Project 52: Weeks 9-12 | Photographer in Guelph

I am still plugging away at my personal Project 52, though I must admit that I have found the past few weeks to be challenging. I was stumped by a couple of the weekly themes, and that paired with other pressing priorities (such as preparing my income taxes! blah!) and feeling somewhat uninspired…it left my project on the back-burner, though it was never far from my thoughts. I really don’t want to fail at this!  Sometimes I think I “over think” the themes, trying to come up with something really awesome. I finally got to the point where I just decided to get back at it and shot a few images just for the sake of taking them so that I could move on. Here are my images for month 3…

Week 9:  Shapes

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Week 10:  Mirrors/Reflectionsspring thaw Week 10_edited-1
Week 11: Night

I really wanted to do something amazing with this theme.  I wanted to shoot in an urban setting at night, but with time constraints it just didn’t happen.  Also, with the recent time change, darkness really doesn’t fall until much later in the evening. I snapped this shot just to say that I had one for the theme that week…as night was beginning to fall.



Week 12:  Break the Rules

Again, I was stumped this week and decided to “break my own rules” in post-processing, by using different sliders and functions that I don’t normally fiddle with in Photoshop.  I like the end result.   I am including the icicle shot because I was going to use it initially for my one shot this week and am happy with how it turned out.  Mother nature gave us frigid temperatures and freezing rain on this day in April…so my interpretation was that SHE was breaking the rules ;)   Hopefully that was the last blast of winter-like weather until next year.

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Interested in seeing my images from the last two installments of my Project 52?  My past weeks can be found here and here

New Arrival: Baby Jordan | Guelph newborn photographer

It may sound redundant, but I just love watching my client’s families continue to grow. Twenty-one months ago I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing this family at their first son’s newborn session. I was thrilled to hear from them again recently as they were awaiting the arrival of their second baby boy…Baby Jordan. He looked identical to how his older brother looked as a newborn, and had the most perfect lashes and beautiful head of dark hair! M & I — Thank you so much for entrusting me to capture these special milestones in your lives. You have such a beautiful family, and I thoroughly enjoyed our time together!

Without further ado, meet Jordan, at 12 days new…

Mama Love: Limited Edition Mother’s Day Sessions | Guelph family photographer

I am over-the-moon excited to be offering something a bit different for mamas this Mother’s Day.  In the past I have offered Mommy + Me mini sessions which were a lot of fun, but I always felt that the sessions were too rushed and they didn’t offer the full experience that I feel that moms truly deserve.  This year I wanted to offer moms an unhurried, relaxing, and unique experience.  One where she can be pampered prior to the session, and have beautiful portraits captured with her littlest loves while looking and feeling her very best!  These very special session offerings are taking place on Mother’s Day here in Guelph and are limited to only 5 sessions…and I expect them to sell out quickly!  This Mother’s Day, show her just how special and beautiful she really is, and gift her an experience she will never forget!

Mama – if you happen to be the one reading this and are interested in participating in this exclusive Mother’s Day event, perhaps link the details to your hubby, or go ahead and treat yourself !  Or perhaps you would like to gift a session to  your own Mom.  Even though I referred to children  as “littlest loves”, there is no age limit.  These sessions could be a great opportunity to have a three generations portrait completed as well… what a special gift for Grandma that would be!

Contact me via email to book, or call 519-824-1459.  The balance is due in full at the time of booking to secure the makeover and portrait experience.

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“Mothers hold their children’s hands for awhile, but their hearts forever.”

– Unknown

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A Personal Post: Project 52 – Weeks 4-8 | Guelph photographer


Eight weeks in, and I am happy to report that I am still devoted to shooting my one themed image per week for my Project 52.  I must admit though, I found the past couple of weeks to be challenging to find the time to fit in my project for a few different reasons… first with the passing of a friend, and my family (and myself) being hit with the flu etc. I found myself leaving my project until the very last minute of each week, and then was scrambling to figure out something to shoot for the given theme.    Although what I am shooting at times is quite different than what I normally photograph, I am enjoying shooting for a purpose, and being forced to step outside of my comfort zone, and plan to continue to step outside of the box in future weeks — either in the interpretation of the theme, or just embracing a different way of shooting than I normally would.  Here are my images from the past four weeks:

Week 5:  Low Light

This image was inspired by a friend.  She passed away during this week {of the project} after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  You can read about her story here.

Week 5 - Low Light

Week 6:  Abandoned

In my mind, I had something awesome planned out for this week…but alas, due to the frigid cold temperatures we have been experiencing, and the fact that life with three littles can often be hectic, I settled for shooting something quickly last-minute.   Hopefully I’ll get to photography my original vision for a future theme.  I drive by this property almost every day and wonder about the story behind it.  I’ve always been fascinated by abandoned barns and buildings.

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Week 7:  Black & White

My boy.  I call this one “Freckles & Lashes.”

Week 7 - BW web

Week 8:  Same but Different

Initially I struggled with what to shoot for this week’s theme, and then while watching big, fluffy snowflakes fall outside my kitchen window one morning, it hit me.  Although at first glance snow looks all the same, each snowflake is actually different and unique.  I really enjoyed getting some use out of my macro lens, and actually have a few favourite shots…but I like the soft, whimsy and artistic processing of this image, so that’s why I chose it to share.


Just Baby. | Guelph Baby Photographer

I love photographing all stages of childhood, but I especially love capturing babies within their first year. This time is such a fleeting one, filled with tremendous growth, emerging personalities, and learning some independent skills, such as sitting. Little babes at this stage are so happy, and often look at the world with such innocence, curiosity, and wonder…and I just adore capturing that through my lens!  Toothless smiles, eyes full of wonder, finding their toes, and that squishy baby chub — the joy in watching a babe at this developmental stage never gets old for me! I thoroughly enjoyed photographing little Vivian at my in-home studio here in Guelph, just one week shy of her 7 month milestone. Isn’t she darling?!


Baby Milestone Sessions are offered as part of the Baby’s First Year Package, and are available to book separately to take place anytime between 3-12 months of age as well.  A few occasions during the year “Just Baby” mini sessions are offered also.  There are a few spaces remaining for this event taking place on March 10th (for babies between 6-12 months). Connect for more details by contacting me at, or 519-824-1459

Beach sessions announced! | Guelph family photographer

I am pleased to announce that this summer Defining Moments Photography will be taking to the road to offer  fun and memorable portrait experiences at several beaches within Southwestern Ontario.   This is a wonderful opportunity to have me come to a spot that is special to you, or create some extra-special memories your summer vacation at your home away from home.  These sessions are full sessions (not mini sessions) and would be ideal for maternity and/or family portraits.  The sessions are limited to just TWO time slots per location and will take place in the evening hours (exact start time to be determined closer to the date).   The creative fee for these sessions is $225 +hst and includes a pre-consultation and assistance with wardrobe planning. Prints, products, and collections may be purchased separately following the session.  Contact Dana at 519-824-1459 or for more details or to book your session.


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A Personal Post: Project 52 – Weeks 1-4 | Guelph photographer

Although I do take some time to shoot for myself, I find that I often don’t take the time to go through and edit and print my images.  This year I am making it a goal of mine to make more of an effort to make my own personal images as much of a priority as I do with my clients’ images.  One way I intend on doing this is through completing a personal 52-week project.  Unfortunately my 365-day project last year was an epic fail.  Although I did likely take a photo per day (a combination between my big girl camera and my iphone), I just didn’t have the time to edit them.  I feel like a Project 52 is much more achievable for me, and I plan to create an album at the end of the year so that I can look back and actually enjoy my images as well.  A group of fellow photographers from NAPCP are also participating, and as a group we are shooting according to a new theme assigned to each week, and sharing our images with each other.  It’s such a wonderful and supportive group of photographers, and it is neat to see the various interpretations from week to week.  I think that being a part of this group is also a great way to stay motivated and accountable.  Here are my shares for the first four weeks of the project:


Week 1:  Gratitude

I am certainly grateful for all three of my children, though I chose this image of my youngest for this week’s theme.  At 2 years-old, she is a ball of energy and doesn’t sit still for long…but when she does, I can’t get enough of her beautiful little details.  Sometimes I need to remind myself to take the time each day to slow down and just study my children because they really do grow and change so quickly!  I just love Makenzie’s ringlets and cute little pucker in this shot.

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Week 2: Bokeh
I originally had something else in mind for this week’s theme, but time got away from me, so I decided to play around with my macro lens indoors.


Week 3:  Music

My youngest loves music.  She loves singing songs, she loves dancing, and she also likes watching music videos on You Tube.  Although there are plenty of kid songs that she enjoys, there is one song by Weezer that she requests almost daily called “Back to the Shack.”  This is my husband’s influence, as I am not a fan at all, but Makenize sure loves it!

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Week 4:  Cake

I took this week’s theme very seriously and treated our family to some fancy desserts from Williams Cafe, specifically so I could photograph them.  My pick was this decadent slice of Brownie Cheesecake.  You can never go wrong with cheesecake ;)


Feel free to peruse some of the awesome talent participating in this Project 52:  Kate L Photography, Kimberly Tank Art & Photography, Songbird Photography, Life Unstill – H.Wilson Photography, MZ Photography, and
Wojo Image Photography.

2015 Beach Sessions! | Guelph family photographer

Although we are in the dead of winter here in Ontario, I am dreaming of warmer temperatures and sunny days in the months ahead!  I am pleased to announce that this summer Defining Moments Photography will be taking to the road to offer a limited number of beach sessions throughout Southwestern Ontario!  This is a wonderful opportunity to have some wonderful memories captured at a beautiful location that may be close to your heart!  So, where would YOU like to see me?  Leave a comment below or send me an email ( to share your favourite beach location with me, and perhaps your pick will make the short list!   Confirmed locations and dates will be announced in the next week or so, so stay tuned to this page for more info!


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