The Stotts

I’m counting this as an adventure.

Also this is mostly a post where I brag that these are my friends.

My cousin Sarah is a fashion and band photographer and she wanted to get practice doing music videos, so she asked our friend James if she could do a video of his song “Father”, because it’s a really beautiful, emotional song. She asked me to do some behind the scenes photos.

We checked out an abandoned building at first, which was really cool, but she ultimately decided to just film them at “The Farm”, a place just outside Dunnville, which it turns out, has a really cool light set up and fog machine.

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Check out the Stotts on CHCH morning live here

And in Sarah’s music video here.




Snaps of Love

This started out as a post on different types of love, because of Valentine’s Day yesterday, but instead, it’s a gallery of family photos from the last year mostly. I started going further back than that, but realized I just had too many photos of life – of people being sweet to each other and loving each other and just having fun – all the reasons you start lifestyle photography in the first place. I also use the term “family” loosely. I tend to include close friends and my church community into my definition of family, so some photos are just of friends doing their thing. All of this to say, Happy Family Day Ontarians!

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And my family (aunt, uncle and cousins), out for dinner last November.

My dad and brothers, when we were all young.

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Always be grateful for your families, even when it’s tough. Not everyone has one, as weird as that sounds. And welcome people into your families; lots of people. It makes life so much richer and they will be grateful for it.




Happiness is….

A friend of mine said to me “When I’m feeling down, I go for a walk and suddenly, something will just grab me, and I’ll have to photograph it”. That is exactly what being a photographer is like, and more than that, that moment when you’re taking the photo, everything that is bothering you is gone.

Another favourite cure for sadness is spending time with sweet, fun people, even though you don’t usually feel up for it before you get there. Amanda contacted me for photos because her boy was turning two! The weather hadn’t been great, it was rainy and grey, but we got together anyhow.

I had such a great time, capturing Amanda and Brandon chasing Damien through the evergreen tree tunnels and cuddling with Kamron who is definitely one of the happiest, cuddliest babies ever born. For that reason, these photographs are some of my favourites ever. Personally, they feel like some of my best, but that may just be because I had such a great time creating them.