i've collected some really great experiences as a photographer... met some really cool people. i think it's because even if one is not really into photography, people are always wanting to talk or know more about it. wanting to hear the stories...how business is... what's goin' on in the industry.
and this is how i met eleanor. an engineer from BC.
she had been invited by a friend to view a wedding that was posted on my blog-from that day forward she has been following my posts, commenting on facebook and then she sent me the most encouraging letter. this continued and after a few years of writing, eleanor said she was coming to ontario and wondered how far i was from oakville. just a stone's throw. she asked if i wanted to meet her in person...if we could have coffee. not a chance...you'll come stay with me and i'll tour you about niagara. her dad joined us for the day... smart, protective father that he is. after he decided i wasn't a lunatic he went back to Oakville and we continued touring Twenty Valley.
we even managed to squeeze in a (pretty woman) session of her very own in the studio.
eleanor continues to study engineering and already a leader in her industry with her involvement in a women's engineering group. she sets out to inspire. she also has a business on the side-you can check it out here and it will explain why she called this little place 'stitch' (located in Jordan)... heaven.
eleanor, you did get me in trouble with my boy though. we've been talking about his 16th birthday trip-a tradition in our home-and he's been thinking about California. he has a friend there. our exchange went a little like this:
how do you have a friend in Cali?
'well, i accidentally texted this person and we became fb friends and we chat every once in awhile.'
i frowned with disapproval and gave him the lecture on internet safety...blah blah blah.
'mom... what about eleanor. you invited her to stay in our home after meeting on facebook...'
the only reasonable response i could possibly give...
ummmm...i'm the parent... i can do what i want. you're the child... (continue to rant about internet safety here).
eleanor...i have more to show you in niagara-come back again soon!
happy tuesday friends and thanks for stopping by!
what i admire most about sushma is her courage... and her on going exploration of who she is. life is a journey.
'sink or swim baby...this is it...'
sushma...i'm so grateful that our paths crossed!
happy monday friends! it was a lovely start to the week with 2 pretty woman sessions in the studio today! before i show you those, i need to share with you a few sessions i photographed for TRU vitality and Allure. The duo chose 3 gals to celebrate with treatments, a make over and a mini pretty woman session -celebrating authentic, beautiful women.
i'd like you to meet marjie... take a minute to listen to marjie's story told by Drive films and then check out the stills from her session just outside of the TRU viatality clinic in Yorkville, Toronto.
for some it's tradition for the bride and groom to exchange a gift on the morning of the wedding. sometimes it's jewlery-something that will become an heirloom...sometimes it's pictures. our brides love the pretty woman/boudoir sessions and are gifting a collection of images to their soon to be hubbies. the lovely sarah surprised aaron with an album this weekend...
here are a handful from sarah's session... we won't show the boudoir images...they're for aaron's eyes only!
greg was so excited to call and arrange a lovely surprise for his sweet jennifer-i've had the pleasure of photographing these two together and they are adorable! it was just before christmas and greg had the perfect gift idea... a pretty woman session is just what she needed to celebrate her new look!
jennifer had just had her braces taken off after an 18 month process of repairing her jaw. she had agreed to the surgery that years ago would have left her jaw wired shut for 6 months... with medical advances it would now only be 10 days and says she'd do it all over again! following the surgery jen would wear braces and to celebrate the new look we photographed her in the studio last week during one of our pretty woman sessions!
so glad that we've met, jennifer-you have a great story and a beautiful smile!