This past Mother’s Day I travelled with my family up to Huntsville, Ontario for a mini staycation. I was actually going up to photograph Terry & Sheri-Lynn’s engagement session at Deerhurst Resort. I also photographed their wedding at Deerhurst this past June. Anyway, I pledged earlier this year to bring my real camera with me a LOT more on family outings and I wanted to share these images with you.

As a busy photographer and business owner I needed to be sure that I was documenting my family and our lives. I had let it slip for awhile and was only bringing my iPhone with me on outings and simply for our everyday life. While I love my iPhone and in particular I love Instagram, I was not capturing all the wonderful stages of our daughter’s childhood and of our lives together with my real camera.

I am a firm believer in printing your photographs. We have Camryn’s newborn album as well as several beautiful family portraits on gallery wrapped canvases and custom framed prints throughout our home. I plan to design our family albums documenting our lives so that we will have cherished keepsakes for years to come.

I also shared images from our trip to Huntsville on my lifestyle & design blog, Sunday Crush, in a new column called Go Here.

 

These images were captured at 4 Muskoka Kids, which is a great little shop on the main street in downtown Huntsville. Camryn was having so much fun playing with the toys in the store. They have a little kid’s sized table & chair which is perfect for kids to sit and play while in the store.

We loved our one bedroom suite at Deerhurst Resort! Camryn’s favourite part was the pool….which is amazing!

We are a very outdoorsy family! We love hiking. Camryn has been hiking & snowshoeing in the winter with us since she was a few months old. We had an amazing backpack that we picked up at our favourite outdoor store here in Barrie, Sojourn. Casey carried her on his back until she was probably 2 1/2 years old and then she started walking & hiking with us. Camryn has a true appreciation and love for the forest, and we couldn’t be happier to nurture this love. Walking in the woods is such an important part of our lives; it brings balance to our busy lives and reminds us that in life it is the simple things that are the most important. Mostly, it gives us the opportunity to slow down and appreciate each other while taking in the beauty of our Ontario landscapes. We visited the Dyer Memorial and Arrowhead Provincial Park on our trip to Huntsville.

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