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At every moment we have the opportunity to spread joy 💫💃🏻🤘🏻

Few things in life can top early mornings that start with a swim or run. Followed by water and land training, meditation, healthy meals, group sports, traditional camp activities, and roasting marshmallows over the campfire — then straight to sleep in a cabin in the woods.

I have so much love for this session, and huge respect for the patience and humour these parents have.

  1. Just a mom and her four, yes four, boys.
  2. When a few things don’t go exactly as planned; but no fear, cause this family’s calm, cool factor if off the charts!
  3. When the family in mention says they prefer a great candid shot to a perfectly posed portrait.

Also, candids are my favourite.
Do you prefer perfectly unperfect or perfectly posed?

In my experience I’ve found that the amount of energy you invest into something
is generally the reflection of what you’ll get out of it in the end.

And photographs are a perfect example of just that.
Now I’m sure you’ve heard me say (or write) that I love catching the little moments, keeping things simple.
I absolutely do — but sometimes with a little planning, a fun location, beautiful wardrobe, and A game attitudes —
photos can go next level.

Take a look.

May you always be brave enough to stand up for what’s right.
Be kind to others, and first, to yourself.
Embrace what makes you unique, incredible and beautiful.
Be confident, knowing you are loved unmeasurably and unconditionally.
Lead the way and allow others to see the world through your eyes.

#olliandellaportraits #thatsdarling #darlingportraits


Session is on location within Brantford with approximately 15 minutes of shooting time.
Package includes 2 photos, chosen by me, provided via downloadable link.


Session is on location within Brantford with approximately 10 minutes of shooting time per person.
Package includes 2 photos per person, chosen by me, provided to via downloadable link.

*Group must have a minimum of 3 people to be applicable for group session pricing.


Booking are happening now, contact me to reserve your session!




We’re so excited, we just can’t hide it!

Spring temperatures that we’ve been begging, praying, pleading for have fine-allllllly arrived.
So as a parent, I decided it’s about that time of the year that my kids are no longer allowed indoors … and it will stay that way at least until October.
This was our first outdoor challenge: attempting a ramp, riding a new #santacruz board AND holding the GoPro!





You know that I love in-home sessions; no elaborate backdrops; working with the natural light that’s already in a home.

I plan on letting these pictures do the talking; just look at how baby boy is almost boasting how easy he had it (loving all the attention).
But I’d also like to mention that I’m totally in love with the shots where mom and dad really let their personalities shine through.
My favourite photos are always where everyone forgets for a moment that photos are being taken : )


  • Cynthia Smith - Absolutely breathtaking photos of such a precious bundle!ReplyCancel

Every heart’s a hurricane,
Every soul a starlit sea
Every mind’s a meteor
Unbound by gravity
And everybody’s wishing
They could learn to tame their tides
When nothing more than nature
Is what’s echoing inside



It’s been what feels like forever since I actually promoted the work I love best.

The work, that I feel, is some of my very best work.

The stuff that makes me all giddy to share; makes my soul feel happy.
And as for my own family, capturing the perfectly imperfect has produced some of my all-time favourite portraits to date.

So let me introduce the In-home Session.
You don’t need a home straight out a magazine to do this well.
You just need to be excited to make the ordinary feel (cheesy as this sounds), extraordinary.
That’s it. It’s relaxed, it’s fun, … it’s real.

You in?

New dates and availability, $200 … limited time only!
Contact me today : )


Cousins are a true gift.
Classy tea parties with a cousin, are heartwarming.

And hilarious.

It makes me laugh to think of all the funny childhood memories and stories they’ll share for years to come.

This time of year is always the craziest for me.
Editing, scheduling, emailing, late nights, early mornings…
I can’t put into words how much gratitude I feel to all the families that I work with;
those who invite me to tag along and capture all the some kind of wonderfuls with them.
Getting to know them and watching them grow,
has been fulfilling in ways I could never have expected.

As always, thank you so much.


Do I have a tendency to fly off the handle?

#halloween2017 #homemadehalloween

Once you go lumberjack, you never go lumber back.

Everything I brew, I brew it for you.



“Time spent amongst the trees is never a waste of time.”
Katrina Mayer

We meet in the woods, and wandered till we were lost.
I got lost.
They lead the way back out.

That’s beside the point though.
There are fewer places as lovely to play than in the forest.
So we played amongst the trees, and it was almost magical.


We planned to chase leaves and bright autumn colours, but it didn’t work out as so.
In my opinion, it turned out even better!
We hung out in the family’s incredibly beautiful home (this very talented mama is responsible for it),
and I couldn’t have loved it more. The kids had opinions on how and where their portraits should be taken.
So I let them take lead, and worked with them … it was pretty flippin’ awesome.
Take a look and tell me what you think : )

“My mission in life is not to merely survive, but to thrive and do so with some passion,
some compassion, some humour and some style.” Maya Angelou


(the world needs you most, now)

This little guy and his big sister were an absolute blast to work with.
No exaggerating.
The charisma, their expressive eyes and personalities.
It’s always such an honour capturing a moments with so many incredible families,
and these two (and their lovely parents) are no exception.

The great paradox of parenting is that it moves in both slow motion and fast speed.

I’ve spent much time lately thinking about what makes me smile.
Top of the list is, of course, family and friends.
A close second being outdoors… running, cycling or just feeling sun on my face.
But always in the back of my mind is an anticipation spend more time in the garden.
I love caring for flower beds, but my veggie patch is what really sets my heart off singing.

I grow vegetables for many reasons:
for novelty, for nostalgia, to show the kids that growing food is somewhat simple,
to wind-down and relieve stress, to please my soul, to challenge the earth.
And most importantly, because nothing tastes better than vegetables straight out of the garden!


Decide every morning that you’re in a great mood.
Cause the secret to being happy, is knowing you already are.

This was my first time meeting this family;
working with them made my heart skip do a happy dance : )


Spring, butterflies and cherry blossoms.
Contact me if you have a themed photoshoot in mind that you’d like to discuss!






When a friend who I don’t get to see enough of (why does life get so busy) asks if I can take photos of her week-old little man, my heart explodes a little.
Maybe a lot.
So without delay, I’ll let these photo speak for themselves.
Here’s only a few from the very relaxed newborn session we did.



When I arrived, the boys were climbing trees.
Playing, with not a care in the world.
The mood lasted the entire session, with mom joining in.
No, she wasn’t climbing trees.
But she connected with the kids in such a way,
it seemed she also had not a care in the world.




We spent the first 20 minutes of this session looking for the ‘spot’ that I’ve used dozens of times before.
Everything was flooded. Couldn’t find it. How is that even possible?
Luckily, this family is the kindest, most co-operative family that exists on this side of town.
They stayed cool, never lost their happy faces and turned my frown upside down.

The best, right? Yes. Absolutely.


Plant it. Grow it. Pick it. Eat it.

Grilled zucchini and tomato with basil and ricotta on toast.


“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder,
he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it,
rediscovering with him the joy, excitement,
and mystery of the world we live in.” Rachel Carson

Free-spirited sessions have long been my favourite.
Keeping it real, spending time playing and laughing.
These two little guys didn’t stand still for a second.
Always on the go and squealing with laughter!



Grown in my garden, or fresh from the farmer’s market.
I love food. I love food almost as much as fine paper.
But slightly less than playfully patterned fabric.
These zucchini strips were savoury and ridiculously delicious.

  • Kristina - You might have to start posting recipes along with your food photos!ReplyCancel

Because sleeping in, never ending sunshine and lack of routine and rules has been truly exhausting… ammiright?

Summer evenings are so much sweeter when friends share their joy with with us 🐎🥰