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.    

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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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

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.