I recently finished a photo session with this fun-loving mom-to-be and wanted to share it. She is hilarious, beautiful, thoughtful, and deliriously in love with her husband, upcoming role as mother, and the changes in her body that come with carrying a child. Cravings? Ice cream. ice cream, and… more ice cream! In front of the tv, in the car, in bed – ICE CREAM. That’s it. She is a coffee lover, but has switched to decaf since becoming pregnant. Her nursery is 90% ready (with neutral stripes and bright whites) as is her husband, who said to me “I am so ready to meet him – this fall cannot come soon enough”. Here are some of my favourites from this session:
I met these two at the Ottawa Wedding Show where we had a great conversation (amongst the craziness) and I was so happy to be chosen to photograph their wedding. We met again, this time with their two little Ghostbuster-loving kids, in order to do some engagement and family photos. It was a relaxed and fun day, I knew their wedding would be the same.
These two (or rather, four) are the epitome of “chill”. They wanted their wedding to be, above all else, fun. And it very much was!
Top five favourite things about this wedding:
1.) Kristi wore green Birkenstock sandals with her gorgeous, lace white wedding gown. She received some harmless flack, but in the end, this footwear choice could not have been more true to her.
2.) The kids’ dance. After the traditional first dance, and father/daughter dances, Kristi and Eric organized a surprise dance for their amazing kids to the Ghostbusters theme song. Their son and daughter were so excited and surprised, they danced their little butts with giant smiles across their faces.
3.) The rides. The groomsmen arrived in a minivan. The bridesmaids arrived in a vintage convertible. Enough said!
4.) Kristi and Eric had their kids “sign” their marriage certificate in addition to their witnesses. I’ve been sitting here trying to think of a more precise adjective than “cute” but I can’t quite seem to find one suitable. Cute!
5.) The foursome that is this family: such a solid crew, so clearly in love, all I had to do was try my best to capture that.
Runner-Up: The movie Frozen. This movie deserves special mention because it was how we got the flower girls to do their hair, how we made them smile, and how we distracted them. “Let It Gooooooo….”
Matt and Kristen had such a beautiful wedding. Maybe this is usually assumed – because all weddings are inherently beautiful – but I feel like their wedding was especially beautiful because of who was a part of it. They both have families and friends who know them so well and who support their relationship, and their choice to get married, so whole-heartedly that it made this wedding especially beautiful - in every sense of the word.
My top five favourite things from this day:
1) The bouquets. The girls all made their own bouquets in an evening of female bonding and creativity the night before the wedding. All bouquets were strewn about the hotel bathroom to dry; a funny sight.
2) The bridesmaids dresses. Kristen’s sister is a fashion designer. She designed, cut and sewed every single bridesmaids dress, making each dress match the other, but slightly differ for the girl’s individual personalities. (www.copiousfashions.com)
3) The Location. Perth, Ontario is chalk full of so many nooks and crannies for photos. I was so excited every time I turned a corner!
4) The cakes. Matt and Kristen each had their own cake, Matt’s was a bright red Montreal Canadians themed cake while Kristen’s was an all-white, elegant, floral, three-tiered cake. Perfect.
5) The details. Kristen worked so hard on every last little detail, hand-making and crafting absolutely everything. It made each bit so special and so true to them.
PS: I realized while I was editing Matt and Kristen’s wedding photos that I also took their prom photos, many moons ago. I am so excited by this!
I really want to share this session because it was anything but a “session”. These two were hoping for some photos of themselves at the cottage to mark this time in their relationship, along with their dog Penni. The rest was up to me.
After my GPS gave up on finding the location, I finally made my way to the cottage after asking some friendly locals with “turn right at the oak tree” kinda responses. When I did arrive, I was so excited, the word “excited” doesn’t even cover it – what a great spot!
These two are so cute and funny – I could’ve photographed them forever. Their willingness to use every aspect of their surroundings (puddle-splashing and dock-jumping included!) made this day all the better.
These two seem to be polar opposites, at first glance, but the more time spent with them, the more one realizes how they are actually the exact same person.
Pete and Carolyn are headed to Texas for a change of careers (and food, weather and scenery). They knew that they would be eventually married for quite some time, but career changes somehow manage to speed things up. Their wedding was intimate, hilarious, personal and, most importantly, true to Pete and Carolyn.
This downtown Toronto wedding made for a unique and beyond fun atmosphere, so happy I was a part of it.
Favourite things about this wedding:
1) The food: If you are in (or anywhere near) Toronto, go to Adega on Elm St (b/w Yonge and McCaul) you will not be disappointed.
2) Intimacy: I love big weddings, I love small weddings – I basically love a wedding which is true to the couple whom it is all about. In this case, small was beyond perfect.
3) The ring bearer: he winks every time he sees a camera. Hilarious.
4) The ring exchange: both Carolyn and Pete are close with their grandparents. During the ceremony they had their grandmothers hand over their wedding bands as a symbolic gesture of lifelong love. From one generation to another.
5) Carolyn and her best friend: Within a 12 hour period I watched the two of them cry, laugh, yell, whisper, sing, celebrate and all in all, soak up one another’s presence.
Here are my favs:
I am so happy that Elegant Magazine Kids Edition has published an editorial I did called “Peaches & Freckles”
These photos show a special time in a young girls life when she is entering the teenage world but continuing to keep her childhood ideals in her back pocket. At this age a girls’ best friend is her biggest ally and partner, the one who she crosses into the adolescent world alongside, vowing to hold hands along the way.
As per my usual style I wanted a sense of natural beauty and candid expression. Please Enjoy :)
Can’t wait to get my paws on the hard copy, full-length magazine!!
Happy Summer :)