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A lifestyle and documentary photographer serving Toronto and Lake Simcoe cottage country with a passion for photographing families, newborns, entrepreneurs and real life moments. 

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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 […]

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August 3, 2017

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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 […]

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July 20, 2017

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) […]

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March 27, 2017

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. […]

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February 22, 2017

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 […]

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January 25, 2017

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 […]

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January 1, 2017