Up and Away

Gulp,

While driving her to the airport last night I realized that a lot of cars were passing me, which (usually) never happens (I won’t say why),

-and then I realized I was driving 20 km per hour below the speed limit.

I guess the subconscious me was dragging her feet,,, quite a bit.

It’s one thing to see her friends all go off into the world and move far away, but I realized it’s quite another thing when it is your own child; your baby, your world.

I’ve had children move clear across the country before and that was hard, but they were still in the “same country”.  I knew that despite the miles between us they would still be close in that we would still share so much of the same things; the same government, the same food, the same money, and when they turned on the television at night, it would be the same national news that would be on both out television screens (even though they would turn the station as soon as they saw it).  It’s quite silly really, but because of this, they didn’t feel quite so far away.

But when they move to another country, another continent, clear across the ocean- as much as you are happy for them and the wonderful adventures they will have and the amazing places they will see, a lump comes into your stomach, that sits there and doesn’t go away.

So if any of you just happen to be in Italy during the next year, and you see a beautiful girl exploring the gorgeous cathedrals or exploring the some ancient ruins ( more likely trying to order a pizza in very poor italian or getting lost while driving her two little charges to school in the morning) will you please stop and give her a hug for me?

If I were her would I go? – Absolutely.

Will I miss her? – Already do.

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(Taken on our way to the airport yesterday.)

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Hannah

At just five pounds, pretty little Hannah is the smallest baby that I have photographed.

Despite her tiny size, she was very determined and had firm ideas about what she liked and didn’t like, but was most sweet about it and gave me lots of “newborn smiles” during her photo shoot.

She is such a lucky little lady.  Her mom and dad are some of the nicest people I know, (Her mother has been a sort of second mother to my own baby as she taught her in school for the past two years.) and they are thrilled to have a little one of their own to share their lives with.

xo
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Thankful

On this Thanksgiving Sunday I have so many things to be thankful for. There are so many wonderful things I have in my life that I do not deserve but am so grateful for.

The greatest of which is my five fabulous children who have managed to turn out to be such amazing people despite all the mistakes I made (am still making with Abbie) in raising them.

I am truly blessed.

(This silly “blooper” photograph from our session this past summer is one of my favourites.  I call it “Life with Sisters”!)

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Mr. & Mrs. Burns

This very well may be the longest a bride has ever had to wait for her wedding photographs.  (Hang my head in shame.)  

I’ve had a perfect storm of events which practically halted all my editing for a few months, but the weather has cleared somewhat and I now have time to work on my back log of images.

Mr. & Mrs. Burns:

My beautiful niece and her handsome fiancé had been planning a wedding during the warmer months, but everything got changed when a work opportunity came about which meant a move for their little family clear across the country.

The thought of getting married in their new home without their families able to attend didn’t appeal at all to them so fate intervened and their summer wedding was changed into a beautiful intimate winter wedding!

With the help of family and friends they had a beautiful wedding day filled with lots of love, laughter and touching moments.  Shauna kept the dress she had bought for her summer wedding and completed it with a beautiful fur jacket made by her grandmother.  Her pretty bridesmaids complimented her look with cocktail dresses and black capes.  Shauna’s favourite flower, red gerber dasies brightened up the snowy afternoon and lots of  candles from the gorgeous centrepieces added a bit of sparkle to the ceremony and reception which included immediate family members at the Metepenagiag Lodge in Red Bank, New Brunswick.  Following a delicious meal and lots of yummy cupcakes, the celebration was moved to Miramichi where the happy couple were joined by more family and friends as they danced the night away!

On a side note- When the Shauna told me she was going to have a winter wedding, I told her that we would be able to do a few pretty pictures outdoors with some snow covered trees as a backdrop; but not many as it might be too cold. It never occurred to me just how cold it could be.   January 4, 2014 dawned clear and very, very cold. (By cold I mean -24 bone chilling cold!) I have never, ever taken photographs outdoors in temperatures even close to this cold before,  but this brave and easy going bunch not only braved the weather (without coats on!), they actually managed to looked relaxed and beautiful while doing it!

xo

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admin - September 26, 2014 - 2:24 pm

I’m so happy you like them. I only captured what was already there :)

Shauna Burns - September 26, 2014 - 2:20 pm

Love these! They turned out better than I could have imagined:)

Shasta Barrieau - September 25, 2014 - 10:39 pm

The pictures are wonderful! Congrats JR and Shauna, looks like your was perfect!

admin - September 25, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Thank you Jean.

admin - September 25, 2014 - 9:14 pm

Thank you )

admin - September 25, 2014 - 9:14 pm

Thanks so much Jackie, it was a fantastic day! I will be out of town for the weekend but will email you about prints and enlargements the first of the week :)

jackie hare - September 25, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Wendy thank you so much! These pictures are absolutely beautiful, so worth the wait. You really captured how magical the day was and how truly happy JR and Shauna are. I would love to get some enlargements- can you please email me or give me a call…

Thanks again, Take Care
Jackie

Susan Milligan - September 25, 2014 - 4:06 pm

These are beautiful pics! You’ve done it again, Mrs. Malley!

Emily Scott - September 25, 2014 - 3:00 pm

These photos brought tears to my eyes. I sadly couldn’t attend the wedding as I was on my honeymoon, so these photos really meant a lot. Shauna – your wedding was simply perfect!

Jean Goyette - September 25, 2014 - 11:01 am

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple.xoxo