We can love our four-legged friends as much - and sometimes more - than our two-legged friends - and, they can definitely become part of our family. Sweet Mavi wrapped herself around Hayley's heart, all the while teaching Hayley about riding and the responsibilities that come with caring for a pony. Learning from each other, the two even made it to the Royal Winter Fair in fall of 2019! Mavi has since moved on to the win the heart of another owner but will always have a special spot in Hayley's.
... you answer and realize the family is about to change with one leaving the nest. Rebecca and Lincoln have one out the door and another not too far behind, so a family session became a high priority before "adulthood" claimed all their little ones. They laughed, hugged and squeezed one another in their session, hanging on to to each just a little longer than usual. Because, come the fall, this family of 5 will be a party of 4.
What do you get someone who has everything and really just wants time well-spent and memories with loved ones? And what if that person is your parent or parents? Joanne knew the answer for her parents and their 50th wedding anniversary: an extended family photography session. Wrangling family members to show up in one location on one day can sometimes be like herding cats, so Joanne knew it was easier if the location was well-loved and somewhere everyone enjoyed being anyways. The family cottage during overlapping family holidays was the perfect solution. The date was arranged WELL in advance so that schedules could be locked in place; a backup date in the event of rain was also secured so there was no last minute scrambling to find an alternate date. And, at the end of a lovely cottage day full of swimming and snacking, family photos and keepsakes were created in honour of Grandma and Grandpa - which now hang lovingly in each family's home ... and in the cottage of course!
Even though Brianna's parents are no longer a married couple, they are still a "family" with bonds and connections that cannot be dissolved. Brianna and her siblings knew they could gift their parents "a family session" and that they could trust me to photograph their relationships without discomfort or awkwardness. Brianna brought her siblings together from all over the map - some as far away as the Caymen Virgin Islands - on a pre-arranged date in June (arranged as far back as 6months!) to ensure success. A carefully thought-out shot list made sure we didn't miss a beat and everyone had treasures close to their heart. Brianna - thank-you for continuing to lean on me for those important times in your life when you don't want to risk the outcome! xo
Fall colours, warm temperatures and a blanket of fallen leaves greeted the Sly Family for their extended family fall session honouring Grandma and Grandpa. I'll be travelling to their family cottage this summer to capture the rest of this extended family as they celebrate a special anniversary! xox
A very busy family, the Young Family understands the importance of marking each year that passes in pictures. It's my honour to create these keepsakes for busy mom and dad!
When the Hunt family from Western Canada knew they were travelling to Ontario in the fall for a family wedding, they knew they wanted to get some family photos done recognizing it was going to be a rare opportunity for all them to be in one place at the same time. Mom, Nancy, and daughter, Katie, organized the booking with me Trans-Canada and gave the rest of the family their marching orders to show up on the given date and time with smiles in place. Here are a few favourites that highlight their connections despite the geographical distance. Thank-you, Hunt Family, for allowing me to create keepsakes you can take with you when you can't physically be together! xox