When I headed to Field Trip last year. I was battered and bruised. I had just lost my father.

But  heading to a different country to hang out with complete stranger was the best thing I could have done for myself.

For me Field Trip was healing. For the first day or so I didn’t even tell anyone that my father had passed. Which if you have lost a parent or anyone for that matter, you know what it is like when you tell someone…..there is a long pause….and uncomfortable silence and then the “i’m sorry for your loss” moment.

Field Trip is summer camp for adults with booze and and extremely amazing dance party at the end. There couldn’t be a better place to escape!!!!

Oh and there is learning. Inside and outside of the class room was amazing.

You can take anything from a styling course to a personal projects seminar, friendship bracelet making, yoga, polar bear dip ( Which if you are Canadian or from anywhere cold for that matter…..is just slightly less than warm water).There are a ton of live shoots and if I am not mistaken this year there are going to be live WOLVES!!!!! Yep you read that right……LIVE WOLVES to photograph!!!!!

I can’t even begin to explain to you how much this “anti-confrence” changed my life.

On the second day I shared a story in Catherine Abegg’s class that would change my life. I shared about after having postpartum depression with my son…..I had had enough of living a lie and finally decided to come clean and tell the world I was a medium. I talked about how I even felt that being a medium helped me with the passing of my Dad.

I cannot tell you how awesome it felt to tell the truth to a room of strangers. The love that they gave me that day was so healing and so pure that I think it made a lot of my heart ache go away.

So why am I telling you this? Well that day made me realize that my story can help others. And this gift I have is special…..so I wrote a book.

And on it’s launch day it was in the top 2 in it’s category along with Ekheart Tolle and I am officially a “BEST SELLING AUTHOR!!!!”

This year I am going back……and I will be speaking on a panel about personal projects and how they can be something  so far from your photography business and that is  A OK!

What an amazing thing…..that the thing that I thought would take me away from my photography ( The Barefoot Medium ) actually brought me back to it!

If you haven’t signed up……you should check it out!!!! Field Trip SIGN UP!!!!

And in the wise words of Whitney ( one of the organizers and teachers)….”Follow your Fucking Bliss!!!!”

Here are some snaps I took  last year.

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Jan 25, 2016
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This year we are managing the mini sessions a little bit differently.
You will be able to sign up for all three at the beginning of the season.
You can even pick a time and day that you would like to have the session to ensure you get a spot.

The Fall and Holiday sessions are our most popular and we want to make sure everyone gets a spot this year…….so we will be planning months ahead.

Looking forward to capturing the ever growing barebonefamily!!!!

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2432barebonepicksNiagara on the Lake is one of my favorite places to shoot. Add Mary Jo + Jo to the equation and I’m a very happy photographer. Oh and dinosaurs…..did I mention the golden sparkling dinosaurs ?!?!?!?

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 Ceremony Location ~ Cave springs vineyard, Lincoln, ON

Reception Location ~  Inn on the twenty, Jordan Village, ON

Caterer ~Inn on the Twenty

Dessert bar ~  Suzies Gluten Free Kitchen, Grimsby, on

Officiant ~ Melissa Warner- All Seasons Weddings

Florist ~ The Watering Can, Vineland, ON

Gown Designer ~ Mikaella Bridal – purchased at Becker’s Bridal Toronto

Formal Wear Designer ~ Calvin Klein

DJ ~ Patryk @ Liquid Entertainment Jordan

Violinist @ ceremony ~  Cynthia Konopka

Hair and Makeup – Valvanos Salon, St Catherine’s

Favors (Pies) – Suzies Gluten Free Kitchen, Grimsby, on

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DETAILS:

Mini sessions are for groups of up to 4 people. Additional people can be added for $25 each (up to 2).

For those of you with children, please bring some toys, books, blankets, etc. that your children enjoy… it always helps to have happy kids!

Your session will be up to 30 minutes long at the barebonestudio. This will be plenty of time, provided you are ready to go at your scheduled time. If you need to change before your session, arrive early so you can do so before we get started. Keep in mind that there are people scheduled before and after you, and we cannot deviate from the schedule. Any late-comers will be able to shoot for the time remaining in their time-slot only.

We will have up to 30 images to select from, and additional images above your included files will be available to add to your order for $40 each OR you can buy your entire gallery of images for $350 total.

You need to pay 100% of the session fees ($226 including HST) at the time of signing and submitting your completed contract before we can secure your spot!

Session fees are non-refundable, however they are transferable to other mini sessions if rescheduling is necessary (we try to have them for every season). 72 hours notice is required for rescheduling.

If you are a no-show at your session your session is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Gift certificates for session fees can not be redeemed on Mini Sessions, unless otherwise stated.

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Remembering summer afternoons and beautiful families……….
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And I cannot believe it but it is already that time of year again – not much longer until we all start thinking about Christmas and the Holidays! Many of our clients are asking us about when to place their orders for the Holidays. So keep these two dates in mind, and marked on the calendar!

November 14

November 14 is the deadline for all Christmas cards, albums, books, swatch tags, memory boxes, and other goodies that you want in time for Christmas.

November 25

Regular prints and enlargement prints can be ordered up to November 25.

Please have all sessions done and orders booked before these dates in order for your goodies to be ready for the holidays. Thank you, and happy shopping!

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How can it have been almost a year since I shot this amazing barebonelove session?!?!?!?! Mary Jo and Joe have been one of the easiest couple I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
Mary Jo has such amazing style and they both completely trust what I do………a combination that makes my job as a photographer so easy.
Theses are some of my favorite images to date.

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I can’t wait to post their wedding pictures and shoot their up coming belly portrait!!!! Whoo Hoo! The ever expanding barebonefamily is a very happy one :)
Thank you Mary Jo and Joe for having such trust in my vision.

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Love the Finley family! I met Amanda years ago when we attended a photography workshop in Cuba together. Since then we have shared our love for photography and our love for our families.
They are coming to the studio next month with thier newest addition so I thought I should finally blog their portrait from last year. Love Lucas’s smile and his superman T-shirt!

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{ I started writing this blog post back in January……….and I wanted to talk about my depression as I always do. But I struggled. Because for once in my life, I wasn’t depressed. Yep I said it out loud. I’m happy. For real…….as in I’m not Fu$&ing with you. I truly have not one single solitairy negative thought in my head. Now there was that one Tuesday in Feb…….but I quickly got over it. So why did I feel it was necessary to pick back up with this blog post? Well, becasue I know there are hundreds if not thousands or hundreds of thousands of men and women like me that have struggled all their lives with depression. And once in awhile we need to hear a positive story. That is why I decided to carry on with this blog post 7 months later! }

So for the past three years I have joined in on the Let’s Talk about depression day.
And every year I have talked about how depression has effected me over the years.

Every year around this time I am usually in a hibernation state…….I don’t want to talk to anyone….I don’t want to do anything…..I am beyond the angry bear.
And if anyone dare to poke me…….well, lets just say it isn’t pretty.

This year I actually had to be reminded about the Let’s talk day.
For the first time in what feels like over 20 years……I haven’t had one single sign of depression.
And when I realized that it was the biggest victory of my life!
Now I am under no illusion that it won’t return or rear it’s ugly head again. As I have mentioned before (here) depression has come and gone for most of my life.

But I think there is a key to this years success.
It is MEDITATION.
Oh I know, I could hear the groans as  I wrote that.

When I first started my weekly meditation class two years ago, I’ll be honest. While everyone else was in meditation bliss….I was making grocery lists in my head and going over what I did wrong that day. For weeks I couldn’t slow my mind down enough to get where everyone else was going. And I will also say…..some of those meditations are pretty out there “your in a bubble……and your floating…..flying high”. I wasn’t quite sure it was for me. But I persevered.

And then one day…..I got it. I really truly shut off my mind and nothing……crap I wasn’t meditating I had just fallen asleep! Seriously…..it happened several times :)

Then a couple weeks later I was able to get past the falling asleep and fall into the journey.
For me meditation is about allowing the right thoughts to come through. It’s not about that constant conversation you have in your head…….but about letting go.

I was able to stop thinking enough that I shut of the part of me that has self doubt/low self esteem/anxiety/uncontrollable sadness.

Now I have fallen in love with it.
One of my favorites is Deepak Chopra’s 21 day meditations. They are FREE an happen every couple of months.
You can find more information here.

The reason I love his meditations is because he always introduces them with a great thought or idea. Then you meditate to music ( no one telling you you are light as a feather ) and then he ends them with another thought or idea.

I can honestly say…….beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am the happiest I have ever been.
Now life isn’t perfect. I’m running at a speed these days that I never thought possible and my calendar looks like Swiss cheese. But I am happy.
I truly feel like I have finally becoming the person I have always wanted to be.
Confident. Happy. Me.

And that is all I ever needed………………

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First of all….when a bride says ” I booked this room just for you…….I know it’s one of your colors.” I melt. Rachel + Zvi must be one of my most laid back…….unique couples I have ever had the pleasure of photographing.
Their wedding oozed personality. From the Fluvog shoes to the purple velvet jacket, their details make me swoon. Every single thing Rachel was wearing had meaning. A dress from The Brides Project , gloves and fur wrap from her grand mother. The list goes on, too many to mention. It was a photographers dream. From the getting ready at the Ivy to the ceremony and reception at my favorite venue the Enoch Turner…….every where you looked there was the opportunity to capture amazing images.

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See what I mean………..Even the chuppah was an heirloom!

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Thank you Rachel+Zvi not only for the opportunity to get to know you and photograph you, but also for the extremely thoughtful gift of my favorite novel in limited edition print.

Reception Location ~ Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

Caterer ~ 10tation Event Catering

Officiant ~ Cantor Deborah Staiman

Florist ~ ecostems

Gown Designer ~ Purchased from The Brides Project (an amazing  charity)

Formal Wear Designer ~ Garrison Bespoke

Band ~ Parkside Drive

Custom fascinator (incorporating Bride’s grandmother’s antique brooch) designed just for Rachel by Karyn Gingras

Hair ~ Violet Volovik and friends, of Bob and Paige Salonz

Makeup ~ Katie Huang

Bride’s shoes ~ Fluevog

Custom jewellery (bride’s necklace and grooms cufflinks) ~ Jenny Greco