He is quiet, she is full of life, and when he looks at her, his shy smile grows; they are unmistakably happiest in each others arms.
When Sarah-Jane of Bastarache Beauty approached me to do a “Rock the Frock” series of shoots I jumped at the chance. I mean, what is not get excited about – I get to work with an incredible make up artist, amazing stylists from Salon Boheme, amazingly beautiful women, dresses from Bella Promessa, a bouquet from Unico decor and consult with the Style Coach……It made me feel like I was in an Oceans 11 movie or some other film that was packed with awesome celebrities It was so nice to host everyone in our new downtown studio and even to have Philip Boudreau (a friend and fellow photographer) come along to one of the shoots!!
A special thank you to our amazing models:
Smiles, snuggles and happiness emanated from this family. Everything fell into place with ease and there was timeless simplicity to the morning. Little Liam cooperated incredibly with the poses and his adoring big sister so tenderly held and kissed her sweet brother. I loved capturing a little bit of this family’s story, and it didn’t hurt to be acoustically serenaded by Liam’s talented daddy while we worked!
Thanks to the Martin family for a wonderful time in the studio. Your family is absolutely precious!
Matthew, thank you so much for the canvas print on our living room wall. It is tangible proof of our love. It proves more than the smile I gave to you in our wedding photo upstairs, the one where I easily look up at you with such youth, and promise and sweetness.
This canvas is in the tones we love, printed by your uncle and stretched onto a deep wooden frame by your farther’s craftsman hands. The image was taken after four years of marriage, five years of running a business together, two (and a half) university degrees, one beautiful pregnancy, an incredible birth, and 16 months of sleep-blearied, happy-eyed parenthood. In this photograph you show your steadfastness, one hand holding onto the trolley, the other supportive hand on my lower back, you are leaning in to kiss me, which I appreciate so much more now that I truly know you and your dislike of showing affection publicly. You are perfectly you in your black shirt and your handsome grin, and there we are in love, about to kiss, our love still magical, still evident.
We had thought about printing a photo for a long time….years, and we could never decide, and then you surprised me, and printed it and placed it on on our wall. I saw it from outside as I was coming back from a night out with girlfriends. I stopped mid. sentence. and ran in the house to kiss you. It was beautiful and right in the heart of our home. I look at it often. When we are happy and snuggling on the love seat, when I have just spoken too harshly to you after a long day, When I see you dance with our tutu clad daughter to her favourite song, when I am dusting or daydreaming. The picture reminds me that no matter what event, or stress, or decision comes our way we are a team. I look at that image, and I know we are ok, we are more than ok…we were and are in love!
photo credit to Patrick O’Conner
The spring sun dipped low as we began to shoot. The newness of their engagement played on their smiles and their eyes communicated the fresh unity of shared dreams, faith, hopes, and plans. Kevin and Jessica had gotten engaged just days before and the power and beauty of this shared promise seemed to emanate from them.