I got to do something a little different, and challenge myself to see things a little different. I took ‘after’ photos for MEC Urban Developments and Done to the Nines. MEC builds custom homes and Done to the Nines works with them (as well as independently) to tailor the needs of the client in terms of the interior design. They passionately believe that your home says a lot about you, and work to create a unique and functional space of contemporary elegance.
I adore clean and creative design, white space with punches of colour and texture and so when we walked through the front door, I was so excited to take it in, one click at a time…
From this home on Eagle Mountain, we drove out to Mission to this custom home built by MEC (but not finished by Done to the Nines).
You can check out the head shots photo session did with the fabulous ladies (and my friends!) of Done to the Nines here :)
One thing I have yet to tackle on my list is creating a sample album. And for this, I’m so excited for because I absolutely love the album company I’ll be working with – Kiss Wedding Books. I designed an album for Shane for Christmas and I was totally impressed with the quality…the feel of the smooth, heavy pages, the look of the sharp, color-rich photos. Even the cloth dust-cover was pretty to look at! This book pictured below is a linen album, perfect for guestbooks or portrait sessions. For a wedding album, the leather album would be ideal with its thicker, hard pages. So here is a sampling of what I’m proud to now offer clients – a gorgeous, tangible way to show off your photos.
I’m doing it. I get to check one more item off my 101 list. An item I wasn’t sure I’d accomplish when I set out with my list to complete in 1001 days. Today was my last day at my day job, my Monday-Friday type job, all because my dream has grown bigger than I thought it could, my dream to be a photographer. Full-time.
Over the last three years I have been working as an admin assistant at Sevenoaks Alliance Church. This job has given me so much – experience in graphic design, my own office (haha yes, this was very exciting when I started!), growth in creativity, a work environment focussed on serving God, and genuine friendships. And oh these friendships have been – and will continue to be – invaluable.
It’s a scary thing, letting go of something so dependable, in order to pursue a risk. The thing is, the risk has the possibility of something so much greater. And I reached a point where a decision had to be made…my photography business could no longer grow on my ‘leftover’ time. It needs my all if I want it to keep growing…so that’s what I’m going to give it.
So. Here we go! I’m bursting with excitement and what I think are butterflies! There are so many ideas and further dreams that need exploring and doing and I can’t wait to share it all here. Including some new stuff in the next week or so! But for now, I’m off to do something fun and celebratory :)
I don’t think the sun rose that day. Rain came down without ceasing outside my office window. Dark and miserable was the winter weather and then it slowly became my mood as well. Something along those lines was said in a text and so he offered to come by for a visit over coffee break. Yes…that would give me a reason to smile, I said. But when he walked through the door, he also brought with him the prettiest bouquet of flowers and two drinks from Starbucks – a green tea lemonade for him, and a passion tea lemonade for me. The flowers looked and smelled like spring and the drinks were the exact same two we had ordered exactly five months ago to the day, the day we had our first date. Crazy what can happen in a few, mere months.
Friday morning I got an email from the lovely Michelle of Michelle Cervo Photography. She and I had connected over Facebook and I was instantly drawn to her bubbly personality, even over the internet. This particular message was was about a wedding. Saturday afternoon. The awful flu had hit Michelle, so she was looking for extra backup, a third shooter. And so I had the great opportunity to work alongside two talented photographers – two really great girls – and be a part of a wonderful thing: a wedding. The marriage of Nathan and Nicole.
Following the ceremony in Mission,
we went to Eighteen Pastures where the reception was to take place…
Such cute wedding favours – jars of hot chocolate topped with mini marshmallows.
Even without ever having met any of these beautiful people, there were so fun to work with!
LOVE the kilts!
A truly glowing bride…
Congratulations, Nathan and Nicole :)
And Michelle, I hope you’re fully recovered by now! Here’s to working together again someday…
Write when you don’t feel like writing. Step out when you feel scared. Speak up even if the words feel stuck in your throat. Take a risk in spite of the unknown.
Sometimes I don’t want to try. Sometimes I want to pretend like the world doesn’t exist. That is, the world outside the comforting confines of a soft bed and warm blankets. I get an ache in my chest that says that’s too hard, you might mess up or make a fool of yourself. Stay indoors where it’s safe.
But that is not what got me to where I am, or where I want to go. It’s okay to be scared or feel an ache in your chest. And as appealing as comfy and easy may sound, I don’t want simply these. I want to welcome risks and challenges and mistakes. When you put yourself out there and expose yourself to these, there often comes the biggest reward.
Only then can you grow, and see where you’ve come from and what you’ve learned along the way. From it hopefully comes courage, or maybe even mistakes, but growth. Stronger. Closer. So I write to remind myself.