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Ottawa Photographer :: EMKE 2013!

It’s hard to believe that this is the third year in a row I’ve had the opportunity to photograph Ottawa’s Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition with this group of very talented Interior Designers! It seems like it was only yesterday that we all gathered together for their makeover of the Good Companions Centre (2011) and the Foster Family Farm Homework Club (2012)!

Like the previous two years, this year most definitely did not disappoint! For 2013 the designers made over a space at the Youville Centre here in Ottawa. To read more about the Youville Centre and the incredible service they provide to young women in the community, click here.

The words ‘incredible transformation’ would not be enough to accurately describe the work these ladies accomplished this year. In such a short time they were able to raise funds and furniture donations within the community and pull together a space that is not only incredibly beautiful, but also a functional, comfortable place for the young moms at the Youville Centre to unwind while not attending their classes. By the end of it, I was a wee bit jealous that *I* couldn’t just come and hang out there! 😉

What I think is the most touching part of this entire project is that the recipients were so genuinely excited about it. Their screams of shock and the physical excitement was tangible that day. They SO deserved this. For me personally, it’s just such a wonderful feeling to be a part of it. To capture their reactions and to know that I’m helping document a day that I’m sure the girls and the designers will never forget.

For before pictures as well as a full list of contributors to EMKE 2013, please visit the TBB’s blog and Sonya Kinkade (the lead designer)’s blog! Also be sure to become a fan of Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition on Facebook to be kept in the loop when these ladies tackle a new charity project in 2014!

Thank you again ladies for the honour of being a part of such a special project! I look forward to working with you again in 2014!

 

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Ottawa Photographer :: Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition 2012!

Phew! Firstly I want to apologize for my lack of blogging this week and last week! I have found in past years that winters tend to be slow for me…but this winter has been anything but! TONS of headshot sessions happening, and what seems like a continually growing back-log of posts I hope to get up here in the coming days. Please bare with me!

As I mentioned a few times on my Facebook page, I am SO pleased to share with you all that I was asked to be the official photographer for the Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition once again this year. For those who are reading that aren’t familiar with this event, the way it works is that this fantastic team of Interior Designers donates their time, work and skills to make a space better for an organization in need during Kindness Week in Ottawa. Last year these ladies worked hard to re-decorate the Good Companions Centre, and this year they re-decorated the Foster Farm Family Homework Club. This small homework club located in Ottawa’s west end is a vital part of this small community within our city. It services many of the local children and teens who come here for help with their homework and to use the internet after school. When these ladies told me that this year they would be working with this club I was super excited. The kids and this community SO deserve this. And any opportunity I have to be a part of something good for Ottawa’s children and teens is extra special for me.

Although I think it goes without saying, these ladies rocked it out once again. Since this project started several days/weeks before I was able to come to the club I was not able to see what it was like before, but I have seen photos and let me tell you without exaggeration – it’s like night and day. You wouldn’t even believe it was the same place. Some incredibly kind donations were made by several Ottawa businesses and individuals for everything from school supplies to flooring to cabinetry to paint. And without these donations, this project simply wouldn’t have even been possible. Once again, I am in awe of the kind, good people of this city and the way they’ve come together to support this wonderful initiative. And to these Designers, I don’t even think I have the right words to describe their talent, hard work and dedication to making such a difference. They truly are an inspiration to me, and to many others I’m sure. Please take a moment to visit their websites and admire the fantastic work they do!

Sonya Kinkade Design

Lisa Goulet Design

JAX Decor and Design (Kelly James)

DH Design (Donna Hargrove)

Solace Interiors (Nicole Duguay)

Otta Decorate (Mary Anne van Gaal)

MODECOR (Maureen Coates)

Sarah Kidder Design

Thank you all so much again for having me out this year ladies! I sincerely hope I have the opportunity to work with you all again next year when you will be no doubt making a difference in the lives of people in our community for Kindness Week! 🙂

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