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POP-UP minis SPRING 2015

Surprise POP-UP MINIS… just for you!

Spring is a time for re-birth right? So, let’s try something NEW over here at PHOTOS BY HOLLY.  

Spring POP-UP MINIS on Saturday May 30th, 2015

The MINIS will be on-location in a photo-friendly spot somewhere in Kitchener-Waterloo. We’ll snap a few traditional shots and then move on to fun and fancy-free! Candids of you and your crew, you and your love or even just YOU!

• $275
• 15 digital images
• 2 5×7 prints
• 30-45 minute session

Saturday May 30th, 2015 • 9am, 10am, 11am, 12noon, 1pm

Please note these MINIS are open to families, couples, children, etc (not available as a newborn session or extended family session).
6 people max (4 children per family) $25 per additional child.

Send me an email with your preferred time. There are only 5 spots so don’t wait too long!

$75 non-refundable retainer to confirm your booking with balance due at the end of your session (cash, e-transfer)

Outside, on-location somewhere in Kitchener-Waterloo. I’ll pin-point the exact location very soon and confirm our meeting place via email.

Please be courteous of everyone’s schedule and time commitment; mine, yours and other mini-session participants.

In case of rain, your session will remain at the exact same time, but one day later on Sunday May 31.

Looking forward to seeing some old faces, and some new ones too!


Spring Cleaning for your Brand! HEADSHOTS

Spring is here and the blossoms are in full bloom! The sun is out and the birds are singing. Temperatures are a little up and down, but let’s just say it’s getting there! Spring cleaning doesn’t just happen for your home, it happens for your brand/image as well. Contact me for more information on Business Headshots – a few options available whether you are an individual or company team in search of an update.

Is Your Green Smoothie, Good?

I’m definitely not blind to the fact that there is a crazy amount of information out there when it comes to eating clean, lean, green, etc. All I can tell you is the best way to feel your best, is to experiment and educate. Ask questions, get involved and speak to professionals! I cringe when I see an abundance of green smoothie recipes hailing to be oh so good for you, but they are piled high with fruit — 3 cups of fruit and 1 cup of greens? Your goal is to be the opposite for a more alkaline (vs. acidic) environment. It might taste fantastic but you are setting yourself up for a big ole sugar crash. If you’re making a refreshing fruit smoothie for a treat every once in a while, then please, knock yourself out! They are a great summer refreshment and I know first hand something my own children enjoy. But, if you’re making a true green smoothie for the purpose of healthy, boosting energy and nutrients, without a sugar crash, then make sure to watch the fruit; not only the kind, but quantity too.

Green smoothies do take some getting used to and it helps having a powerful blender that can handle things like nuts, flax seeds, etc. My current go-to green glass of goodness may not be your cup of tea if you’re new to smoothies, but I would recommend giving it a try nonetheless. Your tummy will thank you!

  • 1.5 cups water
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 1 cup parsley
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 medjool date
  • 1 heaping T flax seeds
  • 1 heaping T hemp protein powder
  • ice
  • I stir in my Vitamin D drops & Probiotics once everything is blended
One of my favourite websites to check out and follow online is Mind, Body, Green. Click the link for their Green Smoothie advice. Education is key to finding optimal health. Happy reading and bottoms up!

Happy 80th Alec

Happy 80th Alec! It was really lovely meeting you, your wife and your welcoming family. I know the whole photography portion of things was a surprise, so thanks for being such a good sport! I know modelling can be hard work so I’m sure that Carlsberg was a well-deserved reward.

I think it’s such a fabulous idea that Leslie, Alec’s daughter, asked me to come on over and snap a few photos of the family. She didn’t want much, just something to help document her dad’s birthday milestone and their family being together, under one roof. What’s nice about shooting something like this in your home, is that things are captured as is. Not staged, but simply how the dice is tossed. I loved looking through these and seeing everyone’s expressions and guessing at what stories they were telling. The embraces are heartwarming and the one of dear Uncle on the couch, smiling away? LOVE it. Notice how people gather in the kitchen? Shoot it! Making food? Shoot that too. The bottom line is having someone else there to capture things for you, so you can enjoy the family ride. Thanks gang, it was fun!

Good Morning Sunshine

There’s nothing better, or more rejuvenating, than a home-blended smoothie or glass of fresh juice. I know what you’re saying. But I don’t want to clean the machines!  Yes, juicers and blenders require a little extra elbow grease, and food prep can take a few extra minutes you think you don’t have. But, if you get into a routine, machine maintenance is a drop in the bucket and small payoff compared to how you will feel in the long run. It also helps to prep ingredients ahead of time, and place them in containers in the fridge so you’re all set first thing in the morning. There are many amazing benefits when you fuel your body with nutritional freshness.

Juices and Smoothies are not the same. They each have their own purpose! Juices are made with a Juicer and consist of high doses of nutrients in one glass. There’s no fibre in a “juice” so nutrients are quickly absorbed into your system for an almost instant nutritional high! Feeling a little off? Juice up some carrots, ginger and green apple and I can almost guarantee things will turn around. They do for me.  Smoothies are created in a blender. Whatever you toss in the blender, ends up in your glass and winds up in your belly. All that fibre goodness is filling and can definitely be considered one of your daily meals.

One major thing to keep in mind when you blend and juice, is to keep an eye on your fruit and veggie ratio. Don’t amp up the fruit and skimp on the spinach (or your greens of choice). Maintaining your body’s pH balance is really important and the best way to do that is to watch your alkaline and acidic food intake. You can give ‘ole google a go for that one.

I figured the best way to share some of my favourite smoothie and juice recipes, is to take you on a visual journey. Ready? Let’s go!

Love me a hard-boiled egg to go along with my juices, or for a protein-packed snack throughout the day. 

I’m a big fan of tweaking existing recipes and making up my own. Here are my top choices for breakfast in my house! Believe it or not, my children absolutely love the Cacao-Banana Smoothie and my daughter is a huge advocate of green juices. She is the pickiest eater alive, but somehow, she has become a green juice convert. It’s true what they say… lead by example and tastebuds will move on over to the green side. Both of my kids are new lovers of the Carrot Citrus Zinger Juice, which is a good thing this winter. Hello Vitamin C!

Good Morning Green JUICE (1 large green juice or 2 small)

  • 2 large fistfuls of spinach
  • 1 cucumber (peeled if not organic)
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 green apple (cored)
  • 1 lemon (peeled)
  • thumb-sized chunk of ginger (peeled)
Cacao Banana SMOOTHIE (serves 2)
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 large fistful of spinach or 2 stems of kale
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 T raw cacao, preferably organic ** not cocoa
  • ice
  • sprinkle with raw cacao nibs
Green SMOOTHIE (1 large or 2 small)
  • 1.5 – 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 large fistfuls on spinach (or mix it up with kale, other greens)
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 green apple (cored)
  • 1 C pineapple chunks
  • a few mint leaves
  • 1 T hemp hearts (optional)
Carrot Citrus Zinger JUICE (serves 1)
  • 1 lemon (peeled)
  • 1 grapefruit (peeled)
  • 1 orange (peeled)
  • 1 green apple (cored)
  • 2 large carrots (peeled)

Keep your eyes peeled for another link and more recipes! Enjoy!