Baby Benjamin :: Hamilton & Toronto Newborn & Family Photographer

I was so happy to receive a phone call and email from the Parsons who had had a third baby in the time since I photographed their 2nd newborn–Claire.   This time it was a little boy, Benjamin!

We wanted to recreated a few classic shots and then the rest of the time we focused on candid shots in and out of the house.

The eldest, Noah, had turned into quite the little scholar since I’d seen him last, asking lots of smart questions and using really big words–big words for a big brother twice over, I suppose.

With the help of Christine and dear Monkey we got the kids smiling pretty quickly–good ol’ Monkey.  Oh, and Christina too… :)

Just the boys together…

Noah is such a tender, protective big brother!   By the way, none of these photos were specifically ‘posed’.  Noah’s just like that…cutie.

And of course, with my luck, the little baby who apparently can sleep through anything wouldn’t really sleep much for me.   Classic.   Oh well, I can work with anything–and we got some really lovely waking close-ups and some sleeping smiles shots!   Ben’s a smiley little man.

Just the girls…who are outnumbered now!  Uh oh!   Although with smiles like that I can’t see them ever being overlooked.

While we were shooting in the bedroom Christina was with the kiddies in the backyard.  After an unfortunate tumbling accident–some clothes had to be changed and a little boo cleaned up, but everyone was all smiles once again as we shot some more family shots on the back deck.

While we finished up with Ben, the kids happily played in the backyard–and with the sun at just the right angle, I couldn’t resist a few backlit shots around the yard.

Congratulations on the safe arrival of Benjamin, you guys!   Hopefully see you for #4?   No pressure….but you make cute kids.


Claire + Mark :: Hamilton Beach :: Hamilton & Toronto Engagement & Wedding Photography

I had never even met Claire or Mark when they arrived for their engagement session on the beach–on a really chilly Saturday afternoon too!  So I never know how these things will go having never met the couple–but they were so relaxed and easy-going and in-love that they made my job really easy.

Claire and Mark love camping and canoeing, but since we were shooting on Lake Ontario and it was kind of a miserable day we opted out of bringing along an actual canoe and settled for canoe accessories instead.  (The paddles turned out to be my brother-in-laws that he had been looking for for almost a year and he recognized in the preview shots after I posted them on Facebook…oops!)

My handy-dandy little tent I constructed last year was such a blessing for everyone (except me) against the cool air and wind off the lake.  Even though it’s completely open and just covered with a few layers of fabric I hear it’s quite cozy in there.  Christina, my assistant, even took refuge in the tent between takes.

The pink accessories were meant to be–I was hesitant about bringing PINK to an engagement session, but then Claire serendipitously showed up with a gorgeous bouquet of pink ranunculus!  I love it when stuff like that happens.

In the end the rain held off, the colours all matched and Claire and Mark managed to keep warm…kinda.

Congratulations you two–and can’t wait to see your wedding photos from Tofino!


Kalyn + Chris :: Toronto Engagement & Wedding Photography :: Capsule Music, Queen St W, Toronto

Oh I love Kalyn and Chris.  We had so much fun together last week at Capule Music in Toronto (921 Queen Street West  Toronto, ON M6J 1G3).   They’re both really talented musicians (you can check out Kalyn’s band here) and so it was really fitting to shoot at this amazing vintage music store on the trendy Queen St W in Toronto.

Kalyn did the leg-work and secured the location for us–connecting with the owner who let us in to shoot on a Sunday when the store was closed–so we had the whole place to ourselves!  And wow, if you’re into vintage instruments, specifically stringed ones like guitars and banjos etc, you’ll want to make the trip to Toronto to check this place out.  I’m not a musician myself, but every square inch of that place was like eye-candy.

As you’ll be able to see from the photos Kalyn & Chris are such a kind, playful and loving couple–can’t wait to shoot your happy wedding in September guys!

Yeah, I’ve been saving this shot for a while now…just holding onto it for the perfect couple.  In the end this shot could not have been more perfect.  So intense… so rock ‘n’ roll.  Sigh…love it.

Congratulations you gorgeous kids!

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