Expecting: Julia & Craig | Kitchener Maternity Photographer

I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing this lovely couple recently for their maternity session here in Guelph.  Our maternity session took place on a beautiful warm evening with pretty light, and mama-to-be was simply glowing!  They are eager to welcome their first baby this summer, and I am equally excited to meet baby at the newborn session. Here are some favourites from our session together…

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the K Family | Guelph Family Photographer

Word-of-mouth and referrals make up a significant portion of my clientele. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for referrals, and how appreciative I am when I learn that a new client was sent to by a family member, friend or coworkers. I am so appreciative each time a family (new and repeat clients) trusts me enough to allow me to have a brief peek into their lives through my lens to capture some special memories to document their family at this point in time.   I really do have the most amazing and rewarding job!

This awesome fun-loving family of four came to me as a referral.  I had so much fun getting to know them during our session together.  Here are some favourites from our session:

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Mama Love: Mother’s Day Portrait Sessions | Guelph Family Photographer

“A Mother’s love is something that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it or take that love away.”
Helen Steiner Rice

Many thanks to the moms, daughters, littles and grandmas that joined me for this years ‘petite’ outdoor sessions in honour of Mother’s Day.  It was a joy and privilege for me to capture some special moments for you and your families!

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New Arrival: Baby Emily | Guelph Newborn Photographer

I recently had the privilege of photographing a brand new beautiful baby girl, along with her awesome family!  It’s easy to see that this family is completely smitten with their new addition.  I have gotten to know baby’s mama pretty well over the past couple of years through networking. Sandra owns  Guelph Wee Piggies & Paws and does lovely work — some of you may recognize her, as I frequently refer my newborn clients her way 😉   I was beyond thrilled and honoured when she asked if I would photograph her newborn session.  I have many favourites from our session together., and am including just a few here.  Meet Baby Emily, 6 days new…

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** Currently booking newborn sessions through 2016. Email to learn about our newborn portrait options!

Expecting: So much Love! | Kitchener Maternity Photographer

My heart!!  I was beyond thrilled when this family contacted me a few months ago to tell me that they were expecting baby #2!  I first met them at their maternity session when they awaiting the arrival of their first baby boy, and have had the opportunity to photograph them a few times since (‘Then-Now” collage posted below).  I absolutely loved catching up with them again for their second maternity session, and I am pretty sure that I presented them with the largest gallery I have ever shown to a client, simply because I loved all of the images. This family is gorgeous, Big Brother-to-Be is utterly adorable, and there is just so much love between them!   I am very much looking forward to photographing their new addition this spring.  Thank you A & V for entrusting me to capture these special times in your lives — it’s always a pleasure!


While mama was changing outfits, Henri hopped in front of the camera.  How adorable is he?!

At Home: Baby Theodore | Guelph Newborn Photographer

Last Fall I was contacted by a previous client and was thrilled to learn that she was expecting her second child! I had the pleasure of photographing her first baby just over three years ago. This time instead of an in-studio newborn session, the family opted for an in-home lifestyle session to capture their new addition. Although I prefer to photograph newborns within the first two weeks of their arrival, the lifestyle session worked to our advantage, as we weren’t able to schedule the session until Teddy’s 4-week mark due to a bit of a rough start. Thank you so much J & T for welcoming me into your home, and for choosing me to document this special milestone for your family!  Your boys are awesome!!

New Feature: #WallDisplayWednesday | Ontario Photographer

Show me your walls!

I am excited to introduce a new feature that will be coming to the blog, starting next week: Wall Display Wednesday!

I am always curious to know how my clients choose to display their final photographs from our sessions, and so I am asking you, my clients, to send me snapshots showing me how you have chosen to display the images that we created together. Show me your walls!  If your wall display is selected, your image will be featured on the blog and you will get a small surprise in the mail as a token of appreciation for your participation!  To share your images with me, please send me an email at  The first feature will be this Wednesday, so you have a few days to get your images to me.

I hope to feature my client’s wall displays on the blog (and perhaps on social media too!) twice per month — the first and the last Wednesday of each month.  Each Wednesday throughout the month I will also be sharing inspiring wall display ideas via Instagram (@definingmomentsphoto) using the hashtag #walldisplaywednesday…so if you aren’t already following me, please do!

I look forward to seeing how you are currently enjoying your printed memories in your home

Product Spotlight: Image Blocks

In addition to capturing beautiful imagery of you and your family, Defining Moments Photography also offers a line of unique, high-quality art products for preserving and showcasing your memories for years to come.  This month we are featuring one of our most popular products: Image Blocks.  Our studio has carried this product for a couple of years now, but we are pleased to now offer these pieces in a variety of sizes and styles.  Image Blocks are carefully handcrafted wooden blocks.  Your image is printed on the front surface, and then it is sprayed with a protective coating.  These art pieces may be purchased individually, or within a collection; they can be displayed individually on an easel, or easily hung on the wall.  A complimentary design consultation is available following your session so that you may see various mock-ups to help aid in deciding which image(s) to choose, or which wall layout would best suit your gallery.

If you have had a past session with me and are interested in ordering one of these beauties, please feel free to email me at for a complimentary design mock-up, AND the opportunity to receive a special promo rate (valid only for the month of February).

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Capturing Family | Guelph Family Photographer

I had such a great time meeting and hanging out with this family on a brisk December afternoon.  Little Mallory stole the show with all of her cuteness, and was proud to show of her latest “big girl” tricks such as blowing kisses, and taking some independent steps.  What a sweetheart!  Thank you A Family for choosing me to capture your sweet family!

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Honouring Mom: Mother’s Day Portraits Sessions | Guelph Photographer

Although we are still in January, I have had a few inquiries about Mother’s Day sessions, and I am thrilled to share that we will be offering TWO different portrait options for moms and their littles  again this year  (older children are welcome to participate too!).   So Moms, if either of these events peeks your interest, perhaps share this email with hubby so he can arrange this special gift for you!   Or, maybe you would like to book a session for you and your own mom!

The first event will take place on Sunday, April 24th at a rented indoor space here in Guelph. These portrait sessions will not only provide Mom with the opportunity to get in front of the camera with her loves, but they will also offer a relaxing, pampered experience prior to the session. Professional hair styling and make-up application (by Meghan Barbour) is included in the package (along with light snacks). Just six sessions are available, so if you would like to secure a spot, please don’t delay as I expect them to be a popular option!

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The second event will take place during the evening hours of May 6th and May 7th at an outdoor location in Guelph.  Again, there are only six spots available!

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Both sessions are for mothers and up to three children.  Grandmothers are welcome as well, though no full family portraits will be taken (sorry Dads!).  These sessions would also be ideal for expectant mamas with an older sibling(s) prior to baby’s arrival.

For more information, or to secure your session, please  email to