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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Miranda & Chad E session

There are no words to describe my feelings towards this E session with Miranda and Chad that took place at Niagara on the Lake this past weekend. One because it is filled with absolute GORGEOUSNESS, and second because Miranda just happens to be my best friend of 18 years.

This girl and I have been through it all but at the end of the day no matter how far we lived from each other, how long in between conversations or visits we have ALWAYS picked up right where we left off the last time. Its hard these days to find, or keep such a genuine friendship. I can honestly say that I love this girl as if she was my own sister.

When Miranda announced to me her engagement to her wonderful man Chad I couldn’t help but shed a few tears.  Tears of happiness that is! I have always wanted and hoped that Miranda would find her soul mate and I truly believe that she found the person in Chad.

We made a day out of their engagement session. Partly due to my own selfish reasons for wanting to spend the day with “My Miranda” (as I have called her that since we were 13 years old) and second this was my wedding gift to them (being their photographer) and didn’t mind going that extra mile to give them something super special and from my heart!

I am so in love with this session that it is going to be extra large and packed with beautiful things. If I could put every photo in this blog post I would…don’t dare me :)

Miranda and Chad, I couldn’t be more happy for the both of you and want to thank you again for putting up with me and my “stay there”, “don’t move”, “thats looks AMAZING” all day! Cant wait for your big day in August and in the mean time enjoy your photos.

Yours in blog & photog,

A.

http://www.scarletlensphotography.com

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This ring gets me every single time. To say that I am obsessed is a completely lack for a better word.

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Little Darwin was not impressed with me clicking my camera all over the place while his mommy was getting ready.

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Pure beauty you are Miranda!!

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Even in the alley way people couldn’t help but stop and stare at how hot these two are!

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Mouse’n around

I think I have made it obviously clear how much I am in love with my niece. She is the sweetest little thing on two legs and her and my son are exactly 1 week and 1 hour apart. I know, my sister-in-law and I couldn’t have planned that better even if we tried.

Like my son I have been doing a monthly photo shoot of my niece so when it was coming time to do her 1st birthday cake smash my sister-in-law and I tried to figure out what to do. Not going to lie there might have been a few tears shed (on our part) as we couldn’t believe that her first year has come and gone..like real fast!

The theme for the cake smash came quite easily as she loves Minnie Mouse and with her new show on Disney Jr, Minnie Mouse Bowtique, we knew this was what Ms. S would love. After finding the best Minnie ears ever and a cute little diaper cover we decided to let her have at her cake…..but not before we got a few AMAZING shots of her in her mommy’s dress that she wore on her 1st birthday…hmmmmmmm 27 years ago…shhhhh don’t tell her I spilled the beans on her again :)

Check out some of our favs from her session!

Yours in blog & photog,

A.

http://www.scarletlensphotography.com

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Just look at her..like a little china doll! Pure perfection!

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We decided to let my son in on the end of the cake smash…someone did not want to share her cake :)