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This is what the best looks like in my life. If we can all be together at the beach just one day, I am happy. Almost all of my weekends since April have been spent preparing, shooting, loading, resting. It’s rare that I get to enjoy this much family time at the beach. I love all of it, so much. This is my best life.Sundridge Photographers Sundridge Photographers Sundridge Photographers Sundridge Photographers Hobbie Cat Portraits Ontario Sundridge Family Photographers Sundridge Family Photographers Sundridge Family Photographers Huntsville Family Photographers Huntsville Family Photographers Huntsville Family Photographers Huntsville Family Photographers Huntsville Family Photographers Huntsville Family Photographers Muskoka's Best Family Photographers Muskoka's Best Family Photographers Muskoka's Best Family Photographers Ontario Cottage Portraits Ontario Cottage Portraits Ontario Cottage Portraits Hobbie Cat Portraits Ontario Photojournalism Family Coverage Photojournalism Family Coverage Photojournalism Family Coverage Photojournalism Family Coverage Hobbie Cat Ontario Hobbie Cat Ontario Hobbie Cat Ontario Sunset Hobbie Cat Ontario

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My sweet and talented sissy along with our dear cousin, Angie completed their first Try-a-Tri (http://www.sundridge-triathlon.com), here in Sundridge. They decided on Wednesday that on Sunday they would do it! I really had no idea how emotional it would be for all of us (3 ninis, 1 dad, 1 uncle bill, 5 kids, and moi), especially Em and Ange. Congratulations! I’m so proud of you both. Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013

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This is a huge and very personal post dedicated to Julie, Paul, Anna and Chris. I love you sweet and funny Beatty/Hartman family. If you follow the blog you know I love Ontario’s cottage country. Well, this cottage is a significant part of that. Aside from my family’s cottage – next door, this is the place where my dreams are made of. It’s where part of my childhood lives. It’s where my oldest friends grew up and now where they’re raising their families. So romantic, I can hardly stand it. (P.S. big brother ‘L’ was not as thrilled with my camera work as his little sister. I kept my distance but do love him equally. He’s a tough little nut to crack…even after four years…)Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013 Muskoka Family Photographers, 2013

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This is our beautiful Wendy-Bird. She is kind, open-hearted, full of joy and silly jokes. She is honest and the most ‘be yourself’ kind of person I know. I say she is ‘our’ Wendy because I feel like part of her is with us (my family) all the time. No matter the physical distance between her and I, she is there. Wendy worked her yoga magic to prepare my scared little body for labour, she came to us in the middle of a cold winter night. She and my mom rubbed and massaged, and moaned along with me in the back-seat nest they created for our trip to the hospital. And after a long, long 24 hours of serious, dramatic, painful, wild, hard, active labour she helped me (along with my entire family – husband, sister, mom, dad, and nephew) welcome my wee CheeChee into the world. Charlie and I did mom and baby yoga until he was more interested in her Ganesh and Buddha collection than hanging out with me. My son now calls her ‘Wendy-Bird’ and refers to her often. Last week him and I  rolled out the yoga mats, in the living room and practiced a little sun salutation. He wondered why we were doing such things without Wendy-Bird. His downward dog is much more respectable than mine. So far he’s still enjoying those loose toddler ligaments and muscles. He’s not yet faced with his momma’s tight hamstrings. He still touches her colourful tattoos, now full of curious questions instead of just questioning looks. We’ve created an incredible set of memories. and I cherish them all. Love to you. xoxox

You can find out all about her and her yoga deliciousness in Muskoka here;

Sacred Breath Yoga on Facebook

Sacred Breath online

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This was a very special shoot. J.S. is very special client. We took our time planning for this one.

J. S. and I messaged back and forth multiple times but once I was really able to understand what J was facing we were able to gently move forward.

After our session, after another long chat in her sun-room and after I had looked through all her images I asked her to do something that I hadn’t asked anyone else to do. I asked her to write this blog post. She mulled it over and then one day she sent this to me…

“Pregnancy can come with so many miracles and celebrations, but like all of life’s great steps, it’s an incredibly ordinary experience complete with anxieties, fears and discomforts. What’s “not normal” is the new “normal.” This new pilgrimage, as much as I hoped would be well planned and finely executed like the blogs, books and experiences of others laid out in week-by-week stages, was full of surprises – physically, emotionally and spiritually. I spent the first half of my pregnancy with my head spinning at the seismic rearrangement of my body and mind.
The well-intentioned comments and questions from strangers about my pregnancy were overwhelming, especially when I wasn’t feeling so connected with myself or with the little bit of life twitching inside of me.
Kate, you were able to respect that we all approach our impending motherhood in different ways. I felt able to quietly celebrate and connect with my pregnancy whilst you captured every emotion I was truly feeling during this time. “
– J. S.

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This is the personal message she shared with me about our experience together…

“Thank you again for such a lovely morning. That day was a turning point in my pregnancy and I wasn’t sure if the ‘high’ was only going last for the afternoon or the weekend (or if I was just in such a good mood because of the spring weather!) A month later, and I’m still feeling it – I can finally celebrate my pregnancy, the energy I’m feeling is incredible and I’m (mostly) comfortable with the never-ending changes in my body.”

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