I certainly feel this year more than any other we need to celebrate mothers for the entire month of May!! There have been many changes and challenges in the past couple months but I hope you’re finding the silver linings and are able to make special memories in these interesting times. Even though the days may be very different, these are days of our lives that we will never get back. I’ve seen a lot of creativity and joy found in simple things in life which is wonderful!!
It was sad to have to cancel the A Mother’s Love portrait sessions this year but it was for the best. I’m looking forward to some mother + children photo sessions taking place outdoors in warmer weather this month.
I hope you all have an extra special (and extended) Mother’s Day. You deserve much love and appreciation!!!
Carrying on with my trip to Europe, I flew from Prague to Athens, Greece. With my suitcase that I picked up from the overflowing Lost Luggage room as I caught my departing flight. So that was a relief! Greece has been on my bucket list for a while so it was great to see some of this interesting country and see a few of the islands. Of course with many souvlaki and gyros along the way!
The reason for my solo trip to Europe was to attend a wedding film photography workshop. After arriving to Athens, I had a little time with a fellow photographer to wander around Piraeus by the harbour and have a delicious Greek meal. Then the following day we took a Flying Dolphin ferry with others attending the workshop to the gorgeous island of Spetses. We made quick port stops at two islands along the way that I’d love to go back and explore someday. The beautiful, blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the colors of the buildings on the islands were picturesque. As we approached our home for the week you could already sense it’s charm and elegance. It was a pleasant surprise that the weather was in the mid-20’s and above throughout my visit.
Enjoy these sights of Piraeus and Spetses Island, along with views of others islands from the boat, as well as time exploring in Athens. There will be a part 2 to come!
A quick stop at the island of Hydra. It looks so pretty!
Spetses is a quaint, small island. We stayed at the historic Poseidonion Grand Hotel which is a 5 star experience in every way!!! It’s luxurious!
Heading back to Athens. Stopping in again at the islands that have me eager for another trip to Greece!
I got to spend an evening in Athens with two talented photographers that had both previously travelled to Greece so I had the best tour guides! First we wandered the tiny alleys of a cute neighbourhood near Acropolis then went to see the historic site. It was late in the day and we were snapping photos as we could with a security guard shooing us back down so they could close. The views of Athens were amazing! Thinking of the history that has taken place here is fascinating!!
Two years ago I was flying over the Atlantic Ocean. A solo trip to Europe for a film photography workshop with a stopover in Prague. It’s been fun to relive the 48 hours I spent in this picturesque city. Other than the memory of my luggage not making it there. Until the morning I was flying on to Athens. But I’ve been fortunate in my travels for that to be a rare occurrence. I was just glad they located my suitcase!
It was wonderful to arrive in Europe this time of year for an early start to spring. During my visit the weather was in the high 20’s and I soaked it up as I wandered the cobblestone streets. Randomly finding a park that was filled with gorgeous spring blossoms that smelled amazing! Similarly the narrowest street of Prague that has a traffic light at either end as it’s too narrow to meet someone.
For two full days I walked all over the city with my camera in hand. Feeling very safe and now I have hundreds of photos of beautiful, historic buildings! I quickly fell in love with this city. Rightfully nicknamed the City of a Hundred Spires. My favorite place was Charles Bridge and being along the Vltava River in that area. I stayed in a cute, little apartment on the street that goes to the Charles Bridge. A perfect location! Because then it seemed like most anywhere I wanted to go I walked across this magnificent bridge. Old Town Square and the Prague Castle were also amazing to spend time at. There’s so much to take in!!
I’m glad it worked out to have this stopover and get a little taste of this part of Europe. If it’s not on your bucket list I highly recommend even a short visit here if you can! Hopefully someday I can go back (with my husband!) to explore more of Czech Republic!!
I’m excited to carry on from last week’s blog post of Kelton + Jo’s pre-wedding shoot with their Big Island wedding! It was an absolutely beautiful wedding day!!! As you can see, they were married in paradise. Tropical paradise! On an oceanfront property that feels like a wonderful oasis! Their wedding was filled with lots of stunning details and above all so much love and excitement to be married!! As I shared in the last post, Jo is a fashion designer and owns Cedar and Vine. So take special notice of the wedding party outfits that were all her designs. It was one of the many details that really stood out and was unique about their wedding. The textures were amazing!
We had our fingers crossed that the forecasted 90% chance of rain was just a generalization of Hilo being the rainy side of the island. However a big storm hit the island that weekend and there were numerous downpours throughout the day. So the location Jo envisioned for their first look down the cliff was too hazardous. And then rising water levels prevented us from going to others nearby. But their gorgeous property worked out so well! We found a private area for an intimate, sweet first look. Everyone was amazing to grab umbrellas as needed and fully enjoyed the wonderful, love-filled day! I’m very grateful for everyone’s cooperation to dash out when the weather let up and truly enjoying the day to the fullest!! Thankfully after a short weather delay the outdoor ceremony carried on as planned. With the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop. Their ceremony was touching and personalized with heartfelt vows they read to one another. The sun started to come out as the ceremony was finishing and a rainbow appeared as they exited. Sealing their promises! It was breathtaking and such an incredible beginning to their marriage.
Following the ceremony it was sweet to have an ice cream truck pull in the yard and a cart full of coconuts grown on the property for everyone to enjoy! There was a clear tent set up for the reception, strung with pretty lights that added a sparkle to the evening. And the meal and desserts were delicious followed by hilarious speeches and beautiful music. The kind of speeches that had people crying from laughter!! It was entertaining and fun along with many compliments for the wonderful couple!
It was very special to share in and capture this delightful Big Island wedding day! And we’re glad that for all the years these two families have been very close friends that now a marriage has connected them! Congratulations newlyweds!! We wish you many, many years of happiness, love and fun adventures together!
On the first day of 2020 we flew from Maui to the Big Island. Which definitely started the year off on a high note!! Kelton + Jo were engaged on this tropical, paradise island a year prior. So we were looking forward to their destination wedding for months and feel very grateful to be chosen as their wedding photographer! We’ve enjoyed watching the progression of this relationship over the years. Having photographed my beautiful and brilliant cousin several times in the past it was extra special to include the love of her life for pre-wedding photos! Having known both of them all their lives as our families have been connected for decades and admiring the beautiful people they’ve become, it was amazing to share in celebrating their love in Hawaii! They’re super sweet and a wonderful compliment to one another!!
As they live in Toronto we made arrangements for an engagement/pre-wedding photo shoot over on the island. I’m so glad we did! We had a fun, adventurous time. It was also a great opportunity to use locations that are meaningful to them but would require too much driving on the wedding day. We started off at a local surf spot with the black sand beach then headed along the gorgeous scenic drive to the ranch property with a waterfall. Jo is the talented designer/owner of Cedar and Vine. Every outfit she wore was one of her creations! The final one being her stunning reception dress. Seeing Jo after that outfit change added so much more anticipation for their wedding day. There were lots of oooh’s and awww’s!! I’m so happy to share this love-filled pre-wedding shoot with the gorgeous Hawaiian scenery!
Also next on my list to blog is their beautiful wedding day! 🙂