As Ontario slowly re-opens and lessens the COVID-19 restrictions Porte Photos is now available to book your event or family photos outdoors.

Step 3 restrictions are now in effect:

Step 3 – Photographers:

Outdoor and limited indoor open with restrictions

Step 3

70-80% Adults with one dose
25% Fully vaccinated

Permit with restrictions

Additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 100 people
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 25 people
  • Indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table
  • Retail with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with physical distancing
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits
  • Personal care services with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing
  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues with capacity limits


Thank you to the Professional Photographers of Canada for making this downloadable and shareable to all.

Daily Quote: October 24, 2021

It is so conceited and timid to be ashamed of one’s mistakes.
Of course they are mistakes.
Go on to the next.

~ Brenda Ueland
 – Writer / October 24, 1891 – March 5, 1985

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Mustings:

How appropriate to celebrate United Nations Day and Mother-in-Law Day on the same day. One is striving to maintain world wide peace and the other peace on the home-front.

Celebrating Food Day is easy for some. For others Food Insecurity is real. Be certain to give of your abundance to the local Food Bank.

As for misteaks, they are what they are, move on.

Daily Quote: October 23, 2021

It is not the years in your life
but the life in your years that counts.

~ Adlai Stevenson I
American – Politician / October 23, 1835 – June 14, 1914

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

As a former Project Manager Event Organizers Day strikes a chord in my heart. Event Organizers, those take charge people who make sure the details are taken care of and the Event runs smoothly are recognized for their contributions today.

Even if you aren’t one of those born leaders/organizers you can still be a leader in your community on Make a Difference Day. Join a group, participate by volunteering your time, or just pick up the trash on your daily walk. Yes, the efforts of one person make a difference. Remember to keep doing those random acts of kindness.

What food should we celebrate today? National Boston Cream Pie Day. A wonderful 2 layer cake with a light cream filling and rich dark chocolate poured over top. Yes, Boston Cream Pie’s need their own day. 🙂

Daily Quote: October 22, 2021

Half the things that people do not succeed in
are through fear of making the attempt.

~ James Northcote
 – Artist / October 22, 1746 – July 13, 1831

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Somedays I feel like a nut and some days I don’t. But be certain to celebrate National Nut Day.

And today we celebrate all the MacGyvers of the world with Smart is Cool Day.

Hug a Wombat on Wombat Day. This short round rodent like marsupial about a metre long from Australia needs to be loved.

Only 1 week until my new engineered hardwood floors are installed. I can’t wait until some of my home is back in order. The week after that my new sheet vinyl is installed. Just in time for Remembrance Day.

Daily Quote: October 21, 2021

Friendship is a sheltering tree.

~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge
English – Poet / October 21, 1772 – July 25, 1834

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

To end bullying of LGBQT teens and children today is Spirit Day. Put an end to bullying. Do a random act of kindess.

October 21, 2015 is the day the DeLorean traveled to in the movie “Back to the Future”, so today is remembered as “Back to the Future Day”. To celebrate you can donate to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or just watch one of the Back to the Future movies with a good friend and some popcorn.

Celebrate the fruit of the fall on Apple Day. Apples of all kinds celebrate diversity of communities and people. Eat an apple a day for it’s medicinal purposes. Or today just celebrate the humble apple. Apple cider, upside down cake, juice, cobbler, sauce, candy…..or just a fresh crisp apple.

Living in the middle of a construction zone, we’re preparing for new floors, next week the floor laying begins. The simple task of clearing out the main floor of our 2 story house has turned into paint the baseboards, paint the trim, redecorate the laundry room and now paint the den. Move this, pack that, don’t use the main floor toilet (how lazy we have become, that trip upstairs to use the loo has became a major hurdle.) Add a piece of plywood to the end of the counter. Buy new chairs. Maybe the curtains need to be changed? I can’t wait until this project is done. 😉

Daily Quote: October 20, 2021

No man’s credit is as good as his money.

~ John Dewey
American – Philosopher / October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

So what’s holding your pants up? Thank goodness for suspenders, as we celebrate National Suspenders Day. I’m in the process of redecorating my house and the Laundry Room is next. I think I’ll paint a sign for the room. Laundry Room: Drop your pants here.

Today is also National Brandied Fruit Day. So why not try some today.

Then get the pens and paper out to celebrate National Day on Writing.

Daily Quote: October 19, 2021

Artists in each of the arts seek after and care for nothing but love.

~ Marsilio Ficino
Italian – Philosopher / October 19, 1433 – October 1, 1499

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

As you get older making and keeping new friends seems to be harder to do. When I was young I met a girl around the corner from me. She instantly became my best friend and we did everything together until she graduated from high school and moved away. She was an amazing friend and companion for 12 years. I miss the ease and comfort of having such a close friend. Then I got married and have had a best friend for more than 42 years. Now entering our Golden Years together. So, as we celebrate New Friends Day, may we all find new friends as beloved and cherished as our old friends.

Hand in hand with remembering our old friends is Evaluate Your Life Day. There is no way to evaluate your life without including all your friends and family and love you have been lucky enough to have along the way.

So as we commemorate Information Overload Awareness Day, unplug from everything and maybe also celebrate International Gin and Tonic Day. I’ll drink to that (although it will probably be with a glass of cold water.) Or just do some “Nature bathing” on this sunny Autumn day.

Daily Quote: October 18, 2021

None so deaf as those that will not hear.
None so blind as those that will not see.

~ Matthew Henry
English – Clergyman / October 18, 1662 – June 22, 1714

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Christians celebrate St. Luke today. St. Luke was one of the apostles, thought to be an educated non-Jew, perhaps even a doctor. He wrote 2 books of the New Testament: Luke and Acts. Both books were directed at the conversion of non-Jews to Christianity.

Muslim Arabs celebrate Mawlid Un Nabi, the birthday of Mohamad, God’s last messenger. Sunni Muslims don’t celebrate as all birthdays aren’t celebrated, while denominations like Sufis honour the day.

Persons Day commemorates women being legally declared persons in Canada and being able to hold positions in the government.

Daily Quote: October 17, 2021

My photographs are a celebration of life, fun and the beautiful.
They are a world that doesn’t exist. A fantasy. Freedom is real.
There are no rules. The life I wish I was living.

~ Ryan McGinley
American – Photographer / Born: October 17, 1977

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

My photos are a celebration of life, the fun and the beautiful. But unlike Ryan McGinley my photos aren’t fantasy. They capture a moment in time to be cherished. Whether it be a smile or a glance, a special occasion or an everyday occurrence. My grandchildren playing, a place I’ve been or some animal I’ve observed. All things that capture my heart and cause it to melt just a little in the warmth of the memory.

Celebrate World Toy Camera Day by giving a child a camera, real or toy so that they can experiment with different ways to frame the world.

Remember the poor today on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Although there will always be poor, maybe you can lessen the trials just a little bit for someone.

On National Pasta Day, we remember the comfort food that fills not only our bellies, but our hearts as well. From Kraft Dinner to Linguine Carbonara pasta always satisfies.

Daily Quote: October 16, 2021

Some cause happiness wherever they go;
others whenever they go.

~ Oscar Wilde
Irish – Poet / October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

One of the things I still have of my Grandmother’s is a small metal plate that says: All of our guests bring us happiness, Some when they come, And some when they go. It was probably based on Oscar Wilde’s quote today. You can tell it’s a little bit o’ Irish humour.

Today is Global Cat Day, and I’m certain by no co-incidence it’s also I Love Yarn Day.

Today is also World Food Day. Everything is called something different now. When I was growing up you called people poor and starving, now you say they have food insecurities. No matter how you look at it not having enough food is a major problem in the world whether it be in your neighbourhood or on the other side of the globe. We really should end world hunger. You’d think when we spend billions to send people for joy rides to space we would have found a way to solve world hunger.

I’ve been so blessed to live in an area where the crops are plentiful and one of our major exports are beans and grains. The fields are all being harvested at this time of year and we give thanks for our bountiful supply.