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Have I told you I’m lucky? I’ve been pretty clear with the Universe about what I’m looking for, who I am, and the kind of work I want to produce. She’s delivered. I really love my job, like a lot. All of the lovers we’ve captured over the past year (and the one’s we’ll capture next year) have been perfect. If you’re one of them, I want to say “I love you! I’ve loved working with you, meeting you. I appreciate that you’re playful and kind and very cool, that each of your loves is unique, and that you’re willing to take risks…and giggle through the whole process.”

I feel like I’ve spent the last 48 hours rooting myself for a few upcoming Muskoka weddings (Alex & Nathan, Jon & Charlotte, Lindsey & Jamie, Melissa & Rick-marrying on Saturday, and Pam & Ken-on Sunday). This post in particular I’d like to share with you images of  Lindsey and Jamie who are to be married on August 22, on the beach. They are pretty much awesome. We shot for 4 hours and I was the only one yawning come 2pm (P.S. not out of boredom, oh no…these two have serious stamina!!!). We did it everywhere, so to speak. First the ponies, then the barn, then the field (the first field), then the forest (the first forest), then the gravel pit and the KOMATSU, then another field, then forest at their house, then to train tracks. On top of that they changed for every location.

Just one last thing, the eve prior we spent some time together about to shoot, drinking champagne, dreaming about the wedding, and planning the actual shooting day. It was lovely. Thanks J and L. Here is just a taste of their images, I could keep going…if you’re looking for more take a peek at the slideshow on smugmug.

All of our couples have made my summer! I’m feeling freshly inspired. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Jenn and Pat {got married}

I have been dying to blog about Jenn and Pat! We LOVE them and we loved their wedding.

Where to begin…well Jay and I met J and P just 24 hours pre-ceremony. They live in San Diego and hooking up in Canada became a bit of a challenge. We met with Jenn to do some last minute planning on Friday, did the run around, talked about family, and acquainted ourselves with Bear Estates in Collingwood (aka Cranberry Resort).

We were back on site the next afternoon and began shooting right away. A little worried due to rain, we were thrilled to arrive at Bear Estates to bright blue skies and fluffy white clouds. The men were stoked, hilarious and dashing I might add. The ladies we gorgeous and incredibly easy to shoot. We were so lucky to work with this party…they pretty much entertained every idea we had. From straddling gas pumps to borrowing boats, they did it all.

Did I mention we loved them. Everyone was so kind and gracious, we enjoyed the “high school table” immensely, dinner was incredible, their guests were a breeze to work with. All in all it was perfect, really. We couldn’t have planned a better day. From rain, thunder, and lightning to clear blue skies, to entire rainbows over the marina we had it all. Thanks so much to Jenn and Pat and their uber fabulous super model wedding party! You guys rocked.

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Alex and Nathan {almost married}

Can I just say, I am so lucky! This season has been incredible not just because of the weather (it’s rained for every wedding) but because I have the most fabulous brides (and grooms too). Yesterday I met with Alex and Nathan at Port Cunnington Lodge in Dwight. They found out about me early this year from a mutual friend (shout out to C. Poch, also recently engaged and super duper lovey dovey). They all live happily in New Zealand…Alex is Canadian and Nathan is a New Zealander. I’ll try to keep this short because their photos are awesome and my writing is not.

I can’t wait for their wedding! October 3, Muskoka, love, and 200 happy people makes for some incredible wedding photography. So yesterday I met with them. We had never met face to face, only Skype to Skype and Gmail to Gmail. We’ve been in contact so many times before it was like we knew each other already. We walked and talked and planned and waited for the rest of Alex’s fam who all cottage and live locally. After about an hour of dreaming on the dock we found her parents and sister…..aaaaaand the family friend who is doing flowers and decor. Although we were all in relativley close proximity to one another I couldn’t quite see the whole group through bushes. I was warned early in our meeting that the “flower lady” is excitable, like really EXCITABLE! I immediately thought of one of our wedding guest, Janie. There is always one, one fabulous, dramatic, excitable guest. For weeks our friends were asking us about Janie. She is my father’s cousin and a close family friend of my husband. I was well prepared to meet the crazy flower lady. As I was chatting up Alex’s sister Michael, I turn to check out the flower lady…I realized it’s Janie! The flower lady is Janie!!!!!!! My fabulous cousin Janie is doing flowers! We both screamed and got all excited. And begin to giggle about how crazy this whole thing was! JANIE. You’ve met Jane in a recent blog post. I photographed a wedding shower in Brampton, she was there. She’s the one who’s mouth I captured wide open toasting the brides. It was once said about Jane, “you haven’t really had a conversation with Jane until she’s made you cry.” Jane is AWESOME and emotional and sentimental and so kind. It was truly a treat to discover another wonderful connection.

Just one more thing…Alex and Nathan are great. Easy to be with (I think we spent 5 hours together talking and shooting?) and very good looking. Funny too. Nathan was pretty much not into pictures. He hates cheese and described to me many levels of cheese photography. I think mine fell under “cheesey sexy model hot” cheese, at least I’d like to believe it does. Nathan rocked it and even began suggesting placement and composition (maybe he just wanted it to be over?!). In any case I loved the entire day. October 3rd will be FANTASTIC!

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Late winter and Spring bring a little bit more quiet to my life. A few large proj off my plate…well almost off my plate. And some more time to play around with my cameras. There was a time when all the photographs I’d been taking were for others. Lately I’ve had the opportunity to take pictures for myself. Its been extremely rewarding and challenging. Here are some shots I took a couple weeks ago, on a day off. Went for a little walk with my big puppy. I brought just the 50mm standard and here is what I cam up with…to view the entire album visit my facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sundridge-ON/Kate-Hood-Inc/29010349933?ref=ts.

No Hunting or Trespassing by KHI Photography

Long Shot of Elstones Farm by KHI Photography

Black and White Bottle by KHI Photography

Black and White Bottle by KHI Photography

An Old Stove by KHI Photography

An Old Stove by KHI Photography

Call me by KHI Photography

Call me by KHI Photography

Growing Up Gifted by KHI Photography

Growing Up Gifted by KHI Photography

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EEEEEK, I am very excited and nervous about this show. Perhaps you are following me on Facebook or Twitter?! In which case you’d know about this upcoming show. I have had such little time (or so it seems) to get things together. Just last week I was finally inspired by SOMETHING! And here it is…”Community and Theater” by Kate Hood of KHI Photography. This is the story…

I am so happy to have a chance to showcase some fine art pieces. I spend so much time promoting my business, I now have this wonderful opportunity to create pieces that are not about making money or selling a name but about the creative, the community, and of course the local theater (shows theme). The Blue Canoe Art Gallery is a fantastic edition to our community. I hope that its visitors find pure enjoyment in just looking…

“Community and Theater 1” by Kate Hood

“Community and Theater 2” by Kate Hood

“Community and Theater 3” by Kate Hood

“Community and Theater 4” by Kate Hood

“Community and Theater 5” by Kate Hood

“Community and Theater 6” by Kate Hood

“Community and Theater 7” by Kate Hood

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