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Soaring Sonia: One Dancer's Country Sunset Photo Shoot

The serene country sunsets that we witness out in Ontario farm country are usually second to none in beauty. Last weekend however, the stunning horizon had competition. As dusk began to settle Sonia carefully criss-crossed the ribbons on her point shoes and followed us out to the fields to dance for us. Her natural beauty and quiet power blended into the landscape when she slowly lowered herself into a back bend - snap! I could only shake my head at what the camera had recorded. Sonia was a vision. The orange sun beamed softly behind her - it seemed to lift her with light. Once warmed up, Sonia leapt, spun, SOARED through the air. Laci says Sonia schooled Newton on the laws of gravity. The light came on in Laci's creative eye. 'Again' he shouted out and she jumped and spun on a dime. 'Again' - she leapt. 'Again' - she swooped. 'Again' - he shouted out and Sonia, with ease took off as if on a spring board. Each time she jumped higher and more elegantly than before and each time Laci grew closer to his vision of capturing Soaring Sonia. Sonia trumped the sunset that night. It isn't hard to see why. 

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Dukát Photos {Soaring Sonia: One Dancer's Country Sunset Photos Shoot}

A Country Family Portrait Shoot to Remember

After 27 years on the farm Tony and Lisa have a bank of memories to draw on. They saw their children grow, run through the fields, build forts, bail hay, drive tractors - one never imagines how these things form a young person. Surely, farm life had an influence on their children for they grew up strong, clever and fearless. Now grown, their children are gems to be proud of - a doctor, an electrician, a heavy machine operator - but knowing Tony and Lisa all my life I'm sure what they would boast first is that their children are grounded and loving people, compassionate and fun. Lisa has often said that she only hoped that she could raise children that she herself would enjoy spending time with. Mission accomplished! And it's a testament, I think, to a family's bonds, that each week the children return to the family homestead to regroup and reenergize in the place where they grew up together. Soon, they will all say goodbye to wide open fields and giant blue skies they lived in for so long to move on to greener pastures. Any sadness they may feel over leaving the farm will surely dissipate when they gather to reminisce the years spent living off the land. We often say 'if these walls could talk' but for this family I'd be more inclined to say 'if these TREES could talk' - and if they could what would they say? They'd say LOVE LIVED HERE.

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{Dukát Photos: Tony and Lisa's Country Family Portrait Shoot}

Lynn and James' Country Maternity Shoot

Lynn and James joined us in the country recently where we photographed a most exciting time for two people in love. These two in particular should be teaching classes on keeping it cool while waiting for baby - they were so chilled, patient and fun-loving, that if this baby doesn't come out with an umbrella drink in their hand, I'll be shocked! No doubt, this is one lucky little bundle to be born to such loving parents who will surely savour the awesome transformation that a couple experiences when two become three.

You probably know that Lynn and James have decided to keep baby's gender a secret!  Scandalous for the eager beavers among us, but an exciting element to add to their birthing experience. That won't stop us from casting our votes though! Lynn and James invite you to leave your vote in the comments box below: are the expecting a girl or a boy? Tell us who you are, cast your vote, even share an anecdote about the mother and father to be. We hope you enjoy this selection of images from Lynn and James' Country Maternity Shoot.

Thank you Lynn. Thank you James. Thank you peanut. It was our sincere pleasure.

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Angela and László