Chantale & Russell Get Hitched!

I have known Chantale since we were 5 years old.  We went to the same grade school and high school and many of my memories include her as one of my closest friends.  We were goofy and funny and got into trouble (not much) and did silly things….oh boy! After high school we kind of went our separate ways and our lives ran in different directions.  Then, through the magic of Facebook we reconnected a few years ago and our friendship has returned.

When she contacted me to ask if I wanted to photograph her wedding in Mexico I was ecstatic! Of course I would! Up until this point I had yet to meet her lovely groom so we set up a get together to talk and meet.  Honestly I felt so nervous meeting Rusty! I mean, it’s not everyday I get to meet a radio personality local celebrity!  And he’s just as cool and funny – in fact, he is quite truly the perfect match for Chantale.  His personality is exactly what I would have always pictured for her- a person who compliments her completely.  And after a wonderful meeting I was getting ready to go, all excited and pumped….and then Rusty said those dreaded words that brought me back to earth and never truly left my mind “haha, I hope you do a good job as I wouldn’t want to have to talk about you on the radio”.  He was completely and utterly joking but it put something in my head that had never even crossed my mind: “Oh. My. God. He COULD talk about me on the radio. Omg.Omg.Omg”.  Ack!

When I did their engagement photos, the shoot just solidified my notion that these two were perfect for each other. Per-fect.  I had such a blast (you may remember their session – it was at the farm and awe-some!)

So the big day came and off to Mexico we went! I was super excited to fly in with Chantale’s maid of honour and her husband; who we dubbed my “Mexico husband” for the week.  (And I must say, he was a FANTASTIC Mexico husband, he was super sweet and helpful on the day of the wedding, helping me out, holding my flash when my stand broke and even making sure I wasn’t thirsty during the day).  We even went para-sailing together (I HAD to do something that I could not do back in Canada – and although I screamed like a banshee on the jetski ride out to the boat, in the air, I was pretty calm).

The first 2 days were spent getting to know some of the wedding party & guests, reminiscing with her family and the other friends I knew and enjoying the water.  And perhaps, just once, indulging in the “all-inclusive” aspect of the resort.  (I think we all overindulged just a tad on one or two occasions)

The day of the wedding it was a balmy 39 degrees Celsius at 8AM.  EIGHT IN THE MORNING!  Luckily the ceremony didn’t start until 5pm so it was “still only” 39*C at that time.  BUT it was GORGEOUS !   I’m used to being up at 6am everyday so I was up and out of my hotel room around 7am every morning (why, I have no idea, a room and a king size bed to myself- I should have taken more advantage!).  One would assume that at 7am there would be lots of hustle and bustle around the resort but let me tell you it was SILENT.  And VACANT! There were only a handful of people I saw at that time in the morning- which allowed for some awesome photos of the resort with no people in them!  It also allowed me to write in the sand unbeknownst to Chantale, resulting in photos she “wished she had” but didn’t know I did 🙂

I was with the girls getting ready for the afternoon, enjoying laughs, drinks & fruit.  I headed off to see the boys about 25 minutes before the ceremony was to start….and they were still in their underwear! Oh to be a guy on a wedding day!
Everything about Chantale, her bridesmaids, the day, the decor, the guys….it was all incredible and beautiful.

After the ceremony we had just over an hour to shoot- so off we went.  We had lots of fun, especially when we found the mechanical bull!  Of course we had to jump on and have a little “ride” 🙂

This was one of the most amazing experiences – I had an incredible time and I couldn’t have been happier to see a dear childhood friend say I do to the man of her dreams.  And we all came home with funny stories, wonderful memories…and in Chantale & Rusty’s case; a new shiny ring of love.  Congratulations Chantale & Russell!

 

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Miss R ~*9 days fresh*~ Windsor Newborn Photographer

I have been waiting for Miss R to arrive for 8 years.  And here we finally are! It’s unbelievably true that God works in mysterious ways for us.  And that just when we think we’ve figured this thing called life out, we truly haven’t.  It felt like “forever” since I photographed mama and papa and big brother while Miss R was still snuggled warmly in mama’s belly.  When I got the text that she had arrive (just a wee bit early- I think she couldn’t wait to meet her family either!) I was ecstatic.  And from the photo mama sent me, I thought for sure she was about 10lbs.  And yet, just a “wee” 7lbs 3oz! Her cheeks were shockingly adorable….the only thing more shocking about her was her full head of hair! Wow, I have never see a baby with so much hair AND such beautiful natural highlights! Seriously she has more hair than most toddlers! Her squishy little face and beautiful hair caught me from the moment I saw her.   And her new big brother seemed very much in love as well.  When we did their maternity session he was “only a little bit excited” to have a baby sister.  I think that “little bit” may have changed to a “big bit”.  He is going to be a great big brother and I look forward to watching this family continue to grow.  I am so excited to see her every couple months for her grow with me plan! Thankfully it’s totally acceptable for me to kiss her cheeks, over and over again 🙂 ❤

 

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It’s All About Family ~*Windsor Family Photographer*~

I don’t often shoot big extended families, even though I come from one, so it was nice to see a big family all together.  And I really enjoy seeing 4 generations together!  This family was so sweet, and the children are A-DORABLE!  The great grandparents were so cute- more than 60 years of married life! Wow! My husband and I have been married for 8 years, just a fraction of their lives together.  It’s almost impossible to think 55+ years down the road!  And to think all these beautiful family members are a result of their love.  And 4 beautiful, handsome great grandsons- to bring so much joy (and maybe only some minor headaches) 🙂 I really loved watching and seeing each their personalities; family and yet all so different.
I love knowing that I was able to capture this whole family as one unit and then as individual units as well.  Life is so busy.  And it passes in an instant.  So to preserve this time together and have photos to remind us all of the love we share; it’s pretty darn important.
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Princess A ~*7 days fresh*~ Windsor Newborn Photographer

I love when clients get excited to be coming to see me.  And Princess A’s mama certainly seemed excited.  When I first booked her I had 2 different due dates; one the doctors gave her and the other she was convinced she was going to have her on; daddy’s birthday.  And although they were a few weeks apart, it appears Princess was listening! I got a very excited message from mom while she was in labour on the morning of daddy’s birthday.  We chatted a bit back and forth (which makes me feel so special that I’m on the list of people to contact!)  I told her I as keeping my fingers crossed that she would arrive that day…..it seemed she was truly a princess and just a little fashionably late. She arrived very early the next morning.  Oh bummer! But really, she is so perfect and everything was good so in the end, that’s all that matters 🙂

Miss A was a doll during her session.  If you ever wonder if a person can fall in love over and over, it’s totally possible.  And I think every newborn photographer will attest to this.  Sigh.  It’s an incredible feeling to be blessed to photograph these beautiful babes as they are just fresh into this world.  Thank you mom and dad for entrusting me with this beautiful responsibility!

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Sweet Miss B *~8 days fresh~* Windsor Newborn Photographer

At first sight, I totally fell in love.  Miss B had such beautiful, dainty, girly features.  In the beginning of her photoshoot, I think she was a little afraid to miss something.  She just wanted to peak at what was going on- until I finally convinced her that there would be wonderful photos to remind her of her time with me so she shouldn’t worry about missing anything.  And then she slept 🙂 Like magic!
There is something about papas and daughters that get me, I know I’ve said it before, but they seriously get me every time.  Daddy was an incredible help during the session; I really loved it.  And I love the look on a dad’s face when I hand over their princess to do a set change.  It’s like I don’t even exist, in fact, nothing does. Nothing except dad and the sweet princess.  That look.  That sweet look of beautiful love is what gets me in the heart every time.  And daddy certainly had it!
Mom and dad also brought a couple outfits to show off the newest Tigers and Wings fan- oooh how I loved it! (except she really really did not want to wear the jersey!) 🙂 And since daddy got his team shots, mama had to have her halloween shots!
Thank you so much for bringing her to see me, she is gorgeous!

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Welcome Mr C ~*7 days fresh*~ Windsor Newborn Photographer

Mr C’s mama and I first met a “few years” ago when she started working as a Registered Vet Tech with me at the clinic I work at.  After a few years of working together, she decided to leave the veterinary field and “cross to the other side” of human medicine!  And although we were sad to see her go, it has been wonderful to keep in touch with her.  She was always so amazing and awesome to work with- the human medical world has certainly been blessed with a very smart and talented woman.

When she contacted me to tell me her and her husband were expecting and she wanted me to photograph her baby to be I was super excited.  And then came the day we found out what her little beeb was….a stinky boy! haha.  I loved seeing mama again and her cute bump and then it was just the waiting game.   When little Mr arrived he seemed just so tiny! Even though I get to see and photograph newborns on a regular basis, it’s almost like a shock every time to see just how tiny and precious they are.  I loved having a couple extra snuggle moments with him too.  I wish his mom and dad all the best and look forward to watching this handsome little guy grow.

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My Neighbours :) ~*Windsor Family Photographer*~

My husband and I bought our house 10 years ago, we were just a mere 21 & 22 years old at the time (ok, totally just busted my age there) but we were young.  Looking back I can’t believe we bought a house – but it was the best decision for us.  We were filled with young excitement and dreams.  We both fell in love with our house immediately and knew after searching and searching this was “the one”.  Little did we know that not only our house was ‘the one’ but our neighbours were too.  We could not have asked for a better neighbourhood all these years.   To the right of our house lived a young family with 3 boys, at the time they were 8, 9 & 13 years old.  We watched these boys play basketball day after day on the street.  My husband occasionally joined in and felt like a super star when they would say “you should play for the NBA!” in awe after he sunk a shot from one side of our street.  (he totally enjoyed that!).  These boys were incredibly polite and sweet.  If their ball landed on our front lawn, rather than running on our lawn and grabbing it, they would walk all the way around, up our driveway and knock on our door to ask permission to go on our lawn to get it.  I remember telling them they didn’t have to ask to get it, it was ok to go ahead on our front lawn.  One year while decorating for Halloween they came over and helped me.  We watched them grow through their high school years and off to college.   And they are still wonderful young men (oh I feel old saying that!).  We were blessed.   And I am sure that Mom & Dad are incredibly proud of their sons (and they should be!)
We will certainly miss our neighbourhood when we move- but we hope the next couple who bought our house enjoys it just as much as we did (and our neighbours too!)
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Hello Mr G! ~*9 days fresh*~ Windsor Newborn Photographer

I was anxiously “patiently” waiting for Mr G’s arrival since photographing his mom, dad and big sister for their maternity session a few weeks back.  Big sister S was so sweet- even though she didn’t always want to be in the photos and I was excited to see her a few weeks later with her new “Big Sister” title.  It’s hard to believe this family could get any cuter- but then in walked Mr G with his family and voila, instantly cuter!
He was such a sweetie and his big sister (at just 2 years old) was so good! She clearly was in love with her new baby.   Her eyes were the most fantastic blue ever- the photos do not do her justice (although it’s not always easiest to get a 2 year old to sit still long enough to get a close up of their eyes!)
I loved his spikey hair, his chubby cheeks and his sweet little rolls.  Its truly incredible to be part of a person’s family expansion and go through the excitement with them.

 

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Happy 1st Birthday Miss L ~*Windsor Cake Smash Photographer*~

I photographed Miss L almost exactly one year ago (364 days ago!) for her newborn session- and I am always still blown away what a difference a year makes.  She was so teeny tiny and now she is so rolley polley!  I love her little smile with her little teeth showing! We “recreated” a couple shots at the request of mom and boy does it ever show the difference! She was a doll for her session although she did keep many smiles to herself….that is, until we put her in her “clean up bath” after her cake smash.  Then we couldn’t get her to stop smiling! Mom says she LOVES bath time and it is obvious! This is the third time I’ve got to photograph this little girl and family and they are just the sweetest! Daddy and his three daughters- boy oh boy, seeing a dad with his daughters gets me. Every. Time.  Perhaps it’s because of my own husband and our two daughters, or the love for my own dad, but man, you want to make me melt? Show me a dad being a goof with his daughters, putting hair clips in his hair, painting nails, tickling, laughing and listening o their daughter and I will show you a big pile of mushy photographer!

And Miss L’s two older sisters are so sweet.  So well behaved and polite and smiley! I love it!
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Baby Y *~36 weeks*~ Windsor Maternity Photographer

I will never forget the first time I met Papa to be- it was about 9 years ago and he was just too cute! He was a friend of one of my best friends – he was sweet and hilarious and his blond curls were just too adorable.  I knew that whatever lady snatched him up would be one lucky girl. One of my first memories of Mama to Be was just 7 years ago as she was one of my nurses taking care of my sweet newborn baby girl on the Labour and Delivery Floor at the hospital.  I even have a photo of her listening to her heart! She was so wonderful and sweet.  What a small world!  When these two came together I couldn’t have been happier.  They were (and are) a perfect match of beauty, sweetness and laughter. I feel lucky to have been part of some of the biggest moments in their lives, I was still doing my cake business at the time of their wedding and was able to make their wedding cake (and of course attend their nuptials!) and now here we are and I get to photograph the next “big step”!

I had a blast with these two- it’s never a dull moment with Papa! I had to include an “outtake” photo that he was being silly in- it’s just “them”.  They brought along a couple ideas they wanted to do as well- always fun to hear what others want to do too!

Funny thing is I actually got a newborn headband more than a year ago with these two in mind, even thought they were still newlyweds and I dont think babies were on their mind at all!  So when they announced they were expecting I crossed my fingers and hoped for a girl so I could use this headband….and lucky me my wishes were answered! A sweet baby girl for this adorable couple! I hope she has hair just like daddy! (and I’m pretty sure mama does too).
I’m now patiently (and anxiously) waiting for her to make her way earthside….it could be anytime now!

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