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Not so sleepy boy | Babies

My latest session was with the sweetest little 1 month old boy and his proud mommy and daddy. Like many baby sessions, it didn't turn out exactly as planned because Baby E just didn't want to stay asleep.

Sometimes you just have to go with the flow, so that's exactly what I did! We had some fun with a few props, like a toddler size tie that look so adorable on him, and then got some super sweet family shots while mom and dad comforted their boy.

Honestly, some of my favourite shots are the ones that are not posed, when "real life" things are happening. Yes baby was crying, but that shot of mom holding him close and rocking him gently just can't be forced or posed.

I hope you like!

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Sweet Sisters' Session | Children

These two adorable girls were in my studio last week. Three year old Ainsley and six month old Jade loved the camera. And let me tell you, three is not an easy age to photograph. Toddlers Ainsley's age are often preoccupied with anything else but the camera. But luckily, I have a few tricks up my sleeve, and Ainsley ended up loving having her photos taken.

As for sweet little Jade, at six months old she is the perfect age for photos because she isn't crawling yet and she has some super cute smiles (especially when her big sis got behind the camera to make funny faces and play peek-a-boo with her!)

I had tons of fun with this session, and even got to use my new banner made by the incredibly talented Sweet Peas & Honey Bees Boutique! Check it out! And stay tuned for my next blog post because I am going to use another one of my fan's suggestions and write in more detail about capturing (and keeping) the attention of my littlest models :)

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Editing secrets | Photography Tips & Tricks

A couple weeks ago I ask my Facebook fans if they had any suggestions for blog post topics. I got a few really great suggestions and I'm going to talk about one of them now. I was asked to write about beginner photo editing. I'm not going to get into all the technical details of photo editing, but I think it's a great opportunity to talk about my editing style. So here you go!

Post processing is a huge part of photography. Yes there are photographers who don't do post processing at all, such as Zach and Jody Gray for example. They teach how to get it right in camera, which really is every photographer's goal. It is not always that easy to do though, due mainly to equipment and light limitations. To get it right in camera, you have to be able to control exposure and white balance most importantly, but also know how to manipulate the scene to get the final product to look the way you want it to. This often means using special tools like reflectors, off camera lighting, filters or a slew of other, often expensive, pieces of equipment.

So, for those of us who are just starting out or who can't afford to invest in those things (yet), that's where Photoshop (or other photo editing software) comes in. You can do anything with Photoshop really. You'll often hear people say "you can Photoshop that, right?" in reference to adjusting or changing how they look. And the answer is often yes, but that doesn't mean it's the right thing for your photos.

My editing style is still evolving, but I have found that I am leaning towards "clean edits", meaning nothing fancy, nothing overdone and as little editing as possible. When I started out in this business, and I discovered Photoshop actions (a recording of a series of commands to which you apply a name. You can play the recording back to apply the action to any photo. You can purchase and download actions created by others or create your own), I admit that I sometimes overdid it. The subject's eyes were a little too bright, their skin was a little too soft or the colour was a little to harsh. As I learned to use actions in moderation, I have found that there are certain ones that work for my photos, but don't change the original image too much. Instead, they enhance the image and make it look even better than the original.

Here is an example of my editing process, without getting too technical:

  • Adjust white balance and exposure in Adobe Camera Raw (a Photoshop plugin that allows you to edit RAW files - so you can do basic edits there without losing any important information from the image)
  • Open image in Photoshop and crop if necessary. I try to crop every photo the way I want it in camera.
  • Remove any distracting background objects, skin blemishes or other unnecessary things in the photo using the clone tool or the healing brush. I decide what to remove on an image-by-image basis, because some things are just part of the scene while others are not important to the story being told.
  • Adjust Levels. This increases or decreases the highlights and shadows in the image, to add contrast. I try to balance both so there are no blown out parts or loss of detail in the shadows.
  • Apply an eye brightening action. Sometimes I do this in conjunction with a portrait action that also softens skin slightly and removes redness in skin. I adjust the opacity on each level as I go to make sure I'm not overdoing it.
  • Apply a subtle action that pops the colour in the image. I have several different actions that I use for this, depending on the photo and how much I need or want to add that colour pop.
  • In most cases, I'm pretty much done at this point so I just sharpen slightly and save the image.
  • Sometimes I will do a black and white conversion, if I feel the photo will work as B&W. Or I will play around with other more creative actions to see if anything else will work, like vintage, haze or colour boosting actions.
That's it! After that I save as high resolution jpeg for printing and also as a low-res jpg with my watermark for posting online. Here are a few examples of some recent photos and how I edited them.

For this photo, I darkened the black background so that the family really stood out. Then I popped the colour and sharpened it. That's it!

This is one of my favourite recent shots. After I brightened it a bit, I had to remove some red from baby's skin, then I softened it a bit and brightened her eyes. Then I applied the colour pop action and sharpened it.

This image of this beautiful bride didn't need much post processing. I used the clone tool to remove a distracting sign on the wall in the background, I brightened her face and added a little warmth to the whole shot. Then I ran the colour pop action and sharpened.

The main thing is not relying too much on post processing, because not only does it take away from the subject(s), but it takes a lot more time. It can be fun playing around with different editing styles, but in the end I want to make sure my clients have photos that they can be proud to display on their walls regardless of how they are edited. And my editing style is constantly evolving as I learn new techniques. Photoshop is a very powerful tool, and I am nowhere near an expert on it. It's a lot of fun the learn!

If you are still with me, I hope you enjoyed my little lesson. If nothing else, I hope that it helped you to understand the work, time and care that goes into creating all of my images. xo

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Canvas Love | Prints & Print Products

I have been having a bit of a mental block lately, so that's why I haven't blogged. I asked for some inspiration on my Facebook page and got some great ideas for future blog posts. Stay tuned for posts that will give you a little behind the scenes look into being a photographer. I want to share what it takes for me to create the images you get!

In the meantime, I did get a little inspiration today when I opened my front door and discovered three giant boxes waiting for me. This was my first canvas order for a client, so I was super pumped to see them.

I was not disappointed. I cannot say how much I love these canvases! I had heard from fellow photographers how beautiful a gallery wrapped canvas could be but I had no idea until I saw it for myself how right they were. They are high quality, sturdy and just make the photos look so darn pretty!

L-R: 20x30, 16x24, 11x14 gallery wrapped canvases

A close-up look at the black edge. You have the option of a black or white edge, or having the image wrap around the 1.5 inch frame.

The best thing about a canvas is that its meant to really show off the photo. They literally pop off the wall, so they add a dimension that you don't get from a simple frame.

This canvas order was a great way for me to demonstrate the importance of getting the right size print as well, and not just as a canvas. When ordering wall prints of any kind, and frames, you have to consider the space you will be displaying them in. My living room is the perfect example. I hung each of the canvases over my couch to see what kind of impact they would have. My living room has very high ceilings, so it's a no-brainer that the 20x30 fit best. But even that one didn't really fill the space as much as I'd like. I really think I need to get at least three canvases that can be displayed together as a collage to make the biggest impact.

Ok, I'll stop sounding like a salesperson now. I just had to rave about them, because I wouldn't sell something to my clients that I didn't love or want to put on my own wall. And I actually ordered one for myself as a sample that I do have hanging on my wall.

My very own gallery wrapped canvas!

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Spring has sprung | Why now is the time to get some photos taken

Spring is finally on its way! This week the weather has been amazing for March, but I'm bummed that I haven't been able to get outside much because I haven't been feeling well. I did get out yesterday with my daughter and we had tons of fun playing in the snow and mud.

Now that it's getting warmer outside, I'm itching to get out and take some photos! I've been doing indoor sessions throughout the cold winter months, but as soon as it's warm enough to go outside without looking like a marshmallow, I want to get out there!

I have talked to a few people who have told me they are interested in getting photos taken, but have mentioned that they want to wait until there are leaves on the trees. Well, I just want to point out that it's not necessary to wait until then. Oh there is nothing at all wrong with having lush green trees as your backdrop, but just because the trees are bare right now does not mean you can't get some amazing and beautiful photos.

So I'm going to give you some reasons why spring is a perfect time to get photos taken outside (and some reasons why outdoor sessions are always better):

  • Right now, with the late afternoon sun lower in the sky, it's not too hot and I don't have to wait until 8 or 9 p.m. to get some of that yummy, golden light that is the best for photos.
  • There are no MOSQUITOS! (and if you are living in Saskatchewan, you know that is a huge plus!)
  • I've got tons of ideas for creative and interesting locations that don't necessarily involve trees at all. Think old fence, brick wall, long dirt road with the big blue sky above.... I could go on.
  • We could do a themed session. I've got lots of ideas for those too. Easter is coming up, so maybe an Easter egg hunt, or puddle jumping!
  • Kids look super cute dressed up in their rain gear ;)
  • I'm always collecting new fun props that we can use, like a cool old chair, colourful umbrella or toys to keep the kids having fun.
  • We can go on a search for new spring life! The buds are just starting to sprout and the birds are chirping. I'm sure we could find some cool natural props to make your photos even more beautiful.
  • I can be way more creative outside than in my studio. With more space to work with, an endless number of backdrops (even in just one location) and natural light, you are guaranteed to get more variety in your photos. Plus, everyone knows how hard it is to get children to sit in one place for any length of time. Outside, I can chase them around while they play and get some amazing candid shots I'd never be able to get in the studio.

There, I think that covers it. I LOVE taking photos outside (if you couldn't already tell), so I will always suggest that to potential clients. There is just something about finding that perfect light, capturing the catch light in someone's eyes, not having to force everyone to squish together in front of a backdrop.

Don't get me wrong, I am so glad I have my studio because Saskatchewan weather is unpredictable and I am learning so much about lighting, posing and using props. But my first love is natural light photography and if it's nice outside, I want to be out there enjoying it!

I hope if you are thinking about booking a session with me, that you won't wait until summer because there will be leaves on the trees then.  Remember, I offer more than just photography services. I am giving you the chance to make some memories too.

On that note, I'm going to leave you a couple shots from this week. First is my daughter riding her little quad outside for the first time, and the other is one of my favourite photos from my latest session (the winner of my giveaway!) Enjoy! :)

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And the winner is ...

I'm so excited to announce the winner of my 350 fan giveaway! The Rafflecopter widget chose Kim Oliver out of just about 200 entries! Contratulations Kim, you win a free photo session, set of two accordion books, crocheted baby beanie from Jellybean Accessories and a $20 credit to Sweet Peas & Honey Bees Boutique!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter! I am now nearing 400 Facebook fans and I am hoping to keep going up. When you live in a small town it is sometimes hard to spread the word about your small business, but I am so lucky to have been able to build up a fabulous fan base, and that's just through Facebook.

I have lots of ideas for future promotions and giveaways, so I hope you'll stick around to see what's coming. And don't forget to say "hi" when you stop by my page. I love feedback and I get excited whenever I see that I've got a new comment on one of my photos or a post from a fan on my wall. Also, check my blog periodically for more photos, information and updates.

Thanks again for making my first big giveaway a success! A HUGE thank you goes out to Jellybean Accessories and Sweet Peas & Honey Bees Boutique for being a part of it. It was so much fun and I can't wait to do it again soon!

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I'm in love! | Custom frames

Ok, I admit it, I have not always put a lot of time and effort into displaying my photographs.

I have embraced my ability to capture so many moments in my life and I can't bear to leave them hiddin on my computer hard drive. So I have photos everywhere in my home, on every wall.

Even so, most of my photos are not displayed in a way that really shows them off. I have mostly purchased frames from places like Wal-Mart. You know them, the ones that are generic and plain and either brown or black. AKA Boring.

That is, until now.

Now I am even more excited to display my photos because I received my new custom frames! All I can say is WOW. They are so beautiful in person! Honestly, I can't stop staring at them.

I'm soooo happy that I have samples to show clients. Now you can see for yourself how well made and pretty they are, and how they make your photos stand out like they should.

There are so many reasons why I wanted to start selling these shabby chic frames (and side note: I just love anything that's shabby chic, just cause it sound so darn cool hehe). Here are some of the features that make them amazing:

  • There are 8 designs, plus several storyboard designs and 22 colours. If there's a colour or size that I don't offer, we can customize a frame for you!
  • The frames are made out of 100% recycled material.
  • You have the choice of non-glare acryclic, chalkboard, whiteboard or even a mirror insert.
  • Hanging hardware is included, both horizontal and vertical.
  • Most importantly, because you should be able to show off your photos in a beautiful frame!

Clockwise from top left: A close-up view of the back of the frame. Sawtooth hooks for both vertical and horizontal display, and bumpers so it hangs neatly; Just a small sample of the designs and colours available; 5x7 Cherish in Pale Yellow; 22 vibrant colours for you to choose from!

Some close up shots of the distressed edges. You have the option of non-distressed edges as well.

If you order frames through Jennifer Blake Photography, I'll even include a print from your session with each one!

If you want to see my samples, come see me at the Rosetown Trade Show on March 31st at the Elk's Hall. I'll have my frames, plus my colours swatches for you to check out. I know you'll love them as much as I do!

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A cowboy, two ballerinas and a heartbreaker | Children

I usually post my sneak peeks on Facebook, but I decided to try something different for this session and post them on my blog. The best thing about posting photos on the blog is that the quality doesn't suffer like it sometimes does on Facebook. But don't worry, I'll still be posting lots of photos on my fan page!

This kids were a ton of fun to photograph! Their awesome mom brought along all kinds of different outfits to play dress up and I got to use some of my props too. I was able to really see their personalities; the girls dressed up in their dance clothes and the oldest brother as the cowboy of the family. Even though the littlest guy wasn't too excited about having his picture taken, I managed to catch a few smiles and boy he is gonna break some hearts when he gets older! What a cutie :)

Here are just a few of my favourites from the session. Man, sometimes it's hard to pick my favourites! Enjoy!

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The almost a year in business and 350 fans GIVEAWAY!

The time is finally here! This is where you will find all the details about my 350 Fan Giveaway!

I have been in business for almost a year and it's been quite a ride. I have met some awesome clients, many of whom have become friends. I've had the opportunity to take some beautiful photos and it has been so rewarding. There is nothing better than seeing your photos displayed with pride on someone else's wall. I have reached 350 fans, which for me is a great milestone, but I hope that number keeps growing!

So as a thank you to my amazing clients, friends and fans, along with two of my favourite local businesses, I am giving away some pretty sweet prizes to one lucky winner!

The giveaway will end at midnight on Friday, March 9th, 2012. To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of this post. You are required to "like" all three Facebook fan pages. The other steps are optional but by completing them you'll get more chances to win. It's super easy! Check out these great prizes!

  • First, you can win a FREE photo session with moi! All you have to to do is show up and I will take your picture! And you have the option to purchase prints and/or digital files after your session.
  • Next, I'm including one of my favourite products, two custom designed 3x3 mini accordion books. I have several templates you can choose from to show off your favourite photos from your session. You'll get one to keep and one to share with a friend or family member (or give them both away if you choose!) They are perfect for carrying around in your purse or displaying in your home!
  • I have had the pleasure of working with the amazing Sweet Peas & Honey Bees Boutique, a local business started by a Rosetown stay-at-home mom offering beautiful custom home decor like name block sets, photo props, holiday decor and much more. I am giving away a $20 store credit for you to purchase anything you want from her little boutique!
  • Finally, Jellybean Accessories is another business I have worked with. It was started by another stay-at-home mom and I am absolutely in love with her adorable crocheted hats and handmade hair accessories. I am giving away a 6-12 month size crocheted Baby Monkey Beanie in light green and light pink soft, satin yarn, as shown below.

3x3 Mini Accordion Book

Just a few samples of custom block sets created by Sweet Peas & Honey Bees Boutique.
 Crocheted baby monkey beanie in light green and light pink soft, satin yarn, from Jellybean Accessories.

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Complete all the mandatory steps and complete additional steps for extra entries. MAKE SURE YOU FILL OUT ALL THE INFORMATION REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE STEPS. I WILL BE CHECKING TO MAKE SURE YOU DID EACH STEP (IE SHARING ON FACEBOOK AND PINNING MY BLOG ON PINTEREST) YOUR ENTRY WON'T COUNT IF I CAN'T CONFIRM. Also, have a look at the Terms and Conditions for important information. Thank you so much for visiting and good luck!

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Fabulous new product - custom frames!

As a relatively new business I am always looking for new things I can offer potential and current clients. I already have the photos covered, but there is so much more to photography than just the images. Once your session is complete, you have to consider how you want to preserve and display those pictures (cause what's the point of having photos if you never get to look at them, right?)

So.... I found the most a-ma-zing frames that will display your photos and look absolutely beautiful in your home! These frames are custom, handmade and Canadian, so of course I am already in love before I've even seen them in person.

They come in eight designs, 22 colours and in five storyboard variations. You can choose between a glare-free acrylic insert or a chalkboard insert. Is that cool, or what? Plus, if you order frames through me I will include your choice of prints to fill them. I will have a colour swatch sampler and I can even show you what your photos will look like in the design and colour you want. There is guaranteed to be something that will match your home decor!

I have already ordered some studio samples to show off, and I am so excited to get them (and when I do, I will be posting photos for you to see of course!) For now, here are just some of the designs and colours. I'm in love and I know you will be too!

Display your family photos!

So many pretty colours to choose from

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My small business has big aspirations

So I am going to be completely honest, business has been slow so far this year. I wasn't really surprised, as I understand that Christmas took its toll on people, the winter blues have set in and people don't really want to go outside much. So I've used this time to work on marketing myself and my little business.

As I revamped my prices, looked into offering new products to my clients and researched the industry, I learned a lot. So many people have ventured into the business of photography that it's hard to put yourself out there as someone offering a special, unique and high quality product. At this point, I can't spend thousands of dollars on advertising and marketing, so I have to find other ways to make myself known.

The best form of advertising any small business - especially a small town business - can use is word of mouth. When I first started this business I told my new mom and tot playgroup friends about it, and many of them became my first clients. I put posters around town, and I started my Facebook page and told people to spread the word. I had a booth at the Rosetown Business Garage Sale and I hand out business cards to new people I meet. And now that I have acquired a portfolio of past work, I think that is a big part of why people want to book a photo session or wedding with me as well.

The biggest thing I have learned through this adventure of owning my own business is how important supporting local businesses is. I always kind of knew that and I always tried to shop locally before, but now because I AM a small business owner, I see what it really means. You can go to the city to to do your shopping or have photos taken (and believe me, I know that sometimes it's the best option), but you get so much more by supporting a local business than you do from those places.

Your business means I can help support my family by doing what I love. Because it holds such high stakes for me, I want to put everything I can into your photos. I put hours into ensuring that you have a good experience before, during and after your session. I want to create an experience you will remember and products that you love, because I want you to spread the word about me so I can do the same for other people too. And because I love seeing how happy beautiful photos can make people :)

Since becoming a small business owner, I have tried to connect with others as well. I have worked with Jellybean Accessories (handmade crocheted hats and sweet hair accessories) and Sweet Peas & Honey Bees Boutique (amazing handmade home decor, block sets and photo props) to photograph some of their products and we help each other out by promoting each other on our Facebook pages. It makes me feel good to help out other local businesses because I am one too.

So whenever you have a choice between shopping locally or not, really consider where your money is going and what you will get out of it. I can promise you that if you go with the small business, you will get a lot more than just a product or service. I put a lot of heart into what I do, and I'm sure other small business owners do too.

Newborn cocoon by Jellybean Accessories

Baby girl block set photo props by Sweet Peas & Honey Bees Boutique

Love home decor block set by Sweet Peas & Honey Bees Boutique

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Where did that obsession with photography come from, anyway?

I wrote this blog post late last night. It turns out I do my best writing at night. Actually, I do my best thinking at night and thinking often turns into writing for me. Before I pursued photography professionally, my first love was writing. As a youth, I spent many hours in my room writing stories, poetry and spilling my teenage woes in the pages of my diary. It was an outlet for me and it was the only thing I felt I was really good at.

My passion for writing turned out to be good for me because I went to journalism school and ended up working at a newspaper for three years.

Somewhere through all of that I fell in love with photography. Again. It was always something I loved, but back when you had to wait a week or more for your film to be developed before you could see your photos, I did it only as a way to preserve precious memories of myself and my friends.

The first time I had a camera in my hands and an entire roll of film to do with as I pleased, was on a grade six field trip. I took an awesome photo of my teachers ... their heads were all cropped off. After that, despite my terrible composition skills, I took my camera everywhere and the result was several photo albums filled with forever entertaining photos.

I didn't begin taking pictures creatively until, well, working at the newspaper I guess. I was always looking for new angles and interesting shots. Suddenly, I realized that I loved that search, and I produced some shots I was super proud of. And then, everywhere I went I had my camera. I was taking pictures of everything and everyone again, but this time I was paying attention to the beauty and the emotion, in each shot. I'll be honest, for a long time I lucked into most of the great shots I got. I wouldn't be able to tell you what my ISO was or what aperture I used for any given photo. But I do know that I put something of myself into every photo I took.

Since then I have learned all about camera settings, light and composition. I am still no expert, but I believe that with experience - and lots of reading and experimenting - comes skill and believe me, I have experience. I learn something with every photo I take, and I am continually growing as a photographer. When I look back at old photos I've taken, I often pick them apart. But I also wouldn't change them at all because they are a big part of where and who I am today as a photographer.

Here are a few of my favourite shots from the last few years, most of which do not have people in them because a) it was hard to get my friends to pose for me and b) I was just beginning to see the world through my camera so most of these shots were spontaneous.

P.S. All of these shots are SOOC (Straight out of camera), meaning I have not edited them at all. I hope you like :)

I had a little obsession with taking pictures of flowers. This is probably my all-time favourite one.

Sweet, sweet Jamaica, 2009. What a beautiful place and oh what I would give to go back there and take a million more photos.

The Trussle in Bishop's Falls, Newfoundland. Taken from the car window as we drove under it!
Just another crazy Saskatchewan storm

A scary looking seagull on a southern Alberta beach. I kinda think he's cool.

Not sure how I got roped into going fishing, but I got some good photos out of it...

And then my beautiful daughter, Sofia, came along. My photography has not been the same since. I'm pretty confident that she's the reason I love taking photos of children these days :)

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What makes a great photo and some of the best of me

If you have never been in my home studio (which is also my basement rec room. Talk about making the most of a small space! lol), you wouldn't know that my computer desk is in the corner, and to my left is my display wall. That big wall is where I showcase some of my favourite shots from past photo sessions. It started off pretty small and has grown to be a big source of inspiration for me. I've had the pleasure of shooting some pretty awesome families, and I'm proud to display their photos in my studio.

The most important thing about a great photo is not the composition, the camera settings or the editing. The most important thing is how it makes you feel. I don't present any photos to my clients that I don't feel proud of, but there are some shots that just give me such a good feeling that I have to show them off. So, on that note, here are those shots. Of course my display wall is ever-changing, and with each session I have new favourites so this is in no way the "best" of my work; it's just a sample :)

This is one of the oldest shots on my wall. It was one of my first sessions after starting my business, and to this day I love it. This little guy was hard to pin down. At a year old he was walking and curious about everything around him. But I managed to catch this soft, sweet moment, and I love it.

This is one of those lucky shots that you don't get often. I had the idea in my head, but had no idea if I could pull it off. I'm so happy with the result because it's so much fun!
I'm always looking for moments in between posed shots, and this is one of those moments. Mom and her little guy were walking away, heading towards the playground and I snapped this shot that I am in love with.

Sometimes a simple pose like this says a lot. When you've got a beautiful backdrop, the sun shining through the trees on a gorgeous September day, you don't have to set up much.
This is one of my favourite shots from my first solo wedding. It was my cousin's wedding and she and her new husband were amazing models. It's easy to get photos like this when a couple is so in love :)
This is another amazing mother-son moment. I just love the happiness on both of their faces!
When you have an adorable model, it's so easy to get great shots like this one. I'm always trying to get kids to laugh so I can see that genuine grin on their face. So much fun!

You may have seen this photo around (like on my website, on posters around town etc). This has to be one of my all-time favourite photos that I've taken. I love the angle, the focus, the catchlights in that sweet little girls' big brown eyes. Actually, this whole session was awesome because this sweetie sat and smiled at me the whole time. If only all kids would do that! Ha ha!

So I guess it seems like I have a thing for mommy-son shots. Here's another one that I absolutely adore. I shot my husband's cousin and her little boy while I was visiting Newfoundland last fall. I just love the colours and details that make this moment so special.

This shot was taken at one of my favourite locations. There is so much you can do with a great backdrop like this! All the leaves, the trees and an adorable little girl make it the perfect picture.

I have done only two maternity sessions, and I have to say it is one of my favourite kinds of session to do. This one was extra special because we got to do indoor and outdoor shots. I love this one because mommy is just glowing! That's something you definitely don't have to edit!
And of course I have to have a photo of my own little girl on my wall. This shot was actually a test shot using my new backdrop. I love it because it really shows her personality. I have this one framed as an 8x12 because if I had printing an 8x10 I would have lost some of the shot through the crop. I use it to show how important it is to consider cropping when you order prints

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