thank you

To everyone that has supported me through this past year, thank you.  To all my clients, the encouragement and the trust you give to me is something I will never take for granted. To my friends, peers and family, your love seems to be never-ending, and I will be forever grateful.

Some of my favorite LOVE moments from 2012.

looking back

I am sensing some serious change this next year. I have a full week coming up with no official shoots or work commitments. This next week is going to be about completing all my tasks from 2012, and beginning to form some new changes to myself and to my business. I am so excited to share what is going on in my head, but it will have to wait until it makes a bit more sense. Still looks a little squidgy on the edges…
Before I dive into the planning for the next year, I thought I should probably look back and see what I’ve been up to. So, here are my highlights from 2012 that have become the catalyst for the exciting year to come.

It started out with a Vegas trip with my hubby to take in WPPI for the first time. For those that don’t know, WPPI is like Disneyland for photographers. It’s where we all get together and geek out for a week straight on everything photography.

I got to spend a week in Calgary visiting a few of my favourite people in the whole wide world. I still have a big love for that city and I adore every minute spent there!

I turned 30. Enough said.

I was asked to do my first ever ‘boudoir shoot‘, and realized that I really love them! That one shoot has now turned into my new venture of ‘Raw Beauty‘ shoots which I can’t wait to continue in 2013.

My wedding season began with an incredible wedding. Andrea + Ken were the most perfect couple to kick off the wedding season.

I bought a house with my hubby and turned it into our first vacation home, ‘The Peach House‘.

Christina’s Seattle Stagette. Enough said.

Ry and I celebrated out 3rd wedding anniversary by having Jessica Balfour photograph us… such a wonderful day and the photos are something I will cherish forever. And then we officially celebrated by going camping. In a real trailer. Not sure if I’ll ever go back to tenting now!

Bike Posse for Mark + Janelle’s engagement = so much fun!

Christina and Mike tied the knot. The weekend of weekends. Such a special time to celebrate my best friend and the love of her life…

Ended the 2012 wedding season with an amazing wedding in Cuba with a beautiful couple that I adore more than words.

And then, we ended the year celebrating Christmas surrounded by our family. Too much ridiculously good food, too much wine, too much chocolate and too many moments of ‘almost peeing myself because I’m laughing so hard’.
Of course, in between all those amazing moments were a few heartaches, a few tummy aches, and a few tears, but I truly feel that it may be those moments that catapult us forward to push further than we thought possible. They also teach us what is important in life, and remind us of what we really want. I am thankful for each and every event this year and will use them to shape my future for the better.
Thank you 2012 and I can’t wait for 2013!

And because every post is better with a picture, here is a photo from a mini-engagement session we did with the lovely Scott + Tammy in Cuba. More to come of this session soon!

in awe

To the woman who has been a part of my life always.

To the woman who has given me strength and courage in all avenues of life.

To the woman who showed me how to be confident, be thankful, be true.

To the woman who taught me to see my own true beauty, no matter what the world had to say.

To the woman who has lived her life with love, with respect, with grace.

I am in awe of you.

Happy Birthday to my beautiful mother. I love you with all my heart.

Havana

During our week-long trip to Cuba, Ryan and I wanted to go and see the big city of Havana. Our resort was a good 5.5 hour drive, so we opted for a 50-minute plane ride instead. We were only able to spare 1 day for this trip, so it was a long day, but I was thankful to have seen this part of Cuba.

We arrived to the Havana airport, which was definitely not the main city airport by any means. We went to use the bathroom at the airport (which was actually more like an outhouse), and one look, we turned around and opted to wait it out. We had left our resort strip and entered a whole other world.

This was my first time scouting a new city on a guided tour, but I must admit, I loved all the knowledge our guide had on the city and on the Cuban people. There is so much history in that country and their way of life is very opposite to ours in Canada, so I was trying my best to download everything he was saying.

We drove around the city and stopped in a few key locations to walk around and soak in a little bit of the city. Here are a few of my photos from the trip. I wished I could’ve had 2 weeks with my camera to walk around Havana.

I’ll start with the fabulous-ness of the cars and the roadsigns for horse and buggy…I’m not sure what caught my eye more, the building or the taxi.There were often people riding in the back of trucks, doubling (or tripling) on bikes, back of buggies. Whatever would get them from a-b.I have a bit of an obsession with photographing doors. I always see so much of a story…More doors.My favorite door from the day; a manicure and pedicure shop.The buildings and streets of Havana were beautiful, colorful, sad and destructive.

The people of Cuba were beautiful, colorful and full of love.

It is impossible to judge a city by what it looks like. I know it is the people who live within those walls that make a city what it is. A week was not long enough to even touch the surface of knowing the people of Cuba, but I am thankful for my time in that country and will await my opportunity to go back.

 

tammy + scott married

Tammy and Scott were married on the beaches of Cuba, promising their lives to each other. As they held each others’ hands, you could feel the love that was between them, but also the love and support of their friends and family surrounding them

We arrived in Cuba a week prior, so that we had time to prep for our first destination wedding, and also fit in some relaxation time in this country that was new to us. The resort, Melia Las Dunas in Cayo Santa Maria was absolutely beautiful. We scouted out our favorite locations and then headed to the pool for some needed R+R.

The wedding day finally arrived, and I felt so blessed to be a part of this day. Our groom was anxious and excited as the morning passed by, getting closer to the ceremony. Tammy was relaxed, excited and ready to meet her husband to-be on the beaches of Cuba.

The ceremony was lovely, with the ocean waves breaking around our feet and the cuban wind keeping us comfortable in the hot sun. The portrait time was so special, as Tammy and Scott were truly themselves. Scott was making Tammy giggle all day long, and I couldn’t help but get a little emotional myself, as I could see  from the way he looked at her, how much he truly loves her.

Tammy and Scott, your friendship means the world to us, and we are so happy that we were a part of your day. There are not many people in this world as caring and as special as you, so we are grateful to have you in our lives.

Tammy has chosen such a beautiful, unique dress for her destination wedding. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Cuban wedding without a cigar.The resort ground were such a perfect backdrop for this celebration.T+S had so much fun that day, just being togetherTo see more, please watch the short slideshow of their wedding day below: