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Imagine, you take a year, maybe two years, to plan the perfect day for you and your best friend. The venue’s picked, the dates’ set, and then, a global pandemic comes and crushes your dreams. It happening to countless couples as the COVID-19 crisis caused the entire wedding industry to virtually close, event spaces to […]

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You can feel it in the air. We sense it all around. Each of us is coping with uneasiness; the unsettling feeling of fear and the unknown. 😔🥺😢 Dumbstruck, we watch together from the relative safety of our Nation as tens of thousands fall ill around the world. COVID-19 AKA the Novel Coronavirus was infecting […]

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One of the Best Wedding Vows We’ve Ever Heard! Ah Weddings: They make you laugh, they make you cry and they wow you! Michelle and Dr. Imad surpassed all three 1000% times over. From start to finish the day was filled with so much love and emotion, from her father, tearing up seeing her for the first […]

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Weddings are always emotional for me, no matter how many I have photographed. So, when it came to the part of my career where friends and family started asking me to photograph their weddings, everything I had read and heard was like DON’T DOOOOO ITTTT!  Like most things in life, I followed my heart, and […]

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Alanis Morisette once sang a song about all the “bitter little pills” that exist in the world and included  “Rain on your wedding day” as one of them. Let’s face it, for most people, rain on a wedding day is a bummer.  Most of the time we have to adjust schedules, adjust expectations and work […]

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Every winter we have some beautiful expecting mothers , but it is rare when my maternity clients choose to do their session outdoors.  Let me tell you, unless it’s minus 20 degrees outside, I love shooting outdoors! There is so much variety with an outdoor session in terms of location and scenery and I have […]

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From time to time, I see articles online, or someone shares one on social media, talking about “why is wedding photography so much more expensive.” Or, I’ve heard the infamous statement made by many a groom: “…all you have to do is put “wedding” in front of it and the price triples….”. That might seem […]

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