Over 400 people came together in London, Ontario in support of Alex’s dream. One year ago, on August 7′th, 19 year old Alex Foto was killed in a tragic bicycle accident. She was a bright shining light to many who were graced by her presence. After a trip to Kenya, Alex thought of having a national water walk to raise funds and awareness for global water projects.

In partnership with World Vision Canada, teams formed together to walk 6km carrying a 45 lb jerry can of water. Her spirit was very much with us that day during the heat and exhaustion. Everyone walked with hope and celebration. Alex believed in living each day to the fullest…making each day count…for others.

To #livelikealex is living with hope and giving our best.

posted in personal on October 5, 2015 | leave a comment

I can’t believe it’s only been a couple of years since I had my first session with baby Lucas. Now he’s a big brother to baby Jacob. Yet again, our photo day was hot and humid. Sam and Fiona are now pros at this so it didn’t phase them one bit. Lucas is a thrill seeker and loves to be silly. Jacob loves to wear a smirk and knows he’s adorable. It was a fun packed day that ended with watermelon. Yes, they’ve got game.

posted in babies,family,kids on September 3, 2015 | leave a comment

acin1acin3 …because every good race includes a food challenge:)acin7acin8gelato is awesome when it’s not durianacin10acin12you would think having a pregnant friend would slow her down, think again.acin13acin14acin16acin17acin18now it’s time for the performing artsacin21acin25stunning. now calculate how many people can be seated here.acin24today, united we play.acin23mandatory sweating activities on the hottest day of the yearacin26impressive hand made clue cardsacin27welcomed by a family surprise at this leg of the raceacin28acin29acin30acin31parents were also actively involvedacin3340 cupcakes and 40 candles = a perfect endingacin34
Thinking of how to surprise a sister on her 40′th birthday is no easy task. When I heard of Janey and Norm’s idea of creating a personal amazing race throughout the city, I was ALL in. I imagined the ‘race’ going at a slower pace with Claudia, her pregnant teammate. I however, wasn’t fully aware of Cindy’s sense of competition and running skills:) Jasmine and I also tried our very best to resist her persistent line of questioning. Venturing out on a day of heat warnings, Cindy conquered each task like a champion. Definitely a great way to celebrate such a special day. Happy 40′th Cindy!!!

posted in family on August 21, 2015 | leave a comment

log8log3log4log9Welcome to my 1st birthday party! My mom’s a superstar so she made an awesome poster to match my cake:) log2log5log-1Hey! I hear something about my parents letting me have some chocolate cake…log11oh, yessssss…log12ssshhh…I’m having a moment.log15log18share??log16log17i’m feeling groovy dad. Let’s do that again.log19log20log21gift time… where have i gone?log22i’m loving this running thing.log23more of mom’s creative work.log24thanks mommy & daddy, it was a blast! log25 When Jen asked me to document Logan’s first birthday, I knew instantly it was going to be a lot of fun. I already know she’s super creative and talented from working with her at school. Without a doubt, she’s one awesome mom! Logan is very lucky to have such great friends and family. He’s super cute, easy going and happy (even without cake:)). Not only were the decor and people amazing…the fooood!!! I finally met Katrina, the woman behind the amazing pulled pork, fresh buns, homemade sauce and slaw. You can follow her amazing food adventures here. An afternoon with Logan and his family was an absolute joy to take part in their celebration of life and love.

posted in babies,family,kids on July 2, 2015 | 2 comments

elg5elg7elg9elg2elg10elg11elg14elg4 It’s been a few years since I’ve had a session with these two young ladies. A lot changes in a short amount of time:) Ema has really become even more adventurous and a lover of life. Leah, her younger sister, has grown even more adorable and passionate. What they do have in common is their love and affection for their grandparents. It always melts my heart to watch grandparents being free with the young ones in play. Thank you to Ema & Leah’s family for bringing me into in a day of wonder, celebration and joy.
Hugs & Kisses,

posted in family,kids on June 28, 2015 | leave a comment

tbabs11 a stunning collection of vintage tea cupstbabs3 celebrating this very special mama of the hourtbabs19tbabs1tbabs7tbabs17tbabs31tbabs10tbabs20yes, it was definitely just as delicious as it was beautifultbabs14tbabs23tbabs24tbabs22tbabs16tbabs21soon to be grandmastbabs29tbabs2 As I was driving my girls to this special event, I overheard my 8 yr older daughter explaining to my younger one the details of the day. “It’s not a real shower where you get wet. It’s a party for the baby that’s coming. There’s also no baby at the shower because she’s still in her tummy.” Yes, those are the facts of a baby shower delivered simply. This however, was not just another shower. It was a day I’ve been wishing for a while. Tracy, my cousin/sister is one of the most special people in my life. This year I’ve had the privilege to spend much more time with her as I’ve been working part time. We’ve spent many days exploring new food adventures week after week. During one of our outings, she tells me she’s pregnant. Best day ever.

Bonnie, her dear friend and host, created the beautiful decor and delicious food! I can’t express how thankful I was to be a part of her very special day. Tracy was surrounded by so many wonderful family and friends who continually offer her so much love and support.

Dear baby girl,
I can’t wait to meet you! Your mama is one very special lady. Your daddy ain’t too shabby either:)
I promise that you’ll be loved beyond your wildest dreams. Many people care for you and are
ready to help you grow into the beauty that you are meant to be. Trust me, you’re in good hands.
Auntie Yvonne.

posted in babies,kids,maternity on June 24, 2015 | leave a comment

Am I posting winter pictures in June? Uh, yes I am. I’ve been shooting events during the spring/summer and found these images left on my camera. I don’t miss the nasty cold but I do miss the winter sports. Yeah, I’m one of those Canadians who actually love the snow! LOL. Stellar had the privilege of taking snowboarding lessons for the first time this year…and yes, she absolutely loves it! This means we’ll be looking for more gear and lessons at the beginning of next winter. Lesson of the day: when winter gives you snow and ice, make it FUN!

posted in family,just because,kids,personal on June 10, 2015 | leave a comment