On an incredibly cold day at what seems to have been the tail end of this year's autumn season, this adorable family braved the chill to create these beautiful family portraits. Not pictured: very warm coats and extra jackets to keep warm between shots, and a lot of running around and silliness (and cookies) to keep the littles happy. :D
This beauty is turning 18, which in my mind is an absolutely perfect reason to buy a great dress and get your portraits taken. Can I spend every night dancing on the beach at sunset, please?
A perfect little baby, for a perfect little family. I've had the privilege of photographing Heidi + Joona a few times before, and now getting to see a glimpse of their early days of parenthood was so special. This sweet boy is in very, very good hands.
Whenever I get the opportunity to photograph a new client, the one question I am asked every single time is, “How long have you been doing this for?” I love this question, because it doesn’t have a boring numerical answer and allows me to share a bit of myself with my clients.
Photography has been a part of my heart since I was so young. I have one vivid memory of a hot summer day at my aunt’s house, stretched across the grass and posing with my mother and brother for a few shots on our point-and-shoot film camera. I nervously asked if I could try taking some photos, and when my mom said yes I eagerly grabbed the camera and turned it from it’s natural landscape to portrait orientation – which apparently was a pretty impressive move for my age because it garnered a few laughs from my mom and aunt.
As I grew up I watched my mother develop a passion for photography and start her own business. She set up a dark room in our basement and I got to help her make the exposures and rock the pans of solutions. I remember watching the images appear and thinking this was pretty close to magic. She took me along to photo sessions (go single moms!) and I got to see how she worked with her clients. She switched to digital and let me take the camera she relied on for her business out to the park so I could take my own photos. She took the time to look at my work and compliment things like subject and composition. And when I was 13 years old she took me along to be her second-shooter at my very first wedding. She let me suggest poses to the clients – some make me cringe to think about, but I learned so much about connection on-camera. My entire childhood I wanted to be just like my mom, and it’s so amazing to me that I get to follow in her footsteps.
Fast-forward to 2013 and me waiting for our first child to be born, and I realised that I could use photography as a way to work while still being at home with my baby. I started my own business and fell in love with photography all over again as I began to play around with styles and viewpoints, finding my own voice in this very big industry. I found that I was drawn to emotion, connection, movement and story within a photograph, and I think that is the very core of my work.
So, technically, I have been “doing photography” for 12 years. Looking back on my journey to where I am today is a bit overwhelming – because I’m still the girl sending my work to my mom to see what she things (really!) but I’m also completely convinced that I have found my calling in photography.
It's both an honour and a struggle when friends ask if I will photograph their wedding. I want nothing more than to be the one to tell their story, yet I've learned that if I am photographing a wedding it is impossible to also be a guest. However, for these two I was able to take their portraits and a few details of their lovely decorations at the Majakoski estate in Jyväskyla.
The snow poured down the day before to give us this beautiful white blanket backdrop and Salli's dress seems to just disappear into it. It was such an hour being able to take the portraits from this day.
Truthfully, there's probably a hundred reasons why I love to photograph this family. But on this particular occasion, Marisa stole my heart when she showed up to our freezing cold winter pregnancy session with a thigh-high slit dress and told me she had picked the incredible Wääksyn Kartano estate ruins for a location. This is the stuff my dreams are made of. :P
I am so excited to to meet their baby girl and watch this amazing family grow.
Let’s be really for a minute, okay? Wedding photography is expensive. Ya, I know it. And I know there are so many newly engaged brides searching out their perfect photographer only to be left in complete shock when they see that photographer’s prices.
But I really, truly believe that photography is the most important investment to make for your wedding. I know I probably seem super biased in saying that, but let’s think about it for a minute. Your day will fly by so fast, the cake will be eaten, your guests will go home, and all of the details you’ve spent months preparing will be taken down. And over time, your memories of that perfect day when you stood up and said "forever” to your person will begin to fade, and you will be left with photographs.
Maybe your uncle has a nice camera. Maybe you know a friend willing to do it on the cheap. But the difference between a hobbyist and professional is all the detail. The little moments and emotions that they are trained to look for. The experience in fast-paced events and the ability to be one-step ahead of the schedule. The knowledge of a wide range of lighting conditions. Anticipating moments, and knowing where to be looking and when.
You want to look back at your wedding photos and feel all of it all over again. And that is exactly what you need to be searching for in a wedding photographer. I truly believe that it is possible to find a photographer who is a good match for you at all difference price points. And I am by no means advocating you spend beyond your means just to have “the best” photographer you can find. What I am saying, is when making your budget, keep in mind the importance of your memories. And find someone you absolutely trust to capture them for you.
With all of that said, here are a few quick tips on finding your perfect-match photographer.
Many photographers start booking weddings a year or more in advance. Don’t leave this until a few months before your big day, or you may struggle to find a photographer you love who’s available.
Find a photographer who’s style resonates with you.
This should be a gut reaction. You’ll know right away if a photographer’s perspective, storytelling, and editing style are right for you. It’s a great big “yes” in your heart to the way that photographer’s images make you feel. If you don’t feel that way looking at that photographer’s work, move on. You’ll find one that’s right for you.
See a few full wedding collections.
Any photographer can take a few of their best images and put them on their front page, but you’ll want to do a bit of deeper digging to find collections of photos from an entire wedding day. Look at how they capture details, find different perspectives, and catch quick moments. If you’re hiring a photographer for an entire day, you want to be sure that you love more than just their portraits. Try looking in the ‘blog’ section of their website, this is often where larger sets are shared. If you love a photographer’s work but can’t seem to find a full-day set on their website, ask for one!
Choose a photographer you get along with.
I am a huge advocate for meeting your photographer before you hire them. You will be spending more time with your photographer during your wedding day than you will with any of your guests. Depending on the amount of coverage you’re looking to have, your photographer will be with from your morning preparations until you leave in the evening. You really don’t want to end up spending your wedding day with someone you don’t really like.
Look for a package that suits your needs.
You know best what moments of your day are most important to you, and how much your budget will get you. Many photographers have different packages to choose from to suit your needs, so look for a photographer who is offering what you need, or can be flexible to accommodate that.
Now the search for your perfect photographer is on. It may seem like a pretty big job, but trust me it is so worth it.
Ready, set, go!
I truly believe that nowhere in the world does October quite like Ontario. I'm so in love with the rich, deep colours, that perfect fall temperature, and a little wind that's perfect for pulling someone close. I got to meet up with Lacey and Devin at Lemoine Point park in Kingston on a perfect October evening to watch the sun set. These two were so much fun to photograph and I am so in love with how these photos turned out!
Riina + Jarno's wedding day was one that reminds me why I love my job – a couple who look at each other like THAT, a couple who you laugh and joke with and think maybe we should be friends, a couple who kept everything simple and their love took the spotlight. It was an honour to photography this wedding, and I have the most amazing clients.