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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It’s Prom Time!

When I met Ashton for the first time, he was but a mere young boy.  A sweet, well mannered boy.  He was the *little brother* of a dear friend of mine who met him through the organization.  Over the years we have watched him grow into a fine young man, sometimes I cannot believe how grown he is (it makes me feel “old”)
And he is the third and last brother I have photographed for this family- there certainly is no shortage of manners, good looks and smarts in these three boys! I am proud of where Ashton is going and how he has grown and I look forward to watching him continue on with his life.
I have a soft spot for this handsome young man and I was honoured (and excited) to photograph him on a very special night in his highschool career; his prom.  I can remember, not too long ago, my own excitement at my prom and dressing up and having a night out with my friends.
Ashton looked so handsome, and with a beautiful date by his side, I am sure he had quite the time.  Honestly, these kids have such style! Not too many can pull this look off so flawlessly. But just look at this!

I have enjoyed photographing these three young men for their mama, a woman who has done an incredible job with these three boys and whom I can see, they love very much.

Congratulations Ashton.  And to quote the famous Dr Seuss; Oh the Places You’ll Go!
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Photos For Gramma!

I spent an afternoon with 4 handsome guys as we took photos as a present for their grandmother. I asked that the three older boys brought an item that was a representation of who they were.  Two of the boys are very talented musicians  and the other was a skilled table tennis player. There “tools” were very precious to them, but I was shocked to learn that only 1 of them had given their prized possessions a name! 🙂
What a lovely gift for any grandmother to receive!!!!

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Preston ~*Senior Grad Shoot*~

I was first introduced to a member of this family many years ago when one of my best friends was a Big Brother.  I feel I have watched this “Little Brother” grow from a little child to a wonderful young man, who has been a wonderful example to his younger brother, respectful, honourable, intelligent, winning awards and accolades. 
When I was asked to photograph his younger brother in honour of his graduation I was excited.  And when I met Preston, I not only can see that he looks like his older brother but he has the confidence, respectful manner and maturity that his brother has.  Maturity beyond what years he has been here.   I was unbelievably impressed with this young man (and since I’m not “very old” that statement seems weird writing!).  I had to remind myself that this was a young man who had graduated not of high school but of elementary school!  His answers to my casual questions were well thought, articulate and seemed mature beyond his years.  His mother must be extremely proud of all of her boys, a true testament to her love and her nurturing that has raised them.  Not only is it clear this young man is going places (already striving to lead down the medical path) but his physical and athletic finesse is impressive.  Speaking with his mother, he has had a hand (or foot) in a vast variety of sports and been extremely successful in any he has tried;  travel soccer, badminton, university level volleyball…the list goes on! 
And on top of all of these impressive attributes, he is quite handsome!  Without meaning to offend many of my friends I have had since elementary school, I don’t remember the boys looking like or having this kind of style! Look out world, Preston is on his way!  Lastly, I must also congratulate his mother on such an amazing job!!!
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Prom!

I have worked at my veterinary clinic for more than 10 years (I started there young) 🙂  We are a tight bunch of co-workers, having less than 10 of us working closely every day.  Our sweet groomer had been talking about this prom- and I offered to shoot the preparation, beauty and excitement of the magic of prom.  Ava is a very special wonderful teenager, I remember being a teenager and getting ready for prom- and both are hard and exciting and nerve-wracking!  I feel a sense of pride knowing how hard it is to be yourself and not worry about what others think and that Ava is doing just this, being herself.  I could tell that Ava was a bundle of nerves when I first arrived and as we went on, I could see her beginning to relax.  I was in LOVE with the hairpiece that was chosen! (even contrary to the hair stylist’s opinion) 🙂

I hope this night was a night to remember and look back on with a smile and fun memories.

 

 

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Young Beauty

Miss K’s mother not only wanted photos of her sweet new son, but she also scheduled a shoot of her beautiful daughter.  Miss K is 12 years old which is slightly older than my last few girls I have photographed!  I welcomed a new ‘challenge’ of finding a perfect balance for shots, not too juvenile and yet certainly not too grown up.  We had quite a few hysterical laughs as I have now learned a new dance from Miss K! She also had her own ideas to some poses she wanted to do which was great!!!! I think her parents are going to be in trouble as she is such a gorgeous girl!

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