Légendes d'automne- Halloween

This week was busy, (as it seems weeks always are), but made especially hectic with Halloween. Every year, the intention is to go out early for Trick or treating. The reality is that working moms have a quite the challenge getting the kids dressed, fed and ready to go on a weekday! Although the kids did not seem to mind (they had a blast), it did mean less than ideal lighting conditions for this photographer. So here a few shots that I managed to snap.

Future mermaid getting her makeup done.

Future mermaid getting her makeup done.

Pre trick or treat pizza has become a yearly tradition.

Pre trick or treat pizza has become a yearly tradition.

Clark Kent and the mermaid princess, ready for their treats. 

Assessing the loot!

Assessing the loot!

As you can see, the mermaid princess had a blast!

As you can see, the mermaid princess had a blast!

Beautiful sky in Villeray (just had to throw that one in here!)

Beautiful sky in Villeray (just had to throw that one in here!)

Another great Halloween had come and gone, now to control the candy intake!

Time go visit Annick's blog, who beautifully captured a cutie's 1st birthday. Have a great week! 

Légendes d'automne-Imagination

I am sure that most people (especially the photographers reading this post) noticed the stunning autumn skies this week. The colours and patterns were simply spectacular, as though someone had lit a match in the heavens. Unfortunately, it seems that I am always witness to these breathtaking sights as I am driving, which makes it difficult to capture the moments on camera. On Wednesday this week, I was on the train heading home, so I got the chance to break out my camera as it pulled into the station. Ile Bigras is quite a beautiful place, and the sunset was absolutely stunning as it reflected on the water.

Stunning sunset over the lake, Ile Bigras.

Stunning sunset over the lake, Ile Bigras.

Sunset at the station

Sunset at the station

This weekend, some of the Halloween festivities began. After heading to dance class in her costume, we hit the mall, and of course, she kept it on. That's my Supergirl!

No trip to the shopping center would be complete without a visit to the Lego store. New toy in hand, we headed home and my daughter built the entire thing by herself. I love to watch her imagination run wild as she makes up stories and scenarios with the figurines and keeps building for hours on end. 

Concentration

Concentration

The finished product...a flaming chariot with flying pegasus!

The finished product...a flaming chariot with flying pegasus!

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Flying pegasus Lego, what more could a Supergirl want?

Flying pegasus Lego, what more could a Supergirl want?

That was the week, and bring on Halloween!

Now it's time to go visit Annick's blog, who photographed a lovely family, capturing the beautiful autumn colours in her session. Simply stunning! Then follow the blog circle to see the other talented photographer's posts. Have a great week!

Légendes d'automne-Creating

Halloween is a pretty big deal at our house. My daughter loves to dress up, and for the past few years, putting her costume together has been a team effort. 

This year, she decided she wanted to be a mermaid. After some research on Pinterest (of course), I thought I would make her costume, but luckily, I found a costume at the department store that had enough sparkle to satisfy my girly girl. Of course, nothing could stop us from adding some signature touches to outfit!

Sequins, glitter paint, seashells...all set up bedazzle our outfit!

Sequins, glitter paint, seashells...all set up bedazzle our outfit!

Seashells that were collected during our summer vacation getting painted.

Seashells that were collected during our summer vacation getting painted.

Her concentration always impresses me. Such a little artist. 

Her concentration always impresses me. Such a little artist. 

An embellished tiara, what more could a mermaid want?

An embellished tiara, what more could a mermaid want?

The weekend was not all mermaids and glitter. We enjoyed the beautiful weather and spent some time at the park, and we built legos...lots and lots of legos! I love the fact that she uses her creativity in many different ways. 

A lazy Sunday morning, enjoying the sunshine and building another masterpiece.

A lazy Sunday morning, enjoying the sunshine and building another masterpiece.

Creativity is expressed in so many different ways, and I am glad that my daughter and I can find activities that use our boundless imagination. Now go visit Geneviève's post, who used her creativity in the kitchen this weekend. Have a great week!

Légendes d'automne- Fall is in the air

When I joined Clickin Moms a couple of years ago, I had no idea how much it would bring into my life. Joining the ladies of CM Quebec has been a great experience, and this week, I arranged to meet one of the members and we went out to take some pictures together. We figured that joining forces once in a while would motivate us to take more pictures and trigger our creative juices.

Although this week was starting to feel a bit more like fall, the parc we went to was still quite green, and we did not get a chance to capture the beautiful fall foliage that this is region is known for. However, the parc was beautiful, and we will definitely be visiting it again. Here are few pics of nature preparing itself for Fall.

The entrance of the parc had a beautiful archway of trees.

The entrance of the parc had a beautiful archway of trees.

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Some of the leaves beginning to change.

Some of the leaves beginning to change.

Fall light is magical, and these silvery bushes seemed to glow.

Fall light is magical, and these silvery bushes seemed to glow.

Some flowers were still in bloom.

Some flowers were still in bloom.

Crabapple tree reminded us that is was in fact fall, not summer!

Crabapple tree reminded us that is was in fact fall, not summer!

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Siena managed to find some red leaves...all she needs for a future craft project!

Siena managed to find some red leaves...all she needs for a future craft project!

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It may have looked a bit like a summer shoot, but we definitely saw some hints of Fall along the way. I'm sure next weekend will bring some even more colorful shots. 

Now go visit the talented Geneviève's post, who finally got to spend a quiet Saturday at home. Have a great week!

 

Légendes d'automne-Macro and more

It seems that every week, the talk is about the weather. That being said, this week was something else! Record breaking temperatures at the beginning of the week, back to seasonal autumn weather towards the end. Which may be why I was hit with a nasty cold, making me quite unproductive this weekend.

Not a very prolific week for photography, but I did manage to get a few macro shots. The light at this time of year is quite wonderful, and so I decided to capture some of the details of the remaining flowers on my balcony.

One of my greatest accomplishments as a gardener this year, growing roses in containers. Here, I used my Lensbaby edge 80 with an extension tube to capture the details.

One of my greatest accomplishments as a gardener this year, growing roses in containers. Here, I used my Lensbaby edge 80 with an extension tube to capture the details.

Water droplets about to roll of a rose leaf. Taken with my 100mm macro lens.

Water droplets about to roll of a rose leaf. Taken with my 100mm macro lens.

I always freehand my macro shots (I feel constrained by a tripod). Here, I love the painterly effect that a soft focus gives. 

I always freehand my macro shots (I feel constrained by a tripod). Here, I love the painterly effect that a soft focus gives. 

Thyme sprig. I love to discover beautiful details in common plants through my macro lens. 

Thyme sprig. I love to discover beautiful details in common plants through my macro lens. 

Rosemary sprig. Since I had not trimmed it in a while, a spider decided to make it its home. 

Rosemary sprig. Since I had not trimmed it in a while, a spider decided to make it its home. 

The cold weather is coming, I am not looking forward to losing the beautiful flowers on my balcony. I guess it means that I will challenge myself to find new subjects for my macro work!

Now go visit the super talented Annick's blog, and take part in a wonderful newborn session in old Quebec. She captured such wonderful moments, in an absolutely beautiful setting! Then visit all of the other blogs to complete the circle. See you next week!

Légendes d'automne-Montreal Murals

What a weekend in Montreal! Steaming hot weather, the likes of which we have not seen much of this summer. Time to go out and enjoy it, before Fall actually decides to make a visit. 

I took my daughter, niece and nephew out and about to visit the neighbourhood, partly to keep them occupied, but selfishly to get a few shots in for the blog! The city is filled with colourful, wonderful murals, so the kids and I decided to have a little fun. A little bit of attitude and a lot of colour go a long way to make some pretty interesting shots. 

Oser (Dare)! I think that as photographers, this is something we have to keep in mind at all times. 

Oser (Dare)! I think that as photographers, this is something we have to keep in mind at all times. 

I made the kids pose for the first picture. They worked hard not to giggle and stay serious. 

 

But as you can see in the 2nd picture, it's much more fun to goof off and be yourself!

Attitude for days...

Attitude for days...

Doing the "Dab" in MTL

Doing the "Dab" in MTL

Clowning around can be so much fun. The girls re-creating some of the faces on this painted garage door. Missed the focus a bit on this one, but I loved it anyway. 

Clowning around can be so much fun. The girls re-creating some of the faces on this painted garage door. Missed the focus a bit on this one, but I loved it anyway. 

A little love from my lovely niece to close off this session. 

A little love from my lovely niece to close off this session. 

Although I love more spontaneous, documentary style photography, planned photo shoots can be fun as well. The kids loved it, it was a fun way to enjoy the afternoon.

Now click here to visit Celina's post, who also made the most of the hot weather and enjoyed the water park that had yet to close in her neighbourhood. Then follow all of the other talented photographers' post to see how they enjoyed the heat wave. Have a great week!

Légendes d'automne-Jardins de lumières

So excited to be back this week to start a new project with a bunch of talented ladies. Legends of the Fall (because we like to give clever names to our projects!) is once again a blog circle. Summer was definitely filled with wonderful memories, now we will try to capture the special moments of autumn. 

Ironically, this week did not quite feel like fall. The summery weather was most welcomed after a less than desirable summer, and we decided to take advantage of the beautiful evening on Saturday to visit the Jardin Botanique, and the Jardins de lumières exhibit. My daughter loved it, although her little legs were more than tired at the end.

She loved playing with the LED lights that were lighting up the trees on the way into the gardens

She loved playing with the LED lights that were lighting up the trees on the way into the gardens

My little dancing queen does not miss an opportunity, or a spotlight!

My little dancing queen does not miss an opportunity, or a spotlight!

Making new friends through the window

Making new friends through the window

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Finally, a few shots of the beautiful lanterns that light up the Chinese gardens.

Although the venue was pretty crowded, I'm glad we went and enjoyed a spectacular summer evening. Knowing that my little one appreciated the beauty of the site made it even more worthwhile. 

Now go visit Geneviève's blog to look at her amazing pictures. Her action shots really make you feel as though you were attending the Grand Prix des cyclistes! Then follow the links to each of the participating's photographer's posts to see how this project is starting for each of them. Have a great week!

50 Nuances d'été- Black and white

The summer has just flown by. Seems like only yesterday that I was picking up my daughter from her last day of school, and now, here she is, going into 1st grade. I'm sad that the summer is ending (I love this season), but I'm especially sad that this project is coming to an end.  It has been a simply wonderful experience participating in the 50 shades of summer blog circle. Sharing my work, along with other very talented photographers, has been an extremely rewarding experience. 

This week I took out my Lensbaby again. I also decided to do something a little different, and convert all of my images to black and white. As much as I love colour, black and white images can create a soulful, mysterious mood, or highlight beautiful, natural light. 

When I saw the light coming in to the living room and framing her face, I rushed to get my camera.

When I saw the light coming in to the living room and framing her face, I rushed to get my camera.

Loved the way the slice of focus of my lensbaby edge 80 frames her face. This is such a fun lens to use. 

Loved the way the slice of focus of my lensbaby edge 80 frames her face. This is such a fun lens to use. 

The beautiful weather is not going to be here for too much longer, so every minute in the park counts. No more fear when riding her bike anymore. Just hours of fun. 

Her new skill...riding with one hand. 

Her new skill...riding with one hand. 

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The downside of the park (and probably the only one), getting sand in your shoes. 

The downside of the park (and probably the only one), getting sand in your shoes. 

There you have it, week number 12 of this wonderful project. I loved rushing to post every Sunday, and hopefully, we will start a new project in the fall. In the meantime, please go visit Andréanne's blog, to see what her little superhero was up to this week. Then follow the links to see how all of the talented ladies are ending the 50 shades of summer project. Have a great week!