La Shop | Furniture Lifestyle shoot

Everyone who knows me on a personal level, or has been to my home, knows that my greatest hobby beyond photography is my love for reclaimed wood, rustic/industrial furniture and home decor. Therefore I couldn't imagine a company other than La Shop that I would want to team up with more! I feel incredibly lucky to have met with the owner, Guillaume Ouellette, and created this shoot, from notes on paper over coffee, to this visual reality.

We agreed that the right space was necessary to compliment the pieces and convey well the consumer La Shop often attracts. What I especially love about this furniture is how wide the target audience is; between age, gender, country, as well as city dwellers. It's lifestyle for all who keep up with trends, without worrying that the style will evolve.

La Shop gives attention to detail like no other. They are passionate and often work 6-7 days a week to meet the demand. I have a number of their pieces, which is part of the reason why I have so much pride in my space. They helped me turn my house into my home.

They've designed and are notable for some of the designs you see here, including but not limited to breath taking dinner tables, bed frames, consoles, bar stools, shelving units and more.

You want someone who is as creative and meticulous about their design as you are about your space, I cannot recommend La Shop enough!

Special thanks to Linen Chest for a large number of product you see in this shoot, Janie through AirBnB for her beautiful space and Deka Events who helped me to piece everything together.

Enjoy!

Caitlyn + Paul: Married

It's difficult to know where to start when sitting down to discuss what Caitlyn & Paul's wedding was for me, but I'll try, starting with 29 years ago when I was born. We lived next door to Caitlyn and her parents; she was 3. Seven months later my best friend Carlee arrived. Inseparable all these years, their family is an extension of mine.

Caitlyn met a boy at a wedding, they danced, exchanged numbers, and even though he lived in Calgary and she in Montreal, they tried anyway and never looked back. Here they are! Their wedding day. Being able to do this for so many couples is a thrill and honour for me, but doing it for your family brings in all kinds of anxiety and excitement! The nerves to do their day justice, to give back all the love this family has shown me over the years, and try not to cry while operating a camera during the ceremony (C+P made that very difficult during their vows)!

What else can I say. I love you Cait and I'm so happy for you, thank you for trusting me!

Invitation design | Someday Art Co.

Venue | Camp Chief Hector

Officiant | Abby Charchun

Dress | Sonia's Bridal Studio

Hair/MUA | Lilies & Lace Beauty Co.

W+E: Engaged

I met W+E a very short while ago, our first time face to face being this engagement session together. I'm over the moon that they called me to take the role of photographer at their wedding because it's couples like these that I love to work with. Very real, sweet people, who like most aren't in front of the camera too often but can still turn it on like they do this every weekend.

Today felt like a great time to share this shoot because tomorrow is their big day. Give them (and me!) some good luck wishes as the weather isn't looking nearly as sunny as their engagement. Sun, cloud, rain, storm, it doesn't matter truly at the end of the day because all you need is to be present. W+E haven't shown me any signs of stress but I tell all bride and grooms that if you get married on your wedding day, it was a success. Be in the moment, take your own mental pictures as much as you can. If you're in those moments throughout the day the photos will be nothing but perfect.

Congratulations W+E, can't wait to see them get hitched tomorrow!

Ladda + Francis: Married

We're feeling a lot of heat today in Montreal but I'd like to go back to a day in early April when there were patches of snow melting away; my first couple to get married in 2017, Ladda + Francis. Ladda is a photographer as well, and very good! She knew what I was going through from behind the scenes and was incredibly accommodating and a breeze to work with. Francis is an incredibly kind and loving person, all of which I got to know in this limited but eventful day together. The importance he placed on Ladda's daughter had me tearing up - he knew he was coming into a family that had started before he arrived, and loves her insurmountably. It showed throughout the day how much she loves him too.

I'm thrilled to have been with this family from make up to ceremony, I wish them all the happiness they can find, congratulations to L+F!

Venue: Le Mirage

Officiant: Les Célébrations Prestige

G+J: Expecting

After a short hiatus on my blog I have many works to share, wonderful people, strong images, beautiful scenery. Everyday I'm proud to have built this business, that I can have these experiences with other real, down to earth people. G+J were a pleasure to meet and get to know as we trekked through a wooded area of Saint-Lazare. I learnt that they met while working in one of the most remote and Northern areas of North America. They chose Saint Lazare and Hudson as their own home base, and now, as you can see, are starting a family. Only a few short weeks after this shoot they had their first baby. Thanks G+J for allowing me to catch these photos of you, many congratulations to their growing family!

Dara + Dylan: Engagement

On one of the last snowy days we had in Montreal I had the pleasure of meeting Dara, Dylan and their (big) sweetheart Shyna in the town of St. Eustache for their engagement photos. This is one of the only times I'm very fond of the snow, because it was a perfect covering on the tree branches and not too cold! Not something we get all winter long! Dara and Dylan are such lovely people, it was a pleasure to walk around with them, learn about their relationship, their lives together in Montreal, and their fur baby Shyna! She loved the snow and we were stopped a number of times by people strolling by wanting to meet her. Who could blame them.

Thank you D + D + S for the afternoon in your hometown, and congratulations on your engagement!