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Evenings like these…

Evenings like these remind me why I get a rush whenever I pick up my camera. When I started using my Dad’s old Minolta SLR for my first photography class in CEGEP, I tried to push the limits of how I could get light to bring drama to a shot. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it was just awful, and I struggled with it for years. When I get out into the light now, it has become second nature to know how to work it to my advantage, I have learned how to play into it and what to avoid. I get giddy over lens flares, backlit heads, and seeing how the light and shadow sculpts and changes a face. I am amazed and inspired that there will always be so much more to learn and discover.

So with my spirit of discovery I met up with a school friend in Lachine on a glistening golden evening. Once Jen and I got over the shock that we probably hadn’t seen each other for 24 years (Gak!!!) we got to work with her two beautiful kids. Like most busy baby girls and three year old boys,  the kids weren’t too interesting in striking a pose for me, so we let them play and I went along for the ride. I love working with kids that way, it allows me capture who they are and looking back at the photographs for years to come we can remember them for all their wonderful silly ways and charms.

One of my favourite photos of the shoot has to be this one directly below, of Jen’s daughter, when the setting sun back lit her crown of curls, it made her look like an angel. What a deliciously sweet baby and for me, the photographic thrill of capturing the glory of the sun.

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