While Mom and Dad catch a much needed nap in the next room, she quietly snuggles our new granddaughter and studies her, our Spencer Grey. I snap away from out in the hallway trying to capture them both, my girl, a new grandmother – a babcia, and the little girl we just met a few days ago. And as I watch them through my lens she is slowly taken to quiet tears by the little face and the words of a Polish lullaby softly drifting from her phone. They are tears of joy, of welcoming, a sort of melancholy happiness born of an old familiar song and a new exciting life. I’m forced to lower the camera and dry my eyes as the viewfinder has somehow clouded up.
The shots are black and white. There are no headbands or flower pots, no soft pastels or bright highlights – those pictures will come, and soon, but not now. I confess that my photos are influenced more by the likes of Dorothea Lange than Anne Geddes but that’s alright. I’m okay with that.
These, to me, are meaningful newborn photos.
Welcome Spencer Grey, we’ve been waiting to meet you.
Weddings make us smile. How can you not when you get to witness the joining of two people in love? This wedding made us smile, it made us laugh, and it made us shed a few tears – yes photographers often do that when they’re hiding behind their cameras.
Jim and Elizabeth’s (Betty-Ann) New Year plus-a-day wedding brought together two wonderful, supportive and loving families, and mixed in close friends, and fellow partiers to celebrate the union of two special people. It’s always nice when we get to watch parents help their children prepare for their wedding day, but few children get the honour of returning the favour.
Jim and Betty-Ann, thank you for inviting us along and trusting us with the memories of your New Year’s new life together. May you ring in many more happy New Years together.
Best wishes and hugs,
Paul & Eve
Venue: The Retro Suites, Chatham
Officiant: Pete Olver, Kettle Creek Weddings
Decorator: To Suit Your Fancy
Cake: Lisa Roberts
DJ: Waylan Grin, Crossed Wires DJ Services
and photography by US: Paul & Eve, we are Lens On Life Photographic Expressions
To all our friends and family, Eve and I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas. May you spend it in the company of those you love, laughing, scheming and reminiscing. We hope the coming year will bring you the prosperity of joy in your heart, peace of mind, laughter to your lips, and contentment for your soul.
Be kind to each other.
Eve and Paul
p.s. – Here are a couple links to past Christmas pics.
The year of Jack
Decorate Your Tree – Christmas Pups
You could say we’ve known Katie and Trevor for a while. In fact we’ve shot Katie in two weddings to date as she stood as a bridesmaid in both Cara and Ryan’s wedding and our own Jenn and Colin’s wedding and next September we’ll shoot her once again – but this time it’ll be as bride! We met up with Katie and Trevor for their e-session at Thompson’s Orchards near Blenheim, Ontario. Katie is a co-worker and friend of the owner so we were graciously allowed to shoot on “the staircase”. I’d heard of this beautiful staircase nestled in the back of the orchard’s store, they refer to it as the fruit stand but it’s so much more. You see the curved staircase was reclaimed from a local century home that had been demolished, as were the assortment of stained glass windows and a set of doors that were reclaimed from various churches – all local. Janet Thompson, the owner explained to us where each window had come from and how her husband Don had located them and used them to build the most interesting “fruit stand” I’ve ever been in.
Every bride dreams of an ultra romantic proposal, her man on bended knee in some exotic location asking for her hand. Well Trevor had that covered. He proposed to her in what many consider to be the city of romance, Paris, and they sealed the deal by affixing an engraved lock to the fence near the Pont des Arts bridge over the River Seine – the famous ‘Love Locks’ bridge. Katie had a duplicate of the lock made so we knew we had to do a ring shoot with it.
Katie and Trevor, Thank You for allowing us to document your wedding story – there will be so much more to tell next fall.
Paul & Eve
Camera Geek info: Katie and Trevor’s e-session is a mix of digital and film. All film shots are on Kodak Portra 400 to enjoy its rich and unique pallette, and shot in both 35mm and 120 formats on a Canon EOS 3 35mm and Bronica ETRSi 645. Film developing and scanning courtesy of Indie Film Lab.
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We took a moment recently to enjoy some beautiful fall weather and the company of a couple of two fantastic people, Kelsey and Jonathan. We shot at Thompson’s Orchards and prior to starting we were treated to a guided tour of the property by none other than Mr. Thompson himself.
Kelsey and Jonathan are busy people. They are busy with school, with planning careers, family and home life, and now they are busy planning a wedding for next year. We can’t wait to see them walk the aisle together next fall – we know it’ll be a special day! Congratulations!
Kelley and Matt were married in a midday service last month in a quaint little country church, St. Patrick’s near Merlin, Ontario. Kelley looked beautiful in a backless gown and her eyes lit up when she saw Matt waiting for her at the alter.
Thank you for inviting us to be a part of your day. We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness together.
What do you do when you meet someone and fall hopelessly in love with them but they’re not from just around the corner. Getting to them takes more than a quick car ride or walk around the block. No. Date night just might involve a train, a passport, and enough love to make it all seem like nothing. That might begin to describe Amanda and Dain.
Amanda and Dain, thank you for inviting us along as your long distance romance took on a local flavour. You were both so much fun to work with and you met the day with laughter and graciousness that was infectious to all around you. Your families and friends welcomed us and made us feel at home.
We wish you a life time of love and laughter and hope that all of your travels will be together and not from/to each other.
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We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all, our family, neighbours, old friends, and friends we’ve yet to meet, a very Merry Christmas and peace, health, and happiness in the coming year! May you be embraced in the love of those you hold dear, that they might also know how much you care. Make time to laugh with a child, listen to them and gift them with memories. Lift up those who would need your help and if that person is you may you accept the hand with the grace and humility it is offered with. Squeeze a pup, even an old one, daily. Most of all we wish you contentment.
We’re fortunate to meet so many wonderful souls in the course of a year; young couples starting out, grandparents seeing them off, supportive families, giggling babies and of course four legged friends. All have touched our lives and added to the richness of our experience and we look forward to the new year and the meetings and new beginnings, the comings and goings it promises.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Paul and Eve
p.s. – Many thanks to our adorable 2014 LOL Christmas model, Jack. Jack the pug and his mom Stef for bringing him by. You can follow Jack on Twitter (@jackthepugdog) but with his short legs and no thumbs, I don’t know how he types.
You can also peek at our other favourite Christmas pups here.
We were invited to spend the day with Monica and Adam as they walked down the aisle, said their vows, and became husband and wife in front of gathered family and friends. You may remember them from their awesome Toronto Distillery District engagement session last fall. The day was fantastic with perfect weather, a great looking wedding party, loving and supportive families, and a party that wouldn’t stop. As guests entered the reception at Club Lentinas, they were serenaded by the night’s live entertainment, The John Gora Band – and they were just warming up! Did I mention that Adam’s new wife and her family are Polish (as is mine) so there was more than one Polka belted out to a packed dance floor that night.
During Monica’s prep at home her family fussed over food, sure that I would starve in that Polish/European way I’m so used to. Her brother smiled and said to me “It’s a Polish thing, there’s always lots of food” and I said “I know – I married into the club”. Even at the end of the night, after our gear was packed and we were making our rounds saying goodbyes to family and new friends, we weren’t allowed to leave until we had a drink and a chat with Monica’s mom. A great way to cap a long day of work in good company.
Monica and Adam we want to thank you from the bottom of our heart for bringing us along to tell your wedding story in photos. Your families opened their homes, invited us in, and treated us like extended family. We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness together and we hope you always make time to savour the food, drink the wine, and dance.
Ti Amo. It means I Love You in Italian and it was the predominant theme in the wedding of Lacey and John (Giovanni). We first met Lacey and John last summer when they both stood up in the wedding of Heather and Eric and Heather pointed out to us then that Lacey was next. They expected John to pop the question at any time. Fast forward a year and it was time for Lacey and John to be center stage while Heather and Eric stood up for them.
The phrase Ti Amo was more than just a wedding theme or a bit of decoration to be used like scattering hearts about. It is a statement of fact that featured in their engagement session, a large hand crafted sign that greeted their guests, and on her pre wedding note to her soon-to-be husband. And during the reception when the DJ played that famous song and so many joined in on the dance floor? Well that was it – it was locked in my head.
I found myself afterward editing the photos humming away with this song, in particular the chorus, running on continuous loop in my head. If only I knew the words.
Editing went something like this:
“Ti” click click “A” click click “Mo” click click
“Ti” click click “A” click click “Mo” click click
Lacey and John thank you for sharing your day with us and we wish you a lifetime of love and happiness together. May you always find Ti Amo on continuous loop in your heart.
You can see there engagement session here!