Halloween Mini Portrait Sessions

Fall is by far one of my favourite times of the year! Costumes, pumpkins, fall leaves, amazing weather, comfy clothes and the list goes on and on!

I've always loved Halloween and now that I have a little one to make costumes for and to dress up, I love it even more!
I'm super excited about our upcoming Signature Halloween Mini Portrait Sessions. They are so adorable and take no time at all! I'm pretty sure all kids love dressing up, so these portraits definitely fall in line with my style of being playful, fun, fresh and relaxed!

I'm now thinking I may need to add an extra day to squeeze everyone in. If the scheduled dates do not work for you, let me know a date that does and I will see what I can do.

Here are the current dates:

Wednesday, October 18th
Saturday, October 21st
Friday, October 27th

For more session details or to book your session online click here.


If you have any questions at all, please feel free to send me an email at info@wheeworks.com.


Hope to see you soon!

Lindsay

Written by Lindsay Machinski — October 09, 2017

We are Having a Sale!!!

We are Having a Sale

  to Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday!!!

This Sale will Only come around Every 150 years...so don't miss out!

Save 15% Off Everything, This Month Only!!!

Sale applies to ALL of our Products and Services, even Gift Cards!

Planning a Portrait Next Month, this Fall, Winter or Next Year?  Pay for it Now and Save 15%!  No Expiry!
 

Planning on Ordering Prints, Albums or Gallery Wraps in the Future, but still want to Save?  You can Purchase a Discounted Gift Card Now and use it at Anytime!  No Expiry!

Purchase a Gift Card Now and Save 15%

 

SALE ENDS Monday,  July 31st at Midnight!

At Checkout Enter Coupon Code: CANADA150

*** This Sale Cannot be Combined with Any Other Promotions or Offers ***

You can also SAVE 15% OFF our Upcoming Mini Sessions! 

Halloween Minis 

We love Halloween and can't wait to photograph your littles in their super cute costumes!  Check out some portraits from years past...they are so adorable!

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Oh Canada Minis

These Holiday Minis are the perfect way to capture portraits of your entire family in a true Canadian fashion!  They are perfect for Holiday Cards too!

 

Valentine's Minis

Bring your kids in for a sweet session filled with lots of X's and O's!  These portraits are perfect to make the sweetest Valentine's cards for friends and family!  

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Why?

Have you ever heard of (@simonsinek) Simon Sinek's Golden Circle WHY Theory? If you haven't you really need to watch his TED Talk! I remember watching it years and years ago and I've been obsessed with his theory ever since! In a nutshell he talks about how knowing WHY we do what we do, we can better communicate what we do and inspire others in the process. I really feel like this theory works across the board, both personally and professionally.

For all of you that have been following my posts you know that I recently donated my hair to make wigs for children with cancer and raised over $1200 for cancer research. I've decided to finally share a highly requested photo of my new hair style along with my WHY, as I believe they go hand in hand.

Here are my top 10 reasons for WHY I do what I do:

01. I LOVE to create, design and learn everyday

02. I LOVE to meet new and interesting people

03. I LOVE to support, encourage and uplift people

04. I LOVE to inspire people and to be inspired by others

05. I LOVE to make people happy and to bring joy into their lives

06. I LOVE to make the world a better, prettier and happier place

07. I LOVE to think outside the box and create my own unique path

08. I LOVE to express myself in a playful, fun, fresh & relaxed style

09. I LOVE to make dreams a reality and go all in with everything that I do

10. I LOVE to capture moments in time that reflect true beauty and happiness

Why do you do what you do? Kinda fun to think about don't you think?!? To learn more about Starting with your WHY, visit: https://startwithwhy.com/find-your-why

Bye Bye Hair, Hello Cure!!!

Sadly you may know someone who has had cancer,  is currently battling it or has  been taken too early because of it.  I'm taking part in a fundraiser to help make a difference and would love if you would like to help as well!

Our family has unfortunately been deeply affected by cancer many times.  We have lost close family and friends to this terrible disease, know some who've thankfully beat it and sadly have a dear friend who is currently in the battle of his life.

On Sunday, April 30th, 2017 I will be donating my hair at the 7th annual Hair Donation Ottawa Fundraiser at Algonquin College.

Hair Donation Ottawa raises funds for child and adult cancer research for The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute and empowers kids with hair loss by providing them with free wigs.

My goal is to raise $2000, however I would love to surpass this!  Anything helps and would be greatly appreciated!  

You can click here to make a donation on the Hair Donation Ottawa website.

Thank you so much!

Lindsay

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions at: info@wheeworks.com

Change your Mindset, Change will Happen

As I sat up the other night with my sick baby and burnt hand, I came up with this quote to avoid dwelling on the negatives and instead focus on the positives. First I chose to focus on being thankful it was only a cold and not something worse. Secondly I chose to focus on the parts of my hand that weren’t burnt, which actually made the pain greatly dissipate. The saying "Mind over Matter" thankfully really held true.

Before the holidays it seemed the bad news just kept rolling in and I felt a weight that was so strong I almost couldn’t lift it. One of my sweetest friends was diagnosed with an advanced and rare form of cancer. On top of that our government does not cover the treatments he needs, his insurance provider denied his claim and the medication is exorbitantly expensive. I'm choosing to be extremely thankful for the company that is currently covering the cost of his medication, instead of the anger I feel towards the large misuse of our health care dollars. I pray this drug will help him live a long and healthy life!

The weight felt was also due to the extreme sadness I felt for one of my dearest friends and her family. They unfortunately had two of their closet family members pass within a very short timeframe of one another. In this scenario I chose to focus on the belief that they now have two beautiful angels watching over them.

Then the terrible news that my closest cousin had to say goodbye to her little baby. My heart felt absolutely broken for her and her family. I would like to believe this sweet little angel’s life was chosen so maybe thousands of others could be saved. As hard as death is to deal with, I think we should always honour a person's life by focusing on all the positives.

I hope this quote helps you when you are feeling sad or down. Trust me I've been there and changing my mindset has always helped turn that frown upside down. Focusing on the positives is where you will find your true happiness and change will happen. Life is short, live it to its fullest!

Written by Lindsay Machinski — February 06, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone! I have finally decided what my 3 goals for this year will be: 1. Planning Ahead, 2. Keeping it Real and 3. Always being Thankful. As many of you know we had a baby just over a year ago. She has brought so much joy and happiness into our lives. With that also came a commitment to giving her a very large portion of our time and energy each day. I was always the person prior to having children who couldn't possibly imagine being any busier, boy was I so wrong!

The last 3 years have been really intense and I felt like I fell off the map many times. Sadly this all started with a very close family member living out of town who was terminally ill. Following this very stressful and sad period we decided to have a baby. As a person obsessed with working, pregnancy definitely brought it's own challenges and new limits. With this new work-life balancing act we needed to evaluate the way we lived both personally and professionally. We truly learned life and time are so precious and to make the best out of everyday. Fill your days with people you love most and do what fuels your soul.

Our busiest season in our business is the last 4 months of the year, combine that with Halloween, birthdays, the holidays and you have a recipe for stress overload. I tried really hard to plan ahead, I even did my holiday shopping in July! While that was all helpful, I still felt that I could have done better. I don't just mean planning more and getting more done, but actually evaluating what is really important and what I should stop obsessing over.

My promise to my family, friends and clients this year is I will plan ahead, keep it real and be thankful everyday. I will not expect that I am Wonder Woman, although that would be really awesome! I even started planning our baby girls birthday party for November, which I am super excited to say will be a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party!!! Can't wait to focus on all the positives the new year has to offer! Happy New Year to you all, may this year bring you so much joy and happiness! xo Lindsay

Written by Lindsay Machinski — January 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

 

Hope you are all having an amazing long weekend with Friends & Family!!!  Abby is loving her crocheted carrot (great for teething) from Wood and Yarn Toys that the Easter Bunny brought her today!

 

 

 

Busy Little Lamb!

Our little lamb has been hard at work this week, rolling over for the first time and cutting her first tooth!

Sweet Dreams Abby, I Love You!

Recently we sleep trained our baby girl with Erin Junker from WeeSleep and we couldn't be happier with the results! Thank you so much Erin, you have truly changed the way we all sleep!

So far everyone we have recommended Erin to has joked about us owning a company called Whee Works and hiring a company called WeeSleep.  While our Whee has a different meaning from their Wee, we both have the same client base.  I know some of you have babies and children that have a hard time with sleeping, so did we!  Abby was a wonderful sleeper once asleep, however she needed me to nurse or rock her to sleep...something that obviously couldn't go on forever.  Since our sleep training our now 4 month old baby sleeps through the night for 12 hours and successfully takes frequent naps throughout the day!!!  

The first few days were definitely a bit trying and very hard, but definitely worth every little tear and every dollar spent.  I am not going to tell you it wasn't hard, but the results are amazing!  She really seems to love going to sleep now and is so happy because of it!  To be honest we are actually shocked that it worked so well! 

Having your baby in a routine is essential for the sleep training to be successful, so we designed and framed some wall art with Abby's Morning, Nap and Nighttime Routines so we can all continue to be consistent.

Thanks again Erin!

Sweet Baby Girl

I still can’t believe that what they call the 4th trimester is already over!  Where did that year go!  It still amazes me how time can fly by so quickly and that we actually have this sweet baby girl in our lives to love!  Here is a sneak peek from Abby’s newborn session in her vintage inspired nursery.  Thanks to all the super talented artisans on Etsy for making such beautiful hats for me to purchase!  I have to admit I did go a little (wink wink) overboard, but I honestly could not help myself!  Unfortunately I couldn’t possibly have had enough energy in those first ten days to have photographed her in all those hats!  The session is still a foggy blur to me!  Hahaha!

Written by Lindsay Machinski — February 25, 2016

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