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By: Holdlifestill Photography  09-12-2011

Posted on April 7, 2011

It has been a very long winter, hasn’t it? Are we not ready for some warmth and sunshine? It gives me hope that the sun stays around longer these days. The birds are stirring, and it seems like we are just on the cusp of spring. Here, we have begun to emerge, checking out the marsh, dusting off bikes and reacquainting ourselves with the pure joy of a bbq meal. I am looking forward to photographing families in the spring and upcoming weddings. I have spent the winter reading and learning and thinking a lot about where I would like to head with my photography journey. Stay tuned…

Posted on July 14, 2010

It began with the scent of the sea air. There is no way to describe it, other than coming to the Island. It’s a visceral memory, one that surfaced as soon as we drove over the Confederation Bridge. My family and I are here for two weeks with nothing much other than relaxing as a goal for our stay. We have previously stayed in and toured Anne’s Land, so this time around, we wanted to get to know other places on this little piece of heaven. So far, we have had to make some difficult decisions: which beach to go to for the day, whether to paint sea shells or go for a cup of the best seafood chowder we have ever tasted. Then there were the dilemmas of which ceilidh to check out in the evening….

The kids have also found new friends: some local and some from as far away as Maine and California. The beauty of childhood has erased the distance between them and they have become fast friends.

One thing I know for sure: I will miss the beauty of the Island and its people…

Posted on June 28, 2010

“I’m glad we had the times together just to laugh and sing a song, seems like we just got started and then before you know it, the times we had together were gone.”
— Dr. Seuss

Aaah, families! What a difference when a family of two becomes a family of three…

I met up with Jaclyn and Alko and their little man yesterday and we had a whirlwhind of a shoot at the Hidden Valley Park here in Burlington. They were game for a lot ~ including a high chair in the middle of a flower field and bracing against a bit of drizzle toward the end! I love how this shot emphasizes their closeness. And the most important little person is in the middle

Posted on June 17, 2010

A beautiful day, a couple whose eyes sparkled when they looked at each other and a gorgeous natural backdrop….what else could we ask for? It was hard to choose the following photos for Lindsay and Mark’s sneak peek ~ there were so many memories of the day. The finishing touches, the tender words spoken to Lindsay by her mother as she was getting ready, the smiles shared between the newly minted Mr. and Mrs. and the laughs shared by the wedding party all came to mind. And who could forget the post-ceremony and pre-dinner wedding party snack cooler. What an AWESOME idea!

Posted on June 6, 2010

Posted on May 31, 2010

Today, I packed the rocket up for a little trip to meet the newest member of Heather and Jon’s family. First, I was greeted at the door by the biggest black lab that I’ve ever seen and probably the most friendliest (after Sage, but I have to say that). Bear the lab was very preoccupied with the contents of my vast prop bags indeed. He also had some reservations about me taking photos of the baby ~ such a good protector already.

I digress – Ms. H was one of the sweetest babies that I’ve worked with and our time together went by so quickly. Though she wasn’t into curling up much anymore, she quite readily fell asleep and gave me such joy to photograph! We even made it outside with the warm weather. And what’s a little pee between friends?

A shot from today:

Posted on April 20, 2010

My weekends have lately slipped by very quickly, but I wanted to share this one with you to show you how eclectic it got. On Friday, I got a chance to photograph some yumminess:

and on Saturday I had a chance to meet some bitingly funny and drop dead gorgeous girls thanks to a clothing swap organized by my awesome sister! You might wonder what a clothing swap is? Well, in a nutshell, it is a way to clear out the clothes that languish in the back of the closet and the accessories that gather dust and swap them with someone else’s clothes and accessories to give them new life. Some pieces were more sought after than others, but we all left with something new! My sides have not hurt so much from laughing in a long time. Even the mega parking ticket was worth it!

And the best part? We all got to leave with some new-to-us clothes, shoes and accessories. If that’s not recycling, I don’t know what is. Here’s some of my loot:

The outing would not be complete without a shot of the cutest cat in the world ~ Trotsky. Although he really hid when the fur (and clothes) were flying:

The weekend ended with more sweets, this time made by Ms. Olga herself. If you ask her nicely, she might even share her recipe for these Earl Grey Cupcakes!

So that’s the scoop on my weekend. How was yours?

Posted on April 8, 2010

For a long time there were only your footprints & laughter in our dreams & even from such small things, we knew we could not wait to love you forever
~ storypeople

It is such a pleasure to photograph a couple who are on the path toward parenthood. I met Heather and Jon for a maternity session a few days ago and we spent a couple of hours in the beautiful sunshine. We talked about everything from baby names to the little things to take to the hospital for the birth. I am looking forward to meeting their little one next month! May is such a nice month for a baby

Posted on March 27, 2010

Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious — Ruth Reichl

And the best part? The dessert of course! This was a lovely creme brulee.

We will be back for a special occasion. The food was delish.

Posted on March 24, 2010

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.
— Nadine Stair

Something tells me spring is around the corner. And for that I am glad!

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I hope you have had a wonderful v-day, whatever it means to you and whomever you share it with. As for me, the plan is to weave the “love and be loved” message into my year, starting today. I wanted to share with you a bit of an e-mail that I received from my father today. Coming home to these fragrant bits of spring also soothed my soul. He finished the message by simply noting.


Holdlifestill Photography - engagement photography

We started the e-session at the tree where Jess and Jay will promise to share their lives together next May. Jay’s soothing words helped them both to ease into the session and brought forth Jess’ radiant smile and laugh. As we walked through the windy paths of the family property, it was clear how deeply embedded the family traditions are and how meaningful it will be to have the ceremony there with family and close friends nearby.


Holdlifestill Photography - portrait photography

Yes, there are lots of photos of my sister, who has the pleasure of being related to me and looks suspiciously at me when I encourage her to touch up her mascara, but not very many of US together. There were some interesting additions to the shoot, including not knowing when the next bird was going to strike us, but there were also laughs and a tear or two.


Holdlifestill Photography - family photography

I was honoured to photograph Jaclyn’s family recently and while the weather threatened us with rain and the park was filled with lots of people, we found some spots of solitude for capturing memories. Yes, there are lots of photos of my sister, who has the pleasure of being related to me and looks suspiciously at me when I encourage her to touch up her mascara, but not very many of US together.


Holdlifestill Photography - growing as a photographer

The excitement of working at the H1N1 immunization clinics was followed quickly by getting ready for Christmas, and life felt a little bit like being on a treadmill where someone set the speed just a tad too fast to keep up with. One of the things that I’ve struggled with is being critical of my own work and in turn sometimes losing sight of how much fun it is to go out and shoot.