31 Dec Moments from 2019
I wanted to thank all my supporters, friends, family, stylists, models, agencies, clients for such an amazing year. Photography is what makes me feel alive and I am so blessed to have so many amazing people to share my memories with through my love of photography.
First, I have to thank my loving boyfriend for always being there for me. He is my rock and supports me through everything. He is my second shooter at weddings, he edits my blogs, helps me with tricky photoshop situations that go beyond my capabilities, is my secret gear holder, my travel buddy, my assistant on numerous shoots, and my very best friend. He is the main reason I have a big smile on my face.
Second, a big thank you to all my clients. Without your support I wouldn’t be in business. A big thank you to Sell My Stuff Ottawa, WeVibe, Anaya Arts, and Wild Hips for the amazing commercial work. I had so much fun working for each and every one of you. Thank you to Heidi and Shane for letting me be their wedding photographer. Thank you to David Arn for trusting me to take portraits for his music video. Thank you to all the families I work with each year. I love capturing your families moments. Thank you to all the model and actors who trusted me to take their actor headshots and model portfolios. Thank you to the fabulous ladies who I had the honour of taking their boudoir shots. You are all wonderful.
Second, I have to thank my amazing family. They are my cheerleaders on the sidelines and always giving me support. They model for me, share my posts, and feed me love (and food hahah) when my photography business is on slow end. They give me encouragement to continue when I get my doubts.
Third, my close friends who have been there since the start of my photography adventure. Some were my first clients and insisted that I take money for my first shoots. They helped me get my portrait portfolio started, modelled for me for various photography projects and send me their love in anyway they could. I really appreciate all of you. Some of these photos go back to 2016 when I first got my canon rebel. Oh boy!
Fourth, my very best friend, Florence. We met through the love of art and we have since become super close. She is always there to give me feedback and is always very honest with her advice. She is the strongest person I know and is always positive and adventurous. Her strength motivates me and keeps me going. I am so blessed to have her in my life. It’s an added bonus that she lets me be creative with her as my muse. We bounce ideas off of each other and always support each other’s vision.
Next, thank you to the all the makeup artists, hair stylists, wardrobe stylists, fashion designers, florists, lashes designers, and jewelry designers. You make my photography stand out and I couldn’t do what I do without you.
And now for a few extra personal thank-yous:
Carolyn, my close friend and business associate. I love spending time with you planning for our future, working on creative projects and cooking together. My love for you goes beyond the art world. I am blessed to have you.
Fatima, you are one amazing lady. I loved working with you with clients and our many creative projects together. I missed being almost neighbours with you. You are a great person with a very sweet heart.
Raadhaa, you are super fun to work with and have on set. You are a ball of energy and have so many great creative ideas. So many of our shoots together are my favourite. Thank you for modelling for me, for our many laughs together and so many great memories.
Noahh, we started this adventure together. Thank you for all the shoots we have done together, always being willing to travel even when you don’t have a car. Thank you for the many beautiful boudoir looks we have done together and all the great memories. I love that we have shared so many first together and how we have grown together. That means so much.
Emma, thank you for the many amazing hair looks you have done. We have done so many creative shoots together and I always know you will do amazing things. I love hanging out with you while the styling is happening and having your warm, bubbly soul to lighten any mood. Thank you for letting me practice couple photography with your and your man.
Thank you Ruth, for so many great clothing and accessory designs. I absolutely love going thrift shopping with you. Being creative and bouncing ideas off each other. You are beyond talented and I am so blessed to have you on set and your styles in my photography. I love you as a mother and a close friend.
Michele, you are an amazing person and are beyond talented. I love every dress/gown you make and every creative idea you have. You have your own signature style and your work really stands out. Thank you for all your help behind the scenes and all the fun chats we have had. It is a true blessing to have you as a friend and a stylist.
Karissa, it was lovely meeting you this year. Thank you for letting me photograph your beautiful dress. I had so much fun. Your twins are so adorable. I hope we work together again when you have more time.
Thank you for Nectar flowers for supporting my team in multiple shoots. Thank you for time and skills you put into those flower crowns and the greenery for my victorian shoot. You are wonderful!
Nina, thank you for your amazing lashes!!! They are in so of my photos and they are just so beautiful. Thank you for all your support and it was so nice of you to drop off lashes super late when Carolyn, Florence and I were shooting into the morning. It was great meeting you briefly.
Kayla, it was so nice meeting you through instagram and becoming your friend. Thank you for taking my offer to take portraits with your jewelry and your generosity to give the whole team your products. That was beyond nice of you. I can’t wait to work together again and to spend time with you.
Poonam, I know we only worked together once and we haven’t really met properly but I really appreciate your beautiful work and the time you took out of your day to make Mary Elin look flawless. Thank you all the rest of the stylists I have worked with over the years. I am blessed to have you all in my life.
I would also like to thank Angie from AMTI. You have been beyond generous letting my team and I work with your beautiful models. All the models I have been blessed to work with have been professional, well put together, and beyond talented. I truly appreciate your support over the last year and hope to work with you and your AMTI army in the new year. You are a brilliant business woman and very approachable. Thank for everything you do.
Finally, Thank you to all the lovely models I have worked with over the years. Thank you to the AMTI models, the freelance models and my muses. You all so talented and I am blessed to have worked with each and everyone of you.
Thank you to Katlyn Macnaughton for all our beautiful photos and time we have spent together. You are so versatile and I love working with you. You have such a warm personality and a positive attitude. It’s always a pleasure spending time with you.
Thank you to Nadia for all our morning adventures. I am not a morning person but you make mornings fun. I love all our serving rants, our outdoor shoots and all your ideas you offer. You are super fun to talk to.
Thank you to Karis for all the amazing shoots we have done together. You are so beautiful and such an amazing person. Thank you for choosing me to be your wedding photographer. I am gonna make you proud. I am so grateful for all the time you have put in in front of my camera and you always nail the look.
Thank you to Mazzy from AMTI. You are such a blooming talent. Thank you for letting us doll you up numerous times and all your beautiful expressions. Carolyn and I love working with you.
Janice, thank you for trusting me and allowing me to make mistakes and being so positive. Thank you for your generous and thoughtful gifts and the little chats we have here and there. You always bring up my spirit.
Hayden, our friendship goes beyond the model/photographer relationship. Thank you for your friendship, our fun sessions and our wine/dinner nights. You are a good friend.
Kimberly Louis, you are one of my all time favourite models. I absolutely love working with you and spending time with you. You are so easy going and real. Thank you for recommending me for the fun music video project. I had so much fun spending the full day with you. We had lots of laughs.
Mary Elin, thank you for all our fun retro shoots. I love your adventurous side and your big smile. I have so many good memories working with you. You rock the pin up look like no other. Thank you to all the other models I have not mentioned but I hold dear to my heart. Thank you for all your hard work. I am truly blessed.
Happy New Years! Wishing you all the best in 2020!