My best friend got married this year. And I can’t even explain how excited I am that I was the one to capture it.

I first met Ben over a decade ago when I was working as a Registered Veterinary Technician and he began to bring his dogs to my clinic.  I can vividly remember when I first met him as I thought to myself “this guy is such a stressed dog owner, I hope he never has children or he might have a heart attack!” 😉

Throughout the years I watched his life change and grow, eventually having 3 beautiful children of his own.  (and gasp, TWINS! how did do it!) He was the most incredible dad, both dog dad and child dad.  Our friendship grew, our banter and laughter was the number one aspect of our friendship.  When I left the clinic I was at, he trusted me so much that he chose to come to my new clinic with his pets.  And our friendship grew.  We both supported each other when our lives were turned upside down and “crumbled” around us (albeit at different times, not together).   And when he began to tell me about Robin, I knew this was it.  I knew she was “the one”.  He lit up when he spoke about her.  He had a completely different feeling and vibe to him.   He took with her, her 2 beautiful children and together they began to raise their 5 amazing children.  (who are all within 4 years of each other, so you can imagine how busy that house is!)

I can still remember my reaction when he proposed to Robin.  My excitement and happiness was through the roof.  And Robin is a kick ass woman.  Like truly amazing.  It takes a special woman to add three more children to her crew, and take on Ben! She truly is a special woman.  And she accepted me, our friendship and became my friend as well.  She, along with Ben, have been there for me, supporting me, guiding me, giving me advice through some of the hardest times of my life.  In so many walks of life, a friendship between a man and a woman aren’t always accepted.  It takes a very special, incredible person to accept, understand and support their significant other and the friendship they have with someone of the opposite sex.  No question.  And while my best friend found the love of his life, I found a new friend, one who can understand a truly incredible friendship.  (And of course, we bond over making fun of Ben on occasion, especially when he’s being so emotional) 😉

The day of the wedding was full of love and excitement.  I can say I have not attended a wedding that had more love, and true happiness from EVERY SINGLE PERSON.  You could feel the excitement and love.  Even looking through the images as I edited, you could feel it again.  The kids were beyond adorable. BEYOND.  And in one of the most heart touching moments, all five children signed their signature on their mom and dad’s marriage certificate, creating the most beautifully ‘decorated’ certificate we had ever seen.

There were tears all day (mostly from Ben), tears of extreme happiness, love and gratitude, especially when people began to discuss what an incredible dad he is (gets him every time!)  Thank you Ben & Robin for allowing me to be part of this amazing day; I love you both!

Shout out to my friend Dana, with Dana Marie Photography for second shooting along side me for the day! ❤

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Happy 40th Birthday Katherine!

I’ve known Katherine for a number of years and have been photographing her children and family on numerous occasions.  We both worked in the Veterinary field and share a love of humour and animals.
She’s always been a hilarious woman, so when she asked me to photograph her for her 40th birthday, cake smash style, I knew I was in for a treat!
And of course, she didn’t disappoint.  Prepared with all the “usual fixin’s” for a cake smash, Katherine rocked this session like a toddler! 😉 (except instead of milk or water, we had a little wine)

Happy 40th Kat!

 

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Matt & Mandy’s Engagement Session ~*Windsor Wedding Photographer*~

I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this beautiful family’s present & future.  Considering I’ve been friends with this beautiful mother and bride to be for 10 years! (and such a small world that I have known dad for even longer!).  I’ve watched her grow from a teenager into a confident, beautiful, wonderful woman, mother and now soon to be wife! Their beautiful daughter is probably one of the most adorable children you could ever have a full conversation with (and she wasn’t even 3 when we did this shoot!). Seriously, the stuff she comes up with!  I am so excited and can’t wait to photograph their big day!

 

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Erin & Kyle Engagement ~*Windsor Wedding Photographer*~

Many, many moons ago, Erin and I became cousins through marriage and although the “cousin status” is not longer official, we have always kept in touch with each others lives (oh the magic of social media!).  I have photographed Erin & Kyle’s family on numerous occasions over the last couple years, and their youngest daughters newborn shoot last year.  They are a beautiful family (which I think is a vast understatement).  These two are also huge inspirations to so many around them, both of them helping others gain control of their lives and their health through KPK Fitness.  I see their posts on a regular basis, different exercises that can be done at home, with small children and at the gym.  Their physiques are those to be envied (and trust me, being 18 weeks pregnant, I certainly envy them!).  So I was excited they wanted to include that portion of their lives in their engagement photos.  We had fun at their fitness studio with a series of fun shots between them and with their beautiful daughters.
I am looking forward to shooting their wedding, it’s coming up so quickly!  And I’m also looking forward to having one of my dear and talented photographer friends, Stephanie from Stesha Bella Photography, shoot along side of me!
This wedding is going to be so much fun, I just know it!

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The Big Reveal!!!

I recently had a very excited shoot.  My brother and his girlfriend were surprised when they found out they were expecting, but imagine how much more surprised and shocked they were when they were told it was natural TRIPLETS!

A baby is always a miracle, but when that miracle becomes 3 unexpected miracles, well that is awe-inspiring.  Up until this point, I hadn’t really done a gender reveal photoshoot.  I guess you could say “go big or go home” this time as this was a triplet gender reveal! I received the envelope just 24 hours before the shoot, enough time to allow me to prepare. But in all honesty, I did not look in the envelope until about 2 hours before the shoot. I didn’t want the potential of a ‘slip up’ and I also felt guilty being the person who knew for “so long” before anyone else- so I didn’t peak 🙂 I can’t describe to you the emotions and how I felt during this shoot.   For those of you who hadn’t heard of a Gender Reveal- the parents to be receive the sex of the baby (or in this case, the babies) and are not told during the ultrasound.  They then drop off the envelope to me and I coordinate a shoot to reveal to them what their baby (or babies!) are!  I am able to capture those first emotions for them to have forever, and of course, a cool way to announce to the world!DSC_6629-WEBDSC_6642b-copyDSC_6650-WEB

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BABY A is a …….

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GIRL!!!!!!!!

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So much excitement…so many tears and there are still 2 to go!

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The photo on the right makes me smile every time I look at it.  Through both of their tears and smiles and laughter (while looking at the ultrasound of the “girl parts”) I hear in a small confused voice  “I don’t know what I’m looking at!”

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BABY B is a ………

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ANOTHER GIRL!!!!  Dad’s reaction here was “Oh my! I’ve got 2 daughters! I’m in trouble!”

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LAST BOX!!! BABY C is a…….

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BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Dad got his Boy!!!!!!

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