Based in Cobourg, Ontario but love to travel, I like belly giggles, natural smiles, intimate I'm so glad you're here! moments in casual comfortable surroundings. These are the things I want to capture for you.
"Photography is about capturing SOULS, not smiles" ~ Dragan Tapshanov
When Sara and John got in touch with me to document their Polmenna Barn Wedding, I was over the moon thrilled! Nestled right in Campbellford, Polmenna Barn is a rustic and romantic country barn built in 1930 so any opportunity to photograph a wedding there brings on major excitement!
Sara and Johns day was beautiful, we couldn’t have asked for better weather, especially for their incredibly romantic ceremony underneath the prettiest willow tree. Beyond the visual beauty of the day, there was so much heart put into every aspect. The biggest highlight was that Sara pre recorded herself singing her parents favourite song and surprised them with their first ever ‘first dance’. Throughout the entire day there was laughter and tears and so much love.
Holly Woods is a force to be reckoned with. She is funny, smart and witty, AND she runs a successful studio in the East end of Cobourg called, you guessed it “Holly Woods Studio” (541 William St #4a, Cobourg to be exact). If you’re looking for some new eyebrows, she’s your gal. Holly has done extensive schooling and has perfected the microblading technique. From brow to wow. I just made that up. (not really but I can pretend) It’s a semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo and if you’re feeling like you’re sick and tired of penciling in your brows, or for other personal reasons, tattooing them in is the way to go. With the name Holly Woods, how can you possibly go wrong? As soon as you walk in to her store you will feel immediately at ease. She’s easy to talk to, easy to listen to and as you can see from her pics, easy to look at 🙂 Feel like getting your nails done? CHECK. Feel like a fancy night out on the town and you suck at doing your own make up? CHECK. Feel like having someone TEACH you how to do your own make up? CHECK. Need a little bit of your body waxed? CHECK. How about a little facial. CHECK
Holly, when not in the studio is likely out and about at a photo shoot, wedding or other fancy event. (hint hint to all of my upcoming brides that still need a make-up artist) She has been in the health and beauty industry for 12 years and really really knows her stuff. For a full list of her services check out her website at www.hollywoodsstudio.ca. For a much much more detailed list of awesome stuff about Holly, jump on over to Lindsey’s blog and see what special things she has to say www.listwithlinz.ca (she’s special alright)
Holly TRIED to take a picture of us, clearly she likes the flawless look
This weeks adventure couldn’t have come at a better time. 2 years today my son will have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Two years of highs and lows, ups and downs, bumps in the road, learning curves, making friends, losing friends. SO much to deal with. It is a daily struggle that many if not most people have literally no idea about. Type 1 Diabetes is NOT a punchline in a joke, it is a roller coaster of blood sugars that are very unpredictable. Imagine living a life where insulin is what is keeping you alive. Too much of it or too little of it can cause you to go into a coma. Imagine going to bed at night with the thought that you could not wake up the next morning. THAT is what Diabetes is. Click HERE to read the post about his diagnosis. SO, with all that said, Lindsey and I headed to Daddy’s Tattoos here in Cobourg where I got a tattoo to symbolically support my son and all of his daily struggles. The location is on my finger for all of the thousands (yes I said thousands) of times he has had to prick his finger to test his blood in the last two years, the colour is red to represent the blood that he has to use to test his blood sugar, and the heart is a given. I LOVE him.
Let me tell you a little bit about Daddy’s Electric Tattoos. Randy instantly made us feel welcomed. If you don’t know Randy, it’s quite possible you’ve seen him and his awesome large holed earlobes around town (see pic ) AND he’s literally covered in all kinds of amazing tattoos. I asked him how many he has and he has absolutely no idea. Super friendly guy and I loved hearing his life stories (he should write a book). I personally haven’t met his wife (she works next door at Bri’s Grooming), but I’ve heard many many people talk about how great she is as well.
The wonderful, colourful artist that I was lucky enough to have (Koren) made sure I was comfortable and stress free (as much as that is possible). She made sure I had eaten breakfast so I didn’t pass out (at this point I’m thinking I just might) but I was good to go. Now let me tell you. I have two other tattoos. One on my shoulder, and one on my lower back. The pain that this tiny 5 minute tattoo caused me was seriously like 10x more painful than the other two larger ones. If I wasn’t being documented (thanks Dawson) then I think a) I might have cried or b) stopped after the first dot. Honestly it was like someone took a lighter and held the flame underneath my finger for five straight minutes. And I personally do not think I’m a wussy. But….after this, I’m thinking everyone in town is going to disagree with that statement.
All in all, I’m super happy I got my tattoo, I’ve talked about doing it for 2 years since his diagnosis. I love it. It’s perfect and it’s exactly what I had hoped it would be. So thank you Daddy’s for taking some time out of your day to share with the lovely town of Cobourg all about your downtown business. If you’re looking for a tattoo give them a call or find them on Facebook HERE. To read more in depth words about Daddy’s check out Lindsey’s blog HERE
What can I possibly say about Francesca and Karma Lifestyle? First of all when you walk into Karma, the first thing you feel is peace. It has an immediate calming effect on you, which I TOTALLY need these days. They say Yoga reduces stress so I was eager to get into the studio but not before I am greeted by the oh so adorable Zoya (the Queen is pictured in her favourite chair). Lindsey and I were excited to try out the new Aerial yoga that my daughter has been practicing over the past few months and Francesca did NOT disappoint. Aerial Yoga is a fun twist on yoga poses combined with acrobatics as you are suspended from the ceiling, standing into the silks or supported by the silks with your feet on the floor. I’m not gonna lie, I was terrified. I have serious issues with trust. So for me to trust a piece of fabric to hold MY body from the ceiling, took a giant leap of faith. And guess what! I’m here to talk about it. I didn’t fall, and I didn’t die. The fabric is totally safe and I never fell once (Francesca was there spotting and helping the entire time) And as many of you know, if someone’s going to hurt themselves, it’s gonna be me. I’m sure many of you would be shocked to hear that I am not flexible (haha, not a chance, I’m pretty sure EVERYONE knows I am NOT flexible) but somehow I managed to get into a few poses and felt some really great stretches. Lindsey was much more daring than I was and even did some funky poses upside down.(yay Linds) (and yay Dawson for giving it a shot and being our photographer) If you’re looking for some amazing yoga classes go to their Website and see what is a good fit for you. Francesca makes you feel totally at ease. She would never put you in a class that you aren’t comfortable in. She will find a perfect fit for all levels (even a level zero such as myself) If you haven’t given Aerial yoga (or any yoga) a shot feel free to head on over to Karma Lifestyle to check it out, you won’t be disappointed. Also, you will smell amazing when you leave because she has some yummy smelling essential oils for you to try. Head on over to Lindsey’s blog where you will find a much more detailed post about Karma and our experience there, and of course if you’re looking to buy a house contact Lindsey at Listwithlinz.ca.