Christine & Bryan

I'm not sure if I consider myself a helluva romantic, but photographing love seems to really bring that side out in me. I truly enjoy getting to shoot with couples and create honest, and sometimes silly, moments of pure cuteness in front of my lens.

Christine had made it abundantly clear that her and her partner, Bryan, don't like being photographed and it was going to be weird. But I have yet to actually be deterred by anyone who says that to me.

Psst, everyone says that! And they are ALWAYS wrong! Case in point:

I would call myself fairly quirky and silly, so a couples session with me won't be too posed, too cheesy, or stiff. I will talk a lot, give you weird prompts (this shot above is the aftermath of one of those prompts), and try to pull out as many candid laughs as I can. Love is fun, silly, messy, and pure, and I think your photos should reflect that, at least most of the time.

Don't get me wrong, I like a nice posed photo thrown in there though.

In the end, it's most important that you enjoy yourself during a photo session. And I personally have always enjoyed myself too, and hope my clients have as much fun as I do. Christine & Bryan were a blast to shoot with, and I am in love with the photos we captured on that day.

Let me know what you think!

Missy & Andrew

Missy & Andrew are musicians from Guelph, who I would later learn met under a willow tree. I set us up under a willow tree in the park behind my home, and settled in to drink some wine and get cozy. 

These two played some music, drank some wine, and regailed me with a tale of their meeting and what willow trees meant to them. 

Paul & Olivia - Engagement Session

I was really excited to get to shoot Paul & Olivia's engagement photos. Until the recent demise of HMV Canada, I had worked with Paul for a while and while I didn't know Olivia, I knew Paul was a big gooey dork underneath his bushy beard when it came to her and I was excited to get to capture that (and have proof to show our coworkers!).  

We took these photos at Jack Darling Park, which is located on the lake shore in Mississauga, ON. The park was busier than I expected; we arrived to find it overtaken with families and groups that had moved in for the day, complete with tents and barbeques, something we sure didn't do when I was a kid! We found a small gap in the waterfront underneath a willow tree and decided to move in. 

These two were all smiles and laughs and it was nearly effortless to capture them being naturally themselves, silly, sweet and in love. With the sun setting through the trees behind us, we settled in at the rocks on the water to knock off some more shots before the light was lost. At the end of the night, I spotted the ice cream truck that gave us our final shot, one that brought the shoot together neatly. If I had to sum up the shoot with one shot, it would be that one.

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