Full disclosure: I did not take this picture. This is not my dog.
My dog looks like this:
See… Totally different.
My house is alive with the sounds of Christmas today.
No, we’re not listening to Christmas music.
And no we’re not re-watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” for the 37th time.
We’re playing Just Dance 2015.
What does that have to do with Christmas, I hear you ask?
Nothing at all.
And at the same time, absolutely everything.
My girlfriend came home with an early Christmas Present yesterday… my daughter was the first to shriek when she saw it; Just Dance 2015.
Just Dance 2015??!
Heaven on earth to 6 year old girls, I tell you.
Since then we have been swaying, dancing, jumping, hopping, grooving to our favourite music from 2014.
I even managed to get my son to join in (once he was properly sugared up on hot chocolate, of course).
And as I sat here watching all of the excited faces I suddenly remembered: This is what Christmas is actually about.
It’s about spending time with the people that you love.
It’s not about how many presents you buy each other.
It’s not about how much money you spend.
It’s not about how nice a meal you can make or how pretty your home is with decorations.
It’s about this, right here.
I think I needed that reminder because too often I find myself getting a little frustrated with the Christmas commercials I hear on the radio. “I want what I want and I want it now!” Really Toyota? Really?
I mean, I get it… businesses need to make money. They need to sell products. They sell products and services that people need (and want!) and there is nothing wrong with that. But sometimes I think we get so caught up in the price tag that we forget that even if there wasn’t any money to spend on a Turkey dinner or brightly wrapped gifts… this, today, right here… would be enough.
More than enough.
The best part is this Christmas Season I get to spread the love just a little bit further and it is 100% because of you.
So I want to say a huge Thank you! Thank you to all of you. Thank you to couples who got married, engaged, who just wanted couple photos, those who had new babies, who had family shoots done, boudoir shoots, glamour shoots… those of you who spoiled each other or spoiled yourselves… those relatives who chipped in for Wedding Photography… the couples who did it all on their own… all of you. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart Thank you.
As I said last year 5% of all proceeds made by 2Bride Photography in 2015 will be going to the LGBT Youth Hotline. So because of you we get to reach out to a fantastic organization that is spending day after day making a difference in kid’s lives. You’re making a difference.
So thank you.
Together we’re making the difference in someone’s life. Who knows but this little bit may be enough to save someone’s life one day.
And it’s because of you.
There is no better Christmas gift than that.
Just after my daughter was born I tried to institute the tradition of the “Christmas Family Photo” in our home.
It did not go over well.
Never mind the tripod set up and constantly getting up to run to the camera to hit the timer again (I didn’t have a wireless remote in those days…), but there was also the crying baby, the significant other rolling her eyes at the 5,000th retake… We all just ended up looking awkward and uncomfortable and refused to send out a Christmas card that year.
So eventually, I gave up and moved on to a new Christmas tradition: kid pictures.
What is going on here? Is she practicing a strangle hold for when they’re older?
They can don whatever clothes they wish and they get to pick the location.
“Meow!” 2014 Halloween Costume.
Outtakes. Yup. This is definitely my child.
Bowser says “ROOOOAAAAAR!”
There always seems to be an outdoor component to these where the kids run around in the snow and I’m stuck freezing trying to make sure they a) don’t kill themselves and b) take cute pictures.
The life of a photographer!
Why yes, those are unraked leaves in my backyard in the beginning of December…
So of course we had to play with them.
And that my friends is my holiday photo tradition.
As a wedding photographer you always have to be on the look out for that perfect shot.
That burst of spontaneous laughter.
Those tears that fill proud parents’ eyes.
You’re a photojournalist capturing the entire day as it unfolds around you.
But what do you do when time is cut short or you walk away feeling like that one perfect shot you imagined just didn’t come naturally together?
Why… you get creative of course!
I wanted to share a photo I took at a recent wedding in Ingersoll at the Elm Hurst.
The wedding day was absolutely gorgeous. The grounds were amazing. There were smiling faces all around and while I got some amazing shots, when I sat at my computer desk later on editing. I just felt as if there was something missing. That WOW image. That “HOW THE HECK DID SHE GET THAT??!” shot that I love to be able to give couples.
Seriously, I absolutely love it when I hear a couple state that I was “everywhere” on their wedding day or ask how I got a few of the shots I got… it means a) I did a good job and b) I was probably a ninja in a former life.
So every now and again when I feel that there is something missing I go into creative mode.
But it’s missing something…
Motion. Drama. EMOTION.
So down to the Elm Hurst I go in search of emotion.
I have a plan forming in my head as I head that way and so pick up my handy-dandy assistant.
This is a job for two.
I get the lovely Dave to hold a stand-in veil for me and take photos as he begins to wave it in front of the camera.
Shake, Shake, Shake…
Doesn’t he look just so impressed to be standing in the parking lot of the Elm Hurst shaking a veil while their patrons walk by giving us strange looks?
I take at least a hundred photos as Dave looks on.
At this point I’m pretty certain I’ve got what I need.
But I make him do it one more time for the fun of it.
And then to home I head and spend the next six hours editing in Photoshop.
But the end result?
So worth it.
Thanks Dave for letting me torture you just a little bit…
The couple thanks you too. 😉
2Bride Photography is getting a face lift!
For those of you who are loyal followers, you may have woken up this morning to realize that the 2Bride you know and love looks suddenly…. different. I have to admit an update to this site is long over due. I want the site to be more functional. To capture the spirit and essence of what I want 2Bride to be. The problem is, in deleting the old website and posting the new one to the interwebs, I inadvertantly deleted my old blog.
Tech savy, I have never been…
So we start over. New. Fresh. Clean. All those old posts are not lost (entirely). They exist in the photos and the stories those photos tell. And so over the next few weeks I will be reposting those old stories (as well as a few new ones) here in my blogs new home.
We’ll start over, together. Welcome to the journey.