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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!


Port Burwell Extended Family Session | The Boeder Family


Families grow. And grow. Until there are many kids and grandkids… and time flies by. Everyone is just trying to get by, make more money than they’re spending, go on vacation once a year, and hopefully make some memories while they’re at it. And when a few of the kids raise their families in a different province or country, it makes getting together more of a chore, but also so much more special. And that’s what it was like for the Boeder family. They try to have their growing family photographed every few years (last time there were 5 less grandkids).  So I had the privilege of capturing this Port Burwell family session!


Wilma lives in Michigan and organized this whole session from there and did an amazing job, if you ask me! She and I went to school together. It was so amazing to catch up with her and get to know her family. Seeing her married with two kids was incredibly special. And meeting (or reconnecting) with her older siblings was super fun as well! It’s obvious that this family really loves each other. I am so thankful that I was able to capture this special time for all of them at this Port Burwell family session


It is definitely a huge responsibility to capture a big family like this one! Especially when all the married children have entrusted me with additional photography to fill the frames in their homes. From the oldest grandchild who is going to grade 10, to the youngest, just a few months old; I’m sure Nana and Papa are going to enjoy seeing all of these! Most of this session was done at Port Burwell, until the rain got too bad and we had to find a location further north to where the radar was showing clear skies.

The kids all got the last chance to see each other for this year, and while they were enjoying their delicious DVI cookies, laughed and gave each other hugs that they will likely forget, but their parents and Nana and Papa will likely not. Without further ado, please enjoy the very big and very blessed family!!!

At this point we got rained out and didn’t get to explore the rest of Port Burwell beach with the whole family, as we’d hoped. See what else Port Burwell has to offer HERE!

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August 10, 2019

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Waterford Ponds Extended Family Session | The Veldjesgraaf Family


Twenty-five years is cause for celebration, am I right? This beautiful family has been blessed throughout the years. Ups and downs, through thick and thin. Twenty-five years. A quarter of a century. Six children. Two sons-in-law have been added the last few years. And just a month ago, a beautiful grand-baby; Arielle. This Waterford extended family session was so much fun, and it really brought home to me how important family relationships are. You may not know it, but you’d be surprised at how much these big uncles love their little niece… just scroll down to see!

Arlene called me a few months ago to start planning this Waterford extended family session. It is always a bit harder to organize a convenient time to get everyone together when some of the kids have their own families, so starting early, as she did, is a great idea! When our first location fell through, we decided on Waterford Ponds; one of my favourite locations ever! The light on Friday was perfect, and once again I ended up with a huge gallery of images!

I’m sure Don and Arlene don’t mind that I took a whole bunch of their beautiful little girl, Kaylia. She was just such a joy, very kind and willing to do whatever I asked of her. We even had a very fun race, didn’t we Kaylia? From big to small, these kids all had fun. I always love to throw a few pictures of each mini-family in there for mom and dad to enjoy, but it’s also a great way to update the photo frames for the in-laws, and a nice way to keep the photo albums up to date. Because, let’s face it, that’s just so much fun to look at here and there!

Don and Arlene, thank you for the honour of letting me capture your beautiful growing family. Wishing you many congratulations for your twenty-fifth. My family and I hope that God will bless you with many more happy years together. I’m sure seeing your children grow up, and leaving the house to start their own families, isn’t always easy. But knowing that they’re starting their own legacy and will one day, the Lord willing, celebrate this milestone with their own spouse must be a cause for celebration. I hope you love these images as much as I do!


See another super fun family session at this location HERE!

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June 5, 2019

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Paris Penman’s Pass Fall Session | The Keatings Family


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.

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November 6, 2018

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Fun and Games with Nana and Grandpa at the Orchard | Burgessville Grandparents Session


When grandparents decide to invest in their children’s future memories by capturing them the way they are today, everyone can do a little happy dance! Because, let’s face it, these memories only become more valuable over time!

I was talking to my own dear mom last week about just that! Saying how wonderful it would be for every child to have an image with their grandparents. Something that becomes so special as time goes on! Something you can use to gift them when years have passed. And something that becomes absolutely priceless as generations go on.

These grandparents were so willing to spend time with their grandkids. Playing tug-of-war, throwing apples, and being tied up (because one silly little boy didn’t want to let go of his rope) were all part of the fun!

It is definitely important to get things done as quickly as possible with this many kids, but, if necessary, there are always opportunities for headswaps! One image required six of them all together!!! So worth it, though.

I’m going to leave it at that. Dick and Lisa, thank you for allowing me this privilege, and I hope you are as excited about these as I am!

These girls are so pleased that they kissed Nana!!!

The size fish that boys can catch vs. the size fish that girls can catch. Too funny!

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August 29, 2018

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Extended Family Session at Waterford Ponds


This wonderful family contacted me a while ago. We had to plan ahead a while, so it was nice to finally capture them after planning their session for so long! Some of them are truck drivers (so they are gone during the week) and others live a few hours away (Barrie), I was honoured to be chosen to capture their family portraits. This Dad is so fortunate to have such amazing kids, I love how they all got along so well. And all the subjects were told that the theme was pastels, which totally suits me (but you knew that!!!).

They were even willing to drive to Waterford, I love photographing at this location! The sky is so open, the air is so fresh! And the sunsets are just gorgeous!!! (See at the very bottom)

This extended family was large, which made it so much fun!!!

These four are just the sweetest, don’t you agree? Their little ones definitely kept me on my toes, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

I mean, just look at these two!!! All the heart-eyes…

Such a loving Opa!

Another one of my favorite sessions captured at this location HERE!

You can just sense the love between these three, and they way they’re rooting for each other!!!

This little family of three were super fun, but mostly oh-so-kind. Melinda is a talented photographer, which made this honour even more special to me! Check out her business “The Vintage Reel Photography” out HERE on Facebook, and give her a big thumbs up! She’s a super kind human being, and you’re in good hands with her!

Now this little one, though! She is just something else, don’t you agree? By the end of the session, Olivia was blowing raspberries all around and we were all loving it, of course!

This gorgeous couple have been together for 10 months now, and just watching them makes me miss those butterflies I used to get (it’s still there, but more rare) when Bertus and I just started dating.

And these two young ones just loved making each other smile. That hair, though! (Jealous!!!)

I got the whole family involved to get some good smiles from this handsome young man!

And then there was this family… <3

Austin is a pretty proud big brother to Nolan!

Oh, Nolan, you really made me miss that newborn stage! Before you know it, you’re going to outgrow your mama’s arms, but you’ll never outgrow her heart!

With all of Austin’s hearing challenges, I still recognized such a little mischievous streak in this little man!

Family Kok, you were an absolute delight! Thank you for choosing me to capture this time in your lives. It was an honour and I feel blessed to have met you! Stay humble and kind, you’re all amazing people!

Extended Family

July 7, 2018

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