Makeup Artistry & Photography


Baby Duncan

This past summer I had the pleasure of shooting Katie & Robin’s wedding day. This is a couple that is just so easy to be around. They are fun-loving, funny and down-to-earth and I was so thrilled when they asked me to help them capture some of the earliest moments with their new baby boy, Duncan who is proving to be just as down-to-earth and chill as his mommy and daddy. He didn’t want to miss any of the action while I was there, so we got lots of great photos of him with his wide-eyed curiosity. Here are a few of my favourites. Enjoy!

Western University Family Photos

This shoot held a very special place in my heart because it really made me realize how important it is to cherish the time that you have with your family and friends.  The editing of these photos happened over the last few weeks when two very important things were happening in my life; for one, I was preparing to go back to work full-time after a year on maternity leave, and two, my dear friends who just happened to be part of this shoot were packing their home and getting ready to move away.

While I edited them, I noticed that a lot of the photos just showed the pure joy that this family has when they are around each other. Many of them captured real happiness and love.  The time that we spend with our loved ones sometimes gets cut short or has to be put on hold for a while, but that’s all the more reason to enjoy every second that we do have together.  So, here are some of my favourites from the day. Enjoy!



Baby Abi!!

I was lucky enough to spend Father’s Day this year with a brand new dad and mom and their adorable little girl, Abi.  New daddy, Ryan and I worked together at Rogers TV many years ago and Ryan spends much of his time covering the happenings of the Knights and hosting “The Wrap” after the games. It goes without saying that the series of photos below where the little miss is all decked out in green and black are pretty special to this dad!

Congratulations to Ryan & Steph! (and a special thanks to Grandma Sandi who had the most unbelievable assortment of outfits for her new granddaughter! We’ll have to plan another shoot to get through the outfits that we didn’t have time to use for this one! 😉 )







black and white dress




bear hat




Everly Newborn Shoot

I had the pleasure of capturing some of little Everly’s earliest moments!! Congrats to Mom & Dad Krista and Cory – She’s absolutely adorable!!

And this one below is one of my favourites.

This is daddy-hood . . . still smiling with adoring eyes through it all:

Sarah & Thane’s Downtown Wedding

Sarah & Thane’s downtown London wedding was absolutely beautiful! They exchanged vows in the Peace Gardens at the Forks of the Thames and then walked up the street with their guests to celebrate at Abruzzi restaurant on King St.  The entire day was about sharing love and exchanging promises, not just with eachother but with their little guy, Liam as well. This gorgeous family had a gorgeous day for their wedding and I was so happy to have been asked to help capture all of the beautiful moments (and there were many!)

Here are some of my favourites from the day!








Welcome to the new blog and our new website! This has been in the works for a few months, and we are so excited to be able to launch it to the world!!
The new site includes new photography and makeup artistry galleries that will be updated from time-to-time, we also have added a new client area, which will allow our clients to browse a collection of their images, and share them with their family and friends! Our blog has moved to this address and we look forward to updating you on all of the excitment that wedding season will bring!
Take a look around and please let us know what you think!!
A special thanks to our web-designer, Carmen Barrientos, who put a whole lot of time and creative energy into making this website what it is. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Crystal & Kate

The hard and dirty truth…

Today, I wanted to talk about something that I’ve recently discovered…well, let’s be honest, I always had a feeling that there were bad things in there…and the smell never made me think of holistic, natural ingredients…but I had NO idea how bad the ingredients actually are.  What am I ranting about, you ask?  Nail polish, cuticle oils and nail strengtheners.

I have always had weak, brittle nails, and was looking for a solution that would actually work (rather than all those partially-used bottles of crap I have clogging up my bathroom drawer).  I had noticed a friend’s nails, and asked her what she used to keep them so beautiful, long and natural.  She told me about a nail strengthener that she had been using, and she swore that it was responsible for helping her nails grow and stay in one piece. I was all ready to buy the product online, and then the little health freak deep down inside me told me to look up the ingredients before I clicked ‘checkout’.  WELL…let me tell you that I am really freakin’ glad I did!  The first thing listed was formaldehyde!  Seriously?  We are using this in health and beauty products now???  As far as I was aware, formaldehyde was for embalming dead bodies…flashbacks of my cadaver lab from university were swarming my head.  Yuck! Then I continued down the list and found many more chemicals that were supposedly really, REALLY bad for us.  The main culprits included the following.

  1. Formaldehyde – found to be a carcinogen and a common indoor air pollutant; caused cancer in the nose and throats of lab animals; used to help bond the layers of the nail plate together to increase overall strength of the nail.
  2. Toluene – found to be a human reproductive and developmental toxin, as well as cause liver damage and skin irritation; has been linked to birth defects in lab animals; it is a common solvent that is able to dissolve lacquers and helps to keep nail products from thickening.
  3. Dibutyl Phthalate – known to affect hormone function; has been linked to early puberty in girls and low sperm count in men; phthalates are considered harmful to a developing fetus and the male testes; its use in cosmetic products has been banned in the European Union and is listed as a suspected teratogen in the United States; it is used as a solvent for dyes and as a plasticizer that prevents nail polishes from becoming brittle

These are just the most common and most widely recognized toxic ingredients in nail products, but if you want to really freak yourself out, check out This site allows you to search your specific nail or cosmetic product, and it will list out all the bad and scary ingredients; it also rates the overall toxicity of the product on a 1-10 rating scale.

Now, before you go and throw out all your nail products, it’s always important to take information like this and decide what you’re going to do with it to fit into your own, personal lifestyle.  It is also important to remember the motto of “everything in moderation”; assuming you don’t bathe in your nail polishes, occasional use of a fabulous colour is most likely not going to result in all the awful outcomes listed above.

The main point I would like to make today is to be well educated when picking out your cosmetic products.  The world of cosmetics is still somewhat unregulated, especially in Canada, and we all need to be aware of the possible ingredients in these products, as well as the potential negative health effects.

As well, when you’re trying to decide whether to use a product you know has ‘bad’ ingredients in it, think about the routine of use.  For example, a once-monthly use of a colour polish for a night out is probably not going to lead to any long-term health problems; however, daily use of a nail strengthener full of formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalates is probably not the best idea.  A tip – daily application of a natural oil (almond, jojoba, Vitamin E, rice bran etc.) can significantly improve your overall cuticle and nail health.  I personally love Solar Oil; I keep it in my coffee table drawer, and apply it to my bare nails every time I’m being lazy on the couch.  So far so good!

Here’s to a happy and healthy March!


Kellie & Jeff’s Sneak Peek

We had an absolute blast photographing Kellie & Jeff’s gorgeous Bracebridge wedding this past weekend. I just had to share a sneak peek of their photos.  There are more to come… but here’s an early look at some of the amazing photo locations that we got to visit and this fantastic couple!

Bracebridge Wedding Photography

Gravenhurst Wedding photography

black and white wedding photography

autumn wedding photography

Congrats Kellie and Jeff!!! Stay tuned for more coming soon!!!

Cristina & Jeremy – A Beautiful, Rainy Wedding Day

I had some trouble coming up with the name for this blog post, because the reality is that it was a very rainy day… but I worried that “rainy” would have negative connotations.  Part of what made these wedding photos so beautiful was the rain, and who says that rain can’t be beautiful?? The colours outdoors were so rich (even under umbrellas) and we discovered some absolutely gorgeous indoor locations to shoot that we likely wouldn’t have discovered otherwise.  Plus, it poured rain on my own wedding day, so I kind of have a soft-spot for rainy wedding days!

Again, I had the pleasure of being the second-shooter with Nova from NovaMarkina Photography ( for Cristina and Jeremy’s beautiful, rainy wedding day.

Here are a few of my shots from the day!

wedding photography The university of western ontario

London Ontario Wedding photography

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Why more is better sometimes

This is a quick post to explain a perfect example of why sometimes a little more makeup than you’re used to is ok for photography.  A few weeks ago I was asked to pose for some practice shots for Crystal and a friend who were testing out some flash techniques.  I always love a chance to play with makeup, so I took advantage of the event to do up a fun, dramatic smokey eye.  I must say that I felt a little silly stopping into Tim Horton’s to grab a coffee on the way.  I am the first to admit that I notice people in all their glory where ever I am; a cool outfit, a bad hairdo, a loud voice, and most of all odd makeup choices.  It’s not as clear-cut as a ‘judgment’ of the stranger’s choice, more just a curiosity as to their choice; but, hey – choose your choice! So, in that vein, I wore my ‘evening’ makeup with pride while I purchased my coffee.  The point of this post really only came to me once I saw the photos from the practice session; the makeup came out completely opposite to what I was expecting!  I certainly understand and know the rules of photography;  I know the features you need to play up (i.e. cheeks, eyebrows) and products you want to avoid (i.e. shimmer, glitter, sparkly = wet face), but I don’t think I was quite aware of how a dark smokey eye can fade with flash photography.  I realize that you can’t get a full understanding of how dark the look was in person, but let’s just say that I broke out the black eye liner and even did my waterline (that line on the inside of your lashline that stays wet with moisture from your eye).    The lesson here is for all women who enjoy to play around with different looks – don’t be shy with the eyeliner or dark crease colour!  Layer that beautiful pigment on because it will be much less than you think once you see the pictures!

I’ve posted two version of this shot – one in B/W and a larger one in colour to see detail.  Let me know what you think!


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gild the lily
1. To adorn unnecessarily something already beautiful.

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