Other than the staple holiday photos with Santa, I had never done professional portraiture’s specifically for the holiday season. But when my good friend, Amanda Lazarski, let me know that she would be in my hometown early last month, I knew I had to jump on the chance to book her to take my little one’s photos. I purchased matching outfits, practiced poses with the Princess and tried to do some hairstyles all in preparation for these pictures.
Then life happened. Of course, it was dark and grey and windy and cold and neither of my children were interested in posing. Being only 3 days after Halloween, the Princess was still in Vampire mode. Amanda asked her to pose a certain way only to have the Princess respond “but I thought you said I could be a model?” Nonetheless, the photos turned out perfect! True to her talent and craft, Amanda delivered despite craptastic weather, fussy children and most of all, suffered a sleep deprived, stressed and anxious Mama (aka ME!)
Formerly Amanda Lazarski Photography, her business is now called Inspired By The Tree Photography based out of Trenton, Ontario. I definitely recommend her services for capturing those perfect family moments. She was wonderful despite the elements, the turnaround time for my photos was super quick and I can say the pictures I got for the price I paid was simply a steal! You can find her on Facebook. Below are just a few of the amazing photos she took.
Since relocating to Toronto 5 years ago, I have never been let down by the endless supply of family fun things to do. Whether you are in the East End or the West, the Beaches or Scarborough, the GTA has lots of great outings and events for the family to enjoy.
- Free Pooch Pics with Santa. Dogs are man’s best friend and even they deserve to get their holiday wishes heard by Santa. Tomorrow, November 30th, the Holiday Studio at 25 Karl Fraser Road will be taking photos of Santa and your pooch from 1 – 4 pm. And as if it couldn’t get any better, the photos will be emailed to you free of charge and your dog will receive a free treat!
- Karma Yoga. On December 1st, come by the Shops at Don Mills where people of all ages can bring their mats for free yoga sessions and a few moments to relax during this stressful time of year from 9:30 – 10:30 for FREE!
- Markham Santa Claus Parade. You cannot kick off the holiday season without seeing a holiday parade. November 30th from 11-12, people of all ages will line up from Hwy 7 to 16th Ave to witness the 41st Annual Markham Santa Claus Parade.
- Santa Experience at Sherway Gardens. Everyone gets their photos done with Santa, but what if you could have sing-a-longs, stories and play with the big man in red? For only $12 per child (tickets not required for accompanying parents), your little ones get 30 minutes of pure holiday fun with Santa at Sherway Gardens.
Each year, people complain that their children got way more toys than they really need. So this year, I encourage you to give one of those toys to a child in need. Tonight, from 5 pm – 8 pm, Global Television and Shops at Don Mills have teamed up to host the annual Toronto’s Fire Fighter’s Association Toy Drive. Put a smile on a child’s face this year by donating a new, unwrapped gift and in exchange for your goodwill, you can receive a free burger from South St. Burger and a hot drink from Aroma Espresso Bar.
If you decide bring your little ones, be sure to visit Santa and his reindeer and your children can bring their letters for the big guy in red to the Santa Station. The Crestwood Choir will be filling the air with wonderful holiday music and not to mention there will be live ice sculpture demonstrations. Global Television personalities such as Leslie Roberts, Susan Hay, Liza Fromer and Anthony Farnell will be there between 5:30 and 6:30 and be sure to visit their seasonal colouring and photo booths.