Wife to my high school sweetheart, mama to Élise and Madelyn, and of course, wedding photographer for the joyful, genuine, timeless bride. If you ask my husband, I tend to take life a little (or a lot) too serious at times, but I'm a 1w2 on the enneagram and that's what makes me the best person to lead you through your wedding day.
You know that girl who keeps every concert ticket, movie stub, polaroid, beach sand, you name it? Yeah, that’s me.. I keep it all because those are the tangible pieces that take you back to the exact moment, letting you relive it over again. And that's how I want you to feel about your photographs. I want us to connect deeply in a way that you trust and know know what we document will be 100% authentically "you" and that you look back at your partner on your wedding day and say, "wow, let's do that again!"
Since I was in high school, I knew I wasn't fit for a desk job or fulfilling other people's dreams. Somehow I landed here, serving the most gracious couples on their happiest day.
I love having a personal connection with each and every one of my couples in order to serve them best and make them feel the most comfortable! Before all else, THAT is how you get images you love, not just by finding a photographer who does beautiful work. This means not just getting to know you; it's letting you into our lives as well! To me, an 'about page' shouldn't just me about why or how I got started into photography, it's suppose to be about what makes us tick. You can begin to get to know us and our story here! Let's go all the way back to high school.
Max and I met at the age of 17 playing recreational league hockey. We would have met in October but didn't start actively talking until a few months later, the day I dyed my hair brown ;) The early days were filled with many late nights of Facebook chat after finally scoping each other out online. We went on a skating date January of 2011 and the rest is history. We spent the whole later half of our senior year of high school together, surviving final exams and going to prom, and then starting college at the same time. I was going through a difficult time and definitely wouldn't have gotten through that period of life without him.
After many years of pushing me to my dreams, I insisted Max get his. For several years, we drove around in this beautiful little white 1987 BMW 325i rag top convertible in the summer sun. We knew it had to be a part of our fall headshots we did this particular year. Still breaks our hearts that we had to let her go, but we'll get another one day, I just know it.
Two years in, he gave me a promise ring with our birth stones on it, symbolizing then, that we saw this future together eventually. Almost six and a half years in, he asked me to be his wife atop of the beautiful Gatineau Hills on a cliff face overlooking all of Ottawa, after a gorgeous convertible drive. We have always been so blessed that both of our families accepted the other so naturally and support us in everything that we do.
I don't know how I got so lucky as to have him let me hire my dream photographer. Everything I've ever learned in the realm of photography has been through Katelyn James, and I'm honoured to say that I'm a KJ Bride. We drove all of the way to Richmond, VA to have her photograph our engagement session. Prioritize photos, always.
On Saturday, September 22, 2018, I finally married the love of my life after almost 8 years together. Unknowingly at the time, choosing the date of the autumn equinox, it was meant to be; the perfect day of the year for both of us as summer/autumn cusp lovers. We were put through the trials of the day being the weekend of the Ottawa tornadoes. But with the help of all of our family and friends, most people didn't even realize the trials we went through to get the day done perfectly! You can see our wedding story on the blog here!
July of 2020, we welcomed our first child into the world. Élise Charlotte is one spunky little girl with a lot of love and generosity to share. She already knows what she wants and isn't afraid to go after it and tell you how it is. Hmmm... that sounds familiar... wonder where she got that from? She's a busy, running toddler and definitely keeps us on our toes!
Our second stunning daughter, Madelyn Grace made her way earth side January 2022. She's the quieter, patient addition to her big sister. They are attached at the hip and you can tell Maddie can't wait to get on her feet in order to to chase Élise all over the place.