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Alice down the Rabbit Hole

Inspired from the original 1865 children’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, join us as we follow ‘Alice’ in her very own Wonderland Adventures.  Without doubt, it should be noted that ‘Alice’s’ parents worked for months planning costume, props and setting up locations.   A childhood dream come true!

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While attending a rather boring adult garden party, Alice is deep in thought when she catches a flash of white in the corner of her eye.  What was that?   She spots it again.  Was that a rabbit?  She watches as it skitters down the dark forest path.  It was rather dark down there.  Should she risk following him to to see where he is going in such an awful hurry?  She decides to follow.

Keeping a very watchful eye on her dark surroundings, Alice follows deeper and deeper into the forest.  Gaining on the rabbit, she could swear she heard someone mumble something.  As she gets closer, she discovers the rabbit has gentleman’s attire on.   Is she imagining this?   Could a rabbit possibly have gentleman’s attire on?   She is just about upon this peculiar looking rabbit.  She hears mumbling again.  Is it possible that this rabbit said something?How could she possibly have just understood him?  What was he late for?


This very odd fellow was indeed mumbling to himself.  He was late?  For what?  Suddenly she sees some signs on a tree.  Funny, she had never seen these here before.   Would one of these signs point to where the rabbit was going?  

Alice gets closer and realizes he is about to go down a rather large rabbit hole.  Oh no!  She would never find out what this rabbit was late for if he pops down there.   

Alice watches as the rabbit jumps down the rabbit hole.  In one quick decision, she decides to jump in after him.  


Alice falls down the rabbit hole and finds herself upon  a door with a small table beside it and a strange little bottle with the words “Drink Me”.

Alice decides to take a small sip…


Continuing on her journey to find where the rabbit has gone, Alice comes upon the Cheshire Cat.  He directs her to the March Hare’s house.  Could the rabbit be going to a tea party?  He was all dressed up…


Alice joins the March hare, the Hatter and the Dormouse for a tea Party.   (And FINALLY catches up to that rabbit!)

Real Engagements: John & Stephanie

Stephanie Annie Pronk (Gaudette) & Johnathan Michael Pronk

I was a local girl here in Pembroke and Johnathan had just been recently posted to the Garrison Petawawa Military base (originally from Parksville, B.C.). We met on the Tinder dating app, simply browsing but unsure if we had been looking for a serious relationship. We matched, Johnathan messaged me first (something sweet of course!) and we had planned to get together for a few days and finally met (after I blew him off once lol!) and it honestly just felt like fate had fallen into both of our hands. We connected so quickly, as if we had known each other for years. From that day on, we hadn’t spent a moment apart. One year, one month and a 7-month Overseas tour later, he came home and told me if I had waited for him all of this time, he’d ask me to marry him. On October 14th, 2018, he proposed to me at the Pembroke Marina Waterfront (where we had one of our first dates!). It was a wonderful surprise and a moment we will cherish forever!

Stephanie Pronk

I can’t tell you how much as a photographer I adore couples that are full of life, ready for adventure, and are comfortable with the camera.  John & Steph are exactly that:  full of life (and love!).  There is so much love oozing from both of them, that you can’t help but get caught up in their moments with them.

Beach sessions for Engagement photography have to be one of the most dreamy sessions to photograph.  One of my faves…I was super stoked to meet John & Steph at a private beach late afternoon.  Steph was all dolled up:  makeup, a beautiful REAL FLOWER head crown, and beautiful sundress.  John was dapper as always wearing his signature bowtie with casual beachwear.  ONE WORD:  STUNNING.  

It is so important to plan ahead and to feel comfortable with your photographer.   Discussing alternate dates in case of inclement weather, location options, wardrobe (including hair and makeup) and even time of day can make or break your Engagement Photography.  Are you a natural in front of the camera?  Do you wish all organic or do you appreciate some guided portraiture?  Do you want your images all in colour, do you want a black and white session, or are you looking for a photographer who uses filters?  Are you looking for heavy editing or do you want a photographer that can capture your best side through the use of styling, knowledge of light, and experience?   Is your photographer experienced photographing couples and weddings?  Does your photographer have professional equipment (and know how to use it?!).  Is your photographer insured?

I have had the pleasure of photographing this couple and watching it grow.  One of the best parts of my job is building long lasting relationships and new friendships.  You will know when you just click with a couple.  A couple will just know when they “click” with their photographer:  feel at ease, have fun, confident in their ability as a photographer and have trust.   PRO TIP:  GIVE YOURSELF TIME!  Engagement Sessions shouldn’t be done during a mini-session.  By the time you are warmed up, the session is over and you only have a handful of shots.  A full session gives you time to feel comfortable, not rushed and gives the photographer lots of time to capture organic moments.  To be inspired by you!  (Yes, you should inspire the photographer!). `Seriously, when you are comfortable with your photographer, you won’t even notice I am there…

Towards the end of a session I often take the time to let the couple know how much fun I have had ( I mean, really, how lucky am I?!  Not only do I get to photograph a gorgeous couple, but I also get to play on the beach with them too, on a gorgeous summer evening.) and that I wish to photograph the main bling…the ring!  (Yes, I am insured lol) This is an opportunity for the couple to relax, realize they are almost through the hardest part and to think about any other shots they were hoping for.   I love when a couple has some ideas or props of their own…this is what makes your Engagement Session YOURS and uniquely you.  (This is where planning, taking the time for hair and makeup, wardrobe changes, special locations…comes in. ) SKIP the PINTEREST (although I will be pinning this blog lol and it is great for inspiration, NOT to copy) LET’S GET PEOPLE PINNING YOUR IMAGES because they are so unique and beautifully yours.  EEK!  HOW EXCITING is that?  

Any adventurous souls out there?  Let’s plan your next photography session together!

Hope to see you soon,

Shari-Anne, the Rustic Lens Photography & Design


Taming the Beasts on the Safari

This photography session set all new fun levels for Equine Photography.  This little Safari Tour Guide was a joy to work with and behind the scenes, her Mommy dedicated a lot of time and preparation to make this shoot extra special and unique.  We won’t forget to thank Romeo (our Zebra) and our Lion.  (No animals were harmed during filming).  Follow along with these fun pictures to watch as our Safari Tour Guide tames the beasts during her Safari travels.   We couldn’t share this without the little story to go with it.  Sets off some great Blog Fun!

The  skilled Guide spots a young Lion male in the grasslands…

Armed with animal behaviour training and years of study in social lion groups and bonding, the Guide is able to closely interact with the Lion and gain his trust.   The Guide has tamed the beast!

With the young lion subdued, the Guide continues her tour into the Savanna.   What is this?!  She has spotted a zebra!  Upon a closer look, it looks to be a rare Grevy’s Zebra!

The Guide visits the rare beast for several days, learning his habits, including grazing patterns and that he can survive up to five days without water.  

Also known as the Imperial Zebra, the Grevy’s zebras are the largest of the zebra species.  Other zebra species form long-lasting herds.  This Grevy’s zebra seems to not be as herd bound and appears to live alone.  The trained Guide is intrigued and seems to have formed a new bond with this lone zebra.

The Guide continues her research as well as educational tours.  Pictured here in 2020 with the lone Grevy’s zebra, fondly named Romeo, during one of her expeditions. 

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