I purposed, before the birth of my daughter, to be the kind of mom I'd long wanted to be. At all costs. Unbeknownst to her, my daughter had thrown me a challenge. I needed to use my God-given talents and life's passions to be productive while still working around her needs and her schedule. Here are some daily adventures and small successes.

4/25/2015

Gingerling - Montreal's South Shore newborn photographer Rive Sud

New mom and dad are certain this is not the milkman's son. But they are still wondering how their sweet new baby boy managed a full head of red hair. All I know is *swoon*...



4/24/2015

The heart of the home - Montreal's South Shore photographer in Jackson, MS

I've been a portrait photographer for nearly a decade now. And I choose portraiture (or it chooses me) because of the life. The light that dances in the eyes. The skin, either brilliant with newness or a measure of leathery-with-age. Curves, body language, emotion.

People are important. We have inherent value. I believe we are all loved. We were all made with purpose. Destiny. I buy that. I believe that each one of us is "fearfully and wonderfully made." When I photograph someone, I desire to convey to them their own beauty. I see it there even when they do not. I am every time stricken with appreciation for each individual's great worth. I am in that moment so grateful that they are alive.

In short, portrait photography is, for me, a deep exercise in loving others.

Never in my life did I think I could experience these things through any other form of photography. That is, not until I went to the Farish Street Historic District in Jackson, MS. There, the houses spoke loudly to me. But then again, never had I met a group of people so devoted to an entire city that they loved even the abandoned homes in that place. Never, until I met my new friends from WeWillGo.

The Eve of Restoration (Joel 2:25)
In the Shadow (Psalm 91:1)
The Lovely, Hidden Face (Song of Solomon 2:14)

She Has Loved Much (Luke 7:47)
Love is a Seed (Mark 4:31,32)
The Fallen Shelter (Amos 9:11)

The Old Gate (Nehemiah 3:6-10)
The Old Gate With Verse

So now I see these abandoned homes. And because of the deep, sacrificial love of my new faraway friends, I see something loved. And because they are loved, they are beautiful.

It reminds me of only the most lowly and forgotten people on the planet. Those many have deemed hopeless cases. Those judged too far gone. Perhaps, reading this, your mind has wandered to the people of a faraway country. Or perhaps you know someone befitting of that description not so far away from you. Perhaps, actually, that describes you.

But just as these houses are not too far gone to restore, neither are you too far.

"Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save." -Isaiah 59:1

If you know very little about Jackson, MS, you may not know that many of its people can sometimes look like these houses. Imagine for a moment the hopelessness that could set in. But imagine watching your neighbours be loved back to life, one at a time. Imagine watching once abandoned homes restored to a former glory. Imagine daring to hope again. What could that do to one community? To a city? And beyond those borders? What could that do?

If these houses speak to you, or if you believe in the rebuilding of a city -- one person at a time and one house at a time -- please consider a donation of any amount which will go towards the restoration of a house in Jackson, MS.



In return, I will email you a hi-resolution image file (without logo/watermark) of your choice from the above photos displayed. Be sure to click "add special instructions to recipient" and include your image selection as well as any special instructions. I will email the desired file to you via the email address provided through PayPal unless otherwise indicated. 

4/01/2015

She's practically here! - Montreal's South Shore maternity photographer Rive Sud de Montréal

Outdoors in March, being brave for this sweet maternity session. If you look closely, you can see the snow falling. And the momma glowing. :)

3/16/2015

Incubating some - Montreal's South Shore maternity photographer

Chilly weather means moving things inside. When it comes to maternity sessions, I can't exactly ask mommy to hold out until spring. Enter the Westmount Greenhouse.

Here's just a peek at the fun we had while the coldest February in over 100 years raged on outside...

3/15/2015

Here I Go: Gift Certificate Promotion - Montreal's South Shore photographer

"2015 has dared me. So here I go..." begins my heartfelt write up, as I describe the adventure I've embarked on. You can read all about it by clicking right here.

I've started packing, and I leave in less than a month. This is getting real.

Starting now until I leave for a week-long adventure, I'm running a Gift Certificate Promotion.

I know many of you are thinking about family photos once the weather starts warming up. Or you are expecting a new wee one, and were just about to contact me. Now is a great time to plan the session you've been thinking of.

Here are the details of the promo:

For every $100 in gift certificates you purchase between now and April 3rd, 2015, I'll gift to you an extra image selection from your session. That's a $35 value! Yours free.

Pour chaque tranche de 100$ de certificats cadeaux dont vous achetez entre aujourd'hui et le 3 avril, 2015, je vous donnerai un coupon pour une image additionelle de votre choix. 

For anyone interested in supporting WeWillGo Ministries, I'm conducting a couple of fundraisers. You can read all about them here and here. Those fundraisers are only to raise funds for WeWillGo, and not to pay any of my personal expenses for the trip. If you feel so inclined, I'm grateful for the support you would be willing to bring so this Canadian can bless the socks off the missionaries of WeWillGo as they rebuild an entire community.

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