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By: Holdlifestill Photography  09-12-2011
Keywords: photos, Family Photo, Black And White Photos

Posted on June 25, 2011

When I give my heart, it will be completely ~ Nat King Cole

When you have been a couple for over ten years, nooks and crannies of your lives feel familiar, don’t they? Tonight is the eve of April and Aaron’s wedding and though they know each other so well, it will be thrilling to see them begin this next chapter in their lives. See you soon!

Posted on June 7, 2011

Two are better than one, especially when a little girl simply needs to wear both! I spent the morning with a fantastic family a while ago while a late snow storm raged outside. Ms. A. was very interested in the picture making process and was very proud of both her necklaces. She readily told me when my camera lights would go off and wanted to show me her fairy wands too. Mr. D was slightly less curious about the whole process, but we had fun nonetheless. It’s too bad we could not go outside to grab some family shots – they had the best front porch!

Posted on November 15, 2010

How many grown siblings carve the time out of their busy lives to have a family photo taken? I know that I don’t have many photos of my sister and I together. Yes, there are lots of photos of my sister, who has the pleasure of being related to me and looks suspiciously at me when I encourage her to touch up her mascara, but not very many of US together. This afternoon was filled with laughter as we wandered and photographed. And who could forget the stinky rotting fish on the rocks of lake Ontario?



Posted on November 1, 2010

“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself” ~ Maya Angelou

Isn’t being home what family is all about? I was honoured to photograph Jaclyn’s family recently and while the weather threatened us with rain and the park was filled with lots of people, we found some spots of solitude for capturing memories. And who doesn’t love a family that will rock climb during a photo session?? I hope that your dinner afterward was lovely!

Posted on October 26, 2010

Don’t let the title mislead you. It really was a family fall session with Paul and Paula and their little guys. While we wandered the beautiful grounds of Paletta Mansion, we were also on the look out for those orcas that Master T was fascinated with at another place and time. Paula said that she is a big fan of black and white photos and I was happy to process the majority of the photos from the session in that way. A few spoke for colour treatment, especially with those awesome red leaves in the background. Check out the spirit of these brothers who are close in age and full of spunk!

Posted on September 23, 2010

I remember it being a very hot summer. By the time September 22nd came around, I was more than ready to welcome motherhood and the little person who was to become the center of my universe. Eleven years later, I still have images of the curly haired toddler and earnest JK kid in my brain. Barbies have been traded for Twilight t-shirts and purses. There are glimpses of the teen years. But the underlying sweetness is still there. Happy Birthday Leah Bear.

Posted on August 30, 2010

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
— Dr. Seuss

I cannot imagine how it feels to be getting ready to have a child ready to fly from the nest. I am simply not there yet, thank goodness. Photographing Jane and her wonderful multi-talented, rugby-playing, university-bound (in quick succession as they are nice and close in age) girlies was a real treat. We spent a couple of hours in one of the spots discovered during a photo walk of Hamilton, or the “busy city” as the ladies used to know it by. There were some interesting additions to the shoot, including not knowing when the next bird was going to strike us, but there were also laughs and a tear or two. I hope the big university move goes well for you Allie – good luck to ya! Enjoy frosh week and all that university has to offer. Jane – I will call you when I’m there in a few short years.

Posted on August 17, 2010

Photography brings me into the lives of people during their most important life moments, such as when they promise to share their lives and shortly after a baby is welcomed into the family’s world. It’s a joy to see a family grow, especially one that I’ve had the pleasure of photographing before! Adrienne and Mike met their little girl a few weeks ago and I recently spent a morning photographing their new family of four. I remember their session from last year vividly ~ we shared so many laughs with Master M and his famous piggy noises! And just a short year later we are celebrating their new family member! Enjoy.

Posted on August 8, 2010

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate one’s birthday than by having a photoshoot. That is exactly what we did and we ventured down to Toronto’s Graffiti Alley. What a feast for the eyes! Before the arrival of our gorgeous models, fellow photographer and friend Andrew and I explored the alley. I love the complexity of graffiti – it is at once whimsical and so carefully planned. Here is a sample of what we saw:




Kudos to Daniela and Sonya who braved a very hot day to join us. Check out these fabulous shoes!!

They looked gorgeous while striking some serious poses while climbing onto various things and venturing into some interesting areas of the alley!



Keywords: Black And White Photos, Family Photo, Family Shots, photos, Picture Making Process, Rock Climb,

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Holdlifestill Photography - engagement photography

We started the e-session at the tree where Jess and Jay will promise to share their lives together next May. Jay’s soothing words helped them both to ease into the session and brought forth Jess’ radiant smile and laugh. As we walked through the windy paths of the family property, it was clear how deeply embedded the family traditions are and how meaningful it will be to have the ceremony there with family and close friends nearby.


09-12-2011

Holdlifestill Photography - family photography

I was honoured to photograph Jaclyn’s family recently and while the weather threatened us with rain and the park was filled with lots of people, we found some spots of solitude for capturing memories. Yes, there are lots of photos of my sister, who has the pleasure of being related to me and looks suspiciously at me when I encourage her to touch up her mascara, but not very many of US together.


09-12-2011

Holdlifestill Photography - uncategorized

Well, in a nutshell, it is a way to clear out the clothes that languish in the back of the closet and the accessories that gather dust and swap them with someone else’s clothes and accessories to give them new life. The finishing touches, the tender words spoken to Lindsay by her mother as she was getting ready, the smiles shared between the newly minted Mr. and Mrs. and the laughs shared by the wedding party all came to mind.


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Holdlifestill Photography - growing as a photographer

The excitement of working at the H1N1 immunization clinics was followed quickly by getting ready for Christmas, and life felt a little bit like being on a treadmill where someone set the speed just a tad too fast to keep up with. One of the things that I’ve struggled with is being critical of my own work and in turn sometimes losing sight of how much fun it is to go out and shoot.