Food is fuel is an age old saying we’ve all heard once or twice. I always took it with a grain of salt, never really listening when it was said. However, since starting to compete in pageants I’ve realized how important nutritious food is. Pageants can be hectic, with little to no planned meal times. This means that you can go a very long time without having a break to eat. This is why I am so grateful to Clean Meals for supplying me and the other Miss Teenage Canada delegates with pre made lunches and dinners. Having a nutritious and healthy meal ready for me in my room is so nice. It helped lower my stress and keep me going. Being a vegetarian, I wasn’t sure if there would be any food for me. Boy was I wrong. There were so many vegetarian and vegan options it was hard to  choose only two. There was rice, potatoes, veggies, tofu, even a veggie patty. It was so nice to have a pre made vegetarian meal that wasn’t just some steamed vegetables, but protein that could keep me sustained. Today was a busy day. We had our photo shoot, video shoot and interview. It was so busy I probably wouldn’t have eaten all day if there hadn’t been ready meals in the fridge. I ate my first pack at 3 and wasn’t hungry until after we got back to our room and got ready for the night. After this week, when someone says food is fuel, I think I might just listen to them. If you’re someone on the go and want to stay healthy and sustained, I would recommend giving Clean Meals a try. https://cleanmeals.ca/

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Do you remember Roller Derby? The rough and crazy sport women played in the 60’s and 70’s? Many people don’t know that Roller Derby has been revived in the past few years, especially in Ontario. I started playing Roller Derby in 2014 as an original member of Nickel City Roller Derby’s Junior team. I was first introduced to NCRD by a friend who was starting the junior team. She asked me if I would be interested in the sport and of course, I said yes. In reality, I had no idea what Roller Derby was or how it was played. After a lot of research and many practices, I finally got the hang of it.

Roller Derby is played on a round, flat track with 10 players, 5 from each team. Each team has 4 players called blockers on the track at a time. One of these blockers is called the pivot, they are like the quarterback of the blockers, they make all the decisions and call the plays. They also wear a panty with a strip on their helmet. A panty is a fabric cap worn on the helmet to distinguish special positions. The fifth player is called the jammer, they are the point scorers. They wear a panty with a star on their helmet. The 8 blockers start off the jam, the name for the current “playing time”, in front of the two jammers in a group called the pack. After the whistle is blown, the pack takes off and the jammers try and make their way through. The first time through the pack, the jammers do not score any points, however the first jammer out of the pack is called the lead jammer. The lead jammer can, at any time, call of the jam by hitting her hands on her helmet then her hips over and over. Jammers do this when they see the opposing teams jammer may pass them and either become lead jammer, or score more points. How do you score point? Points in this game are equal to the number of girls of the opposing team you pass while going through the pack. Those are the basics of Roller Derby.

Roller Derby is a very aggressive sport. Many people are hesitant to play because they are afraid they will get hurt. I won’t lie and say I never got hurt because I did. However, it was never anything more than a bruise or track burn. The fun of the sport out ways the fear of getting hit. It’s no more aggressive than hockey or football. However, unlike football or hockey, in Roller Derby we are all friends and hits are something to laugh at after the game and bruises become a big competition to see who has the biggest one.

Roller Derby came into my life at a very important time. It taught me many things including leadership skills, team building skills, cooperativeness and it also taught me how to be confident in myself. I was a jammer and a pivot, both are positions that require a lot of confidence. Being a pivot, you cannot be afraid to make calls and to sometimes make a mistake. Being a jammer, you have to be able to problem solve and accept that sometimes you cannot get through the pack. This also taught me that failure is not always a bad thing. I have always been a very competitive person and never wanted to fail. I thought failure was the worst thing that could ever happen, until Roller Derby. With every failure, I learned something new that made me a better player and opponent.

I also got the chance to play all over Ontario. I played with Team Canada, Team Alliston and Team Toronto. Being on Sudbury’s competitive team, it was fun to play against girls that were on my team when I played out of town. The Family Channel also featured me in their show #We’reSavvy when they had a Roller Derby segment.

Like pageantry, Roller Derby has helped me gain confidence in myself and to know that I can do absolutely anything. If you are interested in playing Roller Derby, see if your city has a team and sign up for their fresh meat program. Fresh meat is a beginners program that teaches you everything from skating to stopping to hitting. It truly changed my life and I hope it can change others lives too. My Roller Derby team became my second family and no matter where I go in my life, they will always be with me.

 

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Hello everyone, I hope you’ve all had an amazing week. If you have read my first post you’ll know I love science, some could say more than I love reading. I find it so fascinating and love learning about anything even slightly scientific. This is why I love a little place in my home town that goes by the name Science North. Science North is the second largest science centre in all of Canada and just so happens to be one of my favorite places. If you’ve never been to Sudbury and asked me to show you around, this is one of the first places I would bring you. It has four floors of everything from a butterfly and insect room, an animal floor full of native Ontario animals and a discovery floor, with space, physics, human anatomy, a bed of nails and even a gyro-sphere.

Me and my friends spent almost 4 hours exploring and enjoying everything about the building. I spent most of my time on the animal floor and in the butterfly room. I also got to have fun on the gyro-sphere and even got myself to do a full 360 degree circle upside down. In the main lobby there is also a giant exhibit that is always changing. At the moment it is called Beyond Human Limits. It had information about sky diving, extreme skiing, rock climbing and so much more.

Some of the other exhibits I remember was one about arctic
animals, a display of human anatomy and one about ancient creatures. Other than all of the amazing learning opportunities, Science North just happens to be right next to the Ramsey Lake boardwalk. It is a beautiful path and walk way that goes over the water and through Bell Park.  For lunch, me and my friends went and sat on the dock to eat and we made some new friends. A group of ducks and geese came right up to us and even ate out of our hands. It was an amazing experience. I’ve been going to the centre with my family and with my school since I can remember and I still have so much fun every time I go. If you’re planning a trip to Northern Ontario, make sure you pass through Sudbury and take a day to explore all the amazing things Science North has to offer.

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Welcome back everyone! If you’ve clicked on this blog post I’m assuming you know what I will be talking about. Eating disorder is a scary word. It is something that is not often understood and there is still a lot of stigma surrounding it and the people it affects. Many people believe having an eating disorder is a choice someone makes. Everything about that statement is false. Eating disorders are mental illnesses that effect a diverse range of people and no one has control over how and when it comes into their lives.

I can say that I suffered and am still recovering from Anorexia Nervosa, an eating disorder.

It all started about two years ago. In the summer between grade eight and grade nine I had gained a significant amount of weight. I was not considered obese or overweight, but compared to the petite size I was the year before, I had changed quite a bit. The picture on the left is me on the first day of grade eight and the picture on the right is me on the first day of grade nine. Many of my friends didn’t comment on the weight gain and simply acted like I was the same person I was the year before, which I was inside. However, one girl I called my friend decided she didn’t like my new appearance and made it her mission to humiliate me in front of my classmates. She would tug on my clothing, constantly criticize what I was eating and never let me forget that I used to be smaller. This caused my life to spiral.

Taking it very far back in time to my early childhood. I was a perfectionist from day one and I always wanted things to go just as I had planned them. This eventually manifested into severe anxiety that required a lot of professional help to get under control. At one point in my life I could barely hold a simple conversation with someone because of the severity of my anxiety. I would analyse what I said, what I wore, the faces people made, everything. This caused me to have anxiety attacks on the regular and it really made my life difficult to live happily. By the time I reached grade nine, it was manageable enough for me to handle attacks and severe bursts of anxiety on my own. However, when all of this started, it was harder to manage.

And we’re back. As the bullying got worse, my anxiety got worst. It was like two people were constantly trying to yell over one another. At first, I didn’t think it was about the way I looked. I thought my friends were just jealous, or stressed, or having a bad day. At one point I even convinced myself that they were just trying to help me and make me realize what I needed to change about myself to be happy. This is when I started to restrict and eventually stop eating.

It started off small, no more junk food, sweets, ice cream or fast food. This seemed reasonable to me. It seemed like a healthy change. Eventually that turned into no sugar, no carbs and no fats. Then food became my enemy. Everything was bad for me. Carrots? Bad. Toast? To many carbs. Yogurt? Too much fat. Ice cream? I can’t even start to explain what I thought of ice cream. At this point in time I was eating a small meal at dinner which my parents made me eat and that was it. No breakfast, lunch or snacks. And if my parents left me to my own devices for a night, I wouldn’t eat anything that day. I was losing a pound a day, 7 pounds every week.

At one point in January 2016, my mom brought me to the emergency room. She knew something was wrong and insisted I go get checked by professionals. I was examined by the ER doctor and she told my mom I was okay medically, but recommended a psychiatric analysis. A psychiatrist was brought in to talk to me and I lied through gritted teeth. When he asked me about how I viewed my body, I told him I thought I looked perfect. When he asked me if I ate 3 meals a day, I told him of course I do I want to be healthy. When he asked me about suicide and depression, I told him I was the happiest girl alive. Even tho I had been depressed an suicidal for months. They ended up sending me home, however that only lasted about a month.

Between January and February, I was more determined than ever to drop weight. I ate the smallest portions my parents would allow and drank extreme amounts of water to make sure food passed through my system as quickly as possible. I reached my lowest weight in the month before I was admitted. I had started off a few months earlier 160 pounds, and in 3 short months I was 98 pounds. I thought that was the best thing on earth, I thought I’d made amazing progress. However, a few days later I finally cracked. My mom found me crying on the washroom floor and brought me back to the hospital. I was so sick and so malnourished, I didn’t move from my hospital bed the whole 14 hours we were in the emergency room. After extensive tests, they decided to admit me to the pediatric ward at Health Sciences North. Little did everyone know, I was much sicker than they thought.

The first thing they did when they brought me into my room was hook me up to a heart monitor.

FUN FACT! The average resting heart rate for a 15 year old girl is between 70 and 100 bpm

When they turned on the heart monitor silence filled the room. My resting heart rate was 35 beats per minute (bpm). The nurses told us I was at risk for a heart attack and I was close to death. When they got me to stand up, in a few seconds my heart rate rushed to 120-140 bpm. This meant that my heart rate was increasing by up to 110 bpm in a few seconds. It was so early in the morning the nurses let me sleep, while keeping a close eye on me. When I woke up the next day the severity of my condition was truly realized. They had to weight me everyday to make sure I was gaining weight, which meant I could only wear a gown. On the first day I had to get on the scale in only my bra and underwear.

You could see almost every bone in my body. Every rib, my whole collarbone, my entire pelvis and the contour of the bones in my arms and legs. When I was admitted I weighed 110 pounds. They also discovered that I had failing kidneys and a shrunken brain. I had also lost the majority of my hair which caused me to wear bandannas for over a year.

I had to have 3 meals a day with 3 snack in between. I had to finish my breakfast, lunch and dinner within 30 minutes, then I could not use the washroom for 1 hour, to make sure I didn’t throw up my meal. Then, I had to finish my snacks in 15 minutes and could not use the washroom for 30 minutes. This was a rule because people with eating disorders eat extremely slow to make themselves feel fuller faster. When I first arrived I refused to eat anything. After hours of fighting, the nurses decided it was time to insert a feeding tube into my stomach through my nose. A thin tube was snacked 50 cm down my nose into my stomach so liquid meals could be fed to me. I had this tube for a while and had many liquid meals. Eventually, after I promised to eat, they took the tube out and let me have real food or liquid meals.

 

There were many set backs while I was in the hospital. A lot of food was wasted and many breakdowns occurred. I was also diagnosed with depression while I was there. They realized that my anxiety, the depression I was keeping a secret and the bullying all combined to create a lethal mental state that eventually drove me to become anorexic. They released me from the hospital after 27 days. Even tho I was no longer an inpatient, they wanted to make sure I would continue progressing. I was admitted to the Sudbury Regional Eating Disorders Clinic as an outpatient. This consisted of weekly visits which included an extensive medical exam, blood pressure heart rate and weight, followed by an hour of therapy. I was a patient at this clinic for a year and a half before being discharged. Being discharged from the program was one of the happiest and proudest days of my life.

Today, I still have bad days. Sometimes I think having a few crackers will make me gain 20 pounds and that I can only have water. However, some days I go to Dairy Queen and eat an entire large blizzard. After years of hard work, I have arrived to the place I am today. I can say with confidence that I am happy and that I am confident in how I look.

After reading over this post I realize how long it is and how few pictures I have of when I was sick. I promise not all my posts will be this long, but this is the shortest version of my story possible. As well, taking pictures was not my priority while recovering, however I wish I’d taken more to be able to show my progress. I hope everyone enjoyed learning a little bit about me and I hope that my story can help others fighting their own battles.

 

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Picture It! A young girl in Northern Ontario who never knew she’d one day be a beauty queen…

Hi everyone! My name is Maya and I am that young girl. I really didn’t know that I’d be a beauty queen since just a year ago, I had no interest in pageants. I loved sports, the outdoors, theatre, reading and science. I never dreamed I’d be crowned Miss North Ontario and have the chance to be crowned Miss Teenage Canada. I guess the transition from theatre to pageants made sense. Being on stage was something I’ve always loved and the only difference was instead of playing a character, I was just being myself. However, I have always been an active sports player. I played hockey for 5 years and also played softball and roller derby competitively all over Ontario for most of my childhood. I was even featured on a Family Channel show called #We’reSavvy for my accomplishments in roller derby. Science is also a great passion of mine. I’ve loved it since I was little and it was the main reason I chose to go to a science high school. I love chemistry, biology and absorb everything I learn like I’m a sponge. I hope to be a vet at a zoo when I’m older so that I can keep using science for my whole life. You know when people talk about book worms? Well, they’re probably talking about me. I have a collection of over 100 books and can tell you I’ve read them all more than once. I always tell myself I should give some books away to make room for new ones, but I can’t seem to part with them.  Maybe one day, but probably not one in the near future. Living in Northern Ontario is absolutely amazing. I live in Chelmsford, which is a small town surrounded by forests and lakes. It has made for an amazing childhood. I’ve always loved the outdoors and spend my time outside hiking, quading and sledding. Many people who first come to the North are very intrigued by how we spend our free time, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I am also very involved in my community. I have a partnership with a local children’s hospital and foundation called NEO Kids. Their goal is to raise money to build a children’s hospital in the North. I was in the hospital for 27 days when I was younger and realized how many children needed to leave home to get treatment. This is why I’ve teamed up with them. I am also their Youth Ambassador and go around Sudbury spreading awareness for their cause. This is just a little bit about me and my life. Keep reading my blogs to keep up with everything I’ll be doing in my community, things I’ll be doing to prepare for Miss Teenage Canada and of course to learn more about me, Maya your Miss Teenage Northern Ontario.

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Walking into Miss Teenage Canada for the first time was so exciting! I met so many beautiful and kind young ladies from all over the country, some traveled near and far to get to MTC and I could not respect them more enough for that. Overall, I was so excited to talk to all the girls and I was especially to see all the sponsors that were ready for us!

The 2017 Search for Miss Teenage Canada – Sponsor Party took place in the Meeting Room at the Edward Village Hotel in Toronto Ontario at approx 5:30 on Monday 07 Aug 2017.

Later on after the introductions and some speeches by Michelle and Rob, we had the chance to walk around and check out all the amazing sponsor tables.

The first table had our very on Sashes and Crowns which were all placed for display to be claimed.

Nine west beautiful shoes in Toronto. Our shoes from Nine West were on display and we were encouraged to try on the shoes and get our shoe sizes recorded. We get the actual shoes later this week. I was so excited to receive mine all due to the fact that I love Nine West and we had the amazing opportunity to get a pair for free! My shoes fit so great I am so excited to rock them on the stage for swim wear.

Miss Teenage Canada Sponsors are mostly small to medium size business entrepreneurs who see value in supporting this segment of society. For one reason or another this pageant is a perfect partner for each of their enterprises. think that because Miss Teenage Canada is full of opportunities for everyone, not just the contestants.

Then we had the honor to have the best dentist in Toronto, archer dental Rob himself was running the Archer Dental booth and giving away free dental supplies, toothbrushes and toothpaste from the famous Toronto dentist Dr Natalie Archer, a local business leader who champions women in the sciences, and who has supported the pageant for many years.

Lilly Liao from Street Chic fashion magazine was there.I was so excited to met her all due to the fact that I was published withing her magazine. Lily’s team published over thirty fashion blogs, submitted by over half of the Miss Teenage Canada delegates, just last week. Then Lily gave everyone a nice new pair of earrings and they were beautiful! Her magazine is so chic and perfect for teenage girls like myself.  If I had one word of advice for Lily regarding her magazine i would say to drift the magazine towards any kind of street. My town so small and surrounded by forests so it would have been cool to use some of the dirt roads in my town.

This is a direct link to my own article on Street Chic called,  http://streetchic.ca/2017/07/28/street-chic-in-chapleau-ontario/

Dahlia DeSouza from UptotheTime Watches was present and on her table was a display of stunning time pieces from their online catalog. All pieces were beyond beautiful, the next time I need a watch I am defiantly ordering from them. In addition to receiving a necklace, we were asked to select the watch we would pick if we WON the Miss Teenage Canada title next Sunday night. That was so exciting considering that anyone of us could possibly walk away with one of their gorgeous watches.

Judy a music teacher at the Wandering Minstrel Music School in Mississauga was there running an Instagram #MTCSongSolo challenge.

Delegates were invited to select one of five instruments and record a musical performance on Instagram using the #songselfie hashtag. The prize for the video with the most likes will WIN a new cordless microphone! I found that really exciting considering that there was a lot of girls who really enjoyed singing so I thought that would be a great opportunity for them.

Hashtagio social media aggregator was set up to show the Instagram feed for #MTC2017. Just like last year, all the best shots are being collected and displayed on the website in a special Go Behind the Scenes via Instagram page. business phones, Nortel NetworksThis service is co-sponsored by Standard Telecom and all week long we are encouraged to use our cell phones and mobile devices to post our best moments using that hashtag.

Super Adorbs

Super Adorbs accessories is jewellery for women which is available online across Canada that can pair with any outfit no matter your style or occasion. Headquartered here in Toronto, the company sells online all across Canada; Superadorbs is built with feminine style for personal expression.

Super Adorbs jewellery and fashion accessories gave us all cute little gift bags filled with a pair of beautiful earrings and a stunning necklace.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/superadorbsco/

also pls add Alice Li on Facebook –
Instagram: @superadorbsco
Hashtag: #superadorbsco (Be creative with your photos!)

Social Media Contest: The contestant with the best social media coverage will win a special $70 gift pack from Super Adorbs! It will be filled with accessories and goodies! 1) Hashtag “superadorbsco” on your Instagram and Facebook posts so we can track it 2) Inbox your Miss Teenage blog post URL about us to @superadorbsco on Instagram

Extra Fun: 3 Geofilters will be available on Snapchat from 5-10pm for contestants to use and send snaps to their friends!

The table was run by Alice Li, Miss Toronto World 2017 who returned to the very room where she was a VIP delegate receiving gifts from sponsors less than a month ago. Alice placed fourth in the 2017 Search for Miss World Canada pageant.

Down below are some pictures with me with our generous sponsors and their logos.

Thanks so much for catching up with me!

Love and best regards,  Emma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This exact time next week I will be just be finished my long 8 hour drive from northern Ontario and will be preparing for my week in Toronto. I am so happy about how far I have come in the past 8 months, I have experienced new beginnings for myself that will brighten my future. 8 months ago I was going to volleyball practices every day after school, then my life changed when I was introduced to the pageant industry for the very first time. Since then I have raised over $1,500 for two different charities, done five events to promote pageants, and received $7,100 from generous sponsors. Pageants have taught much useful information that I will carry on for the duration of my life. I have learned to excel in my organization skills, due to the fact that I am currently in High School so I have to put my best effort into my class assignments along with putting my best effort into my pageant work as well, so I defiantly learned how to manage my time effectively and wisely. Pageants have also taught me to improve in my public speaking skills since I had to go and seek my own sponsors, along with speaking on stage in front of over 300 people with also a panel of judges. I love what the pageant industry had taught me so far, I am so lucky to have been introduced to this beautiful world that I hope to live in for the rest of my life. So now I am getting ready to start a new journey as I compete for Miss Teenage Canada, whether the out come will be good or it could have been better, I will know that this time 8 months ago I was volleying on the court not knowing where my future was, but now I know what it will consist of, I am ready for my future because my future is now. Therefor, I will always be humble about what will come my way because I am so thankful for all the things that has came my way.

Love. Emma

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I had the absolute privilege to be able to capture my childhood friends beauty within a few photos. It was so easy to take these pictures of these beauties, their pictures really impressed me due to the fact that they did an amazing job modeling their clothes. My first model “O,” (the first two pictures seen below) has been my friend for 13 years. She is a beautiful young lady that has grown up surround by wilderness her entire life due to the fact that she has grown up in our small town of Chapleau. O loves to keep active, she believes it is important to have a healthy lifestyle, that is why she does physical activity everyday and is running a half marathon this August.

She modeled a stunning sun dress purchased from the store Orsay from our trip to Europe this March. This outfit would be perfect to wear to a dinner date. It is very comfortable while looking chic and classy all at the same time. The sun dress also had a settle touch that consisted of a slit rip on the middle of the dress. O presented the camera a cotton knee length dress that was a dark shade of charcoal with strips of light grays falling along the side. She also decided to wear a gentle black shoe that she got from Call it Spring, the shoe complemented the dress ever so nicely due to the fact that it did not take away from her beautiful sun dress.

We took these photos on Birth Street in Chapleau Ontario, and never would have thought that a grungy corridor would be the perfect spot to capture such beautiful images.

My second model is “M,” she has also been my friend for 13 years. M is a very stunning young lady that has also grown up in our forest surrounded town her and lived right beside the beautiful Chapleau river her whole life. M is a 5’8 beauty that spends her summer days outside with friends exploring new adventures. She loves spending her free time outside enjoying our nature filled town.

M loves seeing new things and jumping on new opportunities, this is why she has been to Florida, South Carolina twice, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. I took M’s pictures on Parliament Boulevard, Chapleau Ontario.

M is wearing a casual attire that you would catch her wearing to school or walking around the streets of Chapleau with her friends.This outfit is comfy yet very cute, I am sure every girl loves being comfortable while looking stylish at the same time! Especially if you are a busy girl like M, you have to make sure you can go the entire day without feeling uncomfortable.

rural Ontario fashion shoot

If you are looking to recreate this perfect spring look, her casual blue cotton skinny jeans was purchased from American Eagle, her lacey top is from the stylish shop Garage and she paired this lovely outfit with army green shoes from Le Chateau. Working with these two models was a blast! They both presented me two very different looks, but both looks can be worn where ever and when ever, they are both comfy and stylish which is a huge plus for any teenage girl. I am so happy and proud of them due to that they have both been published in Street Chic, they are both incredibly beautiful young ladies and I am so happy to call them my friends. I am also so honored that my article has been published in Street Chic as well, it was so fun working on this article, I am hoping to do more like this in the future. Unfortunately, I do not have any behind the scene pictures, but I am sure you can imagine how fun it was to shoot this considering that we are all 17 year old girls who have been friends our whole lives.

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On July 20th I used my $1000 free photoshoot certificate that I won at Miss North Ontario for Kelly robitallie photography & design. When I arrived at the studio I was greeted by the lovely Kelly Robitalle and the amazing makeup artist Alygoo. I was so happy to finally use my gift certificate on such a special day… my birthday! Before we started shooting, Alygoo was able to give me a beautiful smokey eye and a nice polished contour. I was more than happy with my makeup, it was such a fun start to the shoot. Kelly than gave me such a wonderful birthday present by presenting me with two free photos for my 17th birthday. It was such a fun shoot due to the fact that she supplied me with my favorite deserts, I felt so spoiled! It was such a fun experience, she was very professional and I was able to walk home with 14 free pictures all thanks to Miss North Ontario. I hope to continue to have more photo shoots, I loved being in front of the camera and I sure hope that I will be able to take more pictures for future portfolios. I would recommend Kelly Robitaille photography & design to anyone who is wanting to have their pictures taken by professional photographer. Her shoots are so fun and while shooting she also teaches tips and tricks to help work the camera. I then would recommend Make-up by Aly Goo to anyone who is looking to get their makeup professionally done for a special occasion. Here are some of my favourite pictures from the shoot! 🙂

 

 

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