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#fbf Flash back to last night... I try to support causes that mean something to me or have affected my life... last night I was able to do something small for a foundation that does critical research for type 1 diabetes #jdrf... my best friends baby boy was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 2 months ago ... my grandmother actually died of diabetic related complications before her time... and my mother is working with her dr's as she is pre-diabetic. So I was happy to spend the evening with some of my friends who offer support... to each other and for others when they can. You never know what life may bring your way... so enjoy each day. Have a wonderful weekend. @theatrestjames #jdrf #fundraiser #diabeatit #type1diabetes #mtlmoments #supportyourfriends
User Image moniquephoto Posted: Nov 16, 2017 5:02 AM (UTC)
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My older sister... "ran away" from home... to Hawaii (oahu) 20 something yrs ago... because she had fallen in love with a "surfer dude"... they eloped on the beach... and well... happy 21st wedding anniversary to both of them. Sometimes in life you have to take risks... you have to follow your gut and be true... to yourself. They now have a beautiful little girl, the light of their lives and honestly they have surfed through it all... the good and the bad... and mainly the hilariously wild and awesome. Cheers to love folks, the real thing is still out there. #happyanniversary #family #love #mylife #theyareanawesomecouple #lovestories #hawaii #shegetsherownchapterinmybook #wildwoman
Bathroom selfie on point. Spent the night laughing my head off... thank you @soniazarbatany for being such a beauty. Folks... this woman is such a ray of light and knows how to support and share ... one of the ppl in our little village that I actually am truly grateful for... everyday. @fairmontqueene #soniaxfairmont #girlsnightout #fairmontmoments #purejokes #friends #MomentsQEH #bathroomselfie #mtljetaime
User Image moniquephoto Posted: Nov 14, 2017 4:53 PM (UTC)
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There is a saying "careful what you wish for"... learning to navigate your thoughts... even the subconscious ones that are under the radar... is worth the effort. I've had many mentors show and prove to me that making a conscious effort to make the best of your circumstances helps... but that the only thing you really have control over was how you thought about everything, especially what you think about yourself. The power is yours. Perspective is everything. Have a wonderful day! #life #yourthoughtshavepower #choosehappy #mindful #manifest #visualize #meditatedaily
User Image moniquephoto Posted: Nov 13, 2017 3:07 PM (UTC)
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Everything is better with roses... my week has a lot of meetings and one cancelled shoot so I have an opening if anybody wants to do portraits. I have to spend a fair amount of time in front of the computer finishing work so if you want to send me food, alcohol, or flowers... go ahead. Thanks in advance. Have a great day! #mondaymotivation #roses #pursuepretty #pink #mondays #itsthelittlethings #sendbooze
User Image moniquephoto Posted: Nov 11, 2017 3:44 PM (UTC)
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They say your mind must arrive at your destination before your life does... setting up the right mental picture for this winter. Hawaii seems like a good idea. Have a wonderful day! #oahu #hawaii #northshore #rowseventravel #beachlife #ocean #winterplans #home
User Image moniquephoto Posted: Nov 11, 2017 1:50 AM (UTC)
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Flash back to last year when I decided to sleep overnight at the "ice hotel"... in -30... on a bed of ice. I like to push my limits and force myself to do things I think will help change my perspective... it was beautiful... I didn't die and I felt like a real Canadian. I still hate winter... but now I know I can survive... anything. #icehotelquebec #winterwonderland #faceyourfears #flashbackfridays #fbf #ice #cold #playingtourist #winter #icehotel
User Image moniquephoto Posted: Nov 10, 2017 3:25 PM (UTC)
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Flash back Friday to the absolute most hilarious panic attack experienced randomly skiing with some friends last year... they literally had to rescue me off this baby hill... I plan to be rescued from drinking too many piña coladas this winter. #winter #fbf #probablyneverskiingagain #snow #todayiscoldaf #snowbird #bookingflightstohawaii
User Image moniquephoto Posted: Nov 9, 2017 3:45 PM (UTC)
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Portraits=priceless. Photographing children I'd say is one of the most challenging things to photograph. They either let you "see" them or they don't. They are the boss... so if you have enough patience... and are of a good nature, sometimes they show you their light. I love my job. Have a great day! #montrealportraitphotographer #children #giftoflife #ilovemyjob #choosehappy #family #love #takepicturesofyourlife #makememories #riskybiz
User Image moniquephoto Posted: Nov 9, 2017 3:00 AM (UTC)
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I'm in the mood to discuss my first world problems... I'm tired and it's cold outside...I finished the last piece of frozen cake in my freezer about two weeks ago... I only have cookies... but I want cake... and I need to understand why the crack uber eats can get you McDonald's... but not a donut from Tim Hortons cause someone needs to get on that like now. I know the world is falling apart but some days I just can't. K bye. #basicaf #firstworldproblems #foodrant #ihavenogoodsnacks #itscoldoutside #imbitter #winterscoming #imnotmentallyprepared #itlookslikemidnightat5 #imayneedxanax
User Image moniquephoto Posted: Nov 8, 2017 3:51 PM (UTC)
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Working on a number of creative projects... my fav. It's hard to explain what it's like to have to climb inside your head to create and dream about things that don't exist yet... to conjure them and see the pictures and then as if by a magical force... make them come to life... like your dreams if you are focused enough to believe it's possible. My heads often in the clouds... but I realized that it's where all the magic happens. Grateful for my clients who let me be free to create. Have a wonderful day! #ilovemyjob #artist #creator #dontforgettolookup #grateful #creativeprocess #dream #cloudporn #photographerslife
User Image moniquephoto Posted: Nov 7, 2017 4:22 PM (UTC)
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I've watched this video I took via the ripleys aquarium in Toronto sooo many times that I thought I should share it for those who feel like spacing out... a regular occurence in my day to day activities. I probably really was a mermaid in my past life. @ripleysaquaca #choosehappy #satisfyingvideos #underthesea #jellyfish #oceanlover #torontolife #ripleysaquarium #relaxyourmind
User Image moniquephoto Posted: Nov 6, 2017 2:40 PM (UTC)
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I literally was too tired yesterday to stay to steal flowers and cake from the show 😂... so I'll figure it out cause the gloomy November weather calls for pretty and yummy to keep everybody's mood from turning in to the same bleak state... here is my fav floral artist @tulipinadesign... I literally just stare at her work in awe. Have a great day! #flowers #flowerstagram #choosehappy #mondaymotivation #mondays #november #bouquet #tulipina #somebodysendmeflowers
Here's one of my fav stories... a couple yrs ago in thick of my wedding season, which at the time was about 20-25 weddings... all of my gear got stolen out of my car one night after shooting a wedding... I fortunately had taken out the memory cards and had them with me 🙏🏽... but grand theft auto was no joke, as photographers we make serious investments in our gear ... I called my insurance company the next day, my studio, home and car were all covered under my plan... only to find out my ex had cancelled the policy w/o telling me cause at the time it was "the war of the roses" (no longer the case) however... to my rescue was @markviglas and @james_clement of @villaviewcinema who gave me back up equipment so that I could seemlessly figure out a plan... without a complete nervous breakdown. I will always be grateful for their help... not only are they amazing artists but honestly the jokes don't stop, and they have hearts of gold... I decided to just make the extra $$$ and the universe sent me the extra clients and I bought new gear( in 5 weeks which was a record 💸)... so today I was reminded that I know some very beautiful people and I'm grateful for everybody that has come to my rescue at some point... god knows it's always an adventure over here. #choosehappy #life #myfriendsthough #supportyourpeeps #villaviewcinema #bestguysever #elegantweddingshow
Spending Sunday funday in my alternate universe of weddings... shooting the @elegantweddingmagazine show... I never tire of beautiful things... and the idea that celebrating love... is worthwhile. I'll be shooting a limited number of weddings next year... I decided that I still have some story telling left in me. #istillloveweddings #sundayfunday #weddingphotographer #alainsimonfleurs #elegantweddingshow
User Image moniquephoto Posted: Nov 4, 2017 10:28 PM (UTC)
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Perfect weekend getaway at "home"... lots of laughs and some adventures as per usual to add to my ever growing list of them... I have a whole other world here... my childhood friends, family and my memories... never enough time... so I can't wait to come back. My dad raised us to be very independent and travel was a big part of our lives. It's no wonder that my entire family lives in a dif place, fortunately for me... they all chose to be close to the ocean... planning who's house I'm crashing for the winter. 🌴 #noplacelikehome #torontolife #family #happy #mylife #islandgirl #toronto
User Image moniquephoto Posted: Nov 4, 2017 3:44 AM (UTC)
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My dad was a vegetarian when I was young and didn't allow us to kill anything, not even bugs, I find myself capturing spiders to put outside ... we adopted dogs from the spca and found them homes... and always had room to rehabilitate a bird with a broken wing... Max at one point had two frogs, a fish, a bird, two cats and two dogs... he loves animals... I am reminded where this comes from in me and somehow has found its way to the next generation. I often wonder what else I will find and see that will remind me of who I am when I watch max be himself. #fbf #family #noplacelikehome #mylife #firstpets #theywerebestfriends #takepicturesofyourlife #islandvibes