Sometimes the most gorgeous locations and lighting can be found in our own backyards -- and when you least expect it. "Fall" can mean bare trees, crisp air and golden lighting even if you typically envision red, yellow and green to be the colours of the day. Thank-you, Howells, for following my lead as soon as we entered the space and for being so open-minded about what "fall" can look like. xox
When two sisters marry two brothers, the resulting families can be closer than just "in-laws" and "cousins". Sisters, Kelly and Karen, married brothers, Ernie and Robert, and look at what they've created. This particular family session was about bringing siblings and children together and focusing a bit on the matriarch that started it all: Grandma Marilyn. Thank-you, Angel and Gagnon families for sharing your bit of history with me and allowing me to capture your connections, both individually and together. xox
What a GREAT spirit in this family! The O'Connors came to their session with an openness and flexibility to trust in me, have fun and get out of their comfort zone. Their images are a result of that: they smiled, laughed, hugged and danced their way through their session, keeping true to themselves, their personalities and family connections. I will admit: my face hurt at the end from all the smiling I did. Thank-you, O'Connor family, for the trust you so willingly gave to me to capture your family in ways you would enjoy. xox
A few moons ago, Tiffany and her husband, Andy, were rained out of their chosen outdoor wedding portrait locations. Never forgotten, Tiffany knew she wanted to revisit those locations, this time to be photographed with her husband and two sons. As Murphy's Law would have it, she was rained out yet again, but with some patience and persistence, we made it happen -- with blue skies, bright sunshine and lots of smiles. With time, some things can come full-circle.
My girls are typically quiet observers of my work: they watch me prep for shoots, wish me well just before I hit the shutter and hug me hard on my return, always asking how things unfolded. One, in particular, will ask to see the final results -- and her critique is typically bang-on. They have become two of my greatest supporters so it is only fitting they have a turn in front of the lens instead of behind it. This is how I see them at this point in time: two unfettered little spirits, radiating light and love (except when they're holding their own against their older brothers). xox
The laughter, the smiles, the connection ... all sincere and easygoing in this extended family session with The Gaws. I love how all the pieces of the puzzle are individual and unique, but fit together so perfectly to form a whole. Thank-you, Debbie and Paul, for sharing the love of your family with me (and Nicole for ensuring your family did this). Such a good feeling in this one, Peeps. xox
It's Time! Outdoor sessions are here! Plus: One of my Favourite Outdoor Family Sessions Ever -- Diana Leeson Fisher + Family ...
It's here! The arrival of warm temperatures (finally!) and golden light herald the beginning of family sessions outdoors! An image on Facebook this morning prompted me to remember one of my all-time favourite outdoor extended family sessions ever: the time Diana Leeson Fisher contacted me to photograph her family in honour of her mother's birthday. If I could write the script for my clients wanting family sessions outdoors, this is what I would want for them: a simple, naturally textured backdrop with fabulous light, a willingness to touch, engage -- LAUGH -- and your trust given over to me that I will photograph you and all your loved ones in their best light, and bring out your true connections regardless of past, present or future. It can be magic -- and it's all in there in Diana's session. xox I look forward to working with all my 2015 families! Sunshine, here we come!