forgotten what exact recipe I used to make this so I cannot share..but I promise I will make more and when I come across something similar, I will post about it!



    Before editing these photos, I finally purchased VSCO Film. I have been debating it for a while now, and after realizing that it would a great investment for my work, I caved and bought it right away. I can't help but always swoon over the look of film that I shoot, and it's great that a company came up with a fast and simple way to make digital photos come close to that film "look." I will probably spend the next week or two playing with every possible combination and tweak of these fantastic presets, and I could not be more excited!



    As many of you may already know, I recently came back from a quick jaunt in Europe. My eyes have never seen more beautiful sights. I felt as though I was in constant awe of the world around me, fighting to catch my breath. I cannot wait to share some of the photos I took with you all.



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

  • 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. 

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