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loveloveLOVE - Memorable Moments from 2017 - Lifestyle Edition

I trust yesterday was full of so much love for you!!

We're onto our final day of Lovelovelove. It doesn't usually end at the wedding, so this time we're continuing the chapter with portraits, families and lifestyle.

I get asked a lot if I shoot anything other than weddings, family sessions or portraits. The answer is always OH HECK YES! I love them so much! I've been filling my days with many portraits, maternity, newborn and family tradition sessions lately. Splashing on the shores of Georgian Bay, or playing at the local park, baking cookies for Christmas, exploring an historic location or bath time. From portraits in Berlin, to a family session in Vancouver, to a walk in the forest in my very own backyard. It's been a very full year. 

And finally... Happy day 3! Lovelovelove - The Lifestyle Edition.

Music - Precipitate (Instrumental) - Joey Kantor

Rainy Georgian Bay Engagement Session | Lindsay & Tom

There are so many ways to react when you realize you're about to get rained out of a session. You could get frustrated or upset, you could postpone, or you could embrace it. I love it more than anything when couple's are adventurous and embrace what nature has given us to play with. We hopped on a boat and headed out to a secluded island where we explored and adventured together for the evening. It paid off in the end... check out that sunset!

I'm not sure there was a single moment that Lindsay & Tom weren't smiling. They make each other laugh effortlessly and have these ease about them. It was definitely one of those evenings you wish didn't have to end. 

These two are getting married tomorrow, and I really can't emphasize enough just how excited I am. It looks like we're even going to get some sun this time around! 

Delmonte Pines Wedding | Steph & Chris

Steph & Chris are the kind of couple you care for instantly. The kind you want in your corner, to share a beer with and talk for hours, the kind that make you laugh, and definitely the kind of people you want to take dancing. Joel & I had the absolute pleasure to share an Algonquin adventure with them for their engagement shoot. It was the kind of day neither of us wanted to end. We were pretty sure the wedding would be much the same, and we weren't wrong. Even as we were packing our gear into the car at the end of the night, we had to stop and slow dance to Bryan Adams just before jumping into the station wagon. A perfect end to a pretty magical day.

This one was full of all the feels, and it still fills me up just thinking about it. <3
So much love to you, Steph & Chris.

venue - Delmonte in the Pines | planner - Laura ofHolly Matrimony Weddings | Officiant - Tina Bax | Catering - Shaw's Catering | Flowers - Seasons in the Country | Dress - David's Bridal | Cake - Steph's mom | DJ - Jason from Knight Hawk's DJ Services | Hair & Make-up - Hudson Salon | Rentals - Muskoka Party Rentals 

A MASSIVE thanks to BOTH of my second shooters - Sarah Tacoma & Joel Loughead

2015 revisited

My tongue is tied in knots and my heart swells thinking about all the events and people and moments and love and news that were packed into this year. Full. That's the word. Yes! Full! Oh so very full.

We started this year much like we started the last: unsure of where our feet would land, or if we'd land on our feet at all. But we sure as heck did. Transition and uncertainty do not look good on me, but I put trust in knowing that we were pointed in the right direction and that no matter what I at least had good company.

This was the year we put our roots down. Firmly. We bought a house in the heart of the valley. Our windows look up at the cliff we climb, our friends are our neighbours, and we are a stones throw from the river we paddle. Our grass feels good tucked between my toes.
We also wrapped our roots firmly around each other with a little decision. Right after sending his rock climbing project, Joel proposed on top of Old Baldy overlooking our new home and what else could I do but cry my eyes out, giggle a lot and say yes a thousand times. I now have an intimate understanding of the ins and outs of wedding planning and what being engaged looks like. For me it looks like a lot of spontaneous happy tears and a lot more dancing.

I immersed myself in the photography community and became friends with some of the most creative and colourful people I have ever met. People who encouraged, taught and inspired me. People who pushed me just that extra little bit harder to take the plunge into the full time photography world. A year or two before I expected to... I'm here, and truly, madly, and completely in love. It hasn't been without it's bumps, bruises or question marks. I'm still trying to navigate the balancing act of work, life and love. But I'll get there. Fortunately, Joel has started sharing his talent with me, so I get to combine work, life and love whenever he second shoots with me. 

This year has been so incredibly lucky for meeting new people and furthering friendships through this job of mine. People who have made a profound difference on my life. Etched themselves onto my heart. Clients, photographers, vendors, guests, family; total strangers who instantely become lifelong friends. I am so overwhelmed with love for you. For trusting me. For welcoming me into your lives as part of the family. For being silly will me. For adventuring with me. For believing in me.

And yes... I'm definitely crying.
Thank you. I love you.
Here's to more growth, more friendships, more love, a great big outdoor wedding, a brand new nephew and all of the other little surprises 2016 has in store.

I had the great opportunity of working with some incredible wedding photographers this year and some of these images were shot for them.
Daring Wanderer | Wendy Shepherd Photography | Tara Lilly Photography | 1486 Photography | Kelsey Kubels - Cloud 9 Photography | Carly Mills Photography
A couple of these images were shot by Joel, because I'm proud and he's a permanent part of the team. Betcha can't guess which ones. ;)