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.
We were happy to find out that Jenna’s photograph was published in this years “PDN’s Top Knots” wedding photography contest as a winning image! Congrats as well to all the other deserving photographers who were published in this great magazine!
These were taken while second shooting for our wonderful and talented friend, Ryan MacDonald. I love spending my free days with her. Here are a few photographs of the kids and families that melted my heart that day. – Jenna
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.
You’d be pretty hard pressed to finding someone that doesn’t love working with Vanessa. We’re certainly not the only photographers that rave about her, and i’ve read blog after blog of raving reviews from clients and colleagues. Not only is Vanessa outgoing, hilarious, and full of energy, she is also full of love and gives like there is no tomorrow. She is one of the smartest women I know and I never leave a day with Vanessa not feeling full of joy. There is something to be said about a woman who is not only funny and lighthearted, but equally intelligent and thoughtful. So when it came to photographing her ten year vow renewal, the pleasure was all mine. Of course the pleasure was ‘ours’ as Tristan and I always photograph together, but in this situation I say it was all mine. As when you photograph any friends wedding, I had the special experience of being close to Vanessa from start to finish. She got ready with just me, and her daughter Lily joined us at the end, so all of the emotions leading up to the ceremony we got to share together. It was such a lovely morning that I got to spend with her, my nerves bouncing around at the same time as she. Vanessa always asks what my favourite part of the day was and I always say the morning, selfishly. I loved it, and I love being her friend and her photographer. We’ve been photographing Vanessa’s family now for 5 years, and it just keeps getting better. The more you photograph the more you love, in my opinion. So we’ll share now some pictures from our day in Vegas, where Vanessa and Nick said I do a second time, in front of their closest friends and family. Lucky for us that we should be there too.