A Ladies’ Cocktail Picnic Party :: Hamilton Whimsy Photography

Dear Hilda was nominated by her loving daughters in my Mother’s Day Draw a few months ago–hoping to win a mini-session for their mother.   If you were around my Facebook page at the time you’ll remember that contest was hoppin’ towards the end–but after 111 votes Hilda beat out the competition and won the mini-session–which she chose to use with her daughters.

One of her daughters, Carolyn, is also a photographer, so she and I had fun planning the session and dreaming up something unique!  I think we achieved that goal and because of all the girls’ planning and creative energy (and actual energy moving furniture around!) we created a really whimsical little vignette for Hilda’s Mother’s Day mini-sesh.

Happy Mother’s Day Hilda!  You are very clearly much beloved by your girls.

Not Just Skin Deep photo marathon :: Part Five :: Courtney & Dan

We ended the NJSD marathon sessions at the end of a hot day with a romantic couple’s session–just as the sun started to set and that ‘golden hour’ started.   It was great timing for a couple’s session.  And not just any old session–it was their anniversary AND they had just moved into their new home that very morning.  I still can’t believe they even came out after moving the same day!

But I’m so thankful they did–thanks for your support you two.  And Congratulations…on all of it!

Little Julija :: A Summer Tea Party :: Oakville Family & Baby Photographer

Aw…it makes me a little sad to think that this was the last session in Denise & Nick’s Bump-to-Baby sessions.   You can see their maternity shots at Bronte Creek here, and I’m going to post one of baby Julija at the end of this post–because apparently I never blogged it!    (But you can see a mix of both shoots here.)

What an adorable, gorgeous, loving little family!   We’ve had a lot of fun shooting all three sessions and we’ve always ended up with some really beautiful images–if I do say so myself.   It’s difficult to make these guys look bad.

It’s been a fun road–paved with humidity, a little fusing, the ‘cupcake incident’ and lots and lots of smiles.   Thanks for making me look good, you guys.


Sweet little Julija just six months ago!

June Art Bus :: Hamilton Portrait Photographer

A couple weeks ago we had another bus full of Art Crawlers who were shipped over to 270 Sherman to enjoy some of what she has to offer.   Once again I opened up my studio to anyone who wanted a free portrait–with one catch: you HAD to dress up.  Even a tiny bit.

I’m not going to post the photos from the people who came in on the bus–but I will post shots of some of my friends who came in for the bi-monthly Open House.

Next Open House: August 10th!  630-830pm

NJSD Part Four! Hamilton Family Photography

In this fourth and second-to-last blog from the Not Just Skin Deep we get to meet this sweet young family!

Kiera was a fan of my Facebook page before we met and was a last-minute addition to my NJSD Marathon so I was looking forward to meeting her and her boys.   From the get-go there were lots of smiles from little Troy so our session went off without a hitch and we were able to get lots of great shots.

Thanks so much for the support Kiera & Family!


NJSD Part Three! Hamilton Family Photography

This sweet young family is one of those families who I SHOULD know because we have something like 893 mutual friends on Facebook–yet it wasn’t until they signed up for a NJSD session that we finally got to meet.  (And now we’re FB buddies…)

Once we got little Bea warmed up and smiling we had no problem snapping up a bunch of happy family shots.  She even started to “work it” for the camera after a bit!

Thanks for your support Laura and happy to finally meet you and your family!




Not Just Skin Deep marathon sessions :: Hamilton Family Photographer :: Part Two!

Finally part two!

I was so happy to see this Hamilton family’s name on my list of people who signed up for the NJSD fundraising marathon!   I had the pleasure of going to their home a couple years ago to work with their family and their little baby, Izzy, who was just a few months old at the time.   So it was a happy reunion seeing the kids again and getting to work with this sweet little gang again.

Make sure you check out the black & white shot of little Izzy at our first shoot together.  (She looouurrved the fur rug against her naked baby skin…who wouldn’t?)

Vintage Izzy:

Not Just Skin Deep marathon sessions :: Hamilton Family Photographer :: Part One

A couple weeks ago we shot the first marathon of the year!  And it was to raise funds for melanoma awareness!  I had 5 families on-location in a park, all one after another for 20-minute sessions each–and it was really a lot of fun.  I was impressed (with myself?) by how many great shots are to be had in just 20-minutes!

As some of you may know, it’s been about 16 months since my husband Ken received the triumphant news that he had beaten a life-threatening diagnosis malignant melanoma!   So this project was/is very personal as well as fun for me.

There are too many photos to post so I’m going to post each session separately and in the order they were shot.

So let’s start with my dear old Winking pals–Josh and Esther!

So much jumping that day…it was awesome.

We lost some clothing–but these shoots are clothing optional, you know? (4 and under)…

You say you want more jumping?!?  OK!

(Sorry–don’t know why the watermark is on J’s face on the first shot…)

It was SO great to shoot with Esther and Josh and their little monkeys–we really started the day off with a bang…or a jump.

The Van Noords Take La Salle :: Burlington & GTA Family Photography

If the Van Noord’s hadn’t had seven handsome and lovely kids I probably wouldn’t have met my husband.  Haha–that’s bold, hey?  But it was because Mark Van Noord, the 6th child and 2nd boy, thought the girls on the first floor were cute that we were invited up for dinner and I was introduced to Ken–the guy I ended up marrying about 14 months later!    So, thanks Mark!

Anyway–this family session has been a work in progress for about a year now–I’m sure you can imagine how hard it is to coordinate the schedules of 24 people from all over the globe!  Typically when I schedule a session I also schedule a rain-date–but in this case there just wasn’t one.  It had to be last Sunday or else.

Fortunately after about a year of emails back and forth we found a date and a location in Burlington (more specifically Aldershot).    We chose La Salle Park Pavilion because it was on the lake, had lovely grounds and most importantly provided shelter in case of rain.  And boy, am I glad we chose it!   Because it was raining on and off every 20 minutes or so we had to do half of our shooting in the pavilion and half outside under huge trees.

My assistant and I were so impressed by how well-behaved and sweet all the grandkids were, although the behaviour of the adults was questionable.  And even though I prepared everyone that the shoot would be chaos–that’s just how big family portraits rock ‘n’ roll–it was actually mostly fun and barely chaotic!  Good work everyone!

You all are really lovely people, individually and as a whole–and you all look spiffy in blue.


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