[ Happy Holidays ] : 2015

So its been a while...I guess that's what happens when you have a baby thats teething and sleep training. It's amazing how the brain and body can turn to mush without the right amount of sleep, but there is hope at the end of the tunnel. And it's almost Christmas!!It's my favourite time of year, and I'm so excited to celebrate my daughters' first christmas, and to start all of our own traditions. I'm also excited to start decorating and joining in on the holiday festivities. I have a strict rule not to start any christmas shenanigans before December 1st, but one can always start planning and making lists :) I love lists. So for now i've broken it down into a few categories; Trees, home decor, christmas baking, cards, gifts, and things to do around the city. I'm so excited!! I hope you like some of my holiday ideas. As I go through each one of these categories during the holiday, i'll be sure to post so you can follow along.

[ Tree Inspiration ]

This year I'd like to change up our tree. In previous years my tree has always been gold and silver. Now I think I'd like to create more of a rustic/organic feel with a little bit of a contemporary pop. I really like the natural elements, but also loving the black and white accents. I'm not sure how much I'm going to get away with this year as I'm sure my daughter might try to pull down all the decorations as a tasty snack. So wish me luck!

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[ Home Decor Inspiration ]

Keeping with the same ideas as the tree, I think the ideas below are totally doable, and very budget friendly. I already have a chalkboard in my entrance way so that should be easy to add a small wreath with ribbon. The cranberries in a mason jar will make a cute centrepiece for our dinning table, and I can't wait to decorate the mantle with a simple garland and banner. And once the wreath is removed from the card display it can be used year round to display small photos. I think these small and simple decorating ideas are perfectly festive, and great for not over doing it in a small space like a condo.

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[ Christmas Baking ]

Christmas baking is by far the best activity that gets me into the holiday spirit. It's a great way to spend the day with family and friends. Put on some holiday music, keep the apple cider (with some spiced rum) flowing, and make an entire day of baking all your holiday favourites. This year I think i'm going to give these mini gingerbread houses a try. They are so freakin cute!!! I also just recently got a copy of Rosie Daykin's new book, Butter Celebrates, and I can't wait to make some of her yummy goodies.

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[ Greeting Cards ]

I love getting Christmas cards from friends and family, but somehow I always seem to leave it to the last minute to get my cards out. This year I vow to get them out on time. I have our family photo session scheduled with my very talented friend, Iulia Agnew, and now I just have to plan our outfits (no matchy matchy stuff going on here) and which card design we'll choose to print. There are so many designs out there but these are some of my favourites!

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[ Gift Giving ]

I think sometimes we can over complicate the idea of giving gifts during the holidays, and it becomes much too stressful. Last year my family tried something new. We decided to simply draw names and this way you only have to buy one gift. Lets all be honest, we don't need lots of things, and most of the time it turns into exchanging gift cards, which doesn't exactly scream the christmas spirit. So we used the secret santa generator - DrawNames. Its free, and very easy to use. You simply register all the participants and then you are emailed with the name of the person for whom you need to buy a gift. It also allows you to create a budget and a wish list so that you can get exactly what you want, even if it is a gift card to your favourite store. Easy peasy! Another idea that we are excited to start this year for my daughter is the idea of four gifts. Something you want, need, to wear, and to read. I have seen so many kids get incredibly spoiled (i know i once was, maybe stil...) and they don't even really appreciate what they got. I want the idea of spending time with loved ones to be whats important during the holidays, not the newest plastic toy that she'll forget about in the near future. But i also do love giving gifts and I am very excited for her to open something on christmas morning. I found these cute tags to help label the gifts.

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[ Celebrations ]

I love all the holiday celebrations in the city this time of year. There are so many to choose from, but I always enjoy the Vancouver Christmas Market, Bright Nights at Stanley Park, the Christmas parade, and of course getting a picture with Santa!!

I hope some of these ideas have inspired you for this holiday season. I'd also love to hear of your family traditions.

[ TRAVEL ] YVR to YXE.

We just recently came back from a quick trip to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It was kind of a spontaneous trip (well as spontaneous as we get, we planned this a month in advance :p) because we wanted to show Mara off to our friends and family. It was great to get away and also have family to help with Mara so that we could relax. Thanks fam! This was Mara's first plane trip, and she did awesome! I was so worried that the pressure would hurt her ears, but she was full of smiles and giggles. Other passengers kept commenting on what a happy baby she is. Hopefully this lasts! Westjet was also a huge help, from guidance on baby packing to their wonderful flight attendants. We decided to keep things simple with packing, so all three of us fit our stuff into one suitcase, then B and I each had a small carry-on, and of course the diaper bag. We checked Mara's stroller and car seat all the way through so we didn't have to bother with it in the airport, so my Solly wrap came in handy. Bonus: she always seems to fall asleep once she's on me in the wrap :)

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Summer in the prairies means lots of heat, unfortunately this also means forest fires. Due to poor air quality from all the smoke, we had to be house-bound for a few days. Thankfully we had a few great days to go outside and play, including Canada day which we celebrated by having a potluck picnic with family and friends. We also had a chance to have a quick photo session with my best friend, Juli Labrecque, who just happens to be a kickass photographer. I'll share those later. Seriously if you live in Saskatoon or are visiting, you should check her out. She's wonderful, and she'd probably invite you to tea :)

Saskatoon has been undergoing a mini boom in recent years. Whenever we go back its always interesting to see all the new construction going on, and all the new shops etc as new people and ideas move to the city. The downtown area by the river and 20th street is undergoing lots of cool changes. From the farmers market, river landing area (great for kids) to unique boutiques and cafes. I would recommend checking out Hardpressed Studio and Anthology to name just a few.

  We had a great trip. Here are some pics from our getaway. Until next time Toon Town.

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[ BABY ] Meet Imogen.

Meet Imogen.Isn't she the sweetest?! I love this family. You can see the Maternity session we did last year, here. The Ali family is awesome, they are so much fun, and i must say that they make pretty darn cute kids! I had so much fun photographing them again, and hanging out with little Imogen and her big brother Enzo. Here are some of the pics. Enjoy :)

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[ BERLIN ] Sneak Peek

Wow Berlin is a big city! We did a good amount of walking around.Berlin has soo much history that I think we forget to stop and see the new city that is constantly changing and growing. Two days is definitely a quick stop over, but I think we did the best we could. So for now it's good bye home of the currywurst and hello long plane ride home.

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[ PARIS ] Sneak Peek

We arrived in Paris mid afternoon on Monday after a ride through the Chunnel. As the saying goes "Paris is always a good idea". I had planned to take it easy the first night, however we were both too excited and immediately started to explore and cross things off the list for Paris. Time in Paris will never be enough. Our two days were full of amazing sites with lots of wonderful memories. Although we're sad to leave, we are also looking forward to Annecy, and we are already looking forward to next time. Au Revoir Paris!

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[ Wedding ] Nicole & Charlie

In January, I flew off to Montego Bay, Jamaica to photograph the beautiful wedding of Nicole & Charlie. The wedding was gorgeous. It rained during part of the ceremony, I stood in the rain for most of it! but right after the hot sun came out and it was beautiful. Nicole and Charlie, I had so much fun capturing your wedding, and thank you so much for including me in all of your celebrations. ScottWedding2014-372BW ScottWedding2014-combo1 ScottWedding2014-363A ScottWedding2014-combo2 ScottWedding2014-431 ScottWedding2014-435

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In January I flew off to Montego Bay, Jamaica to photograph a beautiful wedding. Jamaica was amazing. And even though it rained for a good portion of the days there, I still managed to get burnt on the last day :p I was so happy to go on this trip, not only to photograph a gorgeous beach wedding, but because my wonderful friend, Juli (who is a great photographer) and her family, were also going to be there. We had so much fun together, just like old times!

Here's a few pics from the trip.

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[ Wedding ] Bobbi & Paul

Bobbi and Paul are two of my favourite people. These two know how to throw a wedding weekend extravaganza. Both their Indian and Western ceremonies were so special, and I'm so honoured to have been asked to capture one of their special days. Just look at her dress, such amazing detail, the pretty henna, and of course Paul looks pretty handsome too :) Bobbi & Paul tied the knot last year in September, and these love birds are now in Europe on their honeymoon! I love you both so much and I hope you're having the best time ever!

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[ Maternity ] The Ali Family

How cute is this family?!I had so much fun taking maternity photos for the Ali family. This shoot was back in December 2013 on a beautiful day at the H&M Christmas Tree Farm in Richmond, and these guys were such troopers! Sorry about the mud guys! Since then, they have welcomed a beautiful baby girl. That post is still to come. Here are some of my favourites of the day. Isn't their little guy just so adorable?! R&Z_MaternityPhotos2013-2R&Z_MaternityPhotos2013-5R&Z_MaternityPhotos2013-10R&Z_MaternityPhotos2013-16

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