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    Mother to six Little Women and Two Little Men. Married to a Happy Mortician. Caretaker to goats, chickens and many, MANY bunnies. Photographer. Homeschooler. Lover of Jesus, coffee & tea and all things pink & vintage.

{Hot} Stuff.

Okay, as promised, because I know she is anxiously waiting … 😉 … a quickie sneak peek from Barb’s Trash the Dress session …. we had such a blast and Barb ROCKED it!  It was Barb’s birthday the day of her session – what a great way to celebrate her day! The evening was so hot and muggy – a great night for her session!


(Do not adjust your screen. Yes, the wall is crooked.)


They took me to some beautiful grounds where we used the stables, the pond and the barns – I love new locations! Thank you!





Her husband, Joe, was an awesome addition to the session … and such a gentleman! Thanks for teaching me how to know when it’s an hour to sunset! 😉


and of course, a hot Trash the Dress session requires some cooling off ….. sexy style.


More to come soon! There’s too many awesome shots … I have to do a double posting! 😀


P.S. Did you know Gigi Photography has a facebook group? I would love it if you joined ! You can join by simply clicking this link!! 🙂

June 29, 2009 - 3:40 pm

Barb Let’s see some more!!! I can hardly wait!!!!

June 26, 2009 - 4:40 pm

Catherine These are amazing photos! Maybe once I fit in my dress again we’ll try it out! It looks like it was a wonderful, fun session (as they always are)

June 26, 2009 - 2:35 pm

Jillian Barb and Joe are Olivia’s soccer coaches! Beautiful pictures! The one of both of them is definitely hot and steamy 🙂 I love, love, LOVE the third picture too!

June 26, 2009 - 12:46 pm

Melissa WOW!!!! hot & steamy pics! Barb you look awesome! (you too Joe) Can’t wait to see the rest.

June 26, 2009 - 12:15 pm

Joe Gillian;

I had no idea prior to this experience what skills were required “before the click of the camera” to take photos like these…

You put my wife and I at ease, you directed us into the “poses” effortlessly (in most cases with out us even realizing that you were) and you made us feel truly special…

Even without the photos this experience has brought my wife and I closer together than ever…

To anyone thinking about doing this I say “Forget renewing your wedding vows, Trash Your Wedding Dress with Gigi Photography!!!”

Thank you so very much,
Joe and Barb Mason

June 26, 2009 - 10:20 am

Barb So completely {F~A~B~U~L~O~U~S}…. Hubby is THRILLED!

The work is {not} yet done …

The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter. 

~Author Unknown


Today, I was hit with some, hmm, let’s just say bumpy news and some rough patches and issues in my personal life. It was all very upsetting and very confusing and very frustrating … I wanted to cry, to yell at the person involved, hug them and then shake them and tell them to smarten up all at the same time … while I was going through this wide range of emotions, my heart and mind were quickly transported back to the Haitian village I recently visited. I remember, quite clearly, the sick children, the rotting poverty, the unfair political treatment, the look of despair on a mother’s face when she realized she could not afford to purchase food for her children … and all my troubles and all my anxieties flew out the window. 


How petty our little problems are, how insignificant our shallow fights may be … when across the world – or even just downtown in our own city – someone is fighting to keep their baby alive … someone is mourning the death of a loved one … someone is watching their husband writhe in pain from an illness that has taken over their body … 




Today, in the Haitian village in the Dominican, random men and women were ripped from their homes, loaded on a big truck and sent back to Haiti … no warning … children left motherless, wives left husbandless … I cannot even imagine. 

Please read Rachel’s newest blog post … the work to help them is not yet over.

The story about Anise deserves her photo … (taken from Raquel’s blog):

“It’s hard for them to understand why we would want pictures of them, doing their laundry, but they all got behind it and just tried to act natural.  But when Gillian would show them an example of the family portraits they were so pleased and giggly it was hilarious!  On the last day of photo’s we thought of doing a group shot.  One of my quietest ladies, Anise (makes paper) who barely says two words and acts like an Amish lady with all the appropriate prudish tendencies, came waltzing down the village hill in a BRIGHT golden BALL GOWN!  It was about 15 sizes to big.  My guess is, it was given to her in a donation bag and she had it saved in her house for a very special day.   It was TOO sweet.   The Ladies really got into what Gillian was doing because Gillian’s attitude towards them was one of service.”



What weight is on your shoulders tonight?

July 1, 2009 - 2:31 pm

marcia these are stunning! i can’t wait to see more photos and hear the stories of these women.

June 26, 2009 - 9:05 am

Barb You amaze me….these images are haunting…thanks for the reality check….we have so much to be thankful for….

“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant,to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.”
~Johannes A. Gaertner

June 25, 2009 - 10:55 pm

Rose Wow, very powerful message Gillian. Sometimes we get caught up in the moment, we are just trying to do what is right for our children… brings us back to what is really important in life, we have that moment to stop and think and then it seems to work itself out.
Hangin in there with ya girl!

Sweet as {Sugar}

“Daughters Dance their Way into Your Heart
Whirling on the Tips of Angel Wings; 
Scattering Kisses & Gold Dust in our Paths


I’ve always had a soft spot for this family – maybe because their two little girls reminded me of my two girls, or because Keri, the mom, and I get along so well … but each and every time we have had a session together, we have had such a great time! And now, with the recent addition of a THIRD baby girl, well, gosh, I think Keri and her three little girlies and me and my three little girlies will be hanging out a lot more in the future.

Keri and Chris, your sweet baby Emmie is just so precious! Enjoy every minute with her – your family is just so beautiful!





Are they not the cutest family ever?!





Strrrrettttttttchhhh … 



one of my faves … momma and babe … oh, so gorgeous …




To celebrate such sweetness – let’s do a giveaway! 


This week’s giveaway is hosted by Fashion Refined … the most darling online store featuring wooden and glass pendants, handmade by Katie Russell.




These handmade pendants are also sold in boutiques all over the world including New Zealand, Canada and Australia as well as in America in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Florida and California. 




Each pendant is personalized with a darling name … like Haillie & Nora … 



or Lacey (well, now, isn’t that a fantastic name?! Hee hee!)…


There’s even a Lyla! Fantastic!




She recently added ….. drumroll, please, a Gigi pendant!




To enter this week’s giveaway to win a pendant of your choice from Fashion Refined, just leave a comment here on the blog and I will draw a winning name by the end of the week. Happy posting!

July 5, 2009 - 5:27 am

Lydia These are beautiful! Especially love that first picture!

June 30, 2009 - 3:28 pm

Shannon Littrell simply stunning! i love them all!

June 26, 2009 - 10:00 am

Liana Beautiful pictures, as always, Gillian! Pendants are fabulous too! Thanks for your prayers this week :o)

June 25, 2009 - 7:40 pm

Natalie Those are fantastic pictures and pendants! Cannot wait till trash the dress and my wedding pics!!! 🙂

June 25, 2009 - 2:01 pm

Barb Had a fab time at the trash the dress session last night. How cool!!!! Can’t wait to see a sneak peek!!!

June 25, 2009 - 10:18 am

lyndsay hyatt-almeida what a gorgeous session and a HOT mamma!!

June 24, 2009 - 11:19 pm

Holly Youre pic’s make me smile each time I take a peek at them. Thanks for maaking my day brighter!

June 24, 2009 - 12:32 pm

Monica The little ones are too cute. Pendants are beautiful, my favorite is ‘Rebecca’!

June 24, 2009 - 12:19 am

Christine The updated pictures are breath taking and I absolutely love the pendents!

June 23, 2009 - 10:22 pm

Rachel Absher OH WOW! Those first two just made me say Awwww. Love these, G! Beautiful work.

June 23, 2009 - 9:58 pm

Rose:) Such adorable girls:) LUV the giveaway too!

June 23, 2009 - 9:22 pm

Heidi I just LOVE the picture of the three girls. Congratulations Kerri on the arrival of another little angel!! xo

June 23, 2009 - 3:59 pm

Audrey Love the photos. I am so looking forward to our session with all of the family.

June 23, 2009 - 3:53 pm

Amy Gorgeous family. Can’t say I want another babe though – especially after being kept up since 3 am this morning by number 3 ( he’s having a tough time w/ the heat). I love the pendants – and am partial to the “Nora” pendant.

June 23, 2009 - 2:42 pm

shelley somers love your pics, and coming from a girl who makes handmade jewelry those pendants are awesome!! is there one named Mia??

June 23, 2009 - 2:25 pm

Elizabeth That was just about impossible to pick! I think I’d choose the Iona pendant but come on…I could collect these!

June 23, 2009 - 12:18 pm

Cam Great photos. Such a beautiful family. Wow!!! that is such a neat necklace.

June 23, 2009 - 11:37 am

Mich Love the pics!! The first one is my favorite and the stretch one is too cute! The pendants are beautiful, like artwork. The orchid one is my favorite.

June 23, 2009 - 8:40 am

Evelyn OMGosh…these are absolutely beautiful shots…can’t wait to see little Emmie 🙂

June 23, 2009 - 8:32 am

Keri Kitto Gillian, I just love our sneak peek!! Emmie and the girls look so precious!! And I love the Stretch!!! I’m also loving the jewelry!! Very funky!!

June 23, 2009 - 12:53 am

Justine Mom and baby photos are beautiful! Sooooo dangerous to look at when you still get those baby urges!!

June 23, 2009 - 12:24 am

Hilary Sturdevant Gillian your photos are so inspiring and full of emotion! I really enjoy looking at your work. You are so gifted!!

June 22, 2009 - 11:26 pm

Kim Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous… the photos and the pendants!

June 22, 2009 - 11:11 pm

Sheena Morrison Gorgeous pictures!!!!

June 22, 2009 - 10:55 pm

Sherri The subjects themselves must have inspired you,they are so sweet. Hope you bought those named necklaces for the girls! They’re great.

June 22, 2009 - 10:19 pm

Michelle Beautiful Photos as always

June 22, 2009 - 10:06 pm

Rebecca Ohhhh..I love the stretching baby shot!! Soooo precious! Beautiful necklaces – very creative!

June 22, 2009 - 9:57 pm

Melissa absolutely gorgeous pics and a gorgeous family

June 22, 2009 - 9:22 pm

Carry Aultman I love the photos Gillian, makes me consider another baby (should whisper that one so the hubby doesn’t hear!!!) And the pendants are stunning absolutely stunning. Not sure how you manage to find so fantastic stuff. I’m just adventuring out into the world of jewelery and I would totally wear these. Beautiful photos and pendants!

June 22, 2009 - 9:15 pm

Debbie Beautiful photos – my favourites are the first two. Mum and baby and then the one of the three girls.

The only trouble with winning a pendant would be making the final choice! So many to choose from 🙂

June 22, 2009 - 9:00 pm

Catherine I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the photo of the three girls! Just beautiful!

June 22, 2009 - 8:47 pm

Elizabeth Lovin your blog. Really beautiful images. Also really lovin those pendants!

January 26, 2010 - 2:22 am

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy! » Gigi Blog […] been so amazing seeing her family grow over the years! Do you remember Baby Emmie’s sweet newborn photos? Can’t believe how fast these months have gone! While proofing these adorable photos, […]

My Father. My {hero}.

As a little girl, I always secretly loved that my middle name was the same as my father –  Dale. My full name is Gillian Dale Clair. I’m not sure why that was such a big deal to me – after all, it is not the most girliest name on the planet but it always held special meaning to be named after my daddy. 

This Father’s Day, I want to dedicate this post to my dad …

Who worked hard at his construction business through my entire childhood to provide a future for his family.
Who stared bankruptcy in the face in his early 20s and overcame it with an amazing fight and has now become a successful businessman.
Who packed up his family – three noisy, bouncy kids and one gorgeous wife – and drove across Canada in the muggy heat of summer to start a new life and a new job. 
Who taught me to clean the bathroom at age five (I still remember him with the Mr. Clean bottle in his hands – probably the one and only time he’s cleaned the bathroom! Hee hee!)
Who built the coolest ever playhouse for me and my sister and brother – complete with a slide coming down off the roof.
Who taught my sister, brother and I how to shoot down Little People during a rubber elastic war.
Who knew how to throw a wicked water fight.
Who made me practice baseball over and over – so I wouldn’t throw like a girl (I still do – sorry, dad).
Who made me shovel the driveaway so clean that the pavement showed through the snow (just teasing you, dad!)
Who made me Digger #2 – while building his workshop in the backyard in the country.
Who trusted me to flip the switch every morning on our septic tank in the country. Big job. Still not sure why he trusted me. It did just what you thought it would do. Yuck.
Who, I think, convinced my mom to get our family dog, Jake. I loved Jake so much & still miss him.
Who taught me that tithing is an amazing form of worship and act of obedience to God. 
Who made sure my sister and I dressed modestly during those scary teenager years. (Again, thankful for that!)
Who took me on my first date at age 13. I fell asleep. Sorry, dad. 
Who didn’t yell at me when I backed up my first car into his work van on foggy morning on my way to my Tim Horton’s job.
Who made sure I paid for the damage I inflicted on his work van while backing out one foggy morning on my way to Tim Horton’s job.
Who paid me to clean out his work van so I could pay off my debts.
Who came to my college graduation and cheered me on. 
Who met Abby and didn’t even question the fact that we wanted to get married after four months of dating. 
Who gave me away at my wedding. 
Who celebrated the birth of his three grand daughters with pride. 
Who still gives amazing advice for my problems when I ask. 
Who has loved my beautiful mother for the past 33 years and has remained faithful in a world where marriages fall apart as easily as they begin. 

Who still to this day is the wiset man I know. 

I love you, dad. Thank you for being you and for being the most amazing dad ever. 

Love your daughter,

Gillian xo

June 21, 2009 - 11:21 pm

Ay Midwinter I just wanted to tell you how inspiring you are to me as an amateur photographer! You are an incredible photographer and I just LOVE looking through your pictures. I have been to Caraballo, DR twice and got to spend some time with Rachel and Jonathan and Rosiare and cannot even tell you how much I am in love with the pictures you captured there! They bring tears to my eyes…
I know not much of the art in a photograph has much to do with the camera but can i ask what you shoot with?
thank you 🙂

June 21, 2009 - 10:18 am

Michelle Wow Gillian, I am crying while reading this for many reasons. Your dad sounds like an amazing father and friend. What a truly special gift to give him by writing these words from your heart. Thank you for sharing them so openly with your blog readers!! Continue to treasure all your special moments from the past and ones to be made in the future, they are for sure the best gifts one can receive!!

June 21, 2009 - 9:11 am

Sheena Morrison Very nice blog..makes me want to hug my Dad! Cute picture too! Funny little older sister and my Dad share the same middle name as’s also Dale!

June 21, 2009 - 8:00 am

Mom Gillian, that is an amazing tribute to dad! I read it to dad and we laughed and cried (mostly me crying) You are truly special,,,, thank you for remembering all the good things (and not reminding us of the bad) He (we) know that we weren’t & still are not, the perfect parents, but we try. God is good and we thank Him constantly for our children and the beautiful heritage they bring us! (GRANDCHILDREN!!) ♥ ♥ ♥

June 21, 2009 - 12:37 am

Sherri Smith What a fabulous tribute. I can see how much your dad loves his family, and it’s wonderful that you took the time to let him know how much he means to you. I’m sure it makes his heart glad.

{Ivy} Love …

This week has been an insanely mad week of (trying to) catch up on all my Gigi work  – editing, proofing, ordering and all the other fun stuff in between … if you’re waiting for a gallery, it will be coming SOON! Promise. I have had 10 cups of cofffee today and will be working till 6 a.m. this morning – yup, pulling an all nighter. Yeeehaw!

Okay, seriously. No,  I haven’t had 10 cups of coffee (although that does sound tempting) but I am working fast and furious to get all your beautiful galleries loaded. 

Meanwhile … can I just add some photos from a scrumptiously-amazing-fun engageent session I shot recently? I loved this couple – so fun! Heather is also a photographer so it’s a real honour to be chosen to document this stage in her and Rudi’s lives!





Absolutely devastating – the next day, the building owners cut down all their lovely ivy. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess? Crazy.

Ohhh, yes, and I now get to announce the winner of the giveaway from Baby Slings & Other Things …!

First off, a BIG thank you to Maple Sansford, the owner and brain behind Baby Slings & Other Things. I love supporting other WAHM and especially those in my area! If you haven’t checked out her slings, go and check them out! They are awesome! “”

So, the lucky winner of this giveaway is #15 – Jen who wrote:  Wow I have always used my heart to heart sling, but these look more comfy…after having four kids, I need something comfy! ;)”

Jen, e-mail me at and I will hook you up with our winnings!

Check back next week for another fun giveaway! 🙂

June 26, 2009 - 1:41 am

Elaine I love the rachel pendant:) gillian, you find the coolest things on etsy!