I have been working it seems, for months now on a new look for Simply Said. To find a look that suites you, your business, and your photography is not an easy feat. I think I’m just a complicated girl who will not settle until I am 110% sure I’m in love. That’s a good thing right? Well, not always. It took me so long to decide on what was “me”, and that was because I didn’t know what “me” was, lol. I always knew when I saw “my” logo, that I would know it was the one for Simply Said. I saw this logo and hands down, it was “ME”! All ME!!! So be ready to be seeing a lot of pink, blues, greys and hearts all around. Thanks to 7th Avenue Designs for a job well done.

  • January 4, 2013 - 2:17 pm

    Sharon verbeek - Love love love love your new logo! Looks awesome!ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2013 - 8:04 pm

    Emily Krbec - Looks awesome all put together Mel! woooohoo!ReplyCancel

It has been an amazing 2012! Enjoy this peak of all of my sessions from 2012, xoxo

  • January 1, 2013 - 8:23 pm

    Kim Hill - What a great year you had! Beautiful images and I’m sure a ton of very happy clients.ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2013 - 1:20 am

    Megan Nobbs - Wow Mel what a year!! You have such a wonderful talent that shows through in every picture you take. My family is so lucky to have such an awesome photographer to capture our cherished memories!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2013 - 1:33 am

    admin - Thanks Ladies! Megan you just put the biggest smile on my face, really you did. I’m so lucky to have amazing clients that know that quality of my work. xoxoReplyCancel

  • January 12, 2013 - 6:58 pm

    Erin Martin - These are Precious Moments! Great job MelReplyCancel

The weather this year kept me on my toes! I managed to fit in all of my morning sessions before the rain came, but was left with the rest of the month to fit in the afternoon sessions. Well our next 2 rain dates we were rained out again! I was left trying to fit families in where ever I could in my schedule. All in all we ended up with some pretty amazing photos of some pretty amazing families. Meeting new families and working with some of my past clients was awesome.

Among this time of joy as Christmas is approaching, I am continually reminded of how fortunate I am that my family is in good health. I am also reminded of the less fortunate whose lives have been affected by the “C” word. This vicious disease of Cancer has inflicted the lives of so many around me. It seems as though I am hearing about families affected by this disease on a weekly basis, and my heart breaks.

I was speaking with my mom a few weeks back and she told me about a fellow she works with. A fellow who is a hard worker, a fellow who is one of the nicest people you could meet, a fellow that no matter how hard things are, he manages to smile, and a fellow whose life has been overhauled viciously by Cancer. Miguel Castillo and his wife Idalia years ago, tragically lost their only son at the age of 5 to leukemia. Today they are the proud parents of their sweet 16 year old daughter, Lolita. A daughter which they obviously have held so near and dear to them. Recently Lolita had been diagnosed with a brain tumour, a cancerous brain tumour. The news to Miguel and Idalia was devastating. To date Lolita has had 4 surgeries and endured chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The tumour again has returned and she is scheduled for another surgery on December 12, 2012. My heart breaks for this family.

Of course Lolita’s parents want to spend every minute they can with her. Recently being transferred to Toronto sick kids Hospital it has been financially difficult for Miguel and Idalia to be by their daughter’s side. Any way that I can help I will.

Being raffled to raise funds for Miguel and his family is a photo session with myself. Tickets are $10 for 3 ballots and all proceeds will be given to Miguel and his family so that they may be by Lolita’s side. The draw will be on Dec 19, 2012. Tickets can be purchased through anyone who works at “Autoneum” (previously Mastico) here in Tillsonburg, or you can contact me at simplysaidphoto@gmail.com to purchase tickets or call me at 519-842-6782. Payments or donations will also be accepted through e-transfer using the email address, simplysaidphoto@gmail.com

*photo session will be for up to 5 members of the same family.