Simple Lifestyle Newborn Session

Welcome to the world little Everleigh, I'm so lucky I got to meet you already.  Jamie and Chris, I can't wait to see the wonderful little girl she will continue to grow into with you two. 

- c

Boardwalks and Bikes: Katie & Cam's Engagement Session

I met up with Katie and Cam early one morning in Collingwood for a sunrise engagement session.  After spending some time chatting over home-brewed espresso in their little sunlit kitchen, we headed out on bikes to tour around the Collingwood waterfront and boardwalks as the sun was rising over Georgian Bay.  This shoot re-created the first bike tour that Cam led Katie on when she moved to the area, and felt like the perfect fit for an active and adventurous couple like these two!  I get to see them again to photograph their wedding this weekend, and I could not be more excited to see what wedding-day activities they've dreamed up!

Studio Tour: Honour Bright Paper Goods

Alex and I drove over the escarpment and back down again to get to her old barn studio, tucked into a country property near Collingwood.  As we arrived, she apologized for the state of the place (as all creative types with inspiration everywhere must do), but I stepped inside and immediately fell in love.  Two studio cats ran around my feet and into the back room, a horse walked by the window (and later stuck her head into the studio through the horse door on the side), and we immediately turned on space heaters to warm the old wooden floors.  Plants fill the corners, little paintings and stitches of inspiration cover the walls, and the whole room has the beautiful smell of paper and old books, courtesy of her enviable collection of antique books in the back room. 

As with all of my favorite spaces, Alex's studio is made up of bits and pieces put together over time.  She and her dad re-did the inside of an old barn building, ripped up the grimy old flooring, and white washed the walls, hence the horse-entry door.  The room is furnished with old pieces of furniture picked up at estate sales, found, and accepted as payment for work.  Everything is refurbished by hand, from pain jobs to shelving overhauls, and the little plants, books, and sheets of inspiration scattered around are fascinating to look at.  Everything has a story and a meaning to her.  It's truly a creative's space. 

Alex and I were styling and shooting vignettes of her custom designed paper goods for her website, and I couldn't resist snapping shot after shot of her studio while we worked.  We spent the rest of the afternoon taking photos of beautiful paper goods, dancing to old music (and I mean true oldie goldies.  I loved it.), playing with greenery, and hunting for the cats.  It was arguably one of my favorite ways ever to spend an afternoon. :)

Take a look through below, and be sure to checkout her company Honour Bright next time you need cards, letterheads, or any custom paper work done.  Her wedding stationary is beautiful and was also part of our last shoot at the Tremont Cafe!

I absolutely love doing studio shoots and tours, and am hoping to turn this into a series over time.  So, if you or any creatives you know are interested in taking part please send me a message!

Enjoy the beautiful studio tour below, thank you so much for sharing Alex!

xo
- c

Away in Awenda Park

Although it may not be the prime season to share photos from a fall styled bridal shoot, I just couldn't wait any longer to post some shots from this creative collaboration with Tara from Exchanging Vows Bridal Shop.  I'm also SO excited to see this editorial featured in the 'It'z Your Day' Bridal Guide for the Georgian Bay area, thank you It'z Your Day Event Planning!

We put this shoot together to create a whimsical forest look, while accentuating how simple and classic a fall wedding can be.  Keeping the details simple and letting the scenery and stunning Ontario fall colours do the talking is a fabulous way to achieve a striking wedding look with minimal fuss.  I'm completely smitten with the little details that pull together a wedding in the cooler seasons.  The fur shawl pictured below kept our bride warm though the shoot, and she stayed comfortable into the evening as the sun went down over the water by changing into a thick knit sweater and fur hat.  A beautifully simple bouquet and classic dress make the perfect pairing for what really must be the best venue available, an Ontario fall forest.

The amazing vendors who contributed to this shoot really did an amazing job, checkout their work if you're getting married in the Georgian Bay area, or love the idea of a fall wedding!

Dress and Styling:  Tara from Exchanging Vows Bridal Boutique
Flowers: Leuk
Fur Headpiece: Appeal Boutique
Calligraphy: TypeGrace
Venue: Awenda Park

Vintage Inspired Bridal Shoot Featuring the Copper Collective

I worked on this amazing bridal editorial shoot in collaboration with the talented girls who own The Copper Collective, a curated online vintage clothing company based out of Collingwood, Ontario.  After finding a gorgeous second hand wedding dress on one of their shopping trips, we started pulling together plans for a clean and rustic styled shoot focused on their amazing vintage find. As with all inspired creative projects, the pieces for this shoot fell into place beautifully, and I had the most fabulous time working with such a talented group of people to pull off our first styled bridal shoot!

Vintage wedding dress:  The Copper Collective
Florals:  Janna Dekker of Wildernis Florals
Calligraphy:  Alex Ruston of Honour Bright
Hair: Pure Organic Hair
Venue:  Tremont Cafe
Jewelry: Jessica Wolfe Design
Model: Claire Woodhouse

Thank you all so much!

xo
- c
 

Creemore Engagement Shoot

Katie and Jamie planned the perfect engagement session up in Creemore this fall.  Starting out with a beer tasting at the Creemore brewery, we then moved into a quaint Creemore coffee shop, and eventually finished up with an evening at Wasaga Beach with miles of white sand to ourselves.  I love shooting fun engagement sessions that represent a couple, the places that are important to them, and things that represent them together.  These two absolutely killed it, and finishing off with this engagement session has made me so excited already to keep working with my amazing clients in the new year!