Ella Turns 4

Fashion, Motherhood

It’s funny the memories that stand out in your mind the most when your think of your babies. I remember crying the ugliest cry when Ella was born. I remember Owen telling Ella on the day they met, that he would love her forever, even if he lived to be 100yrs old. 💛 I remember spending a lot of time on the couch because Ella would only nap on my chest. I remember when my mom first watched Ella I asked her to have naps with Ella on my couch so she could listen to her heart. And she did. Lol 💛 Ella’s always been independent at home and the loudest of the bunch. Demanding of everyone’s time and attention and the complete opposite outside of her home. Her home is her safe zone. She loves anything princess or dress up and she tells me she wants to be a doctor some day. I call her my shadow because she is always beside me. Even if I take a quick shower, she’s outside of the shower door waiting for me. If I had to guess, we will never ever be too far from each other. I love you, my 4yr old. Happy Birthday. x0x

Photoshoot Ready

Fashion, Motherhood


I’ve been modelling bridal gowns since I was about 16yrs old. Next week will mark my 1000th? wedding. 😉 With this coming up, I thought I’d share some things that I do the night before to get camera ready.

For myself, I stay away from eating anything too salty the day/night before. I also avoid alcohol and I drink water all day long. I give myself a full body scrub with organic coconut oil and sugar. I scrub my face and lips with the multivitamin scrub by Dermalogica and moisturize a few times during the day.

For the kids, they don’t really need any prepping… they’re perfect. 🙂 I do however take us all on a walk before bedtime. I always find the fresh air helps everyone sleep better.

If the kids are involved in the photoshoot, I try to plan the shoot first thing in the morning. I always find everyone is in the best mood at this time. That or after dinner. I know thats a weird time to set up a shoot but in the summer it works great with the lighting and the kids have extra energy.

I always packs snacks and drinks for the kids and if I can I typically book with the same photographer they are used to. The kids have gotten to know Siona from hutchingsandco.ca and we do our shoots in 20 mins because they are so comfortable with her.

If its an indoor shoot, playing little games with them or showing them parts of the backdrop some times helps and I find outdoor locations are awesome because they want to explore. Easy to get those natural photos of them doing their thing.

Any other questions I’d be happy to answer them!

These photos taken above were taken by Tara West for a fun styled shoot and they are undoubtably my favourite bridal shoot because of sweet Mia. 🙂

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