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Scarlet's Story

My name is Scarlet O’Neill & here is my story. I am a photographer. I am an artist. I am a lover. I am passionate & I stand by my person. I live each day to it’s fullest, fantastically, gracefully, courageously & full of heart. Photography is my way of bringing some sweetness to the world. I am a soundtrack queen. Play me a song and I can tell you what movie it’s from. I eat cookie dough out of the Pillsbury package - by the fridge, door still ajar. I squeal with excitement and sometimes jump up & down from it. I look ten years younger than I am, but feel ten years older. I have been photographing since I could hold a camera. I love taking photographs more than anything else. I love making people smile. I love capturing moments for a lifetime of smiles. I love getting to know the people in front of my camera, through and through. Be good to me and I will give you my heart. I want my images to mean something & I want them to evoke laughter, tears and ear-to-ear deep down inside happiness. I want you to see how beautiful you are, how in love that special someone is with YOU. I believe that every single bride is beautiful. I believe in love at first sight. My style is creative, elegant, quirky, modern & vintage, but beyond anything else- timeless. I love old love stories, new love tales and endless kisses. I will take real photos of you & your loved ones. I will show you things that you may have missed or never known. I love fairy tales, but I double love real stories. I can’t wait to tell yours. I really, really love what I do.

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November is always a bittersweet month for me.

It’s the month of my favourite season, my birthday (which I am almost always sick on, here’s hoping this year is different). It’s the month I am the most tired with the most amount of work on my plate. It’s the also the month that always brings on the most change and the month that my nights are often spent not sleeping, but pondering the entire year. It’s the month of reflective moments, changes, realizations and the most heart wrenching. But, it’s also always one of the best months of the year for me. This month I go from my twenties to my thirties (despite still looking about nineteen) and as some of you know, its been something I’ve been quite stuck about. But, that’s for another post real soon ;)

I’ve been a little busy bee for the past little while working on things that will be new to me and new to you (you loves who are so very supportive of my work and my life). One new little thing that I was ever excited about last month was my new portfolio website and now that it’s up, I have been working very hard to prepare blog posts all about the magical days that were my 2014. It’s true that I was hogging some of my best images & days so that the portfolio site was full of new content. With that, plus the combination that blogging takes a backseat to my shooting, my editing, my meeting of new inspiring people, my blog hasn’t been true to my year and all it’s goodness. So, one thing to change for the upcoming months is the love my blog gets.

I’ve been quietly making little changes for my work & life over the past little while and I’m very eager to start sharing with you these wonderful little things, some small, but each one so very important to the process of creating the images that take up each day. I feel incredibly fortunate to have worked with all the couples, families and team of insanely creative & talented individuals this year. And with only a handful of shoots and four weddings left, my heart is ever so full.

Just wanted to say thank you and so much more on it’s way. Love  you, mean it xo.

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These two rock my heart something fierce.

I met Sarah quite a few years ago and have kept in touch with her through her work, my photography and the lovely land of social media. I like to live vicariously thru her amazing attendance of concerts, restaurants and good times. She has a heart like none other, so when she met & fell for Ivan, it was pretty lovely to see someone love as much as she does.

The two of them melt your heart with their kindness, and the respect they extend to the other. They also really understand the importance of play, of fun and of laughter. And, they are pretty good (and very patient) parents to their cat Piper.

To document their love we hung around their neighborhood, their home and then went back to the place of their first date, Guu. Like them, the whole time was pretty special and I cannot wait to spend another day with them when they say I do! You two make what I do more fun than I can say, thank you for choosing me to be your wedding photographer. Love you, mean it xo.

Ps. Happy birthday Sarah! I hope you are getting spoiled just like you deserve.

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  1. Tanya Behnke says:

    Love ALL of these! Such a beautiful couple! xo

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Family.

It really is a special bond.

Blood, or in laws or just you-&-me-need-to-make-babies kind of family, well, it’s something that becomes the most important kind of bond one can have. They are there for you no matter what. They love you and all your habits, quirks, crankiness and your inability to function unless you start your day off with a coffee.

They’ve seen you at your best, they’ve been through your wins and your excitement as you pass by each chapter of life. You’ve been there for them. You have stories to last a lifetime and stories you can’t wait to tell to embarrass them with later in life when they are bringing home their first real “someone special”.

You are thick as thieves.

To all the families that have let me into their homes, hearts and lives, thank you. You’ve made my own life fuller just knowing such love exists and such happiness fills each one of your lives. And thank you for being such cool groups of people that know that photography has moved way past matching jeans and white tshirts sitting in front of a blank wall saying “cheese”. You are some of the most insanely wonderful people I’ve ever met. Love you, mean it xo.

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Aliya & Arif.

When I first met these two, we bonded over our love for food, markets and specifically cheese. I really didn’t think it could get any better, but then came their wedding and it took the cake, or a dozen cakes (as per their dessert table; a drool worthy stack of sweets!).

Their wedding had all the fixings and was the most fun filled day.

First, it was a brunch wedding. Little known fact, the coolest of the cool have brunch weddings, complete with a eggs benny and a waffle station.

Secondly, they had a wicked band that brought everyone to their feet. Enter BPM Krew. Sweet tunes.

Thirdly, they had heart. This was complete not only by the loveliest family members, but the most incredible group of friends that not only prepared a surprise song & dance of Backstreet Boys, “As Long as you Love Me!” but were full force with giant group hugs that made you want to be right in the middle of all the love.

And last, they had themselves, a couple that truly loves, appreciates, supports, understands and just wants to have fun with the other.

Thank you to Aliya & Arif for trusting me with your beautiful day. It was a pleasure and an honour. Love you, mean it xo.

 

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