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)
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Can't make it? Make sure you check out the Event Page too, I'll be sharing photos and live videos from the event.
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.
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!
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.
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
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?
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!
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.
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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!
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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.
This post has been on my mind for quite a while but I kept putting it off for one reason, I am hugely passionate about this topic and just didn't know where to even start.
As a photographer, you don't have to convince me the importance of an image. It's a moment captured in time. It's a person captured just as they all for all time. It's a memory that you can see, that you can share. If you have ever had a photo taken or taken photos of any sort yourself, you already know there is magic there.
Where things seem to get muddy is what to do with them after they are taken.
Today i'm here to beg you, please please PLEASE don't let your memories grow up to be jpegs.
The point of a beautiful photograph (whether a portrait, a beautiful landscape, or photographs of the moment you said I do) is to enjoy it. To let them transport you to another place an time. It's a reminder of something (or someone) pretty awesome in your life. You need to be able to touch it, to hold it, and to cherish it every time you see it hanging on the wall or open the pages of an album to it.
There's nothing like holding in your hand a moment that has forever changed you. Tangible proof right there of beauty, strength, and love. Printed images are just more real, more relevant, and more valued.
On another note...
Modern technology has made it easier than ever to grab a quick snapshot of a special moment. We take a million photos today on our phones and cameras to remember a moment or share with someone who isn't there to see it. It's amazing!
The question is...What about when you upgrade your phone? What about when your laptop dies? What happens when your hard drive doesn't work? What happens when you no longer have a way to read that disc of images?
So many people are losing years, decades even, of important memories in the blink of an eye. We can't let that happen anymore. Why?
If we don't start printing our images, We risk becoming a missing or forgotten generation.
If we don't start printing our photos (and labeling them) we will become the generation that is missing from the history books not just in classrooms, but in our families too. Our children will look back on who we were, and won't have anything to look back and remember us. Our Grandchildren may never believe we were ever young. They won't know who were were, what we did, who we loved.
So please, print your most precious images. Frame them. Put them in an album. Create a special place for them. Make them a part of your life today, and a part of your legacy for tomorrow.
So I did something, something a lot of people thought was crazy to do once but then I went and did it again. I signed up for the Ride to Conquer Cancer.
Last time I did this, in 2014, I signed up for a family member and a student fighting cancer and all those we have lost before. I started fundraising and training for this 200+ KM bike right from Toronto to Niagara Falls. I was excited and nervous (and insanely grateful for all the love, encouragement, and donations in support of my ride).
Sadly Auntie never saw me ride past the end of her driveway when she lost her battle just 2 weeks before the ride (but my husband and parents were there cheering us on). My student however, is a success story. After 3 years he's out of the hospital, done his treatments and doing really really well.
This year I am riding in memory of my Aunt, in celebration of my students success, and I also want to ride in support a friend and photography mentor, Jennifer Rozenbaum, in her fight against Breast Cancer. Jen recently underwent a bi-lateral mastectomy but has been incredible open in sharing her entire journey in the hopes of raising awareness and helping others. She's an inspiration!
I want to be a part of making more stories like my students come true through the research, treatment, and care that the Ride to Conquer Cancer funds.
I have set my goals for training and fundraising. Every day I'll be getting closer to reaching my fundraising goal of $2500 and my personal goal of finishing strong (without developing pneumonia this time hopefully). You can help me reach that goal by making a donation on my behalf today. It only takes a second and your gift has the power to change lives for the better.
We are going to take it down a notch and get serious today.
Yesterday I stepped out of my comfort zone and on to the stage at the Mothers Advocating Mental Health (MAMA) Project Conference. I shared the struggles I have faced, and for the first time publicly shared and named the struggles my daughter has faced this last year. Anxiety. Depression. Eating Disorders. Suicidal thoughts.
I was there to talk about art as a form of expression and coping, and I did, but I was also there to reach out and let others know they are not alone.
As I finished up my talk, I shared this poem from Rumi that I was first introduced to by my mentor Sue Bryce.
This poem hit me right from the start. My initial reaction was something like "What? You want me to invite all those crappy feelings in? Are you nuts?!?!?" but as I walked away from the video it was shared in, I began to remember others things I have been taught that gave me the same gut reaction but have changed the way I think. I gave the poem another chance.
In life, we are going to be confronted with good times and bad. Emotions we enjoy, and emotions we don't. We have an instinct to run away from or avoid those things we don't enjoy. To do everything we can to avoid pain, sorrow, sadness.
We need to recognize that the good comes with the bad. That we can look at those moments and say 'oh, I know you, come on in' instead of fighting it (which just causes us more stress, pain, and anxiety). Every emotion is a house guest, they will not stay forever. Appreciate them while they are there - they are teaching you something, and wish them a fond farewell when they leave, knowing they will return.
"Do Something Today That Your Future Self Will Thank You For"
Last weekend I took a very quick, last minute trip to Ottawa to see my husband. There was a moment when my husband said 'no kiddo, no dog, no house or computer to worry about - hope you can enjoy this' and I did. I really did.
After a day of no business or housework, mostly unplugged (got stay in touch with my little girl) time...I was so much more relaxed and so grateful.
It was also a bit of a revelation too. Heck, everybody needs a day off sometimes. So from now on...Sunday is my day off. Whenever possible Sunday's are going to be no work - biz, house, or yard - days. It's time for me, my family, and a little self care so the other 6 days of the week I can give everything I do my 110%
I know my future self will be grateful for the things I do on Sundays to allow me to take care of myself to be the best wife, mother, photographer, business owner, educator and friend I can be.
After two fabulous years as one third of the Photographer's Studio, with Erin of Erin Woodgate Photography and Christine of Cheers to You Photography, it's time to say goodbye. As of August 31st, 2017 the Photographer's Studio will be closed and the office for Rebecca Nash Photography will return to my home. (Studio and On Location sessions will still be available throughout)
It amazing to look back on how much I have grown as a photographer and business owner since we moved in back in August of 2015.
I'm excited for the opportunity to...
be with my family more
offer more flexibility in meeting and session times
work in new spaces
invest more in my client service and continuing to grow
take time to find the perfect new space to serve my wedding and portrait clients
Last week my daughter and I took off on a road trip to visit a friend, and fellow photographer Melissa Albert of Melissa J Albert Photography in Bath, Maine.
Melissa and I met in the Spring of 2015 at one of my favourite events...shutterfest. Sadly, thanks to life getting in the way, we haven't been in the same place at the same time since. This girl is a great friend and enthusiastic supporter, she's my shutterfest sister. We talk online almost every day and finally decided enough was enough, it was time for a reunion (and some way over due fun) face to face.
So first thing on Monday morning we hoped in the car with our clothes, cameras, and computers and hit the road for the 12 hour drive. We were so excited to just get there that we only made one pit stop along the way for gas, food, and the washroom. At 8:00pm we arrived to big hugs and a very happy lady.
Our visit was short (only two full days there) and then we were headed home but those two days of visiting cool places, photographing together, and just having fun were amazing!
Thank you Melissa for being all around amazing and for hosting us. I can't wait to return the favour when you get yourself up here to Canada this spring.
(Mama's, you are going to want to watch for this announcement - she does amazing children & teen portraits)
Here are a few of my favourite moments from the trip:
Sitting by the water watching the tide roll in
This sea mist was just magical.
Alyssa had to give one of our mentors (and the creator of shutterfest) Sal Cincotta a run for his money on finding the angle and getting an ab workout in.
This fort was just awesome, we had so much fun exploring.
See that gorgeous girl? That's my daughter Alyssa being photographed by Melissa (I even stepped in front of the camera too - more on that to come)
Maine is definitely on my list of places to visit again with my family and with my camera.
When Tim originally reached out to me I was super excited. Not only had someone at the innovative company Light.Co noticed my work, they wanted me to be part of a project they were working on. (If you haven't heard of Light.Co yet you should check out their new 16 lens small camera - it's got amazing potential and I am definitely hoping to test one out soon.) As part of their #VantagePoint project, Light.Co was reaching out to photographers, asking us to share our favourite image that we have taken and a bit of the why and how of that image.
Right away I was on board but I will admit, this post has taken a lot longer to come together than either of us expected. Why? Because after almost 8 years of photographing professionally, and working with some really amazing people, choosing a favourite image is hard!
So today I introduce you to a few of my favourite images from the last 8 amazing years of photography. These images come from one of my on location styled sessions to create unique stylized portraits and the experience of the whole day with Karla was a huge inspiration for the new line of Contemporary Portraits we introduced in the winter.
We were up at the crack of dawn (ok, a bit before that) - Karla prepped in hair and makeup while I loaded up and made my way (with my hubby) to the beach in Port Stanley before the firsts rays of light began to show over the horizon.
Especially for this session, we had rented a beautiful parachute dress. This dress, formerly a 35 foot military parachute, had strength and femininity. It had structure but still had flow. It was a practical item made beautiful. It represented so much of the strength, softness, and beauty that exists in every woman.
We encountered many struggles along the way including...
it was 4:30am, where was Karla going to change?
There was a storm rolling in, were we going to be able to shoot at all?
Karla would be back lit as the sun rose behind her, how would we make sure she did not become a silhouette?
The dress was massive, how were we going to get it to do what we wanted it to?
The wind was blowing, hard, how do we keep her from being blown away (it was still mostly a parachute after all)?
Equipped with my camera, lenses, reflectors, flashes, and my husband as my assistant we made it happen. We walked the beach, threw the dress for shape and volume, grabbed the dress to help Karla not get blown away, climbed lifeguard towers for a different angles, and outran a torrential downpour to take cover under a local overhang.
In the end though, we had fun, created beautiful portraits (and even better memories), and gave someone an experience that made them feel strong and beautiful. That right there, is what it's all about.