A quick jaunt to San Francisco

Since this past summer my boyfriend has been visiting San Francisco almost biweekly for work; now that I'm in the middle of the off season, it was the perfect time to join! Luckily it was president's day which gave us plenty of time to take in the sights. Our Airbnb was an attraction in itself, a very cool artist's loft, belonging to a talented painter; Cathleen Daly.

We biked our way around the embarcadero, lunched at Rookies' stand in the Ferry building's market, ate devilishly creamy and delicious ice cream at Humphry Slocombe, ferried to Sausalito, biked back over the Golden Gate, and hiked Muir woods. An incredibly fun sight, in my opinion, was the Musée Mécanique; it was filled with fully functional vintage arcade games. I could have spent an entire afternoon in there.

Most trips that I go on these days have been mainly focused on bakeries. I'm a dessert fanatic. I have a deep love for the art of baking, as well as the art of eating. I experienced one of the best (dare I say the best) almond croissants of my life at b. patisserie. To be precise, it was a chocolate almond banana croissant. More of these need to exist in the world. It was suggested that I try Tartine, which unfortunately I could not reach this time around. My biggest hope was to try Mr. Holmes Bakehouse after the enormous reception it has online. Being a holiday morning on a beautiful sunny day, the line was simply too long while we had sights to take in. I'll have to fly back just for it. We settled on a box of treats from Bob's Donuts. I shouldn't use the word settled, as this was a brilliant move. They were perfectly crispy on the outside and doughy on the inside, and they sell donuts bigger than your head (if you dare)!

I have to mention the A+ restaurants we went to. Taqueria Vallarta in the Mission was as authentically amazing as it gets, and our Thai dinner at Ploy II in Haight was outstanding. Drake's Dealership is also a great place for a beer and stone cooked pizza if you happen to be in Oakland.

All in all, a perfect few days away and hope to be back in San Fran soon!

Dara & Dylan | Expecting

2017 is coming to a close and I see big changes already since this time in 2016. Every year l to look back and see where the year brought me. So many new faces, techniques I've adopted or perfected, for lack of a better word; I never claim that anything I've done is perfect. Growing is essential and always part of the thrill to keep going. It's something to strive for. The moments I feel close, I've already moved toward something new to move towards. Photography is exciting this way.

Dara and I faced the cold last week for what is one of my last 2017 shoots. Last year we met for her engagement. I'm so thrilled for her and Dylan, who are expecting in as little as a week from today. Obviously 2017 meant great things for them! I feel lucky we had this sunset to use, albeit cold. Dara was a sport to take off her jacket for a few moments at a time. A smart move, this girl rocks pregnancy more than I can ever hope to!

So congratulations, to these two lovely people! I'm looking forward to seeing them and so many others celebrate the pinnacle moments in their lives in 2018!

Happy New Years to you all!

Oriana + Adamo | Engaged

A few weeks back Oriana, Adamo and I met at Bice in Montreal before their engagement party to photo their spiffy attire and celebrate their wedding, which will take place next year!

Their cousin, the talented Fusion Photography, will be the photographer of their wedding day, and he's a lucky man to get these two in front of his camera - I was honoured to have them for the engagement party, especially since Oriana and I were photography students together back in the day!

We had a great time chasing light down Sherbrooke street, I was getting anxious with the sun dipping behind the high rises until we found a rooftop to play with.

Wishing them love, happiness, and thanking them for having me on this day!