A Golden Engagement // Erin + Dan

Okay, how is it that I am pretty good at keeping up with my personal blog but when it comes to my professional blog and drag my feet? Anyway, that’s just been on my mind lately!

Back in September I booked my first wedding since rebranding and relaunching my photography business here in Waterloo! I was super excited to meet Erin and Dan, they were so easy going and relaxed, it was definitely a good start to working in this area! It’s always hard to start building this kind of business again and again and so I’m super excited that we are in the Kitchener Waterloo area to stay and I can develop lasting relationships in the wedding industry here and meet new, amazing clients!

So after booking, the fun begins! Erin and Dan are having a Niagara wedding next year and although they are excited, Erin had originally dreamed of getting married under a big tree before they fell in love with the Niagara vineyards (which are super timeless and a very good choice for weddings!). So her only request as far as locations went for their engagement shoot was a big tree. She still wanted to have those pictures so I kept that in mind as I looked for places.

While I was looking, I had volunteered to photograph a small race in Cambridge at Riverbluffs Park. When I pulled into the parking lot I saw these beautiful willow trees and I immediately thought of Erin! Plus the Slit Barn is really close to Riverbluffs Park and that is also an excellent spot for pictures (and weddings!). We met up there and although it was a little bit chilly, they powered through and we had a fun time and they got to watch me climb and jump and hide in bushes!

This is why I love engagement sessions and despite the advice to take the out of my wedding packages, I leave them in because I love this opportunity I get to work with a new couple. It helps me get to know how they photograph and how they work in front of the camera. It helps them warm up to me and get to know my style of shooting and be more comfortable in front of the camera on wedding day. So my advice as a wedding photographer is to do an engagement shoot with your photographer!!! I promise it’s worth it and you’ll get some really fun pictures. Some of my favourite pictures are still my engagement photos, even though that was 9 years ago and we rocked the white shirts and jeans!

One Year // Jonathan + Kim

You know what I love to see? Young love. I have a special spot in my heart for young couples because I was married young! My brother-in-law and his girlfriend have been together for just over a year and they are so perfect for each other, I love seeing them both so happy and working well together!

When I was up in Whitby visiting family we decided to do a little impromptu photoshoot in the backyard! Jonathan wants to get better in front of the camera so I promised we would do a little shoot with them! It was so much fun! I love watching watching people warm up in front of the camera. As we were taking pictures they both became more comfortable and started working really well with me and with each other!

It’s a hard thing to do, being vulnerable in front of the camera and just trying to be yourself, as a photographer I try to make my people feel like they can be themselves and that that is what makes a great photo! So cheers to young love and impromptu photoshoots!

Fall Mini Sessions

In case you haven’t heard yet, I’m hosting a day of fall mini sessions! For $100 and half an hour of your time you can update your family photos in the best photo location of fall: an apple orchard!

Martin’s Family Fruit Farm has graciously agreed to host me for Saturday, October 13th, in their apple orchard! Seriously guys, fall pictures are THE best in Ontario! I have some time slots available but they won’t be available for long, so send me an email and book your time at whitsitt.sara@gmail.com!

So if you are in the Kitchener- Waterloo area or in the general area, it’s picture season and you don’t even need a reason! Whether you just got engaged (or if you’re about to get engaged and you want to propose in the presence of a photographer this would be perfect!), family pictures, anniversary, kid portraits, head shots, maternity, or really any reason what so ever!

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Fall Beauty // Whitney

I think I've made it pretty clear my favourite season is fall, As soon as September hits that's basically all I can talk about so I won't gush so much about the most perfect season ever. Instead I'll gush about this most gorgeous woman ever. 

If there is anyone in my life who has style and class and the inner beauty to go along with it, it's Whitney. I would say that she is my biggest inspiration when it comes to my own personal style, my home decor (I thank her for my lemon obsession) and my photography. As almost every photographer has to start some where, I definitely started without a lack of direction when it came to what I wanted and how I wanted my pictures to turn out. A few years in and I was still getting the hang of it. Four years ago I moved onto a little street in Kingston, Ontario and this beautiful woman was my neighbour. 

The rest is history. I admired her own personal style so much it encouraged me to find my own. I finally understood what I wanted creatively and how to do was just the next step. I finally felt the confidence in my work that I didn't have before, making it easier to be the photographer I am today. Thank you Whitney! You are a beautiful person!