Katie & James :: A Not-So-Wintery Maternity :: Hamilton Maternity Photography

Welp.  This is officially one of my favourite shoots of all time.  Period.   And it’s joining another maternity session (with Annie) that was one of my ultimate favourites.  Am I turning into a maternity photographer…exclusively?!

Katie had clear ideas about her session–outside, wintery, and a bed.  No problem!  I’m used to carrying around entire living rooms or bedroom sets for shoots!  I prepped for the cold by sewing real fur blankets for Katie (repurposed from old fur coats), and had a spot all picked out when suddenly all of our lovely snow melted!   And what’s worse was that my location now looked nasty sans snow and avec brown muddiness.

Fortunately I was still ‘on holidays’ so I had time to search out a new and WAY better spot (where I saw the deer family :), AND locate an amazing bookstore nearby as well! (A last-minute idea!)   We were so SO fortunate that the owners of Bryan Prince Bookseller  let us descend upon their lovely shop for 30 minutes before heading out into the woods.   We couldn’t have ended up in a better spot!

(*Also note–the introduction of my new line of baby crowns!   Different barks lined with furs.  I love them.  Below is birch lined with rabbit.  Of course, all sustainably harvested/repurposed.)


We had gone from about 2′ of snow and -10 Celsius to zero snow and +16 Celsius in about two days–and as sad as it was to lose the snow it was way more fun being able to truly enjoy being outside on a bed of animal furs in the middle of January!   Can you imagine?  It was nuts but awesome.

As you can see, Katie is just a natural.   A natural (looking) redhead, a natural beauty and a natural in front of the camera.  It was such a pleasure working with her.  Oh yeah, and that other guy, James.  I think he had something to do with all this…

(*And for posterity those are my lumberjack socks.  We literally traded socks because mine fit the scene better.  Is that weird?)

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So I think my only safe move after this is to retire.  Or just work exclusively with these guys.

Congratulations Katie and James!

Can’t wait to greet your little babe with a fur-lined crown.

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Location: Bryan Prince Booksellers, Westdale

Location: Westdale Park

Make-up: Caryl Baker Visage

Hair: by client

Special Thanks: to my main squeeze, Ken, for helping us get the bed set up!


Classic Boho Amelie:: Annie’s Maternity Session :: Hamilton, ON

This has to be one of my all time favourite sessions.  *Please leave a comment if you like it!*

Annie is a dear old friend of mine, a kindred spirit (cynicism and sarcasm and all!), and fellow entrepreneur–and when she found out that for her 2nd pregnancy she was having a little girl I received an excited email saying we needed to go ‘all out’ for this little girl.   And that included stellar maternity photos.   Her ideal session?   “Classic/bohemian/Amelie flava.”    Rock and roll, baby!

I’d had this special idea burning a hole in my brain, waiting for someone special to use it on so I knew this was the time to pull it out!

I scoured the countryside for days driving around in my pick-up, pinning locations on my phone and knocking on doors.    Finally, with a sweet spot chosen I went to work designed and (poorly) sewing Annie’s wardrobe.  She graciously let me take control of one of her outfits—-I was pretty excited.    After that I made a wooden swing that was easily put up and taken down by a person without a ladder (and possibly without assistance!), but fortunately my husband was there to help hang the swing.

We started off the session easy though—-kind of like a warm-up.




Sadly, 95% of the session was sans sunshine—-Annie arrived about 5 minutes after the golden-hour sun was eaten up by black clouds.   It was a race against time and I was already disappointed about the sun.   But the dark, moody clouds that surrounded us actually gave us a really, really cool vibe and created some stunning contrasts.   After the warm-up part we dove into the main-event: the swing!   Kudos to Annie, being 8 months pregnant, and happily standing on a home-made swing!   Not only did she do that for me, but she looked like a goddess while she did it!


This photo below was the image I entered in the Chic Critique Photography Idol contest back in August.   I had just gotten home from vacation, read my inbox of emails and realized I only had TWO HOURS to submit my entry into the contest!   I did and I WON the entire competition!   You can read more about it here, here, and the winning blog here.   All of it was possible because of Annie and this shoot :)

Look at that impish smile.  COME ON!

We finished off in the soy plants–sorry Mr Farmer!    The sun was almost gone completely and the green soy was casting a really pretty light in contract with the pink of Annie’s skirt.    I think it was also nice for her to lay down for a moment!

Thanks again to Annie for being so willing to place her session in my hands!    And sorry this post is so late in coming—there will be oodles more being posted as I try to catch up on blogging from the last three months.  Ouch.

And check out Chic Critique if you are a female photographer–Chic Critique is THE elite magazine & resource for women who love photography (yes, we’re biased!)

*I’d love to hear back from you!  Please leave a comment–pleeeeeeasse!  I feel like I’m all alone here….

Baby Rae: Hamilton Baby Photographer

I’ve mentioned this before but one of the perks of my job is the ‘continuity of care’ I get to provide to some of my clients.  I get to be there for their engagements, weddings, pregnancies, births and family photos and so on!  It’s pretty cool!

This is one little family I’ve had the privilege of knowing for a while but working with for almost a year now as we worked our way through their Bump-to-Baby package.  The first shoot was a maternity shoot, followed soon after by a newborn shoot and finishing up with little Rae’s 6 month shoot!   And what a frickin’ cutie…she’s been such a doll to work with.  And to top it all off this family has been one of those ‘do whatever you want because we trust you’ families–and that’s kinda nice sometimes.

Congratulations again Rezek family!

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Baby Sloane: Hamilton Baby Photography

I guess it would have been seven months ago when I first met Steph–ripe with a 10 lb baby and ready for her maternity photos.  We shot in studio on King William in Hamilton and had a lot of fun playing around with different poses, ideas and lighting.

And now, seven months later I got to meet little Sloane!  First off, how about that name?  Incredible.  And secondly, how about that squishy little tush?  I love being able to reconnect with my clients as the journey along in life.

Thanks for letting me in and congrats Sparhams!

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Denise: Bump-to-Baby: Hamilton Maternity Photographer

Despite the absolutely suffocating humidity that sprung on us during this lovely shoot at Bronte Creek Provincial Park, these photos turned out so dreamy and ethereal.  And I couldn’t have been more happy with the wardrobe they brought :)  Love it when clients do that.

Thanks for being so cooperative and sweaty with me.

Congrats guys!  Looking forward to touching base with you again really soon when baby makes an appearance!

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