The Perfect Backyard Wedding {Sam + Taylor} by Joanna Crichton

I'm finally getting around to blogging one of my favourite weddings ever for so many reasons.  Perhaps because if I ever decide to marry myself this is exactly how I want to do it.  Sam and Taylor created the most intimate, chill backyard wedding, full of delicious food, amazing music, and lots of love. This couples creative talents spread to the entire family, while Taylor's brother painted a portrait of the bride and groom throughout the party for guests to witness. They included all of the little details important to them that have molded into the people they are today.  Sam and Taylor married themselves under string lights hung in the night sky surrounded by their nearest and dearest.  "We don't need anyone with a power vested in them, or a piece of paper to tell us whether we are, or are not married to the one we love," says Sam.  After committing to one another for a lifetime we snuck down to the lake and threw off our shoes. Sam dressed in a white lace minidress and Taylor in a blue suede suit, the two could care less about getting a little dirty to enjoy the most incredible summer night.  The sky was painted pink as we played and danced in the water. They made their own rules, which ultimately made for the best day. I am so happy for you both and will forever be grateful I could be a part of this unforgettable night! 

Couples Cabin Session {Amanda + Brani} by Joanna Crichton

The snow was lightly falling as I entered The Glen Oro Farm airbnb.  The wood fire filled the air and it couldn't have been a more cozy hideaway.  A little back story on this sweet couple - Amanda and Brani went to high school together but never paid much attention to one another.  They crossed paths again at Brani's cousins engagement party 10 years later and hit it off right away.  "It's been fast and furious ever since," says Amanda. This was such a special session for the couple, as it was the first time taking photos all on their own.  No belly, no babies, just the two of them. Amanda and Brani are parents to four children under six years old!! You heard right folks!  I am in complete awe of how they do it so flawlessly. It was an absolute pleasure spending the afternoon hanging with these two babes in the most idyllic setting.    

COTTAGE WEDDING {TOM + ALY} by Joanna Crichton

Looking to have a rustic, simple, yet glamorous wedding on the lake? Look to Aly and Tom, who know how to throw a cottage wedding in style. Before walking down the aisle, Tom and his boys relaxed on the dock, dove into the water, and cruised the lake, while Aly and her girls sipped champagne whilst easing into their dresses.  

The people they loved most gathered together at Tom's family cottage, where string lights hung through the trees, cream coloured flowers filled the vases, and antique plates adorned the table tops. Tom and Aly shared their first dance outside amongst the pines on the most unreal wooden dance floor blanketed with lush greenery, before entering the tent for dinner.  Everyone was able to give their full attention to the new bride and groom and enjoy the moment with them, while I was able to capture their dance as the sun began to fall behind the pines.  After filling their bellies with amazing food, they kicked their dance party off with sparklers for all of their guests.  You know it’s a good party when the bride can really let loose and sets the tone for the celebration to begin!

 I am honoured to have documented this incredible day for these babes.  It was such a rad day! And a huge thank you to Samantha Vessios for second shooting alongside me, and being amazing:)

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Intimate Maternity Home Session by Joanna Crichton

I absolutely adore photographing clients in their homes. Home is that special place where you are completely at ease with yourself and the ones you love most, which ultimately translates into beautiful memories.  Some people reach out to me and are concerned if their home is ‘good enough’ to shoot a session in.  I always respond that ‘If you have a window, we good!’  When taking photos, my focus is capturing emotions and light, and I don’t worry so much on the perfect background.

I am so thankful that these wonderful and sweet first time expectant parents welcomed me into their home with their fur baby, Reggie, by their side. It is special to me that I can have real talk with my clients turned friends about the hurdles and struggles of parenthood, and of the course, the joys that make it all worth it.   I am honored to share the beginning of your parenthood journey.  Wishing you all the love as you wait for your precious boy to arrive x.

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NAIA {motherhood session} by Joanna Crichton

Being able to capture these special moments in life for my friend, Danielle and her sweet girl Naia is something close to my heart. Capturing motherhood is something that has been a strong theme in my work for the past few years, as I have been in the thick of it myself.  As mothers, we are typically the one behind the camera, so I believe it is so important for us to be captured with our little ones in a true, authentic, and real way.  The bond we share with our children is like no other and my goal is try and capture the purity and rawness of motherhood in all it's beautiful chaos.  Truthfully, I wasn't sure how most of the images were going to turn out as Lucy was with me and I was entertaining her on sidelines or holding her for every shot, but I am thankful for the outcome.  Danielle, thank you, as always, for trusting me to make with these precious memories for you both. You are beautiful xx.

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OSCAR {downtown toronto family session} by Joanna Crichton

I have to admit shooting for other photographers can be a daunting task, but all my worries were set aside upon Scarlet opening the door. Her smile is warm and welcoming and her husband Anthony and her allowed me to do my thing in their space, which is the dream. Every nook in their downtown Toronto apartment is filled with sentimental items of their life together. It is the epitome of cozy, and it is the type of home you feel immediately comfortable in. Little Oscar is just the sweetest little boy, full of personality, and a spinning image of his beautiful mama. I am overwhelmed with honour to be asked to document this stage in their lives. xx

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SUNSET DIP by Joanna Crichton

Upon leaving their car this family, including myself, left our shoes behind.  This simple act confirmed to me that these people are my kind of people. Danielle is a friend, photographer and expecting mama of a baby girl.  Shooting for other photographers is a dream because they are willing to get down and dirty, or perhaps wet in this case for the shot. We wandered the forest lakeside as the sun set and the air was dewy.  Ending the session in the water was pure heaven.

A BACKYARD WEDDING {Megan + JOSH} by Joanna Crichton

Megan and Josh created a timeless backyard wedding in the peaceful surroundings of Josh's childhood home. The day was sunny and warm, with a soft breeze blowing gently through the weeping willows overhead. Family and friends gathered to watch them take their vows. After the ceremony, they snuck away to enjoy some bubbly in the middle of a dirt road, just the two of them, relishing in the blissful celebration. Come evening, they sat together at their own table and soaked in all of the love from the day and created moments for just the pair to share. Megan and Josh did it their way and you could feel it.  The mood was vintage, romantic, and relaxed and I was so happy to be a part of it.

I asked them how they knew they wanted to spend their lives with one another. 
Megan said, "I knew early on...he felt like home. Everything was consistently so easy and natural. Our values and desires to live an honest, adventurous, and creative life, lined up right away. And he made me laugh all of the time, which was a bonus!"

Josh replied, "I didn't have to do or be anything other than myself. And that is how I knew. As someone who has spent many years travelling the world, it was nice to know that the person I was meant to be with, was in my life the whole time." (Megan and Josh were friends in high school and reconnected ten years later.)

Wishing you both ALL the love!!!

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SCARLET by Joanna Crichton

When fellow photographer, Scarlet O'Neill, asked me to document her growing baby bump, I couldn't be more honoured.  I had never met Scarlet before, but was inspired by her work, so it would be an understatement to say that I was thrilled to be able to create these memories for her.  Upon entering her home, she welcomed me with such warmth, I felt an immediate comfort being in her presence.  She is just as kind, down to earth, and hardworking as she comes across.  I have mad respect for this woman. She is truly embracing her sweet baby belly, and I know she is going to rock motherhood. Thanks for making magic with me Scarlet! xo

FOREST GODDESS by Joanna Crichton

Being quiet, walking through the tall grass, feeling the sun on our faces, and basking in the warmth of the air - we happily took in what nature provided. This woman is so beautiful, inside and out. She encompasses what being comfortable in your skin means. Rebecca is a mother, wife and incredible yoga teacher.  Her business is Yoga in Orillia.

A Forest Wedding { Jenna + Daniel } by Joanna Crichton

I know this wedding will be going down in the books as one of my favourites of all time.   When the day arrived, the weather was moody, the clouds covered the sky and the wind was howling, a photographer's dream.  The colours popped against the grey sky and wind blew the delicate fabric of the girls' dresses and hair, my favourite!  The backdrop included tall pines and rich greens, and the leaves were just starting to turn. 

I knew Jenna because she owns and runs Rustica, an adorable Italian restaurant in Orillia.  I had never met Daniel, until their first look.  It was evident that they had that kind of love everyone searches for.  Their eyes lit up, and the magnetism between them was clear to everyone around them.  

They first met in Australia, Daniel's homeland, while Jenna was travelling.  They developed a strong friendship before Daniel decided to come to Canada and they began to share their lives together.  I asked them both, "When was the moment you knew they were the one?"

Jenna, "Well, it was on the first day of his trip to Canada. It happened to be my massive family Christmas party.  He was so wonderful with my extended family, my grandparents, parents and siblings.  He even ended up sitting on my Dad's lap that night (my dad was 'Santa' for the party). I knew that we got along, as we had spent hundreds of hours talking (only a few actual days together in person at this point), but to see how he fit in with my family was what did it."

Daniel, "I knew Jenna was the one pretty early on, because I'd never met anyone that I could truly be myself with, and still have them be interested in me and excited. Jenna has this uncanny ability to be be able to read and understand people, her empathy is stronger than anyone else on this planet.  As such, I imagine this is how she seemed to know me so well, also understanding me and how I work in my quirky ways. This was all evident while I was still living in Australia and she was in Canada, where we Skyped at least once a week, and these sessions were at least 3-4 hours every time.  There was a true friendship that had started to blossom and I knew that the one I would be with for life, would be someone with whom I have this unwittingly strong connection. In my mind, there wasn't a single chance or a single universe where she wasn't the one." 

I am so honoured I was asked to document this day for them.  It was nothing less then pure magic.  Thank you Jenna + Daniel xo

DEAR LUCY by Joanna Crichton

Dear Lucy, 

It has been one month since you, darling girl, came into our lives. Now that you are here it is hard to imagine life without you.  You are a strong and fierce one, my dear babe, you know what you want and when you want it (genes I am happy to pass along). When the days and nights have seem to blur together, and my exhaustion is at it's peak, you fall asleep on my chest and all is forgotten. It's an all-consuming love that you likely won't understand until you become a mother yourself one day. You are challenging me little one, which makes me appreciate all the sweet moments even more.   

After having your brother almost four years ago, I was a bit rusty with my newborn mothering skills, but we are learning to get into a sweet rhythm of each other. Freddie has grown effortlessly into his big brother role and my heart is so full watching you two together.  He kisses you every night on your forehead and says, "I love you my baby girl." Your brother is a gentle and kind soul who will protect you always. You are one lucky lady to have him by your side.   

As your Mother, I promise to always keep you safe, show you kindness, challenge you, guide you out of the darkness, stay playful, confirm your worth, feed your curiosity, and most of all, I will love you with everything I have for the rest of my life. I am so thankful that you are a part of our precious little family and am beyond proud to be your Mama. x

INTIMATE COUPLES SESSION : JENALLE + REMCO by Joanna Crichton

I have always been intrigued by human interactions and how we communicate with one another through our words and bodies - especially when it comes to two people in love. When I met Jenalle and Remco their passion for each other was electric.  The way they look and touch one another, there are no words needed.