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  • Welcome to the Gigi Blog!

    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.

{Prom} Special!

How much fun would this be?!??! Seriously!



{E}-session lovin’! ♥

When Heather first e-mailed me to book her engagement session with her fiance, Rudi, I KNEW we were going to have fun! First off, Heather is also a photographer (check out her website here) so I knew she’d “get” it … and she did … she showed up with awesomely-fun outfits for her and Rudi and was up for anything!

We had a blast during our session – I felt bad after because we probably left poor Rudi out of the loop while we chatted “shop talk” … and she even shared her delicious homemade rice krispies/chocolate/peanut butter squares that her and her BFF made! How awesome is she?! (And thank you to her BFF!)

She totally reminded me of a blonde Giselle from Enchanted … 



The lovely couple will be getting married in August …  Heather, you will make a drop dead gorgeous bride!



Sadly, Mother Nature was in one of her moods tonight and she decided to down pour right in the middle of our session. Boo! What’s worse is the adorable couple drove nearly two hours (one way!) to get to me – so now, they are driving back tomorrow morning to finish up their session. What troopers!

Heather, see you in the morning! Too bad you don’t drink coffee! 😉 Rudi, it’ll be worth it ….. 😉

June 1, 2009 - 9:27 am

Heather Hogan LOVE the pics Gillian – you are so amazing to work with!! Can’t wait to see the rest! 🙂

June 19, 2009 - 10:27 pm

{Ivy} Love … » Gigi Blog […] 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 […]

Crunch Time!


Only five days till Tamara and I jett off to the Dominican Replublic for our Project La Tienda trip!

OH MY GOSH! I am OVER the moon excited!!!!!! We have packed our suitcases, full to the brim, with all the wonderful donations you guys gave – beads, jewelry supplies, scarves for the women, toothpaste, toothbrushes, medicine, vitamins, shampoo, soap … yeah! We have our suitcases PACKED FULL … now we are praying that nothing “strange” happens on the journey there. Such as the suitcases being confiscated when we go through security at the airport in the D.R. I have heard of that happening, although Rachel told us we should be okay. But if you are the praying type, please pray that they will see favour wtih us and not even SEARCH our suitcases!! 🙂 

Also, can you please pray for Tamara (who will be traveling with me)? Her household (three kids under the age of 6) just got hit with the flu bug – and I know how crummy it is to have little ones who are so sick – and with the trip just days away, please pray that Tamara herself does not get sick and that her children will get better fast so she won’ be leaving a household full of unwell children (mommy’s guilt can be HUGE if that happens).

My Lacey also is sick today – she has a fever – so I’m hoping it is nothing more and doesn’t develop into anything else …

I’m also feeling the  pressure of needing to get EVERYTHING done before I jett off. You know that feeling – all of a sudden, your to-do-list becomes 1,000 miles long … yes, why does it suddenly GROW right before a trip? I’m going to just breathe and tackle a few things at a time and hope and pray I get all my proofing and editing and orders done before I take off. 🙂 

I know Tamara and I are excited to bring back our suitcases FULL of new jewelry from the La Tienda ladies so be prepared – we WILL be having another party (or two?) and a HUGE showcase of the photos from the trip. We went you to all experience how AMAZING you have been by seeing WHERE your donations ended up ….

Here is something special from La Tienda – they have created and designed a necklace that will be sold online only – it’s a feature piece and it’s brand spankin’ new! 

This necklaces is made up of two beautiful strands of red seed beads and a chula clip (what’s that? Just look below …)





(This is a chula clip – pretty, eh?)




Wondering how to wear it? Here are the instructions.



You can purchase one of these lovely red necklaces with paypal for only $12. 

Here is La Tienda’s paypal link:

{Tea} time.

Warning. Rampling personal post ahead … 😉

I used to read a lot. 
I love reading. I am a fast reader. I love books and I have always wanted a huge library in my home. I am teaching my five year old to read (a very awesome feeling!) and my girls and I read books every night before bed.

But since having three little girls underfoot, a business to run, a household to run, a life to live and never-ending laundry to fold, well, my reading falls by the wayside. And when I say fall … I mean, it hits rock bottom in the deepest, darkest dried up old well in an abondaded field miles from civilaztion. I never ever find the chance to read anymore.And that makes me sad. If I sit, it’s because I’m proofing or folding laundry or teaching JK to my daughter or going over the keys on the piano or changing a bum on the living room carpet or painting a little girl’s toenails … oh, the list could go on.
Well, a few afternoons ago, the girls were playing nicely (nicely being the key word) in the backyard and I had most of my “chores” done, so I decided – dare I sit?! – to crack open a book and sit on the back porch – one of my favourite places to sit and relax. The lilacs are in full bloom, the pear tree is bursting with flowers and everything is lush and green with the newness of spring in the oasis of my backyard.




So I cut some lilacs from the bushes … (they happen to be my most favourite flower in the ENTIRE world) …





I made some tea (yes, I drink tea for a treat, coffee for necessity!). 



And I sat. And read. I actually cracked the cover of this book, which my mother-in-law gave me to for LAST Mother’s Day. Yes, over a year ago … and I hadn’t touched it till this week. Sad. 




(Yes, some mornings, that above picture IS my life!)


and it was like an 8-minute spa-soul makeover. That’s all my short break lasted but that didn’t matter. I felt refreshed and renewed and incredibley happy. It didn’t matter that I still had 10,000 things to do on my to-do list. I didn’t matter that my two year old was stomping around in her underwear by this point (I think she’s a nudist at heart) and it didn’t matter that the car still needed cleaning out. 

It just felt good to sit.

And then this little one sauntered up and smiled at me with her eyes … 



And I sighed. A happy sigh. I am a lucky momma. 

And I totally going to force myself to take more tea breaks in the upcoming weeks … 
P.S. Yes, I have my camera with me at all times. Seriously. It’s an addiction!

June 1, 2009 - 10:04 am

Amy I too love lilacs…I found lilac soap at a store last fall and it is delightful! I bought two bars of it and it smells SO much like lilacs and not like a fake chemical replica!

May 30, 2009 - 10:01 pm

Tracy Nevin Sweetest Pic ever Gillian….Love RED RED RED on Lucia!!!

May 29, 2009 - 11:43 pm

Rose:) Ah yesssss…a break for the soul for me is when I come here and read your stories and see your amazing pictures….you are sharing with us all what your heart feels, sees, touches and that is a great story to share…THANKS!

May 28, 2009 - 6:01 pm

clary What a great post and your little girl sure is adorable!!

May 28, 2009 - 5:36 pm

Michelle Love this post Gillian. It is so true. I have about 5 books started and none past the 2nd chapter. I am also wondering why I subscribe to Today’s Parent mag when I have not read one issue completely in the 3yrs I have been getting it!!! Your stories are amazing to read. Maybe I can count your posts as my reading escape time!

May 28, 2009 - 1:50 pm

Tanya LOVE the pictures and I can soooo relate to the blog! It makes me feel normal and happy to be normal! Thanks for sharing.

May 28, 2009 - 1:35 pm

Catherine I can *sooooo* relate! I don’t even bother starting a book unless I know I can devote the time to really read it. If you are able to carve out some reading time, I highly recommend “Girls will be girls” by Joanne Deak. If you’re raising girls (and you are!) it is a MUST read.

May 28, 2009 - 7:39 am

Stacey You are soooo cute Gillian. I love reading your blog.. your feelings, stories and perspective on life is so relatable.

May 28, 2009 - 12:07 am

Vanessa Day Loved this post Gillian, I’ve got 2 toddlers at home with me also and they frequently show up naked, especially my daughter. Love to see other photographers out there who can balance family and work, I’m just starting my business so this summer will be a true test. God bless you in all you do.

May 27, 2009 - 11:43 pm

Kari Gillian.. i could smell the lilacs right through the computer. my neighbours have a lilac bush and i purposely park right beside it so that when i get out of the car, it’s the first thing i smell!

The {Vacher} Girls.

I absolutely love meeting new clients who turn into new friends.

I first met Sonya when she booked her maternity session (also, see above header – the beautiful goddess on the bed is her!) last year. When I met her and her husband, I knew they were going to be a very special family – and now, as I have had the pleasure of getting to know them and  three adorable little girls,I can safely say they are just the cutest family to hang out with! I am automatically drawn to families with three kids – and especially families with three little girls like me! – and since the maternity session last summer, Sonya and I have become good friends and have spent many an outings keeping track of six little girlies, running, laughing and playing around our feet. It’s crazy when we get together but we just bring along extra large coffees! 😉

Anyway, enough said. They are a fabulous family and I just love their girls to bits!!!!

These photos were to celebrate Baby Isabelle – such a sweet tiny little thing …



Yes, Isabelle, you are TOO cute!!


Sonya is one blessed momma… 🙂 


Biggest Vacher girl – and the spunkiest … Miss Avery.





Middle Vacher girl – and the girliest… 🙂 … Miss Emmy …




and some sisterly love … this image melts my heart! 


Chris and Sonya, it’s an absolutely JOY to photograph you and your girlies. You girls are so spcecial! Can’t wait for your Trash the Dress session! 😉 


Okay, and it’s ALSO time to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway by for the fabulous Ginger Blossoms.  


Have you checked out her site yet? The items are so darling ….. I mean, c’mon … who wouldn’t want a tea party or a picnic in the backyard with such delicious looking treats …

Felt Food - Sweet TreatsFelt Sandwich - Peanut Butter and Jelly


The winner of this giveaway – using a random number generator – is #13 –  JILLIAN!

Congratulations, Jillian! I know your girls will LOVE these little treats!! E-mail me and I will hook you up with your goodies!

May 27, 2009 - 10:48 pm

Mich Such cute pictures. I love the shot of Isabelle in the buggy and of course I agree with everyone on the pic of all the girls. So darling….little Emmy holding her hands like that is just too precious. What a blessed family to have three beautiful angels!

May 27, 2009 - 9:36 pm

Rose:) So cute…I LUV the 3 sister pic!:)

May 27, 2009 - 7:14 pm

admin Thanks, guys! Those girls are so cute! I was thinking a canvas, as well! They are just too sweet!

May 27, 2009 - 5:40 pm

Heather Gibb Love the buggy shot–so darling. And then WOW the 3 kids in bw is stunning! That would be an amazing canvas!! They are all dolls!

May 27, 2009 - 5:37 pm

Sarah oh my gosh, the pic of the 3 little ones, those smiles are just awesome, that is a perfect picture to have blown up in the family room!!

May 27, 2009 - 4:48 pm

Sonya Awww, that’s one of the only pictures we have of the 3 of them – can’t wait for it to be hanging up on my wall and sitting on my desk when I go back to work. Thank you, thank you!!!

May 27, 2009 - 3:31 pm

Chris Those girls have good genes! 🙂

August 27, 2009 - 10:11 pm

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