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a camping we will go ~ my life

as you all know, most of my blog posts are weddings and engagement session these days, which leads me to look at my life and think that’s all i do these days!

it just isn’t so!!!

believe it or not, a wedding photographer can have a semblance of a normal life during this insane and crazy time of the year, but it requires leaving the city and computer behind. 
leaving life behind is no easy feat when you have a business to run, but i’m all about making sacrifices for the sake of my family and for my sanity, so i bit the bullet, closed up my computer, and away we went!!

we left the humid and hot city of Windsor, for the more temperate climate up north a bit. Tobermory Ontario was our destination, and how lovely it was.
clear skies, no humidity, and living in a tent.
there is nothing more wonderful than sleeping in a tent.
while Windsor melted under scorching heat and oppressive humidity, the family and i basked in humidity free days, snorkeled in the chilly waters of Georgian Bay, and ate too much sugar.
there were even a few days that were so chilly, that we had to wear sweatshirts & socks, drink hot chocolate, and sit huddled around the campfire!! with the humidex in Windsor being over 40C most of this summer, the break from the heat was a nice reprieve.

i was blessed to be able to spend a week with my kiddies and the hubby, where we played lots of card games, ate ice cream, hiked the trails of the Bruce Peninsula, snorkeled 20C waters, laughed lots, slept in tents, roasted lots of marshmallows, and sang the Fish & Chips song.
oh, and we are insane enough to camp where there is no electricity or hot water (which includes showers), because that’s the best way to camp and we are just a little bit this side of crazy.

i’m posting a few photos from my adventure, which were all taken with my Canon G11 and NOT my DSLR (which i left in my camera bag all week). hiking over rocky terrain and hanging near water, doesn’t lend itself to slugging a big heavy camera. i love my G11.

as you’ll see, i’m a big fan of macro photography (which i love doing when shooting underwater loveliness), and i tried my hand at some macro work above-ground this time around. not too bad i must say. of course, i still prefer finding microscopic fish to photograph, but now i realize that i’m not adverse to finding funny caterpillars or funky mushroom, both which are much easier to capture than an unpredictable and quick moving fish.


first off, here are my sweet and wonderful kiddies (yep, i have a kid with a beard). i love these awesome young people with everything and every breath in me. being a mom is my most notable achievement thus far, and i wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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ahhhhhhhhhh….. sunset light!
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now to finish up with one last photo of the best kids EVER!!! don’t you just love how these boys adore their sister?
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CL Steele Studio | Portland Wedding Photographer - It’s nice to see that you drop occasional glimpses into your personal life. You are a great photographer. You capture the moment and make the person viewing feel it. Great work! You have a beautiful family!

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