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  • Welcome to the Gigi Blog!

    Blessed to be a mother to half a dozen girls & one boy. Wife of an undertaker.
    Photographer. Homeschooler. Daughter of the King. Chicken and goat raiser.
    Lover of Jesus and all things pink and vintage. ♥

{Canvas} it up, baby!

Oh la la!

Have you always wanted a canvas photo from Gigi Photography?! Now is the time to buy! For two days only, all canvases are 20% off their regular prices! How cool is that?!?!?!!??!?

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So quick, e-mail me and tell me which photo from your past Gigi session is the one you’ve been DYING to blow up into a canvas and we’ll get that done for you asap!

Now here are some quick peeks of some cuties over the past few weeks that I haven’t had a chance to share on the blog …. 

 

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And don’t forget about this week’s La Tienda auction – it’s a doozie of an auction!! Check it out!  Also doing a giveaway ……. check it out and leave some blog love! 😀

May 22, 2009 - 12:15 pm

Too cute for words … » Gigi Blog - […] sneak peeks coming soon! We have LOTS going on here – canvas sale (extended to 7 p.m. tonight!), La Tienda auction and a giveaway! Oh yeah, and the Father’s Day canvas […]

May 21, 2009 - 2:13 am

Anna-Karin - Sweet babies!
Love that you got mom included in some as well. It seems that mom’s are usually the ones taking pictures at home and rarely is mom captured with her baby. With these portraits there are moments documented with mom included.

May 20, 2009 - 5:39 pm

Kristi - Thanks Gillian for capturing me and Piper! this photo is amazing! you are truly talented in capturing mommies and their little ones! Thanks so much!

May 20, 2009 - 4:44 pm

shannon littrell - super cute shots. the last one is my fav…. you made their eyes totally POP! fantastic job!

Flaunt the Frock …

I had the BEST, most fun session last night with my Trash the Dress models …. we had a BLAST and the girls just worked it! Amy and Jenny, you gals are awesome! Thanks for (mildly!) trashing your dress with Gigi Photography!

First up – Miss Amy – mom to an adorable little boy, wife and business owner … and just as sweet as you can get!

This was in front of a funeral home – we were laughing, thinking, it must look kind of – er, strange – to have two brides out front of a funeral home … ohhh, good times!

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We changed locations lots …. LOVED this alley (Thanks, Gid!) …

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Amy, you are GORGEOUS!

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OH. MY. GOODNESS …………… drop dead GORGEOUS! Ahhh, apple blossoms … 🙂

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Work it, girl!

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Amy brought along her friend, Jenny, who I just LOVED – her look was amazing! So unique and STUNNING! Jenny’s wedding dress was her grandma’s and her mom’s dress – how unique is that?

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Ten points for guessing who she looks like in this shot  …….. my FAVOURITE person in the whole wide world ….  in the White Way of Delight. Does that ring a bell?!

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WOW! Jenny, you are SO BEAUTIFUL!

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By the end of the shoot, we decided to do the water shots, but only feet as it was FREEZING – only 12 degrees by this time of the night and I’m positive the water was about 60 degrees F., if that. Brrrrr!

… but don’t you love how the shots turned out?!

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I’m already taking lots of bookings for more Trash the Dress sessions – don’t miss out! E-mail me at gillian@gigiphotography.com to book your session and have some fun with the dress of your dreams!

Okay, and because you are all so wonderful, it’s time for another giveaway, hosted by an adorable online store I discovered while Christmas shopping:  Ginger Blossoms.

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These handmade toys are a great way to encourage your child with creative and imaginative play. Ginger Blossoms, owned by Andrea Edwards, is the cutest online store, just full of charming little goodies for you child to enhance their childhood. All handmade felt products, they are safe and easy for little hands to hold. I have bought the felt desserts for my girls and they love to use them in Rose Cottage!

Felt Tea Party DessertsPick your own Vegis

 

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This week, you can choose your yummy treats that you would like to win (with a maximum value of $12). All you have to do to enter this contest is visit Ginger Blossoms website – and check out her fun blog, as well – and browse around her shop, choose your tasty treat and then come back and leave a comment here on this post. Easy as pie. I will post the winner of the giveaway by the end of the week.

Speaking of pie – doesn’t this look delightful?!

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Happy Tuesday!

May 26, 2009 - 5:47 pm

Jillian - Beautiful pictures! The felts treats are too cute! My girls would love playing with them!

May 20, 2009 - 9:15 am

Carry Aultman - Gillian, love the trash the dress photos. Stunning as always. I also am definitely in love with the Ginger Blossom products. They are so cute. My kids would love them! I totally love the heart cookies and cupcake hair clip.

May 19, 2009 - 10:53 pm

Tanya - Love the photos…especially the White Way of Delight…totally Anne Shirley! Beautiful girls, and beautiful work!

May 19, 2009 - 9:53 pm

Carmen - Hey there … you’re images are so colorful and fun! I love everything about them 🙂
so glad to see such vibrant, crisp and unique imagery. looking forward to following your work 🙂

May 19, 2009 - 9:00 pm

sharon - absolutely stunning photos! they are beautiful, love the light.

May 19, 2009 - 6:56 pm

Rose - WOW the pictures are absolutely stunning..the apple blossoms are breath taking:) Trashing the dress is way better than having it stored in a white box with a plastic window!lol

May 19, 2009 - 5:32 pm

Michelle - Those Trash the Dress pics are awesome!! I agree with you that the Alley pic is really cool! It looks like you gals had a blast. O.k. so my girls and I are true “sweets” lovers and for us the Pretty in Pink cupcakes are a must for our tea parties!

May 19, 2009 - 4:57 pm

Amanda - I saw these at a baby show in Brampton. I can’t wait till my girls are old enough so I can buy them. Why couldn’t they have had neat stuff like this when I was young???

May 19, 2009 - 4:48 pm

Maple - OMG Ally would go nuts over the heart shaped sugar cookies never mind the cake….they are adorable!

May 19, 2009 - 2:22 pm

Sherri Smith - You’re making me think of wearing my gown for my 40’s decade shoot with you later this year after I move there. I can still get into it 16 years later, as long as I don’t breath too deep. Hope you make me look as fantastic as these models.

May 19, 2009 - 2:08 pm

Amy - I love the cake!!! Great for tea parties ( if I could get Nora to sit long enough to have a tea party with me). The trash the dress pics are amazing. I hope that Natalie will do them after the wedding.

May 19, 2009 - 1:29 pm

Erika - Fantastic photos! And that giveaway…so cute! How do you find all these great ideas?

May 19, 2009 - 1:25 pm

Catherine - These are *AMAZING* photos! Everything about them were beautiful!

Trash the Dress with {Gigi} ….

I’m shooting another Trash the Dress session tonight … and I have lots planned so I can’t wait to try out new ideas … it’s always fun hanging gout with a gorgeous bride who is willing to be creative and have fun!

 

Such as Laurel – an amazingly wonderful friend of mine who I have blogged about before  … aren’t I lucky to have the honour of taking her photos?! She’s DROP DEAD gorgeous!

 

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If you submitted your photo for a Trash the Dress session with Gigi Photography last week, e-mail me again because I have a special gift JUST for you … 😉

Enjoy your holiday Monday to my Canadian readers! For all you readers outside of Canada, happy Monday! 😀

Trash the Dress {model} call … update!

I just returned from a three hour drive of scoping out locations for an upcoming wedding and some bridal portraits … very exciting! We live in a gorgeous province!!! 
One of the locations I was scoping out was for my Trash the Dress bride/model call

First off, WOWZERS! I received SO many e-mails and facebook messages for submissions of brides who would like to wear their dress again and spend some time with Gigi Photography during a session. How awesome! You gals are so BEAUTIFUL!!!! 

Well, going through all the submissions, I really had a VERY hard time narrowing it down to one bride …. and I absolutely hate disappointing people so here’s the deal. I am going to choose ONE bride for the apple blossoms session … but for the rest of you who sent in submissions, I have something exciting to share! A SPECIAL offer ... something very unique and exciting … but you have to e-mail me … and I will fill you in on the details.  So go to your e-mail inbox right now and fire me a message if you were one of the brides that sent a photo or a facebook message – and I will spill the beans to you! I hope you will be on board with the idea … hee hee! Can you tell I’m excited about this adventure!? TOO FUN!

 

Okay, back to business …. the chosen bride for the Apple Blossom session is the gorgeous Amy James, a Barrie resident and business owner, and mother to an adorable, cute little baby boy. Isn’t she stunning?!

(Photos below were from the wedding day – photographer: Debi Spears.)

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We’re going to *attempt* to shoot her session tomorrow night (I say attempt because the weather is absolutely freezing and I need it to warm up so Amy doesn’t die of frostbite during the session!) … yahoooo! Let’s hope Mother Nature helps us out a bit by bringing over some warmer weather. 

Also, I need YOUR help to come up with a better name than Trash the Dress … a lot of people think they have to TRASH their dress but you don’t have to wreck your wedding dress during a session (it will, however, get dirty) so I’d like to rename those sessions. What do you think? What should I call them? Leave a comment here or e-mail me and send me your ideas. If I choose your name, I will give you a gift – $50 off your next Gigi Photography session! 

So stay tuned to see how this next Trash the Dress session turns out!

Kids + Car = you need this auction!

Do you have kids?
Do you have a car? Minivan?

Then you NEEEEEEEEEEED to bid on this next auction for La Tienda ….

First – Have you been following what’s going on with La Tienda? If not, you can click here and that will fill you in. If you have, well, then you’re up to speed and you’re probably wondering when the next auction is going to happen. Well, it’s here and it’s your lucky day!

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Hallmark Toyota in Orangeville is offering you that new car smell again …! You heard me right … when is the last time your car smelled good? Bid on today’s auction item and you will have that wonderful scent at the tip of your nose all over again … yeah, baby!

 

Hallmark Toyota is donated a Premium Touch Cleaning and Detailing Service up for the La Tienda blog auctions. Yeeeehawww! Fabulous!! I’m so excited about this auction because, well, as a mom, let’s face  it, the car is NASTY and I will be bidding on this myself!

The Premium package includes:

– complete meticulous hand washing/drying of the vehicle exterior, including the door and trunk openings
– detailed interior cleaning including vacuuming of seats, carpets and floor mats
-deodorizing of the passenger compartment
-detailed inspection report of the vehicle’s interior and exterior
– power washing of wheels, inner fender and undercarriage
– vacuuming of trunk
-shampooing of floor mats and spot shampooing of stains
-two step paint restoration process to eliminate minor paint imperfections and restore factory paint finish luster. Includes machine polishing and Toyota paint finish sealment
– treatment of interior and exterior rubber and vinyl trim
– lubrication of locks and hinges 

 

To place a bid on this amazing auction item, click HERE ….. 

 

Do you know what the best part is? 

100% of the money raised in this auction goes STRAIGHT to help out the work of La Tienda. How awesome is that?! A big thank you to Hallmark Toyota for being so generous! I love Orangeville!

Only three weeks till Tamara and I leave for La Tienda! So exciting!!!!!!!

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May 22, 2009 - 12:21 pm

Too cute for words … » Gigi Blog - […] sneak peeks coming soon! We have LOTS going on here – canvas sale (extended to 7 p.m. tonight!), La Tienda auction and a giveaway! Oh yeah, and the Father’s Day canvas […]

May 20, 2009 - 9:02 am

{Canvas} it up, baby! » Gigi Blog - […] don’t forget about this week’s La Tienda auction – it’s a doozie of an auction!! Check it out!  Also doing a giveaway ……. check […]