Kelly from the The Community Team - Royal Lepage Triland

Not long after moving into our current studio space, I had the pleasure of getting to know and photograph our downstairs neighbours from the Community Team at Royal Lepage Triland. This fabulous team of London, Ontario realtors has proven to be just as warm, welcoming, and community minded as their names suggests.

As part of that series we did the traditional headshots of this talented lady but we also got to talking. I learned just how much a strong, inspiring woman she was and asked to sneak in a few extra images that went beyond the standard realtor corporate headshot. I love the way Kelly’s genuine smile and warmth shines through.

Brow & Lash Guru Kimberly Buckley at Blushing Babes Brunch

Brow & Lash Guru Kimberly Buckley at Blushing Babes Brunch

Join me in meeting Brow & Lash Guru (an gorgeous business babe) Kimberly Buckley. Kimberly is the owner of the London West location of Waxon Bar and a woman I admire. I recently had a chance to hear her speak at the Blushing Babes Society’s Blushing Babes Brunch.

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Wedding Style Inspiration for the Fall Bride

Wedding Style Inspiration for the Fall Bride

This fall I had the absolutely honour and pleasure of working with some very talented London Wedding Professionals to bring to life a beautiful fall themed bridal session.

Some of my favourite parts - the pop of colour in the flowers, the beautiful simplicity of the cake, and the way mixed metal tones added a little bit of shine to all the details.

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Wrapping it Up - Choosing your Wedding Photographer

Wrapping it Up - Choosing your Wedding Photographer

Over the last five weeks we have talked about some of the most important factors in choosing your wedding photographer including their portfolio, products, pricing and personality.

At the end of the day, it’s your wedding day and you need to make the choice that is right for you.

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Personality - Choosing Your Wedding Photographer (Part 4)

Personality - Choosing Your Wedding Photographer (Part 4)

Have you thought about how much time you will spend with your wedding photographer? 8, 10, or more hours on one of the most important, hectic, (and sometimes stressful) days of your life.

Let’s chat about how your photographer’s personality factors into the decision.

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Pricing - Choosing Your Wedding Photographer (Part 3)

Pricing  - Choosing Your Wedding Photographer (Part 3)

Join me today for part three of choosing your wedding photographer.

They say the hardest thing to talk about in a relationship is money, but, when you are planning a wedding it seems there are a lot of these conversations.

How much should your wedding photography cost? There’s not right answer but let’s chat about the things you should consider.

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Products - Choosing Your Wedding Photographer (Part 2)

Products - Choosing Your Wedding Photographer (Part 2)

Do your love a wedding album that uses your photographers to tell the love story?

Do you have a space on your wall just waiting for the perfect image?

Let’s chat about a few of the options for amazing digital and physical products your photographer might offer for your wedding photographs

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Portfolio - Choosing Your Wedding Photographer (Part 1)

Portfolio - Choosing Your Wedding Photographer (Part 1)

This week we are talking about the photos. What is your wedding photography style?

Do you like light and bright or darker and dramatic? Do you like a perfectly posed image or something with a little more movement? There’s no right or wrong answer but the answers will help you find the wedding photographer with the right portfolio for you.

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How to Choose Your Wedding Photographer

How to Choose Your Wedding Photographer

Have you ever wondered how to choose your wedding photographer? London, Ontario Wedding Photographer Rebecca Nash is here to walk you through the four most important parts of choosing the wedding photographer who is the best fit for you!

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Balance - it isn't always what you think

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Balance doesn't mean giving equal amounts of time and energy to everything, it's about giving the right amount of time and energy to the right things and it's different for everyone.

So let me be totally honest here. For a long time, I truly believed that work life balance meant giving the same amount of time and energy to both your personal life and your work life. I struggled to get enough time and energy available for my family while still trying to work full time, build a business, do the cooking and cleaning.

Want to know what the result was? Work colleagues worried about the pace I was working at, the business never seemed to get any traction, and my family seemed to be on edge around me. I mean my daughter stopped asking me to play with her because she was worried she wasbothering me or stressing me out. How sad is that?

At the end of the day I had to figure out what does everyone need from me?

  • My day job - they need me to be present and engaged for my 35 hours a week and the occasionaly staff meeting or after hours event.

  • My business - it needs me to be consitent in answering emails and engaging online. It needs me to get out a few times a month to network with awesome people. And weeks when I have bookings it needs me for consults, shoots, editting, and sales sessions. When I don't have sessions - I can work ahead on new ideas and learning new things...or I can spend more time with my family.

  • My Family - Turns out my husband and daughter (12 yrs old) are pretty independent. They need me fully present and engaged at least one full week night and one weekend day each week. Other than that, they are happy to spend time with me when it works with everything else.

  • Myself - well, I need to actually appear somewhere in my schedule so here's what I decided. I need 30mins every morning to plan my day, embrace some gratitude, and start the day right. I need 30mins of reading some kind of fiction before bed each night. and I need an hour or two on the weekend to paint, give myself a facial, or curl up with a book and just chill out.

Some days the business is super busy and it needs all my time and attention.

Sometimes my daughter is having a rough week with preteen drama at school and she needs me.

With the outline above - I have the flexibility to put my extra time and energy wherever it will serve us best and know that all the things that need to happen still happen.

What does balance look like for you?

Playing with new styles...

This year I am working to take better care of myself. I am working with a personal trainer on my fitness and nutrition to be healthier. I am taking time every weekend to do what I need to do to replenish myself. It looks a little different each week. One week it might be reading a book. Another week might be a long walk. It might be a movie marathon and face mask. It might be meditation and a long bath. No matter what though, it's about taking to do something that is just for me.     

So last weekend, as part of my weekly self-care time, I decided it was time to try out a new style beyond my go-to's of buns, ponytails and braids. I have been getting so much inspiration from the amazing women around me and the women who step in front of my camera. (I'm also one of those women who feels the most beautiful and fiercest right after getting my hair done.)  

A bit before this, my friend and mentor Jennifer Rozenbaum did a video on how she does her hair everyday (I love her long loose curls/waves) so I decided to try it out.   I even took some photos.

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I used this curling wand (because it was what I already had). You can get it on amazon it's the InfinitiPro by Conair CD117 YOU Curl Conical Curling Wand(*Affiliate Link*). It was easy to work with (and came with a protective glove for people like me that always end up burning themselves).   I was good to go while working on the left hand side of my head but it got tricky on the right when I needed to work essentially backwards.    I was pretty happy with the result though in the future I would like to use a bigger barrel for a bigger looser curl.     

In Jen's Video ( you can find it on Jen's Youtube), she uses an automatic curler which made her's faster and easier. She used the Kiss automatic curler (Kiss Products Instawave Automatic Hair Curler*Affiliate Link*) and I just ordered one for myself. 

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What does your hair routine look like?  What style makes you feel the most fabulous?    

Beauty Is...Why this? Why now?

I can still remember the moment that it all sank in. I was looking at my beautiful little girl as I realized how she really felt. She felt unworthy. She felt ugly. She worried about saying or doing the wrong thing. She worried that others didn’t like her. She felt worthless. She felt a burden to others. Whatever happened, if it was in the least bit negative in her mind it was in some way her fault and if it was positive, it was in spite of her not because of her.

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My heart broke in that moment. How could such a loving, kind, beautiful, and smart young woman not see her many gifts? How could she not see how loved and cherished she was? How could she think and say such horrible things about my beautiful little girl? Was this my fault?

I knew I needed to do something. If she could feel this way and faily to see her own strength and beauty, how many other women felt this way? How could I help my daughter? How could I help other women like her, like me, that felt this way?

As I looked at the amazing women around me, from 8 to 80 years old, I quickly noticed a pattern. They were so busy trying to be and do more. When did they take time to love who they were right now?

I started with my daughter, my goal was simple. I created a session based on what she told me. I wanted to take her dreams and make them real. We picked out wardrobe. We did her hair and makeup. We photographed her beautifully. We created an afternoon all about her.I wanted her to feel beautiful, loved, and valued. I wanted her to see the beauty and strength I see every day. I wanted to quiet the voices in her head that said she wasn’t enough even just for a few minutes so she could recognize the amazing person she is. Today and every single day.

From that moment on, I knew this was what my heart wanted to do. To create an amazing experience for every woman. To create a space for her to reclaim her own strength and beauty. To help her to love and value herself.

Beauty Is...

Beauty is about so much more than what we see on the outside. It's about who we are. What we believe in. How we treat others, How we overcome struggles. It's about how we love ourselves. Beauty is so much more than a pretty face, great hair or a perfect figure.

 

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I'm excited to bring the Beauty Is portrait project to life here in London, Ontario. Stay tuned for more about the project and for amazing stories of strength and beauty from these amazing ladies!

See the Beautiful Inside and Out - #MotivationMonday

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Ever wonder why some people see beauty everywhere while others never seem to see it?

If we cannot find beauty within ourselves, how can we recognize and appreciate the beauty around us. There is beauty in your kindness. Their is beauty in your love. There is beauty in your movement. There is beauty in your strength. There is beauty in your vulnerability. There is beauty in the simple rhythm of breaths in and out. There is so much beauty inside each and every one of us, if we only stop for a moment to see it.

As I dive deep into the Beauty Is project, I see more and more that our ability to see beauty in others and in the world around us is so closely tied to our ability to recognize the beauty in ourselves and love ourselves for it. As women step in front of my camera for a portrait, they are vulnerable in that moment and trusting that I can see and capture that inner beauty.

What is one thing you think if beautiful about yourself? (hint - you don't need to look in the mirror for this one)

Thank You - London Bridal Expo Jan 2018

This weekend was one of our crazy busiest weekends of the year as we spent the weekend meeting amazing brides, catching up with awesome wedding vendors, and just generally having an awesome time at the London Bridal Expo.

Thank you to all the brides, grooms, moms, bridesmaids, friends, and wedding professionals who stopped by to say hello. Congrats to Angela B who won a portrait session and 16"x24" Gallery Wrap! 2018 is looking like an amazing year of working with couples who overflow with love as they celebrate their weddings, helping business babes rock their personal brand, and celebrating with women who are ready to see themselves differently while sharing their stories of beauty and strength in the Beauty Is Project.