The longer days and blooming flowers of April make me so happy! It seems pretty official that we can say goodbye to winter, and hello to engagement season! Jenny + Grant got to the be the first to ditch their coats for me in a golden sunset… I missed this.
That said, I couldn’t get by without a little more snow appearing on the blog in the form of my trip to Iceland, which was pretty magical. There are more trips on the horizon as summer looms, and so I decided for the first time ever to offer mini sessions in the various places I’m visiting!
Otherwise? It was a pretty quiet month. Maybe I didn’t realize how quiet until I saw just how few images I posted on Instagram! Attended a gallery show featuring my friends’ work, celebrated with my grandparents as they marked their 59th wedding anniversary. AG & I got our bikes out of storage and went for the first ride of the year; I also got my baseball rage out of storage when the season opened. We also embarked on the huge project known as “yard work” and wow… that’s gonna be an all-summer kinda thing, isn’t it?
In six short months AG and I got from the farthest south we’ve ever been to the farthest north we’ve ever been! (And yes, those two trips are utter extremes from each other in pretty much every other way, too.)
Iceland is magnificent. I’ve seen mountains and I’ve seen plains and I’ve seen the ocean, but in Iceland I saw all of those things in one vista. I saw a volcano and where two tectonic plates are smashing into each other. Swam in sublimely warm geothermal waters while freezing rain pelted my face. Experienced every kind of weather that can be had in the space of only a few minutes. Happily froze in the dark while watching the sky set itself on fire.
It lives up to the hype.
Like every year, I’m going to be on the road a ton this summer! But this time I thought… what if I offered mini sessions?!
These will be 20 minute sessions held on Sunday mornings; Cambridge and St. Andrews in June, Annapolis Royal in July, and Charlottetown in August. Family portraits, couples, individuals… all are welcome! As with all my sessions, you’ll receive the edited high-resolution images in both colour and black & white through an online gallery. Please email me at email@example.com for specific dates and to book!
Great light, great smiles, and No! Winter! Coats!
I’ve missed this.
Okay I actually had a bunch of stuff that I wanted to post about in March and the month really got away from me! It started out with nearly two weeks away, with several days in Toronto and a full week in Iceland, which… I took over 5000 photos on that trip. I have plenty to share with you, but I’ve been sick as a dog since getting home and suffice to say the culling and editing part is DAUNTING. The trip was amazing though, every bit as epic and majestic as expected. (The weather was crazier than imagined.)
March marked six months in our new home, and I took a bunch of interior photos with an eye to share… but then we lucked into a hand-me-down piano, resulting in a total (and ongoing) furniture reassignment, so those photos are no longer relevant. Whoops. Plus, winter officially ended, and with it my first winter fun list – I have to say this really worked, because for the first time I felt like winter was not nearly long enough to accomplish everything I’d wanted to do!
With warmer weather on the horizon and my calendar for the rest of the year pretty much set, I’m thinking about offering mini portrait sessions in various cities for the first time ever. What do you say?
February is the shortest month, but daaaang. It wasn’t my intention to let the whole month go by with almost complete radio silence, it just kind of happened. I shared Melanie + Jon’s winter wedding and did a second session with NBCCD, but beyond that it was pretty much all personal time! I bridged the gap with photographing my own family, as my grandmother is dying (she has deteriorated so much in the past 14 months). Frankly it was incredibly depressing to do, but I don’t think any of us will regret having those images in the future.
In more cheerful news, AG and I knocked a few things off our winter fun list (snowshoeing, visiting the ice caves, marathoned a show, I painted a room [FOUR COATS]) but also I’ve had to accept that with these bizarre temperatures we’ve been having, a good chunk of our list is going to be left over for next winter! Indeed, having the list has also contributed to my perception that winter is flying by… a nice feeling to have! Did some knitting, read some books, caught a movie, got an early start to the maple season by tapping a couple of trees, went antiquing. February, in retrospect, was in large part about indulging my not-so-inner Old. But hey, got Beyoncé tickets!
Hockey in one room and mimosas in the other. A voice like Morgan Freeman. The niece who shares her Goldfish crackers. A big construction break to put the reception hall together. The wheel of kissy fortunes. S’MORES. What Arrows. Mad Libs and playing cards. The mid-afternoon snow that fell big and fluffy and enveloped everything. Having to snuggle to stay warm. A new year and a new page in life: married.
To my complete surprise, January was jumping. I always start the year a bit behind after the insanity of the holidays, and this year was no different in that regard, but normally the rest of the month is fairly leisurely, indoors & think-y/plan-y (the technical terms). This year I was out and about constantly, with events and/or shoots every weekend. Actually upon review I was out doing stuff and seeing people 13 days straight now, which is highly unlike this homebody! I did absolutely no thinking, though. (Just kidding.)
For starters, I’ve already knocked out my first two weddings of the year: Kupa + Mike’s part one (with the rest to come this summer), and Melanie + Jon’s winter wonderland, coming up next. I shared my final engagement shoot of 2015, Justina + Lacey, and my first of 2016 with Laura + Ron. I caught up with past clients Heather + Randy as they wait for their new baby to arrive, plus I made a trip to NBCCD for the fourth year in a row to tell them everything I know about this whole photography thing. I wrapped up 2015 with my best of the year roundup, and – not a moment too soon – wrote about what I’m looking forward to in 2016.
I celebrated my 33rd birthday (celebrated accidentally by eating at restaurants 3 days in a row) and the first adoption anniversary for our crazy cat. Got to knock a couple of items off the winter fun list with a sleigh ride at Mactaquac Park and seeing a few Shivering Songs shows. Trivia, tennis, Turandot, tea, trails… de-trimming the tree? Now I’m reaching to keep that alliteration going. Point is, it was busy and it was fun. Let’s keep that going.