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Picture Perfect Playdate

The girl had a playdate today with her bestie Parker.  They played with Zhu Zhu Pets, had monster pancakes for lunch, played with the Light Bright, made things with the Fazoodles, played with My Little Ponies, got dressed up as royals, played Skylanders, and had just started to play Littlest Pet Shop when his Mom came by to pick him up.  It was a great afternoon.

Oh!  And I can’t forget…  they made some plans for their future too.  You see, they plan to get married, and they have now decided that they should have 100 swimming pools and 100 horses.  Important things for any couple to have.  😉

I Love Weddings: a photography preview!

Time for a photography preview!  And it’s a good thing too… because I’m just not that eloquent tonight.  😉  Generally words come fast and easy, but tonight?  Tonight I’m tired, and the words, they be playing hide and seek with me (it would appear I’m losing).

I had the pleasure of working with Wendy and Chris to capture all the important moments at their wedding (and several hours before).  The big event was a little over a week ago now, and I’ve got a few sneak peek images to share from the “formals” portion of the day.  Wendy and Chris were so much fun!  I loved that we were able to be silly and capture some really fun and goofy moments along with the romantic ones.

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Thankfully I’ve been able to devote quite a bit of time so far to the edits and enhancements, and I’m about 1/3 of the way through.  So hopefully, Chris and Wendy, it won’t be too much longer until everything is ready.  🙂  Thank you for including me in your special day.  It really was a delight!

There are certain times when a meet-up is mandatory.

There are certain times, when a person is delivering a certain type of news, when an in person visit should be mandatory.  Sometimes a phone call, text, or FB status update just aren’t appropriate ways to deliver tidings.  In those situations, lunch, coffee, or just an in person chat, should be mandatory.

Bad News

  • If you are delivering news of a break up, do it in person.  It’s uncomfortable, so a meal is not necessary.  Just a quick get in, get out, meeting at a coffee shop works.
  • If you are sharing news about a negative diagnosis or any kind of medical issues, do it in person.  A meal in a quiet restaurant, or take out in your dining room is best.  Food and wine always go a long way in situations like these.
  • If a family member or loved one has suffered a tragedy or passed from this life, if at all possible that’s an in person encounter if I’ve ever come across one.  And this news?  There is no way for this to be good.  Do it at home, where you’ll both feel comfortable going to pieces.

Good News

  • If you want to take your relationship to the next level (be it going steady, moving in, getting married, or what-have-you), that’s an in person conversation.  And it can happen in almost any context and end up pleasant.
  • If you sharing news of your nuptials with individuals who mean a lot to you, but who couldn’t be there (whether you eloped, or just had a tiny service, whatever), totally something you do in person.  Invite the other party out to a nice restaurant.  Food and wine are definitely in order.
  • If you’re having a baby, don’t break that news from a distance.  Head out to a nice brunch spot, share something light and yummy, and toast the new bun in your oven with a nice sparkling flavoured water.  Hugs, and potentially happy tears, will be shared!

So don’t let your sister find out from your Twitter feed that you’re pregnant, don’t tell your son over the phone that you had a private service and got married, don’t break up with someone via your blog, and don’t let your granddaughter find out you have three months to live by way of BBM.  There is just some news that is best delivered in person, whether it’s to share a hug, a toast, or a cry…  Certain news simply demands a meet-up.

As the Sparks would say: “Share and Be a Friend”.

Erin & Spencer’s Wedding – part two

Well, after putting in two days of overtime, I finished all the edits and enhancements.  That said, here’s the second preview from Erin and Spencer’s wedding, the formals:

Erin, Spencer – Thank you for inviting me to share your special day with you.  I wish you both a lifetime of happiness together.

Erin & Spencer’s Wedding – part one

I’m in the middle of editing the photos from Erin and Spencer’s wedding.  I’ve got the ceremony finished – so here’s a bit of a preview.  I’ll likely share some of the “formals” when I get that far.  But for now, here are some of the shots leading up to, and during the ceremony.

Spencer, Erin – I hope you enjoyed the bit of a glimpse this post provided.  I’ll try to get through the rest as soon as I can so I can get everything burned to DVD for you.  I know you must be dying to see them all.  🙂

A Bachelorette for Brianna – preview photos

Brianna contacted me the other day and asked if I could possibly get a few of the photographs from her bachelorette shoot prepared early for her as her mom is putting together a slideshow for her wedding.  How could I possibly refuse?  So here are a few shots, edited and enhanced a little ahead of schedule – as requested.  🙂

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding Brianna!  You were wonderful to work with, and I look forward to doing it again some day.

…and hey!  Posting early gives me an excuse to share a couple more of my custom designed Aperture presets.  See if you can pick them out.  I call them “feelin’ green” and “music box”.  😉

Booking an Out-of-Town Wedding Photographer

These days you have lots of choices when it comes to wedding photography, and while the choice to go local seems like a natural one, it’s not always the only option worth looking into. If you find a photographer who’s style meshes with yours, and who’s manner and attitude bring out the best in you, don’t toss the idea of hiring them just because they don’t live in the area where you plan to say “I Do!”.

Personally, I’m happy to travel for the right couple, and I know many other photographers who agree with me. Getting married in Phoenix but the photographer you love lives in Saskatoon? Drop them a line. Chances are they’ll offer you a discounted rate to help you cover the costs of their travel and hotel expenses. Even if they don’t, at least you won’t be left wondering.

Depending on where you live, the going rate for wedding photography may vary drastically from the going rate in another location. In some places you can expect to pay $4000 which does NOT include a CD of your photography or any prints. Those same photographers may tack on as much as $3000 for the CD and a small print package. Where in another location, a going rate of $2000 to $3000 will INCLUDE the CD and the rights to print your images wherever you see fit. In these cases the couple thousand dollar difference will MORE than cover the costs of flying in and putting up an out of town photographer.

So do some research. Looking outside your geographical region may just end up saving you a couple thousand dollars… and that can go to ensuring your day is as magical and memorable as you deserve.

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Bond. Jewles Bond.

It’s our last night before heading home.  I’m kinda tired, and very much looking forward to seeing my husband and wee girlie.  🙂  So I’m going to keep this short.

My sister Jewles (who will be turning 16 on the 23rd) cracked me up this evening.  There was a wedding reception being held in a room at our hotel.  After having a swim, we had to pass by the open door to the room where the reception was taking place.  We were both dripping wet, wearing swimsuits, towels, and shoes…  WAY under-dressed compared to everyone we were having to pass by.  So Jewles switches into Bond mode.  LOL  She starts rolling from corner to corner to avoid detection by any wedding guest who may happen to look our way.  I cracked right up.  She’s such a hoot.  🙂  Here she is, being goofy in the room post-Bond.

Giving me a goofy grin.

Bond. Jewles Bond.

Catching up. :)

Okay, here’s the last several days.

The Ninth – The wee girlie waits in the front yard for her Pop Pop to pick her up for an overnight at the lake.

Waiting for Pops.

The Tenth – Jennifer and Jacob’s wedding.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…  I HATE shooting posed portraits.  They are lifeless and stale.  Not at all my style.  But it was their wedding day, and posed portraits are what they wanted.  Who am I to argue?  So I smiled and laughed with them as I arranged the traditional wedding portraits, one, after another, after another…  I started getting a little buggy…  so I flipped them around.  LMAO  It made things much more fun.  😉

Say Cheese!

The Eleventh -“I can do it myself Mommy.  I don’t need your help.”  Here’s the wee girlie, putting in a quiet time DVD without my help.  😉  And for those who are wondering, it’s Slim Pig…  on loan from the library.

"I can do it!"

The Twelfth – The beginnings of Lily-Ann’s “Strawberry Day” dress.

Strawberry Day is the wee girlie’s birthday.  I’ve called her my little strawberry since the day she was born… and so it just seemed like a natural to refer to her birthday as Strawberry Day.  This year she has requested a princess party.  Two of her favourite things right now are princesses and excavators…  a princess party is much easier than an excavator party so I wasn’t about to argue.  😉  That said, we needed a princess dress, complete with sparkles and tulle galore.  It should be quite lovely.  I’ve devoted two evenings to it so far, and easily have another full one ahead.  I can be so domestic at times that I scare myself.  LMFAO

The beginnings...

The Thirteenth – Mommy’s Day!

Yep, I took a lunch date with a couple of my dearest friends today.  Damon is home on holidays for the next couple of weeks and was here to watch the wee girlie…  so when asked, I jumped at the chance.  It’s not to often I get time like this to visit with friends.  So here we are; Jenn, Susan, and myself (of course they stuck me out front) heading back home after a great lunch.  A much needed treat that I’m very appreciative of.  Thanks so much Susan, thanks so much Jenn.  I love you guys.  Today meant a lot.  🙂

Girlfriends!

So… there we are.  All caught up.  Take care everyone, and don’t forget to tell those who matter most to you that they make a difference in your life.  It’s always a good thing to hear, and something many of us don’t take the time to say enough.

Night.

Scrapbook Date

Once a week I get together with my friend Dani…  We work on our scrapbooking projects, and just yak for a few hours.  It always feels great, and it’s a much needed outlet.  Here’s a snapshot of what I worked on today:

You are my sunshine, scrapbook page

"You are my sunshine..."

I’m working on my wedding album (yes, for the wedding that occurred in 2006.  yes, I know it’s 2010… why do you think I’m working on it???).  This particular page is about my little sister and my grandfathers fiddle.

Marie sang us her favorite song, “You are my sunshine”.  Marie is VERY special to me, so special that I named my wee girlie after her:  Lily-Ann Marie.  So to have Marie get up in front of everyone during the dance to sing for us meant the world.  And to make it even more special, my Dad played guitar, and Donny played my grandfather’s fiddle.  My grandfather left this world when I was just a kid, I never knew him well…  but his music speaks for him in my life.  It was a gift he gave all of us, and I’ll be ever grateful.  So…  for Donny to play his fiddle at my wedding was like having a piece of my family there, that otherwise wouldn’t have been.  I was fine during the entire day, but for that song I teared up.  It was truly wonderful.

Thank you Marie!

Thank you Dad!

Thank you Grandpa!

Thank you Donny Parenteau!

Having you all there made our day extra special.

Sorry for the odd tilt in the photo…  was using my blackberry, and was trying to avoid reflections on the photographs.

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