Thursday, November 28, 2013

Baby "Blue-Eyes" Ryker - 3 months old :)

We're a bit attached to Baby Ryker, since he's the very first baby either Norman or I had ever seen enter the world :) Now that he's grown up a bit, Ryker is already a charmer with his enormous super-blue eyes and his great singing voice.. I can't show you the songs he serenaded us with when we photographed him a few days ago, but I can show you what I mean about his eyes!
He was so alert the whole time we were there, and kept a careful watch on all of us ;) 
Oh yes - and he's also got one of the cutest little chins ever :) And here he is singing his little heart out (below..)
We had such fun getting to know this wee fella, and can't wait to see the whole family again soon!

Jessica + Norman

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Custom Holiday Card Templates Are Here!

It's that time of year again - time to dig out the mitts and scarves, trade your mojito for a Bailey's and hot chocolate, and watch the same movies you've watched every December since you can remember :) Time to think cozy thoughts. Time for bright starry skies at 5pm. Snow angels. And best of all... time to send out awesome holiday cards!
We're so excited this year, because we've been working with a very talented designer to do a re-fresh on our branding (more about that to come soon..), and he's created 4 amazing custom templates for our lovely clients to be able to send out the best cards ever! Here are a couple of examples of different images in each of the 4 templates available - which one is your favourite?
Scroll down to the bottom to get all the details about how you can order you own.. don't delay - all orders must be finalized by December 1st!

How to order your very own awesome custom holiday cards:
1. If we've photographed you and or your family this year, shoot us a quick email letting us know which template you'd like to use, and how many cards you will need. They come in sets of 25 4x6 folding cards + envelopes for $50 + HST. *Your order needs to be placed before December 1st!*
1a. If we haven't photographed anything for you recently, we've still got amazing cards for you! There are limited quantities of these three custom cards featuring images from a Festival of Lights that we went to in Pisa while we were travelling in Italy this past summer :) Just let us know which one you want, and how many sets of 25 (same pricing as above). Want your own custom cards for next year? Book your next photo session with us now!
2. Send your top 3 choices for which image to use (please be sure to specify which session if we've photographed you multiple times lately ie. engagement session and wedding).
3. We'll get in touch to see how you'd like to pay for your order. Email money transfer is preferred, but we can also accept Visa or Mastercard.
4. We'll choose the image that works best with your favourite template, and email you a mock-up by December 3rd for confirmation before it goes to print. Confirmation is required by December 5th at noon at the absolute latest.
5. You'll receive an email to confirm your pick-up time on Saturday December 7th. (If that day doesn't work for you we can make alternate arrangements, but I'm trying to get all holiday card orders printed and delivered as soon as possible!)
That's it - easy! 

If you know you want us to make custom cards for you, but are finding it difficult to pick a favourite template or image, just let us know and we'll send you a couple of suggestions to pick from :)

I'm so excited that we'll be creating such personal and colourful cards for all of you to share with your friends and families this holiday season!

Looking forward to hearing from you in the next couple of days..

p.s. here's the email address again, and feel free to call (416.806.1585) from 9am-8pm if you have any questions!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sweet Baby Asher Is One :)

If you're just meeting Baby Asher for the first time, it's worth taking a second to check out his adorable year in photos - starting with the maternity session we did with his mommy & daddy, followed shortly by his grand debut at his newborn session, and showing off his "sitting up" skills at 6 months.. at our most recent session, he was all smiles and keen to show off his 4 shiny new teeth :) He's also a lot more mobile now, so he kept us all on our toes!

He was so proud of his Hallowe'en costume, which was super-cute!
I love his little face in the middle image - "Dude! Gimme back my birthday balloon!" I also love that he still curls his wee toes together like that :)
 It was a gorgeous day, so we headed down to the beach for a bit of sun and sand :)
Happy belated First Birthday little man! It's been such a joy watching you change and grow over the year, and I can't wait to see your charming smile again very soon :)

Jessica + Norman

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tracey & Paul's Amazing Golf Wedding :)

Tracey and Paul are my favourite kind of couple - they're both super-creative and love putting together details on a theme. In this case: golf. Paul's a graphic designer, and he loves golf. Tracey loves to make things, and has more DIY talents than I can list. They're both crazy about each other, and are fantastically fun to be around. I knew their wedding was going to be an amazing day :)

Paul designed not only the invitation set, but also the many signs and labels for the details. (He's also the one who insisted on "the pants" - but we'll get to that in a minute..)
Tracey made these gorgeous matching robes for all the girls to wear while getting ready in the morning 

 Absolutely stunning :)
 Next we headed to Greystone Golf Club, where the guys were getting ready.. Tracey also made the ties for Paul and the groomsmen - each one was lined with it's own super hero :) And yes - those are "the pants" ;)

One of my favourite parts of the day is the "first look" :) 
 I love this shot of the bridesmaids (below) snuggling together to keep warm!
Last-minute fixes, then time to walk down the aisle.. (love those "golf" signs!)
Tracey's Aunt Monique played piano for the ceremony, and her cousin Emma sang beautifully :)
I think it's a good sign for the years of marriage to come when there's a lot of laughing during the ceremony :) 
 Paul's Grandfather is the one who played bagpipes as the newlyweds walked back up the aisle together.. such a lovely touch :)
In a bit of wedding-day magic luck, the truck wash around the corner from the reception venue was painted exactly the same colours as "the pants"! 
Friends and relatives were enlisted to help make many jars of red pepper jelly and chili sauce for the guests to take home, and instead of a guest book there was a signing quilt. Tracey and Paul even made hundreds of tiny custom buttons with sayings like "Best Wedding EVER" and "I'm here for the Bridesmaids".. Tracey even got her own personal button :) 
Time to get the party started with some dancing and photo booth fun! 

Tracey & Paul - you guys both worked amazing hard organizing ideas and creating all the personal details of your day, while also somehow giving the distinct impression that none of those details or plans mattered half as much to you as having your friends, family, and each other to enjoy the day together.. I can't think of a better frame of mind in which to start off your married life :) Thank you so much for having us with you to capture all the amazing moments, people, and details of your day!

Jessica + Norman

{We love photographing fun and alternative weddings! If you've got one in your future, please get in touch!}

Hair: Shear Pleasure, Milton
Make-up: Courtney Lilly Carruthers
Flowers: Janice at Business is Blooming
Venue - Ceremony: Greystone Golf Club, Milton
Ceremony Musicians: Monique Barry
Venue - Reception: Teatro Conference & Event Center, Milton

** a very special thank you to Ben Benvie - Ben was willing to step in and capture Tracey & Paul's wedding when I came down with pneumonia two weeks before their wedding day, and graciously agreed to come along for part of the day and help us out even though I was "back on my feet". Ben did a beautiful job, and was a pleasure to work with :)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Welcoming Baby Cooper to the Family :)

I'll start off by admitting a bias - wee Cooper is my little sister's first baby - but I'm sure you'll all agree with me when I say he's pretty perfect :) We first photographed him back in the summer when he was still in his mommy's tummy, but this was our first visit to meet and photograph him now that he's out in the world. At 10 days old, he mostly slept and cuddled his way through our 3-day visit in September, but he did wake up long enough to give us a taste of his powers in the super-cute department.. this expression below was one of my favourites :)
I love this little hat that Amanda knit for him.. 
 adorable tiny baby parts :)
 with mommy and daddy under the big tree in the front yard (practicing his boxing poses, which will make my moms proud!)

Amanda & Tim - we can't thank you enough for bringing this perfect little guy into our lives :) We're looking forward to many years of chasing him around with and without cameras! And a special thank you for your infinite patience while waiting to see these images ;)

love you guys!
Jessica + Norman