winsome

This charming family - the very definition of winsome - with their delightfully happy babe, adoring + musical papa, and effortlessly chic charismatic mama, won my IG giveaway and likewise, my heart.

Thanks guys, for entering the contest, for your warm welcome, and for just being your winsome selves. It was a true pleasure photographing you beautiful souls. 

Also, a big thank you to everyone who entered, I hope to get a chance to photograph all of you some day. 

new little life

Welcome home, baby boy...

My favourite kind of session, right here. The newborn days. At home. When time slows gorgeously down, and the days and nights flow together with no discernible separation, and your entire focus is soaking in this incredible person you've made!

Here's where I love to come in and capture your babes delicate features, his personality traits, the way he sleeps with arms raised, furrows his brow, or the way he stares up at you while in your arms, for you to remember. 

Match made in heaven

This is what you get when you combine a gorgeously sweet couple + steaming cups of tea + an adorable fuzzy pup + grilled cheese sandwiches... a match made in heaven! 

Want genuine, natural photos of you & your love in and around your cozy home? Photos you can look back at, later in life, and reflect on your unique lovestory? Gimme a shout! I promise we'll create some lovely goodness, full of your own personalities, be it goofy + humorous or serious + sweet or a bit of both. Whatever it is, it will be YOU, and I will help guide you along the way. We can chat beforehand, and I'll make sure you guys are comfortable and most importantly LOOK comfortable and natural in front of the camera for some honest, genuine, heartfelt photos you'll adore for always!  

 

Shake it up

Pssst.... I've got some news to share.

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I'm shaking things up over here for Spring & Summer!

Being a mom and a hard working lady boss, I'm constantly juggling the many hats I wear, and while I've managed to balance both mothering + bossing smoothly up until now, I've recently realized we've come to a pivotal time in my family life where i'm needed much more at home. In particular, focusing on the development of my kiddos. Without writing a novel, or getting into too many personal details, let's talk about what this means for the next little while.

From May through September, I'm taking limited photo sessions. TWO family photo session's per month! Crazy, I know! Especially in busy season when the sun be shining, the weather be warm, and colours be bursting all around us. But, this is how it's gonna be.  

SO! Two session's per month! 

I won't be doing mini's of any kind during this time frame. These'll be Lifestyle sessions - taken within your own loving home full of heart & soul with a second outdoor location close by. We can wander into your backyard, the woods, a field, or wherever you guys like to hang as a family! Or if you'd rather do the whole session outdoors, in a place that means something to you, that's cool too! As a bonus, while the majority of photos will be taken digitally, I'll be bringing my film camera along for fun, to capture some heartfelt gold on FILM!   (ps. All the photos you see here in this blog post were taken on 35mm film.)

Alright, m'friends, if you wanna get in on this, drop me a line. Once the spots are filled, I'm really sorry, but I cannot open up any more space. Right now, I'm sporting my mother hat - all wide brimmed & woven - for this season of my little one's lives. Making more time to foster and shape their growth, leaving me less time to edit, and resulting in fewer shoots. I'm actually very excited to embark on a more dedicated and structured "teaching / leading" path with the children that I've only just begun and have already seen so many improvements. 

Thanks so much for understanding and as soon as BOTH kids are in school full time this September (what! where did the time go?!), I'll be back to my regular scheduling. 

And, now I will leave you here with some film photos of my babes. 

 

 

  

love is all you need

TRUTH: All you need is love, m'friends! 

Your family session might be as smooth as a strawberry milkshake on a warm summer's day. Or,  it may be closer to a rocky road ice-cream, which is just as delicious (maybe even more so). The point is, expect yourselves to run a little late, for juice to spill on someones outfit, for hair not to co-operate and for tears to pour. It's probably gonna happen. Hey, maybe ALL of this will happen at once. ;) But, ya know... that's life, right? It's ALL GOOD. 

The important thing here - and what I want to emphasize is - I roll with it. I make it extremely easy to feed off my mellow vibe and embrace whatever happens. I'm all about honest photography. There's beauty in tears, in quiet moments when children are staring off into space, in getting a kiddo changed out of a soiled shirt, in comforting your baby when he's crying, in laughing with your partner at life. It makes my heart soar when I get to photograph that truth and celebrate all the many facets that make up our day to day home life.

Keep in mind, the chaotic moments don't last long. One minute a child is crying and the next they're laughing uncontrollably. And, I'm constantly on the ready to capture it all. The full, beautiful, genuine story. Who know's... if you're anything like me - that photo of you comforting your tearful baby may be the one you wanna frame. The one that pulls on your heartstrings and you happen to linger on with love filled eyes.

Just remember darlings, "All you need is love, love. Love is all you need."

If you're in the Greater Hamilton Area and you want to talk about getting genuine, heartfelt, family photos taken, drop me a line. I'd love to hear from you.  

New here

The renewed energy and light that fresh new beginnings seem to bring is positively scrumptious. And, so is this little ham with his delicious rolls, his gorgeous pout, and all the adoration being poured on him by mommy, daddy, and big brother. Time and time again, I'm so very honoured to be welcomed in to your homes, into your lives, to document these beautiful days.

Hello, little one! Even though you made your appearance months ago, you're new to my little space here and I'm beyond privileged to have met you! 

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  

Imprinted

These beautiful lines.... the creases and folds of skin that make up your babies fingerprints and footprints. So intricate and delicate and marvellous knowing this... this art... was created from swishing around in your womb! Imprinted forever on your child's hands, their feet, and in our hearts.    

If you crave natural and simple newborn photos that'll stand the test of time, be it in my home studio or within your own home, gimme a shout. I'd love to meet you and your crew. 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.

Delicate Seed

Walking into this families home last month, I found their kitchen table covered in small potted plants & egg cartons filled with freshly sprouting seeds, just waiting to be planted into their garden. It put a smile on my face. 

While going through their images, I couldn't help but think of little seeds, so tiny and humble. One seed can grow into an entire forest. Just as one seed, implanted, can grow a human being! From there, a family, a country, a world of people. 

Maaaaaybe I've got campfire discussions on my mind, but it seriously blows me away. Creation. Where we are in this entire universe, how we've come to exist, how we've evolved, how we're capable of re-creating, and growing a whole 'nother person within us! It's incredible and it never gets old. Each and every time I meet another newborn, I'm filled with a sense of amazement at life's greatest miracle.

Someone, pass me a s'more! 

Happy Mother's Day

Her warm hugs, her encouraging smile, her knowing glances... her quiet comfort. That generous comfort you seek even into adulthood, forever strong and engulfing. There's nothing quite like a mother's love. And, to have felt that love from a mom and as a mom... I can't even properly articulate what that means to me. But, what I can say, is thank you. To my mother for everything she has done for our family as we grew up, and all that she still does for my sisters and I, and our children. 

And, thank you to all the mothers who came out for my Mother's Day Mini Sessions. It warmed my heart to see you with your families, to capture the tenderness, the laughs, and the play with your favourite people. Happy Mother's Day! 

 

 

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL

When kisses flow freely, without backhanded wipes. Little soft hands reach to grasp yours. Curious questions and funny conversations keep you and your partner endlessly entertained. These are the days! 

Babycakes

Delicate & delicious birthday cake + florals + baby turning one = perfect recipe for my kinda smash session.

Collaboration with the beautiful & ridiculously talented Marisa Blackburn of Marisskiss Creative Cakes, for the exquisite cake. 

My Babycakes Sessions include a 6" round naked cake, created by MarissKiss, using all natural ingredients, with your input on flavours and colours. 

If simple & delicate cake sessions is what you have your heart set on, drop me a line. We'll plan your babe's first taste of cake to make yours a beautiful, unique, and sweet lil' experience for your wee one.