Every December (for the fourth year in a row now) I pack up my portable studio set up and travel to run a Holiday Themed Dog Portrait Photobooth to raise money for the wonderful Sit With Me Rescue. This organization works tirelessly to help dogs in need from all walks of life and it is truly a pleasure to be able to give back in some small way to a cause that is near and dear to my heart. This year I opted for a festive Tiffany blue background. A bit of artificial snow on the ground and a gorgeous custom-crafted white fire hydrant by my lovely friend and assistant Sondra, and we were ready for some holly jolly fun! Here’s a little peak at some of the results if you’re interested! (more…)
Why do we only get our photos taken with our significant other when we get engaged or married? What about capturing all of those wonderful everyday moments that make up our actual lives with another person? I always imagine couples looking back on portraits of themselves together in their youth when they’re retired — imagine that magical feeling that you’d get! So when the lovely Jem Castor asked if her fella could tag along on a fashion shoot, I was more than happy to run with the concept! I took them to the most darling cosy icecream parlour in downtown Toronto. They split a milkshake, sipped rich espressos and cuddled up together for a truly dreamy couple’s portrait session. Take a peek here!
The holidays are just around the corner, which means it’s time to think about your holiday portraits! I don’t know about you, but I love love love making a cup of hot chocolate (with extra marshmallows, of course), slipping into my most comfortable flannel pjs and curling up with photo albums of holidays past. There is nothing better! Make sure you capture this holiday season in style with a candid, playful and pretty Holiday Mini Session! This year Gooseberry Studios is offering indoor and outdoor options! Find the details below! (more…)
I love when families decide to start celebrating their new baby while they are still a darling baby bump. And what better way to celebrate than through a sweet endearing maternity session that co-stars the excited big sister to be! We jumped around in the studio for some modern portraits before zipping out to one of the family’s favourite outdoor spots in the city for squishy hugs, lots of laughter and excited chats about what being a big sister is all about. Here’s a sneak peek from the session if you’re interested.
The other day I met this lovely family to welcome their brand new baby girl into the world with a natural outdoor newborn session. I’m so thankful that the warm weather is finally here, because capturing new babies, new big brothers and doting parents in the fresh air is a wonderful way to spend a morning! Here is a little sneak peek from this sweet session if you’d like to see! (more…)
When a baby reaches six-months-old it is a big deal, not only because they are in fact bigger than they were at their newbon stage (obviously) but also because their sweet personalities are beginning to really take shape. One of the biggest regrets I hear from parents is that they didn’t take the time to capture their little guy or gal at the six months stage. Once they hit a year, they are completely different again and practically a toddler! This little girl and her parents and I spent a lovely morning playing around and here is a sneak peek of the results! (more…)
No matter how little you are or how grown up you get, a gorgeous natural portrait with Mum never goes out of style. Not just for little ones, Mama & Moi Mini Sessions are ideal for mothers and kids of all ages — and yes, dads can join in too! These Mini Sessions are designed to capture real, unscripted moments with your kids. They’re not about looking at the camera and saying ‘Cheese!’ They’re about preserving moments of play, squishy embraces, mad giggles, and the loving looks your little one gives you. This Mother’s Day let Gooseberry give your family real moments in photographs that look like beautiful stills from a movie. (more…)
The only thing better than photographing precious newborn moments for a family is revisiting them once little one has learned to sit up to capture them again. It is amazing to see the similarities between the newborn babe and the 8 month chunky baby — as well as the many differences! Chronicling the first year is magical (I know that sounds corny, but it’s true!) You can see all the growth, development and personality take shape of this wee person. During this session we played in this little guy’s nursery, read books, giggled at funny faces and soaked up the natural light! (more…)
I adore natural Toronto newborn sessions where the sweet little baby is being welcomed home by a proud older sibling. This little one is a doting big sister who loves to hold the fresh bundle of joy and follow mama about the house with her doll firmly in tow. This was a wonderful sun-drenched afternoon spent capturing snuggles and gurgles (and soaking up as much of that wonderful baby smell as possible!) (more…)
Thank you to everyone who came out for LLB Creative’s 2016 Toronto Holiday Mini Sessions! It was a marvelous day that was complete fun for me personally and filled with lots of jolly laughing and merriment! We enjoyed Christmas cookies, we danced around in matching holiday pajamas, we had tickle fights and played with presents. The holidays are a wonderful time of year and being able to capture so much of this holiday spirit for families is truly a gift that I am grateful for. Happy holidays everyone! xo (more…)
I have this personal motto that translates really well into my professional life — “You regret the photos that you don’t take.” Personally, I have deeply regret not having more photographs of myself and my family life when I was a teenager. This was before the time of selfies and cell phones and during that awkward time of life where you avoid your own reflection as much as possible. So whenever a family contacts me for a family session and I genuinely thrilled! (more…)
I have no words when it comes to photographing babies, because these photo sessions are always truly magical. This teeny tiny person is seeing things for the first time, discovering the world around them as completely new and getting to know their parents. Capturing a family’s earliest days with their little bundle of joys is an enormous privilege and joy. Here is a small sampling of some of my favourite Toronto newborn photography and baby photography moments. Natural, candid and full of happiness — that is what I believe this time of life should be all about. (more…)
Finding out that you’re going to be a big sister is definitely cause to jump for joy, which is exactly what this lively toddler did throughout her mama’s fall maternity shoot! We hit the local park and frolicked in the leaves, snuggled to keep warm, played on the swing and chatted away to the bump about all the fun things that the future holds. I opted for a vintage-inspired style with this shoot and the dreamy results will forever tug on my heart strings. (more…)
Have I ever mentioned how much I adore capturing newborn moments for families? I love the cosiness of it all – a new family welcoming their sweet bundle of joy in a cocoon of love. Being at home, cuddled up on the couch or in bed is enough because life is now all about watching for the wee one’s darling facial expressions, stretching teeny toes and beyond precious yawns. This is what I believe newborn photography should be all about, capturing the realness of these early moments together in a sweet, simple and stylish way that makes the heart burst. (more…)
More family fun happened this past weekend amidst the glorious fall colours! It was the perfect day to strike a pose (and then not strike a pose) in a cosy little woodland nestled deep within the city centre. This pupster also had a blast running around with the kiddos! We adventured through the woods, climbed some trees, played chase, jumped around and captured some lovely family memories at the same time. (more…)
Firstly, forgive me — I know it is early to be talking about Christmas. But because Holiday Mini Sessions are LLB’s most popular photo event I have to send out the invites early to get organized and have everything ready for you by December 1st!
Bring your little ones, friends, spouse or pup for a cosy Christmas themed shoot that captures the cheer and fun of this wonderful time of year! This year we’ll be enjoying milk and cookies, Christmas storytime for the little ones, twinkle lights galore, mistletoe antics and lots of magic! Complete details below! (more…)
As you may know, I adore dogs! Like really really adore them! (After all, I run an entire Instagram feed devoted entirely to dog photography!) In my opinion dogs make the world a better, more friendly place and my heart always grows two sizes when people book a photo session to celebrate their best furry friend!
This little fluffball is Austin the Yorkie — a little Instagram star in his own right! His mama brought him out for a special photoshoot to celebrate his 10th year! We truffled around in the leaves, watched joggers run by, had lots of snuggles and gobbled up tasty meatballs! I am so grateful to be able to help people celebrate their canine companions. The results are always really special moments! (more…)
Toronto Fall Mini Sessions wrapped up this weekend and this lovely family made sure we wrapped in style! We found a spectacular tree that was bright orange and set to work playing in the leaves, making leaf angels (they are like snow angels, but way more colourful) and running around! (more…)