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In our many years of shooting we have worked with a lot of wedding vendors. Some stand out for us…

Wedding Planners:
Distinct Occasions
Belle Fleur Events
Fusion Events

Venues:
Graydon Hall Manor
Langdon Hall
The Carlu
The Design Exchange
The Palais Royal
The Rose Water Supper Club
The Drake Hotel
Enoch Turner School House
Roseville Estates

Florists:
Pink Twig ~ Toronto
Lillies white ~ Kitchener/Waterloo
Vintage Design Co.~Niagara on the Lake

Make-up Artists:
Erin Carpenter Make-up
Sonia Ryan

Cakes:
The Cake Museum
The Caketress

Officiants:
Don Perron
Martti and Trish Pajunen

DJ’s:
DJ Floh Back Productions
Elstone Entertainment

Wedding Resources:
Wedding Wire
Best Toronto Weddings
The Wedding Ring
Once Wed
Blueberry Weddings

{ 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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We have just a couple of spots left at our Summer Mini Sessions!

Email us ASAP to grab your spot – info@barebonephoto.com – we can’t wait to see you!

For full details and more info on the sessions click here.

BareboneBasicWorkshop2014

This has been in the works for a while, but we finally have our next barebonebasic workshop date scheduled!

This time we’re offering two group sessions – a morning session for kids aged 8 to 16, and an afternoon session for the grown-ups.

This is a group workshop for the basics of DSLR photography where we’ll cover all of the basics and have a ton of fun doing it. Bring a few friends if you’d like, or come on your own… it will be an afternoon of good times and a crash course in digital photography basics.

Everyone walks away with a fun little field guide that will fit right in your camera bag!

Sunday, June 22, 2014 at the barebonestudio

Requirements:
DSLR camera { DSLR = digital single lens reflex } and basic working knowledge of your camera { you can turn it on and find your settings menu }.

To book your spot (spaces are limited), contact us at info@barebonephoto.com or call the studio at 519.841.7840. See you there!

SummerMiniSessions2014

Book now while there are still spots!
Only 12 spots available.

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 $250 total.

You need to pay 100% of the session fees ($197.75 including HST) at the time of signing and submitting your completed contract before we can secure your spot!

Gift certificates for session fees can not be redeemed on Mini Sessions.

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.

info@barebonephoto.com

SpringMiniSessions2014

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 $250 total.

You need to pay 100% of the session fees ($197.75 including HST) at the time of signing and submitting your completed contract before we can secure your spot!

Gift certificates for session fees can not be redeemed on Mini Sessions.

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.

info@barebonephoto.coM

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A FREE SPOT!

Just go to:

https://www.facebook.com/barebonephoto

1.Leave a post about why you would love to have our photography in your life.
2.Post some images of how you have displayed some barebonephotos from your past experience.
3. Share the post about the mini sessions on your FB page.

You can do one or all three of the above. each one will give you an entry into the draw.
GOOD LUCK!

What a whirl wind of a year 2013 was. I started it out thinking…..WOW I’m going to have so much time to relax and enjoy life! I made the decision last year to take less weddings and focus on portrait photography and maybe just maybe get to spend some time with my family. How could you not want to when your son is this crazy?

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Well I got more weekends to hang out with the family but when all is said and done I will have shot close to 60 portraits this year! 3 times as many as I did the previous year. So more family time………but VERY busy in the studio. And we love it.

Mini sessions were a HUGE success and we sold out every event. And we are going to make them a permanent part of our business. There will be a spring, summer and fall and holiday mini session this  year.

Here is an amazing family shot from our Valentines sessions last year……..

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And these sessions were all captured during our spring mini’s……….

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And some of our Fall and Holiday Mini’s Fall2013Mini_blog1

So if you are looking to take part in our mini sessions send us an email and get on the waiting list!  ~ info@barebonephoto.com ~  You don’t want to miss out.

Another huge change last was the addition of two part-time classes to my teaching schedule at Conestoga College. I teach photography to the Graphic Design students. And I’m LOVING it. The students get excited and then I get even more excited. And it pushes me to explore my craft even more. I feel like I’m looking at my camera and my subjects with a new set of eyes.

And I can see the effect teaching is having on my images. This image below is one of my favorites all year…………..trust me it is hard to pick there are a TON this year. But the crinkle at the corner of her eye……and that smile…..the touch. I love it all.
I am truly and deeply in love with my craft and to be able to say that after shooting for 22 years is pretty amazing.

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I know that 2014 will bring just as many amazing changes are 2013 did. We already have a couple surprises in store……to be announced at a later date.
But for now……..HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!
From our family to yours!
Family images by Amber Williams
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P.S. Keep an eye out for our favorite wedding images post……coming soon!

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Fall2013Mini_blog1Mini sessions have been an amazing addition to our business this year. I’m so loving seeing my families 2 or three times a year. And this fall session was a blast.
Threatening rain made be move the sessions to the drive shed next door. And I couldn’t be happier with the results…….a little bit rustic and a little bit holiday.
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We have completed all the mini’s for 2013 but if you want to be added to the wait list for 2014 or even want to book a session so you don’t miss out, send us a message at info@barebonephoto.com.

Thanks again for all the support from out barebonefamily……..you are the ones that really make this job a dream!

Well it is that time of year again. Christmas is coming and it’s time to think about cards!
Were excited to share this years designs with you.