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Living The City Girl’s Dream

Moving out of the city and into the country was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Although, I didn’t initially feel that way. Deciding to leave Toronto was simple. My husband and I had made a decision for him to go to school and the best program for him was at Durham college. Coming to terms with the fact that I didn’t live in the city anymore wasn’t quite that easy. I was a city girl. It was who I was and I wasn’t going to let it go. I continued to hold onto the idea that I would move back downtown and that living in the country was only temporary. During this time (two years to be exact), I had the privilege of working at Lululemon with some pretty amazing people. It’s not exactly what you’re picturing. Yes, you wear stretchy pants and workout with your friends, but you’re also encouraged to create life goals and live out your dreams. I’m getting somewhere, trust me…

 

A couple of months before I decided to leave the store and make it as a photographer full time, we had a staff vision and goals evening. I laid on the floor with my eyes closed and listened to a series of prompted questions to help me visualize my life in 10 years.

 

What was I doing?

 

What did I see?

 

Where was I?

 

And so on. A lot of what I pictured myself doing didn’t surprise me. I worked from home, my husband and I had a family, we had a dog. What really shocked me was where I was. I wasn’t living in the city like I had always pictured. Our home was beautiful- log cabin style for the win. And it was smack dab in the middle of a forest, near a body of water. To say I was thrown off is an understatement, but the feeling I had during this exercise was too great to ignore. In that moment I finally realized what I was doing wrong. I had be consistently trying to live my life the way I thought I “should” be and in turn was ignoring my heart and doing the things that give me joy and peace. My semi-conscious decision to move to the country really was the best thing I could have done. And now I’m living the city girls dream.

 

Living outside of the city has allowed me to embrace all of the amazing things nature has to offer. I live in an area where trails, water, fields, and adventure are all readily available. It’s truly life changing. One of the things I have enjoyed the most the last couple of years has been caring for my organic vegetable garden (vegan girls rejoice). Although I still have a lot to learn, gardening has become something that I will continue for the rest of my life. Getting outside and digging in the dirt is a beautiful solitary experience. And vegetables straight off the plant? Amazing.

 

Which brings me to the images below. Here are a few frames from this years garden that I shared with my mom. A mix of digital and cell phone images sporadically taken throughout the summer.

 

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What is something that you could do differently to start living your ideal life? What if you listened to your heart, what would change?

 

And if you want to start a garden on your patio/balcony/window in the city… I’m your girl. Let’s do this.

 

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Kawartha Lakes Engagement

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.”

 

― Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

 

 

I first met Carley a few years ago when I started working at Lululemon. It probably wasn’t until my second year there that we really started to get to know each other. We grew up in the same town, went to the same high school, and both have a passion for food (sidenote: Carley is an incredibly talented chef, check out her business here).

 

Cue Ryan. I don’t think anyone could possibly pick a better partner for Carley. They are both genuine, funny, and warm hearted (perfect combo, right?). There wasn’t a question in my mind when Carley approached me to document their engagement. Without hesitation, we got together a few days later on a perfect day in the middle of August. We spent the time together laughing and exploring different locations near their home in the Kawartha Lakes. Carley and Ryan are the type of couple that trust wholeheartedly and are ready for adventure. They’re my kind of people.

 

Film development + scan: Caribou Film Lab // Digital: Mastin Labs

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The Barker Family- Uxbridge, Ontario

You may remember Erin + Adam from their maternity session a few months ago. We headed back to Erin’s grandparents farm in Uxbridge, Ontario- this time with their new baby, Sophie. Erin had a beautiful vision for this shoot and I think together, we made it happen. This was possibly the coldest night we had all summer, but you would never know! August gave us some pretty amazing light to make up for it.

 

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Maternity Portraits- Alison + Matt

I first met Alison about four years ago while taking Pilates classes in Port Perry, Ontario. I missed a class with my regular instructor and signed up for one of Alison’s classes to make up for the missed class. I loved (and hated) her class. It was tough and she somehow managed to smile the entire hour. Her calm demeanour and zest for life were completely intoxicating. We found out we had something in common- we were both planning weddings for that summer and had purchased our wedding dress from the same designer. Instant connection.

 

Fast forward to a few months ago when I received a message from Alison saying that she was expecting and would love for me to be their photographer. We have stayed in touch through social media over the years, but haven’t talked much past that. It has been incredible to reconnect with Alison through this process. She is a kind and beautiful soul and has the ability to brighten anyone’s day. It was also a pleasure to finally meet her husband matt and to document this joyous time in their lives. Thank you both for inviting me to capture your moments.

 

Portraits were shot in both Film + Digital on Alison’s parent’s property in Uxbridge, Ontario. Film was developed and scanned by Caribou Film Lab in Toronto, Ontario.

 

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