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Jul 312019

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Shannon & Kyle’s Sneak Peeks

I knew Shannon and Kyle’s Hockley Valley wedding photos would be different, because this time, the bride was my sister! Shannon has always been unique – hilarious, random, and a bit crazy. πŸ˜‰
Hockley Valley wedding photos by Newmarket wedding photographer

Above (right), yes, that’s my daughter wearing a hotdog costume. Sadly it wouldn’t fit over Shannon’s wedding dress (she owns the costume), but I’d say it was definitely the highlight of the reception!

Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself!

Shannon and Kyle got married at the Hockley Valley Resort in Mono, Ontario (15 minutes from of Orangeville). It was a HOT summer July day, and the weather forecast wasn’t looking good…
Weather Forecast July 2019

But by some miracle, the rain held off and we had clear skies until later in the evening! (The heat was still pretty brutal though! I’d say 2nd only to the heat on Sabrina & Mason’s wedding day!)

I was Shannon’s matron of honour (and wedding day coordinator, I had my video camera on a tripod that I was moving around, and my 3 kids were there so I had to play “mom”, as well as “dance mom” with some costume changes since my kids did 2 performances during the reception – I wore a lot of hats that day!), so Julie from Julie Broadbent Photography came out and shot most of the day for me up until the beginning of the reception, when my matron of honour duties were over, and I could take over the photography. (I’m doing all the post-processing.) Julie was the perfect photographer for the job, as she knows Hockley Valley Resort like the back of her hand, and was just generally wonderful! Thank you Julie!!

Hockley Valley wedding photos by Newmarket wedding photographer

Shannon and Kyle got married outdoors, under the lovely draped tent on the Montclair Patio, and the reception was held in the Aida ballroom.
Hockley Valley ceremony photo on the Montclair patio by Newmarket wedding photographer

Hockley Valley wedding photos by Newmarket wedding photographer

As it turns out, my daughter is quite the partier. She danced until the reception ended at 1am, and then she helped us clean up!
Hockley Valley wedding photos by Newmarket wedding photographer

The wedding reception at midnight.

Congrats guys – more photos to come!

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Apr 282015

As a professional photographer, I’m sometimes asked what I think about “school photos”. You know those companies that come into schools and take headshots of all the kids? Yeah, those.

Well, as a general rule, I find school photos to be awful. At least by my standards of photography & at least TRYING to get the kids to smile…. but that being said, I LOVE school photos. Why? Because they are HILARIOUS! At least, they are to me! My kids always do these weird awkward smiles that I never get, and it literally makes me laugh every single time I get one of those sheets home with their proofs on it.

My son’s photos from last year (JK) are my absolute favourite so far. I think I laughed for a good 30 minutes after I saw this.


I have never seen either of those smiles on my son in his whole life. Hilarious! (The second one reminds me of The Grinch’s smile. haha!)

So this year, with his SK Grad photos, I was hopeful for something awesome. I think this thumbs-up had me laughing the most.

Adorable and awkward, all at the same time!

Adorable and awkward, all at the same time!

Of course, the nicest smile he did was when he wasn’t wearing the graduation cap. What’s a graduation photo without the hat?! Luckily, doing what I do, I fixed it πŸ™‚


So yes, school photos are awful. But they’re also really, really funny.

Sep 152014
Soon to be family of 5! @filemanager

As I’m sure the 3 loyal followers of my blog already know, we are indeed expecting Baby #3!

I am now on what I’m calling “semi-maternity leave”.

I am taking a break from shooting photo sessions until at least late October. I AM still booking weddings, events and photo sessions for 2015, and will be replying to emails on a daily basis. It may take me a bit longer to return phone calls, as soon I’m sure I will be quite sleep-deprived πŸ˜‰

I do still have quite a bit of editing to do, and I will be continuing to work on all sessions in my queue (perhaps at a slightly slower pace) until they are completed and delivered!

I photographed my last wedding (before this baby arrives) a month ago (thanks Jash for this “behind the scenes” shot at Teresa & Mark’s wedding), when I was 33 weeks pregnant! I do believe that’s the “most pregnant” I’ve ever photographed a wedding, actually.
Maternity Pregnant Wedding Photographer

Fun fact: When I was pregnant with my daughter over 4 years ago, I photographed a 14-hour wedding when I was 31 weeks pregnant.

Anyway! This does indeed mean that I will be doing VERY limited fall photo sessions, if any, and likely I will not be doing any Christmas sessions this year.

I will share some photos after our newest addition arrives! πŸ™‚

Soon to be family of 5! Maternity by @filemanager

Soon-to-be Family of 5 (or 7, if you count our 2 orange cats)!

Jun 202014

As seen in my last post, it’s not often that Riley (or any cat, for that matter) will pose perfectly for the camera – but every once in awhile, awesomeness happens!

Orange cat Riley by @filemanager

May 102013

Yesterday, we noticed the pear tree in our front yard was blooming these pretty little white flowers. I brought my kids over and told my 4-year-old son to take a picture of it, and handed him my camera. I was totally expecting a photo of the grass, or his feet or something. He just stared at me blankly, so I knelt in front of the tree and said “Take a picture of me in front of the tree!”, and as I knelt down, my daughter ran up and stood in front of me. My son then pointed the camera at us, and pressed the shutter button – framing us perfectly!!! @filemanager

This photo is SO special to me, for a few reasons:

  1. My son took this photo, and it has to best the best one he’s ever taken to-date.
  2. I don’t look completely horrid in the photo (despite that I’m squinting)
  3. My daughter is actually looking at the camera!
  4. My daughter chose her own outfit yesterday morning. So yes, she was wearing her “birthday girl” shirt, even though it wasn’t her birthday, and her favourite yellow pants.
  5. My daughter’s hair looks pretty decent considering she was just running around and the wind had probably gotten it all tangled up.
  6. My daughter is only wearing one shoe. As she was running around, she kicked off one of her shoes, and just kept on going without it. Good old carefree childhood at it’s best! But she is a GIRL so for the picture she lifted her foot up so her sock wouldn’t be dirty. haha. (When she saw the photo on my computer screen she said “stomp your feet, stomp stomp stomp”. lol!! Thank youuu Dora, for that song that got stuck in my head for awhile.)
  7. It was a candid, spur-of-the-moment photo.
  8. And a really big reason this photo is so special to me, is…
  9. I don’t have NEARLY enough nice photos of me with my children!!

It really is like an early Mother’s Day present to me from both my kids. From my son, who took the photo, and my daughter who was in the photo with me. I have to encourage all your moms out there to step out from behind the camera, and get SOMEONE to take photos of you with your kids!! (It doesn’t matter if you need to lose a few pounds, or your hair isn’t great that day, or whatever!) It’s the best gift you can give yourself, and when you look back on it years from now, you’ll be so happy you did!

I hope all the moms out there have a great Mother’s Day this weekend!

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