I absolutely love photographing newborns at home, cozy and warm, with their families. Capturing babies in those early stages, as routines are coming together and bonds are being formed is so special. I try to keep it simple, go slowly, and go with the flow, which means these sessions can stretch out to 3 hours sometimes. But even the soothing/feeding/changing breaks get documented, and as a mama, I know those photos are extra special because it’s those moments that make up our days (and nights!) for so long. Beautiful baby Luca was an absolute dream to photograph, and I’m so glad to finally be sharing my favourites here on the blog.
I remember feeling so helpless last year as images and stories of refugees trying desperately to flee war torn countries flooded social media and the news. My heart broke and continues to break when I think of what that must be like, and beyond the heartbreak, there’s a feeling of hopelessness that can sometimes creep in. Because I feel like I must do something. But really, what can I do? It turns out there’s a lot we can do! If you’re looking for ways to help ease the refugee crisis, there are so many amazing organizations you can donate to. I love Together Rising, and it’s where my family contributed last year as well as recently to help those suffering in Aleppo right now. Preemptive Love, The White Helmets and Doctors Without Borders are other great organizations, among many (too many to name!)
But back to these Minis. I’ve done food bank fundraisers through Raw Footage Photography in the past and wanted so badly to help refugees who were arriving in Canada with nothing. So I organized mini sessions and partnered with St Aidan’s Anglican Church here in London to raise money to provide groceries for a newly arrived family they were sponsoring. 100% of the proceeds went to this very worthy cause, and the minis booked up. Which means that together, we got to create lasting memories AND meet real needs. Doing this has been one of the highlights of my career as a photographer so far, and it’s definitely something I will be doing again and again.
Thank you to everyone who came out for these minis!! Here are a few favourites.
This beautiful mama is very special to me. Meagan was my amazing midwife for both of my pregnancies, and it was such an honour to photograph her gorgeous family early this year. If you’ve ever considered an outdoor Winter session but had trouble picturing what it would look like, take a peek at their adorable shoot.
Last Fall, I met Matt and Kate in the woods for their engagement session. We chatted about their upcoming Elm Hurst wedding (which was lovely, and I can’t wait to blog soon!) and took some photos surrounded by the most vibrant, beautiful Fall colours. Here are some favourites!
I first photographed Kristy and Brian and their sweet little guy for their engagement/family session late last year. With the winter wonderland outside right now (That I am LOVING, by the way!), it’s so hard to believe that this is what it looked like exactly 1 year ago (minus one day!). What a beautiful afternoon this was with that golden December sun shining. I can’t wait to blog Kristy and Brian’s wedding soon, but for now here are my favourites from their engagement shoot!
Extended family sessions always have that added challenge of larger groups and multiple combinations to capture, but they are also a little extra special because I get to witness and capture multiple generations loving each other and laughing together. Grandparents tickling grandbabies, adult siblings laughing as they reminisce about “back in the day” and two people who, even after all these years, look at each other with so much love. The Card Family was no exception, and it was such a pleasure to capture their beautiful crew. Here are some favourites!
I’ve neglected my poor little blog over the past very busy season, but I’m back with a new resolve to get back to sharing my work here, and I’m picking up where I left off – with Jess and Jason’s intimate, in-home wedding ceremony. These two set up the loveliest little ceremony in their living room, with their own dining room table adorned with the most gorgeous teapot floral arrangements. We headed to the nearby woods for some intimate couple portraits afterwards and were greeted with the most beautiful golden November light. I just loved this day and am so thrilled to finally be sharing my favourites here on the blog.