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
If you can believe it, Angela + Alex grew up just a few hours from each other here in Ontario, but didn’t meet until they were both in London, England. I know, right…their love story starts like any good romantic movie. (They have all the makings of a full plot, but I'll save a story or two for their wedding post!)
Fast forward about 5 years and they are getting ready to say their “I do’s” this coming July. Of course, knowing this duo for years now, we have totally shared some laughs but getting to document their relationship first hand was truly such a blast.
Dodging some raindrops as we strolled the Burlington waterfront, Ange + Alex killed their session almost as much as they killed their wardrobe choices. They danced on the dock, met a few animals along the trail and were just so effortlessly adorable together it was so hard to narrow down this blog post.
Take a peek at a few of my faves below.
Makeup : Makeup Worx
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!
Well folks, here it is – the one blog post that wraps up an entire year’s worth of favourite frames…and boy is it a doozy.
As I was selecting the images that I loved the most in the past 12 months I realized I’m especially drawn to images that have certain qualities to them. I would imagine this is what draws many of you to me as well… as it’s hopefully something that comes through in my style.
First, I’m looking for the light. (Duh). Light is the start and base of every great shot. Some of my faves are the ones where the light just adds that extra dynamic edge to a shot. Sometimes it goes unnoticed if you aren’t paying attention, but at times it can be the focal point too. A flare can sometimes steal the show…but when it’s done properly, it definitely makes my day.
Next, you should know that I’m constantly searching for compositions. I live for something a little different. I love when I find a hidden gem, a new angle, or position my subjects to not only showcase their best self but also the killer location around them. Having a client request I try new or different things, is like music to my ears. You’ll be able to spot these ones right away!
Last, and most importantly are the moments. I would throw the other two of my criteria out the window every time to get shots like this. It’s my total mission, the name of my company and something I want to help create and capture for every- single-client... because I believe in this so much! Forget the overly posed images…I want the ones that capture you and exactly how you’re feeling in that moment. These always stand out to me every time I go through a gallery and hope they are the ones that you love the most too. These images are the easiest to spot, as they are the ones that will make you feel something in your gut or make you smile.
When I check all three of these boxes – it feels like magic and still to this day will make me giddy to deliver the image.
After trying to find some of these common threads in the images, I knew one thing for sure… without a doubt I can say I have the best job on the planet. I get to tell the story of some of the biggest moments in your life…even if they just seem like ordinary ones.
I was lucky to meet so many new friends in 2016, as well as catch up with some old ones along the way.
As the MBL Family continues to grow…I’d love for you to be a part of it!
Happy New Year, Everyone! I hope the moments that make up your 2017 are the best ones yet!
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.
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!
The countdown is on for Taylor and JJ!
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of having these two in front of my lens as we stopped by a few favourite spots in Toronto. These two were perfectly suited for the city backdrop and their natural chemistry made them total rockstars from start to finish. My favourite part about an urban engagement session is the wide variety of backdrops you can find in such a short time frame, and this session definitely didn't disappoint. These two had a ton of fun at every stop we made, and had me swooning through their entire gallery again today.
After a quick wardrobe change, we wrapped the session down by the waterfront where we ran into a little wind and some serious (read: hilarious) problems with lighting a sparkler. Rest assured, our 3-person huddle and handy work by JJ had it up in running after about 300 attempts...and it was totally worth it in the end! (I just love when my clients trust me with a little experimentation)
You can find a few favourites below, and after leaving them some love in the comment section, come back and visit soon as they are saying their "I do's" in 10 DAYS!
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!
Makeup: Lauren MacKenzie
This is the start of something new. Something I think is super important and something that I'd love you to be involved in.
To get a little bit more information on my project, find a few more details here :
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!!
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.
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!
I want you to meet Amanda + Matt.
These two and their adorable pup strolled the Bruce Trail with me a few Sunday mornings ago. They bared the chilly weather and laughed their way through the session as they got photobomed by Griffin a few times – who really just wanted to play (who can blame the guy?).
These two proved that cuddly winter engagement sessions are just as fabulous as those where a few less layers of clothing are required to stay warm. Their adorable personalities and laid back love make these two such a perfect match and a joy to have in front of my lens. (Anyone who knows me also knows that bringing along a pup to a session is just the cherry on top!)
It’s still up in air if Griffin will be making a wedding day appearance, but I can guarantee the smiles on Amanda + Matt’s faces will definitely be seen again this June.
Leave them some love, below!
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!