March 17, 2015Engagement Ring Event | Lovebird BridalPosted in Engagement,Events,Let Them Eat Cake,Weddings

Good Morning lovelies,

Guess what time of year it is? It’s time for our third annual Engagement Ring Event at Lovebird Bridal Boutique. If you are recently engaged, come down and have your engagement ring photographed compliments of Winding Violets and Lovebird Bridal Boutique. If you know someone who is engaged, please pass this link along to them. I am certain they will thank your for it!

Every year has been a great success, and a lot of fun. We invite you to come down and enjoy Michelle Pilon’s beautiful wedding boutique, and have your ring stylistically photographed by Kingston’s only Fine Art Wedding Photographers, Winding Violets as you browse.

Here are the deets:

Who? | Winding Violets and Lovebird Bridal Boutique have teamed up to host a spectacular event.

What? | Have your engagement ring stylistically photographed, compliments of Winding Violets and Lovebird Bridal Boutique.

Why? |  You get a beautiful image of your engagement ring absolutely free!  The question should be, “Why not?!

Where? | Lovebird Bridal Boutique, 172 Ontario Street, Downtown Kingston.

When? |  From 10am – 3pm, on Saturday, March 21st 2015.

How? | Saturday we will be photographing engagement rings from 10am – 3pm. You will receive a complimentary digital download of your photograph, via email, on the following Monday!

 

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A few fun facts about engagement rings: 

Did you know that engagement rings date back as far as ancient Egypt?

The engagement ring is placed on the left hand, and on the finger nearest the pinky, because it was believed in Roman times that that finger contained a vein that led to your heart. That vein was called, “vena amoris,” or vein of love.

During Victorian times, know for it’s sentimentality, it was not uncommon for rings to be fashioned from your beloved’s hair…umm, I think I’ll stick with the gold thank you very much ;)

The most popular cut to date, according to Tiffany’s, is the Brilliant. This cut emphasizes the sparkle, and radiance, of  your diamond. Hence the name: the Brilliant Cut.

Do you know the four “Cs”? Cut,  Carat, Colour, and Clarity.

See you this Saturday, March 21st (between 10am -3pm) at Lovebird Bridal Boutique

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Engagement Ring Event | Lovebird Bridal | March 17, 2015

October 9, 2014Fall Engagement Photos in Kingston | Kelly & AndrePosted in Engagement

Greetings and salutations!

It has been a long time since we last met. Many wonderful photographs have been made; relationships, and bonds, have been strengthened; and time has tramped on indifferent to the goings on inside her eternal mechanism. Fall is upon us.

Hemingway once wrote:

“You are expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen.” (A Moveable Feast)

I suppose fall is sort of a melancholy season, full of reflection. When losses are felt more deeply and with the days shortened, time seems to slip from our grasp with more ease. But Autumn is also so full of brilliance. Brilliant reds, yellows, oranges; wool sweaters, homemade soup, and firesides; words like cozy, embers, and glow fit into our conversations like a home knit scarf.

Autumn is a season on contrast. This fact isn’t easily missed if you spend in our household. Melissa feels the melancholy in the season, resonating with the words of Hemingway; whereas I see it’s brilliance, and might cite Albus Dumbledore: “happiness can be found in even the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

We hope you enjoy this little ray of light tonight, while you are curled up under your quilts, with your extra soft flannel pajamas on, listening to the wind howl through sparse tree branches reaching up toward the cold dark night.

Bon Appétit

The Violets

 

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Fall Engagement Photos in Kingston | Kelly & Andre | October 9, 2014

June 22, 2014Guildwood Park Engagement Session | Toronto, OntarioPosted in Engagement

Good Morning,

I read this fantastic quote the other day and wanted to share it with you. Theodore Roosevelt  once said,  “keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.”  A beautiful sound bite from an inspirational address delivered to a group of school children on Prize Day. These words are a reminder to strive for your ideals, but that change happens on the ground in your actions.

I felt so moved by this quote that I tracked down the full speech and read it through. And just like the cliché goes, reading the book is so much better than watching the movie, reading speech gave so much more gravity (meaning) to the quote.

President Roosevelt was warning the boys and girls of Groton that many people are going to want to put them into a box: “you will meet plenty of well-meaning people who speak to you as if one trait were enough.” And that happens doesn’t it? People see us for one aspect of ourselves – the dreamer, the loyal friend, or the joker etc. – and then we start to conform to that description and begin to be defined by it.

One trait isn’t enough. You are a multifaceted, complicated, and beautiful person that was carefully made with intention. True happiness lies in listening to ourselves honestly and fully, then striving for that ideal position in life that we were made to occupy. Be deliberate in the way you live your life.

“Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground.”

 

– The Violets

 

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**Here is a link to that Theodore Roosevelt’s full speech, if you care to read it! 

 

Guildwood Park Engagement Session | Toronto, Ontario | June 22, 2014

February 12, 2014Kingston Engagement Photography | Catching SnowflakesPosted in Engagement

Good morning everyone,

We figured that since Jack Frost is here to stay, we might as well join in the winter fun.

No two snowflakes are alike. I feel the same way about engagement sessions. Put these two ingredients together – snowflakes + an engagement session – and your photographs have the potential to be full of romance and wonder.

The analogy doesn’t end there though. Snowflakes are also quite delicate, their beautiful form can be caught on the tip of your tongue or in hand, but almost immediately they lose their crystalline form once captured.

I feel like catching a snowflake is great analogy for what we do: making photographs.

Once we’ve figured out where we want to shoot, taken the light into consideration, and found some loose posing that will most flatter our couple, it’s all about catching snowflakes.

And by snowflakes, of course I mean genuine expressions of love and connection between our couples.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not running around a field with my camera ablaze hoping and praying I’ll catch something beautiful. That would be the equivalent of sticking my tongue out and hoping to catch a snowflake. And I don’t care who you are, no one likes it when you stick your tongue out at them. Especially two people who are already feeling vulnerable enough – likely in front of the camera for the first time.

No, we know we are catching snowflakes – that is to say delicate moments, and expressions of love between two people – we are deliberate.  We make the appropriate choices to make our couples feel free to fall into our hands and share their connection to one another in front of us.

Congratulations Kristin and Steve, thank you for your trust and for braving the snow with us!

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

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Ashley You guys really are the best. The best of the best! Beautiful shoot. {February 12, 2014, 09:02am}

Kingston Engagement Photography | Catching Snowflakes | February 12, 2014

December 22, 2013Prince Edward County Engagement Session | Sand DunesPosted in Engagement

Good Morning,

Christmas is three days away; Kingston is covered in ice from roof top to sidewalk; our tree is casting it’s warm amber hue over the room; the fire is crackling; White Christmas is on the television; we are snuggled in for a long winter’s nap.

But before we nod off with visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads, the third door of Winding Violets Advent Calendar must be opened. Behind door number three . . . nope not some amorphous chocolate figure unfortunately, but something just as sweet. A slight imaginative reprieve from the ice storm, a trip to Prince Edward County’s sprawling Sand Dunes. Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!

Merry Christmas,

The Violets

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Prince Edward County Engagement Session | Sand Dunes | December 22, 2013

September 5, 2013Maria & George | Downtown Kingston, engagement session.Posted in Engagement

Good Morning to you,

Well, it appears autumn is upon us yet again. And in the waning summer days I’m reminded of all the great things Melissa and I did this summer. We travelled to New York and Rhode Island; I learned to sail and she learned to row; we read some awesome books that have really changed the way we see the world and all of you lovely people out there in it. The summer also brought low times with it as well. A dear friend of our’s lost his younger brother, an awesome individual who touched many lives and left behind a legacy of love and exuberance – a life lived well.

As the season’s shift we tend to turn our attention more inward. Social events are less frequent, we are less likely to spend time outdoors, travelling is kept to a minimum, and our lives become smaller. Autumn is a time of reflection. This autumn I’m going to be focusing on one question: am I living my life with purpose? More often than not, life is something that happens to us. We are passive agents reacting to the events of the day, rather active individuals shaping the events of our day with purpose.

I started a new book last night, and the author wrote the most profound thing, “I’m convinced that most people talk themselves out of first place finishes.” These are the words of an Olympic Gold Medalist, this is someone that is intimately acquainted with winning. Buddy Melges, the author goes on to explain that people always look to external factors to explain their lack of success. Buddy argues that, “the real reason [people] are continually disappointed  is that they are not mentally prepared to win.” They talk themselves out of first place finishes before they even begin.

Living with purpose requires preparation, courage, and discipline. The hardest part of all is having courage enough to believe you can win. The external factors of your life shouldn’t define you or determine your direction. How you see yourself should define your purpose. If you can live like that, from the inside out I mean, that is a victory in my book.

From what I have learned during my time spent with Maria and George, these are excellent ambassadors for living a purpose driven life…I hope Rick Warren isn’t too miffed that I borrowed his phrase. These are people that happen to life, rather than letting life happen to them. Both are on track to become lawyers, one a class action litigator and the other a corporate attorney – when worlds collide, am I right? We hope you enjoy the photos from their 5th anniversary shoot, and we hope you take our hopeful autumn message to heart.

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

 

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Maria & George | Downtown Kingston, engagement session. | September 5, 2013

July 9, 2013Blueprint Downtown Kingston BoutiquesPosted in Engagement

Happy Tuesday,

I think we can all agree that having a sense of individuality – the feeling that you are unique and special – is very important to each and everyone of us. How each person expresses that individuality can differ from one person to the next. Some people use music, others athletics. Your vocation can be a contributing factor to your individuality, the car you drive, even the television shows you watch. In fact, most of the choices you make are reaffirming who you see yourself to be.

Have you ever found yourself shopping in a mall, department store, or big box store and just felt that everything was blending together? That there was a lack of individuality, even amongst the clothing! Well that’s exactly why boutique shops exist. These shops are opened by people who are looking to offer people, like yourself, alternatives to mainstream commercial options.

So what is a boutique anyway and what is the benefit of boutique shopping? Boutiques are independently run, or one of a kind shops. Which translates into unique clothing you’re not likely to see anywhere else. It’s sort of like these “indie bands” you’ve been hearing all about. Except instead of unique music, we are taking about clothing in this case. Basically, wearing boutique clothing is the equivalent of having Arcade Fire on your back. Wait…did I just compare wearing boutique clothing to giving 6 people a piggy back all at once? I can assure you it’s much more comfortable than that.

If fashion, style, and clothing is a means of self expression for you, perhaps boutique shopping is for you? We certainly encourage our couples to go out and find unique clothes for their engagement sessions. And that means shopping indie.

Photography is a visual medium – as if you hadn’t noticed. As such, we want to see you express your individuality through your clothing choices in your engagement photographs. Courtney and Mike, the couple below, are outfitted entirely from Blueprint. Blueprint is a great boutique nestled into the heart of our downtown here in Kingston. It’s the perfect shop to hit up, if you are thinking about having your engagement photos taken soon. Or if you just want something special to wear – to help your express your individuality.

A big thank you goes out to Cyndy Gibson & Kayla Fearon, from Blueprint, for collaborating with us on this shoot. And for contributing such amazingly stylish shops and clothing to the people of Kingston – Yes! Jazlyn Stoness definitely deserves a shout out for her exceptional make-up artistry skills. And most of all congratulations to Courtney and Mike on their engagement. I have really enjoyed getting to know you both. You look so goregous in your engagement photographs, I can’t wait till the wedding.

Bon Appétit,

Lucas, Winding Violets

 

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Blueprint Downtown Kingston Boutiques

* For some added fun, see if you can spot the 3 photographs that were taken on film. They’ll have a slightly different look to them. Let us know if you can spot the difference in the comment section.

 

 

 

 

 

Marielle Hayes These are perfection. I am amazed at every.single.photo from this session (and ALL of your sessions!) {July 21, 2013, 02:00am}
TheViolets What a beautiful thing to say. Thank you Marielle, your words are always appreciated. {July 21, 2013, 11:33am}

Blueprint Downtown Kingston Boutiques | July 9, 2013

June 14, 2013Red House, Downtown Kingston | Whitney & GavinPosted in Engagement

Bonjour!

It’s Friday, “Cheers to the freakin’ weekend” (Rihanna). It looks like we have a winner for the Three Boutique “Roxy Girl” poster. Thanks to everyone who voted. For those of you who aren’t constantly plugged into the Facebook stratosphere. Winding Violets was recently approached by Three Boutique to do a special Roxy promotion for the shop. This particular promotion will result in a huge poster to cover the storefront window in Downtown Kingston. This shoot was right up our alley, totally editorial. We assembled our crack team, and the photos turned out beautifully. Here is a link to the Facebook Album if you’re interested in taking a peek: Roxy Girl for Three Boutique.

Speaking of the weekend though, we thought for this particular engagement session we’d post on a Friday. It’s not uncommon for us to have a quick drink with our couples before we get them in front of the camera. That’s, “a quick drink with our couples“, not “a couple of quick drinks.”  It can really take the edge off, helps get your guard down, and is a great icebreaker. In fact I’m sure that’s where the term comes from? Someone look that up…”to the google machine!” With Whitney and Gavin we started at the ever so popular Red House, downtown Kingston. Whitney and Gavin know one of the owner’s quite well and wanted to get a few images at the pub before we bravely ventured onto the streets of Downtown Kingston.

You’ve got to love the atmosphere in Red House, those lovely Edison bulbs in the iron light fixtures and the solid wood banquet style tables. The open concept layout really makes for an inviting atmosphere. One that encourages mingling with those around you, even if you didn’t come with them. A true pub, or “public house” which is where the word comes from. Happy weekend everyone, and congratulations Whitney and Gavin!

Bon Appétit,

 

The Violets

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Kate B. I love these, amazing photos as always! {June 14, 2013, 10:26am}
TheViolets Thank you Kate. We always love hearing from you :) {June 14, 2013, 12:31pm}
rebecca you are so very talented. so beautiful! {June 16, 2013, 09:38am}
TheViolets Thank you Rebecca, what a lovely thing to say. You made my day! {June 16, 2013, 10:36am}
Emma You two look stunning. Whit you are absolutely gorgeous! Winding violets you do amazing work...can't wait for the wedding! {June 17, 2013, 10:49pm}

Red House, Downtown Kingston | Whitney & Gavin | June 14, 2013

March 30, 2012The Spring Wedding Show at The Drake Hotel | The Wedding Co. | Toronto Wedding PhotographersPosted in Engagement,Events,Weddings

Good Morning Everyone,

Boy, this is an early post for me to be writing…7:30am! Don’t fret, there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for this “rise and shine” post. Melissa and I are minutes away from leaving for NYC, yes again. Before we leave though, we just wanted to take a minute to share a little bit about The Wedding Co.’s Spring Wedding Show.

 

The Wedding Co. is hosting a very special Wedding Show at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. The Drake show is perfect for brides and grooms who want to add some unique and creative flair to their wedding day. Last year, during our visit to the Spring Wedding Show, we  chatted with a girl who rented eclectic pieces of china, another who made felted animal cake toppers (sooooo cute!), and a shabby chic florist.

The event is headed up by the lovely Catherine Lash, owner, operator, and inventor of The Wedding Co.. Catherine has a terrific imagination, she is professional, a lovely person to chat with, and is a driving force behind Toronto wedding culture. And this year, she invited yours truly to be a part of  the Spring Wedding Show! The Spring Wedding Show showcases many talented vendors, and we are so happy to be counted among them. As a bonus, Winding Violets is contributing a gift certificate for one lucky couple! Just click on the “Featured on the Wedding Co.” badge to read more about our gift certificate and the “Spring Wedding Show” badge to read more about this truly unique Wedding Show. We hope to see you there…off to New York City!

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

 

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The Spring Wedding Show at The Drake Hotel | The Wedding Co. | Toronto Wedding Photographers | March 30, 2012

December 13, 2011Charlsie & Andrew, Rural Kingston | Kingston Wedding PhotographersPosted in Engagement

Hello everyone,

This Tuesday is kinda special…it’s my birthday! We just got back from a short trip to New York City. The City is such an inspirational place and our visits there are always a magical adventure, especially at Christmas time. This time we visited the American Museum of Natural History, which was absolutely amazing! We had some world famous New York City pizza at Grimaldi’s under the Brooklyn Bridge, delish! And to top it all off we saw Ryan Adams live in concert at the famous Carnegie Hall.

We were only home for one day before we were off to Toronto to see Ryan again at The Winter Garden theater in Toronto…yes we are that into him. I’ve got to say though, sitting in the Winter Garden theatre was like being transported into the living breathing forest from A Mid Summer Nights Dream. The lower ceilings are draped with silk foliage with small colourful glass lanterns running throughout. The vaulted dome over the stage is painted with beautiful murals that mimic a view, through trees, into the nights sky…there is even a faux moon! But wait, it get’s better. Turns out that The Winter Garden Theater, being one of many theaters in the building, was accidentally sealed off some time around the 1940s. An electrician doing some renovations stumbled upon the theatre, looking exactly as I described it, decades later complete with one light bulb still burning. I love that story…oh! and the show was ridiculously wonderful. Thank you Ryan!

To top it all off, we were featured in Kingston Life Weddings. This is an annual magazine that highlights local wedding culture and also has some great ideas for all you brides to be out there. Be sure to pick up a copy, and keep an eye out for Winding Violets while you peruse : ) Today we have a lovely engagement session, that was shot just outside of Downtown Kingston. We absolutely loved Charlsie’s little dress and how about Andrew’s taste in jewlery? Now that’s a pretty ring…wowzers! Congratulations you two, we hope you enjoy.

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

 

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Sonja Graham Beautiful photos of a beautiful couple! {March 07, 2012, 06:29pm}

Charlsie & Andrew, Rural Kingston | Kingston Wedding Photographers | December 13, 2011