Dan + Karen | Northern Ontario wedding

Taking a limited amount of weddings per year, I just didn't know if I could make it fit......
Dan had emailed me to be their wedding photographer. I said no. And here's some fabulous local alternatives. Dan wouldn't take no for an answer.
Sending an email (well it was a short story actually...) full of ideas, inspiration, their love story...photos! A promise of barns and cascading light...
You had me at cascading light.
And persistence.
How can you turn down the people who's wedding dream comes together with *you* as their photographer??
And wow...did the cascading light ever come through.
.........and possibly the most amazing love story unfolding before my eyes.
In the most amazing setting. With the most amazing people, food, and beautiful scenery...
I have never been to a wedding where the guests dance BEFORE the food is served.
...and staring behind the lens at a couple who looks just as in love as I'm sure the first time they met. Dan loves Karen and Karen loves Dan...to the point it over flows and well...you can't NOT be somewhat overflowing yourself when you're around them.

Soooo...I'm grateful. Lucky. Blessed.
In the words of Dan Ford "When you see a good thing -- you gotta go after it!"
Amazing what can happen when you don't take 'no' for answer.
You often DO get what you want.
...sometimes surprising someone else in the process.
I love you both for the day that is ingrained in my memory
...and for wonderful, amazing *YOU* making your way into my heart.
all the best (make it magic!) xoxo
jodi renée

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the best day ever...

......................might be the best day ever.


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bobby and monica | oakville lifestyle photography

A family shoot with teenage boys ...where are the teenage boys you ask? being teenage boys! Sooooo...Monica and I turned this into a shoot with a subject that 'wanted' to be photographed!
Bobby. The dog.
Crazy how you meet certain people in your life...and instant connection. Monica is one of those people! ...a friendship that has seen much wine, soup! and ONLY laughter! I love you girl...
This is the stuff that rare *cherished* friendships are made of...
I think you should send these out as the 'family' Christmas cards...and the family wall art to go in the dining room!
The boys are already over it.
(honestly...you try not to take it personally when two teenage boys are looking at your like your the lamest, LAST person on earth they want to see let alone have photograph them!) Sorry fellas...no ego tarnished here! ...maybe a mild tarnish if you were in your 20's..........
Bobby we love you!!!! xo

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memories of Muskoka ...summer don't leave me

I love fall...and yet, not prepared for summer to leave...
Just working on all my Ontario summer stuff. Much much more to share! ...xo

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jennifer + adam | cambridge ontario wedding

So crazy posting my family's wedding...especially my younger cousin! Adam is more like a brother to me and I'm sooooooo happy that he found someone...like Jenny! ...
Thanks for making the best out of the crazy humidity! Wishing you both a magical life together...
Love you guys...xo

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jennifer + adam | sneak peek

Processing time is slooooowing down as I'm not working off of my 'beast' (that would be my mac pro that's sitting at a lonely office in Calgary) ...
In the meantime I have a sneak peek from Jennifer and Adam's wedding in Cambridge. On the HOTTEST day of the year! ...amidst the heat and sweat we were able to find quiet time...
with the hogs! How (scuse me here) EFF'n cute is that?!?! I don't know....pigs. Somethin about them...SO CUTE!


victoria in muskoka

Playing catch up amongst the 'busy' summer in Ontario...and wanted to share some of these stunning images of Victoria. Muskoka driving...Back and forth, back and forth...every time I get 'there'...you take my breath away. Trees and fresh air, golden light...
There's a sense of 'peace' that makes you want to stay there forever. All else falling away as gorgeous simplicity swallows you at every turn.
Victoria and family have been clients/friends of mine for years now.
She's working at making BIG dreams come true...
Funny how everything is possible inside the minds of children. At some point everything shifts...we become less imaginative, less silly, less...*alive*
And the boxes we create around ourselves stifle who we are and what we can become...what is possible.
Might be worth looking at what's 'keeping you inside' ...what box you've created and the limits you've imposed on yourself.
Dreams and possibility are not limited to children.
...expand and stretch yourself, outside of yourself.
Be too loud, too different, too much...
The things we love and are passionate about ...stay with us 'always'...
I used to rip out magazine ads and paste them all over my walls. Of people and emotions. Having fun, real LIFE...
I'm now creating these same images! ...and loving every minute of it...AND getting paid for it. There are things in your life that excite you, that you're passionate about...maybe even just drawn too. Move towards those things, explore and let go.
Or else what's the point?
Life is about 'living outside of the box' ...and possibility is created when we learn to try anything and everything with an open mind. We might not get it right.
And...we might just get it all.

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