2016 Year in Review

Having just recently completed my first full year in business and with the back to school season in full swing, now is the perfect time to look back and reflect. This past year I had the privilege of documenting countless memories, and in the process was fortunate enough to meet some seriously beautiful people along the way! Each of which deserve some big thank you's!

Thank you to my clients, without you this crazy dream of mine would not be possible. Thank you to my mentors within the industry for your constant encouragement and guidance. Thank you to my mentors outside of the industry for pretending to understand wedding lingo, shutter speeds, and bokeh, while offering much needed advice regarding taxes and accounting. Thank you to my family and friends for your numerous referrals and acting as my personal cheerleaders. Lastly, thank you to my parents for inspiring me every single day as you continue to demonstrate what true love looks like! 

The friendships, relationships and connections that I have made and maintained over the past year have been invaluable to my life, both business and personal. I am truly so appreciative! There is something to be said for loving what you do each and every day. I am so fortunate to have found my niche within the wedding and lifestyle photography industry. Having the opportunity to create memories for couples and families that will be treasured for years to come is something I am honoured to be a part of. 

I cannot wait to see what year 2 brings! 

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Quinn & Bryan | Portrait Session

Though it has been months since I photographed these two, I just had to highlight this session on the blog as it turned out to be one of my absolute favourites from this past summer!

I loved how both Quinn and Bryan were up for anything during their session. All ideas and suggestions were met with such positivity and excitement. Loading the tandem bicycle into the car was an adventure in itself. Once secured inside the car the position of the bicycle squished Quinn against the passenger seat with minimal-to-no movement possible, while Bryan was stuck sitting in the trunk (this sounds far more unsafe than it actually was - I promise!). Regardless of how uncomfortable they must have been, both Bryan and Quinn were so enthusiastic and entertaining throughout the entire ride to our location.

On top of their calm and positive demeanour, they were not afraid to be silly with one another - which is what made this session so genuine, light-hearted and romantic. Blowing bubbles while giggling together and cycling down the Hamilton Beach Strip on a tandem bicycle it was as if they were back on their first date.

Enjoy some of my favourite images from my time with them!

Karlee & Adam | Portrait Session

Karlee and Adam... Adam and Karlee, never have I known a time where there was one without the other. I can guarantee that should you ask their family and friends, they will all tell you the same thing. 

It really has been incredible to watch their love grow over the years. Throughout this time I have gone from listening to Karlee gossip at cheerleading practices about her latest date with Adam, to now listening to her hopes and dreams of an engagement and that next step (no pressure Adam).

Along the way I have photographed this adorable couple multiple times. This time we opted to take advantage of the gorgeous fall foliage and it certainly paid off! I will continue to anxiously await news of an engagement, until then enjoy some of my favourites from Karlee and Adam's beautiful fall portrait session!

Katie & Daniel | Niagara Anniversary Session

Meet Katie and Daniel, two of the most genuine and kind humans I have ever met. This couple has been married for 1 year, and it is plain to see in the way that they look at one another that their love has only matured and grown since they tied the knot!

Now for the details, when planning this anniversary session Katie had the idea to surprise Daniel with not only the entire session, but also with her choice of clothing. It had been decided that upon their arrival at Balls Falls, while I tested the lighting in a secluded location with Daniel, Katie would  sneak off to "use the washroom," while really changing into her stunning wedding dress and flower crown. Other than having to dress in my car as opposed to a washroom (with help from my amazing assistant), things went seamlessly! Daniel was surprised and overjoyed when a teary eyed Katie appeared behind him in her wedding dress. The plan was a huge success, which I fully realized when shortly after the surprise Daniel commented, "I feel the same way that I felt on our wedding day!"

Take a peak at some of my favourites from their romantic surprise session!

Simply Beautiful Decor | Niagara-on-the-Lake

     It is time to share some recent beauty I have been capturing. Multiple times this past month I have had the opportunity to photograph authentic wedding ceremony and reception decor supplied by Simply Beautiful Décor. Simply Beauty is a wedding event and design company based in Niagara on the Lake, specializing in linens, fabrics, tableware, furniture, chandeliers, décor and accessories.

     From outdoor venues that overlook the expansive Niagara vineyards, to beautiful indoor halls, I am convinced that there is nothing Simply Beautiful Decor cannot transform!