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You know right from the beginning.  From the first moment that you see them across the room…from the first moment when you sit down…from the first moment you get lost in a conversation that has nothing to do with their wedding.  You just know.

You know that these are your kind of people.

And those kind of people are my favourite kind of people!

Because they are the reason that we take a chance on a different kind of life.  They are the reason that we risk it all to start something new.  They are the reason that we give up everything we “should” want for everything that we do want.

And they make our job amazing.

Anna and Adam are those people.  They are the ones you watch all day long and feel the deepest amount of gratitude for being a part of their beautiful day.  They are the ones you celebrate as though you’ve known them your whole lives.  They are the ones that remind you why you started it all in the first place.

Thank you, Anna and Adam…for being the most amazing people.  Thank you for just being you!



  • AM - September 28, 2016 - 8:44 am

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Nice transformation of NEXT 🙂ReplyCancel

Superheroes.  There’s just something about them.

In a world that needs more acts of courage…we look for them around every corner.

And ever since having a son, I’ve learned a lot more about them!  They’re strong…they help others…and they are the bravest people you’ll ever meet.  And if you’re lucky…you get to wear a cool outfit too!

But if you were to ask my six year old boy about his favourite superhero, he’s not going to say Batman or Superman or Spiderman.  He’s not going to point you in the direction of a cartoon movie or a comic book.  He’s not going to pick someone who can fly or has superpowers from an insect bite.

He’s going to look for the big red truck.  Because, as far as he’s concerned, firemen are the greatest superheroes of all!

And I don’t think I could have been more excited for my son when he got to meet his real life superhero, Jordan…also known as, one of my wonderful grooms!  But perhaps cutest of all, was when we walked away from the fire station – all played out and feeling larger than life – and my boy asked me “Mama, who is Jordan’s girl??  Every superhero has a special girl!”

Truer words have never been spoken!

Ladies and gentlemen, please say hello to my son’s most favourite client of mine (whom I think is pretty great as well!) and his very special girl…



I want to say that I noticed for the first time around eight and half years in.  I was looking for a specific photo of our family when I noticed that we didn’t have any of just the two of us anymore.  At first I thought it was just an oversight on my part…but the more I searched, I more I realized that I wasn’t missing anything at all.  Except a photo of just my husband and I.

The wife side of me gets it; life happens.  It gets busy, it gets expensive, it gets full of other things that need our time and attention.  But the photographer side of me cringed at the thought; the thought that I could let (wait for it…) nine years go by without having a photo taken of the two of us.  And that’s how long it was; nine years.  Sure, we had the odd selfie while traveling or a quick snap taken in passing at a family wedding, but they were immensely few and far between.

So, for our tenth wedding anniversary, I brought an end to our photographic dry spell…and honestly, they are some of my most favourite photos ever.  We are happy and undistracted and we were us, ten years later.

These sessions have quickly become some of my most favourite sessions to photograph because there will always be a reason not to do it.  And in their own way, all of those reasons are valid.  But more than any of the reasons not to do it, lies one incredibly important reason why we should do it.  Because it matters.  Because who we are in this moment matters.  Because what we’ve been through matters.  Because these lives that we walk, side by side, matter.

And so does taking an hour to capture it.

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to Shanna and Jeff.  Just them…nine years later…

  • Linda - August 29, 2016 - 4:53 pm

    thanks for sharing – lovely couple in love – brings smile to my face.ReplyCancel

Every now and then, I’ll be walking through downtown and I’ll suddenly catch something out of the corner of my eye.  Sometimes it will be the way the sun is pouring across the buildings or the way wind blows across the river.  Sometimes it will be a new restaurant that has opened or a store that I’ve passed a hundred times already.  But each time it happens, I find myself thinking the very same thing; “Gosh, I love this city!”

I think it’s easy to take your hometown for granted.  It’s easy to forget all about its charm and beauty.  I guess, like any long term relationship, it’s easy to forget what attracted you in the first place.

That is, until you reacquaint yourself.  Until you get all dressed up and start dating again!  And that’s what I absolutely adore about doing sessions downtown; it gives me a whole new perspective of the city I fell in love with so long ago.

Mohamed and Marwa knew how to do it up right!  With the most stunning attire…some absolutely gorgeous light…and the best spots in town…it’s safe to say that I have officially fallen all over again!!

I don’t know what it is…but there’s just something about it; something about being near water.  I almost feel like it contains magical properties of some kind that enables it to contain our memories in the most unique way.  I can’t speak for everyone, but personally, the moment I find myself shoreline, I feel calmer.  I feel as though the very presence of water makes my soul a little bit more peaceful.

Sometimes I wonder what the waves would say if they could talk?

Alas, we don’t get to know that secret…but we can continue to bring pieces of ourselves there for safe keeping.  And that’s exactly what we did for Anna and Adam’s engagement session; we brought it to a place where the well runs deep and the love is held tight.

Right there, in the beautiful summer night, we stored away a few more memories…among the rippling waves and the quiet of echo the sunset…we’ve added one more thing to come back to…

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