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    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. ♥

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!










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.)



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!





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

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Change of Scenery.

As I’m trying to write this blog post, a “kitty” (aka. my five year old, Lacey) is trying to get my attention by purring and meowing and my two-year-old-wonder-child (Lyla) is trying to feed me “candy” (aka. Fisher Price people – and yeah, she’s trying to shove them in my mouth like they are tasty treats) so forgive me if I sound distracted … 

Last night I had a fun session to shoot! Michaela has helped me recently with a mini session shooting … and we’ve been trying to do her photos for what seems like forever, but the snow would fall, the rain would pour, the wind would chill and we had to keep rescheduling. But FINALLY ….. Mother Nature was gracious and gave us an afternoon. 

The fun thing with a senior (high school student) is you can drive around to all sorts of different locations and you don’t have to worry about unstrapping from car seats, snacks & where you’ll change the next diaper. 😉 I would never inflict such change-of-location-pain on a family of little ones. Trust me, I know what a pain that would be.


So just kinda flew by the seat of our pants…


and found some awesomely-fun locations (Thank you to the Riedel Needle for letting me use their artwork in the photos – and for moving the yellow car. Muchly appreciated) …




and of course, there was this strange location  …. Michaela had to really do some climbing and twisting to get to this location … and if anyone was watching us (and I think there were people staring, wondering, scratching their heads), they would’ve thoughts we were nutso … but don’t you LOOOOOOOVE the prettiness of this image?!?! 

Well, I do anyway … 😉



and then we went for a drive in the country. And were eaten alive by blackflies. Or some kind of flies. Not fun, but the photos?! Fun … 😀


Thanks, Mich, for working with me!

Oh, and by the way, I really can’t believe that the La Tienda trip is coming up so quickly …. I’m SO excited to meet the ladies of La Tienda and spend the week photographing them and yet have so much to do beforehand! We’re still accepting bead donations at this point in time … you can drop them off at the studio (12 York street).  Thank you to everyone who has helped out and donated something so far! You guys ROCK!!! I’ve had LOTS of requests for more jewery parties so I promise you, when we get back, we will be having MORE parties! Yeahhh!

May 16, 2009 - 1:39 am

Angie - wow, Gillian I LOVE these! The color is amazing, the locations are perfect and she is just beautiful! Great work!

May 15, 2009 - 4:46 pm

Kayla - I love all these pics. Michaela looks gorgeous in every photo. Amazing looking, Gillian you do such an amazing job!

May 15, 2009 - 10:49 am

Michaela Murphy - Gillian! You are amazing! Thank you sooo much!
That was one fun day 🙂


Now HERE is a cute pregnamt momma for you … Tammy, you are so sweet and such an easy going kinda-mom – my kinda gal, for sure!  



Tristan, her son, was naturally very sweet and loving to his mommy … he came up with his own poses and this one just melted my heart. 



An adorable family – I think she’s having a girl -what do you think?





Can’t wait to meet your baby, Tammy – what a blessing!

Speaking of pregnant mommas, have you checked out the PreNatal Nights at the Lina Lounge? Every Thursday, from 5-8, there is a momma-to-be class for all you gorgeous ladies sporting some a growing baby bump … the class covers everything from breastfeeding to doula services. Click here for more information — tell Caroline Gigi sent you! 😉 

And now to announce the winner of this week’s giveaway, hosted by the amazingly-unique Simply Silhouettes ….

Simply Silhouettes


First off, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to the folks at Simply Silhouettes for offering to do this giveaway. I absloutely am in love with their stuff – have you checked them out? I can’t wait to order three little girls’ sillohuettes to sit ontop of my piano … perfect!


So, the winner’s name was drawn by using a random number generator – – 

And the winner is #5 – Rose – who wrote:

Very cool and unique indeed. You find some amazing things Gillian…thank you for all the upcoming Christmas gifting ideas:) I have them all bookmarked…shopping made FUN and EASY…thanks to Gillian!

Congratulations, Rose! Please e-mail me and I will hook you up with your winnings! 🙂 

Also, yeah, I know I said I would announce the bride-to-be for my model call but I have to go through all the submissions still (they are still coming in!) and I will get back to you guys on that … it’s a tough choice! I think I am going to have to use again! Stay tuned!

June 8, 2009 - 7:49 pm

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