Mom & Me 2018 Mini Sessions

What a beautiful day it was! I could not have asked for better weather for this year's 3rd Annual Mom & Me Mini Sessions. The sun peaked in and out of the clouds with a gorgeous breeze, and the families were spectacular, like always! As a mother, there is something I hold very near to my heart when it comes to making sure mom gets into some photos with her children. I know with certainty that moms cherish these images forever. I also know that having photos of yourself with your mother is something that is irreplaceable as your parents grows older. This year truly filled my soul!

Saskatchewan Wedding

What better way to kick off the 2018 Wedding Season than throwing it back to 2016 and sharing with you one of my favourite weddings to date?!

When Tiffany asked me if I'd be interested in photographing her wedding to Aaron in Weyburn, SK, I was thrilled. Tiffany is not only my cousin, but a beautiful woman with an equally as beautiful family. Knowing that I was travelling to Saskatchewan to be a part of her very special day left me with butterflies and excitement. For those that have visited Saskatchewan, you know the landscape is quite different than British Columbia, Alberta, most of Ontario and definitely the East Cost as well. Driving from the airport with my uncle to Weyburn, I took in all that surrounded me and the beautiful countryside that was so vast and different than my own. 

From rain and rainbows to nothing but golden sun at dusk, this wedding was definitely one for the books!

 

 

Mom & Me 3rd Annual Photo Sessions

I am really looking forward to officially kicking off 2018 with my 3rd Annual Mom & Me Photo Sessions in Tottenham!

These sessions truly fill my heart and soul - seeing moms with their children, laughing, telling jokes and stories, and also the quiet moments - all captured into timeless images to keep forever. These images are irreplaceable and hold so much meaning to the family members.

Because these sessions tend to book very quickly, I am opening registration now. 

Session Details:

When: Sunday, May 6th, 2018 Beginning at 9:30am (rain date is Saturday, May 12th), running in half hour increments until 3:30pm. 

Where: Tottenham Conservation Area

Length: 25 minutes

What's Included: You will receive a password protected, online gallery of 10-15 high resolution images available for immediate download. 

Investment: $125 ($50 due upon booking to reserve your spot)

To reserve your spot, please contact me HERE with your desired time slot.

Please note: these time slots are booked on a first come, first serve basis and only held to those who have paid the booking fee of $50. 

 

 

Winter Family Session

You know the stars are aligned when you book an outdoor winter family session on a date in January, and have family travelling for the session from Windsor and Toronto. Secretly, I had been watching the forecast for 14 days prior, and each day leading up to it, wishing and praying for warm enough weather to spend some time outdoors. This particular Saturday in January the temperature sat around plus 5 and it was a spectacular day for an outdoor winter session, thankfully!

 

 

How Did It All Begin?

"How long have you been doing photography?"

"What got you into photography? Did you go to school for it?"

"What are your favourite things to photograph?"

These are some of the questions I receive frequently from friends, new clients and prospective clients. So, I thought I would address it, provide my background with photography, when I started and why. 

As a child I loved taking pictures. Way back then (the 80's and 90's) it was 35mm film cameras. I remember distinctively getting a cheap camera from McDonald's one time and using it for nearly a year until it broke.  Following that, I had various inexpensive film cameras and still have my parents old Pentax 35mm film camera. I loved film and the thrill of dropping the roll(s) off to the local Kodak store in Haliburton, Ontario, anxiously awaiting to pick up the developed images. There was something so exciting to see the final product on glossy 4x6 paper. That is however until I opened the envelope and saw that over 75% of my pictures were either over exposed, under exposed, or just plain missing the heads of the individuals I was trying to capture! I was terrible and I remained terrible for the next 20 years! 

Nonetheless, my desire to have photos of my friends and family overrode my utter lack of photography skills. To compensate for those 75%,  I just took more photos to increase my chance of 'decent' ones. 

I decided to up the ante when my second child was born in 2010. With the invention of digital cameras, all was not lost anymore on wasting paper (poor trees!) on my awful photos. Thank goodness! By this time I had a Canon Point and Shoot but was frustrated by trying to take photos of my two kids and have the image turn our blurry, out of focus, etc. So, blindly I ventured into Best Buy and purchased my very first DSLR - a Nikon D3100. I had absolutely NO idea what I was getting, only that it had to be better than what I was currently using because it was more expensive, bigger and looked much nicer! HA!

This is precisely the time when I remember the quote by Sam Haskins: 

"A photographer went to a socialite party in New York. As he entered the front door, the host said 'I love your pictures - they're wonderful; you must have a fantastic camera.'

He said nothing until dinner was finished, then: "That was a wonderful dinner; you must have a terrific stove."

While I noticed a difference right away once I started using the D3100, I also came to the realization that photography was a whole new language to me and in a world of its own. 

 Nikon D3100. Out of focus. 

Nikon D3100. Out of focus. 

 Nikon D3100. How do I get her face in focus and not her hand!!??

Nikon D3100. How do I get her face in focus and not her hand!!??

 Nikon D3100. Honestly, what was I trying to do here?! 

Nikon D3100. Honestly, what was I trying to do here?! 

For roughly 4 years I read books, took online courses and shot religiously 5 days a week. Now, three external hard drives later and onto my third laptop, I'm finally producing images that I've been trying to make since I first picked up that camera. Thankfully I have amazing friends and family who allowed me to practice on them. One of my mentors once said that giving away free photo shoots is like gaining a free education, and I couldn't agree more! Without the unconditional support of these people in my life, I wouldn't be where I am today! 

Once I understood F-Stop, Shutterspeed and ISO, I started learning about manipulating natural light and flashes. And it was only in 2015, after being a part of back-to-back mentoring programs, did my photography business really take off. I began making images like these: 

 Nikon D3100, Lake Simcoe, Orillia   

Nikon D3100, Lake Simcoe, Orillia

 

 Nikon D750, Tottenham, ON

Nikon D750, Tottenham, ON

 Nikon D750, Tottenham, ON

Nikon D750, Tottenham, ON

Currently I shoot with a Nikon D750 and upgraded my kit with a few different lenses. I am proud of the work I am producing now, just as I am proud of the work I produced in 2010. While many, I'm sure, thought I should stop and find a different hobby, it was the people who never doubted me and my sheer stubbornness and determination that kept me going. 

My advice to those wanting to start up photography is to never stop shooting! Like any skill, you need to put in the time and hours to better yourself. And don't ever let anyone tell you that you should stop pursuing your dreams and passions!

If you are looking to work with a mentor who loves people and photography, look no further! I am currently offering 1 hour mentoring sessions at $125. This session can include various topics, such as finding the light in your home, how to take better images in your surroundings, Aperature, ISO and F-Stop, basic Lightroom and Photoshop editing.....etc. Any questions you have, we can cover it!

To book a session, please contact me HERE. This offer is valid in Beeton, Tottenham, Alliston and Schomberg. Outside of these areas? A small travel fee will apply. 

 

Winter Family Session

There is something so magical about the first snowfall of the year. The one where the snow stays on the ground and you are filled with awe and happiness as you watch the snow flakes float lightly to the ground. This family embraced the crisp morning air and I couldn't have asked for more beautiful smiles and moments. 

 

 

Strang Wedding

This wedding took place in the beautiful town of Napanee at the Napanee Golf and Country Club. The rain cleared out for this picturesque outdoor autumn ceremony.

With friends and family travelling in from across the nation, as the celebration continued into the evening it was a day to remember. 

Julie + Brady

This past weekend was the most perfect time for photographing families outdoors. The temperatures were perfect in South Simcoe County and the leaves are just beginning to change. 

Here's a look at one of the awesome families I met on Saturday. 

Interested in booking a session? Limited spots still remain for mid-week evening sunset sessions and weekend sessions. Please contact me HERE for more information. 

 

 

Stories of Home / Caledon, ON

Another area of photography that I thoroughly enjoy is Home and Real Estate Photography. Not much of person who has an eye for interior design myself, I love immersing myself in others homes, and experiencing all the things that are important to them. You can tell alot about a person and a family by what they surround themselves with. 

This post from Stories of Home comes to you from Caledon, Ontario. This home was originally built by a family who lived there for many years, watching their children grow and move on. Circumstances happened, as they do, and the time came to sell this property. Enter my clients, a professional interior designer and her equally established and skilled husband. Together, they transformed this house from a late 1980's out-dated home, to the strikingly beautiful piece of art it now is. 

Here are some before and after images. 

If you're interested in seeing more images, click through below. 

For details on this listing, please check out the MLS listing HERE.

 

Summer 2017 Journal

As summer winds down and we start to prep for the autumn weather and school beginning again, I like to think back on the last few months to what we did. 

I've always wanted to be a journal keeper, but never follow through on writing in one. I realized tonight that I use my photos as a journal instead. With each date folder in my library I am immediately taken back to that specific time, date, smell, ocassion and feeling. It was a wonderful summer, spent meeting new people, camping with friends and family, and spending lots of time exploring new areas.

Here are some images from my summer spent with my family. 

Nick + Amanda Wedding / Tottenham, ON

The day started with overcast skies, and brought rain and beautiful sunshine periods throughout this gorgeous backyard wedding. Held on a large piece of property in Tottenham, the groom's parents opened up their home and yard for Nick and Amanda's big day. Willow trees were the most perfect backdrop for the couple's ceremony, and rolling fields with dark clouds for their portraits. It was a gorgeous day!

McIntyre Family

Summer sunset sessions have to be one of my favourite times of the year. The golden sun setting against the flowers, tall grass and the warm wind softly blowing around us creates the perfect setting for family portraits. And the McIntyre's are an absolutely beautiful family, so there's that, too ;)

Allysha + Violet

I am so lucky to have known this little one since she was born. Watching her grow and now run around the forest with her mom was so delightful to witness. 

Mom + Me Sessions

"Until one becomes a mother, no one can ever tell you what it will feel like to love someone else so deeply and profoundly that you will rejoice when they rejoice, ache when they ache, feel what they feel - even without ever speaking a word."

Last weekend I met with 8 different moms and their children for my annual Mom + Me photo sessions. These truly are my most favourite sessions to capture, for many reasons. The first is that typically moms are the ones who take all of the photos and rarely have any of themselves with their children. These sessions become lifelong keepsakes and capture just a glimpse of what life is like at that particular time. 

The second reason is that these images become a treasured item for the child as they age. Having a special photo of just them with their mom is invaluable. 

The light and love I see in these mother's eyes and sense in their warm embraces truly fills my heart with light and love. 

Sunset Sessions in Simcoe County

You may or may not have heard of the "Magic Hour" or "Golden Hour" that many photographers refer to when discussing your photo session.

So what exactly is this? Wikipedia defines it as: "In photography, the golden hour (sometimes known as magic hour, especially in cinematography) is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky."

Why do photographers love this time of day so much?

Without boring you with all the details of how photography is really the science of manipulating light in the most flattering way to your eye, let's just say that this soft, glow-y light softens the feel of your photos and can provide the perfect time to catch lovely lens flares and magical rim lighting, equaling a dreaming, ethereral effect. 

With the spring weather upon us, I am enthusiastic to get back outside photographing during this magical time of day! 

Between May 1st and June 28th, 2017,  I will be booking these one hour sessions at 6:30pm in the New Tecumseth area. 

These sessions include: an online, password protected gallery of your high resolution, fully edited images, available to download immediately upon receipt. 

Investment:     $200