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Not to be too dramatic, but I have counted down the days in my planner to the circled January 5th release date of Marie’s Kondo, “spark joy”, for well over the last month. I had questions that only Ms. Kondo could answer and I hoped this companion book would finally shed some light on what I felt was vague or completely omitted in her first book, “The life changing magic of tidying up”. And friends, Marie Kondo, delivered.

Before I get into things, a disclaimer is only fair, I have not finished the book… yet. I wanted to share with you my first impression of “spark joy” because I’ve been asked my opinion of it, and specifically whether it’s worth purchasing. So, a full review is coming, but for now this is what I can share.

Buy the book! If you’ve started the KonMari method, I truly suggest purchasing this book now and when questions arise (as they likely will), refer to ‘Part One: KonMari Master Tips” as you’ll likely have your issues addressed in this section. Take it from someone who didn’t have this new book while going through the process, it will really help. If you’ve completed the purging portion of the method and are in what I call phase two of organizing, this book is going to sort out all the storage potential your home has to offer… with visual aids, hurrah! See, you need the book.

Though I haven’t read cover to cover yet, I have finished ‘Part One’ and flipped through the book enough times to confidently say, Marie Kondo has really revamped her delivery and overall writing style. Compared to the first book, which introduced the method, “spark joy” is much easier to follow; it’s detailed and specific, the drawings provide the perfect accompaniment to her descriptions which doesn’t leave room for confusion, and I love her  breakdown for home organization into almost every area of the house and category of items imaginable.

If you’ve had a chance to dive into “spark joy”, I’d love to know your thoughts please feel free to share!




 

great village nova scotia

 

Every once in awhile I find myself in a place that is exactly where I was meant to be. This was the case in early November when I packed up our two youngest children, met up with my Mum, and went for a gorgeous road trip to a place in Nova Scotia that is one of my favourites, Great Village.

Great Village is known for its quaint antique shops that make you feel as though you’ve truly been transported back in time. It’s intimate and a treasure trove for finding the most unique pieces (at reasonable prices!).

Though I love all the shops, Nesting Antiques has my heart. It’s owned by Rhenore Collins (whom you’ll hear the voice of towards the end of my video) and it’s one of the most magical places I’ve ever been. I could take everything in her shop home with me. From small pieces of coral, to old photographs, jewelry, Victorian clothing, and large furniture pieces Nesting Antiques is a time capsule of beautiful things time has been kind to.

So you can imagine how disappointed I was to find her store closed when we arrived. I knew she was inside, because a gentlemen told me he was speaking with her, but that she wasn’t opened for business. It was my Mum (thanks, Mum) who gave me the nudge to still knock on the door, and in the least, say hello to her and ask if there was another time I could come back. Rhenore graciously welcomed me into her shop and instantly I felt like I knew her forever (some people just have that way). She chatted about her love of treasures, living in a barn as a child and watching the barn swallows fly above her head as she fell asleep, she shared that as a little girl she carried little bits of things she found in a cigar box because it always made her feel like home to look at them… she touched my heart. Rhenore also afforded me as much time as I wanted to explore and film her shop so I could share it with you. My footage conveys my experience better than my words ever could, so please take a look:





nuts and bolts mix recipe I was SO looking forward to including this recipe with you all as part of my Christmas series, but things played out a bit differently this month (you can read about it here), and it just wasn’t possible to get this up… until now. Though I prepared this as Christmas gifts, the mix would still work wonderfully for New Years (or let’s be serious, any time of year)!
Before I jump into the goods, I have to give a big shoutout to a friend who kindly shared this recipe with me. After receiving this mix for a couple Christmases (and secretly hiding it in the back of the fridge from the rest of my family… totally serious), I just had to ask her if she wouldn’t mind sharing and she didn’t at all (woo hoo)!

Here it is:
CHRISTMAS NUTS & BOLTS

DRY INGREDIENTS:
-1 Box Chex cereal (equivalent to 4 cups or as desired)
-1 Box Cheerios (… 4 cups or as desired)
-1 Pkg Cheddar Cheese Bits n Bites mix
-1 Pkg Cheddar Goldfish crackers
-1 pkg Bugles
-Nuts as desired

SEASONING:
-3/4 cup oil
-3/4 cup melted butter
-1/2 tsp chives
-2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
-1 tsp garlic
-1.5 tsp onion powder
-1/2 tsp Greek seasoning
-1/2 tsp celery salt
-1 tsp lemon pepper
-2 tbsp dill weed

DIRECTIONS:
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Combine dry ingredients in large roast pan
-Mix seasoning ingredients together
-Add seasoning mix to dry ingredients, combining until dry ingredients are covered
-Bake for 1.5 hours, stirring mixture every 15 minutes

ENJOY!
If you try this recipe, I’d love your feedback!



winter holly

Hello, friends!
As I’m sure you can relate, sometimes despite our best intentions, life becomes unpredictable and causes us to have to readjust, reevaluate, and simply take a step back. Such was the case for me recently. I shared on my YouTube channel a very candid video in which I spoke about what has been going on and the reasons for why I haven’t been posting as frequently as usual and as much as I had planned (specifically in my Christmas series). I know I have readers of my blog who don’t necessary watch my videos, or catch all of them, so I felt it was only appropriate to keep you guys in the loop and bring my blog up to speed too.

December has proven to be as busy and hectic as I’ve ever known, but not for the predictable reasons I’ve become accustom to during this time of the year. Mairi, our youngest child, was going through an epic teething spell that started at the beginning of the month. You guys, it was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before… constant crying/screeching, unconsolable discontent, and an overall miserable mood (which is not our Mairi). After about a week, my Mum instincts kicked in and I felt a visit to the doctor was required, so off we went, only to discover that she was dealing with a raging ear-infection. You can imagine how truly terrible and ill-equipped I felt as a parent. Since the diagnosis, it felt like a never ending issue – first 10-day round of antibiotics did very little, follow-up appointment confirmed this, second round of meds finally remedied her symptoms and after more than two weeks, she was herself again – hurrah! Unfortunately this also coincided with the death of three close family members on my side, passing away within six days of each other. During this time our washing machine broke and we had family visit and stay with us from Australia. All around busy, mentally draining, and tiring.

I’m sure based on the above, you can appreciate why I simply couldn’t manage everything on the home front while also trying to keep up with posting both on my YouTube channel and blog. I had a lot planned that I was excited to share, and simply couldn’t. Such is life, less than ideal, but a very common occurrence… or so I’m learning.

With Christmas in two days, I’m still aiming to share with you as much as I can, but it will posted on my blog instead of both in video and written form. I want to make sure that in the least, I share with you the recipes I had planned, because even if you’re unable to whip them up in the next couple of days – you’ll be able to save them for the future.

On a very personal note, I want to thank each of you who have offered support and understanding during this trying time. Your encouragement has meant more to me than I can convey. You guys are the very best!

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I love giving a gift that I know to be practical in that it will be enjoyed and used. Putting together a “be good to me” present is simple, but sure to be appreciated because it involves curating products that are little luxuries that not everyone always buys for themselves. Gifting someone a present that encourages the recipient to make “me time” and/or is an item that will be fun to display or wear is the most thoughtful way to give a heartfelt gift.

I’ve put together my own “Be good to me” present of all the little treasures I enjoy and am confident others will as well. A full breakdown can be found below!

 

gift guide giveaway

Products listed above:
1. Lush Star Dust Bath Bomb
2. EcoTools Spa Moisture Bamboo Socks (Canadian link)
3. Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub
4. Krystal Acker “Love you more than coffee” Print
Krystal Acker is a Nova Scotia based graphic designer, artist, and illustrator. You can see
more of Krystal’s amazing designs here: Facebook Instagram Twitter
5, Skin Fix Lip Repair Balm:
6. Bath & Body Works be Joyful body cream
7. Newfoundland Chocolate Company Yes B’y Sea Salt & Caramel Milk Chocolate bar
8. Little Lovelies Swarovski crystal pearl and aurora borealis crystal bracelet
Lorraine is the creator behind the Little Lovelies Jewelry business. She has perfected the
craftsmanship of jewelry making to incorporate custom designs, including family heirloom
pieces. You can take a look at more of the beautiful jewelry line here: Facebook
9. Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel hand cream
10. Life at Home (Loblaws) Spiced Apple candle: No link available
11. Milani Color Statement nailpolish in Pink Blush (31):
12. True Brit Earl Grey tea: No link available
13. Simply Gorgeous Naturals eye makeup remover set
Simply Gorgeous Naturals is a line of products I am so happy to have discovered. Emily is the creator of the business which offers a wide variety, of naturally derived, body care products that are produced in Nova Scotia. Find out more about the Simply Gorgeous line by checking out: Facebook Etsy

To hear what my thoughts on each of the above mentioned items, please check out my coordinating video (which you know to be chatty!):

 

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Going by the feedback I received, my ‘KonMari Inspired’ How to Shop for Children at Christmas video (below) and blog post proved helpful to a lot of you who have little ones on your shopping list this holiday season. Should you wish to pin or save this image for your reference, I thought I’d elaborate on the original post and include examples. Share away, friends! Oh, and a lot of you mentioned that you’ll be using this strategy for others, not just children, and I think that’s brilliant!

Christmas Shopping for Children How to

 

Morgan Webb Photography for the win… again!
You guys know how much we love our fall family photos (you can view them here) and the overall experience we had working with Morgan; so when the opportunity came to get the kids booked in for Morgan’s holiday mini sessions, well clearly… I can’t even handle these photos, I adore them so much!
The whole shoot took about 20 minutes and will make for our cutest Christmas cards yet… which I need to order. Now!

In addition to very cute cards, these photos are also going to double as decor! Since going through all our seasonal decorations, as part of the KonMari process, I purged way more decorations than I thought I had, and was a bit shocked at how few Christmas items we have left. I won’t buy for the sake of buying just to make our home feel festive, so instead I’m going to fin-ally buy some photo ledges and set up a Christmas gallery wall which I think will be the perfect show piece for these pictures and really add to the holiday feel in our home. Win/win!

The photos ledges I’m purchasing are the ‘Mosslanda’ 115cm in white.

Mosslanda

I’ll do an updated post to show you how it comes together (hopefully this Christmas, not next – ha!).

december monthly goals

 

December… can you even believe it?!

November, though it didn’t even seem long enough to count as a month, proved to be quite successful as far as my monthly goals are concerned. We won’t get into the specifics regarding how I faired out with walking and drinking more water, suffice is to say, they’ve been put on the list for December (perhaps 2016 will be my year to finally get it together in the way of making these two goals happen). I had TWO outings with friends; one was a dinner with girlfriends and the other I was able to visit with a friend who moved away over the summer and another friend joined us as well. Both were so lovely and proved very beneficial in terms of just getting out and having some fun. Rob and I managed a dinner date, where we purposely tucked our phones out of reach and just enjoyed each other’s company. It’s important to reconnect and check in with one another. I did a couple “me” things, though I know I could have squeezed in more, I was overall pleased with myself in prioritizing time to do simple little things like paint my nails a couple of times over the month (it’s the little things, right?).

For this final month of 2015 (still, how is this possible?!) these are the five goals I will be focusing on accomplishing:

1. More water: This month I’m going to post a visual reminder on the kitchen cupboard that house our glasses and hopefully this will help (fingers crossed).
2. More walks! As the colder weather settles in, it becomes even more of a challenge to bundle up and get myself outside… perhaps I need to find an alternative form of exercise for the winter (or just get over myself and deal with the fact that I’m Canadian – ha).
3. Don’t stress and enjoy the season of Christmas: Easier said than done given my personality, but this is a goal very much worth my effort and attention. Pacing myself and keeping to a schedule has made me feel less anxious than previous years, so I think I’m putting myself in a good position for achieving this goal.
4. Let friends know I care about them: Though my absence can sometimes seem like I’m aloof, I’m not and I want to let those in my life that have patiently taken a backseat to everything I’ve piled in the passenger (how’s that for a metaphor), know that I care about them.
5. Be mindful about my snacking: Put down the chips/chocolate/candy! Or at least not be reaching for them as much as I have been lately (I swear my body goes into hibernation mode this time of year).

So, that’s it, reasonable and meaningful goals to wrap-up 2015 and start focusing on 2016. What are some of the goals you’ll be working on this month? If you care to share, I’d love to hear – please feel free to leave a comment below.

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If you’ve followed my KonMari series, on my YouTube channel, I’ve spoken a lot about how much this method has changed the way I shop. I am much more aware and intentional about what and how I purchase. With this shift in how I buy, Christmas naturally will be very different than it was in the past; basically no more buying for the sake of buying! I came across a very neat concept that I’ve elaborated on and this is what I will be following as my shopping outline for our three children this year. It’s simple, purposeful, and a great balance of “want”, “neat”, and “meaningful”!

Something they WANT: This category is for the fun present, the one they’ve circled in the Wish Book and have written to Santa about. I do suggest waiting to buy this gift until closer to Christmas. Children tend to change their minds on what they’re hoping for on an almost daily/weekly basis (or at least mine do); to avoid having to return a gift bought months in advance, wait until children are certain they know what they want under the tree.

Something they NEED: This is a great opportunity to “kill two birds with one stone” (such a terrible sounding expression, but you know what I mean). Something that you likely would have had to purchase anyways wrapped up and given as a present (aren’t you the clever parent). New piece of sports gear, hobby equipment, etc.

Something to WEAR: This will likely be more applicable to older children that perhaps want a piece of name brand attire or more expensive clothing than is usually bought. I always include fun socks, a neat hat, or some other piece of clothing accessory that has them excited. Again, win/win!

Something to READ: We’re huge into books (you all saw the proof during my book purge), and we include two books during Christmas. One is enjoyed Christmas eve as a holiday themed family book and a smaller one is given to each child in their stocking.

Something to DO: I added this category, because not all gifts need to be tangible. It’s fun to include a present that allows for an outing such as: a movie date, trip to the museum, fun manicure, etc. If your children are still a bit young to be impressed with a gift certificate, include some pictures for them to visually see what the activity will be.

Something for ME: This is my favourite category as it’s something that will last for years, possibly a lifetime. Something made or reflective of the past year, or the child. An ornament, a photo album (using online sites is so great for these), a piece of art, jewelry, etc.

For FAMILY: A gift for everyone to enjoy together. Some suggestions include: a board game, a family outing, game consoles, even a larger item even like a new TV, etc. I hope this list offers you some guidance in how to streamline your gift buying this year and inspires you to buy a bit more intentionally for the children in your life. Check out my corresponding video on this below:

As mentioned in my video, Krystal Acker has partnered with me on two awesome giveaways. You can enter both below:

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*This giveaway will be open internationally and I will email the winner directly.

Krystal Acker is an amazingly talented graphic designer, illustrator, and artist from Kentville, Nova Scotia. She works with businesses in creating the design of their brand and creates wonderful prints and customizable art. Krystal’s authenticity is very evident in her pieces and it’s not hard to tell she invests and is passionate about her work. Krystal can be found at the following places:
Facebook
Website
Instagram

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Last evening was an exercise in owning my truth and passion, and it was huge for me. Let me fill you in. On a whim, I reached out to a friend who is an entrepreneur and owns her own business to see if she wanted to attend a local women’s networking event with a very known speaker who works in the field of promoting and encouraging women’s leadership. Based on the event write-up, it seemed like something I would benefit from on a business level. If my friend wasn’t up for joining me, I would have given into my insecurities and more than likely not have attended (personal fail number one). Thankfully, she had also heard of the event and was game. So, we showed up, chatted with one another, and waited for the talk to begin. After the guest speaker’s introduction was given, it was announced that we would each stand up and give a 30 second “pitch” on who we are and what we do. Regardless of knowing how insightful the presentation would be, or really anything else about the evening, had I of been privy to this activity in public speaking, I wouldn’t have attended (personal fail number two). I don’t like speaking in a group; I’m neither comfortable nor confident when all eyes are on me, but that’s not the reason I was scared (truthfully almost petrified). The real reason is that I knew I would have to stand in front of this group of successful, skilled, professional women and tell them my pitch, “I’m in the infantile stages of being a YouTuber with a coordinating blog” and the idea of that had my heart beating so fast I could physically feel and hear it. Sitting there waiting for my turn, I felt awkward, intimated, and beyond insecure. I wanted to leave, but I didn’t.

Half the group had their turn and then it was mine. I don’t really remember what words quivered out of my mouth, but I was honest in sharing my short summary of who I am and what I do. I wanted to cry, because while I feel more fulfilled than ever by what I do, owning it still isn’t easy. I continually stumble over a job title and the little voice in my head, which isn’t exactly quiet, always questions “will people chuckle when I tell them?”, “what do people really think behind my back?”, “what will be thought of and said about me if this endeavour doesn’t work?”. I’ve reinvented myself so many times already in my life, I’ve started and walked away from just a few business pursuits and I think that’s in part the reason for my unsettlement, my insecurity. I think another, and perhaps the main reason, is that I’m putting myself out there in such a vulnerable way, and despite how “natural” some have thought this to be for me, I assure you it is not.

Okay, back to the evening… So, I said my pitch and sat quietly mortified until we were welcomed to mingle again. I turned to my friend, expecting we’d just continue our conversation, when several women came over to ask about what I do. Some knew about me (um, what?) while others wanted to be filled in. They were intrigued, excited, and supportive. I wasn’t prepared for this. It’s not that I haven’t received support from family and friends, quite the opposite, but in a room full of established women with big titles and amazing success stories, I didn’t expect such reception towards my “unique” job. That encouragement alone made showing up for the event well worth it; but then during the talk this revelation was expanded upon and really affirmed for me my calling and moreover, working towards confidentally owning it.

So, this is the take away, this is what I want to convey to you. Self evaluate whatever is holding you back from really claiming your own title and following your passion; both confidentially and without apology. Is the fear of failure and worrying what others may think worth the cost of not being true to you and honouring your passion and truth?  It’s easy to live in the quiet of your inner voice, it’s safe there, but it’s not honest nor productive. When you force yourself to stand, even if you find your legs shaking, and own your title/passion/opinion it’s incredible the shift in your sense of self. You’re also likely to find that the reasons for doubt have no substance and live merely in the insecurity of your own mind. Being brave and stepping outside of your own comfort is the only way things really happen. When you take the leap of faith, when you step outside of what feels safe and (cliche as it may sound) believe in yourself, you establish the foundation for growth and allow possibility. Like last night for me, this is not easy. I would have been fine to have said any of the other women’s titles as my own, but that’s not who I am. Who I am is a work in progress; I’m being brave in trying something unconventional and there’s a lot of potential in that (how exciting and liberating)!

I share, because it’s cathartic for me to express myself. Sometimes it’s lighthearted and other times my musings are likely more suited for a personal diary; but either way, should my  sentiment be meaningful to you, I hope you find encouragement in my story. If you’re one of the lucky ones that live a fully-balanced life of following your passions and callings, please offer your support to those following behind – we need it!

elf on the shelf ideas

 

With exactly one week to go until Chrissy returns, I’ve found myself majorly brainstorming ideas (what did people do before Pinterest, seriously?!). As I mentioned in my Elf on the Shelf intro, Rob and I had a (non-competitive) challenge going last year of trying to outdo the other with our Elf setups. I crowned myself the 2014 season winner, though he’d likely argue this. Last year, I prided myself in being pretty original with my ideas; only loosely using some I found online as a concept I expanded on. I know there’s a million awesome Elf pictures to be found on the internet; and it’s a bit silly to make unnecessary work for oneself by needing to come up with unique ideas, but Chrissy is as much fun for me as it is for the kids (and besides I need to concretely prove my champion title this year – go big, or go home!).

Below are some of the ideas I’ve found (so far) that have me giggling with excitement. Am I missing any that you think I’d love? Please share!

Christmas Baking Cranberry Pudding Steamed Cake

 

WEEK TWO – CHRISTMAS BAKE WITH ME SERIES

This recipe was a Christmas tradition in my home growing up. My Mum preparing these delicious puddings was the unofficial kick-off to the holiday season. The pudding, complete with homemade caramel sauce (no less), is easy to prepare and warm, hearty, rich, and beyond delicious to serve! It is a recipe that my Mum is often asked to share and so it’s with great excitement (and a tad bit of nostalgia) that I share this favourite holiday treat with you!

RECIPE (yields two puddings, and enough caramel sauce for both cakes):

Cranberry Pudding Ingredients:
-2 2/3 cups white flour
-2 cups cranberries
-2 tsp baking powder
-4 tsp baking soda
-1 cup (fancy) molasses
-1 cup boiled hot water

Caramel Sauce Ingredients:
-1 cup white sugar
-1 cup cold water
-1 cup butter (the real deal)
-1 cup heavy (35%) whipping cream
-Splash of vanilla

 

Directions:

Steamed Cranberry Pudding:

  1. Prepared tobacco cans or similar (the tobacco cans used in this recipe measure 4″ across the top and 4″ in height, larger tin cans will work so long as the measurements are comparable) by greasing and flouring the inside of the lid and interior of the can.
  2. Fill a large pot that will accommodate both cans (or one pot per can) with water that goes half way up the can. Cover and bring to a boil.
  3. Chop the cranberries in half and set aside.
  4. Mix all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda) in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  5. In a separate bowl, add to the cranberries the molasses and boiling hot water, mix well.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing well using a sturdy spoon or preferably large spatula.
  7. Once the batter has been formed, divide in half between the two cans.
  8. Cover the cans with the lids. If you’re not using tobacco cans, make a homemade lid by combining double or triple layers of tinfoil and tie with string around the top of the can (this is to ensure the steam, needed to cook the pudding, does not escape).
  9. (Now the cans are ready for the hot tub — woo hoo!). Add the two cans to the already boiling pot(s), cover with the pot lid, and continue to let boil for one hour.
  10. At this time, prepare the caramel sauce!

Caramel Sauce (the best you’ll ever have… just sayin’)

  1. Over medium-high heat place sugar in the center of the pot.
  2. Pour the water all around the sugar *Important: do NOT stir this mixture at any point*
  3. Boil this mixture until no steam remains and the water has evaporated
  4. Watch carefully for the first sign of a change in colour
  5. When a change in colour has been noted, swirl pot around so the colour spreads evenly
  6. When the mixture is a light golden colour, remove from heat and place on a heat-resistant surface.
  7. First, add the butter, then splash of vanilla, and lastly whipping cream. Whisk the mixture between each ingredient being added.
  8. Once all the ingredients have been incorporated, pour the caramel into a glass jar to cool and thicken. When it’s cool, refrigerate.

The puddings do well preserved in both the fridge (one week) and freezer (several months). To prepare, heat enough caramel sauce for the number of slices being served. Slightly warm the slices of cake; either pour caramel sauce on the bottom of plate for the cake to sit in or drizzle on top. If you want to get really fancy, add a dollop of real whipping cream! Whichever way you serve this delicious treat, you’re sure to be in cranberry pudding heaven!

Enjoy!




 

If you follow me on social media, I have been spamming your feed with sneak peeks of these photos – if I wasn’t so over the moon with these pictures, and the shoot experience as a whole, I might apologize. haha!

The truth is, aside from one extended family photo shoot we had with Rob’s side of the family, we’ve never had our immediate family pictures taken. I’ve always wanted to and believe in the value of photography; but just never made the time to make the arrangements. That was until I discovered the work of Morgan Webb Photography. As you can see from the pictures above, her work is simply incredible. Morgan’s attention to emotion, to candid moments, to capturing the essence of her subject(s) is such a gift of hers. I was honoured that she was able to document this time in our life, these images are a treasure I will cherish far beyond the mayhem of this stage in raising our children.

If you’re handy to the East Coast of Canada, I encourage you to consider in the investment of having Morgan capture your family. You can find all her information here.

If booking with Morgan Webb Photography isn’t an option for you, but you’re considering a shoot with a photographer, I’ve included a simple list of suggestions to make your shoot as easy as possible (even with children, it can be done – I promise!). These tips were kindly provided to me by Morgan Webb in preparation for our shoot, and they made such a difference. I should note, since Morgan wouldn’t have written this about herself, ensure that you’re booking your session with a photographer whom you feel relaxed and comfortable with. I had a few interactions with Morgan prior to our pictures and I felt like I instantly knew her. I shared with her that I’m not really comfortable having my picture taken and was a bit nervous this would show in our photos. She offered me reassurance that my insecurities wouldn’t be an issue and she built me up to actually look forward to the experience. During the shoot, she was patient, easy to talk to, she communicated well, and throughout nothing felt rushed or forced. When you find  a photographer that is truly passionate about their work and clients, you know you’re in good hands. Establishing a good rapport with your photographer is the first step towards the perfect shoot.

Five Simple (but effective) Family Photography Shoot Tips:

  1. Choose a time of day with good lighting, don’t be afraid of overcast! It’s always the best natural diffuser.
  2. Wear statement pieces and things that make you feel great! Don’t match, but coordinate outfits. My go to is two neutrals and a pop of colour.
  3. Ensure young children are fed and make sure they are prepared with what to expect (if they can understand). Have fun with it . Natural photos are the best!
  4. Don’t stress about the perfect shot.. .that ‘exact’ Pinterest photo is just going to drive you nuts and won’t help you relax.
  5. If you are self conscious about a part of your body, try not to dwell on it. Remember, it is so important to capture memories with you and your family on film. Your kids won’t look at it that way! They will look at that time you guys all had fun together.

**My sincerest thank you to Morgan Webb for this opportunity to work together. I also wish to extend my gratitude to my aunt and uncle, who graciously allowed us to have our photos taken on their beautiful property – such a wonderful compliment to our photos was having them taken at a place that is especially meaningful.