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I wanna make you smile,
Whenever you’re sad.
Carry you around when your arthritis is bad.
All I wanna do,
Is grow old with you.

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My grandmother is a photo lover. If Facebook had been around when she was young, you know she would have been that friend that documents and posts everything – and one of my favourite parts of visiting is looking through the many family photos that she has, the best one being their wedding album, which is chock full of beautiful photographs of my grandparents and extended family. So I wasn’t surprised when, for their fiftieth wedding anniversary, my grandmother called and requested one present: a photo session. Not just any photo session, but the type that I do for my younger engaged couples … with lots of natural posing and laughter. My grandfather had a health scare this past year and in the back of my mind, I was a little worried that we wouldn’t get a chance to make these photos happen between the weather and his health. I’m so glad we were able to capture these memories – for them, and also for myself and our family. I hope one day to pull these photos out for my own grandchildren, just like my grandmother does with me now, and tell her the story about this day, their love, and their life together.

Oh it could be so nice,
Growin’ old with you.

Happy Anniversary to my two favourite lovebirds.

xo,

Alex

My philosophy is this: on your wedding day, it’s not about looking perfect. It’s not about having the best decorations so you can one-up your friends. It’s not about getting featured on the popular new wedding website. It’s about you and your partner. It’s about two families joining together, and creating new memories, as one. It’s about friends coming from all corners of the world to celebrate the beginning of something that will last a lifetime. And that’s what I always aim to capture. My proudest moments are when I’m able to truly capture a moment that’s important to someone – not just how they looked, but what they were feeling. Laughter, tears, interactions. My goal is to get photos that make you remember your day with fondness, remember your grandpa staring out the window waiting for you to come in to give him a hug, your husband whispering ‘we did it’ and you smiling ear to ear as he lifts you off the ground, your flower quietly crying as you walk down the aisle. These moments are what it’s all about.

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xo,

Alex

 

2013. The best way to describe it, I think, is quiet.

This year was simple. I didn’t do anything really crazy or meet any famous people – except for that time Alan Doyle was stalking me all across the island and off the island. Not even kidding when I say I ran into him 4 times in two weeks. We’re besties now, but don’t ask him about it because I didn’t tell him my real name. 😉

alan-doyle-fogo-weddingEven though I haven’t found myself in too many larger than life situations, I did meet a lot of amazing people and forge new friendships, something that I think is more important in the long run, even if the stories aren’t as cool.

I moved, yet again. Most people know this, some people don’t – I’m extremely content right now hanging out in St. John’s. I’m not sure where I’ll be next year (could be Lewisporte, could be Greece, who knows). I’ve met a lot of great people in here and I feel very content being myself. Which is huge and scary to say but totally warm and fuzzy feeling.

 

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I finally entered my twenties, and really started to think for myself.

I bought a kayak and fell even more in love with the ocean than I thought possible.

I was accepted to the business faculty at Memorial, something that I’ve put off applying for, even though I’m over halfway through the program (oops).

I was nominated for the student entrepreneur of the year (which is not really that huge but my dad is really proud).

I also kind of gave up knitting and running – two things that I hope to pick up again in 2014, and I know Sprack will be especially proud of me if I knit him a pair of socks. Please hold me to it as I tend to be forgetful of those kinds of things.

I photographed a few wonderful weddings, and fell in love with my own man more and more after witnessing each bout of beautiful love. I met and photographed a lot of great families and also learned that I absolutely love love love photographing grads and can’t wait for more this year.

2014 is shaping up to be a big, loud year with big travels, way more weddings, and lots of craziness – and I can’t wait. 2013 was a great time for me to relax, restart, and focus on the future – and 2014 will hopefully embody all that I’ve been planning and dreaming of. Thanks for sticking along for the ride. And because no post is any good without a photo – here’s my puppy, a full year after we adopted him. Sniff.

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xo

Alex