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Just call me Auntie Em

March 19th, 2010

My dear friends Steve and Eva are 1st-year university sweethearts. We all lived on the same floor in residence… I can’t believe it’s been 15 years since we all met, and how adult-like we all are now (pffft!).

Three years ago, when they were expecting their first baby, Steve told me they were going to name her Emily if she was a girl. I gave a nonchalant “Oh, that’s nice!”, not wanting to presume anything. He said something like “Uh, after you, ya dummy!” I think I emitted something like “Wheeeeee!!!!!” while kicking my feet wildly. Their firstborn turned out to be a beautiful boy, whom they named Nate.

Fast forward two and a bit years to this past Tuesday, and along comes Steve and Eva’s lovely baby #2: Emily. I went over yesterday to take some photos, and the one above is one of my favourites.

Here’s one of Nate, giving his little sis a bisou:

I couldn’t be more elated, proud or honoured right about now.

StEva, I love you guys, man… and you sure do make cute babies!

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The Manxification of John Bagnell

February 25th, 2009

Joy, Havana 2008 — now showing at the Manx

The photo above is one of 13 pictures that my partner-in-crime John currently has on show at the Manx Pub, until March 4th. I encourage all Ottawans and Winterlude-visitors to drop by and take a look-see; besides the wonderful view you’ll get, the food at the Manx is delicious (lamb curry wrap with potato wedges and garlic mayo, anyone??!). The pub is at 370 Elgin Street (at Frank), down a set of stairs.

If you do get to see the images in person, you’ll know what I mean when I say that John has a knack of taking something everyday, and making it iconic. Especially because the prints are so large (11.5″ x 15.5″, then matted and framed), even the most mundane of things gets a second look, extra significance.

Jet, Ottawa 2005 — shown at The Wild Oat last summer

Nate (the son of good friends of ours), Ottawa 2008 — taken last summer

Keys, Ottawa 2008 — now showing at the Manx — Bobby Wiseman’s keyboard at a CBC Fuse taping

John’s also done photoshoots for clients. Here’s a shot he took last year for the National Capital YMCA-YWCA’s 2007 Annual Report Cover:

He recently took the below shot of me, one of the few photos I actually like of myself (this was in prep for a photoshoot; I was helping him do lighting tests):

Drop on by the Manx in the next week, or visit John’s site or blog. He’s great. And his photos are swell too.

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