I'm Dianne, and welcome to my blog! I'm a wedding and family photographer based in Southwestern Ontario, and I just love meeting people in every stage of life, but have to admit that love stories are my favourite! I'd love it if you'd grab a coffee, snuggle up on the couch, and browse through everything that I've been up to lately, and become a part of this amazing DVI community! You can even get to know me and my family!
I'm Dianne, and welcome to my blog! I'm a wedding and family photographer based
photographer based in Southwestern Ontario, and I just love meeting people in every stage of life, but have to admit that love stories are my favourite! I'd love it if you'd grab a coffee, snuggle up on the couch, and browse through everything that I've been up to lately, and become a part of this amazing DVI community! You can even get to know me and my family!
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!
Meet the Fernandes family. Philip and Gail have been married for 25 years and have since then added four daughters to the bunch. I met most of the family for the first time at this London Courthouse family session, but I had the pleasure of meeting Gail over two years ago. And I really got to know her. Gail was a Nurse Practitioner in the NICU where Stella was born. I think I saw Gail more days than not in the 120 days that Stella was in the hospital.
See, the amazing thing is that Gail had a very similar experience to mine. And the fact that she shared her story made me know that she knew what I was experiencing. The main thing that was different was that her pregnancy was a twin pregnancy. That’s right, Bianca and Meghan (the two girls on the right in the first image) were premature, due to the same reason as my daughter! And what’s most incredible is that they are both now in university. In fact, the oldest three are all in different universities. They’re studying important things like Law, Education, and Science I believe. I can imagine that their parents are very proud.
I know that Gail was excited to have all her girls (& Brady, Michaela’s boyfriend) home for Christmas, and I can imagine why! These girls have the kindest parents as examples, and you can sense that they genuinely care about you when you chat with them. Being part of a big group hug at the end of their session indeed confirmed that. Michaela, Bianca, Meghan, and Nicole, stay humble and kind! It’s okay to wear your heart on your sleeve. You never know when you will impact a stranger the way you impacted me.
Brady & Michaela, the love you two have for each other is adorable. I wish you many more happy years together; may they be as amazing as the first four! Gail and Philip, I know you both lead busy lives. However, you’ve done a phenomenal job with your daughters. They really love you; it is so obvious, even though it was super cold! Happy anniversary to you both! My family and I wish you many more happy years together.
Look at these four, and imagine how much fun it would be to have a genuine picture like this with your own siblings!
Aaaaaaah! This would have to be my favourite capture of the entire session, because… well, look at these gorgeous smiles!!!
Michaela and Brady, you two are so amazing, I really felt honoured to photograph you two having so much fun together!
This location was perfect on the day of this session! Just a little bit of snow on the ground and some gorgeous people made my job super easy.
And here is my next mini session! Sam and her two boys arrived, ready to have some fun. Riley and Jaxon were true boys but at the same time showed their love for Sam so clearly. And Sam loves her sons so much, which is even more apparent. This Woodstock tree farm mini family session was another of my highlights from this past Saturday.
See an engagement session taken at the same location HERE.
These brothers are typical brothers! They love each other, which was very obvious. However, they also tried to do all the “brotherly” things to annoy each other, which any mother totally understands. And that honestly made the session more fun. Look at the picture just above, I told Jaxon and Riley to laugh at each other, and Riley didn’t even know what to do when Jaxon pulled this face. Of course, this brought their mom and me to tears.
Sam loved the DVI Style Guide! It’s a PDF I send all of my clients before their session, to help them get ready. What else do I recommend? Read all about that and more by clicking HERE.
This gorgeous lady needed to have a few shots of her by herself in my opinion. The few extra minutes it took were so worth it.
Thank you, Sam, for allowing me the privilege of capturing your family. I’m so glad it worked out this time!
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.
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!
And another session at the trail near my home. It will be the last one for the year, likely as the golden rods have finished blooming and things are starting to look dead. But then again, maybe I might just be able to have a fall session with some gorgeous reds, oranges and yellows in a few weeks! This Norfolk County trail family session actually features another one of my family members. This time it’s my husband’s second youngest brother and his wife and beautiful kids!
Corwin and Sharon actually married when I was almost due with our third baby, Easton, and I can still remember how huge and uncomfortable I was that day! He arrived almost a week late, weighing 9lbs 11oz, so you can only imagine how uncomfortable those last two weeks were! Anyways, Corwin and Sharon’s anniversary is coming up in a month again, 5 years already!
They have a silly little man named Tyson, who is three already, and hopes to go to Preschool next year. He loooooves anything that is red and has some wheels. A red quad tops it all! He was quite excited about all the pop-a-wheelies he is going to do when he gets a little bigger. I’m sure his mom’s already terrified!
Keira, the little girl with the pretty shoes, constantly trying to keep up to her big brother. She takes after her daddy, who also drooled bad as a baby, and we had to use my lens cleaning cloth to catch some of those. It’s easier to take it away before the picture than later in Photoshop! She definitely adores her mommy, but also loved having free reign, whenever we asked her to come our way, she deliberately did the exact opposite.
Sharon and Corwin recently purchased a butcher shop in Vanessa, with some of the most delicious hungarian sausage I’ve had! Their pork tenderloin also tastes 10 times better than anything I’ve had from a chain grocery store. It’s always so nice to support small local business, especially when they belong to family. I can’t wait what the future holds for these two, I’m sure there is a lot in store!
Corwin and Sharon, you have two beautiful children, who are growing up before your eyes; cherish them! I’m sure you have seen how fast they grow, but that only gets worse! Before you know it Tyson is in school, and then a few years later Keira will have a boyfriend. Enjoy them, the way they are now. I sure am glad I was able to capture these memories for you so that you can look back years from now and remember what life used to be like!
I really was lucky to capture this, isn’t this just a wall hanger?
Run, baby girl, RUN!
See another very recent family session I did at this location HERE! That session also had some wonderful bright pops of colour…
I had to post one of these two being little goofs!
I mean, just look at this cute little family!!!
See my recent sister-in-law’s session HERE! So much fun with those 6 as well.
If you still have time, I am advising you to visit this place before the weather turns. Honestly, it was an absolutely amazing setting for this Long Point beach family session! If there is any couple looking for a great deal on a couples session, please get in touch with me ASAP so I can schedule you in before the leaves are gone!!! I mean it, email me NOW!
This family contacted me the day after I did one of Jackie’s friend’s family sessions, and her message was, “Hi Dianne…you may not have time but I thought I’d ask…would u be able to do family pics for us…??” and then when I said I had one slot left in the middle of September, she replied, “Ohhhh, pretty please?” I love working with clients who value me, my work, and everything about my images, especially those who deliver thank you cards, just for taking you on! I mean, Jackie, you’re just the sweetest, and capturing this family session for you was an absolute pleasure! Thank you for bringing me to the beach, btw! I really, really, REALLY wanna go back!
Kenneth, you were a tough nut to crack, but I have to say that the model stares were genius and I love how each and every image of you turned out! This young man loves Piper (the brown puppy), and is working hard at training him. Piper loves him back just as much, I think!
Savannah, you are one gorgeous young lady! I am sure your Mama is going to have to beat those boys off of you with a stick. Hopefully not till you get a little older. I cannot wait to see what’s in store for you, and just want you to remember to stay true to yourself. You’re not just beautiful on the outside, you are wonderful, kind, and a little funny too! Loved the eye rolls at Mom once in a while. There may or may not be one of those in your full gallery!
Terry and Jackie, you have been blessed with a wonderful family. Jackie, you inspire me to be a kinder and better version of myself whenever we talk, and I love that about you! I am sad that none of my kids has had you as Grade 1 teacher yet; maybe next year Easton will be lucky enough! Thank you for choosing me, and of course I hope you’ll love these as much as I do!!!
Look at those sweet puppy eyes!!!
See another one of my favourite beach sessions HERE!
This lady’s smile is so infectious! Jackie, I can’t wait for November so we both have time to catch up!