“Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.”
– Robert H. Schuller
Last night, I had the privilege of photographing Carol, Chantal & Hazel at the Beaver Pond in Kanata. It wasn’t just your average family session – to me. This session was a gift from me to this wonderful couple (and dog)… here’s the story…
Just over one month ago, on September 21st, a catastrophic weather event hit the beautiful city of Ottawa. It was just an average Friday when my phone startled me with a tornado warning blast. This wasn’t the first time I had received something like this, so it was hard to believe something like this would actually happen in Ottawa. Within minutes of the blast, I started to see the devastation being posted on social media and various news outlets. I was shocked. It turns out that multiple tornadoes touched down, creating chaos and severe damage across our beautiful city.
One of the tornadoes touched down in Dunrobin. Now, for those who don’t know, Dunrobin holds a special place in my heart. I have spent a lot of time there over the years. My grandma’s home is out there, my best friend from my teen years moved there in highschool and it’s also home to one of my favourite photographic locations, Pinhey’s Point (backdrop to my own wedding photos). Basically, it’s one of my favourite places in Ottawa.
Once I heard about the devastation and saw photos of what was left of peoples beloved homes, I wanted to help in some way. I posted on Facebook that I was wanting to give free sessions to anyone who lost their home/belongings in the tornadoes to help start rebuilding their lost memories. So, this is where this beautiful couple comes in.
Carol & Chantal live in Dunrobin and lost their home and most of their belongings in this catastrophic event. My heart aches for them, but knowing that they are safe, healthy and unharmed, is the most important part.
Last night, we met up in Kanata Lakes to do their session… and it could not have been a more beautiful evening. Here are some of my favourites from their session!
If you (or anyone you know) was affected by this catastrophic event, please reach out.