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An engagement session is a really great way to meet your photographer, build a gallery of images that reflects this incredibly meaningful time in your life, and give you a little art for your wedding website, save the dates, and any media or screen spaces in your wedding reception (the Arlington Estate has gorgeous screens […]

Bride and Groom sit down and look at each other laughing over a mistake

We’re sharing are a few of the best strategies we’ve seen for keeping the wedding day feeling breezy, fun and light… no matter what is happening around you.

Bride and Groom wearing all white dress and all white tuxedo embrace and kiss after seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day, also known as a first look.

Deciding whether or not to do a first look on the wedding day is a very personal choice and really depends on a few key factors that go into the planning of your day. With my experience as a Toronto wedding photographer, here are my three reasons for choosing to see each other before the walk down the aisle and why doing a first look might be the best fit for you.

When you’re envisioning your wedding day, imagine how you’d like guests to feel as they join the party. Whether you’re looking for a bright and airy aesthetic, a moody and cozy evening, or a summery backyard filled with greenery, choosing the decor really solidifies how your party will feel. Here are a few things to […]

We are often asked to share our top favourite venues in the GTA, so we’ve put together a list of our top 3 favourite indoor wedding locations in the GTA for you to peek at.

When Shana first described to me her dreams for a winter wedding, I was so excited to see how all of the sparkle and glamour she dreamed of would come together. As a Toronto wedding photographer, winter weddings mean it’s often too cold to go outside to play – and it can take a lot of creativity to get a look that is bright, fun, and airy.

I received a message totally out of the blue from a guy named Alex. He said he was flying in from Texas to propose to his girlfriend and really would love for one of us to capture it on camera. I laughed to myself. Flying in from Texas to propose? What could go wrong? Alex […]

This family you see here? They’re the reason John and I met. Bless. They are the first husband and wife team I’d ever come across that actually chose to work together day in and day out, and I loved their whole… thing. Together they direct a children’s camp in Southern Ontario which serves all types […]

Allow me to introduce Hamilton’s newest up-and-coming Mompreneur: Melissa! Melissa is a fellow homeschooling mama and is dipping her toes into the world of photography. When she asked me if I’d take shots of her family, I was honoured! New photographers have an eye for work that is fun and fresh and to be on […]

Alessandra and Michael have a vibe that is classic and old school – one of those cool-as-a-cucumber teams who make you know that all is well as long as they’re together. He makes her giggle, she makes him smile, a little Holiday Inn, a little White Christmas at this time of year. We really wanted […]

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