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Nearly a decade ago, I met my friend, Julie!

We met each other through work and quickly became fast friends.  Friends that drank lots of coffee together and friends that got up super early in the morning to see Blue Rodeo together and friends that would – over time – experience many of life’s changes together.

I was a very different person when I first met Julie.  I was going through one of the most difficult periods in my life and even now, looking back, I hardly recognize the person I once was.  And I often believe that when a person comes out of the darkness, it can be hard to be around the people that knew you in that place.  It can be hard to look at them and know that they’ve seen that part of you that you never want to remember.

But I’ve never felt that way around Julie.  Because Julie never made me feel like I was someone that I didn’t like.  Julie brought out the best in people and the best in what they liked about themselves.  And that’s really the beautiful thing about Julie; we’re all immensely better people because of her.

So, years ago, when my dear friend told me all about this man that had come along and swept her off her feet, I had no doubt that he too, would be definitely worth knowing!  It’s been about four years since I first heard Vas’ name lingering in the air…and finally, a short while ago, it was time.  My time, to meet this guy!

And let me tell you, he was everything you could possibly want for a friend who has known you through it all.

He meets her contagious smile and undeniable style.  He meets her perfect laugh and her sense of adventure.  He meets her love of good food and her appreciation of life.  He meets her right where she stands.

And together, they we are all better for it!

Because our beautiful friend…met her beautiful match…


I love those moments in which nothing seems like it’s going to work out.  And then, as the clouds part and the sun shines down, all of the pieces fall perfectly into place.

It’s always such a beautiful reminder to me of how much we just need to let go sometimes.  Because, in the end, everything happens.  In the good, in the bad, in the completely unexpected…it happens.

Sometimes, you meet your partner in the most unexpected way.  Sometimes, things end up being more challenging that you were anticipating.  Sometimes, the storms roll in at the most inopportune time.

And sometimes, it all works out…it all comes together…it ends under the most radiant skies.

Sometimes, we just have to let go of what we think things should be, so that we can embrace everything that they will be.

And trust me, everything will be just as it should be.


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

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