Gigi Blog » The life and loveliness of Gigi's World

Gigi Blog bio picture
  • 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. ♥

A happy {full} heart.

Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.
— Anthony Brandt

 

 

Wow, what a fun past few days I’ve had! From the mini sessions at the Lina Lounge (ohhhh, so fun! If you missed out this time around, make sure you sign up for next time because it was a blast! I had a great time and the kids were AMAZINGLY cute!) to the Easter services at our church to family time and togetherness to Easter egg hunts with the Ls. 🙂 Super, duper great weekend.


Oh, and we also got some official dates on the {Project} La Tienda trip! Tamara and I will be leaving on June 4 and will stay there until June 11. I am SO excited!!! Beyond excited!  And I hope you have marked your calendars for our fab-awesomely-fun-La Tienda party we’re hosting on April 29th. You have to be there! It’s a great way to support La Tienda, see their jewelry, BUY their jewelry and … drum roll, please!, also MEET RACHEL STICKLEE! Yes, the girl behind it all. Rachel is the gal who came up with La Tienda, the girl that runs everything, the woman that helps the ladies of La Tienda in her daily life, the woman who LIVES in the D.R. with the ladies and oversees the entire La Tienda operations. Rachel is AWESOME. And I cannot WAIT to have her at our party!! I hope she will feel blessed and loved and supported because that’s what we’re all about!

Okay, but on to some sneak peeks for my dear, dear friends and clients, Catherine & Greg. We’ve been working together for a long time now and I really do look forward to more sessions together. It’s just been WAY too much fun working with them so far!

This session was to celebrate their twins’ first birthday. I know we all say this, but wow – can time fly any faster?! I think not. 
Aren’t they too cute for words?


proof-11
 


Their momma brought them some special birthday cupcakes … mmmm-mmmm-stuff-your-face-goodness.


dsc_1994


and I absolutely love this family image … we were talking about how crazy life is with three kids in the house – especially such young chidren – and how challenging and yet how REWARDING life is in having children. We all agreed we wouldn’t change it for the world!

I think you can read such details in their faces …


proof-3


I may have to do a sneak peek #2 … so stay tuned! 😉


Also, it is TIME to announce the winner of this past week’s giveaway, hosted by Perfect Details!!!! I think you all proved by your wonderful comments that you love Angela’s handmade bags just as much as I do! (In fact, I have to admit that I have already ordered FOUR items from her and I’m tempted to order more!!!). Don’t forget that 10% of all sale proceeds will be donated to La Tienda, so there you go. Another excuse (beyond the fact that the bags and purses are GORGEOUS!) to purchase something from her store!

Okay, using a random number generator …… the winner is 


#5 – Tiffany Stewart – who wrote: “I have to say my favourite is the one on GIGI’s blog cream bag with blue flowers. would love to have it over my shoulder at the beach this summer!!”


Congratulations,, Tiffany! Shoot me an e-mail and  I will hook up up with your winnings!!!! And a big thank you to Angela, my super duper amazing sister, of Perfect Details for hosting such a FAB giveaway! 


P.S. Stay tuned for another {Project} La Tienda auction coming to a blog near you!!! Um, yeah, I mean, THIS blog. Right. Okay, you got that? Okay. Cool. So check back soon!

April 13, 2009 - 9:10 pm

Catherine - Gillian!!! Those are amazing! I am just melting here. We are sure going to miss seeing you so regularly.

Something {Blue}.

“Look at us, said the violets blooming at her feet,

all last winter we slept in the seeming death

but at the right time God awakened us, 

and here we are to comfort you. “

~Edward Payson Rod


There’s something in the air … and in my garden.

And I couldn’t be happier…

buds

Welcome, Spring. I embrace you with open arms – while I toss the mistmatched, woolen mittens and restricting winter coats, the soggy boots and the itchy toques into the basement for yet another half year. 

bloom2

 

 

P.S. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway from Perfect Details – here is the link to the current giveaway. Don’t miss out! These details truly ARE perfect!

April 11, 2009 - 1:07 pm

Heather - Hey- took me a while to figure out who Gillian was… 🙂 Glad our blog was an encouragement to you. I love your photos- you have a gift. If you will send me your email I’ll add you to our email update list, and if you are on facebook ill add you there too- Im able to upload far more photos there then I can on blogger!
God Bless,
Heather

{Pinkish}

I’m so lucky. I have a wonderful hubby who agrees to go along with my crazy ideas. He builds things. He paints things. He bakes. He moves couches into fields for my sessions. He moves beds into fields for my sessions (see above header!). He watches the girls so I can shoot my sessions. He listens patiently as I spurt out new ideas and dreams. 

And today, he made me two new backdrops for my mini sessions tomorrow. Yeah. He rocks. 

First up, my little Lu.

lucia15months1

then Lyla. Crazy Tarzan Child.


lylaapril09

and Lacey, who is getting SO big. It’s bittersweet.

laceyapril09

and a few more for fun. I always try to capture a few extra of Lucia because she’s changing so much right now! She’s usually clinging to me so getting a photo of her is harder than the other girls. But I love a challenge. 😉

luciaapril1

luciaapril09

 

 

While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.
~Angela Schwindt

 

Also, some exciting news! Gigi Photography is getting published!

Yup. One of my photos is being published in a book about emotions.  I was contacted a few months ago but now all the details are worked out and everything’s official. The book, which is titled We Feel Fine, will be hitting the shelves of bookstores in December 2009. And this is the photo that is being published … 

 

6a00d8341edee053ef00e54f30eb7c8834-800wi

April 11, 2009 - 7:16 pm

sharon - Congrats Gigi. Your work is beautiful and I just LOVE this photo!

April 10, 2009 - 12:28 pm

stacy - Ohhhhhhh goodie… looks like your new blog will let me comment!! YAY. 🙂
LOVE the new blog Gillian! The HUGE crisp photos look better than ever!! Your girls are so super crazy darling and I’m loving what you and your new camera are doing!! Gorgeous colors. 🙂

April 9, 2009 - 8:10 pm

admin - Hahah! So true, Gillian! Should I get a model release signed for your arms? They are beautiful, by the way!!!

April 9, 2009 - 2:13 pm

Gillian - Congratulations!! What is the book?!

(I’m 99% excited for you that you are getting published, and 1% excited for me because those are my arms tossing up Lyla! My arms will be famous!)

April 9, 2009 - 7:02 am

Melissa - The new blog is great. The pictures & colours seem to be even more vibrant. Your girls are beautiful.

Mudder’s Day.

My two year old has been running around all week calling me “Mudder.” 

Me: “Lyla, come to the table for dinner.”

Lyla: “Okay, MuDDer.”

Me: “Lyla, don’t steal from your sister.”

Lyla: “Okay, MuDDer. I be good for Jesus.”

Me: “Lyla, where’s your underwear?!??!!?”

Lyla, shrugging her shoulders (at this point is running around, streaking in the house) “I dunnoooooo, MuDDer.”

Ahh, it’s fun being a mom, isn’t it?! Crazy, but fun. Speaking of which, MOTHER’S DAY IS COMING UP! So this is for you dads. Have you been thinking about Mother’s Day?    Yeah, I didn’t think so. Well, guess what? Now’s the time to start thinking. And don’t sweat it. Gigi has your back. 😉


mday_canvas

Isn’t that sweet? E-mail me for more details on pricing and getting your photo from your past session to put together with this lovely, lovely canvas piece. 

Also, there have been a few cancellations so there are LAST MINUTE openings for the Mother’s Day Mini Sessions. If you’ve been contemplating it, book it now! 100% of the print proceeds are being donated to La Tienda. 

mothersdaypromo

Speaking of motherhood, I smell something stinky every time Lucia breezes by me so this is it for now.

Like I said, isn’t motherhood FUN!?  😀

P.S. WOW! Thanks for all the great feedback about the blog AND the awesomely-cool-fun-giveaway, posted below. If you haven’t entered the draw, do it now! 

Also, we have had three successful auctions, raising money for La Tienda. A big huge smooch to those who gave donations for the auctions and a BIG thank you to those who bid (and won!) the auction items! I will be posting a new auction soon so stay tuned to the blog.

April 8, 2009 - 10:08 pm

Danielle - Love the black and white bag (and I know my Mom would too). Your new blog is nicely laid out and very user friendly. I look forward to reading your posts and taking a peek at all those adorable baby photos.

April 8, 2009 - 6:39 pm

Tanya C - Hahahaha….Mudder. That’s what David calls his mom.

{Welcome} to the new blog!

Soooo, what do you think? Do you love it? I do! I’ve been planning on moving the blog over to my website for a while and now, it’s here! (doing the happy dance!) So the next thing on the list is to gently remind all my lovely blog readers that the typepad blog is NO MORE. Well, um, yeah, it’s still there – and you can still go back and look at the images but from now on, all posts will be made here. I think I was getting carpel tunnel syndrome from typing out that loooooooong blog address – yes, this one is much easier.

So update your bookmarks, folks. This is the place to be! I’ll be doing more giveaways, tons more auctions for {Project} La Tienda and, of course, the fun sneak peeks for my clients. 

I had the greatest pleasure of photographing sweet baby Lily the other day. What a dream. She was just so precious and wow, gave me baby fever all over again. This is dangerous territory folks. But c’mon. Wouldn’t you want a baby too if you were holding this little wee bundle of love?

proof-1




proof-5



proof-9

It was such a pleasure meeting Baby Lily and her parents – thank you for choosing Gigi Photography! 🙂

Now, since it’s Monday and I have a new blog, it’s time to celebrate! Let’s do a giveaway, shall we?!

This week’s giveaway is also tied into La Tienda. Oh, so exciting! This week’s awesomely-stylish giveaway is hosted by Angela, Galashan of Perfect Details. Not only if this fabulous lady another momprenuer, but she’s also – ahem – my absolutely-wonderful-super-cool-big sister. 🙂 Angela recently opened her own online shop, featuring handmade bags. And she is just KICKING BUTT in the handbag world now with her bags featured already in stores across the United States. How sweet is that? I’m so proud of her! 


iusb_760x1006068689

And what else sets her apart is the fact she is paying it forward with her business: 10% of all proceeds from the sale of Perfect Details are donated to help out La Tienda. How cool is that? So the more items that are purchased from her site, the more we can help out La Tienda

n538106095_2359703_8001023
n538106095_2359704_3224153


n538106095_2168352_144
n538106095_2369388_208391

You can view and join Angela’s Facebook group, as well, or you can check out her online store.

To enter this week’s giveaway of a $25 gift certificate towards Perfect Details, all you have to do is visit the Perfect Details online store, take a look around at all the fun styles, and then come back and leave a comment here on the blog letting us know which one is your fave. At the end of the week, I will use a fancy-shmancy online number generator to choose the winner. 

Have fun!


P.S. We have a winner for the first auction from She Takes the Cake! Congrats to Debbie on winning an awesome, awesome, awesome cake … I can’t wait to see what Leanne comes up with for the winning bidder! And thank you, ALL, for helping support {Project} La Tienda!

April 15, 2009 - 11:22 am

Roberta - Hi!

I’ve checked out the Facebook group and the online store and my favourite bag by far is the Fresh as Daisies tote. It’s SO cute and so summery—just makes me long for those long lazy days by the lake!

Looking forward to making a purchase asap.

Beautiful website here too…:0)

April 13, 2009 - 8:55 am

Carry Aultman - I loved the Midsummer’s Day Tote, it’s very cute. I’m just getting in touch with my more girly side (having a little girl has rushed this process!) and I think this would be the perfect bag to do that. It would be versatile enough to carry all the essentials needed with twins but stylish enough to never reveal it’s contents are extra socks and wet wipes!

April 11, 2009 - 10:31 am

Catherine - I love the large hobo slouch bag! You have such a talented family Gillian!
The new blog is great!

April 11, 2009 - 1:14 am

Something {Blue}. » Gigi Blog - […] Don’t forget to enter the giveaway from Perfect Details – here is the link to the current giveaway. Don’t miss out! These details truly ARE […]

April 11, 2009 - 12:58 am

Lynda Lu Gibb - What a Duo you sisters are!

April 10, 2009 - 11:25 am

Tammy - Hi Gillian! I LOVE your sisters purses! She is so talented! I would have to say my two favourites are the black bag made from the Michael Miller dressforms with the pink fabric on the inside (my fav colour!) and the one that is on your blog with the black and white swirly flowers! So classy and elegant! I don’t see that one on her site though? Will she be making more of that one? Hope so. Have a wonderful Easter! Talk soon =)

April 9, 2009 - 1:17 pm

Vicky - I love them all….so hard to choose when you have a fetish! right now my fave is Coco my Cabana (the names are so great too!) Looking forward to the 17th so i can finally own one! You’re both so gifted:)

April 8, 2009 - 2:05 pm

Alyssa Averes - I just love the Carnival Bloom Tote & being a new mom also love the No Spring Chicken diaper bag , Ang you are making it very hard to Choose , I love them all !!! see you at the open house !

April 8, 2009 - 1:30 pm

Jillian - Your sister is amazing! These bags are gorgeous!

April 8, 2009 - 1:07 pm

Mudder’s Day. » Gigi Blog - […] for all the great feedback about the blog AND the awesomely-cool-fun-giveaway, posted below. If you haven’t entered the draw, do it […]

April 8, 2009 - 12:45 pm

Heather - the monkey diaper bag is the coolest thing ever. I live in Africa as a missionary- and if we ever get to adopt here I am SOOOOO requesting a Monkey print diaper bag. or maybe an elephant one. 🙂

April 8, 2009 - 12:42 pm

Eva Tardif - How can I pick just one??? I guess I really need to narrow it down!mmmmm nope,can’t do it. Angela, I wish you all the best.

April 8, 2009 - 11:25 am

Michele Pearson - I still love the Spring Tote Market Bag, I’m embarrassed to admit I’m quickly becoming a Perfect Details junkie!!

April 8, 2009 - 11:08 am

vanessa - ohh i love the lovebirds clutch! beautiful!!!!!!!!

April 8, 2009 - 8:57 am

Amy - I love the amelia purse and the carnival bloom tote. I recently ordered my first item from Etsy and it was so easy. I can’t wait til the necklace comes in. Great new look to the blog!!!

April 7, 2009 - 10:55 pm

Michelle A - I absolutely love these bags. Your sister is so talented and original. I have not seen anything like these before. It is so nice to purchase things that are truly unique and special. My favorite is the Classic Audrey Bag…tres chic~ I hope I win and can show this off at work. Either way, I will be definitely buying a bag and support another wonderful mompreneur.

April 7, 2009 - 8:08 pm

Kim - I adore the Carnival Blooms tote…. gorgeous bags! What a talented family!

April 7, 2009 - 6:46 pm

Steph - Awesome new blog Gillian!! LOVE all the pink!
Adorable pictures of the cute baby, as usual!!
Your sister is so talented! My favourite bag is the Classic Audrey Bag. It is adorable and perfect for spring!!!

April 7, 2009 - 6:38 pm

Tara - I love the bags…super trendy! Great work on the blog..anything that makes life easier!

April 7, 2009 - 5:05 pm

Leisha - I love the Love Birds clutch. Perfect for Spring and for tucking into the Midsummer’s Tote! (My other favorite).

April 7, 2009 - 4:16 pm

Janette Marie - It is hard to pick just one favourite … there are so many cute pieces. I really liked the lovebird clutch, but I think I like the black and white one with the black ruffle that is here on this blog the best! Gillian, way to keep things fresh on here–I’ve been on your blog more than anyone else’s I think! 🙂

April 7, 2009 - 4:06 pm

Stacey - Love the new site.. and wondered if it was a coincidence that the minute I logged on.. I saw my beautiful baby Jett… that picture still brings tears of joy to my eyes. Thanks again for capturing one of the most beautiful pictures.. of my precious baby boy!!!

April 7, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Sonya - Good job on the new blog! Love it! I love Angela’s tote bags, I think the midsummer one is my favourite. Glad to hear her bags are doing so well!

April 7, 2009 - 2:41 pm

Leanne - WOW!!!!
LOVE the new blog G!!!
Put me down for the giveaway…I love these bags that Perfect Details create. Maybe I can get one to match my new camera strap..LOL

April 7, 2009 - 1:50 pm

Cam - Wow!!! These bags are amazing. I just love them. My favourite is the Carnival Tote bag and the Audrey bag. They both rock!!! Very hard to choose.
Thanks for the chance to win.

April 7, 2009 - 1:40 pm

Heidi - What talent! I just love these bags and will definitely be placing an order! Way to go Angela!!

April 7, 2009 - 1:31 pm

Kim - Love the Audrey bag, but of course I am a sucker for anything in Carnival Bloom fabric 🙂

April 7, 2009 - 1:23 pm

Heather - Gillian I love, love, love the new blog, it looks amazing !!! And I really like the Spring is Here Market Tote/Beach Bag as well as the black and white one on the blog !!!

April 7, 2009 - 1:11 pm

Justine VanKesteren - I Love the Amelie Purse! I love the fabric and it’s so feminine! So happy for Angela!

April 7, 2009 - 12:03 pm

Kristi - I LOVE the Victoria diaper bag…so perfect for two little girls to take to the beach! what a talented family you have!
Love the new blog as well!

April 7, 2009 - 10:30 am

Corrie - Love the audrey bag, but also the cupcake tote! Pink and cupcakes – yum 🙂 Perfect for a soon to be teenage girl in my house.

April 7, 2009 - 9:55 am

jenn - Just bought the black and white with ruffle, and Angela has also made a mini me bag for my daughter. Can’t wait to buy more!

April 7, 2009 - 9:34 am

Rebecca S. - I love the Little Girl’s Easter Purse – my 3 1/2 year old is all about dressing up in fancy dresses so a cute purse would complement her “girlie” phase! Love the new blog!

April 7, 2009 - 8:56 am

Elaine - I love the Lucy bag, it is so fun! There are so many bags to choose from and I love all the different fabrics, but my fav is the Lucy…or the Audrey…or..well, I like them all!

April 7, 2009 - 8:37 am

Rose - LUV these bags!!! I LUV them all but the black & white one here in the Blog is so sophisticated and elegant:) Now I have Christmas gifts picked out for those hard to buy for people:)

April 7, 2009 - 8:14 am

Tiffany Stewart - I have to say my favourite is the one on GIGI’s blog cream bag with blue flowers. would love to have it over my shoulder at the beach this summer!!

April 7, 2009 - 7:38 am

Monica - WOW…..love, love, love these bags. My fav is the Carnival Bloom Tote/Diaper Bag. Would love to have it strapped to my shoulder this summer!!

April 7, 2009 - 7:23 am

Victoria Ross - Angela! Oh my goodness, I had no idea Perfect Details was becoming so popular, but after going through your pictures, I can tooootally see why!!! I absolutely love your work! haha… I was having a hard time picking my favorite, but I’d have to say that the Vicoria Tote/Diaper bag is probably the coolest thing ever… and it has a fantastic name. haha… love it. I can’t wait to see what else you come up with!!

April 7, 2009 - 6:47 am

Brenda Clair - I LOVE ALL the bags but especially the black one with the ruffle and the pink one with the rosettes!! I am so PROUD of my daughters! Love Mom xoo PS Curious as to the author of the above post. 😀

April 7, 2009 - 1:17 am

Lynda Lu Gibb - I love the black and white Classic Audrey Bag, the one with the dressmaker’s forms on it, of course being a dressmaker for 30 years, no retired, could have something to do with it!
Gillian,Angela, you may n t realize it but your mom was instrumental in my becoming professional in the field of custom sewing! Bless you in all your hobbie/jobbies.