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Gloria and Ben are getting married! Their wedding is not until next summer so they wanted their engagement session to reflect the autumn season. We met up in the Distillery District for their photos and wandered the area stopping here and there for portraits. Since Ben is an arborist, I wanted to be sure that we included as much nature into the images as possible while still having an urban flare for Gloria. After spending this time with them, I am looking forward to their wedding even more than before – especially after learning that they hired the same wedding planner as we did for our own wedding! (Hi Crystal at Distinct Occasions!)
I am pretty excited to share these photos from Olivia and Max’s recent portrait session! I photographed their parent’s wedding two years ago and when I got a message from Alexis that they wanted to book a portrait session with their new twins, I was both excited and surprised! Then she explained that these two little troopers had been born nine weeks early. Since they spent most of their first weeks in the hospital, they were unable to do a proper portrait session. I visited them at their home when they were nine weeks old – although they were closer to “regular” newborn size. I have to confess that one of my most favourite things to photograph is twin babies. I just find it so hilarious and awesome that these two were born together and will live their lives side by side. It’s a pretty cool thing. Already, you can see their personalities beginning to show. Max was a sleepy little man throughout this session while Olivia was wide-eyed and camera-ready. Congratulations Alexis & Evan!
As a portrait photographer, you get to photograph some pretty cool stuff. And sometimes you have to be pretty patient in waiting until you can share said cool stuff! If you have heard me talk anything health-related, you know that I am totally obsessed with Essentrics. I have had a couple of their DVDs for years and then last year, I was lucky enough to attend a couple of their classes with Sahra Esmonde-White in Toronto. Last September I was in Montreal and met up with Sahra for brunch. At the end of it, she asked if I would be interested in doing some photos for an upcoming book that her mother, Miranda, was writing. A month later, the Essentrics team was at my studio for two days of fitness photo-taking! We shot over four hundred poses with three models and it was a lot of fun. Fast forward a year and the book – Aging Backwards – is finally available on book shelves! I began reading it two days ago and cannot put it down. And I must say that it is pretty darn cool to see my images in it.
I love photographing families as they are. Forget the perfectly-posed, hands-in-lap, teeth-smile, combed-hair portraits. I love the real ones that show the true expressions and personality of each family member. I love any “imperfections” that come from these portraits because they often give more insight into who that person is. It is incredible to have these images to look back on when the kids are adults. (I recently wrote about the value of images on my personal blog here.)
I especially love them when families come into the studio every year for new portraits to document the changes and growth in their family. In 2006 I photographed Heather and Strahan’s wedding and since then I have been photographing them annually as each of their three kids was born. This year’s session was taken the morning after Halloween so the kids had a little extra sugar pulsing through their veins! I also love that Heather’s parents joined in for a few portraits. Having photos with the grandparents is such a wonderful thing.