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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. ♥

Model needed {with} Wedding Dress!

Gigi Photography is looking for a model!

You will receive a complimentary session (valued at $150) and an 8×10 of your choice from the session. I am looking specifically for a model, willing to put on their wedding dress again and do some fun, creative shots in your gown!

No, DO NOT WORRY! This is not a TRASHING session (it seems people get very worried when they hear “Trash the Dress”) – it’s merely a creative-show-off-your-favourite-dress-session … with creative, bridal alternative photography. 😉 You get that?

Model must be available over the next 7-10 days and must be willing to be creative – you may get a little dirty, I’m not going to lie, but you won’t be destroying your dress.


But – I need photos, people … I need you to send me a photo of you in your dress ….e-mail them to me at
I kow the timeline is tight but I am hoping to shoot this model in the apple orchards of Dufferin County. Yeah, you heard me right – won’t that be GORGEOUS!!!!!

So fire me an e-mail telling me your name, if you are interested and a photo of your dress ….. if you can’t find a digital photo of your dress, just snap a shot of the actual photograph and e-mail me that.


Yahooo! Can’t wait to see who sends through some e-mails!



May 17, 2009 - 5:15 pm

Trash the Dress {model} call … update! » Gigi Blog - […] 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.  […]

May 13, 2009 - 9:09 pm

Bumpalicious. » Gigi Blog - […] 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 […]

May 13, 2009 - 4:23 pm

If Bubblegum was a {chair} … » Gigi Blog - […] to all you awesome brides who have been sending in your photos and e-mail submissions for the bride session I am dying to shoot …. you girls are all GORGEOUS! How will I ever […]

Wear your {heart} …

There are some special pieces being made up for my clients right now and they are gorgeous! Here is one I had this ordered for one of my clients the other day and it made me want to order one myself (I have two – one of each girl, but am behind for Lucia!) … what mother doesn’t like to show off their children … especially in such a classy, stylish manner ….!


These necklaces can be found in the accessory store of your online gallery. There are cuff links, too …. great for Father’s day! (Note to self – take pics of Abby’s cufflinks to show you all how stunning they are!)


PYour photo is low-temperature fired onto a petite clay tile, making it permanent and waterproof. Suspended from a gorgeous oxidized sterling chain. 18″ in lenth. Clay tile size will vary according to image, but usually ranged from .75″ – 1″. 





May 16, 2009 - 9:33 pm

Melissa - I love that necklace, so beautiful!! Would love to get one for myself one day!!

May 15, 2009 - 10:33 am

admin - Rose, they are only available through professional photographers soooo … you have to book a session and then order one. 😉

May 14, 2009 - 12:34 pm

Rose - What on line store are these necklaces available to purchase?

May 13, 2009 - 12:01 pm

ROSE L. - OH MY GOODNESS…these are absolutely stunning…I won’t lie….I WANT ONE!
Gillian you showcase an array of stunning, unique, awe striking items at your Blog, I LUV coming here everyday..I’m addicted!:)

May 12, 2009 - 9:14 pm

Kari - Oh my gosh Gillian! I have been looking for a nice necklace for myself because I don’t really have one, and those that you’ve displayed is beyond gorgeous!! I can’t get over how beautiful those are! I definitely want one! one with both kids displayed!!!

May 12, 2009 - 8:52 pm - I love the necklace, what a great idea! I was trying to think of something different for Father’s Day and I think I found it!!

May 12, 2009 - 8:34 pm

Connie - I LOVE the necklace, I want one 2!!

May 12, 2009 - 7:53 pm

Stacey - I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEee it.. I want one now!

May 12, 2009 - 7:41 pm

lori - Glad to hear you are hopefully on the up and up!
Too funny that Monday I spotted this necklace on your client and asked if you received it the day before for Mother’s Day!
She said it was from her Photographer and I asked who that was? She answered Gigi! I said that I loved it and we talked about trying to win great stuff on your blog!!!
Hope we can chat soon about my auction offer. ttyl, take care,

Babies, babies, everywhere …

I started writing this post last night around 10:30 p.m. and suddenly – BAM! I was hit by a bug! A big, nasty, flu-dripping-bug. Spent the night wrestling with him. I think I won but he left a few battle bruises – like exhaustion and a weak tummy – so I am going to try to take it easy today. VERY thankful for my Mother in law who offered to take the two older Ls out for a bit so I could rest …. amen to family!!!!!!

Anyway – here the original post…. before all that fun-flu stuff.


Yippeee! Look at these cutie pies from my recent workshop with Baby Song

We had so much fun …. here’s the first bath of sneak peeks …. more coming soon! 





So cute!



Thanks for inviting me to Baby Song! I hope you had as much fun as I did!

May 15, 2009 - 10:26 am

TAnia - The pictures from baby song look great ! I was just wondering when the rest of them will be ready ? I was there too with my son and niece Brody and Astrid . Thanks

May 12, 2009 - 2:53 pm

Angela - Awwww… so cute! Beautiful pics, Gilly Bean!!! Maybe it’s time for another cute baby for you, eh?

One of {those} days …

Do you ever have one of those days? 

Where you wake up to crying, unhappy kids. The bags under your eyes have made a red carpet appearance. You have 1,000 things to to before noon. You’re out of cream for your must-have-coffee. You’re behind on your overdue paperwork. You KNOW the kids’ rooms need a HUGE cleaning. The laundry is as high as Mt. Everest and as stinky as the local dump. And your energy levels are about as low as the bass singer in your church band. Ohhhhh, sorry, that was a really pathetic analogy but like I said, I’m tired. Did you know I used to be writer? Yeah, can’t really tell, eh? 

Today feels like a big pimple on the face of my life. 

Oh, speaking of pimples, I have one – one that cannot be covered up with makeup. Just lovely. I think I’ll do the grocery shopping at midnight tonight. 

But you must plug on. You must drag your sorry butt out of your warm cozy bed and you must stuff in those earplugs to block out the screaming from your three LOVELY children. Okay, so I didn’t plug my ears but I wouldn’t mind doing it from the hours of 8-11 a.m. and from 4-5 p.m. (we call those the witchy hours in this household). C’mon. I know you all relate.

I’m having one of those days – and I am paying for keeping my three girls out late last night, visiting Gramma over an hour away. Why do I think three overtired chidlren – under the age of five – are going to be manageable the next day?

Note to self. Reinforce strict bedtime routines this week.


Ahhhhh, but I am going to smile, pour myself another coffee and take this day hour by hour. 


Is it 7 p.m. yet??!?!?

This is what I want to be doing right now … chilling on my back deck, snuggled under blankets and proofing … (Yes, I do enjoy my work- but seriously, can you call this work?)



 Hubby hung up this light on the back deck for me … pretty, eh? I’m glad he lets me be girlie.





You know what would cheer me up? Leave me some blog lovin’ and let me know I’m not alone on this WONDERFUL Mondays of all Mondays. 


May 13, 2009 - 12:06 pm

ROSE L. - I hear ya girl……that is the wonders of being a mom:) I count myself lucky even though there are some rough times with babies/toddlers I am so blessed to be going thru it because if I wasn’t a mom I would never know how it would feel like:)
Hangin in there with ya:)

May 12, 2009 - 11:02 am

Carry Aultman - I know just how you feel, sounds like one of those days when my 4 year old twins are both in overload mode and all you want to do is hug them until it passes and they won’t let you. Even just a hug from them until it stops would be awesome, just keep in mind that those hugs are just around the corner.

May 12, 2009 - 8:58 am

Erika - I had a day JUST like yours, but with a 4 month old and a toddler, LOL! You looked great and were all smiles when I saw you yesterday. So not fair that you can drink coffee, 2 more months and I can as well!

May 11, 2009 - 11:16 pm

Jen Salmans - Hugs to you! I just found your website and I’m in LOVE. You do amazing work and can’t wait to keep up with the latest.

May 11, 2009 - 9:03 pm

admin - Awwww, you guys are so sweet! Glad to hear that I’m not the only one out there on days like today! 😉 You guys are awesome … thanks for the virtual hugs!
Yes, Lita, we’ll be doing another La Tienda when we get back! Thanks for the support! 😀

May 11, 2009 - 8:45 pm

Lita - Gillian you have such a nice cozy spot for your working space, it is wonderful that your hubby likes to make you comfy so you can work your magic!! I hope you have a great evening, I love checking your blog!! Are you going to be having anymore La Tienda parties? I was out of town for the last one and would love to participate – I am spreading the word and I hope it helps 😀

May 11, 2009 - 7:41 pm

Debbie - My three (5 and under as well) were very grumpy today too . . . I forgot it was a Monday! 🙂 That’s usually the grumpy day as we get back into the weekly routine! Hopefully tomorrow will be better for you.

May 11, 2009 - 5:31 pm

Kayla - I can relate but mines probably not as bad as your considering I only have one child lol. But Mondays are always the hardest day of the week. Especially if your child takes a late nap (hannah just did) and you know your in for it tomorrow morning cause shes gonna be up late tonight. Yeah totally not looking forward to that.

May 11, 2009 - 4:07 pm

Catherine - I hope things are going better for you now. You KNOW I relate to what you’re saying. I did 4 loads of laundry yesterday, and still have two diaper loads to go! On “those” days, I just try to make it until bedtime, and if I can’t do that, I try to make it until Greg gets home!
BTW, I *love* the photo of you, your girls and your mom! You look so much like her. It’s all in the eyes!

May 11, 2009 - 1:56 pm

Mom - Gillian, I know the kids are tired b/c they stayed here too late last night but I have to say… I LOVED having you guys here! It made my Mother’s Day so very special! I LOVE the “little” people they are, I LOVE their tiny voices, I LOVE squeezing their sweet bums, I LOVE their giggles, I LOVE the way they say words incorrectly and with lisps, I LOVE that they are miniature Abby & Gillians! I LOVE YOU!! Mom xo

May 11, 2009 - 1:55 pm

Michelle Amato - Hi Gillian, I can totally relate. I feel like this most mornings while trying to rush out to door to work while getting one very pampered princess ready for school who has now refused to wear anything but spaghetti strapped dresses and with my little munchkin still half asleep wondering where the high pitched yelling is coming from….By the time I get in the truck start my 1hr drive to work I feel like I have already put in a full day’s worth of work and then some!!! Just wanted you to know you are not alone and trucking on through these days only makes the fun ones more memorable and ever lasting!!!! Take it easy and keep on smilin’ 🙂

May 11, 2009 - 1:37 pm

Julie - Gillian, I seriously forwarded this to my hubby because I want a back deck just like THAT!! I have been trying to get him on board for a few years now, so maybe the visual will help move it along LOL!

May 11, 2009 - 1:35 pm

Stacey - Hi Gillian,
Is it rude of me to admit that I am glad to see you DO lead a normal life?? Of course everyone has days like this, but it always looks like your life is so perfect with those three beautiful little princesses you have dancing around. 🙂 In all seriousness, you know that “momma said there would be days like this”.. and the important thing is to just get through it with a smile.. (even if it is pretend for awhile) Chin up girl!! Look forward to more happy times very soon!

May 11, 2009 - 1:23 pm

Rebecca - Gillian, you are not alone! I’m glad you wrote this today cause I’m thinking I really needed it! I’m 9 months preggo and tired with no energy to do anything right now and my washer broke four days ago and the pile is getting bigger. I ran over to my in-law with 4 loads to do! So tired! Hope it gets better for you. I hoping to relax during nap time!

May 11, 2009 - 1:19 pm

Anna-Karin - That looks so comfy!!
I would love to be able to sit on a porch in the evening and proof like that. In my case I would be chewed up my mosquitos in no time,lol!

May 11, 2009 - 1:19 pm

Marlene - Yes, we all have those days and they are not fun! Just wait till 7 p.m. when you can put your feet up!! Love the blog! keep it up!

Happy {Mother’s} Day!

I’m spending the afternoon with my mom and my girls .. the best way to spend this special day, don’t you think? 

I am very blessed to have the mom that I do – I used to call her Princess Mommy when I was little. I still think she’s a princess, but I now realize how much hard work has gone into her royal role. Little did I know until I, too, became a mom!

I consider my mom my friend and I love hanging out and chilling with her, talking and sharing a coffee together. She’s a driven, hard working, exceptionally clean, organized and wonderful woman! My mom, Brenda, is an inspiration to me in many ways – she knows how to set goals and achieve them. She is very generous. She is loving and forgiving. She is a beautiful woman of the Lord. 

I would be thrilled if, one day, I can be just like her.
Mom, happy Mother’s Day!

(Mom, the Ls, and I  after church this afternoon …)


May 11, 2009 - 3:18 pm

Shannon Littrell - Simply fantastic shot of all of you….. Happy Mother’s Day!

May 11, 2009 - 1:58 pm

Mom - Wow, I can hardly breathe!! That brought such a big lump to my throat and made my heart leap! I love you…. You are such a sweetie!! xo

May 11, 2009 - 9:19 am

Carry Aultman - What a precious photo Gillian. Such a beautiful group of ladies. Hope Mother’s Day was wonderful!

May 10, 2009 - 8:17 pm

Heidi - What a gorgeous picture of all of you! Glad your Mother’s Day was so lovely! xo