Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Julia & Al's Engagement Session Where it all Began :)

When planning an engagement session, we always ask couples if there's anywhere signifigant to their history together that might be a cool place to do the photos - but rarely do we get to do the session in the actual location where the couple first met, as we did with Julia and Al :) These high school sweethearts met at a 24 hour dance-a-thon in their school gymnasium, so it seemed the perfect place to go for their engagement photos! Everywhere from the hallway where their lockers were, to a classroom they shared, the lovely outdoor courtyard, and of course the gym - we had so much fun skipping down memory lane with these two..

While Julia was always a very good student, Al was a slight trouble-maker ;) As soon as he sat down in his desk, paper airplane construction began.. 
To tie in with their Doctor Who themed wedding, Al proposed to Julia with a TARDIS ring box, and a very apt quote :)
Practicing some dance moves in the gym :) Check out that last spin - I love it! 
We finished off with a visit to the beautiful sunny courtyard :) 
Julia & Al - we had a blast photographing your engagement session! I loved how you two were somehow so well organized and at the same time spontaneous :) We're so excited for your wedding, and can't wait to see all the Doctor Who details!

xo Jessica + Norman

Make-up: Christina Carducci
Special thanks to everyone at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, for allowing us to use this perfect location!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sweet Baby Seija at 7 1/2 months :)

From the first time I met Baby Seija, I was struck by her intense gaze - it was almost like she was working really hard on figuring things out. And then all of a sudden, she would burst into smiles :) A few months later, she definitely still has the intense gaze, and still goes easily between that and a huge grin.. and now there are two shiny new teeth to show off with that smile :D Between the smiles and the big blue eyes, she completely charmed us when we were there to capture this super-sweet moment in her little life..

Seija's toes are pretty much her favourite thing in the world right now :) I love her pretty little beaded anklet too! 
 Here's that serious face ;) And then more smiles :)
Cheryl & Jonny - you guys have such a sweet little girl! Thanks so much for having us over to capture all her moods, expressions, and teeth :)

xo Jessica + Norman

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sweet Baby Ewan at 22 days old :)

Ros & Hil are one of the sweetest couples we've ever met - adorable and romantic, and just generally a joy to be around :) We loved photographing their engagement session in the Roncesvalles and High Park area, and we had so much fun capturing their New Year's Eve wedding at Mildred's Temple Kitchen! So when we found out they were expecting an addition to their family, we couldn't wait to meet him. Baby Ewan has no trouble living up to high expectations.. he's super-sweet and even treated us to a couple of "practice smiles" :D

 Everywhere you look in Ewan's nursery, there's something that's been made by a friend or family member - so much love!
 And of course Paco - who is taking his role as "big brother" very seriously :)
 Roslyn & Hilary - a huge congratulations to you both and your families! We loved meeting Baby Ewan, and can't wait to see all of you again soon :)

Jessica + Norman

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Art Show Summer Schedule and New Work!

Okay - so this year I was really enthusiastic when it came time to send in applications for the summer art shows.. the result is that I'm doing a lot of shows in the next 4 weeks! It's a lot to keep track of, so I've made this handy list for you :)

And in case your next question is: "what's new for this year?" - I have an answer for that too! I've been working really hard on a couple of new collections - I'll be unveiling my Ireland Collection at the Riverdale Artwalk June 7-8, including some super-cute little limited edition sets that you may have heard about! (you haven't heard? Follow us on facebook and twitter already, so you won't be out of the loop next time!) Here's one of my favourite images from this Collection:

These images from Ireland were taken over a few trips, one of which was our wedding trip and honeymoon road trip :) There's a lovely story to go along with this collection, and as soon as I have a minute to write that blog, I'll post a link to it here!

I'm also going to be participating in a group show during World Pride at the Artscape Youngplace, with a theme of "Pride in Canada".. this was a great challenge for me, as it's the first time I've been given an "assignment" in terms of what I'm creating. I'm really happy with the results - 7 images that combine animal characters with vintage details and some playful text. Here's one of my favourite images from this set, "The Fortune-Teller":

And since I know that not all of you are in Toronto or available on weekends, there are also two new places where you can find perfect happy art gifts (either for others or yourself!): the first is my shiny new Etsy shop here, and the second is my awesome Society6 shop where you can get everything from tote bags to cushions, wall clocks, or even a shower curtain! As a bonus, Society6 has free shipping this weekend if you use this link!

Alright, art-lovers - it's time for me to get some sleep before my art show marathon begins tomorrow morning! Hope to see you in an art-filled park very soon!

xo Jessica

Welcoming Baby Oliver to the World :)

Almost 3 years ago, we saw how naturally parenting came to Sarah & Mike when they had their first baby, Cameron. Now that baby Oliver has arrived, we noticed that big-brothering seems to come very naturally to Cameron :) Admittedly, it's not a huge challenge with a baby as sweet as Oliver! It was so amazing to watch the two of them together.. If Oliver started to fuss, Cameron would take his hand and sing to him, give him kisses, and coo "It's okay, Oli-bear" - and Oliver would immediately calm down :) We spent a lovely afternoon with the family.. here are some of my favourite images from the session..


 tiny baby parts, and Oliver's "Mommy's Friends Blanket" :)

to decorate the nursery, Sarah crocheted rainbow bunting, and Cameron made the cutest collection of animal portraits at daycare! 
If Oliver's first 13 days are anything to go by, this is going to be a pretty adorable year for the whole family :) I can't wait to see how much fun we're all going to have at his 3-month session!

Sarah & Mike: congratulations on your beautiful new baby boy! It was so great to spend time with all of you, and we're really looking forward to watching Oliver grow over the coming year :) And thanks again for the rhubarb!

Jessica + Norman

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Michael & Saira's Sweet Family Portrait Session :)

Michael & Saira are an awesome couple, so it should come as no surprise that their kids are awesome too :) Full of smiles, and super-cuddly and sweet, they were a joy to hang out with. We even got assigned our own dinosaur names! This family also has one of the greatest book and record collections I've ever seen - which made for a fantastic setting for photos :) Here are some of my favourite images from the session..

Photographing siblings is my new favourite thing - I love how these images below capture the joy and struggle of having an older sister who wants to hug you, or a younger brother who can't stop grabbing for your hair :) 
How great is this rocking moose?! Pretty great, that's for sure :) 
something else that I love - those chubby little baby parts!

Michael & Saira: you and your little ones were fantastic and so much fun to photograph :) Thank you for sharing this moment in your lives with us, and I can't wait for you to see your finished album!

xo Jessica

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse - Unique Wedding Venue in Toronto

We've had the pleasure of photographing a few weddings at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, and I've always loved the intimate feel of the space, and the great character of the old school room. On May 8th, they hosted a Love(ly) Cocktail Party for their past couples to revisit their wedding memories, as well as to give a chance for engaged couples to see the space all dressed up and ready to party! Lots of industry professionals also took the opportunity to visit this heritage building and see the potential it holds. We were there to capture all the pretty details and the fun, relaxed atmosphere..
How great is this: Carole at the Schoolhouse arranged for 4 tables to be set up in dramatically different styles, to inspire couples to think of what their big day could look like.. 
{I'm partial to the lilac one myself - what's your favourite?} 

these mirrored chargers are stunning!
 I loved the drama of the glass on black, and these clear chairs caught the light beautifully :)
There were also four food stations set up, featuring a variety of talented caterers and delicious treats.. yes - we checked them personally just to be sure ;) 

As couples came in, they were greeted by Courtney's bright smile, a silent auction, and a cash bar :)
No detail was forgotten - guests were entertained by live piano music....and beautiful flower arrangements adorned all the tables, and gave colourful splashes to the amazingly soaring windows :)
One of my favourite things about this space is how the light changes as the evening goes on.. as the daylight fades, the strings of tiny lights suspended from above and the tea lights peppered all around give off a warm glow.. 
And - of course - a bit of photo booth fun in the old school room!
 First up: the "Dream Team" that put it all together :) 
Everyone had a great time, and I lost count of how many times people said they couldn't wait for their next chance to attend a wedding at this unique venue :) We met lots of lovely people, and were so glad to have been a part of such a fun evening! 

Special thanks to Carole Choucoutou for all of her hard work in organizing such a fabulous event :) 

Wedding and Special Event Coordinator: Carole Choucoutou
Decor Rentals: Event Rental Group
Floral Decor: eco stems
Photography: Jessica + Norman, Jessica Lin Photography