Celebrating 60 Years

My Dad’s birthday was a few weeks ago, and this year he turned the big 6-0.

Montreal Canadiens Birthday Cake

We were initially thinking of throwing Dad a big bash for his 60th birthday, but we were quickly told that he didn’t want anything large. So instead, we planned a simple, surprise dinner with our immediate family. We drove down from Ottawa and met my brother and his family and then drove to our Parents’ house. We ordered Chinese takeout and afterwards ate some delicious cake. And of course, Jackson helped Grampa blow out his candles. We then had to relight them multiples time so he could blow them out again and again.Montreal Canadiens Birthday Cake Ottawa Child Photography - Toddler Montreal Canadiens Birthday Cake Ottawa Child Photography - Toddler Montreal Canadiens Birthday Cake Ottawa Child Photography - Toddler

I spent most of the afternoon making and decorating the cake to have the Habs symbol on it as it is Dad’s favourite team. In fact, normally we take a photo of Dad (or Grampa) and Jackson in their matching Habs Jerseys, but Jackson has outgrown all of the ones he has, I guess we will need to invest in some larger ones for him.
Most of the evening we sat around and chatted, while Jackson ran around chasing the dog and just generally acting like a two year old. It was a fantastic family dinner!!

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Event Photography: Jackson’s Second Birthday

As I already mentioned Jackson’s second birthday was last week. Below is a little sneak peek from the second phase of his birthday party.

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It may seem like an odd photo to post as the sneak peek, but my brother showed me that Jackson knows how to ‘say cheese’ now, which is adorable!!

Happy Birthday Buddy

2 years ago my brother called me and I wrote the following post-it note:
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2 years ago the best little guy was born.
Which means, today is Jackson’s birthday.

When it comes to stuff like this I am not very good at words. I tried for quite a while to write something beautiful and touching. Something that conveyed just how much I love this little guy, but my words failed me, and they continue to do so. So instead of words I have decided to use photos, because I am much better with those. These are just a few of the many, many, many shots I have of Jackson from the last year. When I was going through them, I kept having to check the date and do the math to make sure these were during his second year and not his first. It is crazy when you realize how much he has grown and changed in the last year. I believe I have said this before, but it is in this last year that he has really shown his personality. He is not just an adorable baby anymore, but a real little person.

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That post-it note is still stuck on my office wall (though I don’t think anyone calls him Jack as it just doesn’t suit him). And when I see it amidst all of the contact numbers for clients and notes about conversion rates and various regulations, it makes me smile.

Tomorrow is your birthday party and I can’t wait to spend the day with you!
I love you buddy.

Event Photography: Uithyaa’s Sweet 16

A little while back I was able to share a sneak peek at Uithyaa’s Sweet 16 party. I was asked to cover the event by a fellow photographer, Smiles Photography.
The party was fantastic, Uithyaa was surrounded by friends and family and they shared an amazing meal and some super fun party games.
We had the chance to do some portraits before the party started, here are a few shots of the beautiful birthday girl (and a couple bonus photos of the delicious desserts).
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