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oliver connell | twenty two hundred & ten
oliver connell | twenty two hundred & ten

Oliver got pretty excited for Christmas this year and after last year’s ice storm debacle, he had every right to be. So, when Dana and I found him one night in bed, cuddled up with his little brother Duckie, wearing his Santa hat, it just made sense to document the moment with my camera. One […]

oliver connell | twenty two hundred & seven
oliver connell | twenty two hundred & seven

Every year we take Oliver to see Santa at the Bramalea City Centre. It’s great because it’s usually the only time we get a family portrait done (I know I know) and it’s something we can compare with previous years photos. This year Oliver told us he wanted the photos done of just him and […]

video short : oliver’s school winter concert
video short : oliver's school winter concert

Just before Christmas, Oliver’s class participated in their yearly winter concert. His class sang two songs this year. Even though Oliver was buried in the far back corner, it’s still fun to have these little performances on video. Cheers! t. Song #1: Jingle Bells Song #2: Santa Can You Bring Me New Teeth

oliver connell | twenty two hundred & four
oliver connell | twenty two hundred & four

We always have some fun decorating our Christmas tree. It’s usually a two-step process over the course of a weekend: (1) we go and get our real tree and (2) we decorate it the following day. The last couple of years I’ve taken to capturing some of the moments with my trusty Fuji X-E2 because […]

video short : cookie production
video short : cookie production

Here’s a short video we made of Dana and Oliver decorating the tops of the cookies that would be going on the cupcakes with white icing…

oliver connell | twenty one hundred & ninety-one
oliver connell | twenty one hundred & ninety-one

Everyone was super excited to see Oliver’s sixth birthday roll around. Dana had been planning for a while making loot bags, setting up decorations and baking. Oliver loves a good party so his energy the morning of was off the charts. That’s what led to the unthinkable happening. Oliver went to answer the door to […]

oliver connell | twenty one hundred & eighty-three
oliver connell | twenty one hundred & eighty-three

Oliver and I took a trip up to visit my parents and we celebrated Oliver’s birthday with them. They had the usual wonderful fare that they do: a great dinner, cake and birthday presents for Oliver. They are so thoughtful and always go above and beyond when celebrating our birthdays. It certainly doesn’t hurt that […]

oliver connell | twenty one hundred & sixty-one
oliver connell | twenty one hundred & sixty-one

At our house Dana and I rotate years as to who gets to take Oliver out trick or treating and who gets to stay home to hand out candy. We haven’t had the best of weather the past couple of years with all the rain that has happened Hallowe’en night. It has been advantageous from […]

oliver connell | twenty one hundred & sixty
oliver connell | twenty one hundred & sixty

Oliver has always been intrigued with what is done to a pumpkin in order to make it a jack-o-lantern but I’d never say he was actually excited to do it. He didn’t want to get his hands dirty and he certainly didn’t want to feel the “guts” of the pumpkin. But something changed this year. […]

oliver connell | twenty one hundred & fifty-five
oliver connell | twenty one hundred & fifty-five

Oliver and I had a little fun making photographs of each other playing in the piles of leaves. It’s always a joy to get outside and play with Oliver in any capacity, but on this day, we really enjoyed ourselves a little too much. We were belly-laughing at how silly each other looked falling into […]

oliver connell | twenty one hundred & fifty-three
oliver connell | twenty one hundred & fifty-three

Another year and another trip to Downey’s Farm to play in their pumpkin patch. If you have been following this blog from the beginning (thank you), you know already that we use this time as a gauge to show us how big Oliver has gotten over the past year. Being with him every day, we […]

oliver connell | twenty-one hundred & twenty-eight
oliver connell | twenty-one hundred & twenty-eight

This afternoon was spent location scouting up in Caledon and Alton. I was shooting a wedding a few weeks later at the Alton Mill and wanted to get acquainted with the area. Oliver and Dana came along for the ride which quickly detoured for some ice cream, then for a wander in a forest we […]

oliver connell | day twenty-one hundred & twenty
oliver connell | day twenty-one hundred & twenty

Oliver went to the Bolton fall fair and won the wonderful creature he is holding in the photos at the bottom of this post. He named him Grolt, which Dana and I thought was a fantastic name for the newest member of our family. Cheers! t.

oliver connell | day twenty one hundred & eleven
oliver connell | day twenty one hundred & eleven

My cousin Jen married her fiancĂ© Travis in September at the Miller Lash House in Toronto Ontario. This is my second cousin to get married this year! The wedding and ceremony were both gorgeous but unfortunately, the weather was a bit on the chilly side. With both the ceremony and the reception taking place outside, […]

oliver connell | day two thousand & one hundred
oliver connell | day two thousand & one hundred

Oliver started Grade One this year. It’s a big moment in any parents life because their son or daughter is now fully in the school system. Before you know it, he’ll be in high school (or so I’m told), life moves that quickly. So like any good parent (especially one who is a photographer), I […]

oliver connell | day two thousand & ninety
oliver connell | day two thousand & ninety

Wasaga Beach. You either love it (for the crowds; the cool beach atmosphere; the “strip;” and the loud music) or you hate it (for the crowds; the cool beach atmosphere; the “strip;” and the loud music). Fortunately for us, the Saturday that we picked to go to Wasaga Beach this year was short on pompous, […]

oliver connell | day two thousand & eighty-three
oliver connell | day two thousand & eighty-three

Oliver decided that soccer was his sport of choice this past summer. He had one game and one practice a week in the Brampton Youth Soccer Club league. He enjoyed playing and meeting new friends. Below are some photos I took of his last game. Cheers! t. When it was all over, Oliver and I […]

oliver connell | day two thousand & sixty-four
oliver connell | day two thousand & sixty-four

It’s no secret I love to barbecue. I’m not the best at it and I don’t nearly get to do it enough, but I do love to be in front of a grill. I also love to eat. And you all know I love to make photographs. So when a local BBQ store called BBQ’s […]

oliver connell | day two thousand & forty-eight
oliver connell | day two thousand & forty-eight

Another summer was half way done and another Lacelle family picnic was upon us. Dana works hard to make this event a success every year. She also took these photos and as you can see, it was beautiful and everyone enjoyed themselves. It’s a great tradition to get everyone together at least once a year, […]

oliver connell | day two thousand & forty
oliver connell | day two thousand & forty

Dana took some photos with her spiffy camera. These ones are of Oliver and Molly. I love that Oliver loves our cat so much. I also love that she is so good with him. Win-win! Cheers! t.

oliver connell | day two thousand & thirty five
oliver connell | day two thousand & thirty five

On his last day of school the kids were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up. Oliver went for the classic response (of course). Then Oliver started his summer vacation off right! Cheers! t.

oliver connell | day two thousand & thirty-two
oliver connell | day two thousand & thirty-two

Oliver goes back to school in a little less than a week. He’ll be starting grade one this year. It’s only fitting that, being late with these posts, I get this one up before next week. I took some photos of Oliver’s “moving up” ceremony that was held at his school. His kindergarten teachers held […]

oliver connell | day two thousand & twenty-one
oliver connell | day two thousand & twenty-one

Father’s Day was once again upon us. We spent the day on the water up at Dana’s parent’s place. it’s always so nice to be able to get out on the water again. It’s like we wait an entire year for just 3 months of nice enough weather. Of course, I wouldn’t trade summers in […]

oliver connell | day two thousand & twenty
oliver connell | day two thousand & twenty

Back in June we decided it was time to clear out some of the junk old stuff we had in the basement and have a yard sale. Oliver came up with the idea that he wanted to hold a Lemonade Stand at the same time. Dana created a little cheat sheet of what change would […]