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Vanhooft Family Photos

 As I was driving in from Grand Bend this morning to meet up with the Vanhooft’s for their family photo shoot, I kept “oohing” and “ahhing” out the window. I was just soaking in the scenery — the fall colours, the freshly cut fields stretching out to the horizon, and wagons parked on the side of the road piled high with every colour of gourd and pumpkin.  … ooooh, Autumn. I got inspired to stop and pick up a few, acutally a whole backseat full, of gourds all for $5. I vowed to find a way to work them into our shoot today.

Paul & Michelle Vanhooft are absolutely wonderful people and their little one is just adorable!  We had an amazing time walking around the Forks of the Thames looking for great Fall locations for photos! When I finished editing the photos tonight I had the same reaction as I did on my drive this morning — ooooh, Autumn. ..and I found a great way to work in the Gourds!  Check it out for yourself!

autumn toddler photos

Thanksgiving Family Photos!

The Brown family have become some of my favourite people to photograph! I have had the pleasure of capturing memories for each of the Brown siblings – Lauren, Haydn & Jamie.   On Thanksgiving Monday the entire Brown Crew met up on the campus of UWO to get some group shots!

Over the last few months (and especially on Thankgiving weekend) the Brown’s have  made me realize how thankful we all should be for family, and it was a really cool thing on this Monday to be able to almost count myself as part of the Brown extended family! Not only because I’ve photographed them all multiple times now, but because my sister very happily now calls their “cousin Dave” her husband. 

This shoot was only three days after my sister tied the knot!

Here are just a few from the day! Enjoy!

UWO family photos

the university of western ontario family photos

Gilded Lily Family Photos

PhotographyFall family photos

autumn family photos


Kellie & Jeff – Steamboats and Muskoka Chairs!

As you can see from the sneak peek, Kellie & Jeff’s wedding in Bracebridge and Gravenhurst was absolutely beautiful. They had some  amazing photo locations and a chilly, but gorgeous day for their wedding.

Kellie & Jeff wanted to have their wedding in this area of Ontario because Kellie’s family cottage is just around the corner. It was so cool to watch her add to the many memories that she already has here. . .

We started out with Kellie and the girls before the ceremony at a quaint inn overlooking the river in Bracebridge

Kellie had some absolutely FABULOUS shoes that matched the fall colours and the bridesmaids’ dresses.

autumn wedding photography

black and white wedding photography

Then, it was off to Gravenhurst to hang out with Jeff and the boys as they prepared for the ceremony. Kellie really wanted me to get a photo of the boys jumping in the lake, but by the time we arrived they were already in their tuxes… so we got this shot just for Kellie:

groom photos

gilded lily photography by crystal mackay

gilded lily photography

After the ceremony we headed off to Muskoka’s biggest chair! Kellie’s mom was so thrilled that we got to snap a few shots here, and we got our fair share of honks from passing cars. It was so much fun!

muskoka chair wedding photography

My favourite photo location of the day was in downtown Gravenhurst with these unbelievable steamboats in the background. Kellie’s mermaid dress and birdcage veil with the billowing smoke from these steamboats made me feel like I was on set of some old hollywood movie. A perfect place to celebrate the newly married couple with some real romance!

Gravenhurst wedding photography

Gravenhurst wedding photography

And what would a Autumn wedding be without some beautiful fall colours? Kellie was a great sport and agreed to lie down in the leaves for the sake of a great photo! I told her it would be worth it… I hope she thinks so!! 🙂

Congrats Kellie & Jeff!! Thanks for letting me be part of your day!!


Kellie & Jeff’s Sneak Peek

We had an absolute blast photographing Kellie & Jeff’s gorgeous Bracebridge wedding this past weekend. I just had to share a sneak peek of their photos.  There are more to come… but here’s an early look at some of the amazing photo locations that we got to visit and this fantastic couple!

Bracebridge Wedding Photography

Gravenhurst Wedding photography

black and white wedding photography

autumn wedding photography

Congrats Kellie and Jeff!!! Stay tuned for more coming soon!!!