Home is where the Heart is | Puslinch Family Photographer

I loved having the opportunity to catch up with this family again!  I last saw them as a family of three when photographing mom’s maternity session.  They recently invited me to their beautiful home outside of Guelph, in Puslinch to photograph their family session.  It was important to them to have their session at a place that they loved…somewhere that they felt comfortable.  I was happy to oblige and upon driving down a gorgeous country road and pulling into their driveway, I could easily see why their home holds such a special place in their hearts!  The gardens were in full bloom, and the girls have plenty of space to run free and play.  I have so many favourites from our session together and am so appreciative to have been invited to capture this beautiful family. At home.

 

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New Arrival: Baby Christina | Mississauga newborn photographer

I recently had the pleasure and honour of photographing this beautiful baby girl, Christina, who happens to be the newest daughter of a long-time friend of mine.  I first met this wee one’s parents during my first year of university (her mom and I lived in residence together) and we have been friends ever since!  I am looking forward to watching little Christina grow, and am excited to have the opportunity to photograph her again for her “sitting” milestone around her 6-7 month mark.  Sabrina & Brad – thank you so much for having me capture your new addition…she is absolutely precious!  You have created such a beautiful family and I am so grateful that I was able to capture some of your first photos together as a family of four!  Congratulations again!

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Did you know that a complimentary digital birth announcement is included with your newborn session?  View Christina’s baby announcement here.

*New* ‘Petite Newborn Session’ Option | Guelph newborn photographer

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I have been toying with the idea for awhile now, and have finally decided to add a new option to my newborn session packages on a trial basis – the “Petite” session.  This session will taken place in-studio and will focus on baby only (no parent, sibling or family images will be taken), and will last up to 1 1/2 hours.  Five (5) full resolution images are included in the package, with the option to purchase the remaining images in the gallery.  This option is ideal for clients who only desire a few images of their brand new babe.  Only a limited number of these sessions will be available per month.  The cost is $300+hst.

** For the summer months, I am extending this offer to include outdoor newborn sessions as well. 

If you are expecting and are considering booking a newborn session, I highly recommend securing your session while you are still pregnant.  I am currently accepting bookings for due dates between August and January 2016.  Email info@definingmomentsphotography.ca for more details.

Project 52: Weeks 21-30 | Guelph photographer

Just dropping in to share some more images from my Personal Project 52.   Some of the images that I took of my girls in this collection may just rank as my most favourite photos I’ve taken of them to date.  Thanks for stopping by!
Dana

Week 21: Through
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Week 22: Colour
Guelph child photographer

Week 23: Self Portrait (this one was a challenge!)
Defining Moments Photography, Guelph Portrait Photographer

Week 24: Long Exposure
Canada Day Fireworks, Guelph

Week 25: Sparkle
My husband and I celebrated our 12-year wedding anniversary in June
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Week 26: Dance
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Week 27: Childhood
“Toddler on a Mission”
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Week 28: Outdoor
Enjoying the outdoors during our camping trip to Algonquin Provincial Park
Guelph family photographer, Algonquin Park

Week 29:  Playtime
A friendly game of Candyland with my daughter.  I won. Three times.  :)
Candyland

Week 30: Simplicity
“Dance like no one’s watching…”
evening light, Guelph photographer

Album Sale! | Guelph and area photographer

Your portrait session is complete.  Your USB is in-hand. But where are your images now?

I love providing beautiful imagery for my clients, and I love it even more when clients opt to purchase products to showcase their photographs.  It is then that I truly feel like my job is complete, because I know that their images will be enjoyed and shared for years to come.  It is much easier to enjoy imagery when it is up on the wall or displayed in an album, rather then digging through a drawer to retrieve a USB and plugging it in to view your photographs that way.

You would not believe how often I hear from my clients months after their portrait session that they love their images, but they still have not found the time to print them.  Nor do they know exactly what they want to do with them, or how to display them.

Although I do have some favourite wall art products to display your most favourite images, I really do think that albums are a great way to archive and preserve the photographs from your session. Albums also enable the full “story” to be told as all of your photographs are showcased together.  AND another bonus is that they don’t take up any space — no wall space is required!  :)

I recently added a gorgeous new album option to my product line — the 10×10 Signature Album. It is a high-quality linen-covered album that includes 10-spreads (20 pages), thick & sturdy pages, e-surface paper with lustre coating, AND it comes packaged in it’s own cloth-covered keepsake box. Customizeable options include rounded page corners, your choice of cover colour, and a cameo cover option as well.

My lab is currently offering these albums at 20% off, and I am more than happy to extend this offer to my clients as well!  If you have had a past session with me and would like me to create an album to showcase your images, I would be more than happy to design it for you!!   This offer is valid until July 22nd only, so please connect as soon as possible if interested.

 

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Mine: Seven | Guelph Child Photographer

My son Owen celebrated his seventh birthday this past May, and as I always do, we commemorated his new age with a photo session. This last year was a big one for him — he now has Grade 1 under his belt, has been doing well with reading and writing, and he also lost his first tooth (he’s up to 4 now!). I remember at the first sign of his first wiggly tooth, I grabbed my camera to capture one of his last “baby smiles”. I’m glad that I have that image, but I’m grateful for these ones as well. My boy is growing up, and although his smile is a bit “holey” at the moment, these images will serve as a good reminder to me (and to him) of this stage in his childhood. My fun, happy, silly, curious, thoughtful, intelligent, complicated and sweet boy at seven.
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Oh Canada! | Guelph Photographer

Happy Birthday, Canada!  Did you take in a fireworks display last night?  Each year we take our family to see the Canada Day fireworks display that is offered at Riverside Park, here in Guelph.  We have found a nice little location outside of the park where we can watch the show in our lawn chairs, or perched on the tailgate of our SUV.  The kids loved the beautiful colours and “booms”, and I had a lot of fun playing with some long exposure techniques.  Here are a few of my favourite shots:

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New Arrival: Baby Adriana | Guelph Newborn Photographer

I have loved getting to know this family recently, first at their maternity session, and then more recently at their newborn session to capture their newest family member, Adriana.  I’d say about 95% of my newborn sessions include family shots, as I feel they should.  Welcoming a new baby is a family affair, and I love it when all immediate family members are eager to participate in the session.  Even Butters the retriever made an appearance in a couple of the shots.  Big Brother Charlie was one of the most well-behaved 2 year-olds  that I have had the pleasure of working with, and I am sure he will be a wonderful big brother to his new baby sister.  Thank you J & M for entrusting me to capture these special milestones in your family’s lives.  It has been a pleasure!

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New Arrival: Baby Thomas | Cambridge Newborn Photographer

I had the pleasure of working with this wonderful family back in May, who were referred to me by one of my past newborn clients. I absolutely love referrals, and am so appreciative when clients come to me based upon hearing about someone else’s positive experience. Baby Thomas came to be photographed at 10 days new. He and his Big Sister were so well-behaved, and I’m sure they will be the best of friends as they grow up together. I’m looking forward seeing how much little Thomas grows and changes over the next few months, as I will be photographing him again around his 6-month mark!

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My Own: Reagan Turns Five! | Guelph Child Photographer

Birthdays are such an important occasion in a child’s (and parent’s!) life. Children grow and change so quickly, and each year they are achieving new milestones and developing their personalities. Birthdays are pretty much the equivalent to Christmas for a child. Immediately after celebrating a birthday, my kids are eager for the next one to come. I’m not sure at what point birthdays lose their appeal for adults. Actually, I sit here writing this on my own birthday. Although it is nice to receive birthday wishes via cards, texts, phone calls and social media, at this point in my life I really don’t have the same excitement for my birthday as I once did…even early in my adulthood years. I find that now one of the best things about my own birthday is watching my children’s excitement for me to celebrate my day. They love giving me hand-made cards, watching excitedly as I unwrap my gifts, and singing the birthday song. They always try to make each birthday a special and memorable one for me. I want to do the same for them as well. For each birthday that my children celebrate, I make a point of documenting their new age with a small photo session. Although they aren’t always willing to be my models and muses, this is the one time every year that they ASK me to take their photos.

My oldest and middle child celebrate their birthdays nine days apart, and so the end of April into early May is a very busy time in our household. Reagan celebrates her birthday first, and this year she turned five. She was so excited to turn five, because five means that she will be transitioning to SK (senior kindergarten), which also means that she is allowed to play in the “big yard” at school. It’s the little things the mean the most, apparently :)

I took Reagan to a nearby location one evening, as a newly turned 5 year-old. Here are my favourites from our time together…
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It was a bit of a windy night, and I kept reminding her not to let go of her balloon…and then this happened…
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She was absolutely distraught that her birthday balloon soared up, up and away. I’m not gonna lie…there were some tears.  But luckily they didn’t last too long.  On a side note — I wonder what that poor bird was thinking!?
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