Since Nathaniel has entered our lives (now, at seven months), our life has changed: topics of conversation have all been concentrated on “what’s best for baby”; meeting new parents who can empathize with new experiences and “unknowns”; and of course, rearranging schedules to accommodate proper sleeping habits … well rested baby = happy baby = happy parents.
It’s great to know that there are programs in the nieghbourhood for stay-at-home parents to break up the mundane schedule of the day and aid in our young children’s skills. Having attended one of them, introduced me to this wonderful family: Alice, Andrew and Kaileigh.
In the wedding photography business you meet two people who love each other so much that they become one. In the family photography business you meet a couple who love each other so much they become three (or four or five or six…!)!
Shooting in the fall season is always tricky with unpredictable weather. But this day, Mother Nature provided beautiful sunlight to illuminate, not only the changing colours of the leaves, but the love shared between these three. Just in time for Hallowe’en, Kaileigh fashioned her ever-so-cute pumpkin costume. We had such a great time in the forest, the playground and at their home that it was great to capture the natural bond they all shared. Kaileigh, you are so blessed to have two wonderful and loving parents that there is no doubt they will keep you smiling forever!
The day started off all too familiar: rainy morning, overcast skies…as that is how my own wedding day had begun. However, by the time Jocelyn and Linton’s beautiful ceremony (at St. Timothy’s R.C. Church) had ended, it’s as if God had purposely watered the earth in the morning so that by the afternoon, with the sun beaming down, everything was fresh: the air, the grass and the spirit of everyone’s hearts. Although we were prepared to do the formal portraits outside in the rain, we continued to use the umbrellas during the shoot!
You may remember their fun baseball themed engagement shoot. This day was certainly a Grand Slam with joyous emotions running high and everything falling into place, as per the playbooks. The reception at the Borgata was a culmination of surprise singing numbers, the groom’s talented family band and non-stop dancing by all the guests. You will love how their centerpieces showed a personal touch, being teachers themselves. This was an “A++” event and I wish the both of them many continued blessings in their new curriculum as husband and wife!
Four years ago was the last time I had seen my dear cousin, Marie, her husband, Jesher and her son, Caleb, as they flew over from California for my wedding. Now, you have to understand that Caleb (aka K-Bear) was at the tender age of 10 and a cute little thing. Fast forward to this past September (flying back up to Canada to attend my cousin’s wedding), Caleb went from “cub” only to fulfill his nickname K–BEAR! We couldn’t believe how much he had grown in a span of only four years!
Marie and I had set up this photoshoot because she wanted to update her family photos. Because of the busy schedule during the week of my cousin’s wedding, it was challenging to set aside time to shoot it. So, on the night of the wedding rehearsal, the entire family had gone to Mandarin in Mississauga and this was the window of opportunity! I must say, this Mandarin had beautiful landscaping around the parking lot.
It was really fun photographing this family because they are all about love and laughter. Thank you, Solivios, for allowing me to capture this stage in your lives. Marie and Jesher, ya dun well, raising K-Bear to be the handsome young man we know him to be! Until the next visit…
(This first picture was taken four years ago.)
So this is what I love about my job as a photographer: meeting new people, making new friends and seeing when two hearts are made for each other. Meeting Marissa and Basel was no exception.
Ashley, one of my choir buddies, is a good friend of Marissa and she had a considerate and creative idea of giving this engagement session as a gift for Marissa and Basel’s wedding. Alas, I don’t get to take the trip to Jordan, where the ceremony will be but this session was good enough for me!
We had chatted on the phone prior to meeting up and I could tell right away that I was in for a treat. They had opted for U of T (St. George Campus) and this was going to be a challenge for me as I had shot at this location twice already. However, having had the chance to explore the campus more, pushed my creativity and spots that I hadn’t used just came out of the woodworks…literally in some cases. This was a great combination of subject and background as they both relived the scenes where they first met.
Could I tell you how easy they had made it for me? With a beautiful summer dress and stylish men’s attire to match, I felt I was shooting for Prada, Banana Republic or Zara. Somehow, I felt they had modeled before and they lied to me and said they hadn’t <wink!><wink!>… haha! Whether they did or not, these two sincere souls had posed enchantingly so as to capture these precious moments before considering themselves husband and wife.
Ash, thanks sooo much for this opportunity! Marissa and Basel, it was such a pleasure to meet you and consider you as friends. Wishing you the bestest of times on your upcoming wedding!