The Secret Beauty Found in a Storage Locker

The Secret Beauty Found in a Storage Locker

Just the other day my husband sent me a link he came across that blew him away. It’s the heartbreaking story of one photographer’s life work that was locked and buried in a storage unit for years, not to truly be seen by others until after her death.

In the late 1950s the mysterious Vivian Maier worked in Chicago as a nanny, but in her spare time she was an avid street photographer. Her work spans decades and is not only beautiful, but preserves important visual, social and historical details of the city. She left behind a gift for future generations, and it saddens me that she is not alive today to see how much of an impact her work has. I am also thankful that John Maloof was the one who stumbled upon this treasure trove, recognized the importance of Vivian’s work, and is now sharing it with the world.

As a photographer myself though, this story deeply touched me and made me both sad and inspired.

Photography, especially, is a visual, visceral medium that is meant to be seen by many. To have photographs never see the light of day is a true shame, and it brings to mind the issue of digital photos again. How many of us have dozens (if not hundreds!) of photos buried in our computer folders, never to see the light of day? Imagine if you were gone tomorrow and all of your work was still sitting there, never seen or appreciated by anyone during your lifetime. Let Vivian’s work and life inspire you to change your habits and make a point to print and share your photos with others.

The Best Age for Newborn Photos

The Best Age for Newborn Photos

What’s the best age for newborn photographs? I get asked this question quite often. First things first though, congratulations on the birth of your new baby! You must be over the moon and anxiously wanting to document your little one’s first precious days of life! 

For newborns, the ideal age I recommend is when they between 4-7 days old. That’s when they are still squishy and sleepy but also big enough for us to pose them easily. Somewhere between when the umbilical cord falls off and 8 days old is perfect.

For newborn sessions with yours truly, I come to your home. This saves you from having to pack up all your baby gear (and baby!) and haul it to a studio. “But Christine, my house is not big enough for a professional PHOTO SHOOT!” Don’t worry. For newborn sessions I only need a 5’x5′ space in your living room where I can set up my props and lighting.

While I am setting up we would have you attempt to get your baby to sleep. This usually happens easily when they are “milk-drunk” and when your home is very warm. The session can last from one hour to three hours, depending on how smooth things go. Sometimes babies are cooperative, calm and sleepy right away, and then super cranky after about 30 minutes…so we play it by ear.

Newborn Photo 1
Newborn Photo 2

It sounds obvious, but newborn sessions are all about the baby. The least amount of distractions is best (such as additional family members and/or other children). Trust me on this please. I know that everyone is excited to have a new baby around, but before and during the session it is best to have a calm and quiet environment for the best results, which is what you’re paying for, right?!

Having the session in your home also makes it super easy to incorporate any keepsake items (a special piece of jewelry, blanket, hat, prop). All I ask is that you have them on hand so I can easily add them in to some set-ups.  Also, as any parent knows, we always need lots of baby-wipes on hand as accidents do happen!

With spring right around the corner I can’t wait for another round of squishy newborn sessions!

Vintage Romance Style Shoot

Vintage Romance Style Shoot


Just recently I was at Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm for their annual bridal open house. As usual, it was a fun weekend for us vendors as we caught up with each other and also met many wonderful couples. I had a great time and I was pleased to meet all of the newly engaged and excited couples in love!

Earl, Susan and their dedicated team were all on hand to showcase their beautiful facilities and welcome old and new friends alike. They also coordinated a Vintage Romance themed style shoot which I was so happy to be a part of, check out some of the photos below.

Vintage Romance Style Shoot









































































Photography: Tripp Photography  |  Wedding Gown: Juliannah’s Bridal  |  Flowers: Passiflora Floral Boutique  |  Venue & Decor: Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm  |  Hair & Makeup:  Lydia Zandbelt of Unik Hair Studio  |  Cake: Sugar & Spice Custom Cakes  |  Invitations & Stationery: Daisy Designs  |  Table Linens & Chargers: Groovy Linens  |  Specialty Rentals (Bride & Groom Chair, Tableware, Furniture): Chez Lili Party Rentals

Winter Love

Winter Love

Who says winter has to be dull? Show this snowy season some love and check out a few of our winter weddings in the video below.


Thinking of a winter wedding? Here are some great reasons to consider it

Open House at Stanley’s Farm

Open House at Stanley's Farm

It’s that time of year again!

The Annual Bridal Open House at Stanley’s Farm is taking place THIS Saturday, January 23rd & Sunday, January 24th in the Maples Hall, 10am-3pm.

All current Stanley’s brides and those who are thinking of Stanley’s are invited to come out and visit! Take a tour of their venues, chat with friendly staff and meet some of their favourite vendors.

There will also be fabulous door prizes donated by the vendors at the show. Door prizes are limited to couples that have preregistered for the show.

See you there!