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. 

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

 

 

home, with you

love + connection in and around your home. there is nothing better, m'friends. 

I just want to play. Explore. And, allow YOU guys to do the same! Be your carefree selves and enjoy one another... have fun and love on one another, while I capture it all. Because that's what this is all about, right? LIVING life. LOVING one another. I'll be sure to be on the look-out for pretty light, in and around your home. I'll set the stage for lovely photographs, but I allow - and encourage - REAL moments to happen. So you, and your children, can look back on these images with all dem feels. The heart and soul of HOME. 

 

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.  

maternity love

Those swirling emotions that draw you two close, as the anticipation builds of meeting your baby, is something so crazy and wild. When your due date is just around the corner, and it feels both SO FAR AWAY, and yet overwhelmingly close, and you're beyond ready for your family to become three yet you're savouring the time together as a couple... it's such a beautiful, sweet, spot to be. 

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! 

Slow, newborn days

Relishing in newborn days... engulfed in the bubble that pulls your family in nice & close. You don't know the day of the week, and time is at a stand-still while you get to know the human being you helped create, that you grew for a better part of a year, and who you dreamt of day and night. 

This is what I love to capture. Natural, honest, newborn photos... full of your baby's personality that's already taking shape. 

If you've got a baby on the way, and you'd like to document those slow, beautiful newborn days in an authentic, and natural approach, I'd be more than honoured to be your gal. Gimme a shout!

HOME

Maybe it's my nostalgic nature, or my crazy obsession with family, but every time I meet families in their homes, I leave with a gigantic smile on my face and the sweetest feelings of home wrap me up like a warm blanket. I know, I know... sounds corny, but it's true.

Spending the afternoon with this family, had me reminiscing to what home feels like as a kid. Remember that?! Remember the fierce love for your mother and father? The loyal friendships and devotion towards your siblings? The magnificent comfort, free of worries and responsibility?

These girls looked up to their father with SUCH admiration and clung to their mother like cubs to a mama bear. And, what I loved most, was catching glimpses of tenderness between mama and papa while I worked, one on one, with the kiddos. It's apparent there is no where in the world they'd rather be, than home, with one another. 

Photographing these sweet, innocent days, what home looks like for you -- is the best job in the world -- and, one I feel honoured to do. If you're in the area, and wanna capture some family hangs in your home, gimme a shout! I'd love to come over!

THIS is what it's all about!

FAMILY is what makes the holidays. THIS is what it's all about! 

Spending the afternoon with this small crew, filled my heart with joy and affirmed my strongest belief; family is all that matters. For just a moment in the midst of December's hype, I forgot all about the shopping stress, the lack of holiday decor in my own home, and the failed attempts at Christmas baking. All those unnecessary pressures, that have a way of growing & sucking the spirit outta the holidays, melted away as I walked into their home, where simply hanging out with their baby boy was the only importance in the world. 

 

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.