The definition of family is as wide as you let yourself imagine. So when Shea asked us to come and document her family I was super excited, since her family is of the four legged type. This is our day spent with Shea, Greg and their two Coonhounds Lyza-Mae and Boone.
“It’s essential to have a good walking stick.” – Anna
A portrait of Angus McCracken.
While Ema Onawa laughs and entertains you with her noises and activity, Owen Kai is deep in thought and speaks with effort and consideration. It’s hard not to feel like a child yourself as you watch them dream throughout the day. Each face is expressive with wonder, one subtle the other overt. I have a hard time keeping my kisses off of their sweet little cheeks. As Owen’s godparents we have a special place in our hearts for these two kidlets, and we will spend the rest of our days trying to capture what makes them so darling. And not just for their family keepsakes, but for ours. So lucky we were for a summer visit with this Santa Cruz family, in the small town of Almonte, Ontario where their grandparents live.
With a wedding there at the end of month, Tristan and I photographed in Ontario for most of June. We drove from one end of the province to another, stopping along the way and joining the lives of different families, if only for a short while. It was bitter sweet, getting to spend time with a wonderful family and then having to leave them the next day. But it was great, and we’re grateful to have the small windows into the many different versions of family life. Here is just a small taste of the people who filled our hearts with love on this recent trip. More stories to come.
The first thing you see when you walk into Nick and Vanessa’s house is a wall covered in family photos. More importantly, accordingly to Lily (age 9 ) is that the first thing you see is Lily. She certainly is right though, as there is a lot of Lily on that wall and the other 5 walls surrounding it. We recently filled these walls with photographs that we’ve taken of the Watters family over the last 5 years, combined with beautiful old family photos. Over the early winter we’ve been curating, organizing, mounting, framing and reframing 90 pictures. With the direction of our assistant Lily and the watchful eyes of Shelby and Roger (shown below), Nick and Vanessa left us to make a gallery out of their family history thus far. If the next 5 years render as many pictures as the last, they’ll need to be moving soon and opening us up some new walls! Until then, we’re so grateful for the opportunity to put a piece of our hearts in their home, not only within the frames but in the design.