Christmas Minis 2017

Hey guys! With Christmas just around the corner, and holiday cards now sitting pretty on mantels, I wanna share some of my favourite photos from this years holiday mini sessions!

My aim, always, is to give you FREEDOM. During my mini sessions, you are FREE from artificial props to distract from feeling connection, or constrict movement. No stiff posing, I pinky promise! You are FREE to allow your personalities to shine, your love to flow, and your laughter to bubble over. You are FREE to enjoy these images long past boxing day, and display 'em all year round! You know why? Because it's purely YOU guys + your love.  

So, without further ado, here are some images that showcase your love and joy, in a gorgeous tree farm setting! 

If they speak your language, and you wanna know more for next year, keep reading, my friends. I'll let you in on all the lovely details on what to expect from the process, how YOU have creative control in the card design, and how to hop on my "down-low" list for next year!

Also, I wanna say THANK YOU! To everyone who came out for this years mini's, to everyone who booked with me at any point over the course of the year, and to anyone who even enquired about booking with me. THANKS SO MUCH! It truly means a lot. And, for those of you who ever think of booking with me, I'd LOVE to make some photo magic happen with you!

Merry Christmas, lovies!

K, so what's included, might you ask?

Well, let me tell ya, babes, cause it's quite the process. My mini's aren't your typical wham-bam-thank-you-man, kinda deal. I start off long before our session to make the most of our time together. You'll get a questionnaire so I learn more about you + your peeps. You'll get a bunch of prep tips + tricks specifically designed for mini sessions! And, you'll also get a what-to-wear guide... which I switch up based on the setting I'm shooting in.

On the day of the session, you get 20 minutes of me working to make you FEEL comfortable while you LOOK beautiful, and draw out those natural smiles, love, and laughter. I'm all about genuine and simplicity... I feed off freedom - both mine and yours - to capture lovely moments the best way I can!   

After our session, I carefully curate your gallery to approx 35 images which I fully edit and deliver to all of you within 2 weeks. You select your top  5 images included - which will grace your cards, and which you'll receive the high-res digital files to. Of course, if you want 'em all, they're yours at an affordable gallery upgrade. 

Then comes the FUN part! Included in my Christmas Mini's are 25 gorgeous 5x7 Christmas cards, FOLDED - so they sit pretty on your loved one's mantels! You're sent a private online Xmas Card Collection with loads of design styles to choose from. These can be mixed and matched, and we work together to create a card you love! 

I guarantee shipments by Dec 1st so you've got plenty of time to address & mail 'em out for your near + dear to admire all month long.

Have a peak...

There's sooooo many more card design options to chose from and tinkering is limitless. These are just a few!

Ok, party people, if you're interested in being notified - in advance - for next year's Christmas Sessions, please shoot me an email with "Christmas Mini 2018" in the subject line. I'll be announcing all the deets to past clients + those interested, prior to my general public announcement. Since I only have a limited amount of sessions that I book, in order to ensure a smooth turnaround for galleries, card design, and ordering / shipping... with a promise of a delivery before DEC 1st, sessions book up quickly and I do not open up more space once they're gone.

So if you want in for 2018, lemme know, love, and I'll be sure you're on the secret announcement list.  

Cheers to family and fun and documenting your love from the heart!!!

xo

 

 

golden

During golden hour, sometime in Autumn, I hung out on a golden sand beach with these beauties... 

If you're looking for a lifestyle family session that truly captures your families essence, where you don't have to worry and stress about whether the children will sit still, or "do as the photographer says", and be all smiles and all looking at the camera...

If you're looking to capture more than those super-posed traditional family portraits, and you wanna feel something when you look back on this time of your lives... 

I'm your girl. Gimme a shout - I'd love to to hear from you and plan a session that encompasses your crew, your energy, your unique family.

xo  

Big Family, Big Love

When you meet a family and catch glimpses of both your past and your future, you leave with such a curious feeling - a heart full of familiarity with a certain closeness of revisiting a time and place so adored, and a longing for future little faces, little beings to love. Seriously, this sweet family of six makes me wanna have more babes. 

I met Ruth, a fellow photographer, at a workshop last year and we've since travelled to the west coast earlier this year to attend another. During that time, I learned so much about her life, her family, her aspirations... and so meeting her husband and children - and getting to photograph them together - was especially rad. These people share a love so sweet, and have seemly weaved this beautiful cocoon in creating their family. And, while their bonds are strong and their faith is unwavering, they encourage their children to spread their wings freely to fly on their own. 

R + D, you've got it good. Thank you for letting me in, for a little while.

FREEDOM | personal

Oh, you know, just soaking up that delicious, warm, summer sun on our skin. Feeling the wind in our hair. Waking with the sun and crashing with the moon. Paying zero attention to rules and routine, while we act on impulse and follow our hearts.

There are no rules... such a liberating notion. Just freedom. Which for me, means exploring harsh light, odd angles, and deliberate blur. It also means sharing my personal work, because hello! I'm the boss and what I say goes 'round here. ;) Also, this totally qualifies - Family Photography is my jam and this - right here - is my little famjam. Taken at The Pinery Provincial Park last week. 

Freedom pretty much fuels my drive to capture our moments. And, yours too, if you let me.

This is childhood, unplugged. 

A COLD AUTUMN DAY

These guys know how to rock an outdoor session in cold weather, m'friends. Families take note: This little group came prepared with a thermos full of hot tea, fuzzy hot-water heating pads for the kids to hug during off-camera time, blankets galore, AND they managed to dress warm while looking damn good doing so. Bonus points rewarded for not being matchy-matchy!

Well done, my friends, well done. 


SOMETIMES

Sometimes you have to go out on a creative limb. Explore those areas within you that you'd rather edge away from, where safety and comfort is juuuuust outside your reach. Sometimes you need to be vulnerable, wear your heart on your sleeve, take risks and ask a favour. From people you barely know. Hard, right? Because it's the only way you're able to grow and set yourself free. Because deep down you know if you do, if you push past boundaries, those queasy doubts and fears of rejection and looking foolish and wondering if anyone else 'gets' you, and just do what YOU want to do, something beautiful happens.

And sometimes, your wacky invitation will be met. And, not only will they dig your vision, but they'll join your tribe. They'll bring all their heart and soul with them; their music, their dance, their laughter, and their play. They'll be fully present, in the moment, and truly enjoy themselves, making the most of that little flash of time together. And THAT, my friends, is what I long for. It's what fills me up. What makes my heart sing, and what I want to dedicate my working life to. Capturing genuine, lovely, natural family moments that'll stand the test of time.  

If you are in the Hamilton area, looking for heartfelt family photos with a little more... spirit... more energy... more life... more of YOU GUYS... gimme a shout. I'd love to meet you.