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Blog post challenge: Nail Art

I received an invitation to blog about halloween nail art, you know, all those things you see on pinterest and you wonder how the hell they do that, and then do it on the right hand?
This is me:

Yeah my left hand sucks for doing the nails on the right. I said sure! as long as they are no spiders.
Seriously, spiders are a deal breaker.

So here is me, trying to do this:

It looks easy enough right? and there is a kitty cat!
Step 1: paint nails a dark blue colour for the night background.
Mistake number one, I did it yesterday and then washed the dishes. And remembered why my nails always look "punk".
I have a nail polish called uptempo plum, dark enough. 
Step 2: draw the moon. With yellow! who has yellow? I had to venture out to the drug store so I bought a white manicure pen. Figured a pen would be easier.

Step 3: draw the fences. err, skipping this one. I don't have brown or cooper. I have the one red but it looked a bit dry so I skipped that step. I don't know how I am getting graded on this thing.

Step 4: draw the kitty cat. aaaaaaaaand my nails are teeny tiny. Like 10 year olds have a better nail bed. rats. I feel like those people who draw on a grain of rice.

Step 5: do the dots for eyes... with what?!. Didn't think that one through, I tried to do it with the pen but a blob came out and I had to wipe it off. So I photoshoped them in, ha ha.

And ta-da! it does look like a cat, kinda right? Like one who is turning towards you with a bit of disdain. Why do people do this?
Well I had fun. I am going to do some more blog posts trying new things.
Thanks to for making me try. Nice product line. There is a black sparkly one called boho glam that is calling my name.
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Tips for anniversary photos

I had the pleasure to shoot this great couple, Caroline and Pat, thanks to a gift certificate from a client that had no idea what to get them as their 25th wedding anniversary. She emailed and ask; "do you do family portraits?" Why yes, yes I do.

It's funny in my business how it works.

Anyway, they drove in from Kitchener - hoping not to run over a marathoner (runners!) and avoiding traffic. It worked great to do at 3 pm. Fall light is very flattering.

I shared my tips with them for couples shoots, but they had a couple of great tips of their own!

First, the last time they had professional shots done of just the two of them, was their wedding, so they did their homework.

They chose the colour that they used for their wedding, purple to tie in their wedding with their anniversary. How clever is that! And the purple just popped against the orange of fall.  I could not have styled it better myself.
And they chose it as an accent, in her jacket and his shirt, that way they look coordinated but not matchy-matchy.

This was genius. They looked at pictures that they have taken over the years and brought them with them. Pictures they both liked how they looked so they knew exactly what to do. It made my job way easier.
The session went like: now let's do the one where you are holding him from behind, and Caroline knew exactly what to do, and it looked great.

They had one where they were looking over their sunglasses and were caught in a very candid moment when they were hanging out at the cottage.
We recreated that 25 years later with sunglasses they were given as anniversary gifts!

Location: Woodbine Beach Park
For pictures of the location click here

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