Moments

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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Marsha + Will | Hamilton Engagement Session | Moments -by Lauren

Well pals, these past couple months have been such a whirlwind! (A really good whirlwind though!)

Now that things are starting to wind down a little bit, I’m so excited to get back to sharing what I’ve been up to (for uhh, basically the last 6 months haha)! I’m going to kick things off with Marsha + Will’s engagement session, and anyone from the Hammer should recognize a few of the spots we hit up!

I’m obviously biased, but these two sure made the waterfront look good - and like a heck of a good time too.

Can’t wait for their big day in March!

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Top 5 Moments of a Wedding Day | Hamilton Wedding Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

As this year's wedding season has already kicked off, I wanted to share some of my favourite parts of any big day that I’m lucky enough to be a part of. Of course, every wedding is unique and comes with it’s fair share of incredible moments, but without fail these are the ones that I wait for and always seem to be some of my faves.

1.     Dad’s First Look

Of course, anyone’s first look at the bride is always such a great moment, but there is something a little extra special when a Dad sees his little girl ready to walk down the aisle. Whether he wells up with tears or is simply beaming with pride, this never (ever) gets old in my books. That same expression is also usually found as he looks on at the ceremony or shares a dance with his daughter at the reception. There’s no way to describe it except #allthefeels.

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2.     The Vows

My favourite part of the vows is all of the nerves that come with them. In what are some of the most important words that will ever be said in their relationship, couples are full of emotion, they sometimes stutter or maybe even need to pause to get their composure. What I love though, is most often they let out a nervous laugh or two along the way. Any way this goes, it’s pretty awesome to see, as there’s no hiding the couple’s love at this moment. They’re in this together.

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3.     Glances After the Signing

Oh boy. This is one that sometimes goes unnoticed, but one that I always try to snag. The couple has finished their vows, the rings are on their fingers, they’ve signed the registry and it sinks in…they’re married. There is always a look of excitement they share that can’t quite ever be replicated. They also probably think no one is watching as the witnesses finalize the paperwork. It’s awesome.

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4.     Speeches

There is no better way to learn more about a couple than through the speeches at their wedding. Their favourite people get up and share their best stories, their funniest moments, and all the love they’ve shared over the years. I don’t think there has been a night of speeches that hasn’t made me laugh out loud at one point or tear up a little bit behind my camera during another. The outrageous, meaningful, hilarious and touching moments all certainly bring about some great moments to capture and I love every second of it.  

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5.     Dance Floor

These are epic. As soon as the party starts, you’ll find me in the thick of the dance circle capturing the best moves the party has to offer. Maybe (probably) even dancing along myself.

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What's your favourite part of a wedding day to see?! Let me know, below!!

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!! 

Misia + Tom | Brantford Engagement Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

From the first time they sat across from me in my office, Misia + Tom have had me swooning.  Just like out of a movie, Tom came into the pub one night when Misia was bartending. Their first conversation lasted hours, only to be followed up by their first official date the following night. They quickly grew to be best friends, fit in seamlessly with each other’s families and as they say, the rest is history.

The countdown is on for these two and their NYE wedding, a year after their adorable Holiday proposal that took place last year!  A few weeks back we caught the perfect sunset a few blocks from their Brantford home and they couldn’t have been more adorable in front of the lens. 

If you can believe it – this session lasted only 15 minutes and resulted in some of my fave engagement frames ever. Talk about chemistry.

Fun Fact: Misia is as sweet as she is a total genius in the kitchen. She surprised me with some of her incredible home made gluten free cookies and my goodness they were delish! Recently launching her own business, you HAVE to check out what she is whipping up over at Marzipan Bake Co

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.

Josie + Bryan | Hamilton Engagement Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

I've mentioned before how lucky I am to work with such amazing clients and help capture such important moments in their lives, but another favourite part of my job is being able to explore new places. This doesn't necessarily mean crossing the world or the country to somewhere brand new (although that's pretty great too), but even finding a new corner or a new angle of the city I grew up in is truly awesome. 

Now I've know Bryan my whole life. In fact, we often joke that he's known my siblings longer then I have - which is sadly true haha. After seeing Josie come into his life as his perfect match and now have them come in to chat wedding plans, I was of course so excited to be chosen as their photographer. When discussing the engagement session, they knew they wanted something cool - throwing out the idea of a hitting up a local theatre. Naturally, I was pumped as creating custom sessions for my couples is the BEST. 

We strolled through the downtown core and finished up the evening at the Lincoln Alexander Theatre - a true gem in the heart of downtown #HamOnt. 

These two are saying their "I do"s in a month and a half - so leave them some love below and stay tuned! 

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!  

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! 

Inside Look : Studio

A little behind the scenes look at my studio + office space right here in #HamOnt! 

If you missed the Open House, and wanted to swing by for a visit - I'd love to have you!

Just drop me a line! 

Ashley + Brendan | Hamilton Wedding Photographer | Moments -by Lauren

I’m so happy to finally be sharing the story of Ashley + Brendan’s big day from the fall.

The entire day was so laid back and effortless for this group, which started from the moment I joined the girls at Ashley’s parents house. I immediately picked up on the bond these ladies shared as they sat around the island in the kitchen laughing, gabbing and taking turns getting the final touches on their makeup.  Just like any wedding day, the excitement grew as the girls got into their dresses and headed down to Liuna Station to meet Brendan and the other half of this killer wedding party.

Their nearest & dearest surrounded them as they tied the knot – which was officiated by a close friend of the family, making it all the more special.  We snuck out after the ceremony and headed to Dundurn Park where we dodged the raindrops perfectly (literally, down to the second…). The gloomy skies were no match for this fun loving group of family and friends as we definitely spent the majority of our time laughing before kicking off the celebration properly back at their reception.

Similar to the crowd, I listened to fond and funny memories about the newlyweds in between their courses and emotional first dances – and felt so lucky to be joining them for all the fun.

And now, I’ll take a cue from Brendan’s speech as I wrap up this blog post…as “any good one should be like a woman’s skirt. Long enough to cover the subject but short enough to keep you interested.”

All my love to these high school sweethearts! Check out the story of their day, below! 

Venue  |  Liuna Station

Florist  |  Lizze Matheson

Hair  |  Salon D

Makeup  |  Lindsey Kerr

Limo  |  Hamilton Limousine

Dress  |  Felichia Bridal

Suits  |  Moore’s

Bridesmaids  |  Heirlooms Bridal

Shoes  |  David’s Bridal

Invitations  |  Impressive Printing

Cake  |  Weil’s of Westdale

DJ  |  DJ Emporium - Joe DiMambro

Photograpy  |  Moments –by Lauren

Second Shooter  | Marek Michalek