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At every moment we have the opportunity to spread joy 💫💃🏻🤘🏻

It was basically a perfect summer day, so a round of tennis seemed to fit the bill. And naturally I brought my camera along…

Or Funny. Either one works.

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In my experience I’ve found that the amount of energy you invest into something
is generally the reflection of what you’ll get out of it in the end.

And photographs are a perfect example of just that.
Now I’m sure you’ve heard me say (or write) that I love catching the little moments, keeping things simple.
I absolutely do — but sometimes with a little planning, a fun location, beautiful wardrobe, and A game attitudes —
photos can go next level.

Take a look.

We’re so excited, we just can’t hide it!

Spring temperatures that we’ve been begging, praying, pleading for have fine-allllllly arrived.
So as a parent, I decided it’s about that time of the year that my kids are no longer allowed indoors … and it will stay that way at least until October.
This was our first outdoor challenge: attempting a ramp, riding a new #santacruz board AND holding the GoPro!

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Cousins are a true gift.
Classy tea parties with a cousin, are heartwarming.

And hilarious.

It makes me laugh to think of all the funny childhood memories and stories they’ll share for years to come.

We played real-life Crossy Road, braved the extreme temps and were lifted up and away with giant red balloons.
And celebrated family.

Fam•i•ly
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Where life begins and love never ends.

 

 

“Time spent amongst the trees is never a waste of time.”
Katrina Mayer

We meet in the woods, and wandered till we were lost.
Fine.
I got lost.
They lead the way back out.

That’s beside the point though.
There are fewer places as lovely to play than in the forest.
So we played amongst the trees, and it was almost magical.

 

We planned to chase leaves and bright autumn colours, but it didn’t work out as so.
In my opinion, it turned out even better!
We hung out in the family’s incredibly beautiful home (this very talented mama is responsible for it),
and I couldn’t have loved it more. The kids had opinions on how and where their portraits should be taken.
So I let them take lead, and worked with them … it was pretty flippin’ awesome.
Take a look and tell me what you think : )

“My mission in life is not to merely survive, but to thrive and do so with some passion,
some compassion, some humour and some style.” Maya Angelou

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I’ve spent much time lately thinking about what makes me smile.
Top of the list is, of course, family and friends.
A close second being outdoors… running, cycling or just feeling sun on my face.
But always in the back of my mind is an anticipation spend more time in the garden.
I love caring for flower beds, but my veggie patch is what really sets my heart off singing.

I grow vegetables for many reasons:
for novelty, for nostalgia, to show the kids that growing food is somewhat simple,
to wind-down and relieve stress, to please my soul, to challenge the earth.
And most importantly, because nothing tastes better than vegetables straight out of the garden!

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Decide every morning that you’re in a great mood.
Cause the secret to being happy, is knowing you already are.

This was my first time meeting this family;
working with them made my heart skip do a happy dance : )

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Spring, butterflies and cherry blossoms.
Contact me if you have a themed photoshoot in mind that you’d like to discuss!

 

 

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When a friend who I don’t get to see enough of (why does life get so busy) asks if I can take photos of her week-old little man, my heart explodes a little.
Maybe a lot.
So without delay, I’ll let these photo speak for themselves.
Here’s only a few from the very relaxed newborn session we did.

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We spent the first 20 minutes of this session looking for the ‘spot’ that I’ve used dozens of times before.
Everything was flooded. Couldn’t find it. How is that even possible?
Luckily, this family is the kindest, most co-operative family that exists on this side of town.
They stayed cool, never lost their happy faces and turned my frown upside down.

The best, right? Yes. Absolutely.

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Plant it. Grow it. Pick it. Eat it.

Grilled zucchini and tomato with basil and ricotta on toast.

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“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder,
he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it,
rediscovering with him the joy, excitement,
and mystery of the world we live in.” Rachel Carson

Free-spirited sessions have long been my favourite.
Keeping it real, spending time playing and laughing.
These two little guys didn’t stand still for a second.
Always on the go and squealing with laughter!

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Because sleeping in, never ending sunshine and lack of routine and rules has been truly exhausting… ammiright?

Summer evenings are so much sweeter when friends share their joy with with us 🐎🥰