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Well I may as well just come right out and tell you – I’m expecting babe numero deux! Due in just a couple of months and we couldn’t be more thrilled!
To celebrate, I’m including 50 custom 5×7 cards (with matching envelopes) with every full session booked by June 30th any time during the entire month of October (when I am back in action!). This will be first come, first served as I will only be taking on a maximum of 4 sessions! The cards can be newborn or birthday announcements, notecards, or of course – holiday cards! Here are a few examples:
Lisa Tait Photography will also be going through a bit of a re-birth, if you will. Over the next several months (the last before the babe and the next couple on the other side), I’ll be diligently working behind the scenes – building yet another new baby of my own – a new website and a whole new look and feel for Lisa Tait Photography. It will be an evolution of what you have already come to love and expect – and it will be even better! Those of you on my newsletter list have already seen a sneak peak of my new logo – and there is so much more to come… You know what they say – evolve or perish! 🙂
This also means that we won’t be booking any new clients from now through the beginning of September – and we expect to book up once the fall hits so now is the time to get that family session you’ve been thinking about in the calendar!
In the meantime, have an incredible summer everyone! May it be filled with sunshine, watermelon and lazy afternoons by the water.
One of our favourite things to do as a family is read, read, read and having a few themed books around at Easter time is really lovely. Also a wonderful idea for a candy-free Easter Bunny delivery. I’ve put together a list of my 7 favourites – there is still time to pick one up before the big day…
Top 7 Easter Books for Tots
Some are about Easter and some are just great stories featuring long-eared leads, some are classics and some feature new heroes.…but they are all great to snuggle up with your littles and enjoy. In order of original publication date:
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902) – the classic fable of a mischievous rabbit and his wild neighbours by Beatrix Potter
- The Velveteen Rabbit: Or How Toys Become Real (1922) by Margerey Williams – need I say more?
- The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes By Du Bose Heyward – this story was originally written in 1939 and features a very progressive young, female bunny who dreams of becoming the Easter bunny in a world full of male bunny competition. Pretty rad. (thanks to Uncle Bruce for introducing me to this one!)
- The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown (1942) – a sort of prequel to the infamous Goodnight Moon, this is the story of a mother’s love – and we all know how deep that runs!
- Any of the Miffy books by dutch author Dick Bruna – the first published in 1955 (Miffy the Artist is my personal fave – published in 2008 by the Tate Gallery in London)
- The Knuffle Bunny trilogy by Mo Willems (2004) – the stories and innovative illustrations are so awesome you won’t mind reading them 3 times in a row!
- Pete the Cat and the Big Easter Adventure (2014, by James Dean – not that James Dean) – my daughter loves the rhyming songs of the Pete the Cat stories (it doesn’t hurt that he looks just like our kitty Cleo). I’ll come clean – we actually haven’t ready this one yet (but it’s in the mail!) but if it as good as the other’s we have read, I know it will be another gem.
This is my top 7 – what would you add?
Well it’s been ages since I’ve posted anything (things have been bi-zee!) but at least I’m coming back strong…
I’m thrilled to let you know that an image of mine has been featured in O Magazine (yep – O as in Oprah!). O baby, I might faint -it’s all just so sudden 🙂 Back in November a friend of mine asked me to help her out with some last-minute images of her new (and very cool) non-profit, The Kitchen Library. Seems she had a call from Oprah’s people and they wanted to feature her non-profit in the magazine – and of course they needed images. I popped in to take some some quick pics of Dayna and her fabulous Kitchen Library – we had a blast and I may have gotten carried away taking shots not only of the beautiful founder but also her shiny, pretty kitchen tools (especially that iconic Kitchen Aid). She has recently moved her Library uptown into a handsome new space which presented only a couple of lighting obstacles. I’m happy to report that we worked through them to create some lovely images and the rest is history!
The Kitchen Library is getting lots of press which means that my images have also been featured in a few other publications including The Yonge Street Media blog as well as Femme in the City – with more to come. Not to shabby. Thanks, Dayna!
If you haven’t already, you should definitely check out The Kitchen Library. Living in the city with little space, it’s an incredible resource full of new appliances that you may not have room for (in either space or budget!). It functions much like a regular library: for a small fee you can purchase a membership that allows you to sign out a variety of lovely and useful kitchen tools and appliances. Pretty rad. Look out Vitamix, here I come!
Welcome to the Madhüs Mini Session Exhibition – blog version! This show features 6 local families who took part in a series of short lifestyle photography sessions at Madhüs on October 4th, 2014 .
The images emphasize childhood wonder and evoke the happy and relaxed vibe that people enjoy in this welcoming space. The little ones took the Fender Rhodes for a test drive, banged on wooden drums and snapped imaginary photographs of their own. They loved having musical instruments and toy cameras to inspire their activities, which underscores the pivotal role that the arts & arts education play in shaping the imaginations of young + old alike.
Creative activities are in fact some of the building blocks of child development. Some of the developmental benefits of art and music include: strengthened language development, improved academic performance and increased communication, problem-solving, social, spatial-temporal and fine motor skills… to name just a few.
Thank you for taking the time to view these images and to support local businesses!
Love what you see? Let us know which one is your fave + why in the comments at the bottom of this post and earn curatorial bragging rights as well the happiness that comes from participation in a local art happening!
The contest will run until Sunday, November 9th and the image with the most happy comments at the end will win the grand prize including a host of goodies from these local businesses:
AKC (this one is a ringer so it doesn’t count towards the contest, but I’m including it here because it is part of the show 🙂
Cast your vote in the comments below and help one of these cuties win the grand prize! Don’t forget to include the title of the image and why you love it!
In our first edition of the Small Business Spotlight, I had the chance to sit down with the two lovely owners of Kingston Road’s hippest coffee house to chat about small business, creative community and really, really good coffee.
If you’ve been to Madhüs then you already know that the warm & welcoming presence, competition-worthy espresso, exceptional music and general lovely vibe is all thanks to Kendra + Byram, the masterminds behind this Upper Beach gem.
Madhüs opened in February of 2014. In fact, the lease for their location became available on the very day that Kendra said goodbye to her day job (serendipity? I think so!). They opened Madhüs out of a love of community and wanted locals to have a home away from home – a place with really good energy that felt both inspiring and welcoming. As artists themselves, they especially wanted to enable people to express their creativity in their space (and of course enjoy their really good coffee and home cooking!). What started out as Kendra pursuing her dream became Byram’s “adopted child” and is now very much a labour of love for both of them.
As locals (they live a couple of blocks away), they had long felt the need for a place like Madhüs – which didn’t exist in the Upper Beach. They longed for a creative space with local art and photography hung on the walls as well as great live music in their own neighbourhood. They knew they couldn’t be alone. Judging from the happy people that have filled their space since they opened – it’s clear they were right!
For Kendra, what makes this place so special is how phenomenally it has exceeded her expectations: customers have become family. Along the way, they’ve also amassed a solid team of friends, family and staff who help make Madhüs the warm and friendly place it is. For Byram, it is especially gratifying to see people get creative and inspired in their space (I can attest – it’s happened to me!). They have a customer who has proclaimed that she, “has to come in here to write poetry” and another who comes in every day to work on her novel because it’s the only place she can write. It’s like a twenty-first century Parisian salon. According to Byram:
“Art is underestimated in its ability to influence us as both individuals and community. It’s part of the ergonomics of how people move and feel – in 100 years it will be more a part of our lives.”
Having two teenage daughters, Kendra stressed how important it is for young people to be involved in music & art. In fact, it also influenced their decision to open a coffee house rather than a bar – they wanted the next generation to feel welcome there as well. In fact, they have hosted open mic nights for the under 18 set and has featured both music and spoken word. Kendra’s own daughter has performed with her guitar.
They strongly believe that small businesses shifts the focus away from corporate culture and back to community – spending face-time with our friends and family and supporting each other in our creative endeavors. In Kendra’s words,
“It’s the authenticity of it – everything we do is from the heart.”
Small businesses build communities and make them healthier, more sustainable and frankly more enjoyable for those that are part of it. They promote a healthier environment for people to raise their families and are inclusive of the diverse members of their community.
“There’s a certain honesty and transparency about owning a small business. We share and help each other out – in fact the other day the folks over at Stone Pizza ran out of red peppers and they came over to us to help them out. We look out for each other.”
If you haven’t been to Madhüs yet, the Madhüs Mini Sessions on October 4th is a great reason to check it out. Lisa Tait Photography is proudly partnering with them to offer a day of photography Mini Sessions in the café, culminating in an exhibition at Madhüs a month later. Check out this page for more information…there are only a few spots left!