PORTRAITS: the jarecki family

It was grade four. I had a horrible haircut, scrawny legs, and oversized feet velcroed in blue Nike sandals. It was the summer I claimed the top bunk at Camp Caroline and slept across from a girl that would become one of the most important people in my growing up years. Nicole and I bonded instantly, and remained enthusiastic pen pals, counting down the days until it came time to meet at summer camp, once again. While the girls in our subsequent cabins experimented with make-up and talked about boys, Nicole and I prefered to wade in the creek, paint rocks in the craft shack, wear the same shirt as much as possible, discuss our favourite books, and plan our yearly act for the big talent show. We shared many joys together, and even came face-to-face with death for the first time. In short, we experienced a lot, and my childhood would have looked drastically different without her gentle and loyal presence by my side.

I was reminded of all this, today, when I saw Nicole again for the first time in years. I was able to meet, and photograph, her two darling sons for the first time, and reconnect with her husband, Mike. She, and her family, are beautiful people, and I’m so glad that I was able to take these photographs this afternoon. Thanks so much, Jarecki family. :) Have a wonderful Christmas season.

CARMYN JOY

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FIRST LOOK: jana + jeremy, engaged

Most days, I really enjoy my career. My Saturday afternoon, however, was one of those times where I realized just how much I love what I do. Hanging out with these two stellar individuals in one of my favourite outdoor spots, followed by a cozy bookshop, was pretty ideal! Thanks so much, Jana and Jeremy! I had so much fun getting to know you better, and am really looking forward to your wedding in August. Here’s a little preview.

CARMYN JOY

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MARRIED: lisa + stephen

Although I raved about these two in their engagement post, I don’t think I can publish this, today, without saying a few more words. What a couple. I’ve known Lisa and Stephen for the majority of their relationship, and they’ve constantly inspired me in terms of how they treat each other and relate to not only one another, but their friends, as well. I’ve never felt like a third-wheel, they always have me in stitches, and their love for each other is a true example of the best kind of happiness and committment. I realize these sentences could never encapsulate all that I’d like to convey, so I’ll simply leave you with these photos, and an astonishing stop-motion video that Lisa surprised Stephen with at the wedding reception. I love you two!

Have a wonderful Sunday, friends! All best,

xx CARMYN JOY

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ENGAGED: amber + josh

Every once in a while, what begins as stricly a client relationship will grow into a genuine friendship. Even rarer, still, is when this seems to happen instantaneously. Amber and Josh are just such an example. We shared similar interests, humour, and outlooks on life right from the start, and their welcoming attitudes made the afternoon nothing but a great pleasure for me.

They truly enjoy each other’s company, in every sense of the word, as evident in each frame I took. Thanks so much, Amber and Josh, for inviting me to take these for you. Here’s to many other adventures in Ottawa together, and many more Suzy Q donuts. (I’ve since snuck back for another).

Happy Wednesday eve, everyone!

CARMYN JOY

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FIRST LOOK: lisa + stephen

Yesterday, I witnessed some of the most genuinely moving gestures of love I have ever seen, between two of my favourite people. My heart is so full, and I cannot wait to share more about this beautiful day, and this incredible couple, in a few weeks.

This is why you should marry your best friend.
And this is why you should do so in the winter time.

CARMYN JOY

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PERSONAL: my last week in alberta

I’m feeling nostalgic today, hence the rather rare personal post on this blog. (I really do need to stick more of my everyday life on here). It’s been eleven (long) weeks since I moved to Ontario, and I can hardly wait until I’m back in Edmonton, again, for a visit, in only a few more days! I spent the last week in my home province camping in Banff with my sister and two of our dear friends. Here’s a little glimpse into that time. It was so wonderful. Enjoy the upcoming weekend, everyone!

All best,

CARMYN JOY

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ENGAGED: first look, amber + josh

Cats, Suzy Q donuts, and two extremely kind souls in love. I really couldn’t have asked for better company this afternoon, as I accompanied these two to some of their favourite neighbourhood places. I could rave about this couple for a while, but I’ll save it for their full engagement post, coming up in a couple of weeks. :) Thanks so very much, Amber and Josh. I feel as though I’ve known you for a long time, and I loved spending part of my Saturday with you.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

CARMYN JOY

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MARRIED: ashley+dana

Back in August, my friends Ashley and Dana were kind enough to fly me to Victoria - one of my favourite cities in the world - so that I could celebrate their incredible wedding with them. It was one of my very favourites, and they certainly, in my opinion, did things right. Their ceremony along the ocean was stunning, and their reception at Swan’s penthouse suite was such an exquisite and intimate experience. The day was full of genuine merriment, and beautiful words were exchanged between these two ladies, and their family and friends. It was a rich experience, and one I’m grateful to have been a part of. Thank you so much, Ashley and Dana. I look forward to reconnecting with you both when I’m back in Edmonton.

I’ll end with a quick note to my U of A friends: I’m really excited to announce that I’ll be photographing two more weddings with classmates from our graduate cohort! I’ll be jet-setting over to Toronto in April, and again in August, in order to document Joe and Sam, and Emily and Jeff, as they tie the knot. I feel so privileged!

Have a great week, everyone. I hope Monday treats you well.

CARMYN JOY

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THE SMITHS: family portraits

It was a pleasure meeting the Smiths at a wedding I shot a couple of weeks ago, and I was so glad when they contacted me to take some autumn portraits for their family. We spent some time together in downtown Ottawa, enjoying the fall colours and festive scenes the market had to offer. Here’s a tiny glimpse of that.

Thanks so much for a great afternoon, Smiths! All the best,

CARMYN JOY

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RECENT FEATURES: vsco + emerging photographer

Hi, friends!

I hope you’re enjoying the weekend immensely. I realized today, that although I post about recent features on my FB wall, regularly, I often neglect to blog about them. Allow me to remedy that!

It’s been a very serendipitous past few months for me, as my Instagram account has garnered more recognition than I could have ever thought possible. As a result of being featured on IG’s list of suggested users for a few months this past spring, I’ve enjoyed one feature after another. It’s been incredibly exciting, and I’m so grateful.

This week, Emerging Photographer featured me in a small article on IG as a marketing tool, which you can view here. As well, only a few days prior, Visual Supply Co did a spotlight on my IG account, which you can read on their blog. (Unfortunately, they made a few grammatical errors with my piece, which, being a grammar freak, I thought I’d point out. I really do know the correct usage of its/it’s. Promise). I absolutely love VSCO’s products, so I was especially thrilled to be recognized by them.

I have a couple of other exciting spotlights coming up in the very near future, and promise that I will share them here. Thanks so much for the encouragement and for the support, as always. I leave you with a few (iPhone) photos of autumn in Ottawa, as I’ve been experiencing it.

All best,

CARMYN JOY

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