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December Roundup

December. One of my favourite months of the year and yes I am biased because it’s my birthday month, but still- how can you NOT love Christmas?!!? Looking at the year ahead, thinking of what I’ve accomplished this year and how I’d like to up the anty this upcoming year. I’ll do an extra blog post on my goals for the next year-hopefully it’ll motivate and keep me accountable. Keep your eyes peeled.

“Christmas Flat Lay”
Eeek!!! Can I gloat just a bit!? Naa…it’s all good. I am just very proud of this shot. As you may already know, I’ve been trying to up my flat lay game-this year and I feel like this is a HUGE improvement! I didn’t want to use the typical Christmas colours too much- I wanted it to be mostly neutral with pops of red and silver. I think I achieved that, right?😁




Christmas Spices”
My mother’s house is always full of spices, while I was brainstorming for a blog post on my lifestyle blog (My Sister’s Keeper), I thought it would be a great idea to do a flat lay of some of the spices we use for a natural water potpourri we make every year. This is how the shot came about and yea…I’m pretty proud of it. 

“Glass Angel”
I have been trying to get a good shot of some of the ornaments on the Christmas tree because it’s a bit tricky to get a good capture- the darkness of the tree and then the light throws the metering off somewhat. Or, I have to be more patient with the f-stop.  I spotted this glass ornament on my mother’s tree and loved how it looked when the light caught the glass. I will admit that I didn’t like how unfocused the right-hand side of the angel came out, but I had to compromise as the rest of it is in such great focus. 😁 Maybe, I’m just too picky…don’t ask how many shots I took.

“Cupped Snow”
Sometimes all over the internet is filled with photos of falling snow, but it’s actually photoshopped, but I’m super grateful to live in a country where I can get real falling snow, no digital enhancement needed! 😁 The bonus was that my fingers didn’t freeze off. On another note, my lovely model is my sister!

“Snowfetti”
My cheeky monkey playing around in the snow, she tried to throw some at me after this shot was taken. The older I get, I realise how much I don’t really like winter, but when I look at my daughter and all the fun she has in the snow, I realise that what I’m missing the wonder and fun in the snow. I’m sure if I actually went out and played in the snow, it would be far more enjoyable than cowering in a warm house.

“Christmas Flat Lay”
Here’s another shot I tried out for a “Christmasy” flat lay, not much to say about it really- it’s just festive. Need I say more?

“Neveah Winter Smiles”
We had some lovely weather the last couple of days and instead of staying indoors and getting cabin fever, I decided to finally crawl outside and take in some of the sunshine, even if it means it comes with -15 weather 😩! This is my little munchkin enjoying making snow angels and a mini snowman because the snow wasn’t the right snow. LOL.

“Blowing Snow”
This was taken on another one of our mild days after a huge snowstorm. I wanted to try taking a shot playing around with snow. I loved how they came out, it was hard to pick just the right shot, but I loved how it was still an action shot of my sister, while still capturing the blowing snow!

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October Roundup

IMG_5627 (1).jpgUrgh. October hit me hard- mostly because I wasn’t ready for its speed and for the cold that met me. I’ve spent the past month in Montreal, Canada and though it’s not as cold as it would be in January- I packed fairly light clothing for the cold that met me. But it also reaffirmed to me that I no longer like the cold- I feel the chill in my bones…the struggle is real.

 

 

“Textures”
One of the side effects of fall is the cold, you get the pleasure of the sun, but then winter teases you by slapping you on the face with a huge gust of wind. 😣 I took this a shot of some of the textures of fabrics which make their way out of storage to help us cope with the cold.

 

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“Fluff”
If you’re wondering why I’ve named this shot Fluff- I have no idea, sometimes a name just sticks. I took this shot for my blog as a filler shot, but I really liked its simplicity, but also because of the fact that I  recently bought floral props to up my flat lay game. So here’s fluff. 😊

 

Red“Red”
This shot is a bit Christmasy, but I just loved the vibrancy of the red of these berries on the bush. One of the best things about fall is the combination and vibrancy of the colours out there in nature! It really does open my eyes up!

 

 

 

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“Trelace”
My mother recently moved to a historic area in Montreal, so when we took a walk on a lovely Sunday afternoon, I came across this house with so many lovely details. I’m not really one to like old features in a house, I normally like it for decorative items. But this house made my day!

 

Autumn Colours.jpg“Autumn Colours”
One of the best things about Canada is the fact that we have 4 distinct seasons, and they are so beautiful to watch the seasons transition. On our walk we came across so many wonderfully changing trees, it was extremely difficult to choose!

 

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“Hydrangea”
An extremely talented friend of mine painted this for me!! You don’t understand just how touched I was to receive this! It’s not often you get presents that are not only handmade, with such talent, but also with such sentiment. I can’t wait to put it up in my office!

September Roundup

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🍂September, is such a great time of year when it comes to photography. I will be fully open and honest with you, this month was a wind whirl of emotions and stress. The fact that I managed to even get a blog post out, so over all- I’m happy with all of the content in this post! I’ll fully accept that this blog post doesn’t have any “autumny” shots. But! I’ll work on it, I promise.

 

IMG_5757 (1)“Dream”

I took this shot for an upcoming post on my blog, but loved it so much, I had to share, but also because I didn’t take too many outdoor shots this month. For whatever random reason, it was lots and lots of flat lays. Which can’t be a bad thing because I feel like I’m definitely improving on them!

 

 

 

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“CRA”

This is yet another shot I took for the blog, but I don’t know if it’s because I enjoyed the book so much, but I love this shot. The leaves in the background, are actually fresh bay leaves I was drying out at the time. Having an orange subject makes it a bit tricky to find accessories that “blend” well in the shot, but I found that the contrast of green and orange- didn’t look too Halloweeny. So win all round! Ps: It’s a great book, I wrote up a review for it on the blog ()!

 

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“Pond”
Nature and water has always been my sanctuary, this month- I’ve been visiting my family back in Canada. It has been such a great feeling to reconnect and find beautiful areas like this, where I can clear my thoughts. I’ve been to this park many times when I lived here, but it never captured me like this…maybe it’s age.

 

IMG_5845 (1)“Self-Reflection”

As I hinted in the intro, I had a tough month, so I’ve been trying to find ways to relax, breathe and attempt to take things one step at a time. I’ve always found nature to be that place for me. I took this shot on one of those days, one where I was looking for something good to capture, but instead this shot came about. It symbolizes more of the feeling I felt in that moment, the calm and restfulness I felt looking out on the water.

 

 

IMG_5315“Pear”
We went apple picking, because duh! September in Quebec, it’s a must! We chose a different place this time around, because it also had pears and plums, along with apples. We had such a lovely time in Oka and the weather was divine!!

 

 

 

 

If I’m being honest, the end of this month crept up on me and I wasn’t ready for it all!!! Wah!! Catch you next week!

August Roundup

Ahh, August. For me, the month of August is like a release of breath…you spend June and July attempting to pack in all that is summer that sometimes you forget to enjoy it. Then August strolls in, reminding us that winter is just around the corner and release….we slow down and attempt to savour it just that bit more. Or at least try to. If I could bottle it, August would be the month I’d catch and keep, it is one of my favourite months of the year, warm days and cooling nights and even more spectacular sunsets! Sigh, don’t leave me August.

 

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“Morecombe- Palladium”
I will admit that this photograph is technically a cheat, as it was taken at the very end of July, but I didn’t post it, so meh- let me off the hook. We took a trip to the beach in Morecombe and as we were walking back from the pier after getting fish & chips, I spotted this. I genuinely love old advertisements on the side of buildings, it tells a story…

Wood Grain“Wood Grain”
This shot is a bit different, but as I was shooting the shot above, I noticed the detail in the wood I was using as my background. Nothing too fancy or special really, but I just thought it was really nice.

IMG_4902-logo.JPG.jpg“Colouring a Roar”
I took this flat lay for my blog post, but I was really impressed with the natural light that came through from my dining room window, it still puts a smile on my face when I see it, so that’s a win! I still haven’t completed this page as of yet, because I can’t commit to choosing the colours. Oh well..in time.

 

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“Seashells”
When we went to Morecombe Beach, we collected a load of seashells. We have them displayed in a glass jar, as the sunlight was streaking through my window, I snapped a few off-centred shots of the shells. Yes, I off-centred it on purpose. Lol.

 

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We had a wonderful walk in Bolton Abbey with my daughter and her cousins, the weather showed off to us and we got a work out as well. On our way out, was this beautiful and intricate fountain. I couldn’t think of a name for this shot…so sue me. I really love details and architecture like this. Especially when you look back at how OLD it is! This is one of the reasons I love the UK! When they say throwback they mean THROW BACK!

 

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“Abbey Ruins”
Here’s an awe inspiring shot of the abbey ruins from across the field. This is a great place to visit, even if you don’t do the walks, it’s such a beautiful landscape and the history cannot be replicated.

 

 

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“Chit Chats”
This is my daughter and her cousin, they are about a year apart and get along so remarkably well it warms my heart. I have no idea what little plot or devious plan is being hatched, but they just looked so cute and so focused in their conversation, I had to capture it! Don’t be fooled by their cute faces, they do get up to no good! As she’s an only child, I really love to see her create bonds with other children, it helps to make me feel less bad that she will not have siblings.

 

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“Yorkshire Rose”
I have visited the inside of the chapel at Bolton Abbey before, so this trip my eye geared towards things I hadn’t seen before. Upon entering the “lobby” of the chapel, I looked up and spotted the beautiful detail on the ceiling. I’m not sure when this was done, but I don’t feel like it was there 6 years ago when I was last here. I loved the symmetry of it.

 

Love Books“Bookish”
I am a massive book lover, and I love buying old “vintage” books, mainly because I love the fact that it’s cloth bound and the yellowing of the papers, it’s just all super cool. I took this flat lay for National Book Lover’s Day and I loved the way it came out. If I were to make any changes, it would be the fact that I forgot that the pages would be white so the natural light makes it a little to bright. Nonetheless, it mood and vibe is spot on, lol..well to me it is.

 

As August has come to a close and I’m sad about it all, I do welcome autumn, because of the variety of colours nature offers us at this time of the year. I will be taking a trip back to Montreal in the next couple of weeks, and I have already planned a mini trip up north, so that I can hopefully capture some of autumn’s beauty or at the very least-Montreal’s beauty. Stay tuned!

July Roundup

Urgh, this month was a hard one for me; I wish I could put my finger on what has gotten into me, but the truth is I don’t know. I just couldn’t find the gusto to go out and take pics for the majority of this month. It wasn’t until last week when I realised I wouldn’t have much to submit to this month’s roundup, I had better get myself in gear 😣. So, that being said, please forgive me for my lacklustre submissions this month.

 

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“Twin Toes”
A friend of my sister-in-law recently gave birth to twins and as I had been looking for inspiration and a challenge somewhat, I decided on a whim to ask her if she’d mind if I photographed them. She said yes, and this is some of the results of the mini shoot. I have to admit that it was far tougher than I had anticipated. It’s not like I had never worked with a baby before, it was more the managing and manoeuvring of two babies that made it tricky. I’d like to think I did well, but the truth of the matter is I always find something wrong with my work and this time was no different 😣.

 

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Prickly.jpg“Prickly”
We have a tree in our front yard which some genius planted, it’s a lovely looking thing, except it’s covered in thorns! They get dry and fall off and stab you in your foot, very fun! Anyhow, so after a workout of cutting this tree down, and shouting a few curse words from removing thorns in my foot, my eye caught. Silver lining and all that jazz…but seriously, I still have a piece of thorn in my foot I can’t get out…when do I worry?

 

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“Baby Smiles” & “Twin Face 2 Face”
More baby love!! Swoon! There isn’t much to say other than look how adorable and precious they are! It was such a thrill to photograph them and even if they did fuss and cry, I got lots of cuddles in and that can never be a bad thing!

 

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“Growl
Ahh, to embrace life with the fervour of a 4 year old! I have to say, there is nothing like looking at the world through the eyes of a child. It can be filled with frustration, roll on the floor laughter and sometimes a pang of yearning. Everyday I strive to be as enthusiastic and in love with life and living as my daughter, if not for her, but for myself.

 

 

 

 

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“Orange Flora”
This is a lovely unidentified flower in my backyard, I had been waiting all summer for it to bloom, to only bloom for like 2 weeks, which is a bummer. I went back a couple of days ago to see if I could get a better shot of it and unfortunately it has already died back 😮, so I guess I’ll have to wait till next year! Oh well, at least I tried. If any of you are horticulturalists, let me know what this flower is called. Thanks.

 

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“Buzzin”
Still trying to work on my macro shots, but I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised while editing this shot that not only did I capture the beautiful bee, but also the little hover fly (?) as well. I had a couple shots, but this is best one of the fly in focus, even if the bee is a little fizzy along the left, I’m happy with it. Can’t have it all, can I? Until I invest in the macro lens I’ve been eyeing I’ll stay blissfully happy.

 

 

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“Soft” & “Soft Bright”
I couldn’t decide which edit I preferred for this shot, so I put both…because well, I can. I’m partial to the one on the right because it’s moody, but sometimes adding light to a shot gives a completely different feel, hence the shot on the left. Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments or you can head over to my Instagram stories and place a vote there….if I remember to do it 😏.

 

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Considering I wasn’t very confident when I began this month’s blog post, I have to say- I’m pretty pleased or like the Brits say “chuffed” with the shots I did manage to pull out of the bag! Bring on August!

 

June Roundup

Summer actually showed up!! And trust me, I fully took advantage and I’m not apologizing for it! As of writing this post, so far, I don’t think it’s rained yet (fingers crossed), because of this, we have spent a lot of our time outdoors, naturally. So, prepare for a lot of nature shots in this month’s roundup! Let’s go!

 

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“Waterway & Tree”
I don’t think taking photos of the canal can every get old! There’s always something to look at and a different way you can take and as a photographer you can ALWAYS simply change your perspective!

 

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“Stream
I had planned a little trip to the park nearby by, by ways of the canal- but we took a little detour off the beaten path and cane upon a beautiful field! Eventually, it lead us to the park we originally meant to visit, but didn’t end up staying as the walk ended up being well over an hour! We took a mini break and dipped our feet in the cool, refreshing water.

 

 

 

 

 

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“Flutter”
During our walk, my daughter stopped to take a rock out of her shoe, as she stopped a butterfly stopped near by, it was only for a very shot instance, but I was so happy to have my camera to catch it! I swear, it’s been years since I’ve seen lots of butterflies. I wished I had gotten it’s other angle, but I’m not sure I could of gotten a better shot before it flew away.

 

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Flat Lays
I’m not sure if any of you know this, but my sister and I have a blog, My Sister’s Keeper, because of this, I’m trying to build up my catalogue of flat lays for posts. I have to say that I am really proud of this shot, it’s simple, but it looks great! The flower is actually from a flowering tree we have in our backyard, my ever increasing obsession with EOS and of course a cup of tea and a rose gold pen, which  are musts.

 

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Violet
My daughter is obsessed with the colour purple, because of this I feel like my eyes now naturally gravitate to the colour; I spot it every where and in everything! These flowers are everywhere and

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Poppy
Went out for a walk, adamant to find lots of pretty things to photograph, only to cross the street and spot these beautiful poppies in my neighbours front yard. I just LOVE the details you can find in some of the most simple and “every day” things.

 

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Cascading Yellow
I have no idea what this “tree/flower” is called, but it’s so lovely and I find myself drawn to it every time I see them, so it was finally time for me to photograph it, this one was on someone’s lawn so I took a quick snap, but I’d like to take a much more detailed shot of the inside or a closer look of each little flower!

 

 

IMG_4202.JPG“Creek”
I’ve come to realise that I’m really drawn to water, something about the noise that really relaxes me and I’ve headed the call. Nature has always been my thing, although I’m not sure nature likes me, I always end up with rashes or hives. But you can’t not like the outdoors and just how beautiful this world really is!

 

 

 

 

 

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“Eco Flat Lay”

For the past year or so, I have been actively trying to find ways to reduce waste and to be more conscious of my personal impact on the environment. I attended The Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival, and was so excited to try out new eco-friendly options- Shampoo bar, metal straw and a bamboo toothbrush! This is the flat lay I shot for it…I did warn you about my flat lay game prior.

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“Twin Toes”

Disclaimer, I had actually wrapped up this blog post, but couldn’t resist sharing this photo, as it was 1- taken in June and 2-just so adorable! I fully enjoyed the double cuddles I got during this session. Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming blog post! I just have to work on my self-criticism. K, bye!

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I have to admit that I’m super surprised it’s basically July and a part of me wants to cry because 2018 is moving along much fast than I ever expected. It’s also forcing me have a look back at my goals, to reset and to see if I’m actually ticking any off! See you next month!

May Roundup

Yes! Yes! Yes! It’s finally May! And not only is it MAY, it has came along with sunshine! ☀️ #winning. As I was working on this roundup post, I was worried I wouldn’t have much content to post, but I suppose a perk to posting a recap is getting to “look back” and remember that you do have a life…marginally. I did a lot more activities than I thought, this month, I should of probably done more, but summer hasn’t officially started, so I can improve on that. A lot of the shots were taking on our walks along the canal. My favourite was when we got to see the new fluffy cygnets with their family!

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Sunglasses Swag

We took a little walk into town today, the weather was so nice, I couldn’t believe it, but walking with this one occurs at a very slow pace as we needed to inspect everything. But, I guess that’s the beauty of it all- we need to STOP and smell the roses. I bought her new sunglasses the other day and she was obsessed with pushing them up her nose…lol. Love the furrow of her brow!

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Fluffy Cygnets

Whee! These baby swans, which I learned are called cygnets, were such a delight to watch. We went for a stroll and lost what felt like hours just watching the splash and play in the water.

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“Dribble”

Undoubtedly, one of the parents to the cygnets, as they never strayed too far away for their 6 little ones. I liked this shot, because I caught the dribble of water after the swan had dunked his/her head under the water! They were really fascinating to watch!

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“Yellow Cluster”

I have no idea the name of this tree/plant, but as we were walking, the richness of the colour really caught my eye. I loved the details in each cluster. Lately, I have become obsessed with blooming trees, my next purchase has to be a lilac tree!

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“Feather On Water”

I took this shot earlier in the month on one of our family walks with Neveah and her cousins. I will admit to “cleaning” up the photo as there was a lot of ‘dirt” in the water, which irritated me when I was editing, so I removed the numerous “floaties” that were in the water; I chose to make it black & white, as it make it more moody adding ambience. I hope that came across in the shot….

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“Lancashire Landscape”

At one stage in our walk, I looked onto the  horizon and was met with this beauty! I will stated that this is unedited from the camera! Jaw dropping beauty does not begin to cover the great beauty of where I live…

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“Two Goldfinches”

Let me state that all birds look somewhat the same to me, so this was left to my brother-in-law, to name these birds, so if it’s incorrect- it’s his fault! I loved the fact that they’re almost blended in with the branches and can be easily missed.

Canal “Canal”

Need I say more?! This is the shot from one of the areas of the canal, I took this shot quickly and will say, I didn’t set up the camera, just lifted and shot and like the Brits say, I’m pretty chuffed with it. Hehe.

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That’s May’s recap done and dusted! Be sure to check out my Facebook page for more daily/weekly posts & drop me a line, I would love to hear from you!!