Taco Party in the Pond

After moving out of my parent's home, I've become acutely aware of how costly a night out on the town can be. I used to eat out 2-3 times a week when I was in school but now we try to dine in as much as possible. That's why I love to host brunch/dinner parties: you get to hangout with your friend and everyone gets to stuff their face as much as possible without breaking the bank. We had a long weekend so we decided to host a taco night with a few close friends. Sadly, not everyone could make it but we still had a ton of fun and enough left overs to last the rest of the week :D   We ended the night with a Disney movie, ahhh what a blissful way to spend the night.

Maternity Session with Yingying

A few weeks ago, Yingying asked me if I would be down to shoot her maternity session. The first time I got asked to shoot a maternity session, I didn't have the confidence to accept the offer. This year, I've decided to push my boundaries and get more intimate with my subjects therefore I agreed on the spot. I shot Yingying and Michael two years ago and we had such a good time; they are the sweetest couple and I'm so happy that they're expecting a baby girl this summer. When it comes to being in front of the camera, Yingying is like a fish in water. Michael claims to be shy but he was just as smooth. When you're that much in love, gentle embraces and soft kisses come naturally. I thought I would feel a bit awkward when we got more intimate but instead, I was in awe of Yingying's body. She is tiny and the bump looked so heavy yet she still carried herself with grace and beauty. I think baby Mia could hear the shutter click because she kept moving around. We even got to witness her little kicks. She wants to be part of the photoshoot! Once again we had a lot of fun and I wish Yingying and Michael a smooth delivery. I can't wait to see little Mia, mixed babies are the cutest!

(I chose not to display some sets out of modesty and humbleness toward Yingying and Michael's family.)

A Chocolate-y World

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a complete chocoholic! If there's a stash of chocolate somewhere, I'll eat it. If you have a stash of chocolate somewhere, I'll eat it too. So when Adri told me about the Cacao 70 Factory that opened near our neighborhoods, I couldn't wait to pay a visit! Heading the factory are the previous owners of Le Petit Trianon, a cosy little coffee shop in Westmount that closed a year ago. They had to close their cafe because the owners were offered this golden opportunity that required all their time and attention. But it was a worthy sacrifice because this place is a sensory experience of its own! The Cacao 70 Factory is different from their retail eateries because it functions as a testing ground for new recipes. They have a limited menu of drinks and mostly manufacture their adorably packaged chocolate bars. Because it was a sweltering hot day, Adri and I each got a frappucino: salted caramel for me and mochacino for Adri. I love the industrial interior mixed with the millenium pink metal accents. They have giant windows and  ample seating room for big groups and small groups to enjoy a chocolatey experience. I'm so excited that it's only a 10-minute walk from my apartment! You know where to find me!