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Welcome! I’m Verity – a photographer in Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph and the GTA. Need details? Take a look at my info page. You can also head over to my documentary session gallery or my studio session gallery. And I *love* to get email so message me and tell me your favourite memory from your childhood (and what it is that you want your children to remember 🙂 )

 

Life is beautiful. Life is chaotic.

Life is perfect, just the way it is

I’ve always taken lots of photos of my own children, and a lot of them are studio photos when they’re all dressed nicely, posed and in a good mood (although how long that good mood lasts is always the million dollar question!). Looking back on those photos I really love them, but I’ve realized that there are other photos I love even more.

Photos of kidlet #2 playing with his Ninja Turtles (in his pajamas!), photos of kidlet #1 in all the awkward reading positions she sets up for herself, surrounded by her stuffed animals. Photos of them helping make pancakes on a Saturday morning. It’s those everyday details and interactions that I want to remember.

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The loud moments, the chaotic moments, the quiet moments. THAT is my life. The memories I want to hold on to forever. I know that all too soon they will be grown and these precious childhood memories will be a thing of the past. So I capture every little bit of it.

What does a Documentary Session look like?

Having family photos done shouldn’t mean struggling, bribery and tears of frustration.

Documentary sessions are very relaxed and should be stress free. It occasionally takes children a little while to get used to me being around, and I always factor in time for that to begin our session. Children will be children. They have a mind of their own and I don’t expect them to act on command. But I will capture them, their joys and quirkiness.

Ready to book your Documentary session yet? Is there anything holding you back? I thought there may be! Read on 🙂

I’d love a Documentary Session, BUT…

Many moms want to document their family but worry about how their homes look. I promise that I’m not going to photograph the dust or the ball of cat fur floating along the floor. Your house does not need to be spotless! That’s not real life. And being in the moment with your kids is more important than how the house looks.

“We’re a boring family!” is something else that I often hear. No, you’re not! One day when the kids are grown and the house is clean and tidy, you will miss these simple (but wonderful) everyday moments.

I also have some moms that want to wait until they’ve lost 5 or 10 or 15lbs. It’s very difficult, sometimes, (wait! Who am I kidding? A lot of the time!) to love our imperfect bodies and selves. But your family doesn’t care about the number on the scale. And that thing is a big old liar anyway! It can’t measure the most important things in life. Your kids only care that you are there, in the photos, having fun with them. I speak from experience.

If you are ready to book your session, you can Contact Me through my web form or if you’d prefer, you can Email Me directly.

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Pricing

Your session includes:

– up to 3 hours of shooting (though only newborn sessions tend to go over an hour, don’t worry!)

– exclusive session date (I never schedule more than one shoot per day)

– photo editing so that you don’t see any blinks, unflattering angles, or blemishes

Of course, it goes without saying that you’ll have my seven years of photography experience and as much (or as little) wardrobe help as you’d like at your disposal. I accept just three or four sessions per month, so you know that I’m not overworked and can take good care of you.

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The session fee is $150 and is due at the time of booking to reserve your space in my calendar.

As for what you’ll take home, all three of my packages include a gorgeous, professionally printed hardcover photo album. Your album will look amazing on the coffee table and also makes a fantastic gift for grandparents and family members.

I believe photos need to be printed, seen, and loved, but find that there isn’t enough wall space in the world for hanging all my favorite photos. That’s why an album is the perfect solution! I love my own collection of albums and love to see my children paging through them, reliving all of our adventures. They love them as much as I do!

 

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Album aside, you can choose to add on 10 digital photo files, or purchase the entire gallery we create together as a digital set. Packages start at $400.

Click here to book your session. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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