Six hundred and thirty-nine

Road trip with mama and America’s capital

Over sixteen hours in a car with my mother and we managed not to kill each other!  Mom is probably reading this and making tsk-ing noises with her mouth, so I’d better set the record straight: we had a wonderful time on our road trip to Gettysburg, PA for my cousin’s wedding, to Reston, VA to visit with family, then finally to Washington, DC to be tourists for a couple of days.  The driving was beautiful, the wedding was fun, it was great to see my American relatives, and Washington DC is one of the prettiest big cities I’ve seen in the States.  Mom and I walked lots, had some fabulous meals, and wandered through some fantastic museums.  I took a lot of photos, but unfortunately the weather in the capital was very foggy the days we were there, so they didn’t turn out as nice as I’d hoped.  Here are a few of our trip that I thought were fun:

My seven year-old cousin's "bow" hair for the wedding

My seven year-old cousin’s “bow” hair for the wedding


Random bird on a bin


I just thought this would make an interesting photo.


FDR memorial

Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall

Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall


The Hope Diamond


Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial


The United States Capitol

Next week I won’t be blogging because of Christmas, so I hope everyone has a great holidays and see you in the new year!

Six hundred and twenty-five

Photo shoots

I’ve had the pleasant surprise of being asked to take photos for three different people over the past week.  Isn’t the saying that things always come in threes?  One was a friend asking me to take her headshot for her blog, which has been postponed, but hopefully will happen in a couple of weeks.  The second was two friends making holiday wine and wanting to put a silly photo of themselves on the label to give away as gifts.  Finally, another artist friend of mine who creates beautiful fascinators (head pieces, think British royalty at the races) wanting me to take photos for her holiday catalogue.  I love the experience and am enjoying helping my friends.  I actually think I might be getting the hang of this photography thing.  Or at least I’m learning as I go.  I wanted to share a few of my favourites this week.

The fascinators in the first group of photos are made by the talented Asia Vickovic.  She sells these, as well as custom pieces.  If you are interested in more information, or getting one of these beautiful headpieces for your New Years Eve party, you can contact her at:, or visit her facebook page at:  Makeup by Adrianne Gagnon.  Photos by yours truly, Lindsay Schwietz.


Photo by Lindsay Schwietz. Fascinator by Asia Vickovic. Model Colleen Doyle.


Photo by Lindsay Schwietz. Fascinator by Asia Vickovic. Model Charlotte West.


Photo by Lindsay Schwietz. Fascinator by Asia Vickovic. Model Tamara Cooke.


Photo by Lindsay Schwietz. Fascinator by Asia Vickovic. Model Adrianne Gagnon.

And one just for fun!  How could we resist having Gordon be one of our models, too?


Photo by Lindsay Schwietz. Fascinator by Asia Vickovic. Model Gordon.

These last two are from the holiday wine bottle photo shoot with Colleen Doyle and Nicki Ramjass:



Both photo shoots were lots of fun.  Thanks to everyone involved.

Next week I will be away at my cousin’s wedding and then a little trip with my mother, so will be blogging at the end of the week instead of Wednesday.  Hopefully I’ll have some more fun photos from our trip!