2014 Client Appreciation Giveaway | Guelph portrait photographer


In the spirit of giving and the holidays, and to show my appreciation to my clients for making 2014 such a memorable year, I am giving away a $250 gift certificate and an 11×14 canvas to one lucky winner!

To enter: Email me your favourite image from our session together this past year, and tell me what makes this photo special to you. Please send your entry to Entries will be received until December 20th. The winner will be selected by random draw on December 21st.

**If you did not purchase the digital file of your favourite image, feel free to send me a quick snapshot of your photo…even if it’s up on the wall. I love seeing how my clients display their images.

Good luck to everyone, and thank you again for making 2014 a wonderful year for myself, and my little business!


XO  Dana
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Baby Brother | Guelph newborn photographer

I know I have said it before, but I just love watching my client families grow!  I had the privilege of photographing this couple’s first born as a wee babe, and have had the opportunity to photograph her since.  I was thrilled to learn that they were expecting a baby boy, Benjamin, this past October.  This little guy is just so handsome, and I look forward to watching him grow and change in the coming year!  Thank you again C & S for choosing me to photograph your baby boy.  You have such a beautiful family!

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The Mock Family | Owen Sound Family Photographer

I have known this family for many years, and have now photographed their extended family on two occasions. I loved having the opportunity to photograph them on the shoreline of Georgian Bay, just outside of my hometown of Owen Sound. Although some Smarties & Skittles were required for bribery, a lot of fun was had, and I am thrilled with the shots that we got that evening. Thank you again Mock Family for having me photograph your beautiful family!


Baby Thomas: A Guardian Angel | Owen Sound Newborn & Family Photographer

I thought about this blog post for awhile, and didn’t know where to start.  I often post session shares here on my blog, but this is a unique situation. Every family has their own story, but in this instance I thought it would be more fitting for Sarah to tell her own family’s story.  Thank you, Sarah…for being so open, honest, courageous, and brave.   You are a true inspiration, and I am proud to be able to call you a friend.  Thank you for graciously sharing your journey with us.  We continue to pray and send positive thoughts your way.  Stay strong, friend.  Hugs!

Sarah’s Words:

Not every baby saves his mothers life. Not only is Thomas a miracle himself, he is also my guardian angel. Thomas was born prematurely at 27 weeks weighing 1lb 13oz. He came at a critical time…when doctors refused to deliver him, and I was given only weeks to live without chemotherapy treatment. You see, I only learned that I had cancer when I had unusual pains at week 21 of my pregnancy that left me hospitalized. I was eventually diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer that has spread to my liver. Thomas seemed to sense his mother’s struggle, and knew the only way we both would live was if he was born naturally. That way we could both fight our own battles side by side at the hospital.   Today Thomas is a scale tipping 9lbs and  is doing amazing.  Doctors are pleasantly surprised with his outstanding growth and development.  I continue to receive chemo with hopes of shrinking my tumours until they can be operated on–praying this will all be behind us one day and that I will be able to watch my miracle baby grow each day, for years to come.  

Dana has been a long time friend of my husband and I.  We struggled for years to have a baby.  When we did, we knew immediately we wanted Dana to capture our special moments. Her natural talent made her an easy choice.  We didn’t know that our circumstances would be so unique…Instead of a maternity session, Dana came to the neonatal intensive care unit to photograph out preemie son.  And instead of doing a newborn session, she kindly packed up her studio and came to our home to photograph Thomas as a 4-month old babe…who was now just the size of a newborn.  Her photos mean the world to us.  They will transcend time and stand as a testament of our love- as a mother’s love-for her son.  I couldn’t be happier with our photos.  No matter what the future holds, Thomas will always be able to see and know the love and tenderness we shared.  He will witness our special bond and know that I’ll always be there for him.



New Addition | Guelph Newborn photographer

This past summer I had the pleasure of reuniting with a family who I had worked with 2 years ago, when I photographed their first daughter  Jayd, at 5 weeks-old.  Sometimes toddlers don’t really understand what’s happening when a new baby is on the way, but Jayd seemed to be quite excited about the prospect of having a new baby around.  Even at our maternity session, she wanted to snuggle mommy’s tummy to love on her baby sister Kyra.  I’m sure these two girls will have a beautiful bond as sisters, and will also be close friends.   Thank you S & C for choosing me to photograph these special milestones in your lives — you have such a beautiful family!







Christmas Minis | Guelph photographer

Christmas Mini session

Our Christmas Mini Sessions are open for booking!  There are two events to choose from:  the {Kids Only} Christmas Minis, and the outdoor Family Minis.  The details for each event can be found below.  There is limited spaces for each day, so please book early to avoid disappointment.  What-to-Wear suggestions will be provided upon booking.   Email to secure your time slot.

*Note: a 50% non-refundable retainer is required at the time of booking to secure your spot


{Kids Only} Christmas Mini Sessions
Details:  We will be bringing the outdoors into the studio…complete with snow (of the fake variety, of course!) for the {Kids Only} Christmas Minis. Our Winter Wonderland set will be designed in mostly whites, grey and silver with a touch of sparkle too. When planning your child’s wardrobe, feel free to go casual, dressy, or even add some stylish winter accessories that they would normally wear outdoors. Keep in mind that footwear will be worn, and may be visible in the photographs.

Date:  October 18th, 2014.

Package:  15-minute in-studio session for up to 3 siblings, two sets, all edited images via digital download (maximum of 8), and a set of 25 holiday cards

Cost:  $225+hst

Outdoor Family Christmas Mini Sessions
Details:  These styled sessions will take place at an outdoor location (tba) and are available for up to 5 family members.  The set will include a antique-style couch, and some natural and simple festive props.

Date:  November 22nd, 2014.

Package:  20-minute session for up to 5 family members, all edited images via digital download (maximum of 12), and a set of 25 holiday cards

Cost: $325+hst

Happiness is…Family | Guelph Family Photographer

I pretty much love every.single.image from this session. I always enjoy meeting up with, and photographing this family. Maiya recently turned 2, and so we incorporated her birthday balloons in a few of the shots to commemorate her special milestone. As always Stewart Family, it was a pleasure! Thank you for having me capture your family again :)

A Fond Farewell | Oakville Family Photographer

This family contacted me early in the summer to book a portrait session at a place close to their home in Oakville. This place had special meaning to them. It was a spot where they had spent some fun and happy times together over the past four years. A spot that they would surely miss when they moved away, back to the UK. I had such a great time with this family during their session, and I hope that these images help them to remember some of the memories that they shared during their adventures here in Ontario. Thank you Green Family for inviting me to your special spot.  It was a pleasure meeting the four of you, and I bid you a fond farewell as you head home.

The Torgerson Family | Toronto Family Photographer

Although I tend to shoot most of my sessions around the Guelph area, I am certainly willing to travel as well! Recently I had the opportunity to travel to Toronto to meet up with my beautiful friend Nadine and her gorgeous family. The location we used for our session wasn’t too far from their home near the Lakeshore. I had the privilege of photographing them one year ago, and it was so nice to have the opportunity to see the five of them again and to see how much the little ones had grown and changed. I adore this family — their fun personalities and their style! Thank you N & C for having me capture some updated images of you and your wonderful family!