Sunday, July 3, 2016

Kites! Bubbles! Twins! Awesome Family Portrait Session :)

Twins - obviously - means two of almost everything. Not just two babies, but a double stroller, two cribs, high chairs, car seats, wardrobes. Maybe bunk beds when they get a bit older. And, as we learned in our recent family portrait session with Nicola & Andy and their twin boys, it also means twice the fun! See for yourself..
 I especially loved the way the boys would set each other off, and their giggles were contagious :)
If you've never seen the look on a child's face the first time he flies a kite, I highly recommend it. Absolute joy :)
 And then - bubbles!! So much fun!!
Time to relax a bit after all that excitement :)


 Nicola & Andy - no kidding, this was one of the most fun days we've ever had :) Maybe all your days are like this, but we felt very lucky to be invited along to capture the love and joy of your family! Thank you so much (and thanks for being so well prepared!), and can't wait to show you the rest of your photos!!

xo
Jessica + Norman








Friday, July 1, 2016

Martine & Terence - Lovely Leafy Summer Wedding at Vaughan Estate :)

As a couple, Martine & Terence have a very sweet sincerity.. we got to experience this a bit during their awesome "geeky" engagement session back in the fall, and even more so on their wedding day :) They were maybe the most relaxed bride and groom I've ever seen, which allowed them to both really enjoy the day. There were many fun moments, and lots of laughter :) Here are some of my favourite images of the day..
Martine's childhood bedroom has the most beautiful light.. I love the airy glow of these images of her getting ready :)
Maybe the only slightly tense moment of the day.. Martine had to wait inside while Terence and his groomsmen underwent the "door games" trials devised by the bridesmaids and bridesman. Terence had to sing a Rick Astley song out on the lawn, and then there were yoga poses, passing grapes (without using hands!), shots of unknown liquids, and finally a contract to sign..
He finally made it through!
We then headed over to the lovely Vaughan Estate and took some photos of the happy couple before their ceremony on the tree-lined terrace :)

What a gorgeous spot to say "I do"!!


 I love an intimate venue like this, with loads of character :) It really suited Martine & Terence's casually elegant day!
 And for those of you who love a stunning display of mini green tea cupcakes.. ;)
These shots seem to have gone down a bit easier than the mystery ones earlier in the day!

 This is the first time I've ever seen an illustrated speech (above)..!
There was never a dull moment during dinner, and Terence had to undergo even more challenges - including being tested on his knowledge of his new mother-in-law's birthday (which he got right!)
 After all the excitement, we snuck the newlyweds off to this quiet room for a few last photos :)
Martine & Terence - you two were a joy to photograph on your wedding day! You are both so genuine and thoughtful, and because of that your families and guests also had a fantastic time :) We wish you many more days of fun and laughter in your future together :)

xo
Jessica + Norman

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Jacqueline & Ted - Twins on the Way!! :)

I've known Jacqueline and her fantastic business Soak for over a decade now, and it seems like just the other day we were photographing the awesome day when she and Ted got married at Soho House.. now they're having TWINS!! We are super-excited for them! But before their lives get totally taken over by these new little people, we got together to photograph their maternity session :) Here are some of my favourite images from that lovely day..
 I'm totally in love with Jacqueline's necklace! It was such a great pop of colour :)


 We finished off our walk around the neighbourhood by going for coffee and the craziest walnut chocolate chip cookies you've ever seen :)
Jacqueline & Ted - we are over the moon excited for you two! We can't wait to meet your tiny twins when they arrive!!

xo
Jessica + Norman

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Welcoming Baby Henry to the Family :)

We recently had the pleasure of meeting Baby Henry for the first time :) As a third brother, he has been born to experienced parents and two very excited older brothers! Things were a bit chaotic at times (as all parents can relate to I'm sure), but wee Henry just took it in stride. Here are some of my favourite images from that day..
Sarah is an amazing knitter, and made this gorgeous blanket. She and Mike both made Henry's sign using the yarn left over after the blanket was made :)
Daddy entertaining the two big brothers while we spent a bit of time with Henry :)
I love his perfect Superman pose (below), his wee smile, and of course - the tiny baby toes!!

(I'm not the only one who thinks his toes are pretty great!)

I love the range of expressions in these last images - Oliver's at an age where he's quicker than 4 adults and kept "escaping", Cameron is an old pro at being photographed and can be quite the ham, and Henry - apart from one big yawn - just chilled :)
Sarah & Mike: as always, it was a complete pleasure to capture this exciting moment in your family's history. We had so much fun photographing and being entertained by your three sweet boys - the two of you are doing an excellent job :) Can't wait to see you soon to show you the rest of the images!

xo
Jessica + Norman



Monday, June 13, 2016

Sylvana & Travis - Fairy Tale Blossoming Orchard Engagement Session :)

Ever since she was a young(er) woman, Sylvana knew that the blossoming orchard across the street from her family home would be a perfectly romantic and stunning location for photos. Mother Nature must have been smiling down on Sylvana & Travis a few weeks ago, when we were in Saint Catherines to photograph their engagement session :) I can't imagine an orchard more perfectly in bloom, or a more lovely evening to be in the midst of it.. I actually had to stop and take it in, convince myself that this was really real. Love is like that too - sometimes just so strangely perfect that it seems like you're dreaming..


As the sun went down, it just kept getting prettier and prettier :)
As the sky darkened, the four of us transformed the backyard into a glowy lantern fantasy :) The sparklers were the icing on the cake!
 It's not as easy as it looks to draw a heart with sparklers ;)
Sylvana & Travis - we loved every minute of your fairy tale engagement session! You two are so sweet together, and we can't wait for your wedding day in the fall :)

xo
Jessica + Norman

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Super-Smiley Baby Lachlan at 4 months :)

I can't believe how time flies! It seems like just a few weeks before, we were photographing Baby Lachlan as a sweet little newborn, and now he's 4 months already! He's grown up a lot, and can now give his dad a run for his money with his "stoic" look - especially because it seems that as soon as Dave became a father, he starting grinning ear-to-ear non-stop :) (Andrea has always been full of smiles!) Here are some of my favourite images from our recent session..
What a lovely day - we had blossoms, ducks, turtles, and loads of general natural beauty :)
And of course - this guy! He's always been adorable, but I love how Lachlan is starting to become a wee character :) He was full of smiles, and lots of hilarious expressions too!
I never really get over baby's feet - they have to be the sweetest things in the world :) Oh ya - and those big eyes..!
I love the expression in this first shot, and the drool-wiping is priceless ;)
Andrea & Dave - as always, we had so much fun photographing the three of you! Thanks for bringing us along on this adventure that is the first year of Lachlan's wee life!!
  
xo
Jessica + Norman

Friday, June 10, 2016

Gorgeous Ward's Island Engagement Session :)

When your wedding invitation features the Toronto skyline, there's no better place to go for engagement photos than Ward's Island, where you get a beautiful view of the city :) We had the fortune of having a gorgeous crisp Spring day, with an unbelievably blue sky.. These are some of my favourite images from our session with K&A :)
Blue. Suede. Shoes.
Awesome :)
 I love how playful these two are together..
K&A - we had such a great time hanging out with the two of you on the Island! Looking forward to your wedding day in downtown Toronto :)

xo
Jessica + Norman