16 Days in Peru – Toronto Wedding and Travel Photographer

For the last half of November, my husband and I went on a trip to Peru. We decided to go all out since we knew we’d probably only ever be there once in our lives, so we planned a 5 day trek that would take us to Machu Picchu via the Salkantay trek. Then, the day after we completed our trek and visited Machu Picchu, we were off to Parque Nacional del Manu for 7 days to do some wildlife watching in the jungle.

My best story from the trip is about a close call with a jaguar. Our group spent a lot of time on a boat on Manu River, which is the only way to access the vast majority of the jungle. Around lunch time, just as the sun was poking out of the clouds and the rain was clearing up, we stopped on a beach for a bathroom break. The boys and girls set off to opposite sides of the island and as we looked for a good spot to go, a girl ahead of me exclaimed, “Hey look! There are jaguar tracks here!” Never imagining that the jaguar who made those tracks would still be around, I ran closer to admire them. A few moments later, someone screamed loudly and I looked up in time to see the back half of a massive jaguar flying into the reeds no more than 10 feet ahead of me! We all bolted down the beach towards the boat, but quickly realized that we were safe and all burst into relieved laughter. Our guide assured us that we were never in any real danger because there were so many of us. The jaguar was probably trying to sneak away slowly but once we got close enough it decided to make a quick escape. I’ll never forget the sound of its massive paws hitting the sand as it took off!

The jaguar incident happened too fast for photos, but here are some of my other favourite shots:

The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook – Toronto Food and Product Photographer

The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook by David Ort. Cookbook photography by Robin Sharp. Food styling by Rossy Earle.

I’m so excited to share this with you: The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook is in stores now! This is the first cookbook by David Ort, who has endless amounts of beer and food knowledge to share with you. He can explain in simple terms why beer should be cold when you’re making onion ring batter or what the history of the Radler is. David has a fantastic food blog called Food with Legs and also writes for Spotlight Toronto. The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook is a cookbook that celebrates Canadian craft beer and highlights it in recipes both by including it in the ingredient list and by suggesting beers by local craft breweries for you to try with your creations. While some of the recipes are traditionally accompanied by beer, others will open your eyes to a new world where just about any food can be paired beautifully with the right beer.

Some of my favourite recipes from the cookbook are: Quick Pickled Radishes with Cream Cheese on Toast, No-Knead Soft Pretzels, Soba Noodle Salad with Sriracha Dressing (pictured below) Spicy Lamb Rogan Josh and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Spent Barley. Are you salivating yet?

All of the recipe photographs were taken by me and propped and styled by the amazing and magnetic Rossy Earle (try her hot sauce – it’s insanely addictive!).

You can visit beercookbook.ca to learn more about the book and purchase a copy for yourself!

The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook by David Ort. Cookbook photography by Robin Sharp. Food styling by Rossy Earle.

 

Nida and Fahad’s Wedding in Mississauga – Toronto Wedding Photographer

Nida and Fahad (who I post about last week) had the perfect mix of traditional and offbeat on their wedding day. This wedding was such a treat for me to photograph with all of its bright colours and sweet little details like Fahad’s Superman cuff-links and Nida’s DIY manicure.

Details

Superman cufflinks

Mehndi and nail art

Bride and Groom Portraits

Bride's ring with mother and mother-in-law

Candid

Rukhsati

 

Thank you, Nida and Fahad, for choosing me to be a part of your celebration!

Casual Shoot with Nida and Fahad at Downsview Park – Toronto Wedding Photographer

Nida and Fahad are two of the sweetest people I have had the pleasure of photographing. Every time I turned around they were doing something else adorable – It was just so natural! We did this shoot 3 days after their wedding, so it’s not really an engagement shoot… but why does a casual session have to be just for engagements, right? Love is love.

Casual Session Downsview Park Toronto

Casual Session Downsview Park Toronto

Casual Session Downsview Park Toronto

Casual Session Downsview Park Toronto

Jes and Chris’ Wedding in Ancaster and Hamilton – Toronto Wedding Photographer

I am so excited to be sharing this wedding with you today! Jes and Chris are an amazing couple whose love is truly inspiring. Their ceremony at Ancaster Old Town Hall included a reading from “How Do I Love You?” with their adorable daughter, Zoe. They wrote their own vows, and they were so sweet and simple that I wanted to share them here:

“I love you,
I promise to continually make our lives and adventure in our own time.
I promise to dance, to snuggle, to laugh and to never go to bed angry.
I promise to lend you strength for all of your dreams.
Together our family can accomplish more than we could alone.
Cross my heart.”

They chose to have their reception at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, which meant that we got to explore and play in some old planes, too. The whole day was so much fun, and I have no doubt that Jes and Chris are going to accomplish many great things with their loving family.

Wedding Ancaster Old Town Hall - Toronto Hamilton Wedding Photographer

Wedding Ancaster Old Town Hall - Toronto Hamilton Wedding Photographer

DIY Wedding Details - Button Bouquet and Feather Boutonniere - Toronto Wedding Photographer

Bride and Groom with Daughter - Toronto Wedding Photographer

Bride and Groom Portrait - Toronto Wedding Photographer

Reception at Canadian Heritage Warplane Museum - Toronto Hamilton Wedding Photographer

Baby Wesley, 7 Days New – Toronto Family and Wedding Photographer

I met Wesley just a week after he was born for our photo session. He was one of the most laid-back babies I’ve ever met! His big sister Robin (what a lovely name, don’t you think?) is already warming up to him and I think that she’s going to make a great older sibling. Thanks Celine and Steven, and congratulations on your new addition!

Newborn portrait with older sibling - Toronto family and child photographer

Newborn portrait with Mom

Newborn portrait - Toronto family and child photographer

Melissa and Kyle’s Wedding in Elgin County – Toronto Wedding Photographer

Melissa and Kyle’s wedding was such a pleasure for me to be a part of. Their families were so loving, welcoming and hilarious. I’m sure that after spending an hour with Melissa and Kyle’s families, anyone in the world would feel right at home sitting down and eating Christmas dinner with them. They’re just that kind of people. I loved Melissa’s dress with its pink details, and she bought all of her bridesmaids glittery black TOMS to wear with their dresses! With a bride like Melissa – who wear her heart on her sleeve, tells it like it is and will make you laugh until your sides hurt – it’s a wedding that I’ll never forget.

Bridal party jumping - Elgin County Aylmer wedding photographer

Congratulations, Melissa and Kyle! I had such an amazing time photographing your wedding.

Androo and Jenny’s Wedding in the Woods – Toronto Wedding Photographer

When I meet with Androo and Jenny to talk about their wedding, I knew that I was going to have an amazing time photographing them. They were incredibly laid back, easy going, and they were always laughing together. Their rainbow themed wedding was a little chillier than expected (it snowed!), but we had a great time anyway. Their venue, the Kortright Centre in Vaughan, was beautiful and intimate.

Josh and Heather’s Vintage Farm Wedding – Toronto Wedding Photographer

It’s so chilly and gray outside, it’s hard to believe that I was sweating my face off for most of this beautiful wedding! I shot this wedding with my friend and colleague in the hazy days of early September. It was exactly the kind of wedding that I would have planned if I could plan my wedding all over again. There were so many gorgeous details, and Heather and Josh were so clearly in love and their warmth and happiness spread to everybody around them. Their first dance was to Sea of Love by Cat Power, and I nearly cried! It was a magical day and I’m so happy to have been a part of it.

Vintage rustic indie farm wedding Toronto Hamilton wedding photographer

Vintage rustic indie farm wedding Toronto Hamilton wedding photographer

Vintage rustic indie farm wedding Toronto Hamilton wedding photographer

Vintage rustic indie farm wedding Toronto Hamilton wedding photographer

Vintage rustic indie farm wedding Toronto Hamilton wedding photographer

Vintage rustic indie farm wedding Toronto Hamilton wedding photographer

Vintage rustic indie farm wedding Toronto Hamilton wedding photographer

Vintage rustic indie farm wedding Toronto Hamilton wedding photographer

Vintage rustic indie farm wedding Toronto Hamilton wedding photographer

Vintage rustic indie farm wedding Toronto Hamilton wedding photographer

Vintage rustic indie farm wedding Toronto Hamilton wedding photographer