It was a really funny morning and Donny was such a great host to the 5 winners who got to have breakfast with him.
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Last night we went to see our friend Craig Cardiff perform at the Woodstock Market Centre Theatre. It was a great concert, as expected, and it was really great to discover Teague Stanfield. Teague is a Woodstock-born singer-songwriter who now lives in Toronto. He was a brilliant opener for Craig.
Thanks for a great evening everyone
Congratulations to VON Sakura House (our local Woodstock palliative care hospice) for a great fundraiser - Handbags for Hospice. It was a great night!
The fundraiser was a silent and live auction of a couple hundred purses - new/used, local and celebrity owned with some great deserts and a candy table. Everybody had a really fun night and they raised $42 000 for a wonderful cause.
Congratulations to all of the women of the committee!
The winners of the biggest (and most exciting) live auction item of the night: dinner cooked by the firefighters, a hot airplane ride, and wine, steaks and shrimp from the Dickens.
If you would like to make a donation to Sakura House follow the link.
This past fall Beth and I travelled to the UK to shoot Joanna and Phil's wedding in Shenfield, Essex. It's hard to believe that a wedding could change your life but it certainly developed our passion to become London England wedding photographers! This was my first trip to England and I loved everything about it:
- super friendly people
- great curry
- nice small towns like Shenfield and Billericay
- train travel
- the architecture
- the wonderful cosmopolitan-ness of London (most of the people we saw in the city were not Anglos)
Joanna and Phil were such gracious hosts to us and we really look forward to going back to visit them for longer!
England beside Canada on the bookshelf! A match made in heaven.
Joanna's Canadian moose.
Phil and his best mate Chris in the church yard.
The first recorded wedding in this church took place in 1536. I don't have a lot of pictures of the inside during the ceremony because of a church policy but it was beautiful.
The wedding reception took place in this cool old orphanage dining hall called Poplar Hall.
It was a rainy day in pizza-ville...
It was, but it was still great day for Liza & Andrew's wedding at the Gardiner Museum. I had a great time being a Toronto Wedding photographer for the day. When you shoot the wedding of two architects you spend the day around cool buildings. I was in heaven.
Letter-pressed and stamped invitations made by hand:
First stop Liza's parents for getting ready pictures. Liza and the bridesmaids did their own flowers and the make up was done by Al Fortier from A List Beauty.
Second stop (after a little short moment of the small towners getting turned around in the big city...) Hart House at U of T - an amazing space to shoot!
And lastly the Gardiner ceramic museum for the ceremony and food. The ceremony was held in (and catered by) the Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner Cafe. The food was brilliant! The turtle tarts put me in chocolate heaven.
The ever beautiful Allison - her wedding was the first professional wedding I ever shot and some of those pictures are still on my business cards to this day. Allison and Ian are getting ready for baby #2!
Thanks to Liza and Andrew (and wee Maeve) for a wonderful wedding.
Vivian Maier was a Chicago nanny who was obsessed with street photography. Around the time of her death a Chicago real estate agent bought some boxes of her negatives and unprocessed films and discovered the most wonderful thing. Vivian was BRILLIANT.
This is such a great story.
On the Labour Day long weekend this year we got to be Muskoka wedding photographers! Returning to one of our favourite places on earth, the children's summer camp at Cairn, we were treated to an amazing wedding with Terri and Neil.
Terri and Neil met teaching English in Korea and they both have family from all over the world. They invited everyone up north for a Muskoka retreat on their wedding weekend.
Although the weather was a bit tricky (it was kind of cold and rainy) it cleared up at just the right time. With a nod to both of their families' backgrounds they had Hindu, Presbyterian and Korean marriage ceremony's.
Grab a coffee and get comfortable - here is Terri and Neil's Weddings
Thank you so much to the other folks involved in putting together such a great Muskoka wedding:
- Music: Where It's At Productions
- Make up: Stephanie Breslin
- Accommodation and "getting ready" space: Burton's Bed and Breakfast
I just ran across these photos that I took this summer for a family photoshoot in Muskoka. Brad & Kandace's daughter is a funny kid (watch for more pictures of her in the soon-to-be-blogged Terri & Neil wedding)!
I offer all of my clients a free photography lesson (and I could do a better job of advertising it). Come to see me in Woodstock and I can help you with:
- proper camera setup (if it's a point & shoot or a DSLR)
- how to "frame" a picture so that it has the most impact
- the one setting on your camera that will give you the most control over your pictures
- when to use your phone's camera
- some advice on what lenses to buy first, which camera is best for your needs and when to use your flash
If you are not yet a client and would like some amazing advice check out this great video from the photo editors at National Geographic:
Beth and I just got back from a wonderful trip to London England to shoot a wedding. It was a beautiful trip and we felt completely at home over there. It was a brilliant mix of city and country with the wedding in a church in Shenfield who's first recorded wedding was in 1536. In the second half of the trip we went into London proper and fit as much touristy things as we could into 2 1/2 days.
It was an amazing adventure.
Pictures from Joanna & Phil's wedding will be posted here soon but I thought I'd put up some of our more touristy shots.
I had a funny "old" experience when I got home. I was excited to take my film camera - the Lomo - with me and had that old experience of dropping of the film and having to wait a day to see what my pictures would look like. It was fun!
Arriving at Gatwick.
Red-eye flying, apparently, gives me the wavey-est hair.
This was in Hyde Park, near Kensington Palace. Part of the park's Diana Memorial, it's an old tree trunk that has been carved with elves and birds. From a distance I thought it was a parrot cage.
A "Diana" figure for the girls of this school.
St. Paul's Cathedral.
The London Eye was a definitely a highlight for us. Here's Beth looking West toward Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
Merchant Mariner war memorial across from the London Tower.
The rest of these shots are from the Lomo.
"Look kids: Big Ben, Parliament..."
Have you been to London? What was your favourite part?