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What were you doing on April 29th this year?

April 29th was “World Wish Day” for Make-a-Wish, and on that day I was at a firefighter training facility in Newmarket photographing a 4-year-old boy’s wish coming true.

Owen’s wish was to be a firefighter for a day. He had to go through training before he was made an honorary firefighter.

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Once his training was complete, Owen got a certificate and his very own, REAL (and very expensive!) firefighter’s helmet!

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And it was just in time for his first big rescue! He also got to help destroy a car with the “jaws of life”!

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Not ONLY was it World Wish Day, and Owen’s wish granting day (aka his “first day on the job” as a firefighter), but it was actually also Owen’s grandfather’s LAST day as a firefighter before he retired! All in all, a very busy and incredible day for little Owen!

Owen and his grandfather Owen

Here’s Owen saying “thank you” after his fantastic day! (Email subscribers, you will have to read this post on the webpage to see the embeded video. Or click here.)

Below are some links to some of the media coverage that Owen’s wish received!

Global Toronto

CityTV Toronto

York Region

The Auroran

And finally, here is an email I received a few days after the event from Karen at Make-a-Wish…

Hi Jennifer,

I didn’t get a chance to say thank you before everyone left on Sunday but I really wanted to touch base with you and let you know just how much we appreciated you coming out and supporting Owen’s wish and helping us to capture those memories for him and his family. It was an amazing day one that I think Owen & family will always remember and I’m really glad you were able to be a part of it.

Again, thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to making this wish come true!



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My oh my, I have quite a few blog posts to catch up on!

Funny how, and I’m sure my fellow photographers will agree, if you don’t blog for awhile people think you aren’t busy, or you aren’t working. The truth is, when I blog less, it’s because I’m TOO busy to get to it!!


A month ago (see, I said I had some blog posts to catch up on!), I photographed a family who came to me through The Tiny Light Foundation.

Kailyn is 2.5 years old, and just over a year ago she was diagnosed with a rare chromosome disorder called Isodecentric 15q.

The good news is that this coming August, Kailyn is going to be a big sister!! So it was a great time to get some family photos done before they become a family of 4!

toddler girl

After they received all their images, Kailyn’s mom Renee sent me this wonderful email:

Hi Jennifer,

We just got the disc today and we couldn’t be more thrilled. The photos are absolutely wonderful and I just can’t thank you enough!!


I’m so happy I could help out this wonderful family!

The Tiny Light Foundation

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I have been waiting for Helping Hearts to update their blog before I posted mine, but now the time has come! Hurray!

The chances of having spontaneous identical twins is about 1 in 250. The chances of a child being born with Angelman Syndrome is about 1 in 15,000.

But what are the odds of twins + Angelman Syndrome?

Enter Christina and Samantha.

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting these girls and their wonderful family, and I’m so happy I did! Their house is filled with so much love, warmth, laughter, and understanding for one another, it was such a joy to be able to capture some memories for them. We had so much fun, and they even let me drag them outside into pouring rain. (I had to! Their gardens are beautiful!)

Click here to visit the Helping Hearts blog, and see some of Christina and Samantha’s images.

I also wanted to mention, that the twins have a younger sister, Julia. The Helping Hearts blog focuses on her sisters, but Julia is not only gorgeous, she also has a natural talent in front of a camera.


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