Bricklin & Dustin

Bricklin and Dustin have known each other for as long as they can remember. They grew up just blocks from each other and went to high school together, but they are not high school sweethearts. In fact Bricklin often teased Dustin through high school, calling him only Pigeon. Perhaps this should have been an indication that she had a crush. But their love has taken years to develop, and now they’re planning their 2018 wedding.

Bricklin knew for sure that Dustin loved her when he hugged her during a particularly stressful day at work. She says, “I could see his expression through the reflection on the microwave and I knew he was smitten.”  For Dustin, it was the time Bricklin called him after a camping trip the moment she had cell signal.

We met on a snowy morning on a country road in Meaford for their engagement photos. I photographed them cuddling, snuggling, and giggling. You can see it written all over their faces how much they love each other. Dustin looks so intently at Bricklin, while all she wants to do is make him crack up. And she does succeed! Just have a look…

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Herrington Family

Little Levi is quite the character! I met him and his parents at the studio in Owen Sound for their family portrait session this winter. I was up, I was down, and I was rolling around trying to keep up with this busy little guy. But let me tell you that as I take these photos in, it was so worth it to capture his enormous smile! And his yawn. And even his cry.

Don’t you agree?

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Caitlyn & Sean

This Bruce County wedding started with a group hug with their parents. Next there was the tree-planting ceremony for the family members who have passed. But what I remember most are the looks Sean gave Caitlyn while they recited their vows. His family remarked several times during their reception of the impact Caitlyn has had on his life. You can see, though, that he fully appreciates how she has changed his life. He is absolutely enamoured with his wife. You can see below in the way they touch each other and look at each other that these two have grown a true love. It warms the soul.

They held their rural wedding on the river that flows through their property. It was so romantic, highlighted by the sunset. They perfectly melded the natural landscape with a little bit of glitz. Caitlyn’s bouquet featured jewels and broaches given to her by her family and friends. It matched her lace gown perfectly, which was styled with a little big of extra shine.

Congratulations, Caitlyn and Sean! You absolutely deserve this spectacular wedding day.

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Aren’t they absolutely gorgeous? I have truly loved working with these two lovebirds. Click here to grab a copy of my Picture Perfect Guide for Brides and use it to be ready for photos on your wedding day.

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Flowers by Cathy’s Flowers ‘N Treasures
Catering by Green Door Cafe

Nirali & Krunal

Nirali knew that Krunal was proposing. It was pretty obvious when he came all the way from Chicago for a visit. She just didn’t know exactly when or where it would happen. So she just enjoyed the car ride from Toronto and the view of the fall colours. In truth, she was all turned around. She had never been here before, so by the time they had arrived for Krunal’s big Blue Mountain proposal she had nearly forgotten about what was going to happen.

Krunal had his speech prepared, but he was still a bit nervous to get started. He asked me, “So how do we do this?” My instructions…

“Walk over there…
OK, stop there!
Now it’s all you.”

He laughed, dropped down on one knee, and we got rolling.

Check it out:

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This is my favourite photo from Nirali and Krunal’s proposal. Just look at Nirali’s face. That’s the, “OMG I just got engaged face!”

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These two are absolutely stunning, aren’t they? Nirali and Krunal were so prepared to be photographed, and it absolutely shows in their photos.

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Alicia & Ghislain

I LOVE it when a groom is excited for photos with his bride. And let me tell you, Ghislain was so pumped for his wedding photos. It made their Collingwood waterfront wedding so easy.

We started out at Livingwater Resort, then photographed their ceremony at Bear Estate. Then we headed to the Collingwood Terminals for some creatives with the wedding party and the Collingwood Arboretum for some intimate portraits with just the Alicia and Ghislain.

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The McKee Family

You might remember a couple of these faces from last year! I worked with Jenn and Emily at the Amphitheatre in Saugeen, and photographed them smelling the roses. This year it was time for their new portrait with the whole family on their farm outside of Owen Sound

Let me tell you, working with 9 adults, 3 kids, and 2 dogs is a lot different than 2 people. It can be chaotic and the time goes by quickly. But here’s something you should note: there is 10x the laughter! So when these little kiddos showed off their senses of humour, oh boy did everyone just erupt in giggles.

You might also notice that we still smelt the flowers!

 

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My Photography Philosophy

Do you love photos of yourself? Most people don’t. It’s common for my clients to actually tell me before our time together that they don’t photograph well, but this is never the reality. In my experience my clients are self conscious in front of the camera because they’re expecting they won’t look like what they see on Instagram or on Facebook. But the truth is that no one looks like those people. Not even those people!

The truth is that people are picture perfect when they are themselves. Have you ever looked at a photo of yourself with a family member or friend and thought you looked terrible, but they’ve told you that you look amazing? That’s because they see YOU, and they love you.

This whole idea reminds me of Jesse and my first session in the new studio. When Jesse arrived he warned me that he doesn’t photograph well. Well, as you can see, that is not at all the case!

In Jesse’s own words, “But as we got started, the conversation was natural and I forgot I was having my picture taken. I was hanging out with a friend and of course, when I’m hanging out with friends, I tend to laugh.”

I recently had a similar experience when I had a shoot with my friend Candra Schank. I’ve had my photo professionally taken before, but always in-studio. This time we took it outside and in a setting I am totally in love with. I even brought my camera with me, and the results are more natural photos which, well, actually look like me! Check out the difference it makes:

Ultimately my advice is to be yourself. I know you’ve heard it before. It’s so cliche at this point, but it’s also totally true. Don’t go into a shoot trying to be someone else or look like someone else. Go somewhere that inspires you and do something you love. This is the absolute best way to get those photos that look like you: the super cool person your family and friends adore.

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Oh Man Meg & Dan

My first memory of Dan is seeing him leaning against his car fidgeting because I had neglected to inform him that the doorbell didn’t work. He was very handsome, even if he looked a bit nervous! I think we knew we were in love when we just couldn’t get enough of each other, and when we started laughing with our whole bodies when we cracked each other up.

We have become closer over the years since we met. We’ve championed honesty, kindness, and humour and these qualities have only deepened as the years have passed. The only thing that has changed is that we have more inside jokes, and better understanding of each other. Every day with each other is just the best day ever. – Meg

This tells you all you need to know about Meg and Dan. They are a kind and funny couple who, no matter the circumstances, make the people around them feel totally welcome. I have loved working with them.

Below you will find a selection of wedding photographs form their first look at Spirit Rock Conservation Area, their ceremony in Wiarton, and their sunset creative portraits in Purple Valley. Can’t you just feel the love? (And laughter?)

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Picture Perfect Beauty Guide

You like to look good on a normal day, but when you have a special occasion coming up you really want to show your natural beauty. It’s not just about putting on some makeup and slipping into your favourite outfit. You want to feel outstanding. Being a little bit bloated, stressing over an unexpected breakout, or struggling with your wind-blown doo can really have an impact on your presence. Whether it’s a friend’s wedding or a work event, you want to exude that classy mix of super hot and visibly powerful. This will require that your body, your skin, and your hair all come together with your mind in blissful harmony. Before you write me off saying, “Thanks Sophia. That’s only possible for women who don’t work, spend hours every day in the gym, and have personal stylists,” read on! It’s easier than you might think to connect your inner and outer beauty.

Jenn and Emily, one year after their first session with me. Emily is growing up to be such a beauty. She’s totally taking after her mother.

Get Your Outfit In Check

  • Start walking. Even if you walk just the week before the big shindig, you’ll start to feel a little bit firmer and stand up straighter.
  • Avoid salty and starchy foods. Dedicate yourself to some clean eating for just one week and your mind will start to feel clearer and your clothes looser.
  • Wear Spanx. Spanx will simply help even out lines and suck in that little somethin’ extra we all have.
  • Try on your clothes in advance of the event or photo op. Really move around. There’s nothing worse than wearing something that looked great in the mirror, but is so tight that you can barely move. Make sure you are comfortable in your outfit.
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Jennifer thought she shouldn’t smile in her professional headshot. She thought she should look serious. But that’s just not her. Ultimately she went with the photo of her smiling because that’s what she’s naturally like.

Make Your Skin Glow

  • Moisturize, and make sure you’re using the right moisturizer. Believe it or not your skin can get more oily and more dry when you’re using the wrong product. Speak with an aesthetician if you’re not sure what moisturizer is best for your skin type.
  • Don’t try any new cosmetics for a few weeks leading up to your big event. Not only is there an adjustment period for new skin creams and makeups, but your skin might full-on have a reaction to it. That would be terrible timing.
  • Don’t exfoliate right before an event. I know you want to. Your skin feels a little bit gunky and you want it to be clear! But wait! When you scrub the life out of your skin a few unfortunate things can happen. Yes, you’re clearing dirt out of your pores, but you’re also leaving them open to fresh gunk. This is why your skin might break out just after being exfoliated, not to mention that scrubbing too much might aggravate it and leave you with little red bumps. You might also find that your skin overproduces its natural oils after exfoliating.
  • If you’re planning to get any waxing, sugaring, or threading done before your photo op, make sure you’re doing so no less than 24 hours in advance. This will allow any redness to diminish. But don’t go ahead and do this for the first time! Your skin might have an unexpected allergic reaction to any number of the products used by your aesthetician, and the results might be a break out you just can’t cover up with a minimal amount of makeup. Yes, this has happened to me!
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Wear Just Enough Make Up

  • Don’t wear too much makeup. A good makeup application is great for emphasizing features you love and evening out your natural skin tone.
  • Be absolutely sure your foundation matches your skin tone. All too often women will choose the tone they believe their skin to be, or will wear the same shade all year round without considering how their skin might change with sun exposure. This can have some entertaining but unflattering results. Your face should match your chest, or at least gradually transition from one shade to the next so that no one can tell the difference. You should not have a recognizable line highlighting your jaw.
  • Try your makeup a few days before. Do it how you want it for your shoot or event and wear it all day! I don’t mean around the house. Wear it out and test it. Take a look at yourself in the mirror at the end of the day. Is everything still where it’s supposed to be? Even just an hour into my day I normally have eye liner falling down my face and my mascara is flaking all over my cheeks. It drives me BANANAS! If you too have some makeup transfer you might need to consider eye primer and setting spray to keep your makeup from migrating around your face.
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I just love this! Dan and Meg just being themselves and having a hoot!

Care For Your Hair

  • Properly wash and condition your hair.
  • Don’t wash your hair too often. It might seem a little bit counterintuitive, but washing less will allow your natural oils to do their job and moisturize your hair. So rather than washing once a day, try once every two days. If you absolutely can’t stand the feeling of unwashed hair, try using a dry shampoo.
  • Wash your hair the day before your special event or photo op. This will help take care of a lot of that frizz, and your hair will be easier to style.
  • Weather test your hairstyle. This is important for any of those outdoor weddings or on-location family photo shoots. You might be dreaming of having long, beautiful wavy locks, but when the wind kicks up your hair might turn into a rats nest instead. Straightened hair might puff up and curled hair might fall flat.
  • Come prepared with clear hair ties in case you weather gets a little hairy.
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Lisa thought long and hard about what she should wear, and ultimately landed on a simple black shirt. Because that’s her.

Be Your Natural Beauty

That’s the big 3! By getting your clothes, your makeup, and your hair together, you’re bound to feel super confident. Because, well, you look darn good! All of these simple instructions will help make you look good, and feel better! You’ll feel nice and trim, your skin will feel silky, and your hair will be a little bit more cooperative.

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