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!
When this former classmate of mine, Carolyn, contacted me to capture her beautiful family, I knew she would come up with the perfect location, outfits… well, let’s just say, EVERYTHING! And she did not disappoint. Even though I was nervous to shoot at a new location that I hadn’t checked out before (her photographer sister-in-law assured me I’d love it, and that helped), I had these photos envisioned as soon as I arrived. And I was able to capture exactly what I had in mind for this Grand River family session.
She spun around and around, a big smile on her face. Mommy and Daddy were looking on, while little sister clung tightly to her stuffed rabbit; a little in awe of it all. Meet Amelia & Lilah and their mommy and daddy! Especially Amelia enjoyed exploring, and the whole family just loved to have fun. From collecting snails to splashing in the water, this sessions consisted a lot of me running after these two super adorable energetic kids. And then once in a while, they did something so cute and I just missed it, so I’d have them recreate the moment. This caused some hilarious moments of Amelia looking down at the frog we found, with her bum in the air, because she was afraid to get her bum wet.
Amelia and Lilah wore adorable outfits from Nest and Nurture, and incredible (& CANADIAN) company that creates the most adorable children’s clothing (linked at the bottom of the blog post). They accessorized with cute little bows (including one from by Marah, who does amazing work as always!) We ran and had fun, took a close look at a frog and lots of little snails! I really should call sessions like this “Photos of your Exploration”, because that’s really what it is!
Carolyn is one busy mama of these two, and while they got along so well at their session, I can’t imagine that it’ll be like that forever. Here’s the proof that it once was that way, however! So Darren and Carolyn, enjoy these memories. Enjoy these moments. One day, you’ll wonder where this time went (I’m sure that already happens once in a while), and I am so honoured that I could be part of keeping these memories alive for you in this small way at this Grand River family session.
See another very fun family session with two kiddos HERE!
Location | Brant Conservation Area
Children’s outfits | Nest and Nurture
I do not normally do Saturday family sessions, but when Dieneke and I struggled to find a date that worked for both of us last minute, I made an exception. And I’m so glad! This stunning Long Point family session was not only just amazing because it was so fun. I mean, just look at them!!! Dieneke always does a stunning job dressing all her kids. This time, however, she outdid herself. From the little bows on Romy’s leggings to the sweet little curl in Lucas’ hair; everything was on point.
Dieneke and I have known each other for a long time; we really got to know each other well when I started dating one of her husband’s best friends. Dave was actually one of our groomsmen, over 10 years ago. At the time, Dieneke was expecting baby #2; Manoah (she was actually due within a week or so if I’m correct). Lowrence, their oldest is heading to Grade 8 this year already, and seems to be excited to put middle school behind him soon. Josiah, their third boy, is friends with our Pieter, and Andreas, number four, started Kindergarten this week and he was SO EXCITED!!!
All those boys, am I right? You can only imagine Dieneke’s overwhelming joy when she found out she was having a girl! How she kept that a secret, I still do not know. When we went on our baby visit for little Romy, we had just found out we were expecting (our little Stella-bear), and holding her as a little girl is definitely something I still remember. She’s quite the little sweetheart, but seems to be able to hold her own with all those boys when she needs to!
And then there is adorable little Lucas. I’m not even going to apologize for the amount of pictures of him in this blog post. You just need some baby pictures in your life this Saturday, I promise! He was not an easy one to make smile, but definitely not a tough one to photograph. I love smiling pictures, but I’m a sucker for those serious and inquisitive looks as well! You’ll have to scroll down to see his stunning eyelashes and his chunky little toes.
We definitely don’t see these two and their children as often as we like (or used to), but they’re one of the best friends we could ever ask for. The support through Stella’s NICU stay, the listening ear so many times, and I’m sure the many prayers are cherished. It’s always an honour to be asked to photograph a family in this growing time, but that’s especially the case when they’re your friends. Dave and Dieneke, thank you for believing in me and allowing me to have so much fun with you last week. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed capturing them!!!
Long Point Beach is such a versatile place and works great for family sessions, but even maternity sessions! See this GORGEOUS MATERNITY SESSION that was captured at the same location!
Danielle and I have known each other for a few months now (she’s the talent behind some of the amazing products in the DVI Bride’s Welcome Box, a gift for all my engaged couples) and I’m so honoured to know her. We’ve been talking about this Woodstock family session for a while now. I was super excited that the weather turned out so well. Oh, and that they were up for some of the fun shots I had envisioned, especially with the gorgeous backdrop that Gunn’s Hill offered!!!
We didn’t have to walk far to find a gorgeous spot in the middle of the trees and Queen Anne’s Lace. Danielle and Jeff’s property offered a stunning array of backgrounds. I have to admit that even though we had to fight off the mosquitoes, I fell in love with this property! On the premises, Danielle runs an incredible business, Wild Comfort. Here she creates the most delicious smelling soaps and other body care products, often with finds from her own property. I’ve seen her working with dandelions, I’ve watched her excitement as she found the secret behind thickening shower gel, and I’ve even had her create some specialty products; just for me and my clients!
We soon got tired of the mosquitoes, so we moved this Woodstock family session down the road to the top of Gunn’s Hill. For any of you who know the area, you know about the gorgeous views! The sun happened to be setting behind scattered clouds. The view literally took my breath away. The evening was perfect and some fun memories were made! Joel, Madelyn and Brynn; thank you for going along with all my crazy ideas. I sure hope that your family loves these photos as much as I do!
These two just celebrated their 19th anniversary! Join me in congratulating Jeff and Danielle; it might have been many years since you said “I do”, but your love is so obviously the center of your family. It’s a beautiful thing to see!
Didn’t these five dress incredible? I hear so often that the DVI Family Session Style Guide is super helpful. HERE is another gorgeously dressed family!
And it was off to Gunn’s Hill! If anyone ever wants to do another session here, please INQUIRE. I’d love to go back!!!
So much love, how could my heart not feel full when I get to capture these smiles for a living!!!
We had to capture some headshots for Danielle for her business as well; isn’t she just gorgeous?
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!
This will probably be one of the most meaningful family sessions I’ve ever done. But this blog post isn’t about me, it’s about Julia and Rob and their three gorgeous kids at this beautiful Brantford Park family session. Meet Melvin, Mckenna and Evan, three of the sweetest kiddos I’ve met. Melvin and Mckenna were so loving towards their little brother and it was a pleasure to capture those memories for their parents. Mommy raised Evan’s arms, saying, “I’m thiiiiiiiis big!” and it made not just Evan giggle. He loves his Daddy’s voice, which was very noticeable as well.
Let me tell you a little bit about Evan. He’s born only a few weeks later than our little Stella, but a whole lot bigger. And he has a feeding tube. Evan has a condition called Canavan Disease. His parents didn’t even know about the condition when he was born. Only a short while later, the doctor started noticing things weren’t going exactly as they should. His head was much bigger than it should be, and an ultrasound showed a dark spot on his brain. Three months later, after many tests at the hospital, including genetics, etc., he was diagnosed with Canavan Disease.
Canavan is a neurological disorder characterized by the degeneration of white matter in the brain. Evan is missing the enzyme which helps control the white matter in his brain. This, in turn, affects how his brain sends messages to different parts of his body. To this day, Evan is mentally younger than a 3-month-old. Which means he doesn’t understand a lot, but it’s so amazing to see how he responds to his family. He loves to be sung to, tickled, and anything that would make a baby smile.
Melvin and Mckenna are two fun-loving kids who’ve had to live with the reality that they will not have their brother in their lives as long as most people do. But they take it all in stride, it seems, and have developed an understanding for Evan’s needs that surprised me. For their sibling photo, Melvin knew to hold Evan’s head up as he was not able to do so himself (you’ll see it below). And that made me think. I honestly think that this family, while this is beyond difficult, has been given a gift. A gift to take care of one of God’s special children. And for a child to be raised with that as a constant reminder, I can only imagine the amount of empathy and understanding and love for others they will grow up having.
This Brantford Park family session was not the only session I captured this evening. I also had the pleasure of photographing THIS FAMILY, but will not be posting a blog post right now as it was hot and there were several little mishaps that meant we are in for a reshoot in August. Maybe later!!!
I have to say that this location in the middle of Brantford reminded me a little of a different field in the middle of London (as seen in Dylan & Sandra’s family session). Sometimes you’d be surprised at the locations some of my sessions are held! I managed to trick you into thinking we’re in the middle of the country, didn’t I?
Exploring one of Canada’s gorgeous beaches on its birthday was a perfect way to spend this past Monday. And this West Shore Beach family session turned out even more amazing than I ever could have imagined! We’ve known Kasia and Faizal for a few years now. I still remember the moment Faizal and I first chatted up a conversation; at the cleaning station in the NICU where Stella spent the first few months of her life. Yes, little Miss Aleena had the same idea as Stella to arrive on this world a little earlier than expected. And now she is just the most adorable and polite little lady, and happens to have a little brother; Adam!
I am so glad that this session got rescheduled a few times to the date that it finally happened! The beach was full and the sun was bright. However, we managed to find a secluded little spot with a tree blocking the rest of the crowd, and we made good use out of it. The sun sparkling off the water was the perfect background for this West Shore Beach family session!
Kasia’s parents (who actually surprised them with this session for their birthday last year) tagged along to keep the kids happy. When they left, they thanked me, time and time again. I was trying to wonder why. “I wish we had pictures like this when our kids were little”, said Kasia’s mom. That reminded me to be so thankful for these luxuries that modern technology has provided us with. Someday, she said, Aleena and Adam could look back at what their family was like when they were just little. I’m sure Kasia and Faizal will enjoy these memories for years to come. And thanks to digital technology, their kids can too!
These two are both super busy parents, who understand how fast time flies by. And how quickly kids grow up! Aleena has been taught such perfect manners by her mama, and Adam has his daddy’s love for music. It was nice to be able to use a national holiday to have their session. While this meant that the beach was flooded with people, thanks to finding and utilizing the perfect tree to block them out, we managed to make that beach look completely deserted! And this meant that this little family could really enjoy their time together. We laughed and we played. We took out the sand from Aleena’s shoes more times than I can count. We ran after Adam’s hat almost as many times! But in the end, we all left with smiles on our faces and happiness in our hearts.
Want your own beach session this year? I’m booking up quick! INQUIRE HERE!
I could tell you so much about why this little family means so much to me, but I don’t think I can put it into words. Meet Dylan, Sandra, Griffin and pup Nessa, the subjects of this stunning Byron family session! Sandra and I met on social media, and when we found out how much we had in common, we knew we had to meet! Being fellow photographers, crunchy mama’s and above all, Christians; we had a lot to chat about! And chat we do! I don’t think many days go by without at least a quick Facebook video call or message.
Sandra and Dylan have one of those relationships you read about in a Lori Wick novel; they love each other wholeheartedly and go out of their way to make sure that the other is well taken care of. They are parents of little man Griffin, a beautiful son. Griffin has the most amazing eyes (check down further in the post; you’ll see them there!!!), and he loves to dance! He’s just over 14 months, and not quite walking. His mommy and daddy are his biggest cheerleaders and his best refuge. They love this little man so much, and I’m sure that while they are enjoying every minute with him now, they cannot wait to see him grow up to find out what purpose God has for his life!
Dylan and Sandra are both photographers (see their work HERE), and I’m a huge advocate of their work! While our styles definitely differ, I’ve trusted them to take really good care of my brother and his fiancé on their wedding day and in the time leading up to it. And for anyone who knows me, you know that this kind of control can be hard for me to let go. So, that says something! I know it was also quite a step for them to choose me for this Byron family session, and I feel so honoured!
Dylan, I love how I see the love for your son in your eyes. Your desire to protect him and to help him grow up to be a good human being is so obvious. Sandra, of course, it’s the same for you. But for you, it’s also deeper. You had the privilege of carrying this little man for nine months before you both got to meet him. Also, you have the responsibility of making sure he is fed; I envy your breastfeeding journey! For you both, this is the legacy you’re leaving; for you, it’s the boy you’re raising up to be a good husband to his future wife, a good father to his future children. And I love that you’re looking to God to be your guide on this journey.
I know as photographers, you want to impact your couples. I know you do this from personal experience. Our anniversary session with you was more than I could ever have expected. I hope and pray that God will continue leading you on this journey. Dylan, may He grant you what is necessary to take this full-time so that you can spend more time with your family and doing what you really love! Sandra, may He help you day in, day out so that you can know that you’re doing His will, and doing it well. And Griffy, may you find out how much your parents love you; you sure are one lucky little man!
See our anniversary session captured by Dylan and Sandra HERE!
The Vendor Team
Photographer | Dianne Velthove Imagery
Outfits | H&M
Hair | BLUSH
Makeup | Catherine Krahn
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!
Spring has finally arrived, and with it CHERRY BLOSSOMS! This Simcoe cherry orchard family session was supposed to be an apple orchard session. I don’t think anyone minded the slightly longer drive to Simcoe, however. The white blossoms on these trees were the perfect background for this gorgeous family.
Kelli and Andrew are parents to four of the most fun and joyful children ever, but I might be biased. I’ve had the privilege of seeing this family grow over the last few years, and it’s been an honour. From the twins’ mischievous giggles to Logan’s love for his dad, the session never slowed down, and I ended up with a gallery of over 150 pictures! I’m so excited to deliver these, I know they’ll be up on their walls in no time for visitors to enjoy as well!
Kristyn and Kailyn are the cutest 6-year-old twin. Mom Kelli mentioned to me that the bond that they have is so much more than the bond between regular siblings. I cannot even imagine. They giggled and laughed, and not many words were said between the two. I’m sure their bond is something that brings their parents much joy!
That’s how many times I’ve had the privilege of capturing Lauryn already. From her newborn photos to her latest second birthday session, including two family sessions now. To say that I appreciate watching her grow up is an understatement. Every time she is cuter and more smiley than the last!
Logan is the lucky big brother to these three girls, and I’m sure he’s going to have his hands full once they start dating. If anyone has their best interests at heart along with their parents, it’s this little handsome man. Dapper as all get out, and head-over-heels with his Mom and Dad. He was pretty proud of that tie as well!
All in all, I’d have to say that this family is one of my favourites, and capturing them in this stunning setting was such a treat. Kelli and Andrew, I hope your travels go well tomorrow, and wishing you an incredible time with family, celebrating your brother’s wedding!
This little girl is just adorable, don’t you agree? She’s been in front of my camera SIX TIMES now! LAURYN’S TWO-YEAR SESSION was one of my favourites ever; especially with that sprinkled donut!