two worlds collide

17th of February. Seems appropriate that I’m penning this on the one-year anniversary of my last post. And to me that means one thing. 2013 was a year unlike many others. This statement pretty much sums it up:

career passion

{Image via Pinterest, Original Source Unknown}

It’s true. It feels great. And it’s something I’m not sure I could honestly say prior to 2013.

While my blogging took a bit of a backseat last year, it appears that my photography work did not. Here are some of my favourites… Β Β 

sofia

Behind the scenes with sweet Sofia. I love this shot. The chandelier, dining table, and white fur made this feel so opulent.

Dave Karly

Dave + Karly e-session in g’town.

sebastien

Philippe’s little brother, Sebastien.

jordan clare

Clare’s big sister, Jordan, has the most incredible hair. Those curls!

chantelle brent

Toronto Distillery District.

mich and millie

Rest in peace, Millie. xo

marijana

Two worlds collide, part one.

vlado

Vlado.

krystle

Two worlds collide, part two.

stella

Stella, with her ice-blue eyes.

lauras girls

Daughter. Mother. Love.

carrie matt boat

Carrie + Matt. Bronte Harbour, Oakville.

chantelle brent first look

Chantelle + Brent. First look. (Be adventurous – give it a try!)

christina madeleine

Mwah!

ian andrea

Ian + Andrea. Before the storm. A wedding that is begging to be blogged.

karly

Karly’s girls. I love the varying shades of purple.

sofia catia

Sofia, after she warmed up.

philippe

Outtake: Boys = Fast

buchmanns

These guys were troopers. It was so cold by the water!

ice

Toronto Ice Storm. The only time in 2013 when I used my real camera just for fun. The rest of the fun happened over here.

Get Over Yourself

These words just about leapt off the page as I was reading the premier issue of Click, a magazine “for the modern photograp[her]”. It was an article about the importance of us MWAC (moms with a camera) to actually get in the frame with our children. For the sake of our children.

99% of the time my clients are other moms who reach out to me because they understand how important it is to document these early days with their children. And I spend a lot of my time helping them capture these days, but perhaps neglecting to heed my own advice.

So here I am on a Friday night deciding to take on a small project. Starting tomorrow, I am going to get in the picture with my children. From the mundane (yes, there will be mundane) to the chaotic (definitely lots of that) to the delightful, I am determined to spend one month documenting the everyday with my children. I’ll post them here weekly for anyone interested in following along.

And back to that headline… “get over yourself”, it’s meant to say that our children will not care in 30, 40, 50 years if we weren’t wearing any makeup or our hair or clothing is not just so. Most of us MWAC will say we prefer being behind the lens. But let’s not make that an excuse. Our kids will just be happy to have a record of how much their mommy loved them.

So be forewarned. I’ll be in the frame, but it might not be pretty.

Update: just as I embarked on this small project, my littlest man became ill and four weeks later is now finally on the mend. Thanks to all for the warm thoughts and best wishes. Stay tuned for the few “get-over-yourself” shots I managed to take in the past few weeks. M