while i have thoroughly enjoyed every stage that our kids go through... there are times that i really miss the early childhood days... i had one of those moments this morning. i opened the back door to let Lola out and, not surprisingly, she took off into the neighbour's yard-i'm lucky theiy're so gracious! i chased her and within seconds their back door flew open and i was greeted by two very happy and spirited, beautiful kids... hudson and sarah came running over to greet
me Lola... if only the dog appreciated their sweet faces as much as i do. i know there may be times that the parents of these little fireballs can't wait for the days that they sleep in, are done teething, and can have adult conversations (although i've spoken with sarah and hudson several times and they are fluent in adult language)...
but for now. enjoy this stage! little marin and her wonderment!
this is where erin and wes married... i didn't know that when i chose the location-how things have changed over the years!
i know where i can find a good assistant! happy shooting hudson!
enjoy the weekend! make a few memories!
and then... there are these two crazy kids. my bro and his lovely wife are expecting their first baby-they're having a girl! Natalee was encouraged to capture her baby belly by my sister at our last girlie get together. so we found some golden light and made a few images for their picture wall. we are so excited to meet baby gertrude... well, that's what we call her. and justin spilled the name at the session-if only i had been listening!!
love you guys-you're going to make a great mom + dad-so excited for you and to meet my niece! xoxo
it's been a while since i've posted a beloved session...maybe you're celebrating an anniversary, or you haven't had pictures taken of the two of you since your wedding day. maybe you never did the wedding thing at all...and you just want to celebrate your beautiful partner. this is an act of belovedness. to want to hold onto a moment, to freeze an image so you can remember it forever...
i first photographed teddy + vicky at their daughter amanda's wedding a few year's ago. i've kept in touch with sweet amanda and she's become one of my favourite people-who better to tell you a little bit about this beloved session:
note: nataschia advised me to drink a glass of vino while writing this post, and i suggest you have one while reading it, so...bottoms up!
sometime last fall while trying to figure out a christmas gift that would knock my folks socks clean off, the idea to have nataschia photograph them for a beloved session was decided upon. the plan would be to wait until may when my mom and dad would celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary -- a truly perfect opportunity for them to make the time to spend with one another, doing something that focused solely on them and their beautiful thirty year love. so on a lovely, warm, friday evening, they snuggled together under the shade of the largest and oldest maple tree in all of canada, re-connecting their hearts and chasing away the most perfect golden sunlight.
choosing a 500 year old tree as the location for the session only seemed fitting as it has this incredible way of making its presence very well known. just being close to its enormous trunk, completely surrounded by its beautiful majestic branches, you can't deny the story it tells -- one of growth and struggle, endurance and light, its beautiful transformation as each of the seasons pass; a lot like the foundation of a marriage if you ask me.
i was honoured when my parents invited me to come along for the session, and as i kept my distance and observed from the picket fence that surrounds my most favourite hidden gem in niagara, i couldn't help but find myself overcome by tears. first with tears of joy to see the two most influential people in my life, look at one other in a way i hadn't seen in a very long time. not because it wasn't there all along, and not because those feelings and vows and promises they shared weren't present somewhere deep down in their everyday, but because it isn't always given the time to shine. sometimes life gets in the way of all the living we're intended to do -- it has a way of creeping up behind you and stealing away if not a little, but a lot of those precious feelings and heart-filled moments we are supposed to share with one another, each and every day. but then came tears of promise...to know that my parents love could see them through every challenge and roadblock they had faced up until that moment, and then even more tears for the days and years to come.
for every tear shed followed a whole-belly laugh, whether it was my mom or my dad, they were like two teenagers on an adorable first date. i think that's my very favourite thing about their relationship, the most endearing quality of their inspiring, genuine, partnership -- the way they laugh together. if you asked who was funnier, they would both say themselves, and sometimes, i think it's a pretty close tie (we all know i'm the funniest). my dad with his goofy faces and clumsy chevy chase tendencies (both in looks and personality), my mom with her quick wit and sarcasm, it's almost like they try to outdo each other, but both end up laughing in the end (even if it is at their own jokes). they laugh together, and they love together, and i can't tell you how perfect i think that is.
thank you nataschia for having that natural ability to make anyone feel comfortable enough to be themselves and fall into the moment enough to create beautiful photographs and even more beautiful memories -- you are truly talented my friend. getting to share such a special milestone in a marriage with my parents is a day i could never forget, and i will always be thankful for the way they celebrated their love beneath the shade of that most perfect spring evening, rooted deep within the life of that big ol' tree, and hopefully, even deeper within their hearts.
to many more mom and dad. so much love for you both, always.
your more-hilarious-than-you daughter,
firstly.... a little love to those celebrating mother's day- moms, grandmothers... if you're an auntie or a mentor to children- i hope your day is full of love!
secondly...a mother's day surprise for a sweet friend. happy mother's day to lindsay, who's husband has been plotting a little surprise for her the last few weeks....enjoy my dear friend and have a fabulous day celebrating with your little ones.
lindsay has recently introduced me to her husband steve. it's so obvious why these two need to be together-they offer such a balance to each other-it makes perfect sense to me that they'd fall madly in love over a little salsa dancing. the last time they were in front of a camera was for their wedding almost 3 years ago-but being a photographer herself and always being the one behind the camera in hand, she holds images of the two of them especially close to her heart.
my dear Lu, upon registration of this marital journey, the brochure outlining expectations was out of print. Well, I am delighted about that. Clearly the heart need not direction from pamphlets and publishers. The prescription is written behind the subconscious, before memories, in a place we cannot find – it only finds us.
We then rationalize what our body has already determined, only because we want to feel as though we are in control. So we verbalize the obvious attributes: Lindsay, you are beautiful, you are smart, you are fun, you are helpful. It is the elements that stimulate that foreign place you can’t quite conceptualize...that’s what guides my heart. The little surprises, or maybe just the way you present them. Your determination...it is infectious and without end. Your constant desire to be stimulated by something new, and different. You pretend to plan, but really you plan for spontaneity, to make sure it will have room to take off. Those are just a few of things they wouldn’t put in the brochure, so why bother to read it. I didn’t choose anyway – my heart did.
she is his beloved.
mark and jennifer came over for dinner about seven, maybe eight years ago. they came to the door, mark with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and his lovely wife jennifer-and i knew right then...that they were keepers. ; ) recently, i found out that the last time they had been photographed was on their wedding day and insisted they get in front of the camera again. so much has changed since then... better, worse, sickness and health, you know... life. and through it all... love. mark is jennifer's biggest fan... he's so proud of her. jennifer adores him just as much. they're amazing together-quite a team. mark spends his down time on the guitar... or the piano- he's so gifted. jennifer is a creator of beautiful things-an artist of many mediums. their home...a lovely unique reflection of them. i imagine this is how they spend their days off... chatting in the window seat, dreaming, playing the guitar...serving the best coffee to drop in guests...
love the way they laugh together.
mark and jennifer... thanks for letting me drop in with my camera. so happy you're in my life-and i wish you a lifetime of love!