Saturday, March 23, 2013

Laurier Grads

I first met Emily a few summers ago when she contacted me about taking musician head shots. She wanted something a little different from the usual studio photos, so we spent an afternoon at the Morland Mansion capturing her carefree personality. That was back when Emily was in 2nd year of university. Now, she's graduating! I can't believe how time flies.

I met Emily and Jessica at the Port Elgin harbour on a cold, windy day in March. Despite the weather, we had a blast wandering around the waterfront snapping photos. They came prepared with great props and outfits, including two old schoolhouse desks! 

Thanks for the fun afternoon, ladies. Congratulations on being done! :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

My Top 5's

I thought I'd write a blog post featuring my top five favourites of pretty much everything. Maybe I'm weird, but I love organizing things into lists. I especially love watching Youtube videos and reading other people's blogs where they talk about their favourite things. Feel free to leave a comment featuring your own lists! I'd enjoy reading them.

Top 5 Songs Right Now

1. Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
2. On Top of the World - Imagine Dragons
3. Riverside - Agnes Obel
4. Oceans - Hillsong United
5. Kiss Me - Ed Sheeran

Top 5 Songs of all Time

1. Haley - Needtobreathe
2. Fix You - Coldplay
3. Anna Sun - Walk The Moon
4. Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not? - Thomson Square
5. Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap

 Top 5 Bands

1. The Temper Trap
2. Imagine Dragons
3. Mumford & Sons
4. The Civil Wars
5. Coldplay

Top 5 Artists

1. Norah Jones
2. Matthew Perryman Jones
3. Brooke Fraser
4. Ellie Goulding
5. Ed Sheeran

Top 5 Movies

1. Titanic
2. Crash
3. The Help
4. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
5. Shawshank Redemption

Top 5 TV Shows

1. The Walking Dead
2. The Vampire Diaries
3. Nashville
4. Parks and Recreation
5. New Girl

Top 5 Youtube Channels

Top 5 Clothing Stores

1. Forever 21
2. H&M
3. Aritzia
4. Urban Outfitters
5. Zara

Top 5 Hobbies

1. Photography
2. Vegetable/vineyard gardening
3. Hiking, swimming, jogging
4. Reading
5. Tea/wine dates

Top 5 Foods

1. Sushi
2. Tortilla Soup
3. A&W Cheeseburgers
4. Cheesecake
5. Pad Thai

Top 5 Books

1. The Irresistible Revolution - Shane Claiborne
2. The Hunger Games Trilogy - Suzanne Collins
3. Anne of Green Gables Collection -  L. M. Montgomery
4. Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
5. The Book of Negroes - Lawrence Hill

Top 5 Travel Destinations
(grouped by trip)

1. Ireland, Scotland, England
2. Italy, Greece
3. France, Germany
4. Alaska, Northern Territories
5. New Zealand, Australia, Thailand

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Coffin Ridge Winery

On a cold, snowy day in March my dad took me on a father-daughter date to Coffin Ridge Winery. We want to start our own little vineyard this year, and thought the tour and seminar would be a fun, educational experience for us.

The place is gorgeous. Sprawling vineyards with the ridge and lake as a backdrop. A beautiful restaurant overlooking the landscape. Everything was designed and decorated with rustic elegance. I was in heaven.

We began with the tour, and then ventured out into the snow to learn how to prune the vines.  After a while the ladies and I returned to the restaurant to begin our tasting, while dad and a few others stayed outside to master the art of pruning. (Harder than you might think. I'm glad he's an expert now, because I was really struggling. One lady joked that we would be responsible for the downfall of the vineyard that year because of our horrible pruning skills.)

They let us try three of their most popular wines. Into the Light White, Resurrection Rose, and Marquette. All three were fantastic. Once we finished our tasting they poured us a glass of our favourite- mine was the white.

Then we all sat down with our wine and they served us a delicious vintner plate- lavender honey, an assortment of fine cheese, bread, smoked bison, dark chocolate, dried fruit... The most interesting people show up at wineries. I loved getting to know them and hearing their stories of travel and culture.

It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. We left inspired and ready try our hand at creating a winery of our own.