H & M Wedding- May 21st, 2016

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Weddings, weddings and more weddings, I was able to dip my toes into my very 1st wedding shoot. To say I was nervous is an understatement, I was stressed and worried leading up to and on the day of. As some of you may know, I can sometimes be my own worse critic, but the experience was definitely worth it! You HAVE to put yourself out there and I learned a lot about myself and about my photography. Now on H & M’s 2nd wedding anniversary, I felt I was ready to share this blog post about them.

 

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We all know, when it comes to weddings, we need someone to rely on, someone who can take care of you and all the stresses that comes with weddings! In comes your maid of honour to the rescue! I love this shot.

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I love this shot, it’s fancy in any sense, but I love the simplicity and the detail of the church in the background.

 

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Nothing like getting a double smooch, from dad and dad-in-law!

 

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We took the outdoor shots along Bord-du-Lac in Pointe-Claire. We not only had great weather, but we got some great intimate shots of the bride and groom. I have to say, this was one of my favourite parts of the day. Being able to capture and feel their love for each other through photographs was really heartwarming.

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I loved the cute, simple details in H’s wedding dress!

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Gotta love party games!

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My Faves: People/Portraits

In lieu of sticking to my goal (yes…I’m very behind on it) posting more images and more of my content; I’ve decided to share some of my favourite shots of people from the past few years. Some may have already been shared previously and a couple, I never had the courage to post; so here goes.

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Steely“- Aug. 2015: I took this shot on a whim, it was a hot August day, we decided to fill buckets with water and have an impromptu water play day! Neveah has always loved water, from the 1st time she had a bath she literally leapfrogged in the bath! Scared me to death! Anyhow, I decided to focus the camera on her as she played and then gently called her, she looked up and I quickly snapped this. The intensity in her eyes, maybe from wondering why I was taking yet another shot of her…no idea, but I am really proud of this shot. I know I am biased, but she is just so gorgeous! #swoon

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Love Toes“- May 2015: I was asked by my lovely friend to take shots of her little girl a few years ago and of course I couldn’t say no! This shoot was far from your standard one, it took place at her home, with her entire family as my cheering squad. #nopressure. I took a lot of shots of Baby S, but this one is one of my favourites, because who doesn’t like baby toes!?

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“Reggies & Sam Engaged”– Date: This was one of the earliest photoshoots I did, where I actually offered to do the shoot, this is notable because I need to work on my self promotion more, but as it was my big brother- I knew them well enough that I would be comfortable, so it gave me practice and them photos…win/win. I really enjoyed taking these shots, the backdrop was lovely, I had two gorgeous models and they were really open and willing to try different shots, even if I might have been uncomfortable, it didn’t show on film! Family is always great to practice on!

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“The Milfords”– March 2016: We had the amazing luxury to be able to fly over to the UK to witness my sister-in-law and brother-in-law get hitched. It was a great family reunion, with wonderful atmosphere and lots of fun to the kids; Neveah didn’t want to get off the dance floor! I took a few shots throughout the wedding, but I was very self-conscious (no change there), but I was also trying to be considerate to the hired photographer and to also enjoy the wedding itself as a guest. Trust me, I very much enjoyed the candy bar!

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April Roundup

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“Aerial”- Shot taken at The Raptor Centre

Brrr….was April a cold one or what?! Shizzle! There were big changes for me personally in the month of April…just a little change of country- no biggie!Â đŸ€ŻÂ You’ll have to forgive me, as I haven’t taken a massive amount of shots, as I was fighting jet lag, moving into a new home, getting my daughter settled and fighting back tears! Don’t worry, I’m back at it now!

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“Raptor Foundation Owls”

Earlier in the month, we went to the Raptor Foundation in Woodhurst, Huntingdon- it is organisation which rescues, rehabilitates and returns injured birds of prey back into the wild. It’s a lovely facility; they also have accommodations, which we used as we spent two nights there. These shots were taken of some of the birds they have, these ones were taken our for a flying display.

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“Barn Owl”

“Barn Owl”

Peacock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Peacock”

Another one of our pit stops on our way to our new house, was to a “crocodile farm”- it’s in quotations as there were FAR more other animals than crocodiles. But anyhow, we took Neveah there and she had a blast running around in the mud (lots and lots of rain) and checking out all the various animals- like the one below. No idea what kind of bird that is…  Disclaimer: The Peacock shot was not taken by me, but by my brother in law, any negative comments, can be directed at him.

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“Texture”

I have always love finding/looking at the details in things we’d normally walk right past, or in everyday items. I’m a macro lover. While on a walk recently, I spotted a rotting and weathered tree. The natural colours and details in it really captured my love for textures. Eek!

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“Dock of the Canal”

Yesterday (April 30th) we experienced gorgeously beautiful weather, so I had to take the opportunity to explore the beauty that is living with this amazing countryside all around me. I really cannot make an excuse not to- it can be far too breathtaking at times! Anyhow, walking along the canal and taking in the beauty that is nature and the canal boats, I spotted this- and thought how great it would be in black and white, so here it is…

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When I spotted this, I thought it was a tombstone (don’t ask), it was then pointed out to me that it was actually a marker for the Leeds Liverpool Canal- #mindblown. Lol, you live and learn, right?! It still looks like a tombstone for the LLC…

 

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I LOVE spring and I LOVE Cherry Blossoms, it’s actually probably a problem, but I mean, how can you not!? I’ve been admiring my new neighbour’s tree, which has given me more Cherry Blossom tree envy. Upon walking back to my house, we struck up a conversation about it and while chatting I realised just how many bees seemed to also be drawn to the tree as well (another selling point to my partner), and here is how I got this shot. I am actually really proud of it, I may print it for my office. Eek!

March Roundup

Winter-sminter. I don’t like it so much that I actually forgot to post this in time! Yikes!

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I try to see beauty even in things I don’t like…such as winter and snow and the cold and the windshield and the ice…you get my point. Lol. So, after a particularly windy and snowy day, I spotted the way the snow looked in the fence at my work and took the pic.

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“Particles”

Hard to believe, but this shot was taken at the beginning of the month, when spring was playing with out hearts. Fully dangled the prospect of fresh flowers and no snow…#urgh

 

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“Dead Leaves”

Hard to believe, but this shot was taken at the beginning of the month, when spring was playing with our hearts. Fully dangled the prospect of fresh flowers and no snow…only to hit us a couple days later with a FULL on snow storm. #urgh

 

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“Snow Bush”

Some days, I wake up and actually like to see snow, those are not the days I’ve hit my head, usually it’s a mild day and the snow is merely a backdrop and not trying to kill us. Those are the days I like. Fresh snow on bushes kind of shot.

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“Snowy Crystals”

I’ll have to admit, I’m not sure what I was going for in this shot, I think I was taken in my the sparkling “diamond like” shine of the snow on the bank. The photograph, really doesn’t do it justice as it really was very pretty with the naked eye. I promise.

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“Montreal Skies”

I love this shot, it reminds me to always look up; metaphorically and literally. There is honestly utter beauty in so so many things and no matter how you’re feeling, you really can and should find beauty in all things and if all else fails, nature has got yo back!

February Roundup

Say what?!!?! Where has the actual time began?! I feel like I was just making my NYE resolutions yesterday.

“Gleam”Gleam

I am so so happy and kinda proud of this shot! I literally captured it quickly on the morning run. I really love the way the light and blue skies shows the details in the ice. The contrast of colours are calling me. #proudofmyself

 

 

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“All Smiles”

This cheeky little monkey is my four-going-on-fourteen-year-old daughter. I try not to post images of her on social media, but every once in a while I just can’t help myself…I mean…look at her! Luckily, it’s the one moment she was actually standing still, allowing me to take this shot! #bonus

 

 

 

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“Mini Snow Mountains”

We were hit with so much snow this past month, it was beautiful but also irritating. A Saturday morning, during a break from the snow downpour, I look out at our outdoor table and noticed the way the snow make an interesting pattern through the grates of the table. Nature can really surprise us sometimes.

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“Weedy”

The good part of having lots of snow is the way it looks on some of the plants and shines a different perspective or creates a different “look”. Believe it or not, this was a lovely plant in the summer, which barely survived my black thumb. That being said, peeking from a lower angle, I thought this looked really nice.

 

 

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“Streak”

Yet another, lucky-on-the-morning-run shots. Coming off the back of a whopping amount of snow, the next day was mild with lovely blue skies. I love the watermark in the shot and was actually playing it up a but. I love when the streak of light creates such beautiful imagery.

I have to say, I’m very proud of my haul this month, I’ve stuck by my resolution to take more shots, be less critical and simply post more is well under way! Happy February!

 

January Roundup

Other than the fact that January is the time for “renewal” and “renewed hope”, I don’t like January- it’s cold, bitter, a long month…yea, yea- I’m grumbling, the only thing that keeps me positive is that fact that with every passing day, we get more minutes of daylight! With the bitterly cold weather reaching temperatures like -35 with the windchill, it’s been tricky to capture shots of our winter wonderland…but I’m trying to make due and reduce the hibernation…somewhat.

 

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“Icicle Bundle”

Our weather was bitter cold one day, mild the next and freezing rain the day after- making it somewhat tricky to to plan photo ops, but I’m made a promise with myself to look out for and try to photograph more “everyday” moments. This was one of them.

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“Falling”

When we got pounded with 10-15 cms of snow, it acted as a lovely backdrop to get lots of pretty snowy shots. I’m working on trying to get sharp shots of the falling snow, maybe on our next snow fall.

 

 

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After snow, a couple of days later, we had freezing rain! Very temperamental…trust me! It was extremely slippery and a bit difficult getting some up close shots, but from the comfort of my balcony- it wasn’t laziness, it provided a great vantage point. Lol.

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“Icy Sunset”

As we chisel further into the year, allowing us more daylight- we’ve witnessed some gorgeous sunsets. On my way home, after parking up, getting my daughter out of the car- I bend down to help her out and caught this view from the side of my eye.  Changing your view can really shake things up! I’m actually very proud of this shot, which is saying a lot as I usually can find fault in everything I shoot.

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“Word Press Banner”

I’ve been working on trying to update the blog, working on adding more content and working on making it look less skeletal (#thestruggleisreal). I took this shot the summer before last and thought it would make a lovely banner. Hope you like the edit, because well…I do, especially the detail.

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“Gleam”

We had unusually mild weather the other day, while on my way to the car, I noticed the flicker of sunlight through the ice and took this shot. This is one of the reasons I love nature photography, you never know what you’ll get, but nature sure hands us a lovely canvas to capture!

 

I have to admit, for someone who is increasingly hating winter, I stuck to my target of taking my camera out with, in order to capture more “everyday” moments and I have good bit of photos to show for it. I will admit that having the target of posting a blog about it every month does help- lol. Hopefully it’s worth, let me know what you guys think…see you next month!

Timeless photography from my lens to your heart…