Wednesday, 3 September 2014

The Trifecta of Lily, Laziness, and Seinfeld

ONCE and a while I like to play a little game with myself. This game is called "how much can I get done before my laptop dies". I'd liken it to the episode of Seinfeld where Kramer takes the car out of the lot and sees how far he can get on one tank of gas. Ironically, as I am writing this post I am playing this game AGAIN. I played it about fifteen minutes ago on a different laptop while I edited the photo you see below. You see, I was sitting around my house today and I looked over and saw the CUTEST face. Lily. She literally is my world. I decided to pick up the camera and snap a few photos. Despite having severely imperfect lighting and really no idea what was going to happen, I snapped away. Really, could ANY photo of this cuteness be BAD? I didn't think so. So herein began the game. I loaded the photos onto my laptop and much to my dismay it was dying. I decided to pick a random photo and edit it regardless of what it looked like AND get it finished before my laptop died. I succeeded in this first task. I switched to a different laptop (far too lazy to go and find the charger for the other one). The second challenge was to get it posted online and finish the blog post before laptop death part two (the nerve of these laptops actually expecting me to plug them in--ermergerd). If you are reading this I have succeeded! Kramer would be so proud!

Friday, 8 August 2014

PREVIEW: The Big Day

A year and a half in the making. We all got did up and had a great day celebrating. I was a bridesmaid in the wedding but still got a chance to snap a few photos that morning. Here's a little sneak peak!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Something Borrowed and Something New

Much to my mother's dismay, this does NOT mean that I am getting married. But I am borrowing something and I am developing something new. Within the next month or so I will be launching my new website Betty Mae Photography. My photography adventures will now be carried out under the name of my grandmother Betty Mae. She was a wonderful lady and I can remember countless summers crafting at her apartment. I've always been creative in my own way, and she always encouraged me to embrace that. She was famous for her creativity in the kitchen with her delicious baked goods and meals at holiday dinners. I miss her a ton but love that she's still so cherished in our family. I love this little hobby of mine. Unfortunately, I don't get to spend as much time as I would like taking photos. I am making a concerted effort to change that. First thing is first--new website, and hopefully very soon--a new camera! For now, here is a little sneak peak!
I would also like to thank Cameron Lacey of Griffin Design for creating my new logo. He was extremely patient and didn't even flinch when I sent him ridiculous requests about flower colour and typography changes. He provided outstanding service and turned the logo around extremely quickly. He is also hilarious which is always a bonus. Thank you so much! Check him out at Griffin Design . 

Monday, 19 May 2014

Bronwen and Steve: Still Going 'Stong'

Steve and Bronwen. Bronwen and Steve. I met Bronwen (and actually Steve too) at Stong Residence while completing my undergrad at York. Bronwen and I became fast friends and spent hours procrastinating and watching the O.C. We all lived on the same floor and it wasn't long before these two fell totally movie plot style in love with each other. I was delighted to find out that Steve and Bronwen were getting married and even MORE delighted when they asked me to do a few engagement photos for them. So on we ventured back to the York campus and the memories came flooding back! Bronwen has a MUCH better memory than I do and recanted a bazillion stories of our Stong days. It almost felt like we had never left. So weird how that works. Our day began fairly early on a overcast Saturday morning and I had this brilliant plan to do some shooting in the library. I checked the hours in the morning and after grabbing a coffee we ventured to Scott only to find that there were tons of students (and library staff) waiting to get in. Moments later we were told that the library was NOT open. I can't lie---I was REALLY disappointed. That is, until, Bronwen and Steve literally just started bouncing along being their cute old selves and it became clear that this was one of those days where maybe something REALLY simple would be more than okay. There was lots of laughter, lots of kisses, and lots of cuddles. Their cuteness was off the charts a I can't say enough how fun and easy going they were. I had such a blast that day and both were such great sports. I am ever so grateful to have been part of this special time in your lives. 

The way that you guys look at each other is seriously something special. I wish you all the best and know that you guys have such a bright future ahead of you. Thanks again for the amazing day!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

SNEAK PEEK: Bronwen and Steve

Their story is incredible and their love for each other is indescribable. Thank you Bronwen and Steve for a fabulous day ....but for now here's a little sneakity peek from where it all began...

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Billy Bob and Gee Gee

Billy and Graeme. Billy Bob and Gee Gee. I have known Graeme for basically my whole life--she's my best friend. Anyhow, we were chatting one day when she asked if I would mind taking some pictures of her friend Billy and my answer was obviously yes--how often do I turn DOWN people wanting to get pictures taken? never. Billy needed a couple of photos of his mug for some promotional stuff for his quest to become a comedian. Flash forward to a beautiful day in Kensington Market where the sun was shining, the wind was warm, and graffiti was abundant. Billy was initially shy in front of the camera (surprising from what I had heard about him) but quickly came out of his shell to partake in some crazy face-making, dancing, and posing for the camera. Many a photo were taken and I did the impossible of getting Graeme in front of the camera for a few shots of her and her friend together before he left for Montreal. Thanks for a great day guys! I had a blast!