Claudia & Diem | Toronto Mommy & Me Lifestyle Photographer

This was a special shoot and I was so looking forward to it. My first Motherhood session and it was with a radiant, gorgeous mother who I did maternity pictures for. 

The timing of this session could not have been more perfect too. After unseasonably cold Spring weather and anxiously waiting for things to start blooming, we hit the jackpot and got 25 degree weather and tons of gorgeous trees and bushes in full bloom. 

This was also an afternoon session as opposed to the usual evening shoot and I absolutely loved the change in light. The full sun was a welcomed challenge and we were able to successfully get some amazing shadows. I also have to give a huge shout out and thanks to my gorgeous model for her incredible outfit selection. The dress and the hat added such a sophisticated and classy yet sexy feel. When I was editing I often felt like I was looking at a Monet painting!

Here's some gorgeous Spring mom and baby love to send you into the weekend. 

 

 

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Sue & Kevin | Toronto Family Lifestyle Photographer

Out with April, in with May! I kicked off my Spring sessions with this gorgeous family during the last weekend of April. Every year after a long, cold northern winter, I always think by April it will actually feel like Spring when in reality it rarely does. As the end of April approached, I was a bit worried nothing would be blooming in time for my first outdoor session of the year, but Mother Nature pulled through and gave me some beautiful greens and yellows to work with. 

Here's where the magic of photography steps in...it was actually quite cold the evening of this session and in between pictures and location changes we were all bundling up to stay warm. This family was absolute rockstars though and did not complain once. 

If this is what I have to look forward to for the rest of the Spring, then I'm super excited! 

 

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A Love Letter to Fall | Toronto Nature Photographer

How can you not go outside this time of year and just fall head over heals in love with your surroundings? It's like instant peace and tranquility whether you're standing in the country or in the city. Similar to last year, we have been lucky to have some unseasonably warm temps lately making it easier for me to venture out with the little one. Yesterday she had her first experience playing in the leaves...an activity that was a favourite of mine as a child. :) 

Here are some images from yesterday. Some eye candy for your Friday, and a lot of it, so get cozy and enjoy! 

 

 

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Abby & Bryan | Toronto Maternity Photographer

These two were serious troopers for their shoot. It was a ridiculously windy evening which I was super excited about, and I'm so grateful to them for trusting my vision and ideas in my head of what I wanted to create. They did amazing and one of my very favourite images thus far came out of this shoot. 

I'm so lucky to have families and couples that make my job so effortless! 

 

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Morning on the Balcony | Toronto Nature Photographer

I noticed this spiderweb this morning on the balcony with the soft, orange light of the sunrise streaming through it and couldn't pass up the opportunity to capture it! I find spiderwebs rather challenging to shoot and edit, but I was a little happier with my result this time. 

 

 

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A Short Walk | Toronto Nature Photographer

It's been quite a while since I shot any nature images lately, so the other morning I decided it was time. The baby wasn't feeling it though, so it was a much shorter walk than originally planned, but that's okay. I still got a few decent shots and it was still nice to get out and enjoy that fresh air and warm weather that I'm so afraid will turn freezing cold soon with no in between! 

 

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Stephanie & Gabriel | Toronto Maternity Photographer

So I mentioned before on my Facebook page that I love maternity photography. I love capturing the last few weeks before these couples, and especially mamas, embark on a new journey and chapter of their lives. Those final weeks are when most moms are feeling exhausted, uncomfortable and ready to be done with pregnancy, but for me they are the most special to photograph. 

I love the chance to freeze time in an image and allow them to hopefully forget all the uncomfortable parts of pregnancy and just remember how gorgeous and full of life they looked. Hopefully my mamas will look back on these images and realize when they thought they looked "big" or tired, they actually looked quite amazing.

I loved photographing this couple and this pregnant mommy was just absolutely stunning the whole way through. 

Wishing them all the best in the next chapter of their journey! 

 

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Karen & Mike | Toronto Couples Photographer

When I had a vision in mind of a couple's scene I wanted to photograph, I immediately thought of our good friends, Mike and Karen. I wanted to create something intimate, classic and sophisticated, and boy did they deliver! Even though said afterwards that they were pretty sure they screwed the whole thing up, that couldn't have been farther from the truth. The results from their shoot was everything I wanted and more! I'm so grateful for them and friends that are up for anything! Definitely plan on doing many more shoots like this in the future. 

AND I was even lucky enough to have a fellow photographer friend tag along to help bounce ideas off of each other, and she was wonderful! Looking forward to seeing her interpretation of the shoot as well!

 

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Claudia & Shaun | Toronto Maternity Photographer

Still catching up on blogging last weekends shoots. I had the pleasure of photographing this amazing couple and mama-to-be thanks to a friend of mine helping me get the word out that I was looking for some maternity models. They were effortless. So much love between these two that their shoot felt so natural to capture. I can't wait to see that sweet baby make it's grand entrance, because I know these two will make such a loving home. 

 

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Courtney & Andrew | Toronto Family Photographer

Last weekend I had a wonderful session with this beautiful family. We completely lucked out as it was raining on and off all day and there were thunderstorm warnings for the evening. Somehow the rain gods managed to hold off just long enough for our shoot and the results were amazing! I had so much fun shooting them, and the HARDEST time narrowing down their gallery. Here are some of my favs.

 

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Colour vs Black and White | Toronto Fine Art Photographer

Oh the never ending dilemma among photographers...the age old question...colour or black and white?

Sometimes the choice is simple, but sometimes it's just not that easy. This is especially true for me when shooting nature photography. I wrote a similar post on my old blog, but thought enjoyed writing it so much that I thought I'd share it over here as well and maybe make it a monthly occurrence so you can help me decide! 

When you think about nature images, I bet your first inclination is to keep everything colour. You're probably thinking, "Duh, Jenny! Why would you convert something so vibrant and beautiful to black and white? You will lose the essence of the image!" Well I beg to differ. 

What I love about converting a colour nature image to black and white is because the colour is no longer the first characteristic of the image you are drawn to, therefor leading your eye to the other elements instead such as composition, shapes, textures (oh the textures!) and depth. Aside from those elements I have always been a sucker for black and white because of it's emotion and timelessness. 

So with that being said, I'm going to post a few images in both colour and black and white for you to see which you prefer. While looking at these, I challenge you to see what qualities of the black and white image jump out at you first now that the element of colour has ben taken out of the equation. And for a further challenge, I would love for you to find some of your own favourite colour images in your portfolio and see if you might enjoy them just as much, but for different reasons once converting them to black and white. 

I will also note, that when I convert to black and white, I also fix my white balance first, as that makes a big difference, believe it or not, in how your end image will look once converted. I find it equally as important to adjust with black and white and with colour. Also, I tend to process black and whites slightly heavier as it's just my personal preference to have a deeper, moodier black and white image, but I also find many less contrasted black and whites equally as beautiful when looking at other's work. 

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Before and After Macros | Toronto Fine Art Photographer

Good Morning and Happy Saturday! 

Every Saturday morning since May we have kicked off our weekends with a trip to the local Farmer's Market. It's so perfect because it's just a 5 minute walk away to the park at the end of our street, and we get breakfast, a flower bouquet for the week and fresh air all in one! 

Something else I also do every Saturday is document the gorgeous farmer's market flowers that we bring home. Usually I take pictures of the bouquet as a whole as well as some freelensed macro shots so I thought this week I'd share some before and after shots with you. 

I love moody edits on nature/macro images, so I have fun trying to challenge myself to create something a little deeper and darker when editing lately which means underexposing, bring down highlights and shadows a little and usually adding a little vignette to bring more attention to the subject. Also, on a side note, I've only been using Lightroom for about the past 2 years. Very rarely do I use Photoshop anymore, unless absolutely necessary. 

Here are my before and afters for this week. Enjoy!

 

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