After nearly ten months, the pandemic we are all living through continues to cause a great deal of havoc and disruption.
According to official statistics, as of December 1, 2020 (the date stamp of this blog), 12,211 confirmed Canadians have died; 383,468 confirmed Canadians have become ill; and millions more legitimately fear either of those two things could happen to them too. All incredibly sad, and not exactly a favourable context for easily taking outdoor pictures laughing out loud and smiling.
Yet, as long as love and hope remain present in our lives, I believe it is always possible to show happiness and memorialize that through photography. As we all patiently wait for better times ahead, I take great comfort in knowing that people everywhere are still declaring their love for each other and are making plans (as tough as it is to make plans these days). The occurrence of this in a pandemic context I think deserves extra profile.
Case in point: A few weeks ago, I bumped into my neighbours (at a 2 metre distance of course) and learned that they had recently gotten engaged. I was super happy to hear that wonderful news, and without any hesitation, I responded by saying if they felt comfortable with the idea, then I would be delighted to perform an engagement shoot with them.
As fate would have it, they were, and we responsibly did what needed to be done to make it work out safely. We put aside our fears in getting sick and had a great time. I absolutely love the images we created together while making sure I applied safety precautions and worked with PPE.
If you have been longing for memorable photos during these challenging times, then I’d like you to know that I’m ready, willing and able to help make that happen for you in a safety-first way. Everyone deserves to be happy, and to share that joy with others too - especially so during difficult times when people seek to know that love and hope are still present.