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Ties That Bind {hockey, a faithful dog, love, oh… and hockey!} Open this post

Dec 19
2009

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Ties That Bind {hockey, a faithful dog, love, oh… and hockey!}

If you’ve ever sold your home before and quite strategically opted to use the stylings of a professional decorator/home stager, then this gorgeous face will be well familiar to you. Very recently decorating maven Cheri Mayes contacted us {cherimayes.com} with 2 questions: (1) “would we do a family photo shoot” and (2) “could we include [...]

If you’ve ever sold your home before and quite strategically opted to use the stylings of a professional decorator/home stager, then this gorgeous face will be well familiar to you. Very recently decorating maven Cheri Mayes contacted us {cherimayes.com} with 2 questions: (1) “would we do a family photo shoot” and (2) “could we include the dog?” Emphatic nods all around!  Cheri and her husband David have no shortage of energy, between their multiple businesses, their two young children, hockey tournaments and dog walking; they are a family on the go and a force to be reckoned with.  It was a privilege to be invited into their home to glimpse first-hand the passion with which they lead their lives.  Merry Christmas to the Mayes Family! xoxo

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Cheri & David Mayes: WOW!! I did not realize when viewing beautiful pictures they were going to make us cry...Words can not express how grateful we are to have these pictures...thank you. We love all of them and can't wait to see more. Our family has been planning photos for the the past two years and we are so glad to have Alvi here to take them for us. Thank you so much!!! Cheri & David Mayes 12.20.2009

lyle: .... good info.... 07.28.2014

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A Dynamic Duo {and their darlings} Open this post

Dec 13
2009

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A Dynamic Duo {and their darlings}

Personality. Personality. Personality. !!! This family has it in spades and the camera sure seems to love them! We had the distinct pleasure of connecting very recently with long-time friends Krista + Dan and their *effervescent* children, Piers (7) and Freya (5) for a family photo shoot that was long overdue. Given the recent onslaught of [...]

11-17_family-5299Personality. Personality. Personality. !!! This family has it in spades and the camera sure seems to love them! We had the distinct pleasure of connecting very recently with long-time friends Krista + Dan and their *effervescent* children, Piers (7) and Freya (5) for a family photo shoot that was long overdue.

Given the recent onslaught of cold wintery weather, they opted to gather at their church — a place which holds special significance to them and serves a dual purpose of reflecting their strong family values and the spiritual ties that bind them.

It is worth noting that this shoot required very little direction or encouragement from Alvi… from the tender kisses exchanged by Krista + Dan to the goofy shenanigans showcased by Piers + Freya; they were all simply just being themselves (probably one reason we love them so much!).

As a sidebar, we’d like to thank Dan + Krista for their ongoing cheerleading and support of Bliss Pictures.  Their company (www.eleven-seventeen.com) has been with us all along on this epic journey. We’ve made some strategic new(ish) decisions thanks to their branding/marketing/identity insight.  We are grateful for their friendship, their honesty, their savvy business acumen, their integrity and sincerity. It’s nice to feel like we can just be ourselves, and they can just be themselves. There is a lot of love in this family and it makes us feel all warm and fuzzy. Muah!  xxoo

Enjoy your sneak peak.  There are massive amounts to choose from….

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Had to save these ones for the end. I am told this was quite *the kiss*!

Had to save these ones for the end. I am told this was quite *the kiss*!

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Daniel: YAY! These are fantastic! Thanks so much for squeezing us in (and turning them around so quickly) - it was a real treat. I can't wait to see the whole lot. ('Effervescent'... lol! Try 'totally bonkers' ;) ) 12.14.2009

suzanne: These are great! Love the pic of Piers and Freya hugging. I've been wanting us to get some photos done and now I know who we'll book. I'm not sure we're as photogenic though . . . 12.15.2009

otis: .... tnx.... 07.30.2014

trevor: .... hello!... 11.18.2014

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Alisa + Mark {Snow Way! They’re Engaged!} Open this post

Dec 10
2009

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Alisa + Mark {Snow Way! They’re Engaged!}

I know. Groan.  But hey, who doesn’t love a good pun these days?  It’s about as creative as this little brain can handle at this hour. But I digress… Following a quick flight in from Sioux Lookout (for the express purpose of this shoot, might we add), Alisa + Mark connected with the Bliss team this [...]

I know. Groan.  But hey, who doesn’t love a good pun these days?  It’s about as creative as this little brain can handle at this hour. But I digress…

Following a quick flight in from Sioux Lookout (for the express purpose of this shoot, might we add), Alisa + Mark connected with the Bliss team this past Saturday  and brought the sunshine with them.  What started out as an *innocent* engagement session rapidly turned mischievous as soon as the first snowball flew.  And at the risk of getting in trouble, we’re pretty sure it was Alisa who took the inaugural shot! Fast forward to wrestling in the snow, a ride in a toddler’s sleigh and then a blissful retreat to Seattle Coffeehouse for hot cocoa warmers — this e-session was rife with wonderful moments to capture.  We love that they felt completely uninhibited.  And we are counting down right alongside them for their August 2010 wedding.  Enjoy your sneak peak, guys!  {Alisa you are a force to be reckoned with!}

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Note: this shot is not set up. Mark's phone did ring {he's an on call airplane mechanic} and Alisa did spontaneously whip that snowball at him!

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No recollection of who tackled whom.

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Alisa the Instigator: haha! these are great ! we had so much fun doing them too, good thing there was a fire on at Seattle, brrrr. i especially love the one of us wresteling, sorry I wrecked the snow angels hehe 12.10.2009

Cheryl - Bride's Mum: **wipes tears.... Yes Alvis, you've captured their true spirit in these shots! Beautiful....just like Alisa + Mark. :) **wipes tears again.... 12.10.2009

auntie Faye: Hey Alisa looks like you guys had a lot of fun taking these pictures. They are beautiful!! Auntie Faye 12.10.2009

Aunty Rhonda: sniffle sniffle...I love these!!! and I love a good Pun! Perfect! 12.11.2009

Auntie Susan: Great shots...looks like you had a lot of fun. What memories you will have from these pictures. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! 12.11.2009

Alisa the Instigator: Mark threw up a photo on Facebook and the link to see the rest ... here were some comments... Mark Hainrich this was not even set up. she just wanted to start something she couldn't finish. Again. go to blisspictures.ca to see how it ends. photos by Alvis Plavins @ bliss pictures. me and you You, Cheryl Jaspers, James Joseph DeGrazia and 2 others like this. Chris HaskinsVery nice pic of the 2 of you Yesterday at 7:05pm Mark Hainrichyou can see all of them at blisspictures.ca go to the Blog section. Yesterday at 7:09pm Chris HaskinsI just looked at the rest of them . Very nice . Yesterday at 7:32pm Chantal Huardthe rest of the photos are just gorgeous mark! 6 hours ago Erika Goettlicheryou guys are too cute! ...yes i creeped on the rest of the photos too! 2 hours ago 12.11.2009

Great Aunty Madeline: "Congratulations! The pictures have captured the true spirit of love..good job! I see your Mom is up to her usual TEARS as I remember way back when! 12.14.2009

Bill: .... tnx for info!... 07.29.2014

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Celebrating Family *:)* Open this post

Dec 05
2009

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Celebrating Family *:)*

A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to do a family photo swap with our friends over at Fioritofoto.com; if you haven’t yet met Nik + Dana, they are not only a force to be reckoned with, but they are just so genuine and sincere!  We were  stoked with the images they produced and [...]

A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to do a family photo swap with our friends over at Fioritofoto.com; if you haven’t yet met Nik + Dana, they are not only a force to be reckoned with, but they are just so genuine and sincere!  We were  stoked with the images they produced and wanted to share them with you.  As irony would have it, we had not yet done any family photos since adding (nearly two years ago) our train wreck daughter to the equation.  So if you’re new to the blog and have not yet met our brood, allow us to introduce you to our crazy, nutty intense but lovely family: Saffron (22 months, Piper 6, Sam ?, Alvis 42).  Enjoy!

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herman: .... hello.... 07.31.2014

Lynn: .... ñýíêñ çà èíôó!... 11.17.2014

Franklin: .... hello!... 11.18.2014

terrance: .... thanks!... 11.20.2014

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Finnish Fair {Memories of times past: The Kinnunen/Coulson Gang} Open this post

Dec 02
2009

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Finnish Fair {Memories of times past: The Kinnunen/Coulson Gang}

Cynthia and Ben have been longtime friends of ours; and over the years we’ve watched their family grow to include not one, not two, but three gorgeous fair-haired munchkins with the most expressive eyes and mischievous little grins.  Originally from Thunder Bay, Cynthia’s roots {not hair!} are deeply entrenched in Finnish culture.  For as long [...]

Cynthia and Ben have been longtime friends of ours; and over the years we’ve watched their family grow to include not one, not two, but three gorgeous fair-haired munchkins with the most expressive eyes and mischievous little grins.  Originally from Thunder Bay, Cynthia’s roots {not hair!} are deeply entrenched in Finnish culture.  For as long as I can remember she’s kept close ties to her Finnish background, perpetuating all the usual customs from saunas to traditional cuisine to heading on down to our renowned local eatery, the Hoito.  In keeping with these ties, we thought what better place to honour her background than a family photo shoot right on Bay St.

You have to know Cynthia to really *get* why these images are so representative of her.  She is fun-loving, goofy {quirky, she’d say}, glamourous {she would not say this, we say this!} and admittedly not so comfortable in front of the camera.  We think she rocked it!  Special shout-out to Ben for all his patience, and Suvi, Max, and Finnigan who were such troopers on a frigid afternoon.  We love you guys!

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Dana: so beautiful! 12.03.2009

casey: .... ñïñ çà èíôó!!... 07.29.2014

Vernon: .... thanks for information!... 11.19.2014

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