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Little creatures… BIG impact.

Tonight we said goodbye to Max. He was diagnosed with Lymphoma on the weekend. An ultrasound showed that his lymph nodes were enlarged to as much as 3.5 cm (a normal size for a cat is 0.5cm) and he had many other symptoms that supported the diagnosis. Nonetheless, we wanted to give him a chance, […]

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Alex Tessier - November 22, 2013 - 1:47 am

Je te comprend et je compatise!
Depuis que nous sommes emménagés dans notre maison, nous avons mis l’urne de Boris sur le comptoir de la cuisine.
Et justement, avant hier soir, j’ai ouvert l’urne que je n’avais pas ouvert depuis longtemps et j’ai prit le sac de cendres dans ma main puis je me suis remémoré tous les souvenirs de notre petite boule de poil adorée!
Ton Max est maintenant bien et tu as fais la bonne chose en le délivrant de cette cochonnerie de cancer.

Notre petite furette Bailey a la même chose que ton Max je crois, mais elle est encore alerte et apte à faire plein de chose depuis au moins 2 ans… Elle a été sur la Prednizone jusqu’à il y a environ 6 mois. Elle semble “stable” malgré qu’elle a le “genoux” super gros et qu’elle ne peut plus le déplier. Mais elle est faite forte et elle grimpe et cours quand même!

Teny Sarkissian - November 22, 2013 - 1:15 am

Im so sorry for your loss

Isabelle L'Italien - November 21, 2013 - 7:41 pm

je suis triste pour toi… 🙁

Nelly Benabou - November 21, 2013 - 5:52 pm

What a beautiful tribute. My sincere condolences.

Judy Grant - November 21, 2013 - 5:49 pm

So much love for Max. What a beautiful way to leave this world. 🙂

Sue Bencsics - November 21, 2013 - 1:52 pm

I must comment to say that your words are most touching, Victoria. Although we met only once (on Sherine & Scott’s big day), I feel compelled to share my sympathies to you, Gabi (and lil’ Rudy)… pets are HUGE contributors to our family life and happiness. I’m very sorry for your great loss (and losses).

Elshami Arlene - November 21, 2013 - 1:43 pm

Ok I am crying now also! Memories rush back when we had to put our Sarah to sleep.That was at least 10 years ago and still it hurts to think about it.My sympathies.

Elisa Elliot - November 21, 2013 - 12:32 pm

So sorry to read this, Victoria.

Cliff Eaves - November 21, 2013 - 12:24 pm

God, so sorry, … that’s all I can say.

Bev Swayne - November 21, 2013 - 12:14 pm

Oh, Victoria. I am so, so sorry for your loss. Hugs hugs and more hugs. He sounds like he was a wonderful cat. Thank you for telling us about him.

Karli Whitmore - November 21, 2013 - 11:49 am

And I agree with Babi above, it’s too bad that generous, caring people like you have to go through this so often….

Karli Whitmore - November 21, 2013 - 11:43 am

I am so sorry Victoria and Gaby. 🙁 I cannot tell you how sad this makes me. My condolensces. I will miss sweet, head-bumping Max. Best wishes, I will be thinking of you. Karli

Rand Allabade - November 21, 2013 - 10:07 am

this is so sad 🙁

Babi Rosch - November 21, 2013 - 9:19 am

I don’t know how you do it- with so many cats you have to go through this so often 🙁

Donna Urban Robinson - November 21, 2013 - 9:05 am

May beautiful memories of your Very special Max warm your hearts… So very sorry, Victoria…

Sam Yim-Baker - November 21, 2013 - 8:42 am

So sorry for your loss… 🙁

Melissa Chapman - November 21, 2013 - 8:18 am

Such a hard thing to do… Sorry for your loss. 🙁

Josee Lacroix - November 21, 2013 - 8:12 am

So sorry to hear that Vic! Not a pleasant thing to have to do…been there! Sending you some good energy to get through this!

Joyce Coll - November 21, 2013 - 8:08 am

Oh my God Victoria, I’m so sorry for your loss :(:(

Andrea DeMers - November 21, 2013 - 7:32 am


Lori Hurdle-Teoli - November 21, 2013 - 7:12 am

🙁 sorry for your loss

Cynthia Pinkerton - November 21, 2013 - 7:10 am

RIP little Max 🙁

Kerri MacFarlane-Hobé - November 21, 2013 - 7:02 am

So Sorry! It is very uplifting to see how much you care for your babies. You have a big heart. Hugs xo

Sherine Jardine - November 21, 2013 - 7:02 am

I’m so sorry Victoria. I really get it and I know it’s tough.

Tamara Stimpson - November 21, 2013 - 6:59 am

I’m so sorry to hear to hear about your loss Vic. Seems yesterday was a day of hospitals for you guys. Sending BIG hugs!!

Kevin O'Farrell - November 21, 2013 - 6:56 am

My sympathies to you.

Philip Teoli - November 21, 2013 - 6:53 am

Sorry to hear that. Believe me I know how these little creatures bring life to our lives. There will be more good times in the future!!!

Heather Reid Ducourneau - November 21, 2013 - 6:51 am

I’m sorry you had to make that tough decision, but it was the right one and and I’m sure Max will be thanking you for not letting him suffer:(

James Warne - November 21, 2013 - 6:49 am

So sorry for your loss.

Karine Bélanger - November 21, 2013 - 6:42 am

Ils ont beau être petit, ils prennent une grande place dans notre cœur. Max a eu la chance d’avoir une super maman. Je pense a toi très fort xox

Christina Esteban - November 21, 2013 - 6:29 am

What a beautiful little creature. I’m so very sorry for your loss. I am a big animal lover, and this absolutely breaks my heart for you. Sending you much love and strength.

Stephanie AC - November 21, 2013 - 5:45 am

I am very sorry 🙁

Stephanie Gagne-Luce - November 21, 2013 - 5:03 am

I’m so very sorry Victoria 🙁

Barrie MacLeod - November 21, 2013 - 1:57 am

So sad 🙁

Joanna Bryniarska - November 20, 2013 - 11:59 pm

I am SO sorry for your loss of your adorable buddy. I know how hard it is to lose a part of your family, which is what these sweethearts become. 🙂

Courtney Burgess Downie - November 20, 2013 - 11:53 pm

I am so deeply sorry for your loss Victoria. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

Beyond the Status Quo | Montreal Wedding Photographer

I have never been the kind of person to be happy with the status quo.  When Sidney Poitier said, “To simply wake up every morning a better person than when I went to bed” I could totally relate to what he meant.  When it comes to my photography, I feel even more strongly about improving, […]

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Stacy Squires Photography - July 10, 2013 - 5:13 am

Stunning photos

Omar Berr - July 9, 2013 - 2:34 pm

Mestro, genio!! 🙂

Gary Theran - July 8, 2013 - 3:58 pm

me gusta la naturalidad y el manejo de la luz..

Sherine Jardine - July 8, 2013 - 4:48 am

Stunning! You are so talented. I would love to do glam the gown. I wish we lived closer to each other. 🙁

Rand Allabade - July 7, 2013 - 11:02 pm

Beautiful pictures!! I am absolutely in love with them – I agree with you, I much prefer this style too 🙂

Sarah Cartier - July 7, 2013 - 10:12 pm

Feel free to come check out my hood for abandoned lots, cool alleys and parks. The light by the canal is pretty awesome!

Sarah Cartier - July 7, 2013 - 9:59 pm

You totally achieved your goal of creating dramatic images with non-traditionally beautiful locations 🙂

Jordana Leigh - July 7, 2013 - 7:44 pm


Creativity Doldrums

Most days, I feel incredibly lucky that I have been able to build my love of photography into a succcessful business.  I feel so fortunate to have clients who I genuinely like and so honored that they put their trust in me to document some of the most special and important days of their lives; engagements, weddings, births, family […]

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Paal Juliussen - November 19, 2012 - 9:56 am

This lady has the eye of a true artist. Your photographs are truly inspiring!

Karine Lê - November 18, 2012 - 10:02 pm

The pictures are wonderful. And your words have made me reflect too. So thank you.

Tamara Stimpson - November 18, 2012 - 6:40 pm

These images are incredible! Your talent just grows every time I see new photos of yours!!! I am so glad to hear that you found the antidote to your creative doldrums!!!!

Sarah Cartier - November 18, 2012 - 5:33 pm

great shots and i am happy that you found an antidote to your creativity blockage!

I really like how natural she looks and in the natural light, very sexy indeed

Vincent Lamoureux - November 18, 2012 - 5:29 pm

Great post Victoria! Lots of important messages in there! Nice images too! My favorites are #6 and the second from last. You worked that natural light!

Michel Feugeas - November 18, 2012 - 7:24 am

Nice work Victoria ! And it was a pleasure to meet you with the whole group during the workshop. Hope to meet you again sometime 🙂


Michel Bourgeois - November 18, 2012 - 1:26 am

MAGNIFIQUE!!! J’aime celle où elle attache ses bas!

Isabelle L'Italien - November 18, 2012 - 1:13 am

Super! J’aime beaucoup ta façon d’écrire. Et tes photos sont magnifiques!

I always thought we would have more time…

On October 10th, 2012 my younger brother Michael de Martigny died at the age of 42 of a massive heart attack.  He had been struggling with Crohn’s and Colitis his entire adult life and had undergone countless operations as a result of the disease.  Despite all these operations, he was also required to take several kinds of […]

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Vanessa & David del Burgo - October 29, 2015 - 10:42 pm


I’m so sad to hear about your loss, heartbreaking. Time and love are so precious in this world, it seems the older we get the deeper those words hold meaning.

My sincere condolences to you and your family, your brother sounds like he was a wonderful person, who will live on through you and his loved ones.

Big hug and kisses,
Vanessa & David

David Kuehlein - September 18, 2014 - 6:50 pm

Dear Victoria, Linda and Kirsten,

I am so sorry to hear about your loss and for my delay in forwarding my condolences. I am not sure if you will remember me as it has been close to 30 years since I have seen any of you and probably 10 since I last saw Mike. I have so many great memories of Mike and all of you, both in Oakville and during my visits to your family when you were in Beaconsfield. Mike was one of my best childhood friends and will live on in my memory for ever, from our mis-adventures in a dingy on Lake Ontario until the last time he popped into my life in what must have been 2000 or so. As you said Victoria, it always seemed like there would be time to catch up with each other in the future and I deeply regret not having seen more of my good friend over the years. I thank you for the wonderful words and sharing Mike’s beautiful pictures.

Catherine - November 16, 2012 - 12:54 pm

I am so very sorry. Thank you for sharing your memories with us/your blog readers. Love and peace to you and your entire family. (The photographs are lovely.)

Emilie - November 7, 2012 - 10:10 pm

So sorry for your loss… Your article is really moving and heartfelt.

linda schmaltz - October 30, 2012 - 6:08 pm

Victoria is my daughter,she is my friend, and during the days following my son’s death she was my rock.She took me to Caledonia to make the final arrangements for Michael and throughout this process she was unflinching in her support. We endured sorrow that no one should ever have to experience. She kept my mind busy , so that I wouldn’t have too much time to think( I was not allowed to drive),she accumulated all the e-mails sent by friends of Michael,talked to several of his close friends and when we came back home, scanned hundreds of photos to produce a Memorial Album that will forever be treasured. Victoria put together a family slide show and a slide show of Michael’s photos that formed the tribute paid to him last Sunday,she is quite a girl my Victoria and I am extremely proud of her. She may have forgotten ,but a few years ago when Michael was hospitalized with a perforated bowel, Victoria was the first person on the scene, something Michael was very touched by.All of you are correct when you comment on her blogs and her facebook page, she is a very special person. Her Mom

Clara Campanile - October 29, 2012 - 11:11 pm

So sorry for your loss Victoria. God Bless , may he rest in peace xoxo

Sam Yam - October 29, 2012 - 8:19 am

Your tribute really touched me, it was beautifully written and I am sure your brother knew how much you loved him!! xxox

Babi Rosch - October 28, 2012 - 10:18 pm

My deepest sympathies. It looks like he was a gifted observer, as are you.

Audrey Belliard Smit - October 28, 2012 - 10:14 pm

So so sorry for your loss, Victoria.

Tony Limongi - October 28, 2012 - 10:00 pm

quite a tribute Vic, thans for sharing…

Dianne Sessenwein - October 28, 2012 - 9:08 pm

Beautiful to read. I can see you really did love him. I am so very sorry for your loss. Its so hard to lose a sibling.

Sarah Cartier - October 28, 2012 - 7:40 pm

Your speech was heartfelt and honest and beautiful. Even though I never met him, I could tell through your speech and slide show that you both appreciated beauty and Nature. You did a wonderful tribute to him today xx

Andre T. Jandke - October 28, 2012 - 7:36 pm

Sorry for your loss Victoria.

Tracy Batten - October 28, 2012 - 7:15 pm

Victoria, this was beautifully written 🙂 Thank you for sharing your most previous memories. You are a wonderful sister xxxx

James Warne - October 28, 2012 - 7:08 pm

Victoria – a beautifully written tribute to your brother, and some remarkable photographs to boot. He was talented. As Vincent said, feeling guilty for life having taken you down slightly separate roads later in your relationship with Michael is something you must try to overcome. My sister died in 2004 suddenly, and like you and Michael we were extremely close growing up, but for the decade or so before her death we had simply not been as close. I was living in Canada, she mainly in the UK but also travelling a lot to exotic places. We exchanged emails once every couple of months and saw one another perhaps every 18 months. We didn’t love each other any less, we just were leading our own lives more independently of one another for a time.

Strangely I did not feel guilt about this when she died. But like you, I do feel incredible sadness and an overwhelming sense of “I thought we’d have more time”. Time to get closer again, share more, see my kids grow up with their Aunt Sophie and may be one day be an Uncle myself (we learnt she was engaged after she died…she’d been planning to tell my parents the day after she died when she had planned a visit. She never made it.

I do hope you can continue to find solace in the wonderful memories you clearly have of your childhood with Michael. It sounds like he was a very lucky brother to have you as a sister.

All the best – James.

Jordana Leigh - October 28, 2012 - 7:07 pm

Beautiful write up Victoria… Xxx

Felicity Robichaud - October 28, 2012 - 7:03 pm

Beautiful … <3

Vincent Lamoureux - October 28, 2012 - 6:44 pm

Dear Victoria, thank you for sharing your feelings about your brother’s passing and for displaying his photography. I understand your feelings of loss as my brother also passed away at a very young age. We know however that feelings of guilt will not change anything in the situation. The best we can do is to focus on enjoying life with our loved ones and for you to continue to be the outstanding person that you are. You are such a wonderful person as a wife, daughter, sister, friend and, yes, photographer!

I offer you my sincere condolences and count my blessings to have you among my friends.


Isabelle David - October 28, 2012 - 6:17 pm

C’est un très bel hommage à ton frère.

It Takes a Team

This January I participated in my first big bridal show, Sheldon Kagan’s “Salon de la Mariée“.  As I started thinking about what I wanted to achieve at the show, the image I wanted to portray through my kiosk and the impression I wanted to leave with the future brides & grooms who would be visiting the show, […]

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Phillippa - June 1, 2011 - 7:33 pm

What a great looking booth! How awesome that you had so many helpers. Thanks for sharing.

Susan - February 17, 2011 - 3:10 am

Your booth looks fantastic! You deserve all the success you get. GO GABY GO!!! Way to pick a man Victoria!

Alexandra Castronovo - February 12, 2011 - 5:17 pm

Ohhhh thank you Vic 🙂 You are tooo nice I loved working with you… and I also love shooting with you 🙂

Vincent - February 12, 2011 - 11:29 am

Dear Victoria,

I am not sure what is wrong with me but your story about teamwork brought tears to my eyes since it is such a great expression of who you are and how it is a joy to be around you. You are a true collaborator yourself and that is why people are so eager to work as a team with you. Congratulations on your success at the Salon de la mariée. The booth was awesome and I know you will be very successful in your business. Cheers!

Joni - February 12, 2011 - 2:16 am

Wow, what an beautiful job!!! I am absolutely amazed, your booth looked fantastic!!! Oh, I wish you lived closer – you are definitely an inspiration!!!

Sachin - February 11, 2011 - 6:58 pm

You rock Victoria!! I’m not surprised you have so many awesome people around you.. your energy is contagious and you have an awesome future ahead!

Sachin xx

Stephane Brazeau - February 11, 2011 - 5:45 pm

I was there to help you then, I will be there next time too. The energy you put into your business is incredible (I had a better word but just can’t figure how to write it now…) and the attitude you have toward everything and everyone makes it simply fun to work with you.

And besides, nothing like having you coming over my place while Anne-Marie is away to fuel our virtual affair 😉

Anytime you need me Vic, you know where to call. Now I need to find that picture of you with your butt crack sticking out of your pant and plaster it on the web to be even… 🙂

Donna Urban Robinson - February 11, 2011 - 4:57 pm

I was totally bedazzled with what you did with that little space, and the total organization and creativity. Congrats Victoria!

Tara - February 11, 2011 - 4:56 pm

Victoria – such a huge job and such a success! You inspire me and as always, impress the shit out of me. FANTASTIC work. I only wish I lived closer so you could have asked for my help in some way!
Continued success my friend!

EBPitcher - February 11, 2011 - 4:31 pm

Congrats on a successful show!