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June 15, 2019 was kind of a big deal.

My little sister(ish)…okay she’s really my little cousin but we’re basically attached at the hip, got married! Of course I was her MOH, but I also pulled double duty as her photographer. Not an easy task, but we managed.

Wedding days fly by. I don’t care how many times you tell yourself that you’ll have time to double check the tables, make breakfast for everyone, steam your own dress, and take the dogs for a walk.

You won’t. Harsh but true.

So when things come up last minute or sort of sideswipe original plans its handy to have people nearby to help whip up a Plan B/C/D. June 15, 2019 was some of the heaviest rain we’d seen this year. It was pouring buckets and no matter how much optimism everyone beamed, sometimes that just isn’t enough. We had originally planned to do a first look by an abandoned barn just down the road but after realizing the uncut field probably wasn’t the brightest plan, we set out to find another plan. After a couple calls to neighbours with barns, we lucked out. Did we ever luck out.

The lighting in the hayloft was some of the most dramatic I’d seen in a long time. It was kind of a whirlwind of peonies, the greenest grass, a barn cat that desperately wanted camera time and of course some barn beers. Needless to say the day didn’t unfold as planned, but it didn’t matter. It didn’t matter that we were soaked from the knees down, or that the ceremony had to be quickly jammed under the reception tent, or that the entrance had become a decent contender for a mud run pit. What mattered was the folks around who made it special, seamless, fun and memorable.

And so if you’re planning your big day just know that you may not have all the time in the world to sort out the smallest details the morning of, but know that the people you brought on to help carry the load have your back and only want the best for the happy couple - I know Ellen & Kevin’s crew did.


As I sit here and type up this post, I’m as red as a boiled lobster. It’s +34 with the humidity and I’m wishing it would let up. But only just a little bit ‘cause if we wind up back where this photo shoot went down….I might cry.

This was undoubtedly the coldest day of the year. So cold that Jesse dubbed it “minus fuckity-fuck” outside. Yes, that is a technical term. Meteorologists use it when your eyelids stop blinking and the breath in your lungs become icebergs immediately after exiting your mouth and nose. So cold that poor Paisley couldn’t walk more than a few feet at a time and needed to be carried and snuggled. So cold that our wind burned faces sort of resembled my current lobster status.

Needless to say we didn’t have it in us to last an entire sessions length. It was a mini at most but they were rockstars about it. Even with sniffles, icicle eyelashes and snow up to their knees they managed to look like friggin’ models. <—- the norm for them, btw.

As always, here’s a handful from that day in the North Pole. And I am definitely looking forward to making up the session in the same field this summer, minus the frostbite.


Clearly the most Canadian engagement session I’ve done so far!

While I’m not the most graceful person (understatement of the century!!), meeting Sabrina and Derek at their local hockey rink was by far one of the cutest ideas I’ve heard of in a while.

Here are just a few of these two lovebirds; and guys, I somehow managed to NOT wipe out! Win-Win!


As a small town creative, I get just how hard it is to put yourself out there. And when you do, then what? Who's going to support you? Who's going to see you?

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