Kisses! (Alternately: Nom!)
I'm so excited that I've been able to start planting things outside in the past couple weeks. My onions from last fall are getting huge and the spinach, garlic and snow peas I planted have sprouted up above the ground.
It's no secret that I love living in Hamilton. I love the farmer's markets, the architecture, the ability to ride my bike twenty minutes from any point in the city and be in nature. And I especially love the renewal efforts happening in places like James Street North. Four years ago the city was intent on tearing down Lister Block - a once-beautiful historic building in the heart of Hamilton's downtown. Thankfully it was saved and this weekend Tourism Hamilton had a launch party!
I had a great time taking pictures at the Buttons & Bows Event on Ottawa Street this weekend! Everybody was having lots of fun and the kids really enjoyed the activities that were put on for them.
There were bubbles to be blown (and chased)!
Using a reflector can make a big difference in your photos when shooting outside. When we took my mother-in-law for a hike last week Jonathon and I took some photographs just to show the difference a reflector makes. She didn't realize that we were doing this until the last photo because Jonathon had the camera... so that's why she's making some funny faces!
This photo was taken without a reflector. You can see me getting ready with it in the reflection in her sunglasses though! We had confiscated them for the hike and just given them back when we had this idea. It's almost always a good idea to have your subject remove their sunglasses to avoid distracting reflections.
We had a great time visiting with Jonathon's family yesterday. The weather is finally nice enough to to spend time outside in Barrie (they don't know what to think of us not having any snow in Hamilton this year) so we took his Mum out for a hike in a park we found while wandering around the city.
It was nice to have some Nana/Miles time. Our family is fairly spread out across the province so quality time like this is special.
Jonathon walked up behind his Mum and gave her a hug and Miles a kiss just as I was taking a photo. Excuse me while I fast forward twenty five years and picture me in her position. Little bit of tears here. *ahem*
I ran my first 5k today! It was fabulous. :) I didn't train quite as much as I had planned because... well, winter is cold, okay? But I finished the race with a smile on my face and not in dead last. Unfortunately I didn't pack any spare camera batteries so Jonathon lost power just after the start of the race and missed that shot. Always so prepared for client photo sessions and rarely ready to take photos of ourselves!
He did get a shot of me looking very nervous just before I headed to the starting line.
And maybe a little cold as well!