Contest Winners // Alex + Evan + Del

First off, I love hosting photoshoot giveaways. Not just because I tend to boost my following but also because I get to meet really great people who I might not have met otherwise! When I first relaunched my business I held a giveaway for Southern Ontario. My existing followers did a great job of spreading the word and trying to get my name out there! It’s so hard to start over in a new city and so this photoshoot giveaway was the perfect opportunity to spread the word that I’m back and I’m here in the KW area!

*Fun fact: I actually grew up in Cambridge! I love being back in the tri-city area, especially since we are so central to so many great locations for pictures and amazing wedding venues!*

After my giveaway closed I entered everyone’s names into a random generator and I got the cutest little family! Alex and Evan are engaged (and hadn’t done engagement photos yet) and they have the cutest little baby girl Del, who just melted my heart. I’m such a sucker for chunky cheeks! Plus they also brought their fur baby along and we got to capture the whole family as well as sneak in some engagement photos!

I love how these turned out, they were so much fun to work with! We went to Victoria Park which is a really popular location for pictures because there is so much variety and beautiful landscape, but since I’m new to this area, I haven’t done any shoots there yet! I loved it! I love all the bridges and the willow tress and the klittle creek. I’m definitely excited to shoot there again!

Usually there are a few jitters at the beginning of the shoot when we’re first meeting and start taking some pictures, but not this time. Alex was a pro and you could tell that Del was comfortable in front of a camera! Evan was great and they all took direction so well and were just such a joy to photograph. I love seeing the relationships and personalities in front of the camera. Seeing the love that Alex and Evan had for each other and for Del was so cute and I had so much fun that we definitely spent more than an hour taking pictures! It’s so hard for me to stop when I’m having so much fun!

An Apple A Day // Fall Mini Sessions

I love fall mini sessions. If Christmas was in the fall it would be my favourite season ever but because Christmas is in the winter, I’m torn. Anyway, I love hosting fall mini sessions especially because here in Ontario we have (in my totally unbiased opinions) THE best orchards ever. If you don’t believe me just take a look below!

I am new to the area of Kitchener-Waterloo so it made sense to host some mini session for my first fall as a photographer here! I had so much fun with these families, my face hurt from laughing and smiling so much! I can’t wait to do them again next year!

I was able to shoot at Martin’s Family Farm and it was the perfect locations for fall pictures. As much as I love the changing leaves, nothing screams fall to me like an apple orchard. How awesome are those red apples on these trees? It was absolutely perfect. It was a chilly day sometimes sunny, sometimes cloudy but it all worked out so well.

After such a successful season and a lot of happy families, I can’t wait to have these mini sessions again next year!

A Summer Maternity Beauty // Jennifer

Okay I promise I have love for other seasons as well. Nothing quite like fall but there is something spectacular about a beach in summer. Something that creates a little magic in maternity pictures. Jenn was such a trooper, she had the day at the beach and then had her maternity pictures done and she looked amazing at that! Can you believe that this is baby number five?! She is simply stunning and it was so much fun.

This just goes to show that even if the sun is high, you can still get some pretty amazing pictures! Using lighting to create pictures is one of my favourite things as a photographer. Our province of Ontario has some pretty spectacular landscapes (all we’re missing are mountains!) and I’m so lucky that I’m in a job that gets to capture the beauty around us and the beauty in each person. Plus maternity photoshoots are seriously so much fun, those bumps are the best!

At Home Photography // The Nabrotzkys

Life with a newborn can be a big adjustment. Life with multiple kids and a newborn is chaotic. This beautiful family just brought their third baby girl home from the hospital and they are living in new territory now. That third baby is a game changer! 

They knew they wanted pictures but the thought of actually getting everyone dressed and happy and out of the house for some on location pictures seemed a little daunting. I suggested we do a lifestyle session in their own home to make it easier and more comfortable for everyone. They didn't need to worry about packing snacks, changes of clothes, diapers, soothers, or drinks. I just came over to their house in the morning and after a quick nursing session we were able to begin. 

Letting the girls show me around their house and having them help me with the baby and with taking the pictures involved them in a fun way so they didn't feel too much like they were being asked to sit still and smile the whole time. We were able to go into the nursery and play in the living room and take as many potty and nursing breaks as necessary!

It was so much fun to watch the little girls just love their baby sister. Seeing Dad play with his daughters just melted my heart. Watching mom care for her three babies and giving them each the attention they needed is why I love what I do. Family photography, especially in home lifestyle sessions, brings me into your world and gives me a glimpse of your life and lets you cherish these moments forever!

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!