Maternity & Baby Photographer
If you are local in Milton you may already know about Blink Of An Eyes’s Maternity, Baby and Family Photography sessions. Just in case you haven’t seen some of these pictures I thought that I would post a few of these images as a teaser. If you want to see a few more please visit our main family photography site or our facebook page. Blink of an eye really does try and capture the beginning and first years of your family.
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We consider it a blessing to be able to capture the precious moments of some many families.
Happy Easter – Happy Photography
Happy Easter everyone. It is such a beautiful day, a gorgeous sunny 8 degrees. It is a wonderful day for an Easter egg hunt. We just spent the morning out side with the kids finding candy and toys in our friends rural back yard. I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to be outside on such a wonderful day. I will post a few pictures once I get a chance to pull them off of the camera. We are just home for a few minutes before we head out to the conservation area for a hike through the woods and of course lots of photography. With such nice weather today and tomorrow we can’t help ourselves, we will be outside as much as possible, and of course my camera will be with me all day.
Happy Easter everyone and don’t forget to take lots of picture.
More wedding photography on the way
It has been a great week for wedding photography bookings this week at Blink Of An Eye. We had 2 new weddings confirmed and plenty of new inquiries. With all of the activity on the wedding side and the maternity / baby business we are glad to be announcing more help has been added to the team. We recently added a new Studio Manager who will manage bookings, pre-session questions, billings and post session communication. We have also locked up our second wedding photographer again. She is a great friend, wonderful photographer and an all around nice person. I am sure everyone will be very pleased to be working with her as well on their special day.
Thanks again to everyone who has in the past and who continues to make Blink Of An Eye successful. We are looking forward to many great things in the remainder of 2013 and the years to follow.
Outside Spring Wedding & Engagement Photography
As the weather is getting a little nicer and the snow is melting it is a great time to do outside engagement pictures. There are some great venues in Milton and Oakville to take outside engagement pictures. The parks and conservation areas create a wonderful backdrop for your engagement photography session. Over the years we have done a host of engagement & family sessions near the rivers, ponds, abandoned railway tracks, numerous bridges, conservation areas, barns and old houses. In the spring light with the trees and flowers starting to bloom the photography always look amazing.
If you are looking for some engagement photography ideas here are a few of the spots we visit often:
- Mill Pond
- Oakville Harbour
- Bronte Harbour
- Erchless Estate
- Gairloch Gardens
Marriage advice for the bride and groom.
I love many of the sayings and words of advice from this marriage page but these three really hold true.
Three Simple Ways to Strengthen your Marriage*:
1. Communicate openly, honestly, lovingly & often.
2. Keep creating new hopes, goals & dreams together.
3. Be quick to give & seek forgiveness from each other.
I am very thankful that we are not only spouses but also best friends. There is no one I would rather spend the day with or share a walk, special moment or just a night in front of the TV watching a movie.
Wedding Photography Tips For The Bride
With whoever you hire for your wedding photography there are some universal hints that will ensure that you get what you want from you pictures and get the most from your wedding photographer.
1. Communicate the must have shots to your photographer. Spend the time before you even pick your wedding photographer to find the style you like and ensure that the person you pick matches that style. Spend time on pinterest, facebook and other photo sites to discover other posses and neat ideas that you might like. Discuss these early with your photographer.
2. Find an advocate. It is hard for your photographer to know everyone in your wedding party. It would be helpful prior to your special day to have someone who knows a lot of the party to help co-ordinate. This makes sure that the photo session goes as smooth and quick as possible. This person should have a wedding photography shot list with the people required so that they can get people ready prior to each shot. Also try to group the shots by the required people. Get any kids or older family members out of the way first so that they can head to the reception. This is even more critical if your wedding day may be a hot summers day.
3. Make sure you set enough time aside for pictures. No one wants to be rushed. If it is warm you may need to step back into the limo to cool off and have a drink during your wedding photography. It can take 15-20 min to setup and take a proper portrait and to make sure you get everything you want to remember you don’t want to be rushing. If you are concerned about time (and not worried about superstitions) you can always have some of the pictures taken prior to the ceremony. It is a little unconventional but does allow for a more relaxed atmosphere.
Wedding Advice from Divorced vs Long Time Married
We often look for advice and information that we can share with our visitors. We stumbled on wedding advice/survey from people who had been through a divorce. The article said that this is the best place to get advice on how to stay married. The rationale being that people who had divorced had spent the time to look at what went wrong, reflect on regrets and had a unique perspective. I respect their perspective but generally I would want to emulate people who are successful in the endeavor that I am trying to also accomplish. As I was reading the article I am curious how different the advice would be from people who have had long marriages versus the opinions of people who have had a divorce.
The summary of items listed by the divorced advice article.
- Boost your spouse’s mood
- Talk more about money
- Get over the past
- Don’t blame
- Reveal more about yourself
So what does the oldest married couple* ever say?
Respect, support & communicate with each other.Be faithful, honest & true. Love each other with ALL of your heart.
* Meet Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher of North Carolina. They have been married 85 years (86 in May) and hold the Guinness World Record for the longest marriage of a living couple and get this…. Zelmyra is 101 years old and Herbert is 104.
Wedding Advice Similarities:
Really both perspective offer similar advice an it really makes sense. Support and improve your spouse by being supportive and encouraging. Communicate about everything and ensure importing items are covered. Communication is two ways, don’t expect your spouse to know how you feel if you don’t tell them and make sure you listen to what they are telling you (verbal and actions). Money leads to many relationship troubles so both spouses need to be on the same page. As with any disagreement (marriage, work, friendship) don’t play the blame game. No one ever “wins” this way. You both win if you work it out together.
Most importantly love each other and let your spouse know it. Tell them and show it not just on valentines, birthdays and anniversaries but on a regular basis for no reason. Remind them why you fell in love with them just because you did and still do.
Wedding Proposal Day
I bet you didn’t know (or maybe you did) that today is National Wedding Proposal Day. Having said that December is the most popular month for proposals. In fact proposals in general are much more likely in the winter months starting around Thanks giving according to a survey by the Knot. “Christmas is considered one of four big proposal days, along with Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Thirty-nine percent of proposals occurred between November and February among 20,000 newlyweds surveyed by the popular wedding website TheKnot.com. Of those, 16 percent got engaged in December, more than any other month, according to TheKnot editor Anja Winikka.” Given this we have been looking for advice on wedding Proposals and popping the question. The Huffington post had an article today from experts on that very topic that we wanted to share highlights from:
- Make sure the proposal is personalized
- Unless she’s indicated she wants you to propose on a certain day, avoid popping the question at expected times like holidays and during vacations
- Think about everything that could go wrong with your proposal and plan accordingly
- “Make it memorable” is “kind of ‘duh,’” but it’s important
- When it’s time to propose, everything you planned to say often comes rushing out, so it’s crucial you give yourself a moment to pause and take it all in
- Listen to the signals your partner is already giving you about how she’d like you to pop the question
- Cautioned men against “bamboozling” their girlfriends instead of simply surprising them
- You want to be able to remember your proposal, so don’t forget to ask a wedding photographer to snap some photos
Back and Ready For Photography
After a couple of weeks away it is great to be back for vacation and back to photography. We had a wonderful time over the last two weeks shooting the scenery, history and family around South Carolina & Georgia but now the studio is busy again. We have a couple of wedding photography consultations this week and lots of kids and babies in the studio. We seemed to have a wealth of new babies born in the last few weeks while I was away so they will all be coming into the studio. I love taking pictures of those little ones in their first few weeks. The pictures are always so adorable. I will post a few on this blog as well just out of interest.
Harbour wedding photography
While we are on vacation in South Carolina we have been exploring an area on one end of the island called Sea Pines. It is a beautiful part of the island and has many distinct areas to walk through. Once of the most famous parts is the lighthouse and marina at Harbour Town. If you are a fan of golf you may recognize this famous lighthouse. The PGA event on Hilton Head (RBC Heritage) often shows the lighthouse in many of its images.
Living where we do in southern Ontario we are blessed to be near the lake. Capturing these images reminds me of my wedding. Our wedding was at the Oakville yacht club overlooking the marina and harbour. The setting was magnificent as we were married on a wonderful summer day. We shouldn’t forget that there are so many great places to use for wedding photography along the lake from Mississauga to Oakville to Burlington and Niagara.
Places at the lake in Oakville for Wedding Photography:
- Gairloch Gardens
- Oakville Harbour
- Bronte Harbour
- Erchless Estate
Some Mississauga wedding photography locations
- Adamson Estate
- Benares Historic House
- Bradley Museum
- Leslie Log House
- Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens
- Richard’s Memorial Park
Don’t forget that in many areas (Oakville and Mississauga included) you do need to apply and pay for permits to use them for wedding photography.