Reflections – 2021

Happy new years!

Although it’s feeling a bit repetitive. Same problems, concerns, limitations, and burnout. Mental exhaustion from all the constant back and forth, the unknown, and everything else. Yes folks, we are still in the middle of a pandemic. So you’d think after about two years of it, we would be a bit more prepared… but we aren’t. So it’s easy to look back at the blur that has been 2021 and come out wondering how a whole year just passed us and it still somehow feels like 2020. 
So to put a much needed positive spin on it, I’ll be reflecting on 2021 and all the accomplishments. I just want to add that even a small step towards a bigger goal is still an accomplishment. We learn just as much from the falls as we do from the tiny steps. In 2021 I did my first elopement session! I also did my first out of town wedding. I also switched website hosts and learned a lot while relaunching my website. I survived (barely) virtual school with my son. I self weaned my daughter after 28 months of nursing. I attended and completed therapy for the first time to work on my anxiety. I did the most sessions in a year and that’s counting with the five months of complete lockdown! 
So hello 2022, I won’t claim or expect anything from you.

Back to Normal?

Two school years have passed with disruptions, confusion, and so much adjusting. As most of us cling to little glimpses of our pre pandemic “normal”, are we setting ourselves up for more disappointment? Are we turning a blind eye or just being mentally/emotionally exhausted from lockdowns, waves, and uncertainty?

Preventative measures are in place from masks, vaccines, new protocols, and added precautions. Back to school sales are in full effect as we shop with weariness in the back of our heads. Should we prep for a virtual classroom if another lockdown takes place? Or buy extra clothes and lunch supplies for an in-person year with no interruptions? All well the struggle to balance working from home with virtual school just a few months ago is still fresh in our minds.

It is hard to imagine what our new normal will consist of. Maybe we will adopt a new acceptable social distance or wear masks in public when we are sick. As we continue to tread unknown territory, I wish a safe school year to our children, and a sane school year for the fellow parents.

*This excerpt can be found in the Highland Creek Newspaper – Fall 2021 Issue

The Bucket List

New year and all those resolutions. I really wanted to focus on my business this year and broaden my horizons. I decided the best way to approach it was to create a bucket list! I’ve had a few sessions under my belt that I was pining for (see some in the gallery at the bottom of this blog).

Now I’m going to talk about some of the sessions I’d like to do in the future:

  • Homebirth: The beauty of bringing life to this world, the pain, the emotions, and everything in between. This is definitely in my top sets of things I’d love to capture for a family and mother. 
  • Rainy day: I’d love to do a couple of engagement rainy session, it is all sorts of unique, lustful, and romantic. 
  • Hospice/Goodbye: I wouldn’t enjoy this session, but I understand the importance of being able to capture memories with someone whose time left with loved ones is limited. 
  • Foggy fields: There is something so mysterious and striking about a foggy day. The way the subjects are in complete focus. 
  • Surprise engagement: I’m not sure if it’s because I’m horrible at surprises and haven’t been able to be properly surprised before something getting ruined for me that really makes me want to take part of a successful surprise!
  • Nighttime: I’d love to capture a fun night (think CNE, bright lights with a night sky). 
  • Post break-up/divorce session: whether its trashing the dress, burning some pictures, or finding a creative way to break the invisible chains of a past relationship. I’d be so honored to capture the raw emotion and power of an individual who is closing one chapter of their life.
  • Waterfalls: Any couples interested in making the trek to South Ontario to hike, explore, and take some intimate shots in the waterfalls?

Do you see anything that you’d like to be a part of? Contact me and we can discuss, I’d be happy to offer a discount on a bucket list session! I do acknowledge some of these may not be possible during Covid restrictions but there’s no timeline on my bucket list. I’d just love to have the opportunity to capture/create any of these scenarios.

The Wall

Digital images are amazing, they are a swipe and push away. I love having all my photos stored in “the cloud”, but the ones that make it on the wall I love a little more. Those moments get a special place where they get proudly displayed for all to see. The photos of mommy and daddy when they first met, got married, or before they even became mommy and daddy. The ones when it was just three of us, and the ones when Eli “was a cute baby” the ones where my son says he was a “little baby”. The one with grandma and grandpa, the one with grandma we don’t see as often but still see everyday on the wall. 

These photos we take or pay to get taken, they should be proudly displayed in our home. This is us. The trips, the nostalgia, the past, our history, it’s all in these photos. The bickering before that perfect photo was taken, the meltdown that happened after, the heartburn that we were experiencing at that very moment. I had to be my first client when I wanted to start offering professional printing lab services. So I did the switch, paid more, ordered the photos, and rearranged the wall with more memories and room for the future.

The photos were amazing already, but the quality just added that much more. From photo albums, walls, the staircase gallery, nightstands, to canvas’ for all to enjoy and reminisce, I am seeing the appeal from a personal standpoint on having professional lab prints. I’ll be slowly incorporating print packages to offer with sessions as well as more print related items so you can start or add to your version of “the wall”. 

Pandemic Wedding Day

We have all been directly impacted by covid, but these two had to have their wedding postponed. 
How frustrating is it to be prepared for this big day and for it to all be up in the air indefinitely? 

Well we had to celebrate the day regardless and that involved a VERY early wake-up call to catch the sunrise along the beach. I thought how fun would it be to have these photos to remember the day that should of been, and to incorporate the reason why it couldn’t be.

We started off the shoot with proper post pandemic hygiene etiquette, and a gorgeous backlit sunrise horizon. Freed themselves of their masks, (disclaimer it was all disposed of appropriately, please don’t litter our earth!), and enjoyed the gorgeous views while taking a moment to embrace the day that should have been their wedding day. Exchanged the rings and vowed to wait for another day to express their love with their loved ones. Took photos as the sun rose and enjoyed the moment for what it was. Than fully committed to the whole thing and got into water; which may I add was freezing cold on this particular (Canadian) summer day.

Congratulations guys! It may not have been your wedding day after all, but your love has grown, endured, and most importantly laughed.

First Day of School

I’ve been contemplating back and forth on starting my own blog. I really wanted to be able to hold myself accountable to capture with words and photos things that inspire, and are important to me now. So I’ve decided to bite the bullet and make my first entry just in time for my sons first day of school, EVER. 

I know the first time sending off your kids is hard, they literally feel like a physical part of you. Your whole life has revolved around them since the second they came into this world. We planned for this day, but didn’t consider a pandemic in tow for this big first. So now our fears of “how they will do” is mixed with this extra slimy layer of doubt, guilt, fear, and faith. Four years and the longest I’ve been away from this little guy at one time is maybe twelve hours. I’ve literally watched him grow and yet am still shocked at how he grew. It makes no sense until you look at my mom who looks at me the same way. Who is a constant reminder to enjoy these days even on the most trying ones when I’m secretly (or not so secretly) counting down the seconds to bedtime.

To Marco on your first day of school. This is such a big day for you, you might not remember it, but I’ll always remember my first day at school. I hope you’re half as traumatized (hopefully not at all), and instead excited. I hope you make friends, I hope no one is mean to you, I hope you stand up for yourself when you need to, I hope you listen, I hope you learn, I hope you laugh, and most importantly I hope you remember some of the time before school when it was just you and mom.