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    Welcome to my little corner of the internet! It's not much, but it's home sweet home to all my stories and the images that tell them. You'll see photos of the beautiful couples I get to meet, the families and their kids that make me laugh and of course some of my own shenanigans and the odd random yummy recipe!

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Personal Projects: Paleo (Flour Free) Banana Bread & Veggie Gardening

Yes, I love weddings but this blog is more than just weddings, I like to use it as way to share some fun stories about what I get up to when I’m not in front of my computer.  After all, if I am going to photograph your wedding and meet your family, you should probably know more about me.  Maybe we’ll have something in common!

Something you should know is that I am a HUGE foodie.  I LOVE food and I LOVE to cook!  Especially comfort food.  Anything that reminds me of my childhood, or the Autumn or country living is typically a recipe I keep at my fingertips.

So here’s a little Paleo (flour free) Banana Bread recipe for you:

 

Coconut Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

2 Cups Almond Flour

2 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Vanilla

1 tsp Baking Soda

2 tsp Coconut Oil

4 Ripe Bananas

4 Eggs

1-4 tsp Honey

Handful of Walnuts, Coconut and Chocolate Chips (maybe two handfuls…)

Directions:

~ Preheat over to 350 F

~ Mix all the dry ingredients together (almond flour, cinnamon, baking soda and nuts)

~ In a separate bowl mash those ripe bananas and mix in the wet ingredients (eggs, vanilla, melted coconut oil and honey)

~ Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix.

~ Pour mixture into a well-greased pan

~ Bake for 30 minutes until toothpick comes out clean

Tadaa!

While that was baking, I decided to get a head start on my garden this year.  I’ve been itching for Spring since February 2nd when we pull that ground hog out of his hole!  While this snow continues to melt, I thought I would get a head start on my pumpkins, spaghetti squash, tomatoes, broccoli and cauliflower.  I won’t lie….. I’m not sure they will make it.  I don’t profess to have a magic green thumb…. but I have a dream that picking tomatoes from the garden will result in some serious salsa making summer!

Here’s what she looks like so far!

 

The Old Mill Toronto Wedding Photography – Marie & Gabriel

Never before have I met a bride like Marie, who is so in love with EVERYONE, especially her groom Gabriel.  Honestly I can’t even count how many hugs I got the day I shot their wedding.  I truly feel blessed to have been reminded by such a warm couple on how to be thankful for everyday.  I mean, this wedding was shot in February.  It was cold and dark outside, but plenty warm and bright inside!

Speaking of Thanks: Special shout to Joel Mieske for his hard work in keeping up with me as a second shooter.

Of course more special thanks goes to the Old Mill Toronto for being a great host to one heck of a celebration!

One Shot Sundays – The Old Mill, Toronto Wedding Photography

Is Video better than Photo?

I’m hearing more and more that video tells a better story than photos do.  I’m going on the record as saying that’s not true.  An image captures a moment, while video shares “how” that moment happened, it’s a different kind of story telling.  Not better and not worse, just different.

For example:  I could have captured the following image of this bride moments before she gets married on video, but I feel like the importance of this exact moment she’s sharing with her family would be lost by some kind of video transition or movement.  It’s the stillness in this photo that shows so much to me.  The relationship between these two women is captured in one frame and I feel like it speaks volumes about their journey to this day.  Sure video can do that, but so can I with photos.

Photo was taken at:  Toronto Old Mill, February, 2014.

 

Oakville Maternity Photography – Cathrina & Julian – Happy Family Day!!

Happy Family Day!!!

I thought it would be appropriate to use today’s holiday to celebrate a beautiful couple who are about to add to their family.

I first met Cathrina at Humber College.  Since then we’ve played the “Facebook/Instagram Like game” with each other’s photos.  I watched her grow as a person, get married and now start a family.  So when she asked me to photograph her beautiful baby bump in Oakville a few weeks ago, I was super honoured and excited to see her again.

I couldn’t be happier for this couple and the journey they are about to begin.  There is something truly wonderful in connecting with old friends and knowing they are living their happily ever after.

I hope everyone reading this post is able to connect with family at some point today.  Enjoy the day!

Tralee Wedding Facility, Orangeville Wedding Photogaphy – Rebecca & Mike

This was my last wedding of 2013 and it’s probably my most memorable thanks to Mother Nature.  Love her or hate her, she’s always there.  Luckily, I was working with a lovely couple who knew the benefits of braving the cold air for photos.

Rebecca and Mike celebrated their wedding day during every kind of weather.  There was snow, rain and even little hail pellets which resulted in slush and mud e v e r y w h e r e… But photos were an important part of their day and they weren’t going to let Ma Nature bring them down.

This was my first time shooting at the Tralee Wedding Facility in Caledon (owned by One99 in Orangeville) and I have to commend the staff for all their hard work that day.  The weather made their day challenging, but everyone was smiling and there was a great sense of teamwork throughout the day.

I love this venue!  Not only are the people at Tralee Wedding Facility amazing, but the property is huge and completely private.  It’s the perfect spot for a country wedding!

By the end of the day, my feet were soaked, my voice was completely gone from shooting in the damp air and I was exhausted, but I poured everything I had into this wedding to make sure Rebecca & Mike had amazing photos and personally, I feel it’s some of my best work yet.

So, bring it on 2014 because I plan on shooting like this again and again…

Enjoy!