Holiday 2017 Moments

It's that time of the year where I scramble to catch up to all the December work that got lost in the depths of Christmas and New Year's only to collide with re-settling back into our regular school and work schedule.  Thank you to this year's Holiday Session Crew for allowing me to create some very sweet and very hilarious and very memorable moments of you and your loved ones to look back on as the years go by.  I hope every enjoyed the last weeks of 2017 and that 2018 has already brought about some refreshing energy and excitement!

A few of many favourite moments from this year's Holiday Sessions...

For what it’s worth... it’s never too late, or in my case too early,
to be whoever you want to be.
There is no time limit. Start whenever you want.
You can change or stay the same.
There are no rules...

We can make the best of the worst of it.
I hope you make the best of it.
I hope you see things that startle you.
I hope you feel things you’ve never felt before.
I hope you meet people who have a different point of view.

I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not,
I hope you have the courage to start over again.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald

Good words to keep in mind for 2018

Holiday 2016 Crew

Thank you for your patience!  We are into 2017 and I'm months behind on updating here.  The tail-end of 2016 was the hardest and longest stretch but it's over and I feel terrific for all the challenges I was able to take on and the experiences I opened myself to.  As is my custom, sending warm wishes of love and happiness and success to everyone who participated in our Holiday Sessions!  A few quick favourites...


Thank you for a fabulous 2016!

Eat Drink Love in Mexico: Part I

Last Sunday, I booked a last minute ticket to Puerto Vallarta via Los Angeles.  Our family had been invited to the wedding of Rob + Jade.  I met Rob in Kindergarten and became especially good friends with him in the last years of elementary.  Jade, a few years behind, joined our school in grade 4 with the most adorable bangs and bob.  Highschool broke us all up.  While Rob disappeared into VC boy gang life, Jade contributed to me and Kevin's romance (the two ended up at St Pat's), being a carrier for our love letters or saving me a spot on the bus home from LFA to Richmond.  Little did any of us know that the two of them would find happiness in one another and that our lives would be intertwined once again thanks to our firstborns being only 2 months apart, Jade's incredible talent with hair, and ok Facebook.     Funny how having kids pulls you back with old friends!  Must be the primal urge to join in packs and form villages for survival and sanity...

We were excited to visit Mexico for the first time and with our kids whom we knew would love the cultural experience.  As winter approached as did the time to book our tickets.  Kevin had just lost his job and so our plans sadly fizzled out.  A week before everyone would fly out for the big day, I helped to design a few of the wedding stationery items.  Having Jade over to finalize and collect all the product really broke my heart.  Being the sweet understanding guy he is, Kevin pushed me to take the trip on my own while he would stay at home with the kids.  It was a very easy and very tough decision, but it was made.  Malcolm cried in the car as I waved good-bye to him, and I cried as I ran into the airport.  I would have never left my other two kids for that long at such a young age.  Actually, this was my first time going off on my own EVER and I could not have found a better ticket.  My ticket had a 24 hour overlay in LA on the way to and from Puerto Vallarta which meant I could visit my sister in Cali!  In addition, my good friends, The Stones, just happened to be enjoying a 2 week vacation in Puerto Vallarta at the same time.  They generously welcomed me to stay with them upon arrival and before departure to/from LAX.  And right smack in the middle of my visit, I would join the wedding party in their digs at wedding night's end.  Perfect.  

I arrived in LA at 7pm.  We stopped by Forever 21 to grab a hat and sunglasses (I completely forgot to pack my own…) and ordered Italian takeout.  It was a brief visit but such a joy to squeeze my big sister and blast old school HIP HOP down the freeway, just like the good old days when I would fly down to visit her in my pre-family days.  It's been 8 years!

The flight to PVR was FANTASTIC.  I DIDN'T HAVE ANY KIDS WITH ME AND I got to sit in peace with a coffee and a chocolate croissant and watch James Bond Spectre completely undisturbed.  In fact, I didn't even get to see the last minutes of it because the flight was over.  Luxury. 

We landed.  My head was tingling, electric currents seemed to be gently running up and down my arms as I walked through the corridors of PVR to its arrival gates.  I spotted Brock behind the glass and I ran.  I made it!  I was really here!  This was really happening!  I was in shock as we hugged and walked out into the blinding sunlight.  The heat started to sink in and it felt glorious.  We hopped into their Green Ferrari (a tiny little 90's style Chevy) and booted it to their Dad's high-rise condo... 

We headed out to Old Vallarta for dinner.  I sat in the back with the boys, checking out the architecture, the little shops and kids riding in the back of pick-up trucks, palm trees palm trees palm trees.  We parked and walked down "The Seawall", enjoying the warm evening breeze and a fiery sunset.  My diet for 3-4 days was Margaritas/Tequila Shots and Tacos.  I'm still not over it.  We took turns eating and minding the boys.  I took my Margarita in a TO GO cup because I had barely dented it and was already quite tipsy.  We took a walk around town, stopping into a bar that was advertising karaoke.  The boys bravely sang BEAT IT and LAND DOWN UNDER!  Definitely something to cross of their Bucket List!  

This trip was off to a great start…  Next up THE WEDDING!



A huge thank you to all my 2015 clients for making this year the best one yet!  I had a blast capturing some stellar moments for you and your loved ones (kids, babies, and fur babies!).  It was extra special getting to do these sessions in our new home, and with so many familiar faces no less.  

This is my 4th year of Holiday Sessions;  4 years ago, I was working part-time as a cashier at Thrifty's.  A friend had requested I do some family photos for her at the end of summer and it was then that I decided to quit my cashier position and try my hand at becoming a photographer.  These Holiday Sessions were my very first gig as part of a Fundraiser at my kids' preschool, the gig that started them all!  I've come a long way and I have learned so very very much!  A couple of you have been a part of these Holiday Sessions since the beginning and for that, I truly truly thank you for your faith and support each year!  Many of you I have known for years, some a lifetime, and still others whom I am just getting to know.  The best part of my job is becoming part of your life, not just documenting you and your loved ones' physical existence at a specific moment in time, and not just capturing a pretty picture to share on social media, but capturing your joy and your spirit.  I want my photos to be your favourite photos, the ones that you look back on time and time again as the years go by and we all get a little wiser; the ones that make you smile without fail because the feelings keep rushing back.  I do my best to do for you what I do for myself with my family.  In fact, many of you may as well be my family at this point, HA!  Time to wrap up here...  

It was really difficult to choose just one photo from each session (seriously, it's taken me 2 days of editing a few different photos and changing my mind a million times…) but here they are in order from first to last!  Hugo gets two because his peacock walk is the perfect way to end this hahahha





Our Holiday 2014 Families

After our brief hiatus from updating the blog, I've got a lot of catching up to do here!  Better late than never may I present to you the families of Holiday 2014!  

What a very memorable year it has been.  Thank you to all my lovely friends for being a part of this year's Holiday photos, I am so very lucky to have clients I can call friends!