Welcoming Xavier!

I had the lovely opportunity of meeting with Ashely and Tom, and their wonderful new addition to their family; their first child, Xavier. I was able to grab a few candid photos while he was awake and we were chit chatting.

We then met up the following week to get some posed photos while he was sleepy, he sure did fight the sleepiness!

Eventually after some more snuggles and another bottle he finally settled and we were able to get some more photos of this cutie pie!

He sure is a heart melter! Love the tiny fingers and toes that babies have, its amazing how we start out so small and within a few years their walking and talking.

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Glamour Portraits with Shannon

I had an itch to go out and just take photos for my own personal fulfillment as I have been watching and following a lot of glamour photographers lately like Sue Bryce, and I love the idea of someone feeling good about themselves as a result of my work. So the the day after Canada Day, Shannon and I met up at Harris Park to update some of her photos. If you recall our last get together was in the dead of winter and it was FREEZING! Needless to say we had to make up for the lost time, and what better way then with a portrait session!

We had a great time and it was a beautiful day! Shannon was awesome and brought a couple of outfits with her so we were really able to play around.

We then found a shadier spot and Shannon changed once again and this time it was more pixie like, added with the shady greenery she looked like she belonged in the forest.

I think these two ended up being my fave! They all turned out so pretty so its hard to pick just one! Thanks again Shannon for working with me and laughing along the way 🙂

Glamour Potraits with Shannon

Glamour Potraits with Shannon

Whitney Weds Adam – May 30th 2015

We started off the day bright and early with the girls getting their hair and makeup done. It was surprisingly warm for 8 am and the sun was shining beautifully! We were thankful that the thunderstorm we expected had held off.

Then it was the Bride’s turn!

I was then able to sneak off and get some of the groom getting ready.

The ladies and I met back at the location of the wedding so the Bride and Bridesmaids could finish getting ready.

It was then time to walk down the aisle and become Mr. and Mrs. D!

You may now kiss the Bride!

The beautiful bride greeting her guests.

Now its time to get the party started! It immediately down poured as soon as the ceremony ended. Thankfully we were able to take shelter in the dining tents they had put up for the wedding. There was a ton of beautiful flowers arrangements from the grooms fathers place of work, and lots of handmade items decorated the tables. Picture burlap and lace with mint green tablecloths and napkins. You would have never known you were in a backyard, a beautiful backyard might I add. They also had a photo booth with lots of fun props!

We were able to keep the families nice and dry with the beautiful patio provided by the Bride’s grandparents and then once the while the rain let up we took off to get some photos of the Bridal party.

Time for the first dances!

Now for some speeches, some laughter and a few tears. This is always the time when you find out the silly things the bride and groom did growing up. I always love hearing those funny stories.

They also had a candy bar! With gumballs, and rock candy suckers, chocolate eggs, jelly beans, War Heads, the list goes on! Lets just say the kid in all of us was very happy.

 

And of course we can’t forget the beautiful bride and handsome groom!

And then we danced into the night!

A Few Portraits with Daveo

A friend and I decided to meet up and I wanted get some portraits. I had a particular vision in mind but this was all pushed aside when he showed up looking like a lumberjack. So we ended up taking some photos that were more woodsy and raw than my original idea. I am certainly happy with the outcome!

Captured in Westminster Conservation area London Ontario

It was a pretty humid day, so we didn’t trek around the forest for too long.Portrait of Dave

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All in all, it was a fun little get together. After all of that walking we were both thirsty, so like any good Canadian, we went over to Tim Horton’s to get something cold to drink and headed home.

Reward yourself with GOODcoins

How can you become more active, lower your Carbon footprint and be rewarded for it?  Using the “GOODcoins” app, it’s simple! Earn points for tracking your activity and redeem them for gift cards to your favourite stores including;  David’s Tea, Lush, or Toms. Choose from a selection of planet-friendly products or even donate to a charity you love!

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These are the accessories I use (Up24 by jawbone, Iphone6), and as well the things I have purchased so far!

First things First. What is  “GOODcoins”? Well their website says “GOODcoins is a social currency and rewards platform developed by Zerofootprint® to reward GOOD actions with GOOD products”

In simpler terms, it is a rewards system that is based on your activity and the challenges you complete. Whether it be physical; walking, running, biking, or environmental; driving/electricity use.

You joining + completing the challenge = Free stuff/Donating to Charity

It’s simple. All you need is:

  • Compatible Smartphone (listed here)
  • A computer with internet access.
  • Anyone of the tracking devices (listed here)

I am going to explain how to set this up so you can be on your way to free stuff!  I can assure you it works as I’ve already redeemed 5000 coins on which I picked a $50 Lush gift card.

 Here is a little screenshot to see it in all its glory!

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This is the $50 Lush Gift card that I was able to get with 5000 GOODcoins from completing challenges!

GOODcoins is available in Australia, Canada, U.K and United States. For my fellow Canadians you can visit www.goodcoins.ca and click Sign Up at the top right under the country flags.

For all others mentioned click your flag and then choose Sign Up.

GOODcoins SignupAnd I promise this wont be another thing that floods your email.

Here is where the fun starts!

You can now start earning GOODcoins by joining challenges and completing offers and surveys under the “Earn” tab in the top navigation bar.

In order to complete the challenges you have to track your movement. You can purchase a tracking device such as a Fitbit, Or Up24 by Jawbone for example.

More details about devices and compatibility can be found here

Once you connect a device (not all are required) you can begin tracking your walking, running, cycling, electricity use and/or driving depending on what your device is designed for.

If you don’t have the extra funds to buy one of these tracking devices, there’s good news! You can still measure the amount of walking and running you do with your Smartphone and the Moves App.

Now you have to make sure to join those challenges, complete surveys and other offers to reward yourself with even more GOODcoins.

F.Y.I challenges can range from day-to-day, week to week, weekends, every other week or for the whole month. These are all based in the activities discussed earlier and if you complete the challenges you will be rewarded with the coins it states at the time of joining the challenge.

This means you have a many opportunities to earn lots of GOODcoins quickly! This also means you have to check the challenges often or you may miss out.

Within the “GOODcoins” App you can set your own personal daily goals for each activity and view graphs displaying your daily and monthly results under the “Measure” tab in the top navigation bar. Within the App you can also see how much closer you’re getting to completing your challenges.

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Here are just some examples of challenges you may be offered to complete.
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This is where you can see all of your activity.

Once you have earned enough GOODcoins you can then redeem them for people and planet-friendly products or donate to a charity you love by selecting “Shop” in the top navigation.

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Here are just a few of the many items in the GOODcoins Shop

In the shop you will find all sorts of products ranging from health and beauty, to clothing, shoes, outdoor gear, electronics, gift cards and so much more. There is also the ability to donate to charity!

Go ahead, what are you waiting for? You know what to do! Sign up already! You will always be moving in some way, shape or form so why not get paid for it in GOODcoins?

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Wiccy Magic Muscles – Massage bar by Lush

This is not only benefiting your wallet, but it also benefits your health and this place we call home, Earth.

Maternity Photos with Jason and Sarah

As you may have seen back in November, I did a surprise gender reveal photo session with my friends Jason and Sarah. Well I had the pleasure of getting to visit them again and see their Nursery that they have completed awaiting the arrival of their baby boy expected April 8th 2015.

After getting some photos of the Nursery, we took some photos of the excited soon to be parents in their beautiful nursery. I am sure this little guy will be happy to have this room!

If you couldn’t tell, the theme for the room is Dinosaurs. They even found a really cute outfit that has little Dino claws on the feet! and they found the cutest baby Crocs, and some adorable alligator shoes.

I am so happy to say I have known this beautiful woman for about 20 years now. She is such a smart, and caring person. Anyone who knows her, is lucky to have her in their life! I know she will make an amazing mom.

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After we completed the photos indoors, we took a drive to Victoria Park. Thankfully the weather had warmed up for us as we had just finished about a week of -30 Degrees Celsius weather. There were lots of people skating on the ice rink, and walking through the park; I think we were all taking advantage of the outdoors that day.

I am so excited for these two soon to be parents. I know they will be such great, loving and supportive parents. Congratulations again you two!

Owen, Emily, and Sully

My childhood best friend wanted to get some photos of her little boy Owen with his cousins; Emily, and Sully to be able to gift them for Christmas. The boys were more interested in the snow, and playing outside than having anything to do with getting their photo taken. Luckily, Emily was very cooperative and helped us with them.

The kids are so cute. It hard to not want lots of photos! They just wanted it to be done…

We ventured around Becky’s backyard since its so big, she has lots of nice trees as well. They at least had some snow there too. Here in London its still green!

I just had to get a photo of the two siblings for their mom!

Eventually the boys were done with having their photos taken, so Emily allowed me to get a few of just her.

And then it was play time! I love candid type photos way more! There is something about capturing that moment, which may never be duplicated again. It shows their personality and character so much more.

Isn’t he too cute for words?!

Thank you Becky, for allowing me to capture yours and your sisters babies! They are truly adorable.

Surprise Baby Gender Reveal Photo shoot

This past Saturday, I was given the honour of photographing my childhood best friend; Sarah’s, baby gender reveal. click here for the gallery.

It started out by her giving me an unopened envelope and inside was the gender written down a folded piece of paper. She had blue and pink coloured, star shaped confetti that she gave me to fill these little push poppers she had made from a D.I.Y.

After that we ventured out in the crisp autumn air to capture the special moment of the revealing of the baby’s gender.

Would it be a boy or a girl? The votes were in! Up until this moment only the Doctor and I knew for sure!

IT’S A BOY!

Once discovering that it was a boy and taking the time to obviously celebrate and revel in the moment, they went back to their car to warm up. I then took a moment to grab a few more photos of their props, and the baby’s first purchased outfit.

I then joined them in the warmth of the car and once we all thawed a little we went back out to snap a few more shots of the happy soon to be family.

Well there you have it! The secrets out. What a surprising and eventful day. Sending a big congratulations to Sarah and Jason on their news of a baby boy, expected April 2015!

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Halloween Mini Photos and Family portrait session

On October 25th, I held a Halloween mini photo session. We had pumpkins, gourds, a skeleton, some witches brew, a cauldron… we had it all!

 

After getting some shots of the sleepy, 2 week old baby Marcus, we then had Mya come in who was dressed as “Princess Sofia” She was so cute and like all other kids, wanted to see each picture that we took right after we had taken it. After her insisting numerous times to take my photo; since I was taking hers,  I then let her take a few snaps of me with my phone just to make things fair. After all, we do teach kids to take turns so, that is what we ended up doing.

Once Mya and Marcus were all done, Charlie came along in his Iron Man costume. Charlie being such a super hero fan had received this costume as a gift for his 4th birthday in September, right then and there in the middle of McDonalds, he became Iron Man. So fast forward a few weeks and we’re almost at Halloween, Charlie was not very keen on having his photo taken. He was just not having it. Needless to say, we still made out with some great shots!

 

 

Once we finished with the Halloween photos, we headed over to Civic Garden for some family photos with Charlie’s family.

 

Summer Rose – Fall Photos 2014

I had a visit with my nice Summer Rose, and we decided to venture to Civic Gardens to take a walk around with her and her mom, as it was a beautiful fall day.

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This tree was SO big and the colors were so inviting. I had to incorporate it somehow, it was just too pretty to not take a photo of. So I had Summer and her mom, Shantel, sit under the giant tree. I had to back up pretty far even with my wide angle just to get the majority of it in the shot.

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You can see a little better in this photo, that the trunk of the tree is pretty enormous!

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Summer did not want to leave the pond area! No matter what we tried she kept running back to it… she has fast legs for a little one. We were finally able to find something to distract her… Leaves!

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She was having a blast running through all of the leaves and kicking them into the air with her little feet.

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After a nice run through the leaves, we found a pretty teal coloured picnic table and so we took a little break.

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After that, it was time to go. We all had a fun time trekking through the leaves, and the colours were so lovely as you can see from the photos.

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“Okay Auntie… Enough photos! Can we go now?!”