Summer Vacation in Prince Edward County

The irony is not lost on me that I am only getting to finalizing my vacation photographs from 2018 at the start of 2019; but that’s how the priorities rolled for the latter half of 2018.

This past summer we took it easy, we said no to camping, we said no to group trips, we didn’t try to go too far and we didn’t add too much on our vacation plate. We wanted to drive down country roads, sit by the pool or the waters of Sandbanks, drink a glass of wine at local vineyards, roast marshmallows with our kids by the fire and eat everything in plain sight. It was balmy, summery, and I rarely took my camera out. This was about being present… but sometimes the light was too good and the moment could not be passed up.

Looking at these photos now, as I sit slightly cold from the weather outside, it’s a reminder that life isn’t always lived in many layers of clothing. That the light can last until almost midnight; feel like velvet. That the breeze can be something you welcome versus turn away from.

Anyway. A few photos from our vacation in Prince Edward County. Hopefully we’ll be back again soon.

Fallen from the sky: a photographic study of a parachute dress

Earlier in the Fall, I did a small photo session of this parachute dress designed by Concordia’s Design & Computation Arts professor PK Langshaw.

However, it was only after the session was completed that PK told me how significant parachute material was to post-WWII brides, when materials were rationed, scarce and expensive. She said (and I am paraphrasing here) that war and scarcity actually make us embrace more sustainable practices. For brides, “the only silk available could be a groom’s parachute, and if it wasn’t damaged, it could be eventually be transformed into a stunning wedding gown.” (Source: Vintage News)

It’s food for thought. It can be easy to fall into the details vortex during the wedding planning phase, I know I did. Looking back: what mattered most were the moments, food & drink, dancefloor inspiring music and celebrating such an incredible occasion with everyone in that room. No one talks about the 100 table napkins that I sewed.

Thank you Cody for being such a beautiful model, and PK for loaning me her dress and circular window!

For more about this dress, visit this link.

A Portrait before the Big Move

Turns out that burying myself into a client’s Christmas tree is a new fun way to break the ice and make yourself at home during a portrait session. And Sarah, Elliott and Munroe were instantly welcoming with a cup of coffee on a cold winter’s afternoon earlier in December.

They explained to me that after fifteen years of living in Montreal, they have made a big decision to return out West to pursue career opportunities there - but prior to leaving they wanted to have a portrait of themselves inside their home that they have loved living in for so long.

“Thanks for taking those detail shots of the house. I wouldn’t have thought to ask for them and they really round out the portraits." - Sarah

Our spaces are important, they shape our memories, our histories and personality. When I take portraits, it feels important to me to shape the context of that narrative through the spaces that surround us. What do you look at as you stare out your window everyday? What mug do you drink coffee out of while you stare out it? What books surround you? What art makes it to your walls? These tell a story.

Thank you to Sarah & Elliott for inviting me into your home & I wish you all the best on your big move! ps. I look forward to following your adventures through @munroeisyourfriend