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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?

It takes 14 to make a thing go right. Right?

We arranged this photoshoot for Nanny’s birthday.
And believe me — finding a date that 14 people can all be available is no easy feat.
But we found the date and stuck to it.
Booked the most picturesque lavender farm; lucked out on a summer sunset and practically perfect weather.
Family together in fields of lavender; it was pure magic.


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!




Her soul is a kaleidoscope, bursting with every shade and hue;
but shift your gaze ever so slightly, and she’s something entirely new. {Erin Hanson}

You know I love capturing everyday moments, the in-between stuff, the little simple aspects of life.

But the dreamy stuff that happens with shimmering details and beaming smiles is pretty incredible in it’s own right.
It’s what tells the story of special events; days you’ll want to remember forever.
I’d love to tell the story of your next big event: prom, weddings/showers, parties or event portrait parties.

Let’s get started, contact me to book your Dreamy Session today!






Embrace and capture the moment;
they only become sweeter as the years go by.

“Let me tell you a tale
Of a girl who didn’t stop;
Who climbed up every mountain
Without a pause upon the top.
She’d dance until each blade of grass
Was clothed in drops of dew
And the sun knew her by name
But the silver moon did too.”
~ Erin Hanson


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

Open 24-7.
Home is where the breakfast sandwich is.


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 : )


We played real-life Crossy Road, braved the extreme temps and were lifted up and away with giant red balloons.
And celebrated family.


Where life begins and love never ends.



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.


These three were quite possibly the most enthusiastic funny little group I’ve ever taken photos of.

I spoke; they laughed. Wait, what?!
We all laughed … it was a great way to keep toasty warm.
There may’ve been some jumping, wrestling and caroling going on as well,
but I’ll let you guess which is true.

“Laughter is a smile that had burst.”


“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 : )


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.


He’s a senior: ready to leave high school, with big plans for the future.

None of those plans included a photoshoot with me; but he did it anyway.
Probably because his mom is tough cookie, as strong as she is smart.
She’s the kind that says “oh yes we can”! And there’s not point arguing with that.

But I saw it in his eyes as well.
He knew he was doing this for her; more out of respect than obligation.
Maybe because he knows that life stand still for no one, and that can change the whole perspective.



There are some people in life that make you
laugh a little louder,
smile a little bigger,
and live life a little better.

This group has been friends since as long as they can remember.
They can read each other’s minds; they’re inseparable; truly best friends.
But next year they’ll have to part ways, going to different high schools.

This session was to mark the end of the first chapter and celebrate the start of their next chapter —
all the while cheering each other on to pursue new dreams, achieve new goals … forever remaining friends.


What is a portrait party?

Simply put, it’s an event where friends gather together to have portraits photographed.
It can range from casual headshots to classic portraits and can be held in a home, or any location you’d like to gather : )
It’s a party, so have fun with it!
Background music, food and refreshments will add to the atmosphere — the energy will be evident in the photos!

Contact me to book your next Portrait Party!