I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again — the best engagement sessions ever are the ones that keep it simple. Laughter, a pretty setting and… that’s it! You don’t need fancy anything to create gorgeous artistic portraits that are romantic and real. This wonderful couple and I spent a late afternoon strolling downtown Toronto and the waterfront to capture some lovely sunset moments. Here’s a sneak peek if you’re interested. (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.
Last weekend I captured my last wedding of the 2017 season and it was a gorgeous one! Despite the weather forecast threatening torrential downpours all day, we ducked between the rain drops to capture some stunning moments of this wonderful celebration. We traveled between The Thompson Hotel and the Guild Inn to capture honest, organic portraits and lots of laughter and love as well! Here’s a sneak peek from the day, if you’re interested. (more…)
Most people would see a 244 sq. ft space and think, “Closet!” But not the fine team at Colleen Broadhurst Interiors. They took one look and the space and decided it would make a darling toddler room with plenty of space for big style! Well, needless to say, the results took our breath away!
Featured in this darling genius space is our Prickle Your Fancy 03 print in 20×30 format. There are only 20 of this beauty available (well, now 19) and we couldn’t be more delighted to see him snoozing in this charming room. For the complete room details, keep reading! (more…)
My heart still skips a beat whenever I see one of my beloved Gooseberry Prints hanging in a little one’s nursery or playroom — especially when it is a large format limited edition print. I love the idea that a darling baby will be growing up with something completely unique hanging on their wall, a piece of art that belongs to them and maybe even one day will be passed down through their family. This beautiful space features our shy beauty Dobbin 08 in 20×30 format.
This gorgeous gender-neutral nursery was designed by the incredibly talented Kendra Bester Design and it is so pretty, I want to move in myself! Take a peek at all the exquisite details below if you’re interested! (more…)
Whether you’re your own boss or working for somebody else, we all have those pesky ‘I have to do this but I really really hate this’ tasks that at the end of the day just have to get done. Perhaps book keeping is your nemesis, maybe sending out contracts and invoices isn’t your jam, or maybe returning endless emails gets you a bit down.
Whatever your despised action item is (and be honest, we all have them no matter how much we love our jobs), we’re happy to report that we’ve come up with a tried and true strategy to turn those frowns upside down and restore the fun to work; all aspects of work! (more…)
When you’re invited to capture the wedding of a creative and energetic couple, you don’t say no! This beautiful day was filled with lots of laughter (isn’t the bride’s smile incredible?), happy tears, heart-warming vows, tremendous food and boisterous dancing as the night arrived. Oh, and let’s not forget some super Instagrammable moments. Here’s a sneak peek of this Toronto Island celebration if you’re interested. (more…)
I’ve always thought it a great shame that so much time, energy and expense goes into finding the ideal dress for a wedding day, only to have it locked up in a closet for the rest of its life once the cake is cut. So when this lovely couple reached out to me wanting to do something creative with their wedding dress, I leapt at the opportunity! They wanted bright, bubbly and fun so we put our heads together and came up with this colourful concept. (more…)
Imagine gathering 12 of your favourite people in the world and booking a spectacular historic inn that looks like something that has been transported from a Jane Austen novel. This is the wedding I had the pleasure of capturing over the weekend and I have to say it was a truly one-of-a-kind day. The love, laughter and ease of the entire celebration was inspiring and most of all it was stress-free — even when the heaven’s decided to open moments before the couple’s dramatic first look! Here’s a sneak peek if you’d like to see. (more…)
I remember bringing my business license home like it was yesterday. I poured myself a cup of tea and I sat down at my breakfast bar while the piece of paper that declared I was going to attempt to be my own boss trembled in my hand. Running a business seemed out of reach, mysterious and other worldly. I remember wondering, desperately, how others made it work? What were their secrets? Today, if you’re interested, I would like to share five of my personal secrets for running my business. (more…)
“Slip into something that makes you feel alive. A touch of rouge, a dab of lipstick, a gown that wraps tightly around you in every direction smothering any trace of self doubt or anxiety, at least for a time. Move as if the world were a painting, an exquisite piece of art still trapped within messy creation, its final form forever dictated by where you step and the path you choose.”
Take a peek at the rest of this moody evening Toronto fashion editorial after the link!
Here at Gooseberry Studios, I have a theory about engagement sessions. It’s not about what you wear or how you do your hair. It’s not about being super styled or overly planned. The best engagement sessions are about being present with each other on camera in a single simple setting that holds sentimental value — and (the secret ingredient) not being afraid to really laugh. This wonderful couple followed this exact recipe for their sunset engagement session in Waterloo earlier this week and the results are… well, take a peek and this sneak peek and see for yourself. (more…)
This past spring I had the tremendous pleasure of working with the lovely Erica Fox on a fashionable branding project. For our first shoot, we set about capturing creative corporate looks out and about in the city that are suitable for the office, yet bursting with unique personality. We focused on a modern, bold and bright aesthetic and here are some of the results.
When twins are welcomed in to a family, life can get a little chaotic. So to celebrate the arrival of two brand new baby girls, this close-knit family decided to throw a relaxing, yet elegant “Sip and See” to celebrate and visit!
As spring was just peeking around the corner, the party theme beautifully reflected the bright and bubbly season. Vibrant pops of colour, cheeky florals and darling bunny motifs, coupled with natural sunlight streaming into the party space, provided the picturesque atmosphere for sipping tea, nibbling artisan treats and visiting the new super mom. (more…)
On Friday Gooseberry joined this lovely Irish couple for a bubbly outdoor wedding celebration! To add even more emotion to the day, the pesky weather report kept threatening a storm so we raced around beneath the clouds with our fingers crossed hoping for sunshine. And luckily enough, the heaven’s came through! We visited the iconic Toronto skyline to document this international love story, we witnessed beautiful vows exchanged beneath a shady canopy and we danced the night away, watched over by twinkling chandeliers. Here’s a sneak peek from the day if you’re interested. (more…)
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 you arrive to capture a simple spring wedding and the bride’s bouquet is bursting with rich vibrant peonies (your favourite flower) you know it’s going to be a fantastic celebration! After a lovely ceremony in a darling chapel, we frolicked around in a wee secluded park and were then whisked away into a fantastic romantically lit dinner followed by dancing. It was a lovely way to tie the know and here is a small sneak peek from the day! (more…)
You know what I love most about fashion photography? More than the clothes and the creative process, more than the various tones that fashion photography can be captured in and the opportunity to play with light and shadow, I love the idea that the women I photograph will one day, perhaps in their retirement surrounded by great grandkids with a million laugh lines crinkling around their eyes, look back on these images and think, “Wow. I was a total babe!”
There is a saying that youth is wasted on the young, which has only started to resonate with me as I prepare to exit my twenties. As women we spend too much of our youth deeply criticizing our bodies. Our looks are somehow paramount, even to ourselves, and we waste hours putting on makeup, deciding what to wear, and after all that effort still not being satisfied with what we see in the mirror. Fashion photography, however, has the power to capture a woman at her most confident and creative. That is something truly precious. (more…)