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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!

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A Western University Campus Engagement Session | Meaghan & Kevin

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Snuggled up on the steps of the University College building on Western University’s campus in London is the cutest and sweetest couple ever; Meg & Kevin. Looking out over “the Hill”, now deserted because it’s cold and covered in snow, they were reluctant to get up to walk to the next location. And I’d probably be the same way! These two lovebirds; Kevin with his infectious smile and Meg with her stunning piercing green eyes, rocked their Western University engagement session!

All through their session, these two took any opportunity to look into each other’s eyes. Even though the surroundings were beautiful, they focused more on each other, which is precisely how it should be! Whenever we decided to take a quick break so that Meg and Kevin could warm up, they’d get nice and close out of the wind. It was so evident that they love being together! Those breaks were also so that I could capture her gorgeous solitaire diamond engagement ring. Kevin did such a fantastic job!

Meg & Kevin met at a bar, while he was celebrating his birthday with his buddies. After a little liquid courage, he had the nerve to go up to this gorgeous young lady sitting at the bar. And it was an instant connection and definite proof that modern ways of connecting with people can also bring love!

Now on to their proposal story, because that’s why you’re here, right? On the day in question, Meg decided to run a few more errands before coming home. Kevin, impatiently waiting at their home, was prepared for her to walk through the door at any moment. But she made him wait (not knowing what was happening of course). When Meg walked into the house and found a trail of rose petals leading up the stairs, she still did not clue in. She thought that he was just making one of his romantic gestures, isn’t that sweet? But then she saw him on one knee, and she, of course, said yes!

I’m super excited to capture their fall wedding later this year. I’m sure it’s going to be a day filled with moments like the one I experienced here. Meg & Kevin, congratulations once again! You both deserve a lifetime of happiness, and I can’t wait to see you in September.

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Missing the thick layer of snow in this winter engagement session? So did we! Check out THIS BLOG POST for a snow-filled wedding.

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February 14, 2019

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Elm Hurst Winter Wonderland Wedding | Lydia & Richard

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Oh, what a super cold day it was this past Friday for this Elm Hurst winter wedding! Cold, but so beautiful! The sun came through the clouds so often during the day that suffering through the temperatures made it all worth it. I only met Lydia and Richard a few months ago at our consultation, and again shortly after for THEIR ENGAGEMENT SESSION. Spending that time with them, I noticed very clearly that these two just wanted to be married and spend the rest of their lives having fun together. And I knew that their wedding day would be all about that fun! Was I right!!!

On the drive in, my second photographer and I tried to chat on the phone a couple of times, but it did not want to work for us. I was a little worried whether that was a bad omen. However, I wasn’t going to focus on that. Walking into the girl’s getting ready suite, a waft of hairspray greeted me. It became a bit of a joke with the girls. And as her maid of honour and one of her bridesmaids were her sisters, who had both used the same hairdresser; Amber. And Amber outdid herself!

The whole suite was a bit of a mess, but with the help of Mom, Amber, and Jolena (the maid of honour), it all came together. The first look happened nicely on time, and the sun came out right as Lydia walked up. This made the whole world even more magical! Because of the cold, these girls (& gents) could only spend a maximum of 10-15 minutes outside. It felt like -16C for most of the day.

We knew it was time to go inside if Lydia turned purple or her smile froze. I’m not kidding, this actually happened! At the last of the bridesmaid’s individuals, Lydia’s smile was more like a grimace. At first, I didn’t know whether I was doing something wrong, or if she was trying to be humorous. But her smile seriously was that was frozen. So we went back inside to warm up and enjoy a Subway lunch.

The ceremony was at the Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Norwich. It was safe to say that Lydia was thrilled to put her signature on the paperwork. Richard as well, of course! At this point, we finally decided to take the flowers outside, knowing they were going to freeze. A short stop at the Norwich Dam Conservation Area for some more wedding party portraits and a few more husband and wife portraits, and we were on our way to the reception.

Approximately 100 people were waiting for them when we came back to the venue, so we’re sure that they had a fabulous evening with all their loved ones! Lydia and Richard, you looked amazing on your wedding day, I hope these pictures do you justice. Serving clients like you is so wonderful, and it was a pleasure getting to know you. I know you’re in Jamaica right now, soaking up the sun, and I might be slightly jealous. But planning your whole big day in such a short time and do such a fantastic job surely is hard work, so you deserve a break. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness together!

And for the final touch, Mom’s necklace. Lydia literally became giddy when it came time to put this on; the love between Mama and daughter was so obvious!

The next few images were captured by Brittany Almas of Brittany Deanna Photography. Brittany is such a dear friend and did an amazing job at Lydia and Richard’s new home, capturing the guys getting ready. Working with you was such a joy, Brittany! Thank you for all your help on Friday, it was so appreciated. I’d love to do it again!

These two decided to do a first look, and I was so thankful! The sun set before 5:30 PM, and it was so nice to get extra time to spend 10 minutes outside here and there.

Some more captures by the amazing Brittany Deanna Photography!

Jolena was such an amazing maid of honour for Lydia! From picking up her dress everytime Lydia had to walk, to organizing the entire day. A big shoutout to their whole crew, they really made it fun for Richard and Lydia!

This was the third and last time that Lydia’s dad would walk a daughter down the aisle. I’m sure that this was a bit of an emotional moment for him!

And they’re married! Look at Richard looking at his wife!!!

After the ceremony, we finally took the flowers outside! I was so excited to get to capture these beauties in the snow, even though I know the temperatures killed them very quickly.

It’s always such a gift to get to capture engagement rings twice! Especially when they’re as beautiful as this one…

These two braved it out in the cold for so long, and I’m so proud of them! They held up better than even my equipment, which just really didn’t seem to like the cold! Re-focusing took much longer than normal and my battery died so quickly!

 

 

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January 29, 2019

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Family Session at The Old Courthouse in London | Family “F”

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Meet the Fernandes family. They 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 this mom of four over two years ago. And I really got to know her. Mom “F” was a Nurse Practitioner in the NICU where Stella was born. I think I saw her more days than not in the 120 days that Stella was in the hospital.

See, the amazing thing is that she’s 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 they were excited to have all their 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! Mr. & Mrs. “F”, 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.

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January 4, 2019

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Niagara Falls & Ball’s Falls Engagement Session | Leona & Mark

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And another engagement session! This one means so much to me. Well, actually to both of us! My dear husband came along dutifully and carried bags and coats when necessary. Meet Mark, our dear friend, and his gorgeous fiancé, Leona. We spent the day enjoying this Ball’s Falls and Niagara Falls engagement session, and made so many wonderful memories!

Leona has the same colour as my sister Jacolien (who lives in Holland, so I just missed her a little more that day), and I might be slightly jealous. Leona comes from a super musical family, and it’s no surprise that they randomly burst into song together when I happened to say something that reminded them of a song. Oh, the laughs! Mark has been in choir for ages (well, that’s what it seems like), so he fits right in with the family!

We started the day at Ball’s Falls on our way to Niagara Falls. If you’ve never been here, you need to go! I’ve never been during the summer, but it’s on my to-do list for 2019. Even in the winter with just a little snow, it was gorgeous! When we arrived at Niagara Falls, we managed to use some of their gorgeous sidewalks for backdrops. Funny how photographers see things completely different from the rest of the world! It might have taken just a little bit of Photoshop to erase a few people, but it was well worth it! After deciding to skip the Imax Theatre, (sorry Mark!) we headed on to Brock’s monument, where I might have run very excitedly to the splash pad, believing it was something completely different (and back-drop worthy)! Oops.

Mark and Leona are so perfect for each other! Leona has those little things she says or does, and we were right away reminded of Mark. And then we realized that she’s engaged to him, lol. Seriously, their sense of humour is so similar, it’s almost scary! Mark and Leona, thank you for allowing me to capture your love story on Monday, and we cannot wait to attend your big day in only a few short months! May God bless your preparations, and may He above all prepare your hearts for each other. Blessings.

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December 28, 2018

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Tillsonburg Newborn Lifestyle Session | Baby Marshall

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My little nephew Marshall is the newest addition to my husband’s side of the family, and he is so loved! This Tillsonburg newborn lifestyle session was the first newborn session for me in a while. I was so honoured when Jessica asked me to capture these moments. Marshall’s story begins more than a year ago already…

Brian and Jessica were hoping to have an easy time getting pregnant. But like so many other couples, they had a struggle with infertility. Many doctors appointments, tests, and checkups later they finally had some hope… only to have that dashed with a negative pregnancy test. Deciding to take it easy for a while, they were going to focus on their work and making their house a home (they had just moved). But something was off. Jessica decided to take one more try. She took another test, which to her greatest surprise came back POSITIVE! I cannot even imagine the relief she must have felt.

Brian came home from work and while helping her make dinner, started preparing some Ceasars to enjoy with their meal. Jessica pipes up and says, “Uhm… I can’t have that.” It took Brian a few seconds to understand why she couldn’t have it (the alcohol in it, of course). I believe the story ends up with Brian over the moon to finally be a Daddy. Brian is my husband’s youngest brother and the last of the family to get married and start a family; it’s so amazing to see “little Brian” (or “Norbitt”, as his friends call him) love his little man so much!

Now that they were finally expecting, they were not free of their struggles. Around seven months into her pregnancy, the doctor diagnosed Jessica with acute toxoplasmosis. She kept this mostly quiet to save her friends and family from worrying too much. At the next appointment, the doctor had to admit that there was a mistake; somehow the chart was read wrong, and her condition was not acute. It still warranted a little extra observation, however. At the same time, for no apparent reason, little Marshall’s weight gain started to slow down. And that started to become a problem at every appointment after that. Until just before 36 weeks the doctors decided that the little man was safer out than in.

Just shy of 37 weeks pregnant, Jessica gave birth in London to Marshall William Velthove. He weighed more than they’d hoped at 4lbs 11oz.! He spent eight days in the NICU’s of London and St. Thomas (see him at one day old HERE). When he came home he was only a little below his birth weight. He is now getting close to 6lbs already! According to his Mama, he’s eating like a Velthove and is a very easy baby.

Jessica owns a business making the most gorgeous signs and frames. So it was no surprise that she would enjoy decorating Marshall’s nursery. And she did such a fantastic job!!! It’s so timeless, classic, and it sure made for some adorable images. You need to scroll down to see them!

Jessica and Brian, thank you for allowing me to capture these memories for you; it was an amazing experience and a real honour. Wishing you God’s blessing as you raise this little man, may he continue to be a testament to God’s power and love. It’s such a blessing and yet such a responsibility to have a child of your own, but thankfully we can call on Him for help. We will also continue to keep you and all of our family members in our thoughts and prayers (let’s face it; you can’t ever have too many people praying for you).

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December 27, 2018

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Woodstock Tree Farm Mini Family Session | Sam and Her Boys

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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!

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December 6, 2018

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Woodstock Tree Farm Engagement Session | Ashley & Brady

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When Ashley messaged me if her and Brady could take their puppy, Swish, to their Woodstock tree farm engagement session, I said, “Absolutely!” I love sessions with dogs, and Ashley and Brady were smart to bring a babysitter for him, so that most of their session could be focused on just them. Just look at these two! I knew they were expecting a lot of me when Ashley told me that they’d gotten engaged only a week prior. I had to ask about their proposal, and I just love it! (To be honest, who doesn’t love any proposal story?)

Brady, lucky man that he is with such a gorgeous girlfriend (I mean, look at her!), had made reservations to go out, planning to do so after their proposal. He texted Ashley during the day that she better be on time; he had already picked out her outfit for that evening. That might have sent alarm bells ringing in Ashley’s mind if she was expecting a proposal, but she was not!

When she came home, and saw that Swish’s bib was on backwards, she crouched down to fix it. When she turned it right side out, she noticed the marriage proposal spelled out! I’m sure she shrieked; I would have (and did back in the day). Ashley and Brady, congratulations on your engagement and I wish you happy planning! Your day in 2020 is going to be amazing, no matter what dress you wear, or what cake is served. Because the smiles on your faces say it all; you are both head over heels. And I couldn’t be happier for you.

This session was captured during my mini sessions at VanderKlooster Christmas Tree Farm this past Saturday. On this cold day, but the friendliness of the owners and employees was so heart-warming, that our memories of the cold waned quickly! I would definitely recommend this location to any couple, even during the leaf-less months of the year it’s still very beautiful. And the warm apple cider that they had waiting for us was very welcome!

See more engagements HERE!

Meet Swish, one of the most adorable puppies EVER!!!

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December 4, 2018

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Autumn Delhi Farm Engagement Session | Lydia & Richard

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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!!!

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November 8, 2018

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Paris Penman’s Pass Fall Session | The Keatings Family

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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.

Extended Family

November 6, 2018

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