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.  

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  

our entire world

When you rock a name like Atlas, you rock the entire world. Especially ours. Introducing my darling nephew! 

Something tells me he's going to have a strong affinity towards travel, and big cities, just like his mama & papa. 

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.