Family Photographer

At Home Family Session | Hamilton Family Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

It’s Family Day, so it’s only appropriate that I share a recent Family Session here on the blog, and when we’re chatting location, this is totally one of my all time faves!

The Sung Family is currently in the process of building their dream home and it was at the perfect stage for us to sneak in for half an hour and update their family portraits! I love that not only are the empty walls and unfinished flooring a perfect neutral backdrop for the images, but will totally bring this crew back to this stage in their life when they look at these images years from now. Especially since Briant (their little guy) will never remember it this way.

Take a scroll through, and let me know what you think of the location — a little twist on the typical at home session!

Hope you all get to enjoy a bit of time with your favourite people today!!

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Hamilton Family Photographer | LaSalle Park | Moments -by Lauren

Every so often I get to be a photographer and an Auntie at the same time.

This is how that goes…

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Behind the Scenes : 2017 | Hamilton Wedding Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

It’s not often you get to see things other than how they look through my lens, but I just had to share a few frames from this past year from a totally different angle! It’s a funny little look at some of the things you don’t get to see on a wedding day!

 

You’re sure to find me behind the lens, pointing, directing, dress-fixing, being caught mid-sentence and all around loving life. You’ll see some of my wedding-day pals – and Alex who is my right hand woman (second shooter) and professional light + background tester!  

 

There’s a few frames mixed in from my speaking engagements this year as well as my first semester in front of a class – and I wrap things up with a few extras from my phone!

I’m promising to bring you along a few more places next year, but in the mean time…here’s a look back at some BTS of 2017!! A huge thanks to all my seconds this past year for helping me tell a bit of this story!!

 

p.s. If you want to follow along with the day to day – hop on over to Instagram!! 

...and a few extra iPhone snaps!! 

The Spencer Family | Hamilton Wedding Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

What comes to your mind when you think of the perfect family session? 

As you’re envisioning it, I’ll tell you what comes to mine…

 

To start off, it’s a session that takes place in a spot which the family feels totally at home…a place that is just “them” and one that they’ll look back on with fond memories of during that point in their life. That same session feels like I’m just tagging along with the family as an extra member (who happens to have her camera with her). It’s one that’s filled with belly laughs, natural silliness and genuine love with every member at any age.

The most important thing that ties the perfect family session together though? It’s not the coordinated wardrobe, or the perfect glowy light (although those things are nice too)… It’s the images that can tell even a stranger what that family is all about. Personalities, stories and emotions jumping out of an image are things that just make me so happy. I also like to hope it’s the exact thing my clients love too, especially when they look back at images years after they were taken.

The session below has all of these things, so it’s one I totally had to share. It speaks to what the Spencer Family would be found doing on any random night together…and that is also what makes it so special. They walked down a path for about 45 minutes, and I helped take care of the rest. It’s them, and it’s awesome.

Check out the family’s take on the session after a few of my faves!

 

"Lauren has an amazing ability to make a photo shoot an evening of fun. She’s super relaxed, goes with the flow of our kids and captures their own personalities in every shot. Lauren made the evening perfect – nothing was forced, the time flew by and we all had a blast. Endless thanks to Lauren for everything!" - Steph + Geoff

"I loved the telephone game, it was so silly, I almost peed my pants." - Kate, 6

 

If this looks like a way you'd like to document your family's current chapter, I'd love to hear from you to plan your custom session. 

Feature : The Hamilton Spectator | Hamilton Wedding + Lifestyle Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

I'm thrilled to share that I was featured in the "Young Professionals" section of The Hamilton Spectator this week! Not only was it a huge honour to have my business profiled, but also so exciting to get a chance to chat about what it's like to run a business and chase my dream in #HamOnt! I've been so overwhelmed by all the support and well wishes, and am so looking forward to where this journey takes me next! 

I'd love for you to check out the feature here -- > Young Professionals : Lauren Valvasori

Masi | Newborn Lifestyle Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

Meet Masi. This little guy was welcomed into the most loving home by his awesome parents and adorable pups. Settling in nicely as the first grandchild to all his grandparents, he’s sure to be spoiled rotten (just as it should be). I spent some time capturing the latest milestone in Britt + Chris’ lives and feel so lucky every time I’m asked back to join them in catching all those little moments that will tell their story.

I’d love for you to start your week off right and take a peek into Masi’s world, his darling nautical nursery, and all the love that comes with it. 

The Lawlor's | Hamilton Family Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

It was such a blast having this group in the studio a few weeks back for a winter family session while everyone was in town...and in the country! Just like a lot of families I hear from, their portraits needed updating and February was the perfect time to bring everyone together. 

I think family portraits are even more special when they can bring more then two generations together as the family continues to grow, and I was so happy to capture some moments with the whole gang together that they can look back on for years to come. Not to mention that grandparents and little ones always seem to bring out the best in each other, don't you think?

Check out a few favourites below, and a sample wall collection I designed at the end! 

It's so much easier to enjoy your images when they are on display! Check out a wall art design I put together using some favourites from the Lawlor session, below!

If you think your family or walls need some updated portraits, I'd love to hear from you!  

The DiFrancesco's | Hamilton Family Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

I love it when I can share the client's experience in their own words - so instead of telling you about my session with this awesome family this past fall, read about their time with me after you see a few faves!

If you're interested in some more details on my family sessions, I'd love to hear from you! Spring is just around the corner! 

Moments-by-Lauren made our family photo experience a great one. Right from the start, Lauren was incredibly helpful. She helped us book our photo shoot location and time based on ideal lighting times during that time of year. As our photo shoot date approached, she emailed us a guide for the day which offered suggestions for clothing and colours, information about how the photo shoot would transpire and tips for keeping everyone comfortable during the shoot. Our day was a gorgeous one and she had great ideas for poses and backgrounds. Our family was comfortable and relaxed and it shows in the large selection of pictures we had to choose from. We ordered our prints online and had them in our possession within a few short weeks. We’re thrilled with the final product which we’ve hung and admire regularly. Lauren does a great job and has established an easy process for her clients. We look forward to updating photos in the future!

- Angela & Dean DiFrancesco

Renovation Diaries

If you follow along with my instagram or snapchat, you've likely seen a few of these attached to the #renovationdiaries. I thought a fun way to cap off the few posts I've done on my new studio would be to do a full Before and After, with a few extra behind the scenes photos and videos. 

So take a peek at some of my favourite shots of the transformation with quite a few photobombs from my dad, randomly scattered coffee cups, and more then a few changes.

It sure was quite the facelift! 

 

And the side-by-side's are even better to show the real Before & After! 

 
 

And a few more random shots throughout the process are below! 

I obviously couldn't have done this on my own and can't thank my family enough for their support! Although I'm sure there were times we struggled, were too tired to keep going, and wanted to kill each other - I LOVED renovating this place with my Dad. He saw the original potential in this building and after a few design conflicts discussed in a loving manner I seriously couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. (I just count my blessings we have similar taste in music - as it was one less thing to debate!) Whether you pitched in with some of the reno, brought by a coffee or a snack for us in the wee hours or even sent a quick message of support - this process made me realize I'm almost too lucky to have such awesome people in my life that were just as excited to help me as this new venture gets off the ground! 

Now that I've shared the full story behind the renovation, I'm so excited to get back to blogging some of my client work! All new images on the blog this week! 

Gavin | Hamilton Lifestyle Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

I'm so excited to finally be sharing all my favourite sessions from the fall!

This little guy was welcomed into the world by his first time parents and big extended family. I loved joining this trio in their home where the personal touches to Gavin's nursery were just awesome. Mom + Dad finished off his wall with their favourite shots from a Safari they went on, perfecting the theme for this little guy - who is sure to be as adventurous as his parents. 

Meet everyone, including the most well behaved and adorably protective pup ever - Kesha.