Photo Marathon 2013 :: SPRING! :: Hamilton, Ontario

The first Marathon of 2013 was over the weekend and it was great for a few reasons:

1-the weather was perfect!  Not too hot, not chilly, not wet….just right.

2-we shot it at the new outdoor studio: our farm!

3-no one got lost and missed their session!

4-there was great variety from session to session–young families, older families, extended families and just the girls :)

5-everyone did SUCH a great job on their wardrobe!   It makes a HUGE difference and you all looked fabu!

6-very, very little crying.   It’s true–I hardly cried.

7-a smaller group!  Instead of 9 or 10 sessions in one day I settled on six and it was so refreshing.

Ok, I could go on and on–but the point is, the Spring Marathon was a great success.  A HUGE thank you to my faithful assistant who made a special reprise just for this session–Rita!    And thanks to my husband for dropping EV-REY-THING to help me prep our property and locations for the sessions.  And finally, thanks to all the new and old friends who booked a session and made such an effort to look swell and arrive early–you made the day fun and easy!

Private galleries should be ready soon–I’ll email you when they’re ready and we can schedule a time in-studio or online for you.


2013-marathon-claire-dam-1ps. Amy I PROMISE there are a bunch of great family shots, but I couldn’t resist posting these two of the boys :)


We had two session with ‘just the girls’ which is always a lot of fun for everyone–typically lots of awkward giggling and really close contact.   I can’t wait for the day I had an all-guys group ;)


You might recognize these cuties from the Fall 2012 Marathon.  This time they brought more family!

2013-marathon-claire-dam-5Another just-the-girls session–can you guess who the star of the show is?

*Special thanks to Aimee for doing such a gorgeous job on Katie’s make-up!   Which you can’t see in b&w…oops.  Trust me…it looked awesome.

2013-marathon-claire-dam-6These kids…I mean, come on.   They can’t stop being so CUTE!

2013-marathon-claire-dam-4Last session of the day–but no lack of energy and affection<3

And please leave a comment if you like what you see…Thank you!


Sam+Jen + 3 + pug: Muskoka Family Photographer

I’ve been holding this shoot idea in my back pocket for a few months now and I was so pumped when Jen agreed to do this shoot with me for their annual family shoot!  This year it was in Parry Sound at their cottage on Lake Manitouwabing–and the setting couldn’t have been more amazing.  And it sure helped that I had a small antique store worth of fun accessories in the cottage.

I had to find just the right family for this shoot for a few reasons including a willingness to carry around a huge bed just for some silly ol’ photos, and I needed a family that normally spends a lot of time together in a big mass of limbs.

Anyway–so pleased with how this turned out–and pleasantly surprised with how that bed on the beach stayed there all night with another big mass of limbs on it;)

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Tea & Tents in the Park!

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I’ve had the pleasure of working with this little family for a couple years now, and the pleasure of knowing Liselle for about 25 years!  Yikes.    Their little girls might be twins but they are so different–mini-Mom and mini-Dad!   They sure have grown up, running (and falling) around, picking up new words, names, and phrases like crazy.  Taylor, the parrot, made me realize how often I say ‘Ok guys!’ during a shoot…apparently a lot.

Check out their a couple photos from their 2009 shoot below, and be sure to check out Liselle’s ‘Treasure the Dress’ photo shoot in a couple months!

August 2009:

June 2011:

It’s a party!

The weather gave me another run for my money the other day–calling for 80% chance of rain etc.  Of course, it ended up being really lovely and sunny!   It was busy with 11 kids under 8 years old running around (and their parents), but I think everyone had a lot of fun at Cedarvale Park in Georgetown.  I was even given a tulip by an thankful little model!

Congratulations on your 40th wedding anniversary, Buikemas!  (And 10th anniversary!)

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May Showers bring June babies

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Yes, we’re all suffering with all this rain; it goes with0ut saying these days.   But the soft rain on Saturday set a lovely backdrop for these maternity shots with Jenn and her new and already growing family!

Congratulations Jenn!  Can’t wait for the newborn shots!

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