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Most years we don’t do a whole lot to celebrate halloween. We are kind of like the scrooges of halloween, no pumpkins carved, no all-things-scary on our porch or house, no trick or treating, not because we don’t like Halloween (cause we both remember it fondly as kids!), but just because we enjoy the Christmas holidays more.

This year it was a good chance to get out and mingle with the neighbours and join in for some good clean halloween fun. We went to an 80’s halloween party and I met Slash (one of sam’s favorite music icon of the 80’s) who incidently also won the “Best Male Costume” of the night. There was also prizes for Best Female Costume and the Best Couples Costume went to the Ghostbusters. The highlight of the night, besides dancing to Thriller, was the Breakdance Competition. Let me just say that we got to see a whole new side of our neighbours that night!

So, I can say that we really enjoyed it this year. I’m realizing it can be more than just about the candy and the packaging and scary ghouly stuff. Trick or treating was a great way to socialize and I am amazed (okay, blown away) and appreciate the creativity that we saw in our streets of kids and adults in costumes and houses that were totally tricked out for halloween.

Halloween Ghosts

Halloween Cat

Slash 80s Party

Happy Halloween!

~mary

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With the cool weather we’ve been having this week, we are so glad we were able to play in the woods before it gets covered in a blanket of snow. The leaves are absolutely amazing this time of year and we could have stayed in there forever.

Here are a few photos from our afternoon in the woods:

Woods 1

Woods 2

I caught these pictures of sam in action:
Woods 3

Woods 4

Can you spot the wood fairies?
Woods 7

Woods 8

More delicious lighting.
Woods 9

Woods 10

Hope you had a great weekend!

~mary

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A few weeks ago, we had the unique opportunity to photograph a lifestyle session to be published in a book. We love to work with other artists, designers and writers and we are thrilled to be a part of this project. Deborah Brennan is the author and she is an amazing warm person with so much wisdom to share. She is working on publishing her book called “Labours of Love” which should be coming out next October, a year from now. It is a book about Canadian Adoption Perspectives and is one of it’s kind in Canada. We are really looking forward to the stories she has to tell from interviewing families across Canada and to hear real life people talk about their experiences. Hopefully, this will be a book that will remove some of the stigma that surrounds adoption and open our minds and hearts to this topic.

Stay tuned in the spring for further news on this project!
We’ll be sure to post a link and photos of the book when it comes out.

Thanks, Deborah! We are so grateful to be working with you. We wish you much success with your book and look forward to reading it!

And as we always like to post with a photo, here is one of the many chalk drawings that have graced our driveway this summer.
Child Chalk Drawing

We also want to thank our fellow photographer, Mike Dickson of Photos for Life for his referral to us for this Lifestyle session.

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Here are some latest pics of our new office after we moved in. It seems to suit the room so much better that we can’t even remember what it looked like before anymore! It really is amazing how much a space can be transformed. Sam and I are firm believers that the design and function of a room can really change the way you live and work. And we have a feeling this place will be a more efficient, better place to work and hang out . Some of you may know, before photography, this was one of our other passions so it was great to work on something like this.

Welcome to our lounge!

Office Reno 11

Office Reno 12

This is where all the magic happens… 4.27 sqft of LCD, 21 electrical devices, 5 keyboards, 4 mice, about a mile of cable and of course, we can’t forget the remote control mood lighting 🙂

Office Reno 13

Office Reno 14

Office Reno 15

After painting this room, I couldn’t stop, so slowly the rest of the rooms upstairs are getting a new coat of colour as well.

p.s. Don’t leave me alone with a paint brush!

~mary

Edited to add: Did I mention, Debbie Travis, is our all time favorite designer/decorator? If we were to hire anyone to do our room, it would be her! So, now you know 🙂 You can check out her website.

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After a week of sweat (no blood, thankfully, but maybe a few tears!), take-out food and numerous trips to the hardware store, we are so glad to say we made it! I had no idea how good it would feel to complete a project like this together and to now enjoy the fruits of our labour. We are settling in and love our new office space. We’re glad we were crazy enough to do this seeing that this is our first time doing a reno project ever! To us, it really is about overcoming our fear and just going for it. The learning process is what we gained most from this experience and it was actually a lot of fun solving problems and seeing the result in the end. So worth it!

Here are a few quick shots we took along the way: Our project was to combine two small bedrooms into a new bigger space for our office.

Come inside and have a peek!
Office Reno 1

Empty room after we removed the doors and carpets.
Office Reno 2

Taking down the wall was so much fun… a little muscle…
Office Reno 3

…a crowbar and a box of chocolate covered almonds:
Office Reno 4

Office Reno 5

Our friend, Dan, handyman extraordinaire, helped supply the big muscles:
Office Reno 6

Office Reno 7

Office Reno 8

Our future interior designers looking in on the scene and giving us a hand:
Office Reno 9

Office Reno 10

Thank you to all our friends and neighbours who have come to check on us, give us advice, cheer us on and lend us tools! We are overwhelmed by your friendship and support. Will post part 2 next week!

~mary

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Today is our last day before we are back to work, and it is also the day we celebrate our 7th anniversary! Seven years ago today we got married to each other not knowing what to expect, other than we knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. The weather was much warmer than it is today and the fall leaves were at their peak in terms of colour. There was a bit of light showers in the morning, and when we stepped outside, the skies parted and was the perfect backdrop to a beautiful fall wedding. We were young and naive, and now 7 years later, we got more than we could ask for. A best friend and companion, partner in crime, and someone who can be our mirrors and help each other to grow to become our very best, emotionally and creatively. Happy anniversary, babe!

Here are some of our wedding photos I managed to dig up. I shot these photos through the glass frame it was in so a bit hazy, but great to look back at us 7 years ago:

wedding pic 2

wedding pic 3

My favorite image so far as it really captures us:
wedding pic 1

This past week, we’ve been working hard together renovating our new office space and it’s been so much fun. We will post reno photos later this week, but here’s one of us just having fun with the camera and goofing off while we should be working. 🙂

Us, 7 years later:
love painting

~mary

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Things have been a little chaotic (but always fun!) here to say the least, and thus, the lack of posts the past week. It has been a busy summer and the fall has certainly not settled down for us. Besides photography, this weekend we have decided to take on our first renovation project together. We’ve been gearing up for this the past month, but this weekend most of the remodelling work was to be done on our new office space. It’s going to look great, so check back to see some photos we will be posting on our progress!

This week we will also be on vacation, but will have access to our computers and emails, so if you have contacted us by email or phone, it may take us a little longer to get back to you. It is our anniversary week, and sam and I are spending time together working, resting, and playing together as a family (in no particular order :). We will get back to you shortly, thanks for your patience!

Here is the sunset view looking out from our backyard. The photo taken is from our upstairs room.

Weathervane on Neighbour’s House

Sunset view from backyard

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you celebrating in Canada! 🙂

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