Alex & Dan E Session

As I sat in the driving to this e session with Alex and Dan I casually mentioned that only 6 weeks remained until the big day, “Shut up!” Alex squealed! I guess she was more shocked about how fast it was approaching than I was. Im not worried though, I know Alex and her mom and everything will be taken care of well before the big day!

This session took place at two places I spent a lot of time at while growing up as we headed to my home town of Hamilton. We started at the Hamilton Beach by Hutches (Famous for their fish and chips and ice cream) It was a nice calm evening on the beach….that was for myself and Alex. Dan on the other hand was having a few issues…with his shoes. You see Dan is a very well dressed man. Like he dresses better than most girls I know and he likes to take care of his things. I don’t blame him, if I had nice stuff like that to I would want to keep them clean, dry and well, sand free to :) But let me tell you this guy can rock a “GQ” pose any day, and now that Alex knows what that means it will make for a great inside joke for the big day.

After ensuring that we got all the shots we wanted at the beach, and we all had sand free shoes we set off to our last location, Dundurn Castle. I had another session here the week before which allowed me to know the exact spots that caught the sunset and perfect lighting at that time of day. The building stood tall and proud and provided a beautiful backdrop for this fun loving couple.

Dan and Alex, thank you once again for the amazing session and for all the laughs along the way. I love hanging out with the two of you as there is never a dull moment….Alex! Your wedding day is going to be nothing less than spectacular and I am so excited to be a part of it!

Until then please feast your eyes on everything beautiful with this session,

Yours in blog & photog,

A.

http://www.scarletlensphotography.com

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Shu Shu & Chinthaka E session

As most of you know I have been on “vacation” the past week. While enjoying our family cottage with my two men I also tried to get caught up on some editing. This session was one that I was able to finish and the entire time I could not wait to write their blog post.

Now comes the hard part…where do I even start? I guess I can start off with how these two very sweet people met. Shu Shu a super bubbly, sweet woman (from China) met her shy, handsome and also super sweet man Chinthaka (from Sri Lanka) while roller blading here in Ontario!!! How Crazy is that? Ok I guess its not so crazy since we are a multicultural society but I still think its cool.

I had the pleasure of meeting Shu Shu last summer when she contacted me in regards to her wedding. Unfortunately Chinthaka was unable to join us as he was living in Edmonton for a new position he was recently offered. Shu Shu was so excited to tell me about the details of their small intimate wedding and how she can’t wait to hear back from a job she had applied for in Edmonton so that she no longer had to do Skype dates with her love!

We set out to do their engagement session only 3 days before they were to be married. As you see Shu Shu did get that job she was hoping for and both of them were coming in from Edmonton to be married that saturday. We had agreed on the Paletta House in Burlington as the E session sight and I was super excited……until the big black clouds rolled in only 1 hour before their session.

I rigged up the ugliest ziplock bag contraption to protect my camera from the rain as this session had to go on…..rain or shine! I would have to say that these two love birds brought the sun shine with them because as soon as we pulled into the parking lot the clouds parted and out came the sun (and dried up all the rain so the ritzy bitzy…..ok I’ll stop lol)

It is with great pleasure to share with all of you this beautiful session of a beautiful couple! Enjoy and stay tuned for their wedding post to hit soon ;)

 

Yours in blog & photog,

A.

http://www.scarletlensphotography.com

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Paying it forward and the people who deserve it!

Back in the winter I had a little contest on my Facebook page asking my fans, friends and clients to nominate someone they felt would love to have a free session done by me. I have to say that I got a lot of response from this and because of that I WILL be doing this again.

Now I want to clear something up right here and now. I am not going to be doing this again for a publicity, it actually felt really good to be able to offer the gift of captured memories to someone deserving. To some this may not have been a big gift to win but to the person I chose as the winner…let me tell you it meant the world to them.

This nomination came from a very loyal client of mine and after reading her email I was literally in tears….like I needed to wash my face from the mascara running down it. She had nominated one of her mothers best friends, Jody.

Let me tell you a bit about Jody’s story. Besides being an absolutely sweet heart Jody is the mother of a beautiful little girl named Maeve, who just happens to be one day older than my son :) She is also the step mother to two other beautiful young girls. Now Maeve is a true blessing to Jody. Jody and her husband had been trying for a baby for years but with no luck, until the very happy day they discovered they were expecting. Shortly after Maeve’s arrival tragedy struck Jody’s whole family. Her husband Steve had been involved in a fatal car accident injuring his one daughter and taking his life. I cannot even imagine the pain, sadness and the feeling of being lost Jody and her family had to endure.

I know happiness is found upon Maeve’s face every time Jody looks into her big blue eyes but the reminder is always there that Maeve’s daddy is now looking at her from above. I know my gift of a free photo session can not bring Steve back but what I was hoping it would do is celebrate the beautiful little girl the two of them created together and allow Jody to smile at the memories made during the session.

Now I did split this session in two parts for Jody. The first was a mini birthday session for Miss Maeve and the second session happened a few weeks ago down at the beach in the form of a Mommy & Me as well as allowing Maeve’s sisters join in the fun. Here are a few of my favourite from this very special session to not only me but to Jody as well.

Jody thank you for allowing me to give you this gift. I can still remember me telling you over the phone that you won. You had mentioned that you were having a bad day and this news just made it that much better. Thank you for the shared tears of happiness and I am so happy that I was able to meet you and your wonderful family!!

Yours in blog & photog

A.

http://www.scarletlensphotography.com

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Alisha & Daryl

Besides having the BEST name ever, Alisha and became friends over 7 years ago when I met her through my now husbands friend. Did you catch that? lol Since then we have stayed in contact and I have had the pleasure of photographing her entire family, extended and immediate throughout the past few years. I was honoured when she asked me to photograph her wedding to the ever so handsome Daryl.

It took us a while to figure out exactly where we wanted to do the photos after the ceremony. After months of searching and throwing out ideas I stumbled upon a near by lavender farm, Weirs Lavender, when I was looking for a location for another bride. Because the winter was so harsh to these beautiful plants we were worried there would be no lavender for the day of the wedding….our fear was true :( However through the magic of photoshop I told Alisha I would still be able to show that we were at a lavender farm. Despite the lack of lavender this farm proved to be the best location for their photos with breath taking scenery all around us.

I was happy to be able to give Alisha & Daryl a little private session as we sent their wedding party off and went on our own for some photos. Following they had one of the most beautiful receptions I have bend to as well as amazing speeches from family and friends.

It is with great pleasure to share with all of you this beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple.

Enjoy,

Yours in blog & photog,

A.

http://www.scarletlensphotography.com

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Baby Walker

I would like to introduce to the world, Mr. Walker. This little guy sure knew how to make an entrance…5 weeks early!!! Enough to give his mom and dad a run for their money since they were in a city they weren’t planning on having a baby in!

This little guy was the perfect model. He slept throughout the entire session and didn’t leave me with much laundry at all! He also had a little friend come along with him. Harley, they family pet just HAD to be apart of this session as he had a role in the wedding as well. He was also the perfect little client and didn’t make a peep, my own dogs didn’t even know he was here. I would like to share some of my favourites from his session.

Thank you so much to Walkers parents for allowing me to photographer their handsome little boy! You are all, Harley included, welcome to come back any time!!

Yours in blog and photog,
A.
http://www.scarletlensphotography.com
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Heather & Steve

To say I have been excited about this wedding season is an understatement. I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with such amazing couples this year and these two are no exception!

Another beautiful day for a beautiful couple. When I arrived at Heathers parents house the atmosphere was light and cheerful and to my surprise all the girls where dressed, calm and ready to go. Talk about amazing!

We took our time getting Heather into her dress and then off we went to meet her groom. Heather and Steve had a beautiful outdoor ceremony held at a close family friends. The ceremony was filled with emotion, love and laughter and even a sweet contribution from Heathers grandmother in a reading. Once the “i do’s” were done we set out to two AMAZING locations just mins down the road.

It was cute to see Steve sneak a kiss here, a hug there and even a little squeeze with his bride when ever he could. The love between these two is pure magic! They look at each other with such respect and admiration that it makes you want to go home and hug your significant other the same way…I know I did when I got home that night :)

I can’t thank the two farm owners enough for allowing us to use their properties to photograph the wedding party and the bride and groom. It just goes to show you all you have to do is ask and really, who is going to say not to a bride and groom on their wedding day? :)

Heather and Steve thank you again for allowing me to be a part of your day. I know that myself and jenny had a blast  and didn’t want to leave! We wish you all the best in the years to come as husband and wife.

Yours in blog & photog,

A.

http://www.scarletlensphotography.com

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Mila’s 2 birthday

I believe that we have set a new tradition when it comes to Mila’s birthday shoots. This is my third session with Mila and her family and the last 2 times we have had to reschedule due to rain, that may be the only down side to having a May birthday.

On the up side when we did finally get to have our session we had a beautiful morning! We headed out to my favourite Apple Farm in the area, Brantwood Farm and let Mila explore. This was a good thing as she is a little shy with me for the first little bit and I tend to get a lot of bum shots due to her running the opposite way of me :)

As always I ended up get some pretty fantastic shots of Mila doing her thing. You get cuter and cuter every year! Cant wait for our session next year and maybe we should embrace the rain and do our session dancing in the puddles.

Happy Birthday Mila!

Yours in blog & photog,

A.

http://www.scarletlensphotography.com

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Family Ties

This next session your about to see is filled with love, admiration and fun. Linda had contacted me and asked if we could set up a little photo shoot with her mom, sister and her self. Talk about the sweetest ladies I have ever met.

Although a kind of cool, cloudy day and the threat of rain with every breeze these ladies were up for anything. This session was filled with so much laughter I had a hard time keeping my camera up as they were making me laugh. Up side to this, laugher, true genuine laugher makes for the best photos EVER!!! There is no forcing a smile or an expression, its there in all its purity, and I captured them all (a little pat on my back lol)

So here are a few from that session for you all to enjoy.

Yours in blog & photog,

A.

http://www.scarletlensphotography.com

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Mommy & Me

Its been a little while since I have written my last post and I more than excited to say its because I am SO BUSY!!!! Some of you may not know this but I just recently came of maternity leave and decided that my photography was going to be my FULL TIME paying job! :) It was an extremely scary decision but I am more than thrilled that I did it.

As I mentioned above my photography is my full time paying job, but the most important job I have ever had in my entire life is being a mommy! There are far more rewards, benefits, pay offs and to be honest I like my boss (my little boy) a whole lot better than any I have ever had before him. I know I am not the only mom out there that feels this way and as I looked back on his first year I noticed something…Im not in any of his photos :(

Now I know the reasoning as to why. You got it, Im the photographer so it only make sense but at the same time its kind of sad. I then thought how many other moms out there, photographer or not, are in the same boat? Always the ones capturing the moments but not so much a part of them as they happen?

So this little session was dedicated to all those moms out there! I held a mini session (15 mins for those who are unfamiliar with a mini session) at a local farm here in town, Brantwood Farm for 25 moms and their sweet little families. It was a chance for them to have a professional session with kiddies, big or small, and not have to worry about being behind the camera.

I have pulled together a few of my favourites from these sessions. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Yours in blog & photog,

A.

http://www.scarletlensphotography.com

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