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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Apple Picking in Oka

I’m not even going to pretend; I should have posted this WAY back in September, but if I’m being honest, I can’t really believe just how quickly the months have gone by. So…yea, forgive me. 😁 So! One of the first activities we did once we got to Montreal, was go apple picking! It’s a Quebec staple and nothing says the beginning of fall, like legit the whole province stacking up on apples. This year, we decided to be different and chose an orchard that also allowed you to pick pears and plums along with apples. Bonus!

“Cloudless”
As we were picking apples and pears, I decided to slack and take shots of our surroundings. I couldn’t get over how there was practically not a cloud in the sky. I also made the sun glare on purpose, because I thought it would add an extra “element” to the shot.

“Plum”
I loved how the area where we could pick the plums, looked so Mediterranian, like a mini vineyard in the middle of Oka. I have to say that I wasn’t the biggest fan of this genre of plums, but my mother LOVED them and possibly devoured a tree’s worth of plums. I decided to edit this shot a little bit moodier because it really did feel like we were in Europe.

“Stack”
After we’d picked our fruits, my daughter decided we needed to go on a nature walk, taking the fruits with us! Hello cardio! After we admitted it was actually really lovely inside the forest, I spotted this pile of birch (I think) and loved the shadows in the shot.

“Mom Apple Smiles”
Here is my momma bear! I figured it was about time she got featured and you can see the culprit for all the missing plums! 😁

“Neveah Apple Smiles”
I had to post this shot, I mean…look at her!!! She LOVES apples and was in her element, knowing she could eat as many apples as she could muster. She actually set this shot up; climbed up the ladder, caused me a minor heart attack, sat the top and asked me to take her photograph.


“Chug”
Because I didn’t really want to drive for an hour to the orchard, we decided to make a change and make it interesting by taking the ferry across from Rigaud, over to Oka. It was such a beautiful day and we got lucky with how mild it was-plus it also freaked my mother out because she doesn’t like being on a boat, so it proved to be hilarious to see her refuse to get out of the car on like the world’s slowest boat! 😁

“Fountain”
I don’t have a very great caption or explanation for this shot if I’m being fully honest, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out- I snapped it very quickly after we finished picking, eating and walking around. This was the last shot just before we headed home, so needless to say- not much thought was put into it and bonus- it came out nice….I guess I kinda know what I’m doing.

Timeless photography from my lens to your heart…