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

MESSERVEY FAMILY by Joanna Crichton

I am so lucky to be working with amazing families like this.  They wanted to celebrate the arrival of their baby boy, Drew.  I was welcomed into their home and could immediately feel the love between them, as evidently seen in the photos below.  Thank you for asking me to document such a special time in your lives:)


When your high school friend asks if you can shoot their engagement session, you say heck yes! I am honoured to be able to create memories for Adele and Dave.  We decided to shoot at the Paletta Mansion in Burlington as the sun was setting on a cool Autumn evening.  And yes, that smile didn't leave her face:)

GARRETT FAMILY by Joanna Crichton

I feel fortunate to work with this sweet family a second time.  Our first session took place in their home while Beth, Matt and Sacha eagerly awaited the arrival of their new family member.  This time we explored Sunnidale Park in Barrie, where I met their darling addition, Eileen.  The colours were still alive amongst the trees as we strolled and shared stories of parenting challenges and life aspirations.

Hannah + Rob by Joanna Crichton

I loved working with Hannah and Rob, who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first babe. This talented couple are both teachers, but I also discovered that Hannah is an opera singer, while Rob plays for the Canadian rugby team. We nestled in the ambience of their cozy home, and then headed outdoors to enjoy the last days of autumn.


I absolutely adored working with this sweet family.  Upon my warm welcome into their home we realized this wasn't our first time crossing paths, as we went to the same high school and have a few mutual friends. We played around their lovely country home in Oro Medonte in the heart of Autumn.

FOREST ENGAGEMENT by Joanna Crichton

I have been friends with Neil for about five years and was over the moon when he asked me to document their big day next summer.  Bri and Neil enjoy the outdoors as much as I do so naturally we decided to wander into the forest for their engagement session. Bri and Neil fit together effortlessly as we explored and laughed a lot.  

LOLA & THEO by Joanna Crichton

The day scheduled for Claire's outdoor family session in Toronto, was chosen by Mother Nature for rain.  We made the most of it by staying cozy inside and then was led to the backyard by Theo, her toddler, to play in the warm showers. Ollie, their adorable dog, was on our heels with every move we made:)

PRECIOUS HAYDEN by Joanna Crichton

It sure is amazing to see one of the friends you grew up with, begin a family of his own.  It was an honour to be able to capture these special moments for this beautiful family as they welcome their sweet little girl, Hayden.  These new parents couldn't be more in their element, so natural and relaxed - little babe is lucky to have parents like she does!  Their dog, Sadie, didn't leave Hayden's side, giving baby girl smooches whenever she could.     

BABY WAVERLEY by Joanna Crichton

I was lucky enough to work with this beautiful family for the second time as they came back from Australia to visit family and friends and introduce their lovely addition, Waverley.  This laid back family is filled with so much love and was an absolute pleasure to work with again.