A Dreamy Beach Engagement Session
These two climbed over some scraggly rocks to get to the perfect spot, and were up for anything! I love when my clients take risks because they trust that I see potential in a certain location, and here it definitely paid off. When they weren’t laughing at me, they were sharing secrets (I think).
A Colourful Summer
I can honestly say that this session is one of my biggest accomplishments to date! This is exactly what I look for in weather, outfits, and amazing clients! I am the luckiest girl in the world right now, because of this family (and others like them). I can’t believe y’all allow me to do this and I get paid for it! Like, whaaaaat?
10 Questions for your wedding photographer & My Answers
It’s natural that a bride wants to find out more about me as a photographer, which is why I’ve put together these 10 most common questions you may have and my answers. You’ll be surprised at some of them! For those of you who know me, I’m sure even you will learn something new about me!
When a former classmate refers their brother and his fiancé to you, and you have this much fun together… Well, you get the gist. Let’s just say that I am over the moon and feeling humbly blessed to have met these two amazing people at a Delhi farm engagement session. Wait, I mean these three. I also got to meet Lucy, their adorable 6-month-old puppy! She wouldn’t even sit still for 2 seconds for her own close-up. This means that she is not in a lot of the pictures, but that’s okay.
Lydia and Richard are getting married in January already! We really wanted to get their engagement session done soon, so they could enjoy their images for a few months before that happens. I really think that two truly bring out the best in each other. When I heard that Lydia gifted Richie a gun after their engagement, I was super excited that they chose to incorporate it into their session! It made for some amazing ring shots.
Lydia and Richard, I know you think I tell everyone that they’re amazing at posing! That might be true, but you two were so made for each other. This made posing you so easy and fun! I felt like I wasn’t even working at all. That is definitely one of my favourite thing about this session. Along with Lucy, the gun, the location, and of course the two of you! I am super excited to capture you on your big day; I can’t believe that is only just over 2 months away. Stay warm, stay safe (especially you, Lydia, making the drive down most weekends), and stay happy.
I mean, just look at this ring, and this gun; It’s like they were made for each other!!!
This session was perfection, and I’m not sure I’ve ever laughed so hard at a session before! I’m thinking they had more fun than they were expecting, even Matt didn’t complain. This Paris, Ontario Fall Family Session just flew by and I think we can all agree that little Abagail was the star of the show!
Meet the Keatings family, one of the funnest families on my blog so far! Rebecca organized this session for her mom as a birthday gift. Such a great idea! To gift your family with memories made and be able to look back on them is one of the most thoughtful things I can imagine gifting anyone. It’s the reason I love my job. It’s the reason my job doesn’t feel like a job! Anyways, enough said. We met at Penman’s Pass, and for the next hour we walked this adorable little trail. The last of the fall colours were still up in the trees. Fall is almost over, y’all! (At least up here in Canada.)
This was the last family session I have booked for the year. If I happen to get any more that’s okay; but it was an amazing way to end my season either way. It’s been a while since my first session of 2018 (see EDDY & DELILAH’S ENGAGEMENT SESSION). I’ve had some amazing experiences since then! Thank you to this wonderful family (and adorable baby) for making this day amazing for me as well. They were off to a wedding right after this, so they all looked awesome!
Right after this, little Miss A toppled over backwards, and that was the end of that! It was a good thing that it was the end of the session.
Congratulations to these two with baby #2, who hopes to arrive early 2019. Abagail is going to make an amazing big sister! I’m sure Rebecca will have her hands full, but with her obvious joy for life and positive outlook on everything, she is going to be just fine.
This handsome young man works for a chef at the Elm Hurst Inn! Did I ever tell you that it was my dream to be a chef one day? Not so much anymore, I love being home with my family during dinner. Also, I love using my ideas for the people I love, I’d be terrified that I’d start to hate cooking for my family.
It did not take very much to make any of these people to smile, and when they smiled, they just glowed. With happiness, that is!
I mean, just look at her!!! Peekaboo was such a fun new game I taught her.
Another family hits the blog! This fun Tillsonburg fall family session at Coronation Park was the perfect way to end a long streak of family sessions. There are only a few more this year, and then I have decided to take some time to focus on my home, wedding consultations, and perfecting the DVI experience! (Don’t know what I mean? Follow me on INSTAGRAM and you’ll see tidbits here and there!) Meet Mary and Travis; busy parents of four daughters, and one beautiful baby boy (you’ve got to see this little man’s lashes… sooo jealous)!
My sister has twins as well, and it’s not always easy, especially those first few months! However, Mary and Travis are such amazing parents; they take a little bit of drool as if nothing happened (I’d be a little flustered), and all these children are so obviously loved! I can’t wait to see especially the little ones change, it’s always such a melancholy feeling to watch them grow up! You want them to be healthy, but you also realize how quickly they aren’t “your little babies” anymore! Time flies, and it’s obvious that Travis and Mary cherish every moment they spend with them. Even though they probably wish for a little more peace once in a while. Which they well deserve!
Travis and Mary made me feel very valued at this session; it was so nice to hear that I was so different from what they have gotten from photographers in the past! They told me that it was so nice that I did all the hard work for them! To be very honest, it was not difficult to have fun with these girls. They are all so different from each other, not only in looks! Although we were all cold, we made do and had a wonderful time!
This is just such an adorable capture of this wonderful family. Look at how amazing all their reds and blues look together!!!
Let me just eat Daddy’s shoulder for a minute, ‘kay? So adorable!!!
This orchard session was filled with action and APPLES! A dear friend referred me to this couple and I had the privilege of meeting Nick and Siobhan at this gorgeous Brantwood Farms apple orchard family session. Their little ones have the most unique names and I loved getting to know them all. Especially little Marcellus was a heart-thief, for some reason he reminds me of Gijs, the little man in MY COUSIN’S PHOTO SESSION in Holland last year! It made me miss them a little bit again, and means I should definitely plan another trip to Europe.
Once again, this family is very involved in pro-life work and it is truly such an honour to work with people who hold these values so close to their hearts. It’s been amazing getting to know these people, and I admire Siobhan so much! Her and I are very similar in a few things, the most important of which is the fact that we love to cook different foods. Siobhan mentioned that they rarely eat the same meal twice in a month and I love that! She might have mentioned a few amazing cooking tips as well. I’m working on perfecting those and I might just share some with you sometime soon!
Nick and Siobhan, thank you for letting me into your family, albeit only being for a few hours. It was so amazing getting to know you and what is important to you! I’m honoured to call you a friend. I can’t wait to see what is waiting for you in the future; I know God must have big plans for Nick and his pro-life legal work. May He bless all your labours. Wishing you all the best as you go into this winter. I know being a mom of three kids is not always easy, however, you are amazing for Perpetua, Marcellus, and Genevieve; you’re exactly what they need.
Meet Cana and José! Two of the kindest people I’ve ever met (yes, I know I say that a lot, but it’s especially true for these two). Cana and José are both very pro-life. This has made our relationship so much more meaningful! Cana works at the CCBR (Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform). There she is in charge of the internship in Eastern Canada. Every year, they teach groups of young people what it means to truly stick up for the lives of the unborn. They even go out into the streets for activism to change hearts and minds about this very sad issue. At this Hamilton Brewery & Castle Engagement Session, I was privileged to learn even more about these two, and I am truly so excited about their big day next year!
Our first stop was the FAIRWEATHER BREWING CO. and boy, is it just such a gorgeous location for occasions like this! When José mentioned he was a beer enthusiast, I had to bring them here. I think they really enjoyed their brews, as they even took some home! Cana and José are just super chill, cool people, who love to hang out and relax. When I asked them what their hobbies were, they said, “I don’t know, spend time together, I guess? Maybe read a book?” Sounds perfect to me!
Next up was DUNDURN CASTLE; less than a 15 minute drive from the brewery. Even though the sun only came out for a few minutes at the very end of our session, we made some amazing memories and captured some wonderful images. Working around locations with lots of visitors definitely brings its challenges, but when you end up with gorgeous images it’s worth every ounce of effort!
Cana and José, I hope you love these images as much as I do! I truly had fun, and I’m sorry it took me so long to blog this! You’ll see your gallery in your inbox within the next few days. Happy planning to both of you, and God Bless.
Brittany and Ethan, I just want to say THANK YOU! Thanks for being so willing to stick with me, taking time off of work, and dressing absolutely amazing! This Long Point golden hour fall session was such an amazing time with clients and I can honestly say that this photographer has become a close friend of mine. Brittany, of Brittany Deanna Photography is a kind soul and amazing photographer! You really need to check out her work! Sending my style guide was completely not necessary for these two, I know Brittany knows exactly what looks good in images! I’m sure you have to agree that she picked all the right outfits.
But this session was about so much more than pretty pictures. It was about spending quality time together. It was about exploring and finding amazing lighting (always looking for the glow). It was about tickles and laughter. And so much more. I’d have to say that this was one of the funnest sessions I’ve had! And that says a lot, because I always have fun. If any of you are wanting images with loads of colour, may I recommend visiting Long Point beach at this time of year? It absolutely is my favourite location that I’ve ever visited, it’s just too bad that it’s a bit of a drive.
Once again, Brittany and Ethan, thank you for this oportunity, I am so glad that I could make these wonderful memories with you, and I hope you can cherish these for years to come! Maybe next time Bear and Archer can join? That would be so much fun!!!
Here the glow just got SO REAL! I’m really starting to embrace all the colour that God has given us in our beautiful nature, what do you think?
Summer gave us one more reminder of why we love it so much these last few days, and now we are officially heading into fall! That’s why I love this casual Fall Roth Park family session! With the combination of their coats and sweaters and the greenery… it just looks so cozy! I’d never been to Roth Park before, but when Delvia sent me some pictures I got really excited! And this location ended up being absolutely perfect! It really suited this family completely, graffiti-ed barn and all!
I got to know of Delvia through my dear sister-in-law’s store, Urban Wheel Co. in Tillsonburg. When I went the first time just after the store opened to support my friends, I found this amazing soap. I just knew I had to have for my client gifts! So Jess put us in touch (thanks, Jess!!!). To keep a long story short, I now give all my potential wedding clients the most adorable gift at their initial consultation (see some of their soaps HERE). Delvia and Amy are some of the most amazing women out there. Their hubby’s have shift work, so they started this business on the side to be able to stay home. I love supporting local, and these women just make it fun!
Anyways, meet Moe and Delvia, parents of three beautiful girls, Isabelle, Hannah, and Mya. The love these parents have for their children is so amazing! I know it can be challenging to raise kids, having four of them myself, but these girls were so well-mannered and sweet. Moe and Delvia, you’re doing an amazing job with these three, they are lucky to have you as parents!
Isabelle, you are a gorgeous young lady, but don’t grow up too fast! Enjoy being a young woman, and spending time with your friends! You have two amazing role models, who have molded you into a beauty, inside and out, and I know they love you to pieces. Wishing you a wonderful life, and may all your dreams come true (maybe even modelling one day?)!
Hannah and Mya, you two are just too cute to explain! Thank you for being so adorable and I know your mommy loved your bouquets! Hannah, maybe you’ll even be a florist one day, you did such a great job mixing colours and textures! I can’t wait to see what beautiful young ladies you will turn into, I’m sure your mommy realizes time will fly by, and that will happen before she is ready (am I right, Delvia?).
Fadel family, thank you so much for the honour of capturing you all last week, it was an incredible experience to get to know y’all a little bit! I can’t wait to work with more ladies like Delvia, and that just makes me super thankful to present you these images! Let me know what you think?
I mean, aren’t these two little ones just so cute!!!
Meet my sister in law, one of the faces behind Urban Wheel Co. HERE!
And they’re back! Aaron and Jessica and their three children (last time one was not quite visible) met with me last week Saturday and we went on a little exploration through this gorgeous apple orchard. We tested and approved of the apples and had a great time playing tag. Liam and Luke quite enjoyed this playful apple orchard family session, and so did I!
Aaron and Jessica will always be one of those clients that get me super excited every time they book. That’s because there’s a history there! Over two years ago, at their first photo session with me, my water broke during my pregnancy with Stella. That was the beginning of a very difficult part of our lives, however, it was also the beginning of this relationship, and I can’t be more thankful for them! They are one of my first clients who have seen my growth and truly appreciate my work. The words that this couple spoke to me during our session just melted my heart! They really drove home to me why I love this job so much.
See this family last year HERE!
Liam is now in Preschool, and, while he is shy, has the most beautiful smiles! It just took a little bit to come out, but was worth every bit of running around! He loved these apples, as did Luke and Owen! Luke misses his big brother on the mornings that Liam is gone, but I’m sure he keeps his mommy busy anyways! Owen is just the most adorable little man, and so quick! I love seeing this family grow, and am so thankful for clients like them.
Aaron and Jessica, you have three beautiful boys, and your love for them is so evident in everything you do with them! From cleaning their apples to playing ring-around-the-rosy, this whole session was a lot of fun. I think it’s safe to say that you enjoyed it too! I hope you enjoy your gallery, which is on its way to you as I’m writing this, and can’t wait to see you again soon!
So much love! And so many pictures! To say that this Courtland large family session was busy is an understatement. But boy, did I have fun! And I was assured by the mother of these nine beautiful kids, that they enjoyed themselves too. From their youngest right up to the oldest! These parents just recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. I am just amazed at how good God has been to them, granting them nine healthy children.
I was lucky enough to spend just a little bit of time at the CCBR’s Prolife Crash Course this summer, and Jannissa, the oldest, had the chance to spend a few months with this incredible organization! She was out on the streets every day, saving unborn lives. I can’t wait what this year’s graduates will do with their knowledge! I have seen some incredible things over the last few years.
This evening we dealt with everything from direct sun to drizzle, and we were able to see some gorgeous skies in the process. I was glad we had postponed this session a few days due to weather. And thanks to all of the different lighting scenarios, I was able to capture all the backgrounds that we had hoped for. Scroll down to see a beautiful pond that we wouldn’t have been able to capture had it not been cloudy! Looking at this beautiful nature, from the ground to the wide open skies, we talked about how amazing God is and how it’s so hard to understand the disbelief in His existence if you just look around you.
Twenty years, and nine children. Nico and Erna, you have been so blessed. I am sure that those years have come with their trials; raising children is a huge responsibility! These children have so much respect for you, however, and it is so obvious. I wish you many more happy years together; watching your children grow older and starting their own families. Erna, I know you lost your father shortly after your parents were married for this long, and that is why this session is so important to you. I hope that these images do you and your family justice, and that you can look back at this time of your life with a smile on your face, for years to come.
Now I’m going to let these images speak for themselves! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the responsibility of your anniversary family session, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!
I am first and foremost a wife and mother; and am based in South-Western Ontario. While it may seem like I run the business, I couldn't do this without my best friend by my side; my dear husband Bertus. I love photographing anything that shows love and joy, especially outdoor weddings. I am hoping that I can lead the life that God chose for me in His honour and influence many couples in my calling.
DIANNE VELTHOVE :
SINCERE, INTIMATE, TIMELESS.
DIANNE VELTHOVE : SINCERE, INTIMATE, TIMELESS.