Oliver Trevor Jay Connell's Photoblog Photographs & Video documenting Oliver Connell's life

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video short : singing to himself
video short : singing to himself

Just another day around our household. Cheers! t.

video short : oliver’s first choir performance
video short : oliver's first choir performance

Oliver surprised us by joining the choir in the second half of the school year. They put on a little performance for their schoolmates and Dana was able to film it. Enjoy! t.

oliver connell | twenty-two hundred & ninety-five
oliver connell | twenty-two hundred & ninety-five

So, since there is snow on the ground in these photos, I’d say I am tad bit behind in posting these images. Ah well, here they are now. If I remember correctly, Dana got a new jacket/outfit and she wanted some fun photos of her walking in the middle of the street. Of course that […]

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

As a Dad, there are some things in life that you want your son to experience for the first time with you and no one else. When I grew up, the Toronto Maple Leafs were a staple in our household. If there was a Leaf’s game on, that’s what you were watching. Now I haven’t […]

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

Sometimes you have to just go for it. Oliver has been increasingly short with me when I point a camera at him. He’ll shy away; give some sort of goofy face or just plain look down and away from the lens. He’ll give me nothing. So when Oliver was dressing up in some of his […]

video short : Lego Madness
video short : Lego Madness

Oliver likes to put together Lego figurines and pretend they are some of this favourite super heroes. I am sure there are Lego branded super hero figurines but this way is so much better in my opinion. Oliver allowed me just a glimpse of his imaginative world that he was building one afternoon and never […]

video short : how can you not laugh?
video short : how can you not laugh?

Ok so this video may not be for everyone. But Oliver was just too funny not to film. We were having a serious conversation about eating healthily and how you can’t just have sweets and other “treats” without their being consequences to your health. In true Oliver fashion, he decided to break out into a […]

oliver connell | twenty two hundred & eighteen
oliver connell | twenty two hundred & eighteen

It’s no secret that Oliver really loves Lego. Santa was really generous this year and he brought the Lego Star Wars Ewok Village to our household. I’m surprised Oliver could contain his excitement when he opened the gift, let alone wait two days to put it together. I believe the set has a couple of […]

oliver connell | twenty two hundred & seventeen
oliver connell | twenty two hundred & seventeen

More Christmas celebrations, this time on Boxing Day with the Ruprechts. We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of presents and dinner. Oliver loves his cousin so much and it always is so cute to watch them play together. They even made us wear hats at dinner. I think Nana looks especially cute in her Cowgirl hat. […]

oliver connell | twenty two hundred & sixteen
oliver connell | twenty two hundred & sixteen

Christmas morning is always fun around our household. You think you understand the magic of Christmas but I’d argue that it’s not something you can truly understand until you see it through the eyes of your son or daughter. It’s an exceptional time of year; one where all the planning and hard work pays off. […]

oliver connell | twenty two hundred & eleven
oliver connell | twenty two hundred & eleven

Having two families along with extended families can be tough to schedule at Christmas time. We work hard to accommodate everyone’s schedules and sometimes that means a little creative planning. This year we were heading to my Aunt and Uncle’s for Christmas day dinner. To accommodate for that, we ended up celebrating Christmas and my […]

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.