maya and matt in toronto

This summer, I photographed my friends Maya and Matt exploring Toronto's Little Portugal/Dufferin Grove neighbourhoods. In addition to being kind and hilarious, M & M are two of the busiest, hardest-working, most inspiring people I know. I was so grateful we managed to find a time when all three of us were in the city in order to meet up! It's always a pleasure to take pictures of Maya,

as I did before

when we both lived in Montreal and it was even more fun to photograph her alongside her partner. Thanks so much for being part of my project, you guys, and thanks to Enoteca Sociale for allowing us to shoot in your beautiful restaurant. 

This shoot was featured in my

Special Occasion video


vancouver engagement | carolyn & brian

Photographing Carolyn and Brian's engagement was the first chance I've had to document such an occasion for a family member. It was so much fun! Carolyn is my beautiful sister-in-law and Brian is her love. They will be married next summer at a gorgeous venue in Vancouver, and I can't wait to stand up as co-maid of honour and celebrate alongside them.

Carolyn is a remarkably strong, independent and driven person. She had always dreamed of moving back to her birthplace of Vancouver, so when she was recruited by a company and offered a position in Toronto, she asked if they had anything available in British Columbia. As luck would have it, a position was open, and in a flash she packed up her apartment and her new puppy and prepared to move across the country. Around the time that she was setting up her new life, she hit it off with a handsome gentleman she'd met through family friends. They shared a love of hockey, travel and fresh coastal air, and before long, they decided life would be sweeter if they lived under the same roof.

They recently bought a home together and now have two adorable Havanese pups who fill it with cuteness and humour. Over Thanksgiving weekend, they hosted our family, and we excitedly toasted their future. I know it will be filled with adventure and so much love. I can't wait to have a third Brian in my immediate family (father, husband and now brother-in-law!)

During our Thanksgiving visit, we spent the day exploring some of Vancouver's prettiest spots while I took their engagement photos. I love that dreamy, overcast, west coast light. It's so soft and lovely. C & B, congratulations! I am so excited for you and everything that's to come.

guelph university engagement | taryn & andy

When Taryn decided to attend Guelph University, she was following her dream to one day care for animals. During her time at the Ontario Veterinary College, she met a kind and handsome guy who was doing a masters in stem cell biology in the same program. They would pass each other in the hallways, smile and say hello. Occasionally they'd run into each other at parties or when out with mutual friends. At the time though, that was it. They both finished up their degrees, graduated and moved away from Guelph. Several years later, they ran into each other while working out at the same gym in a different city. They went on their first date a week later and have been together ever since.

I often encourage couples to choose a location for their engagement session that is meaningful to their relationship. When Taryn suggested head to Guelph to shoot where they first met, I loved the idea. I met them on a beautiful sunny afternoon with their dachshund puppy (and puppysitter, Taryn's lovely mother) for a laid-back and relaxed afternoon shoot. Taryn and Andy thank you so much for choosing me as your wedding photographer. I had so much fun with you guys and I can't wait to celebrate with you in Burlington next June!

ottawa engagement | meriem & rocco

Rocco wanted his proposal to Meriem to be a grand surprise, so he planned two separate events: the real proposal and the fake party Meriem thought she would be attending. In order to pull off planning both a romantic proposal and an elaborate ruse, Rocco enlisted the help of Julie from Chic Weddings. Together, the set the scene where he'd pop the question by beautifully decorating their shared workplace where Meriem and Rocco first met. Then, in order to give Meriem a reason to dress up, they created an imagined special event, and popped just one very official looking invitation in the mail.

On the evening of the "event," Meriem was all dressed up and ready for a night out. Through a series of staged events, Rocco explained that they would have to stop by their work on the way to the party. When they walked in, the space had been transformed from an Italian fine food shop to an impossibly dreamy table set for two. Truly surprised and overjoyed, Meriem did not hesitate to say yes.

I met these two sweethearts at Ottawa's Central Experimental Farm for their engagement session. It was a gorgeous, expansive place and we had tons of fun wandering around together in the late afternoon sunshine. Meriem and Rocco, I am so very excited for your wedding in just a few weeks! Enjoy every last moment of your engagement and I look forward to celebrating with you soon.