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The Faces of Hope silent auction and gallery was a success! Thank you to everyone who came out to support mental health and bringing more awareness to this issue. Thank you to all the photographers who donated their time and art, the people who attended the event and most importantly, the participants who had the courage to share their stories. You all are an inspiration, not only to me but those around you. I sincerely thank you for your words of hope and encouragement.

Even if you couldn’t make this event, you can still help someone by visiting the Canadian Mental Health Association for information or to make a donation.  Mental illness is something that affects everyone and being able to find the support is so important.

PINQuestion: What is mental illness? Who has it and how do you know if you have it?

Mental illness directly affects 1 in 5 Canadians and will indirectly affect everyone at some point in their life. Many people don’t even know they suffer from m
ental illness and therefore never think to ask for help. Although these statistics are staggering, we hardly discuss it or fully understand it. So in order to understand anything, we need to talk and learn more about it and in the case of mental health, discussion can open the eyes of the people who need it most. 

To encourage open discussion and as part of Mental Health Week (May 1-7th), my friend Bryan Weiss and
are looking to share the stories of 8 individuals who have been affected by mental illness (directly or indirectly) and how they have overcome their challenges. Your portrait and inspirational story will be part of a gallery showing and silent auction taking place May 5th, 2017 to benefit the Canadian Mental Health Association.

This gallery and silent auction is meant to help bring a face to a silent epidemic. Your neighbor, your friend, your brother, maybe even yourself… we all may be touched by mental illness but nobody will get through it on their own. Please ask to be a part of this event and give your story a voice and a face.

To participate or for more information please contact:
Navy Nhum – or Bryan Weiss –

CMHA’s Mental Health Week is an annual national event that takes place during the first week in May to encourage people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health. Visit for more information.

What do you do when you’re bored, hate the cold, have a tight timeline and need a photo challenge? Shoot your own engagement photos obviously :D

When Devon and I got engaged, I already knew I’d be a 1.5 year engagement person because really 12 months is just not enough time to plan a wedding without wanting to lose your mind.  Well it’s been almost two years but we’re getting there haha. Coincidentally, the April wedding date will be exactly 2 years. Totally not planned and I didn’t even know until my friend Ana pointed it out. She’s very good with dates and I get her birthday wrong every other year LOL (luckily she’s also very forgiving). So why the selfie engagement session? Why didn’t we just hire a professional photographer? Well it kind of started off as a joke about shooting our own wedding and engagement so I figured why not! I was also kind of bored and was looking for a photo challenge anyway (NOTE: The wedding photos will not be selfies. Ain’t nobody got time for that!).  It was also because we literally had one day that we could do this before it got cold as we knew our opposite working and upcoming travel schedules would take us into late November. I’m just not made for the cold :( and there was no way in hell I’d be outside for these in the winter haha. The conversation went a little something like this:

“What, summer’s over?! WHEN? HOW? Damn, it’s cold already. K let’s do this. But the only time we have is this weekend. Good enough!….IT BETTER NOT BE COLD AND RAINY! (shaking fist)”

And so we were off to Tobermory up in Bruce Peninsula, the first place we went camping together. To be honest, I was kind of looking forward to being on the other side of the camera for once and having someone else tell me what to do but this was super fun and challenging. It was a great exercise in timing, posing, composition and seeing how much suspense I could handle as I watched, in what seemed to be slow motion, kids running by my tripod and $5000 camera setup…Everyone survived. I had also considered doing some aerial drone shots but considering the wind that day, it was probably a good thing that I didn’t. Maybe I should write a How-To post about taking selfies and your own engagement photos :D

It was pretty cold by the end and there were still tons of people but we did it! Overall I’d say the shoot was a success! I wasn’t concerned about fancy props, intricate lighting and all the things that sometimes overpowers the subject in a photo. All I wanted was at least three good shots and I’m happy with what we got. Even more important was the experience. We had so much fun doing these and spending the day hiking at one of our favourite spots, it made these images that much more special.  I have to say a big thank you to my fiancé Devon for being so patient and understanding with my often random photography ideas and adventures. It helps that he’s a photographer too but on this trip I made him do a lot of jumping on pointy rocks in his fancy shoes and none of them turned out haha.

I can’t wait for April 26th, 2017 :) You’re bringing a selfie stick right? ❤




Stay tuned for the bloopers… :)

It’s time to reveal the winner of the Navy Nhum Photography Wedding Photography Giveaway!

Congratulations to Ashley Eickmann! They’ve just won a complete wedding photography package for their wedding on March 25, 2017!

I received tons of entries and it was so fun to read everyone’s unique love story and wedding plans. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated!

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A new year brings new and exciting things and I’m SUPER excited to announce this giveaway today! I know Valentine’s Day is still two weeks away but hey, love should be celebrated everyday! From now until February 29th you can enter the 2016 Wedding Photography Giveaway and have a chance at winning a complete wedding photography package! That means your big day, those special moments and them awesome dance moves I know you got :) will all be captured for you and all you did was share your love story! If you’re engaged and planning to get married in 2016 or 2017, this is your chance to get the best wedding gift that doesn’t take up all the room on the gift table or give you paper cut when opening :).

Since I want to know all about you and your story for this giveaway, it’s only fair I share a little about me.  I like photographing weddings but I LOVE hanging out with fun people who also happen to be getting married.  Weddings shouldn’t be about working or worrying about making the perfect moment happen, it should be about celebrating the beginning of an amazing and fun adventure with your best friend, sharing all that joy with your friends and family and dancing your ass off. It’s also about sharing those special quiet moments that speak loudest to your heart. That glow of being in love, being in that moment and feeling like million bucks is what I want to capture. If the people I’m working with are fun then it never feels like work. Easy going, creative, adventurous, foodie, fun, Rick Astley, Saved by the Bell, if at least four of those words apply to you, then we should get along famously :)


So I’m ready to jam, are you?! Here’s how to enter!


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1) Follow Navy Nhum Photography on Instagram (@navynhumphotography).

2) Repost this image and tag #NNPGIVEAWAY2016.

3) Send an email to with your photo and share your love story and wedding plans! Include the date, location of the event and any other exciting details for your big day!

4) Bonus points for sharing this post on Facebook too :)


Good luck to everyone and I’m looking forward to hearing all your amazing stories!



  • Contest is open to all readers over the age of 18.
  • Only one entry per couple.
  • The wedding must take place in the year 2016 or 2017.
  • Couples who have already booked with Navy Nhum Photography or another photographer are not eligible for this contest.
  • Navy Nhum Photography is based out of Toronto, ON Canada but international entries are more than welcome. If the winner’s wedding takes place outside the Greater Toronto Area, all travel expenses must be covered by the winning couple (this includes flight for two, hotel, food and transportation).
  • A wedding date must already be set or can be set within 2 weeks of winning. The wedding must be on a day that is not already booked by Navy Nhum Photography.
  • A contract must be signed and returned to Navy Nhum Photography within 2 weeks of winning, along with full payment for any travel expenses, additional hours of coverage or products ordered.
  • The winning couple will receive: up to 8 hours of photography coverage on their wedding day provided by Navy Nhum Photography, an assistant, engagement session OR an additional hour of coverage, online photo gallery and edited high resolution images on USB with print release. The approximate value of this package i s$3,400.
  • If the winning couple cannot claim their prize for any reason, they will be disqualified, and a runner-up will be awarded the prize at the discretion of Navy Nhum Photography. All decisions are final.
  • Contest closes February 29th, 2016 @ 11:59pm. The winner will be notified by email to the address they provided and announced on Navy Nhum Photography Facebook page and on Instagram (@optimusfox) on March 1st, 2016.
  • This wedding giveaway prize cannot be sold, traded, transferred, or exchanged for cash or any other item or service
  •  The names and images of the winning couple will be used by Navy Nhum Photography for promotional purposes. The winning couple agrees to be featured on and  any other publication that Navy Nhum Photography may submit the images to.
  • By participating in this wedding photography giveaway, you agree to be bound by these official rules.