2020: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

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Looking back on it, it may seem that the year 2020 was all bad, but, for me, there have been some silver linings in the clouds. I try to be a positive person and see my glass as half full, so I will start with the good.

The Good

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  • My step son got engaged. We are very happy that he has found his soul mate and will be getting married in July. We are hoping that they can have a wedding reception with all the bells and whistles but time will tell.
  • Last summer was amazing. We have an acre and a half and I spent countless hours planting and digging; growing vegetables and flowers. I loved every minute of it and look forward to continuing the work next summer.
  • We are so lucky to have a place at Victoria Beach where we can go and get away from the city. We love it best in the winter as there are very few people and the dogs can run free. The roads are plowed and we spend a lot of time walking and exploring the trails.
Our yard
Victoria Beach
  • I have learned to stop trying to please people who don’t want to be a part of my life. I have learned to let go of those people and I have more peace in my life because of it. Trying to please people who don’t appreciate me was sucking the energy out of me and I know that it was affecting my mental and physical health. So in 2020 I have been healthy while many others have not been. For that, I am very grateful.

The Bad

  • My husband has had some health issues for the past few months and needed emergency abdominal surgery at the beginning of Dec. We just found out that he has lymphoma, so the next few months are going to be a tough for us. We will get through it and he will be okay. We have a lot of support and he has a great attitude.
  • Our dog Fergus died in December. It’s always tough to lose a dog and we feel Fergus’s loss every day. He was a gentle, black dog; the sweetest dog I have known. RIP Fergus.

Fergus
  • My mother has Covid and is isolated in her room in a nursing home. She is apparently asymptomatic but she looks terrible. We only see her on Zoom and she has gone downhill in this last month. It is very sad to see.
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My mom with my grandson and daughter-in-law in better days
  • My photography business has dropped off significantly as I have had to be closed for a lot of 2020. It bothers me to turn people down when they contact me for sessions, but I think being safe is the most important thing right now and I will continue to follow the health guidelines.
  • Not seeing my family bothers me and is one of the things that has made 2020 so difficult for me personally. My son lives in Calgary with his family and this is the longest I have gone without seeing them. We weren’t able to have extended family for Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas. I miss them all and hope that 2021 will be better.

The Ugly

Even though 2020 has been bad for my business and there have been challenges; it hasn’t been all bad. Having said that, I am looking forward to life getting back to what used to be normal. At this point, I am not sure things will ever be like they were before Covid-19. But they will improve.

Stay safe my readers and I hope to see you in 2021!

Remembering Fergus!

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The worst part of having a dog and loving that dog is that they will more than likely die before you. Fergus, out big black dog with a gentle soul died last night.

Fergus was 13 years old. He was a dog that my step daughter, Liz, rescued as a puppy. Fergus was always her special dog but Fergus lived with us for most of his years, as Liz was either away or living in an apartment. The house is more empty right now, with fewer dogs to step over. I’m sure our other 2 dogs are missing him as well.

Fergus’s vet described him as “a gentleman of the highest order” and that is the a perfect description of him. Fergus was a gentle, easy going dog. He wasn’t easily rattled. Zara, my lively energetic dog would nip at his legs to get him to play and he put up with her. He rarely got angry with her, but when he did, she listened. He had that kind of presence.

It is never easy losing a dog. Fergus had been diagnosed with cancer a few months ago and we knew his time was limited, but it is still a shock to lose him.

We believe that Fergus will join all of the other dogs that John and I have lost, crossing the rainbow bridge and free to run after squirrels while free of pain. Rest in Peace Fergus.

Gift Certificate Sale: Winnipeg Photography Newsletter!

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Endless COVID!




This is an unprecedented and scary time in the world. Cases of Covid and deaths continue to rise in Manitoba. 

Things improved in the summer and I was able to open my studio and do some wonderful portraits, but now that can’t happen. Our case numbers in Manitoba are too high and the cost would be too great if my clients or I became ill. I’m happy that I was able to do some fall sessions outside, but the weather isn’t cooperating to do that now in November. 
So things are slow. 
I miss photographing newborns. I haven’t felt that it was safe to do newborn pictures at any time since the spring.  I have newborn outfits that I haven’t used and new Christmas backdrops that I can’t use. I know that many businesses are suffering and it is best to close shop. It is better to be safe. 



GIFT CERTIFICATE SALE



If you are looking for a Christmas gift for someone on your list, why not consider a gift certificate for photography? And to help you with that, I am offering a gift certificate sale.

For a limited time all gift certificates will be 20% off. That means if you buy someone a $300 gift certificate, it would cost $240; a savings of $60. For the $240 that you would pay, the recipient would receive the session plus $220 worth of products, such as 4 8x10s or a couple of 16x20s. 

The gift certificate would be valid for all of 2021. 

It’s an easy gift option for you and you wouldn’t need to leave your home to purchase it. I could email the gift certificate to you or print it and put it into the mail for you.  

Don’t delay. This offer is good until Dec. 10th. Get your Christmas shopping done now and support a local business. 



Photo Restoration



Another great Christmas gift idea is to have some old faded photographs restored.  Here are some examples of pictures that I’ve restored. 

 It’s amazing how much information can be restored in old photographs! 

Estimates for photo restoration are based on how much time it would take me to restore your photo and would depend on how much damage there is in the original print. 

This is another gift that you would not need to leave your house to purchase. The original could be mailed to me or you could send me a digital copy by email. I would mail the restored print back to you. It would be a very safe and simple procedure. 



And Finally





Yours in Photography,

Christina


Some of My Favorites! (Winnipeg Family Photographers)

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Today I am featuring 2 of my favorite kids; my great niece and nephew, who I have been photographing since they were born. Sarah has just turned 17 and Nate is now 15.

There are many features around our property that work well for photographing people; including the train tracks (which I know you are not allowed to be on, but the train seldom comes and when it does it goes really really slowly), a forest of pine trees, a farmer’s field and lots of colourful trees. We did this session right around our property.

Have a look at these amazing kids:

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Just Me and My Dog!
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A Beautiful Girl!
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Balancing Act!

Beautiful Family (Winnipeg Family Photographers)

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It was a lovely evening last night when we did a family session for this beautiful family. The sun was out, there was no wind and the temperatures were mild.

I enjoyed photographing these cute kids!

Have a look:

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Big Hugs!
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King’s Park and a Lovely Family

Beautiful Family! (Winnipeg Family Photographers)

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We were at the lake on the weekend where the fall colours were amazing.

When we got back to our house, we were shocked to see that the trees had lost 90% of their leaves. The trees with the beautiful red colours were bare! I had counted on fall colours for a family session. Fortunately, the trees at the back of our property still had leaves on them.

So that is where we did the session with this good-looking family. I enjoyed meeting and photographing them.

Have a look at this sneak peek!

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Lovely Family of Five!
Good Looking Brothers!
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Simply Stunning!

50 Years Later! (Winnipeg Photographers)

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Bob and Ilse, our friends and neighbours at the lake are this lovely couple, who recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. My husband John and Bob are childhood friends who spent every summer at the lake while getting into all kinds of mischief.

You can’t pick your neighbours, but John and I are lucky to have this couple as our neighbours and friends. We wish them good health and a safe journey as they travel back to their home in California.

Here are Ilse and Bob on their wedding day:

And here they are now:

Beautiful Boy! (Winnipeg Child Photographers)

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We did session number 4 for this beautiful boy, who is now 16 months old. His parents will now receive a hard cover photo book with the pictures that we have done during this time. For more information on this special offer see here:

https://www.chrismcwilliamsphotography.com/PortraitPhotographyInformation

For a sample of this book go here:

https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/cmphotographyblog.com/9986

And now, for a sneak peek at this little guy at 16 months.

Proud Grad and family! (Winnipeg Family Photographers)

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing this lovely Nursing graduate and her family. I love the picture below of her 2 children, but unfortunately, her 2 year old wasn’t cooperating so he didn’t get into this picture.

Here is Nadine in her nursing uniform.

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