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    Capturing lifestyles for a living is - to me - the best job ever. From your engagement to your wedding to your newborn babe to your little one's first birthday... I get to be there! Documenting your life's journey as you create it! Life is a beautiful thing! I cant wait to capture yours!

    - Chris

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Ben + Kristin {married} 09.28.13 Collingwood

What an insanely gorgeous fall day we had in Collingwood for Kristin and Ben’s beautiful wedding at Craigleith Ski Club
With Kate from The Little White Dress orchastraing the day, everything was perfect!
Kristin you were one of the happiest brides, always smiling and so happy about your wedding day. Ben you were incredibly charming and I feel so honoured that you chose me to capture your day.
I hope you love your images as much as I do.
With Love

Kristin HarrisNovember 25, 2013 - 1:43 pm

Chris, these photos are INCREDIBLE. Looking at them brings me back to one of my favourite days and for that I thank you! You are the best!

Kate (Little White Dress), you rock my world. Thanks for bringing our dream to reality with such ease!

Jeannie HarrisNovember 25, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Thank you so much for the pictures, you guys did an amazing job on capturing Kristin & Ben on their wedding day as well as everyone else. Everyone can’t stop talking about the wedding, thought it was the best wedding they ever went to. If possible, I would love just to have alot of the really good pictures for myself so I can put them into an album for Kristin & Ben for Christmas. Thanks again for taking such amazing pictures.

Alex + Jaquie {engaged}

One of the things that fascinates Rich and I, is how we were both once total strangers. We love the whole awesomeness of how two people who were once complete strangers can now be partners knowing each other so intimately .
It was so awesome for me to work with Jaquie and Alex for their engagement shoot.
They took me to where it all began…
They attended this camp as kids never knowing each other during that time. Again one of those ‘so cool moments”. To think that once they were just two kids playing at the same camp to then fall in love here years later when they met as counsellors. This camp will always be a very special place for the two of them. Wonderful memories from each of their childhoods but also for them as a couple.
Here are my faves.

Rebecca KoganNovember 18, 2013 - 10:20 pm

Mazal Tov Jaquie and Alex! Beautiful photos!
The colours turned out beautifully!

Jaquie, you must be a hand model or something!?! LOL

Family life should be colourful!

It’s always an honour to be asked to photograph another photographers family. One, the kids are usually used to the camera and second the photographer member is usually up for anything! Insert: Indian Holi powder!
Ange is brilliantly talented and has the heart of gold. Ange thank you so much for calling on me. It was so much fun playing with you all! Nothing like getting messy and laughing.
Here are my faves.

Holly N.November 13, 2013 - 12:26 pm

You captured so much emotion. I LOVE this session Chris.

Lesley BarrNovember 13, 2013 - 10:59 pm

Love love love these. So so fun and refreshingly beautiful!

AngeNovember 14, 2013 - 7:50 am

How amazing for us to have these to put on our walls. I love them all! No clue how we will choose :) Thank you for your creativity and your gorgeous personality that put us all at ease. My kids STILL talk about how much fun they had with you. Big love, A xx

taylorNovember 14, 2013 - 8:02 am

wow you really do capture just the right moments to make the pictures perfect!! that was so much fun!! thank you for letting us use the Indian powder it was probably the most fun I have EVER had!!! thank you so much for the best night and I hope we can do a shoot together again!!! thank you so much :)

Are we there yet?

As I sit here in my boxed up half packed office 10 days until possession date of our new house the reality of what we are doing is sinking in hard and Im feeling a need to blog/journal my feelings.
Needing to take a walk this morning to clear the mind monsters and the exhaustive doubts running through my head I prayed that we are on the right path…
This past year has been exhaustive mentally but amazing all at the same time. Life is funny that way. Starting with our life changing trip to Haiti, to coming home so shaken up and so unsure of what to do next. Do we adopt, do we move to Haiti, do we foster, do we downsize? So many questions we were left with after such an experience. Living now, the way we were and knowing what we now knew, we could not continue on the way we had been, cause it now felt so unnecessary.
After lots of waiting, praying and talking as a family we decided the decision that was best for us during this season of our life was to downsize, not only our house but our life.
You know, it’s funny as I look back to the months after we retuned from Haiti and how lost we felt, but how the answers were in front of us starting to unravel and how the downsizing answer was there but not realizing it. 2 weeks after we returned I started with my closet purging 4 garbage bags of clothes to go to donations and 2 garbage bags of shoes also went to donations. Next was the tupperware cupboard and then the cook book cupboard. Not realizing i was already starting our new movement I just felt so inclined to purge my life, my ‘stuff’ and to live with less.
Next was the linen closet going to the Cambridge Humane Society. Shortly after that was my car. I went from driving my Toyota Venza to my Prius. Something was surely guiding us to live with less. And funny enough i was starting to ‘get it’ and I felt ok with it.
Having talked about moving for the past 2 years, we both were finally on the same page and we decided to put our house of 10 years up for sale in August and tell the girls our plans. Not sure how long it would take to sell and if we would find our next home we continued to work hard and pray. After putting in 4 different offers in on 4 different homes, working through busy season, staging our house, showing our house, hosting family from out of country and trying to enjoy the summer, we finally sold our home to a wonderful family and found our sweet little home in the city that we truly believe is meant for us. This was the answer.
Now the reality of going from a 3000 sq ft home to a 1500 sq foot by choice not need, I’ll be honest with you, wakes the mind monsters and makes we wonder, what the heck are we doing with twins about to be teenagers, have we made the right decision, will our kids resent us for what we are doling? Friends and family have even questioned our thinking and I know are worried. But there have been so many signs and positives along the way that makes this feel so right. Even the girls are excited. We both shake our heads at how excited they are to live smaller and closer to us. In a big house you can spend hours not seeing each other.
A quote that my sister in law pinned on the ever so awesome Pinterest today said “it always seems impossible until it’s done” Amen sister. Living and waiting to live a new way since August has been mentally challenging . Questioning all you know and have known during the wait time. I never imagined that moving would be so stressful. Wanting our family to know that we are ok and what we are doing will make sense. Like a long car ride, constantly asking each other are we there yet? It does all feel so impossible but whenever I look at the iphone photo of our new little home something deep stirs inside me, a calm, a peace, a new love that I cant wait to embrace. This is what I need to remember on these boxed up, depersonalized, big empty home days waiting to move, waiting to finally settle after living so unsettled for months. I have no idea what is next for us Kufske’s but I feel so ready to move and live simpler and smaller and take on what is next. Waking, to being guided by a movement higher than ourselves is so crazy freeing. Letting go of the norm, the ideals, and the control and just being. Yes please!

Are we there yet?
YES! 10 days baby!!!!
Bring it on!!

KellyNovember 22, 2013 - 10:13 am

Hope all is going well with the move. You Kufskes are inspiring : ) xo

Joe+Maria 09.21.13 {married}

I adore this couple and I think I was excited as she was for her to walk down the isle.
Maria you continue to be an incredible inspiration. Joe you are the sweetest kindhearted man I know. I’m so incredibly honoured that you two chose me to capture your amazing day.
Maria you took my breath away, my snow white bride. All your attention to details paid off. Your wedding was full of warmth, love and personality.
I hope you enjoy your images as much as I do.
With much love,

Betty TselonisNovember 8, 2013 - 3:45 pm

Absolutely breathtaking pictures!!!! Love them all …. thea Betty xo

AnthonyNovember 8, 2013 - 5:51 pm

Really creative ring shot!

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