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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!! 

New York City | Hamilton Lifestyle Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

Dreaming of adventure on this Monday afternoon ... and it had be thinking back to my time in NYC last summer with my two favourite ladies. I could think of no better way to celebrate a Mother's Retirement + a Sister's 30th birthday than to jet off to the Big Apple for a 4-day getaway...so that's exactly what we did! It was my Mom's first time there, my second and Gill's third, but we still managed to cross so many new things off the bucket list of things to do! We strolled Central Park, saw a Broadway Show, took in a taping of Live with Kelly, and hit up the top of the Rock too. We had such a blast that my trying to describe it would really just not do it justice...but here's a few faves I managed to snag from our visit!

Something a little different you're used to seeing here...but why not! Got an adventure of your own planned soon? I'd love to hear where you're headed!! 

Meaghan + Jeff | Toronto Engagement Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

I met these two sweethearts on the morning of our engagement session...while it was still dark out...in what seemed like a very cold temperature at the time. Of course, fast forwarding a couple months as we count down to their big day, it was probably suitable T-shirt weather that we would all kill for right about now haha! 

 

Nonetheless Meaghan and Jeffrey were just amazing from the first click of the shutter until we finished gabbing over coffee to wrap the session!  

They actually live in our Nation's Capitol but were back in Toronto to visit some family and cross a few things off their wedding to-do list at the same time. After narrowing down some options, the three of us strolled not only the waterfront but also popped over to Kensington Market for something a little different! We got so much variety in terms of backdrops as we chatted our way through the city but the one thing that stayed the same was the fun this duo has together. I mean...I can't get over some of these smiles. Swoon. 

25 more days until #KearnsyMarriesMeag - stay tuned everyone! 

Chantelle + Dusan | Toronto Engagement Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

I’m not sure I’ve ever laughed along with clients more than I did with Chantelle + Dusan. Right from the get-go these two had me cracking up at every moment I wasn’t obsessing over how cute they are together.

These best friends got engaged at Disneyland (So. Amazing.) and have so many hilarious stories to share from their 8 years together. Laughing both with and at one another made their sunrise session almost too much fun as we strolled through downtown Toronto a little while back.  Not to mention they killed the wardrobe game, while only suffering a little bit in the cold.

Of course, we topped off the session with some coffee where the Barista was 1/3 on the correct spelling. We chatted more over some warm bevvies, and my excitement for their big day next summer only grew.

I remember them mentioning what a lot of couples do before their session – they wanted photos where they look natural and of course like they are having fun.

I think we may have got a few of those...what do you think? 

Seniors

Where has the summer gone?! As we roll into the final two weeks of August I wanted to share something new with you here on the blog.

At the end of this past school year I gathered up a few of my favourite high school seniors to document them at this point in their life. This is a time where everyone is heading in a different direction, and a time where everything is about to change. The excitement and nerves that I’m sure are running through their heads is definitely something they will look back on in the years to come and is another one of those defining moments in a person’s life. 

It’s one of those moments I want to capture, have some fun with, and eventually help them remember who they were at that time.

Heading into your final year, or know someone who is? I’d love to hear from you to chat about your custom Senior Session before you start your next chapter.

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 

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!  

Andrea + Joe | Hamilton Engagement Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

Andrea + Joe were so at home in the snow, as we hit the "slopes" for their engagement session last week! After the first part of their session saw not one snowflake, we headed out again after the storm so capture something a little more personalized to these two - and we definitely had some fun. Races... snowball fights... we did it all - and I didn't fall once (much to my surprise)!

After chatting about this idea the first time we met, and learning that Joe even got down on one knee while they were snowboarding, I'm so happy it worked out! Not to mention, their boarding gear is amazzzzing! 

Check out a few faves, leave them some love below and come back and visit for their big day this June! 

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! 

Sarah

As I've mentioned a few times, working with clients and getting to know their stories is definitely my favourite part of what I do. This especially rings true when I hear from someone who has a mission to accomplish as part of their time with me...whether it's to surprise their parents or grandparents with some new prints, to create some new memories with their loved one or just to treat themselves to a new experience. 

Sarah's mission was to get out of her comfort zone...and I was so honoured she chose me to help her do it. She was a rockstar at the session and after getting her permission I wanted to share a few words from her to go with a favourite frame from our time together.

Hi Lauren,

I just wanted to send you a quick note about the photos we did back in June. As you know, Connor and I recently got married and I had made a photo book for his gift. To say the least he was over the moon with it. He said that you captured the woman he has always admired to the fullest. So I wanted to thank you!  You made me feel so comfortable even in the most awkward shots, hahaha. I cannot wait to show him the rest of the session and pick out a canvas soon.

If you ever need a testimonial for anything, let me know as I would be more than happy to provide you with one. Or you can simply use this email.

I can't wait to see our paths cross again. I wish you all the best in your future projects and studio.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Sarah

If you've been thinking about getting out of your comfort zone and treating yourself to a session...I'd love to hear from you

Open House

I was so overwhelmed with the love and support I received from family, friends and clients this past holiday season. So many stopped by to check out the new space, catch up over some de-lish food and drinks and take part in a session giveaway (Congrats to Lesa Holmes)! I can't wait to share the full transformation of my new studio with plenty more details, but for now - check out a few favourites from my Open House! 

A big thanks to my own family for all their help, and to my pal Alexandra DelBello for being behind the lens that night!