‘Tis the season, and call me biased, but I think photography is a pretty amazing gift for anyone on your list. These gift certificates are printed on card stock and come with their own envelope, so you can pick them up for hand-delivery, or I can mail it to your chosen recipient on your behalf. Since I also accept online payments, this is an incredibly convenient way for distant family and friends to gift Fredericton locals with something truly memorable.
I shoot all kinds of sessions for all kinds of people, so your gift certificate could be:
- a session for that friend who’s expecting a baby
- to help a friend pay down their wedding balance
- a boudoir shoot for that special lady in your life
- family portrait shoots for all ages
- an anniversary session for your parents or grandparents
- wall art or an album for a friend who has already purchased a session from me
- and so on!
Gift certificates are available in any amount, and can be used for any product or service I offer, including wedding and portrait photography, prints, canvases, and albums. If you would like to purchase a gift certificate, get in touch with me ASAP – I’ll be shutting down operations for the holidays on December 19th.
Finally since I lasted posted this tip in 2011, a reminder of the handy mnemonic for what makes a great stuffed stocking:something to eat, something to read, something to play with, and something they need.
In November I spent a lot of time in InDesign, slicing and dicing presentations for the various public speaking I did: a second lecture for NBCCD business students, family portraits and business for Photo Fredericton, and talking about my ‘cool job’ with teens out in Lethbridge (via Skype). All of my lectures start the same way, with me practically vibrating with a nervousness that quickly unfolds into a mile-a-minute recounting of everything I know, the adrenalin rush carrying me through the rest of the day.
I shared the last of my fall portrait and engagement sessions, with Robyn & Ross’s engagement, Ashley & Brody’s engagement, and the Dupuis’ family portraits. With that, all of my sessions have been delivered and my blog is completely up to date, so things naturally begin to slow down around here. That said, now that some snow is on the ground, I’m looking forward to some fun winter shoots. On the business front, I also finally shared my 2013 client stationery!
The bring it downtown campaign segues from business to pleasure, and since attending the launch party last week I’ve spent most of my downtown dollars – chronicled on Twitter and Instagram – but I still have $15 left to spend, as well as a follow-up blog post to write. I’ve been working on a way to make my wrap-up special, so I hope it goes well!
Surprisingly, I didn’t make any personal posts in November… but I guess that makes sense when I realize that I haven’t transferred any photos I’ve taken from my camera to my laptop in weeks. Since my holidays are incredibly busy, I guess I’ve adopted this late month as my zen vacation time. AG & I hit the theatres to see Thor: The Dark World and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, both of which I loved; took our final epic bike rides of the year; spent time with family and friends, including a DIY Poutine Festival (I contend that my selection of KFC was the winner, but we all disagree); went to Moncton to see Hanson (incredibly fun!); followed up the Christmas tree lightings downtown with a date and beef curry at Chez Riz. We put up our Christmas tree to a soundtrack of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” over the weekend, and I spend my time happily plucking (poorly) along at learning some Christmas songs on my guitar. I’m already in full hibernation mode, and loving it.
Wednesday evening AG and I strolled down to the brand-new King Street Ale House for the launch of the 2013 #bringitdowntown holiday shopping campaign. I’m excited and honoured to be chosen to participate for the third straight year! Since I live and work downtown and already enjoy documenting my adventures, it’s the perfect winter project for me.
In year 1 I documented my favourite places downtown, and in year 2 I tried all new-to-me places. This year there was a twist: each participant selected a theme out of a bowl, and I wound up with “come alive!”
1 having life : not dead or inanimate
2 a :
still in existence, force, or operation : active
<kept hope alive
2 b : still active in competition with a chance of victory <must win to stay alive in the playoffs>
knowing or realizing the existence of : sensitive
to the danger>
4 : marked by alertness, energy, or briskness <his face came alive at the mention of food>
marked by much life, animation, or activity : swarming
Ooh la la. My task is to use my $100 Downtown Dollars to highlight the parts of downtown Fredericton that make me feel active, animated, dynamic, lively, thriving, vibrant, vigorous, vital, vivacious! Alive! This is going to be my biggest challenge yet.
I haven’t spent my Downtown Dollars yet, but stay tuned for that! Follow along with the fun on Twitter with the hashtag #bringitdowntown
, and feel the love!
In a career-first for me, Ashley booked me for her wedding to Brody about three months before they were actually engaged. We met up, signed on the dotted line, and in October I got THE email: “we’re engaged!” Excitedly we began trading emails to set up their engagement shoot.
About two weeks ago AG & I went biking on the Gibson Trail, which until the moment we rode onto it, I’d never heard of. I was taken by the landscape, and when Ashley wrote the very next day to ask about locations, I knew exactly where we should shoot.
Continue reading Fredericton Engagement Photography: Ashley & Brody
Psst… I am speaking this evening at the Photo Fredericton meeting on “Life on Both Sides of the Camera” – family portraits, and running your own photography business. The meeting is in Room 202 of Brian Mulroney Hall on STU campus; meet and greet at 7pm and my talk begins at 7:30. All are welcome and I look forward to meeting some new people!
Every now and then it happens that I mention something in a monthly roundup post as something I plan to blog about… and then one thing leads to another and I never really get around to it. Such is the case with my “new” client stationery, which was new in July. In the hustle and bustle of coming and going and memory cards constantly being full, I put it on the backburner… until the point where I began to feel that I could not possibly pay off four months of anticipation. Finally yesterday I dug out a mirror and my lights, and started to play.
Here are my “new” client stationery cards. After some back and forth with a graphic designer, I decided in the end to do them myself. Four months on, they still make me smile. I hope they make you smile, too.
Our shoot was originally scheduled for two weeks ago, but it rained all weekend and we picked a new date. Then shortly before the time of our session, the sun came out gloriously and I put my head in my hands and hoped the new date would have equally lovely light. It did. We found each other just days after Halloween, and Abby and little Ireland led us around the yard like sugar-fueled tyrants. Near the end of the hour there was some straight up M&M-based bribery. It was fun.
Continue reading Rusagonis Family Portraits: the Dupuis Family
We just spent the whole hour laughing, and what do I love better than walking along the trails on an unseasonably warm day with a pair of laughers? Big thanks to my friend JAM who sang my praises to Robyn a few months ago, leading to she and Ross hiring me to cover their wedding. It’s going to be a goooood time.
Continue reading Fredericton Engagement Photography: Robyn & Ross
Oh, family portrait season! Like a supernova you burn bright and fast. I shared the Burtts; Sarah, Blair and Tessa; Melissa, Kelly and Caleb; the Nicholases; the Ryans; and the Dawe family; as well as Ceilah’s part-grad, part-family shoot. I love family portrait sessions – they’re light and loose, and the different ages and personalities of families make each shoot a fun challenge for finding images. Just because the leaves are nearly all off the trees doesn’t mean the fun has to stop, folks! I shoot family sessions all winter, and would love to do more snowy-themed sessions in the winter to come.
Besides family shoots? I shared Jared & Yolanda’s engagement session, and John & Kelly’s St. Andrews wedding, as well as a look behind the scenes at my 2013 summer wedding season. I ordered albums; was spotted downtown with a very large and merry elf in tow; met my new mentee; gave the first of two (the second is this afternoon) lectures to the business class at NBCCD; client meetings from King Street to Beijing; and… I have to admit it really made my day to have an image included in this Daily Mail story about Brides Throwing Cats.
The only personal post I shared was images from our Thanksgiving weekend and trip to Minister’s Island, so how else did we spend the month? AG & I did a belated anniversary thing by booking a hotel with a jacuzzi in St. Andrews; watching all of Freaks & Geeks; going on some epic bike rides and reading in the park; seeing Gravity (LOVED IT); putting the final nail in summer’s coffin by picking up our last CSA veggie box of the year; and okay yes, we went to an antique show and spent one wild Saturday night reorganizing our bookshelves. This is the glamorous life of which I’ve dreamed, folks.
Finally, I participated in the 30 Day Challenge at Moksha Yoga Fredericton. That’s 30 practices in 30 days, and since I signed up a few days late AND missed Thanksgiving weekend, catching up became a singular goal. By the end of the month I was doing yoga twice, even three times a day… but I did it. When you work for yourself, there are relatively few stringently applied external goals and deadlines – meaning, though I have goals and deadlines, I set them myself – and this was the first time in a very long time that I committed myself so fully to something that was 100% about me, even though it wasn’t convenient. No one benefits from – or cares about – whether or not I do yoga, except for me. The result: feeling indulgent, extravagant, the adrenalin rush that comes with pushing outside your typical boundaries and expectations. Glorious. I’m going to keep doing it. I’m going to keep doing ALL of this.
The morning after John & Kelly’s wedding, the tides worked out for AG and I to drive across the low-tide sand bar to Minister’s Island. It’s been on the to-do list for awhile, and we really enjoyed the tour of the erstwhile Van Horne summer home/party residence of Frank Sinatra. History! Afterwards we crossed the border at St. Stephen/Calais to drive up US Route 1 and enjoy the autumn scenery en route to my grandparents’ camp, where we ate turkey and enjoyed our last lake visit of the year.
Continue reading Thanksgiving 2013
It could have gone either way – sunny and glorious, or foggy and damp – and fortune smiled on “sunny and glorious.” Fortifying caffeine at Honeybeans Café, followed by a piper-lead slow march to All Saints Church. Bright blue shoes peeping out from the limo. “Amazing Grace.” A certain reading John spent the rest of the day justifying. A proper parish-ladies’ feast for guests from throughout the community. Cutting the cake with a sword, per the Navy’s tradition. Congratulations from Stephen Harper. A bedazzled Mini Cooper. Family, friends, and feasting into the evening at the Rossmount Inn. A fitting ending to John & Kelly’s big, beautiful day.
Continue reading St. Andrews Wedding Photography: John & Kelly