Family Photography

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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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. 

4 Years

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I'm a few days late with this post, but for a very good reason! I actually spent the 4th Anniversary of the launch of Moments -by Lauren celebrating the marriage of one of my best friends! The best part being that I was honoured to stand beside her instead of being behind the camera (even though that would have been pretty fun too!). Celebrating so much love this past Saturday reminded me how lucky I am to do what I do, and how much fun is really wrapped up in a wedding day. 

This past year has come with so many awesome moments and milestones, and I couldn't be more excited for the journey that I'm on. A huge thank you to everyone who has been a part of the past 4 years and to all of the people I've been lucky enough to cross paths with. Telling a little piece of your life's story is something that I truly treasure and I can't wait to see the pages continue to turn and what the future holds! 

As always, I'm sending all my love and thanks for the support, the kind words, and the referrals to a friend or family member. You all are what keep me going and allow me to spend my days doing something I totally love. 

So many more blog posts coming your way soon - I can't wait to share some fun moments from this summer season!

-Lauren 

MOMENTS | Personal Projects | Moments -by Lauren

This is the start of something new. Something I think is super important and something that I'd love you to be involved in. 

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Jaime + Travis | Toronto Engagement Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

You guys…these two are guaranteed to have you swooning into next week.

I joined Jaime and Travis in their new neighbourhood a couple weeks ago and I don’t think it’s possible for them to be more in love. After strolling through Corktown, we finished off the session on their rooftop and took in a killer view of the city, where I tried to convince them to stay for another few hours of modeling! (if only it weren’t so chilly…)

These two were truly so much fun to work with – and tying in the area where they bought their first place together just made their session that much more meaningful. These two are tying the knot in Muskoka this summer and I have a funny feeling the views and smiles will be just as stunning.

Gah. I just can’t handle it. Leave them some love, below!! 

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