It's been quite a while since we've posted a blog post. And any blogger will tell you - when you're quiet this long, it gives the impression you're not working.
Except yeah no, we've been working! We're hoping we'll earn your forgiveness for our absence with this much needed update of what's been going on these past few months!
Last year, Frédéric and I found out we were expecting a little girl! This being our first child, we didn't know what to expect, so we decided we would put weddings on hold until we figured out what it meant to be a family.
We put a "hold" on wedding...and we ended up shooting 4! Now, for full time photographers, that might not be too much, but Frédéric and I shoot part-time, in addition to our full time day jobs, and we shoot max 5 weddings a year. So 4 weddings is basically a regular season for us.
Camille arrived early in 2015. As any new parent will testify, you can read all the books in the world, you can go to all the prenatal courses out there, you'll never know what you're getting into until baby arrives. She's now 10 months old and the primary inspiration for this blog post title - for real, where did 2015 go?
At five weeks old, Camille was already getting involved in our wedding photography! I strapped her on and shot a few hours until I put her down to sleep and Frederic took over for the rest of the night.
A few weeks later, we decided to put our condo up for sale. The storage space, or lack thereof, was becoming a real problem with a baby. We honestly didn't expect to sell, but wanted to have it on the market just in case.
The condo sold in 4 days. 4 days! We didn't know where we were moving to, or when we'd move! We had to figure this out quickly because in four weeks, we were off to Europe. Luckily everything fell into place and we found a great house near friends of ours. We planned on renovating the kitchen in the summer, so we started looking for designers to work with us.
A few weeks after that, we were getting on a plane to London, UK, for my favourite human's wedding. All weddings are special, but this wedding was especially close to my heart. I am who I am today in great part because I've had Rachelle in my life for over 15 years. Bonus - our other partner in crime, Tara, was coming to the wedding as well! So Camille was once again strapped on in the baby carrier and taken on an adventure!
We stayed in Europe for 4 weeks following the wedding, visiting Frédéric's family in Belgium and in France. We discovered, to say the least, that Camille was not a born traveler! Adjusting to the time change wasn't easy. She spent 4 weeks waking up quite frequently at night.
We came home (exhausted) to our condo all packed up in boxes. We were moving 5 days later.
The move went well and we all quickly adapted to our new home. The new studio space to shoot headshots is much bigger than in the condo which is nice. Frédéric has much more room to work with and shot a first session in the new space a few weeks after our move.
In August, we were off to my parents' farm to shoot another particularly special wedding: my brother Gabriel's wedding to Keely.
This time we were lucky to have Frédéric's mom with us, visiting from Belgium, to look after Camille during the entire day. I still ended up in bed rather early but Frédéric stayed up and got some beautiful night shots.
Back home, kitchen renovations started and were just about completed within 3 weeks. There's still some finishing touches we're waiting on but everything is functional and we're super happy with the result. Many thanks to our designers Rainville-Sangaré.
Here's the before:
And the after:
Our backsplash is a custom designed map of Liège, Frédéric's home town, designed by Ilikemaps.
Our 4th and final wedding of the year took place a few months later. My cousin Guillaume married his beautiful bride, Dominique. Dominique is one of the most photogenic persons I've ever photographed. Her eyes connect with the camera in a unique way. We're very excited to share more photos of their wedding, but as Frédéric has discovered this year, editing with a baby in the house is challenging! Frédéric edits all our photos himself. After a wedding, I get to put my camera down, but Frédéric still has hours of work in front of him. I'm so thankful he takes on this part of the work because honestly, I'm a "close enough" kind of person when it comes to colour correction and retouching and that's just not ok! Luckily, he's not a fan of accounting whereas I am quite happy playing in Excel!
The season ended with a beautiful engagement session on one of the last nice autumn days of the year. I don't know how we get so lucky, but the couples we shoot are always so kind and fun to be with! Émilie and Stéphane are no exception - super friendly and generous.
I think that just about sums up the past few months!
Camille has started daycare and I'll be back at work in a few days. We've already started booking weddings for 2016, so if you are getting married or know someone who is, now is the time to book! We'll be back at our regular pace next summer but still not booking more than 5 weddings for the year so that we have time to spend with the little munchkin.
Many thanks to all our friends and supporters that have helped us survive this crazy year! So many brides, grooms and friends have trusted us, recommended us and helped our business grow. FredericM exists because we love to photograph your beautiful faces and we wouldn't be here without you. Merci xoxo
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