Extended family sessions can be a lot of work – both for the family (who needs to coordinate a million outfits, plan around nap time and travel logistics and all show up clean, happy and on time with fingers crossed for good weather because if not you have to do it all over again) and for the photographer (a lot of names to remember, people to pose, kids to keep smiling and engaged, and family combinations to photograph). But guys, they are worth it. Trust me. Because at the end of what might feel like a chaotic couple of hours, you will have photos of all of you together. In focus. Not taken by cousin Jim’s self timer (no offence to cousin Jim’s self timer). As kids get older and teenagers go off to college and families move to different cities and provinces, these photos become even more priceless. And even though it’s more work than your typical 4-person family shoot, it’s something I really love capturing. What’s more – an extended family session can be a great way to save money by killing two birds with one stone, as they say (what a terrible expression). Do you and your siblings all want a few fun family photos without each booking a full session? Go in on an extended family shoot together and get a photo of the whole group on top of your individual family shots. What grandparent doesn’t want a framed photo of all their beautiful grandchildren? There is so much richness in documenting multiple generations all together. Here is an extended family shoot from last Summer that I just loved.
I photographed Allison and Shawn’s beautiful sunset engagement session on a golden Summer evening last year. We met on their country property and took photos with their favourite tree and their beloved dogs before heading out to a nearby field drenched in warm sunset light. Here are some favourites from the session!
I’m so happy to finally be sharing my favourite images from Mark and Melanie’s beautiful Highland Country Club wedding. It was a beautiful day filled with so many love-filled moments – my favourite of which had to be when their baby girl Summer walked halfway up the aisle as the cutest little flower girl. Mark met her halfway and scooped her up, and I may or may not have teared up behind my camera. So sweet.
Second Shooter: Melissa Pushelberg
Venue: Highland Country Club
Florals: Buds and Blossoms (Laura Fehr)
Name Tags: Paper Cloud (Abigail French)
Makeup: Chatters (Jenny Reid)
Hair: Chatters (Jenny Reid)
Bride’s Dress: Petrov Bridal
Kristy and Brian got married last year on what was probably the hottest day of Spring – It truly felt like the middle of Summer! Their little guy William looked so adorable in his suit (can we just declare suspenders on toddler the cutest thing ever?), and everything from the stunning decor to the gorgeous, classic florals was perfection. I love shooting at Windermere Manor because you get a breathtaking, unique ceremony and reception venue and beautiful grounds for portraits all in one place. I so enjoyed reminiscing about this lovely day and am thrilled to share my favourites here on the blog today! (You can also check out their engagement session here!)
Second Shooter: Orsolya Gyorgy
Venue: Windermere Manor
Wedding Coordinator: Danielle Shantz (Windermere)
Florals: Springhill Flowers
Decor: Caralis Weddings & Events
Makeup: Esteem Artistry (Catherine)
Hair: Maria Bikas Salon
Bride’s Dress: Petrov Bridal
Groom’s Suit: Channers
What more can you ask for than a beautiful sunny evening, a gorgeous woodsy backdrop and the coolest, sweetest, funniest couple? I had so much fun with Kim and Steve at their engagement session, and the laughs continued into their wedding day, which I can’t wait to blog very soon. Here are some favourites!
I had a blast walking around downtown London with Gail and Alex last Summer taking sun soaked engagement photos and chatting about their October wedding (which ended up being beautiful and I cannot wait to blog it!). Here are some favourites!
It’s no secret that I love newborn lifestyle sessions. I know what it’s like to be so wrapped up in the newborn stage, exhausted, elated, frustrated, completely in love, and did I mention exhausted? One diaper change rolls into another, the laundry pile gets higher by the minute and it can feel like you are feeding that baby all day long. You want to snuggle and kiss that soft baby skin non stop, and yet you’d give anything for a long, hot shower. There’s nothing quite like that fresh baby stage, and I am passionate about helping families capture just a snippet of this special, fleeting phase. Baby Liam was a dream, and I just loved this session – the sweet, quiet snuggles, and all the routines in between. Here are some favourites… you’ll notice I had trouble narrowing them down, haha.
I just love this sweet family and their three gorgeous girls, each with her own strong and beautiful personality! As a mama of two girls myself, I have a soft spot for sisters, and these three won me over instantly. Lucky me, I’ve had the pleasure of photographing them several times since this first session, and look forward to seeing them again soon. Here are some favourites!
I always love shooting engagement sessions downtown London. Jacque and Corey had a beautiful (and I mean beautiful) farm wedding last Summer, and I love that they got to do something totally different for their engagement photos. Here are some favourites!
I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Lauren and Riley’s engagement session on a beautiful evening last Summer. We headed to the gorgeous Oakwood Resort (one of my favourite venues! <3 ) where they will be getting married later this year to take some photos on their grounds before heading down to the beach right before sunset. I absolutely loved this session and can’t wait to head back to Oakwood for their July wedding. Here are some favourites! (Lauren’s hair and makeup by Esteem Artistry)