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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. ♥

Everything’s Bigger In Texas.

So why do they have that saying here in Texas anyway?! I’m not sure but I am LOVING it here! Yes, Lucia and I arrived yesterday afternoon to the gloriously warm, green, beautiful Lone Star state. It’s GORGEOUS here!

And the best part is – I’m sitting right beside my AWESOME BFF,


Stacy is my dear, dear friend who also happens to be a photographer. Five years ago, we met online and became fast friends. Stacy is AMAZING and so sweet and kind – in fact, her kindness is the reason we are friends! Back four years ago, I was looking for some photography supplies and when Stacy offered to mail them to me, it started off our awesome relationship.

We are really alike in some ways and totally different in other ways. We both shoot Nikon (thanks to my influence!), we both have Macs (thanks to Stacy’s influence!), we both photography businesses, we both love coffee (combined influences!) and we both love Greys (Stacy’s influence!). 

Here we are in all our glory. Forgive my appearance. That’s the 4 a.m. wake-up-airport-travels-hairstyle.


I adore Stacy, her two kids, Jasper & Kathryn, her hubby, John, and their sweet doggy, Roxie. I’m super duper excited because I get to photograph them all week long! how lucky am I?!?!?

Tonight, Stacy is planning on doing some photos of Lucia and me (so excited!) so I will be posting them on the blog tomorrow!

Lucia is absolutely loving this one-on-one time with momma and her new friends … and she’s learned a new word: “TARGET!” Yeahhhhhhhh! That’s my kinda girl. 


(photo by Stacy Murphy)


… hee hee … doing what I do a lot …. checking e-mail, facebook, twitter, etc.



More pics and stories to come of our Texan adventure!

P.S. WAY to go on the
auction of the beautiful necklace! Yahoo! So excited! You guys are awesome!! It ends soon so if you want to bid, bid soon!

April 22, 2009 - 2:28 pm

Elaine - The photos are GREAT!! You have found a very talented friend !! Can’t believe how much Lucia is changing, but still favours your side Gillian:)

April 22, 2009 - 1:40 pm

Catherine - I forgot to mention…. I should have known you would have a pink computer! 🙂 I love it!

April 21, 2009 - 4:54 pm

Catherine - So nice to see photos of you on your blog! I hope you have a great time! I hope you’re enjoying the warmth, as it has been cold and rainy back home.

April 21, 2009 - 1:50 pm

Heather - ahhh- your a nikon fan as well- that must be why we like each others blogs! birds of a feather flock together!! LOL. What one do you have? I have a Nikon D40X- LOVE it, wish i had time and patience to figure out all the features of it! Oh well- its takes amazing pictures just on dummy mode!

A Yellow Duck & Sunday naps.

“Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week.”

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I love Sundays. 

No, wait, I ADORE Sundays. I love the whole tradition of going to church with my family – and let me tell you, getting three girlies ready in the morning is QUITE the production. And don’t let their chopped hair fool you – I STILL manage to curl it or do something to it to make it somewhat girly … well, as girly as it gets when your two year old and five year old have chopped their hair with playschool scissors in the dead of night! But I love spending time with my church family and refreshing my soul and spirit for the upcoming week. 

However, today, I defied death all for something as foolish as, um, well, vanity.

Today, I decided to wear a new pair of shoes which I purchased in the states last month. I LOOOOOOOVE these shoes – pink, beautiful, high heels – but walking in them is like walking on shards of glass-  wearing these shoes, for me, is a near death-defying feat. No joke.

And this morning, I had to carry two kids on my hips, one purse, one Bible and hold on to my five year old’s hand as we crossed a very windy parking lot, trying to keep my own skirt from flying up in the ridiculous wind, to get to the church doors – all while wobbling along, trying to figure out how people can actually wear these shoes all the time … and not just on Sundays.

Why oh why did I decide to wear these shoes today?

Because they’re purrrrrtttyyyy …. and I couldn’t help myself … (sigh)



Lesson learned. High heels are for days when daddy can help carry the kids across the parking lot and up two flights of unusually steep church staircases. 

(FYI: I am going to read this over before I attempt “high” high heels again for next Sunday. We don’t learn, do we women? Thank you for not laughing at me today if you saw my feeble attempt to wear such shoes.) 

I also love the
laziness of our Sundays. A day of rest, right? Most Sundays, daddy has to go back to work after church (but we’re just thankful he can come with us to church!) so it’s a quiet day at the Gauthier household with three tired, tuckered-out-girls.

Ahh, who am I fooling. Four tuckered out girls. Myself included. 

Biggest L. 


Middle L. 

and baby L … juuuuuust waking up from her snooze-fest. 



And another little sweetie has eneterd our little family ring .. Ducka.  (Not quite the original name I would’ve picked, but what can I say? My two year old named it!) We picked him (or her?) up at Zellers the other day (Thanks, Tracy!!) and the girls just AODRE this little duck. He drinks from a bottle, quacks and flaps his wings … he’s just a baby and is the about the best pet we have ever had – thus far. 


He even watches movies with the girlies. 

Another lovely Sunday in the Gauthier house. 🙂

I leave for Texas in the morning – yeeeehawwww!!!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out the ongoing auction for La Tienda! It’s a beauty! 

P.P.S. I have just placed a new ad – look for it online! The first person to spot it will win a complimentary 5×7 print from their last or upcoming Gigi session – to win, e-mail me and write out the quote on the ad and tell me what photo was used in the ad! Have fun!

April 24, 2009 - 10:19 pm

Michelle - I sure hope I find your ad.. still looking!

April 20, 2009 - 1:32 pm

Catherine - Those are beautiful shoes, and I would never attempt to wear them, I’m just too clutzy for that!

I love the pics, as usual. There is something about kids when they’re sleeping, it is so beautiful!

Head over Heels… ♥

“How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts,
that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees
on the quivering summit of the hill? 
A kiss, and all was said.”
~Victor Hugo

E-sessions. Yeahhhh. Gotta love them! We had a blast with this session – this beautiful, fun-loving couple came for photos all the way from Thunder Bay. Okay, okay, so they came to Orangeville for their Easter celebration but still … let me have my cake and eat it too.

We braved lots of mud and melting snow, some chilly winds and an energetic, love-hungry puppy. While Mountain Man didn’t seem to mind the chilly winds, his little lady friend and I were quite frozen by teh end of the session – but I gotta say – it was completely worth it!


(Big smooches out to Joanne for letting me use her greenhouse! Thank you!!)



WOWZA. Gorgeousness!


I better head off to La-La Land – tomorrow is my last day in Ontario for a week. Yup, I’m treking off to the land of dusty cowboys, sneaky scorpions (yikes!) and prickley cacti.

Yes, I am going to TEXAS, folks …….. wow …. never been, never really thought about going, but now that my BFF, Stacy Murphy, lives there … well, I’m going to go visit her for five days. The two older girls will stay with daddy/Gramma (who am I kidding? 95% Gramma, 5% daddy while I’m gone!) and I will bring 15-month-Sweet Pea along for the journey …….


May 1, 2009 - 2:47 pm

Donna Breen - Gillian,
You are soooo gifted!! What beautiful pictures…photography is an amazing art form and you sure know your stuff!! It’s such a pleasure to see how you enjoy your work and to see how your lovely family is growing…the girls are fab!!…loved the tea party.
Hugs, Donna

April 21, 2009 - 4:02 pm

Grandma Gerr - I will wear those shoes!!!!!

April 19, 2009 - 10:08 pm

Ada Shave - love the pictures

April 19, 2009 - 8:58 pm

Tamara Perreira - Beautiful as always!!!

April 19, 2009 - 8:01 pm

Stacey - Love the photos! Thunder Bay… no way!!!!!!!! That is where I lived for 30 years! .. strange that I don’t recognize them 🙂 Anyways.. great photos.. I want more done!!

April 19, 2009 - 6:50 pm

Sherry - These pics are awesome, I love the last one as well, where was it taken?…seems to be the question everyone is asking…is that Jordan Bonham.

April 19, 2009 - 5:34 pm

Kristi - Amazing photos!! where is the last one taken? it is beautiful!

April 19, 2009 - 2:17 pm

Catherine - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that last photo! You are amazing!

April 19, 2009 - 11:58 am

Jordan - lookin’ good…I can’ wait to see the rest of the proofs.

April 19, 2009 - 10:13 am

Michelle - Wow.. i love love love it. Can’t wait to see the rest of our proofs. You really make the colours pop!

Hannah Banana.

What a FANTASTIC week! It’s been amazing and I feel so blessed for all the wonderful things happening with La Tienda, the party coming up, spending time with my girlies, all the flowers that are blooming in the gardens along my street (the ones Lyla hasn’t trampled on, that is), the sunshine … c’mon. That sunshine rocks, doesn’t it?!

And to top it off – fantastically-wonderful-new-clients. How can I call my job a job?! I can’t. Shhh. Don’t tell my husband or he won’t let me get away with “I’m working …” excuses for times like right now – when the laundry is STILL on the line from today and it’s approaching midnight.


But c’mon. What’s more interesting? Taking the laundry off the line or going through fun-filled-photos from a session?!  (Okay, that sentence itself is amazing – did you note the laundry is on the LINE?!?!? And last week we had a major snowstorm?!?! Crazy Ontario weather. Gotta love it. Sorta.)

I had a great time with Miss Hannah during her session – what a sweetie pie! She even gave me a kiss and a hug at the end of the session. 🙂  




… with her sweet momma …



What a dream she was to photograph! And thanks to Auntie Sherry for driving all over town to find helium balloons for me! 

And now … about that laundry on the line …. 

P.S. Don’t forget about this week’s auction to help out the women of La Tienda! Check it out here – we need more bids!!!!!!

April 21, 2009 - 3:44 pm

Lindsay French - Hey Gigi those photos are soo cute i am very happy that i put you at ease enough so that when you are photographing you don’t have to worry about your kids! Me Lyla, Lucia, and Lacey have soo mcuh fun together and i am soo happy that these photos turned out so well have fun in texas for me! Ew i have to be in school! ha ha 🙂

April 17, 2009 - 9:47 am

Robyn - Gillian, WOW! What other words could be used to say about your passionate work. God has truly blessed you with an amazing talent that is so clearly seen. In every picture you have taken, you have not only captured their face/pose, but you have captured the sparkle and warmth of all your friends. May God continue to bless you, your business and your family.!!

April 17, 2009 - 8:55 am

Kayla - OMG……Gillian the pics are amazing, you totally know how to capture a moment. Thanks soooo much for doing this for me. Ur the best!

April 17, 2009 - 7:35 am

Evelyn - How much cuter can you get Hannah??? What amazing pic’s…Kayla you must be so proud of your little girl 🙂

April 17, 2009 - 7:28 am

karen - Gillian the pictures of Hannah are just so beautiful,
you are so talented, and Hannah is such a Princess,
we just love her so much.
Thanks for being such a blessing.
May God continue to bless you and your Business.


April 17, 2009 - 7:28 am

Leanne - OH MY GOODNESS!!!! What a little doll Hannah is!! G, the pics look amazing…Kayla must be so proud of her!!!

Loving at the Lina Lounge.

Oh. My. Goodness.

Last week’s mini sessions, hosted at the amazingly-cool-hip-place-to-hang-out-spot, the Lina Lounge, were SO much fun and were so awesome! And each child that came through was so sweet and adorable. I had the BEST morning ever … hands down, the best mini sessions to date. 



such eyes …!



Hello. Cuteness overload!


I love these little girlies … they are also featured up on the top of the blog in the header … 


and the adorable Hartley, who stole the show, dressed in his cute red and blue underoos. 🙂 



There will be more sneak peeks coming but I didn’t want to make you all wait any longer. I know how painful it is. 😉 

A big thank you to Caroline, the owner of the Lina Lounge, for asking Gigi Photography in for the mini sessions. I think we are going to have to do it again sometime – it was THAT much fun!

I’m actually heading off to the Lina Lounge this morning with my three girlies for their puppet show workshop – should be fun! If you haven’t been there before and if you have kids, you should check it out. (Caroline, the owner, is also going to be offering something up in our La Tienda blog auctions coming up so watch the blog for details!)

April 27, 2009 - 8:44 am

A little boy to make your heart melt. » Gigi Blog - […] was one of the sweeties from the Lina Lounge Mother’s Day Mini Sessions. All proofs from those sessions will be uploaded tonight. […]

April 16, 2009 - 8:02 pm

Grandma Gerr - They are soooooo very cute!!! <3

April 16, 2009 - 8:00 pm

Grandma Gerr - They are soooooo cute!!! <3

April 16, 2009 - 4:28 pm

Caroline - Gillian!!!!!!!!!! You rock! Thank you so much for all your support at the lounge, the pictures are FANTASTIC! and I can’t wait for you to do it again 🙂

April 16, 2009 - 10:13 am

Kristi - Love the pictures….the girls will be there next time for sure!

April 16, 2009 - 9:34 am

Susan - Thanks for the sneak peek! I love the pictures! 🙂

April 16, 2009 - 8:49 am

Sonya - So sweet! What cute pictures – not just because of the kids but I’m sure some wonderful man is behind those sets too 😉