Specializing in Wedding and Family Photography in Kingston, Ontario and Surrounding Areas
What can I say about 2020 that hasn’t been said in the thousands of memes online? Life changed in so many ways. In some ways our lives were turned upside down. And in other ways our lives made an unexpected turn for the better. We all learned how to slow down, appreciate the small things, and focus on those closest to us.
Weddings were not excluded from the changes that we all experienced this year. They became smaller, more intimate, and even more joyous. The effort it took to plan and carry out a wedding in the middle of a pandemic compelled the couples to be even more appreciative of the union they were entering. It focused them on what is really important in life.
This year’s weddings included only the most important people in the couple’s lives. They became more like a family dinner than a huge celebration. They centered on the couple’s love for each other over the splashing affair. They were important, special and truly heartwarming.
I’m always truly honoured to be chosen to document the most special moments in someone’s life, and this year I appreciated this even more. When numbers had to be limited, I knew that I was taking the spot of a guest that wasn’t able to be included. And because so many important people had to be left off the guestlist, my job as a wedding photographer changed from merely documenting the moments of a wedding day to recording all the special moments for those that weren’t able to celebrate with the couple. I didn’t take the idea of this lightly. Of course, photos are important, but this year their importance seemed to be imperative.
I’m heartbroken for all of the couples that chose to postpone their weddings. I can’t imagine how difficult or sad that decision was for everyone to make. Especially for those who had already been planning for years. I have a feeling that 2021 weddings will look similar to weddings in 2020, but I’ve come to realize that this isn’t a negative thing. As we’ve heard a million times… it’s our new normal. And I kinda like it!
Bring on 2021, changes and all and let’s make the best of it!!
Amanda and Ryan are Married!! It was the perfect snowy day February. I’m sure you’re thinking, February… burr! But it was the most beautiful Sunday, filled with sunshine and not even the tiniest breeze in the air. Amanda and Ryan started off with a first look followed up photos in some deceiving deep snow. But neither one of them were phased by anything I suggested. They were floating. The love between them is so obvious. They were both full of smiles all day. After photos they had made it all official with a tiny Covid-friendly ceremony. It was perfect in every way. Congratulations to you both, Amanda and Ryan! Enjoy your sneak peeks!
Side (personal) note: I’ve known Amanda since she was 12 years old. She was my boys babysitter while I was first starting my photography business. She caringly watched over a very young Liam and Owen (who adored her) for very long days while I shot weddings and lived my dream. I couldn’t have started down this road to where I/my business is today without her. I couldn’t be happier for Amanda (while only feeling a little bit old) documenting the sweet girl next door start on her own forever with her own “favourite human”. Best wishes Amanda! May all your dreams come true!
Hair: Jessica Chiplick for FAB Hair
Makeup: Laceface Makeup Artistry
Officiant: Peter Norman for Ceremonies Unlimited
It seems only fitting that on Family Day I share a family that is growing by one very soon! Veronique and David are expecting their first child in the next couple weeks which means beautiful winter maternity photos. It was so nice to get back to work with this gorgeous mama-to-be! It was cold but she was a trooper… oh and so was David! Congrats to you both! I can’t wait to meet this little one very soon for newborn photos! Stay tuned!
Jenna and Kurtis are engaged!! Kurtis popped the question at Disney and when I heard this amazing story I told them that it was absolutely mandatory that they include their Mickey ears in their engagement photos. And they did not disappoint! We made our way around the beautiful Queen’s campus taking in all the fall colours on an usually warm November morning. It was a fantastic shoot and I can’t wait to work with this sweet couple again next year when they get married! Congratulations to you both again, enjoy your sneak peeks!
Annette and Jason are Engaged!! I met up with them on a beautiful Saturday in October for these lovely photos. They have the prettiest spot in Prince Edward County and we took full advantage of it. Annette and Jason are a really sweet couple, totally in sync with each other. They seem like the perfect fit for the other. I can’t wait to work with them again next year when they get married! Congratulations to you both again! Enjoy your sneak peeks!
Danielle and Jordan have very special news! They’re engaged AND they’re expecting their first baby AND it’s a girl!! A wonderful news overload!! I met up with them north of the city for some exciting announcement photos!! We were blessed with beautiful colours and good light. I couldn’t be happier for this awesome couple! Congratulations to you both again! Enjoy your sneak peeks!
Meet Baby Beckett! He’s a little guy that’s pretty close to my heart. He is my nephew and I had the honour of witnessing and photographing his birth. And now he is 8 months old and experiencing so many firsts, including his first Fall. He’s a super happy guy and loves his Mom and Dad, Alyssa and Ty so much. I hardly had to make a fool of myself at all from behind the camera to coach out these smiles. He’s just full of them!! Thank you, Alyssa and Ty for trusting me with all of these precious moments! Enjoy your sneak peeks!
Miriam and Marc are married!! 2020 has been the year of planning a wedding, and then re-planning a smaller wedding and sometimes there is a re-planning that smaller wedding phase. The last thing any of these couples needs is to have a vendor cancel on them less than a month out from their big day. Unfortunately, Miriam and Marc had their photographer cancel last minute and when I got the phone call I was more than happy to step up! And I’m so glad I was available to work with this sweet couple. We started with a first look where Marc was overwhelmed by Miriam’s beauty. Then we headed off to Queen’s and took advantage of all the stunning colours around the campus. Then it was time for the official part. Miriam’s dad performed their ceremony making this day that much more special. It was quiet and intimate and perfect in every way. Congratulations to you both again, Miriam and Marc! Enjoy your sneak peeks!
Makeup: Symphony Spa and Yoga
Flowers: Sage Flowers
Katie and Brent are Engaged!! I met up with these love birds on their beautiful farm north of the city. There was a perfect spot for photos everywhere I looked!! And Katie and Brent are so cute together, holding hands between locations and so much laughing! It was a fantastic shoot and I can’t wait to work with them in the winter when they tie the knot. Congratulations to you both again! Enjoy your sneak peeks!!
Meet the Finn Family! I met up with them at a beautiful property this past weekend for some lovely family photos. Three generations all together. I love these photos because it’s a great reminder that family photos are important even when your kids get older. Thank you so much for trusting these memories to me. Enjoy your sneak peeks!