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I have a confession to make - I don't like the word blog. So if you don't mind, this is my "journal," a corner of my site to share some recent client and personal work as well as photo tips I've found helpful. Enjoy. Explore. Leave a comment behind. xo

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PERSONAL

CLIENT WORK

TIPS + ADVICE

Oh those summer nights! | Family session in Cedarvale

Anyone else sing Grease all summer? Just me? I’m obsessed with evening sessions this summer. The light is amazing. The temperatures are perfect. Kids think it’s fun to be out when they should be getting ready for bed. Also Toronto summers are so short, every beautiful night feels special. This family wins awesomeness points for […]

August 10, 2018

client work

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What should we wear? | Toronto Family Photography

“What should we wear?” It’s my most-asked question from my family photography clients. And with good reason – everyone wants to look as great as possible, while still feeling comfortable and true to themselves for their session. I admit, before my own family session this spring, I spent a lot of time thinking about what […]

August 1, 2018

client work, personal, tips + advice, Uncategorized

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I love a Tuesday morning | Toronto Family Photographer

When it comes to email inquiries for family photo sessions, here’s one phrase that brings me so much joy:”We’re free on Tuesday mornings.” Ahhhh Tuesday. There’s something magical about this weekday morning in Toronto. Parks and landmarks are quiet and free of tourists, locals (even those who take Monday or Friday off to extend their […]

June 30, 2018

client work

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This family keeps getting sweeter and sweeter | Toronto at-home lifestyle photo session

Hi journal, it’s me Janis. It’s been too long. I’ve been meaning to get back to writing and posting, and thought this sweet family session was a great occasion to jump back in. This is the third shoot we’ve done together – and the first with their new baby girl! Two things I’d like to […]

February 28, 2018

client work

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5 Photo Rules I’m Breaking this Summer | Toronto and Lake Simcoe documentary photographer

If you follow my Instagram feed (and if you don’t here’s the link :)) you probably already know: a) I’m having a pretty sweet summer and b) I’ve been taking a lot of photos of my kids. With more than FOUR weeks of summer vacation still ahead of us, I figured it’s a perfect time […]

August 3, 2017

personal, tips + advice

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It’s different the second (and third) time around | Toronto maternity and family photographer

If I could have a do-over (and I realise this is a very dangerous game to play), I would go back 4.5 and 2.5 years and tell myself to book maternity sessions to celebrate my second and third pregnancies. For my first, the uber talented Emma McIntyre took my photos and I love them. Those […]

July 20, 2017

client work

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3 month olds get a bad rap | Toronto lifestyle studio family photo session

Here’s something I’ve heard from more than a few clients: “I really want to take family pictures now, but my youngest is 3-months-old. We should probably wait.” I couldn’t disagree more. I love 3-month-olds. Possibly even more than squishy newborns or silly one-year-olds. Why? In no particular order, here’s what I love most about 3-month-olds: 1) […]

March 27, 2017

client work

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Never underestimate an only child | Toronto family photographer

I’m an only child. It’s a fact that defined my childhood and still defines me as a person. I like my space. I like things to go my way. I like being treated as an equal. I don’t like being underestimated. So shame on me for underestimating one of my own at a recent shoot. […]

February 22, 2017

client work

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5 ways to improve your next vacation pics | Toronto documentary family photographer

I hope this doesn’t come across as a humble brag, but I just got back from a great vacation (with 3 kids under 7, it was more like a tropical relocation) in the Dominican Republic. The trip provided a week’s relief from taking snowy or indoor candids with my kids. With the tropics fresh in my […]

January 25, 2017

personal, tips + advice

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A New Year’s Resolution: 6 months in the making | Toronto documentary child photogapher

Last summer, I took a documentary photography course with the incredible Ruth Kaplan. She showed us how to look at the world, and our own work, through a different lens (pardon the pun). Our final project was completely open. We could document anything we wanted. My mind was racing. So many choices! I had an idea to capture […]

January 1, 2017

personal

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