Sunday, April 25, 2010


Little M reminded and his older brother J were a delight to photograph earlier today.  I shot one of my favourite images today.  I just loved how this one converted to black and white.

Big brother J is always a joy to photograph and now his brother joins him.

These two will have the phone ringing off the hook when they are teenagers.
I think this look is "Don't mess with my brother or you will be dealing with me."

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Session Number 2 for Little Mr. R

This has to be one of the happiest babies.  He is always smiling and I just love seeing him.  He has the whole session thing down now and he is ready to jump in as soon as he arrives.  We were changing up the hats and he was at that stage where he was starting to crawl away when we would sit him down.  Just as I would get everything set, we would plunk him down and he would start to take off.  Only one solution to a moving baby...Cheerios!  Yes, he got his first Cheerios from me.  It was a special moment. 

I remember the day my daughter got her first Cheerios.  I took pictures, but you likely would have guessed that.  Big eyes wide with the excitement of putting this somewhat flavorless item in their mouth and having it melt away.  Once they get one, you have to have a small container full on hand.

Yep, that is a Cheerio he has in his hand.
He is just such a happy baby.
You guessed it, more Cheerios.

I just love this little back image.  It is on the back cover of his album.
Again, just sooo happy!
I love this one and he just looks so cute in this hat!
I just love the way the red shows up on the black!  He is so easy to put a hat on!  Some babies get their hands up there so quick and pull it right off but he is happy as can be.
And here with his beautiful mom!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

So happy to meet the their younger son.

This wonderful family asked to to photograph their first son in September 2008 and I was so excited when they called to tell me that they had a second son and wanted me to photograph him too.

I love it when I get to meet new family members and capture them when they are brand new.   Just a couple of weeks make such a difference in how an infant looks and they become so strong so quickly that it is just such a treat when I get to play with them.  

Check out this beautiful smile!  I love it.
I just love when the are all folded up like this.
Just a little break for a burp.
Siblings have a beautiful relationship that I love to capture.
What was he thinking??
He was laughing so hard we were all laughing with him.

Look at this beautiful family.

Mom looking lovely.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Another beautiful child on the way

I was so lucky to have this family as one of my early clients from my first year that I started my portrait business.  I started because my friend Kelly told me that I had to do it!  So, with my Rebel XT and my husband's stage lights, I started to take photos.  I picked up some material from Fabricland so that I had a white sheet to photograph people on.  I used the stage light stands to hold the material up and I put the VERY hot lights on a table or the floor.   They worked great to get started and to see if this was something I liked doing.  Once I started doing it I was hooked!  I loved it!!  So, after I had photographed a handful of clients for next to nothing so that I could test the waters, I went to Sheridan College to learn how to take the camera out of auto mode and how to use lights.  I loved each course and started to sign up for courses through other photographers too.  Networking and learning from others in the field are a great ways to improve.  I was just at a course on Monday night and it is just so energizing to be in a room with so many photographers, all looking to help each other.

Eventually I purchased a real backdrop stand that all fit nicely into one bag.  It used to take me 2 trips for the backdrop stand and another 3 for the heavy hot lights.  Now, I can carry it all in one trip.  The problem with loving photography is that you become addicted to the gear.  I have since purchased 3 more camera's and I don't think Canon makes anything cheap.  Even the cables are crazy.  If you are looking for a great place to start purchasing gear, I love Damon at Henry's and you should go talk to him.  If you are looking for someone who knows what they are talking about and who will not try to sell you more than you need, go see him at the Mississauga location.

Anyway, back to my original story, this family was one of my first.  I took their maternity photos with their first beautiful little girl.  Then it was newborn images when she was just a couple of weeks old, then again at 9 months and at 1 year.  Now, pregnant with their second child, we are all set to start this exciting process of documenting the growth of their family again.  I am so pumped.  They are one of my poster families, with a 16x20 canvas positioned right on the table where I meet with my clients.  People stop them in the park and ask them if Leah photographed their family.  I just love that!

Please enjoy a few images from their recent session.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Guy is ready to give 110%

I got to meet Guy Buchanan recently when he came to me to create some headshots for his real estate portfolio.   Guy is an energetic and fun person and he was great to interact with.  He had a wonderful story about how he met his beautiful wife and I hope that they will be back to photograph their family in the future. 
Guy has some great ideas about how to start his career in real estate and with his energy and innovation I am going to watch for his signs around town!

Friday, April 9, 2010

I met this lovely family when they came to allow me the honour of photographing their newborn son but I had the added pleasure of meeting their daughter who was a doll to have fun with.  She just loved the big teddy bear and gave him some great big bear hugs.  Kids at this age are unpredictable and full of energy and that is what makes photographing them so much fun.  My job is never the same on any given day and I would not have it any other way!

I had posted a few of these photos on Facebook but just noticed that I had not posted any here so I thought I would love to share them with you.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Main Street Quartet

I had a terrific afternoon getting outside with Shantelle, Jenn,  John and Frank for some photos for their portfolio.  They were so much fun and it was a chance to get out in the middle of the day for a couple of hours and have fun without having to worry about anyone jumping in the mud before it was time or falling in the water :).  Check them out at!

Check out the frozen water behind them!  It was a beautiful day and there were birds walking on the pond a bit further back!

Monday, April 5, 2010

One Year Later...

Well here we are.  One year later.  Little Baby M is one and it has been such a wonderful pleasure to photograph her over this time frame.  Here are some of her latest images.  Little Miss M always shows me many sides of her sweet little personality and has no fear of the camera and the lights.  It is usually a bit of a challenge to keep a hat on a toddler, but not this one, she loves to play dress up too.

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