Holiday Wishes

Growing up my memories of Christmas included waking up (very) early, unwrapping my stocking before anyone else was up (just to rewrap it so I wouldn't get in trouble for starting without my sister), waking my sister and opening our stockings together.  

From there I would wake my parents, put the coffee on to brew so it was ready for them and make up a plate of my mom's shortbread cookies to eat while we opened gifts. (Breakfast could always wait.)

 

After the gifts were unwrapped, we would have breakfast and watch the Disney Santa Clause parade together in our PJ's.

 

The rest of the day was spent playing with new toys, enjoying the sunshine at the beach (as long as weather allowed), watching the nutcracker ballet on TV (if I had any say) and then coming back to make a Christmas feast to share with our cousins and neighbours Helen & Henry.

 

Some of my best memories were spent with my family on Christmas Holidays. So many of my friends talked about going out to play in the snow on Christmas holidays but until my teenage years I was happy to enjoy all the best of the season with my family in the land of sunshine and palm trees, Florida.

 

As we get older I suppose things change. We get busy with jobs, with families of our own. We break the old traditions and create new ones of our own.

 

However you celebrate the holidays (and whichever holidays you celebrate) I hope they are full of love, laughter, and making memories with the people that mean the most to you.

 

A New Space, A New Chapter

It's been a few months since we moved out of the Photographer's Studio and things have been a bit quiet around here. First it was back to school, and now it's been all about getting in and getting the new space ready. 

We've spent the last few weeks patching, prepping and painting the walls, replacing trim, picking out furniture, moving in and more but it's almost done!

 

Today I'm thrilled to invite each and every one of you to join us in studio on Saturday November 25th from 4:00pm - 9:00pm to check out the new space, catch up on what's new, and celebrate the start of a new chapter in our journey.

 

 

I can't wait to see you there! 

Hop over to the facebook event to RSVP or email me at info@rebeccanashphotography.com

Can't make it? Make sure you check out the Event Page too, I'll be sharing photos and live videos from the event.

Sneak Peek: Geraldina & Mike's Fall Wedding

Tell us How you first met? Who What when where why? Give us the dirty details.

Geraldina: Funny enough, we met January 2, 2015, on the Plenty of Fish website. We decided to go for appetizers and a drink at the Oar House in London. It was snowing and the roads were very slippery. Our waitress continued to get our drinks wrong; so we cut our losses and left. We ended up spending the evening at Mike's house. Because we didn't have anything to eat at the bar, Mike prepared a few finger foods. What endeared him to me that night was when I took a bit out of my piece of Kielbasa and put the rest on my plate. He assumed I didn't want it and ate it!!! We continue to have laughs over that. The first thing I noticed about Mike at the bar were his eyes; bright, expressive and beautiful.

Mike: The first night I met Geraldina she looked like she was glowing orange, and she was absolutely beautiful! The waitress kept giving us the wrong drinks so we went to my place and we had a snack, where the infamous keilbasa incident took place. Geraldina was very warm, kind, and funny, and her eyes were sparkling and beautiful! We instantly connected and that connection has been getting deeper and stronger ever since.

When did you know he/she was the one? Was there something he/she did?, etc.

Mike: It became clear to me that Geraldina was the one after about a year of being together. I decided to wait until approximately the two year mark to propose to her, because I've always had the idea that two years was the right time. The reason I knew Geraldina was the one is that she did many very caring things for me. For example, one morning I came home from the gym and she had made me two great big bacon, lettuce, tomato, and egg sandwiches on bagels for breakfast, yummy and what a treat! Geraldina has done so many nice and thoughtful things for me over our time together that I've lost track of a lot of it, but it's been a lot, and every day she does something really nice for me. Geraldina spoils me rotten and I don't know what I did to deserve a woman as amazing as her!

Geraldina : I knew Mike was the one pretty much early on. He was always kind and gentle and protective of me. The one thing I hesitated about was our age difference. But over time, I realized we had a lot in common eand our personalities meshed in a good way. We make each other laugh. I was going through a difficult time career-wise at that point and Mike was there to support me and encourage me. And I couldn't have asked for a better man for that.

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Tell us the one thing you love most about each other.

Mike: That's a tough one because I love so many things about Geraldina. She's funny, smart, beautiful, a hard worker, sexy. If I had to pick just one thing that I love about Geraldina it's that she always supports me and makes me feel strong again when I'm feeling weak. She has kept me together mentally during some challenging times. She is very sweet and supportive in so many ways.

Geraldina : I don't know where to begin. There are so many things I love about Mike. He is kind, gentle, funny, supportive, extremely intelligent and a great sounding board. We work well together around the house doing tasks even though I'm a bit of a type A personality. He is understanding and non-judgemental. And he eats all the food I make him; except mashed banana pancakes.

 

If you feel comfortable, share with us something silly or quirky the other person does.

Mike: Silly and quirky about Geraldina is she always throws garbage into the kitchen sink! I don't get it, because the garbage pail is right there and if the garbage went into the garbage pail it would only have to be handled one time instead of twice. It's ok, I love her with all my heart :-)

Geraldina : Mike has a few quirks I'd love to share. First of all he goes by the puesdo nom Louie Grenouille when a telemarketer calls or with people he doesn't really want to talk to. He also has a story about someone called Moonette and I won't get into the details because it's very very very long. Plus, he always wants to wear the same t-shirt and shorts. He tried to get away with out at the wedding but I didn't let him. The last thing he does is every time he or I park the car in the driveway he always make sure that it is evenly centered in the driveway. Yep, I love him anyway!

 

Tell us about the proposal. (Did you see it coming, how long was it in the planing?, how did you feel? nervous, excited, freaking out?)

 

Mike: I began thinking about proposing to Geraldina about one year before I did it. In November 2016 I asked permission from Adolfo and Maria Meriano. They said I could marry their daughter as long as she wants to. Leslie helped me pick out a ring for Geraldina, but it wasn't hard, her ring jumped right out at me and I knew it was the right one for her. On December 20, 2016 Geraldina and I decided to open our Christmas gifts to each other a few days early. I put the box containing the ring into a bigger box and wrapped them both. She said she thought it was a "fitbit" but when she got to the smaller box she thought it was diamond earrings. She cried when she opened the box and saw what it was. Geraldina is so sweet. I was filming the proposal on the ipad and she didn't suspect why I was doing that haha! I felt nervous in proposing to Geraldina because when she opened the box she looked down at the ring, began to cry and looked back up at me. I didn't know if that meant she was going to say no. I figured, just keep going forward with the plan and see what happens. She said yes, making me the luckiest guy on the planet!

Geraldina : I'm usually a perceptive person and can catch on to things quickly. But I had no idea he was going to propose to me even with all the clues he gave. First of all he wanted to video tape me opening the gift and I didn't even think about it. Secondly, he usually gives me a pretty inappropriate card for the holidays and last year he gave me this beautiful Christmas card about love being together as a couple. And he's right I thought it was a Fitbit or diamond earrings. I was totally caught off guard. But it was a beautiful moment!

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Besides getting married - what’s the one thing you are looking forward to on your wedding day?

I believe for both of us it was actually having the ceremony and declaring our union to one another. As well, spending the day with our family and friends. It was truly a memorable day!

 

What inspired your décor or theme?

We chose to incorporate some of our favorite things. Because Mike is a chemist for our flower arrangements we used all types of beakers. For the table numbers and seating we use pictures of Simon our cat with numbers beside him. He did not enjoy the experience! We used Gerber Daisies for the arrangements as they are my favorite flower. As well, on our desserts we had the chef at the golf course make the capital K for our last name. As well, for our reunion dance we chose C is for cookie from Sesame Street as it is one of Mike's favorite songs. I had the musicians at the church sing Can't Stop Loving You by Van Halen as that is Mike's favorite band. 

Vendors

London Wedding Photographer - Rebecca Nash Photography
Ceremony Venue - St. Michael 's Parish, London, Ontario
Reception Venue - Riverbend Golf Club, London, Ontario
London Florist - Jim Anderson Flowers
Cake Bakery - Melrose Bakery, London, Ontario
Bridal Shop - David's Bridal
DJ - Music Central, London, Ontario

Time to Kick Some...

 

In our busy lives we are always looking to hustle harder and do more. Often we just don't know where to start.

This is where I have found myself lately - so much I want to do. 

In my journey to do more, accomplish more, and make things happen I got a little overwhelmed. And when I get overwhelmed, sometimes I just shut down. 

Then someone shared this quote with me. I may not know every step I am going to take but it's time to lift up my foot.

Do Something Everyday that Scares You

 

Psychologists agree, change is scary. Our bodies and minds react to change in order to keep us safe. To make us think about what we are doing, but, sometimes that reaction can hold you back too.

Sometimes we need to step out of our comfort zone to make things happen. To chase our dreams.

So want scares you? What do you hold back from doing?

For me there is a list of things...

  • Blogging More Often
  • Talking about my Business in everyday conversations
  • Getting on Video
  • Asking for the booking
  • Standing on Stage sharing my knowledge and experience
  • Sharing my struggles
  • Sharing my success

...and so much more.

 

 

Someone once said (there's much debate on who originally said it) "Do Something Everyday That Scares You" and it's something I want to start doing a whole lot more of.

 

Are you with me? What are you going to do today?

Celebrating Moments

In Our home, today is a special day. Today is a celebration. There won't be a big party, fancy decorations, or a big cake.

There will be love, memories, and time spent together.

 

Today we are celebrating 3 years since we said I do. It's our wedding anniversary.

And some point today, I will pull out my wedding album and look through it with my husband and daughter (she was my maid of honour and in some ways, it was her wedding too).

We will remember the fun moments of that day, but more importantly, we will remember the adventures we've had together. 

 

Winston Churchill on Speeches

This past week has been a week focused on creating content for upcoming in person events and videos too. I have been giving a great deal of thought to the topics I want to discus and the length of the talks too. How many topics should I fit in? How long should each be? If I am given a 90 minute time slot, how much should I cover and when is it too much? I came across this quote in my researching this week from Winston Churchill about giving speeches. 

At first I just had to laugh, I never would have thought about it quite like that but then again he has a point right?

To me, there is so much more this could be applied to. Speeches, videos, blog posts, sales pages, emails meetings and even conversations. You always want to appropriately cover your topic and the info that needs to be shared while still keeping it interesting and leaving room for questions - how else will you engage and know what your intended audience needs?

Change is painful sometimes

I'm going to get a little personal in today's post. I've been a little MIA lately, and I don't love that.  

After a summer of travel, family, and photography August kinda hit me hard. In the last month there has been a lot of change in my life and I needed to step back a little. Starting the last week of August we have been...

  • Moving out the Photographer's Studio
  • Packing up more than half our stuff at home to put in storage (we have a friend moving in)
  • Getting ready for back to school for the kiddo, and prepping my classroom too

Now don't get me wrong, I know change is one of the only constants in our lives and I try to embrace it as much as possible. These changes though, they came up quick and shook up all areas of my personal and professional life all at once. 

 

I am excited for the new opportunities for my business in a new space (more on that soon)

I am thrilled to be able to help someone out by giving them a home, and to have one of my closest friends living just downstairs

Going back to school was something Alyssa was looking forward to and I missed my students and families

 

Change, even change for the better, is often uncomfortable or even painful. 

 

Now, it's time to come back out the other side. The studio is moved. Our stuff is packed and into storage. School is settling into routine. 

Thanks for being patient. I look forward to meeting up with you here again very soon!

Why I love the 2018 Desire Map Planner (+ a giveaway)

I'm so stoked to share that the 2018 Desire Map Planner Collection is here! It’s a radically different way to plan your day, because it puts your soul on the agenda.

 

Check out this review I did of the planner and all the reasons I love it.

 

 

 

This planner puts your desires on the map, and helps you plan your days and weeks according to how you most want to feel. The way it should be. Where most day planner systems are straight dates and to do’s, this planner is so much more…it has helped me combine my basics of a planner with my gratitude journal, my desire map, and my bigger goals not just for my business but for my life.

 

Based on the wildly popular book by Danielle LaPorte, The Desire Map, this planner system incorporates your soul and your to-do list; your gratitude and your goals; your deepest desires with your day-to-day. (If you haven't read it yet, you should check out the Desire Map Book and Workbook while you are there)

 

The 2018 planner comes with two versions, the Daily and Weekly edition, for the any type of planner person:

 

The DAILY planner for the highly scheduled, detailed thinkers, and awesome A-types who love keeping track of all the big and little things. This planner takes you through the year day by day, with unique soul prompts, scheduling space, #truthbombs, a Stop Doing list (because saying no is revolutionary) and a super condensed list called 3 Things so you can get your most important to-dos done.

 

The WEEKLY planner is for the big dreamers, Creatives, and entrepreneurs — the planner-types who want a bird’s eye view of their week. This planner takes a look at your week over a two-page spread, so you can plan your week with a bird’s eye view. Sprinkled with prompts for positive declarations and #truthbombs, the weekly spread also has space for your Core Desired Feelings, daily to-do’s, and a list of 3 Things so you can get your most important to-dos done. This planner also has an End of Week Check-in with unique Soul Prompts from Danielle with space for reflecting on life as you move through it week by week.

 

When you’re clear on how you want to feel, decisions come to you more easily, you’ll know when to say “No” and when to say “Hell, YES!” And then you can put it in writing. That’s what this planner does for me.

 

You can buy yours today, and start planning the life you’ve always wanted. GET YOURS NOW

 

Loving the planner? Ready to dive in? Keep Reading!

As an affiliate and member of the 2018 planner launch team (yep - I loved my 2017 planner so much they let me in), I have an weekly planner to give away to one lucky reader. Here's how to enter...

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me something you are grateful for before the end of the day on Sunday September 24th

The winner will be chosen and contacted on Monday Sept 25th.

 

I can't wait to hear what you are grateful for!

 

**All links included in this post are affiliate links but all opinions are my own**

Dancer Dreams...a personal project

 

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who loved to dance. She danced before, during, and after dance class. She took ballet, jazz, acro, modern, swing...if it was taught at her studio, she definitely tried it.

 

Over time that little girl grew up and she let those dance classes go. Don't get me wrong, she still loved dance but now it was in her classroom, her studio, her car or the kitchen when she cooked. 

 

This year It's time for that little girl to bring back the dance in her art. I am excited to announce a new project - "Dancer Dreams" a personal project to capture the beauty, the elegance, and passion every dancer has. 

 

 

 

First up, the amazing Alexa agreed to be my first model in the studio and she was AMAZING!! Working with her (and her beautiful mom) in studio to start exploring the options for these dance portraits reconnected me once again to the love I have for dance (and the talent dancers who bring it to life) and the personal project too. 

 

 

Alexa has a strength, a beauty, and a grace that surpasses the average person's understanding. It was a joy to watch her as she found her groove in front of the camera and really showed her own love of dance.