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2014 ASPIRATIONS

0-extra-5-USM-750To some I am a little late delivering my New Year’s goals and aspirations, but I personally believe that it is best to exercise patience instead of blindly committing oneself to certain improvements while the champagne is flowing and the hype is palpable. So here we are, two weeks later to the day and I think I have figured out what I would like to concentrate and work on this year.

My 2014 aspirations

1. FOCUS
This is a concept that although simple enough to define, I always find myself struggling with. I am your typical, practically stereotyped ‘creative mind’ — one thought for a new project leads me tumbling directly into another until I’m working in so many different, often opposite, directions that I burn out and find upon reflection that I haven’t really done what I set out to do. So this year I am making a conscious effort to focus.

My photography work I would like to focus mainly on weddings and little ones (and animals too, of course, over at Pawsh Studio). Will I deviate and explore other photography avenues? Of course. But those projects will be kept to my spare time for fun…mostly.

In terms of writing, I have really been all over the map the past few years, which has been a wonderfully exhilarating experience. But  over the past few months the words I pen don’t bring me as much joy as they used to. Something has been missing and I now believe it to be my former connection to creative writing. Fiction, lyrics, plays and children’s books used to occupy my mind and my idle hands, but lately I haven’t paid much attention to the quirky characters and poetic lines jostling through my mind. I find that such a shame. So this year I would like to reacquaint myself with writing for pleasure.

2. COOK
I adore good food and am always in awe of people who are able to collect seemingly random ingredients from the kitchen and whip up something that not only smells amazing, but also tastes fantastic. It is as close a thing to real life magic that I can think of and I want to be able to cast my own culinary spells upon friends and loved ones. So I shall endeavour this year to practice and play in the kitchen.

3.  EMBRACE THE LITTLE THINGS
This one sounds a bit predictable; everyone says they want to stop and smell the roses more whenever a fresh January rolls around. However, this is a philosophy that I truly want to adopt into my life. Our society is entirely consumed with the notion that being ridiculously busy is the ‘thing to do’ or the ‘way to be.’ Don’t get me wrong, I am all for working hard and putting in long hours, pursuing one’s passions and following a dream, but in recent weeks I have had a realization that working all the time, constantly, almost wretchedly, is not the kind of story I wish to share with my future grandchildren.

I would much rather entertain young ears with stories of when I traveled, when I had random adventures, met wonderful new people, had embarrassing moments and all sorts of other happy, unpredictable experiences. So this year I am resolved to schedule in designated vacation time, to put down the phone in the evenings, to stop checking emails at 2AM and to instead busy myself with lovely little life things that make this whole thing worthwhile.

So there they are; my three big aspirations for 2014. Of course, I have all sorts of annoying lists peppered around my desk with far more specific goals like shoot ‘x’ amount of weddings, learn piano, blog more for LLB Creative, resume yoga and bike a marathon, but every specific ambition falls under one of the above categories. So in the spirit of focus, I am keeping my mind clear and sharp and welcoming the idea that great things take time. Here is to a wonderful new year everyone! *clink*

EMAIL ME TODAY TO BOOK YOUR 2014 PHOTO SESSION!
(beautiful family photos are always an incredible new year’s resolution to make)

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BABY SHOWER

3-a-b7-a33a1-aA few candid photos from a lovely late summer baby shower. It was such a joy to capture the mama-to-be opening the baby’s gifts and discovering surprise after surprise within plumes of light, candy coloured wrapping paper. While I love shooting maternity sessions, this concept was a lovely alternative to celebrate this sweet couple’s newest bundle of joy.  Email me to cover your next birthday party, baby shower or event!

 

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TORONTO MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHER: CANDID BABY SHOWER

Toronto-maternity-photographer-LLB-Creative-v-babyshowerThis weekend I spent an adorable afternoon photographing a friend’s baby shower. She requested photographs that were completely candid — absolutely no ‘setting up a shot’ or posing whatsoever — to capture the real celebration and guests being their true selves. I was so happy to snap this lovely serene moment of the mama-to-be when she wasn’t watching and can’t wait to share a few more photos from the day with you in the upcoming weeks. Email me today to book your maternity or baby photo session!

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TORONTO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER: HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH WEDDING RINGS

toronto-wedding-photographer-ringsWhenever I am lucky enough to photograph somebody’s wedding, I like to spend a little extra time on the ring shots. I do this for two reasons. Firstly, once the words ‘I do’ are uttered these rings will never be removed from the hand again. Secondly, a lot of time (and money!) goes into choosing the perfect ring, so it seems like a shame to simply snap one picture and move on.

My personal preference is to style the rings with something that is sentimental to the couple. For example, with this particular pairing I used rustic elements, such as tree branches, wood and picket fences, because the couple loved the outdoors and were having a country wedding.

If you’re photographing wedding or engagement rings and aren’t sure where to begin, try thinking about these three tips:

1. Keep the shot simple and uncluttered so that focus is entirely on the pieces.
2. Experiment with different surfaces, such as tile, wood and even sand to see how different colours and contrasts makes the jewelry pop.
3. Use a shallow F-stop when photographing jewelry so that you can really call attention to the fine details, like the stone (or stones!)

Email me today to book your wedding photos!

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‘BLOOMING BEAUTY’ IN OTTAWA STYLE SUMMER 2013

I am pleased to unveil my latest photography and writing project titled “Blooming Beauty,” published in the Summer 2013 edition of Ottawa Citizen Style Magazine — out today! The piece is all about bold beauty looks inspired by some of summer’s most beautiful flowers.

Be sure to pick up your copy today for the complete article so you can learn how to create each of these beauty looks!

{Photography and styling by me. Makeup by Tasia Richards. Model Julis Nonkes from MIM.}

MAKEUP SHOOT SNEAK PEEK

A very small sneak peek of a project that will be published in the Ottawa Style Summer 2013. Don’t you just love flowers?

Makeup by Tasia Richards. Model Julia Nonces from MIM.