Specializing in Wedding and Family Photography in Kingston, Ontario and Surrounding Areas
Meet Baby Collins! She is the sweet little daughter of Jessie and Chad. She slept through most of her newborn shoot and was so tolerant of me moving her around while she was trying to enjoy a cozy nap. Jessie and Chad are so in love with their new little girl as you can see in these images.
Even though I’m just sharing these now, I was actually lucky enough to meet Miss Collins in early December. Jessie asked me to hold back on sharing their beautiful photos so that she could use the photos as Christmas presents. Of course I agreed because I think photos are the best present EVER!!
Congratulations to you both Jessie and Chad! Enjoy your sneak peeks, even though you already have all of these photos plus so many more!
What do you get the guy that has everything for Christmas? Well, Danielle had the perfect gift in mind! She put her beautiful wedding dress on again, got her hair and makeup done, then she went swimming in her gown and I was there to shoot the whole thing! It was so much fun and Danielle looked beyond gorgeous as she splashed around in Lake Ontario. She was so trusting as I directed her on how to pose, not that she really needed my help. I’m sharing only a few of her fantastic shots, but her lucky husband was the happy recipient of many many more photos, including many that I couldn’t share here because they are way to sexy and definitely for one man’s eyes only! It was a fantastic shoot and I’m so excited to now share them with you all!
Kate and Brad are engaged!! Actually they’ve been engaged for a few months now, but they asked me to hold back sharing these photos so that they could use them when they announced to their family and friends that they are about to embark on a new adventure in their lives. So now that the cat is out of the bag, I’m excited to share their beautiful photos with you!
You’d never guess it by looking at these photos, but these were actually taken in early December! It was a gorgeous day and we spent more than 2 hours walking around, taking in the spectacular weather and snapping some fun shots, including reenacting the proposal. Lemoine’s Point and Lake Ontario Park are two of my favourite spots in Kingston to shoot and Kate, Brad and I hit up both for their engagement photos.
Congratulations to you both again and enjoy your sneak peeks, even though you have all of these photos plus many many more!
Elise and Andrew are engaged!! Being coffee lovers, it seemed appropriate that they include their favourite drink and coffee shop in their photos. So I met them Downtown Kingston at the amazing Northside Expresso + Kitchen for some yummy coffee and some super cute photos. Later we ventured out into the freezing cold where Elise and Andrew’s fur-baby, Nessa joined in on the photo fun. Elise and Andrew are are totally in sync and obviously adore each other. It was a great engagement shoot and I have to send out a special thank you Jess and Cade from Northside for opening their cafe to us. I can’t wait to photograph this sweet couple’s wedding very soon! Congratulations to you both again, Elise and Andrew! Enjoy your sneak peeks!!
Julia and Garrett are engaged!! I met them at Garrett’s family’s cottage on Little Sand Lake on a gorgeous sunny afternoon in January. We couldn’t have asked for nicer weather or a more picturesque location for photos. After some great winter shots, we made our way to the amazing Downtown Kingston just for a change in scenery. Julia and Garrett are the perfect match for each other, which is clear in their photos. They know just the right way to make each other smile. It was a fantastic shoot, despite locking my keys in the car while it was running, and I can’t wait to work with this sweet couple again next year when they get married. Congratulations to you both again and enjoy your sneak peeks!!
Meet Baby Harlow! She is a beautiful little girl that made her save arrival into the world just after Christmas. New Mommy and Daddy Logan and Trevor are over the moon with their new growing family. Harlow wasn’t feeling especially sleepy when I met her, but I suspect that’s because she didn’t want to miss out on any of the action of her first photo shoot. We were able to get some great sleeping shots and some even better family shots. Thank you for trusting these memories to me, Logan and Trevor. Congratulations to you again, and enjoy your sneak peeks!!
Meet Baby Phillip! He is a truly sweet little boy who is very loved by his big brother and big sister Josh and Lauren. He wasn’t very sleepy on the day that I met him, so we didn’t get a whole lot of photos of him by himself, but we did get some great family shots! Josh is a little ham and had a great time in front of my camera. Lauren is a mommy in the making and is very loving with her little brother. Mommy and Daddy, Brandi and Jeff are obviously smitten with the newest member of their family. They have a very busy home and they’re handling it like the pros that they are! Congratulations again to you all!!
Jacqueline and Pat are married!! They celebrated New Year’s Eve with the biggest party of their lives and got married in front of their friends and family. We started their day with a First Look on Kingston’s beautiful waterfront. It was so incredibly cold but Jacqueline was a trooper in her strapless wedding gown and braved the elements making these gorgeous photos possible. After shooting the fastest I’ve ever shot wedding photos, we escaped to a warmer location for more photos. Jacqueline and Pat then started their celebration with their loved ones who hooted and hollered as they walked down the aisle. Everyone was definitely in the mood to party as the bride and groom said their vows in front of a stunning lit up LOVE sign. After their ceremony, there were yummy munchies like sliders, grilled cheese and pogos, there were funny speeches and the iconic shoe game was played before the dance floor was opened up for the night. It was a perfect night and I couldn’t’ have asked for a sweeter couple to ring 2018 in with! Congratulations again to you both Jacqueline and Pat! Enjoy your sneak peeks!!
Makeup: Erin Berry for Pro Makeup Coach
Flowers: Neil’s Flowers
Officiant: Connie Howes for Weddings Kingston
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Harbour
Reception Decorating Services: Little River Vintage Rentals
As I always do, this is my thank you letter to all of the wonderful people that I’ve had the pleasure of working with this year. I never do a “Best Of” list because every wedding I’ve shot has been the “Best Day Ever” for that particular couple. Instead, I share my favorite photo from each couples magical day. I’d love to share my favourite photo from every single shoot this year but that would make this post incredibly long.
As I was photographing other’s milestones, I was experiencing my own set of milestones this year. It’s mind-blowing to me that after photographing professionally for 8 years now, I’m still experiencing firsts and 2017 was filled with many firsts for me. This year, I was fortunate enough to photograph my first birth, my first “Trash the Dress”, my first Sikh wedding, my first same sex wedding, my first tea ceremony, and my first Filipino wedding ceremony. In August I shot my 150th wedding. I shot more family sessions in 2017 than ever before, I was able to cuddle with lots of beautiful newborns and I was honoured to be able to document a family as they enjoyed one of the last days with their fur-baby before she passed away. I photographed another marriage proposal and managed to stay undetected where the bride-to-be never knew I was there until she received the photos 2 months later on her anniversary. One of the biggest highlights for me was bring my youngest son, Owen, with me on a family shoot as my “assistant” and his only job was to make little ones I was photographing laugh. He experienced a little peak into my world and it was fun to share that with him. I captured so many beautiful memories for so many wonderful clients and knowing that all of these people will be instantly transported back to their own milestone moments just by looking at my photos makes my heart very full.
I worked with many brilliant and talented wedding vendors throughout 2017, sometimes for the first time and others for the umpteenth time. The makeup artists, hair stylists, florists, decorators, wedding planners, videographers, officiants, limo drivers, caterers, cake makers, second shooters, venue managers, and countless others make my job possible. Without all of you doing what you do, I wouldn’t have anything to photograph and your incredible skill-set is what makes all of my photographs possible. I thank each and every one of you for making my job that much easier.
Whether I’m photographing couples when it’s 32 degrees with the humidity in an open field or when it’s -32 degrees with the wind-chill on Kingston’s waterfront, I love it all! I still anticipate every single shoot with butterflies in my stomach and I still hold my breath as I click the “Post” button when I share my photos online. Nothing scared me more this year than having a brand film shot. I’m used to being behind the camera and while Katie, the videographer was recording me as I shot a wedding, I felt the vulnerability that every clients feels with me every time I take their photo. I thank each and every one of you for trusting me with your memories and for having faith in me as you felt that same vulnerability.
Photographing people is my absolute favourite thing to do. I truly believe that I was put here on earth to capture memories for others to look back on in years to come. Thank you for a remarkable 2017! I can’t wait to do it all over again in 2018!
Shaine and Thomas are engaged!! The rain tried to keep me from shooting the engagement photos for this sweet couple but luckily after postponing this shoot once, Shaine came up the with Allan Gardens Conservatory in Toronto. It was the perfect place to stay dry and take in the beautiful lush colours while I got to know Shaine and Thomas. They are both incredibly loving with each other and it’s very apparent how they feel about each other when you look at their photos. Congratulations to you both again Shaine and Thomas and enjoy your sneak peeks!!