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day 212 - wedding number two $

Saturday, 31 July 2010

My dad and I have been shooting weddings for seven years now. We have met some wonderful couples and been very lucky to be a part of the most important day of their lives. There have been some funny moments, there have been some shocking moments and there have been so many wonderful opportunities for photos to put me into inspiration overload. Today was one of the days that I was incredibly inspired.

Dad and I tag team the weddings. He does the paperwork, he does the group shots and he does the shots at the front of the church during the service. As the second shooter, I get to mill around and take the behind the scenes pictures - the details, the candids and the stuff that most people missed. So now that I think about it, my dad does most of the work. ;)

It took us a while to get into a groove and figure things out and now six years in, we have it streamlined and the whole thing really hums. One thing we learned early on? Make sure that everybody knows that we are a father-daughter team.

At one of the first weddings we did, we were forgotten on the seating plan, so we sat down at an empty table by ourselves. A man from the table beside us leaned over and asked us if we would like to sit at their table. His wife quickly cut him off and told him to leave us alone. We were at a table by ourselves and it was more romantic that way. She thought that my dad and I were married.

Now my dad is a handsome fellow. But DUDE. He's almost 30 years older than me and HE IS MY DAD. So now when we shoot a wedding, he makes sure he introduces me as his daughter and I make sure to refer to him as "Dad" several times and that other people hear it.

Anyway, to make a long story even longer, today MY DAD and I shot our second wedding of the year. It was absolutely beautiful and we were incredibly lucky. The weather was overcast which is great for pictures, but they were calling for thunderstorms. Luckily the rain was light and we managed to evade much of it. Here are a few of my favourite pictures from today.






The bride and groom were fantastic. The groom was hilarious and brought the comic relief. He even read his speech from an iPad because he wanted to "get the most from his investment". After the wedding it was raining pretty steadily as we zipped through the family pictures. As we were heading for the house to escape the rain, I asked if I could get a shot of the bride and groom under one of the black umbrellas that was being used. I was looking for the classic bride and groom huddled under it to protect themselves from the elements. You know the one I mean. The romantic shot.

What I got was the total opposite and even better. Instead he gave me the obedient "yes dear" pose holding the umbrella over her while he got wet. The look on his face is hilarious. :)



The next shot is one of my favourite wedding shots ever. Weddings challenge you to think outside the box non-stop throughout the day. You have to look for the opportunities and jump on them because the moments are fleeting.

Today marked the first wedding we've done where the bride and groom's first dance has immediately followed their entrance into the hall before dinner. I've seen it on tv and I've heard about it, but today was the first time I saw it in action and it was AMAZING. From start to finish they had everybody's attention and it caught a lot of people off guard leaving Dad and I to roam where we wanted without everybody else in the way.

The light in the hall was beautiful with the couple dancing in the atrium. There were windows everywhere and the early evening light was surrounding them and very soft. The hall was small so the wedding party and family tables were actually outside under a small tent. The couple danced in the atrium where I was standing and right in front of the double doors leading to the tent.

Dad had the main action under control and was in the prime position for that. I knew he had the moment covered so I could look for my moment. The moment that nobody else was going to see. I saw the moment and I jumped on it. This picture is my *gasp* shot for the day. It was the picture that made my heart beat fast when I opened it up. It is the image that summed up the day for me perfectly and was my hands down favourite.

The bride and groom are dancing while the bride's father, groom's grandmother and parents look on from the tented area. There's just something about the looks on their faces as they watch their children dance.



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day 211 - disc golf $

Friday, 30 July 2010

I was a tomboy in my younger days. I played baseball for a while. I couldn't bat worth a damn but I could throw you out at third base from mid-centre field. If I got on base, it was pretty much a given that I was stealing second and the chances of you catching me were slim. Then school got harder, I started working multiple part time jobs and I just didn't have time for it anymore. So around the time I turned 17, I decided that was it and focused on school and working.

With all of that being said, I still enjoy the occasional sport. It just has to be the right one and it has to be for fun. And that was exactly what we did today. Our office closed for the afternoon and we went to the university to play disc golf.



What it was I had no idea, but I was up for it and I was going to BRING IT. So we all brought our various levels of athletic prowess, Aimee wore some absolutely adorable shoes,



I brought my pasty legs



and Donna brought her bag o'smokes. ;)



Now some of you may be asking yourself: what in the hell is disc golf? Well, it's golf that you play with a frisbee. Each person gets three frisbees and they each have a different use. My orange one was my driver for long distances, the yellow was for mid range shots and my red one was a putter.



The holes are all marked like on a golf course and there are expert and beginner areas where you (for lack of a better word) tee off. The object? Aim for the wire basket and keep throwing at it until you get it in.




The final result? Second on my team and pretty average from the looks of the other score cards. Not bad. Not bad at all. Would I do it again? Absolutely.



Because afterall, who wants to work on a beautiful day like this?



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day 210 - the pick up $

Thursday, 29 July 2010

I missed Ava so much last night. It was only one night but I missed her like crazy. This morning I went to pick her up and it was so cute watching her wheel her overnight bag to the car and watching her and L hug each other and tell each other they would miss each other like they'd never see each other again. So sweet.

Here's a little known fact - one of the people in this picture has a six pack (of the abdominal variety). It obviously isn't me or this project would be called the "365 Days of Jennifer's Six Pack".





Thanks M family for a great time and the wonderful hospitality. Ava had a great time and we are both very lucky to have such fantastic friends!

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day 209 - the sleepover $

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Twenty-one years ago, we moved to the house my parents are in now. We didn't move far, but it was far enough that my sister and I had to change schools. Shortly after I started at the new school I was invited to a sleepover. It wasn't my first sleepover, but it was my first one with the new gang. The sleepover was down the street from our house and there were several girls from my class there.

Not aware of sleepover etiquette and being a complete chicken and not wanting to watch the Freddy Krueger tv show, I was the first to fall asleep. The sweet girl who discreetly handed my frozen underwear back to me in a ziploc bag the following Monday before class? The mother of the little girl on the right. Little did I know she would end up being my best friend and that twenty years later our daughters would be having a sleepover of their own.



Tonight is Ava's first official sleepover. She has slept over at both of her grandparents' houses before, but this was the first time she has stayed overnight at a friend's house. She was incredibly excited and was bouncing off the walls all morning. She was even more excited when she got there and discovered that her little friend L has a new kitten.





Judging from the fact that some begging had to be done to get her to stop playing and say goodnight to us when we called, I think Ava's enjoying herself. I also have the sneaking suspicion she's going to be asking us for a kitten when she gets home tomorrow.

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day 208 - reading with ava $

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

On Sunday, we went to Chapters after the movie and my mom bought Ava a copy of Beezus & Ramona. It's not a novelization of the movie, but the original book by Beverly Cleary. Tonight Ava and I read chapter three and we decided to read under the duvet with a flashlight.



It was unbelievably hot under the duvet cover, but it was fun.



I didn't know if a chapter book with very few pictures would hold Ava's attention, but it's going very well and she is following along without problems. We're halfway through and should be done by the end of the week.

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day 207 - owen & nana $

Monday, 26 July 2010

Today Owen got to spend the day with my mom. Mom often takes one of the kids on Mondays while she is off. It gives the babysitter a bit of a break and it gives the kids some one-on-one time. A few weeks ago it was Ava's turn and this time it was Owen's.

I dropped him off this morning on my way to work. This is the look of a child who did not miss me for one second.



It's not a sad look. It's more of a "put your camera away and GO" look. ;)



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day 206 - lamona & beezus $

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Three weeks ago, I took Ava to the grocery store. I told her she could pick out a treat for herself because she had been good and had helped me around the house. Most kids would pick a bag of chips...maybe a chocolate bar. Ava picked out a bag of 20 dinner rolls because they would make the best peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Last week, I asked her if she wanted to go to the movies again and she immediately said yes. We started watching movie trailers online so she could pick the movie she wanted to see. Despicable Me...too scary. Toy Story 3...nope. Her choice was Ramona & Beezus (or "Lamona & Beezus" as she calls it). It won her vote the second she saw Ramona fall inside a large peanut butter sandwich and I was on board having read the Beverly Cleary series when I was a kid.

So today we went to see the movie with my sister and mom and we had a great time. It was a great movie and it was worth the price of admission alone just watching Ava laugh and smile as she watched the movie.



P.S. Attn: Guelph Galaxy - your sign has a typo. WAY TO GO GULEPH!!! ;)

Here's one last picture for the day that was taken by my sister. The movie reminded me of Ava throughout but there was one point that really reminded me. One of the school kids was teasing Ramona about what she was wearing and she said "my mother lets me pick out my own clothes." That perfectly sums up where we are at right now. Rarely do I pick out outfits for Ava anymore. She won't let me. Sure she looks a little odd wearing a striped fleece scarf and four pair of socks in July but who am I to question her fashion choices?

Here I am with my little Ramona who isn't afraid to colour outside the lines.



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day 205 - the badlands $

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Did you participate in Scott Kelby's Photo Walk today? Me neither. I had every intention of doing it after doing it last year and thoroughly enjoying it, but nobody signed up to lead a walk in Kitchener. As a result, my dad and I did our own.

We hit the open road and headed for a spot I had heard about a year ago - the Cheltenham Badlands. It was AWESOME:



It was great as I was surrounded by my favourite things: my dad (Check the kid in the background who looks like he's climbing up his shoulder. The only way thing that could make this picture better is the kid holding an "I love Dale Earnhardt" sign. Bahahahaha.),



my favourite ripped jeans and my official photo walk shoes.



Oh! And a steeped tea.



We couldn't believe how cool it was and the fact that it was less than an hour from our house and we hadn't heard about it until recently.

We read up on it in the car and the website we were reading said "the cause of this phenomenon was poor farming practices in the 1930’s which caused overgrazing of this land". I wish I had a video clip of our reaction when we saw it. Mine went something like: "Holy shit! How crappy are your farming practices to do THIS?!":



Basically they stripped the land of all of the trees, exposing the red Queenston shale and it eroded to this:



The greenish grey bands were also interesting. Their formation has something to do with oxides in the water but what was really cool was that they traveled over the bumps in lines. It looked like somebody went crazy with a can of spray paint.








Apparently it's pretty close to what it looks like in Arizona. Having never been there, I can't agree or disagree. There were moments however where it seemed almost Mars-like (never been there either...obviously):



As I was standing here taking this picture of my dad doing his "I climbed all the way to the top" Rocky pose, I heard a guy behind me yell at his son:

Random Guy: "Where's your sister?"
Random Kid: "She's over there. She peed her pants!"
::Random Guy sighs and walks off::

Bahahahahaha. You know, it's so much funnier when it's not your kid.



Although it's not my official picture of the day, this is my favourite picture I took today. I like the highway off in the distance. It's unbelievable to me that we were driving down this road and it looked like any other road you'd find in Southwestern Ontario. Lots of trees, a couple of hills and then all of a sudden you crest a hill and smash into a tourist who has slammed on the brakes having seen something this unusual just feet from the side of the road. Thank god this was not the case for us, but apparently there are a pile of accidents every year, so be careful if you go.



My other favourite picture of the day? This one that I took of my mom's clematis plant. The second we left the badlands, it started to rain and it rained for the remainder of the afternoon.



Wow. That was long. Thanks for sticking with it if you have read this far and thanks Dad for a great day. xo

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