Week 2 - 8 Frames A Week - Last Year Before School - Hamilton Family Photographer

Week 2 - 8 Frames A Week - Last Year Before School - Hamilton Family Photographer

"I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird." ~ Paul McCartney

I wasn't always able to embrace my weird. And I've definitely got a good dose of it.

I have a slightly bazaar and very dry sense of humour, with a dash (or 4) of sarcasm. I often prefer spending the entire day with my nose in a book than doing pretty much anything else.  I wear jeans, pretty much 365 days a year, I just don't understand why other kinds of pants are necessary when jeans can do it all...

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8 Frames A Week - Last Year Before School - Hamilton Family Photographer

8 Frames A Week - Last Year Before School - Hamilton Family Photographer

I am a photographer, lucky enough to work from home and spend every day with my daughter.

I have been fortunate enough to have left a really great, stable and well paying government job in order to be home with my sweet baby girl and enjoy as much of her first few years as possible and of course I've documented it along the way.

As this summer was starting to come to a close, I started seeing all those sweet posts from other mums getting their little ones ready for the start of the school year and it hit me like a ton of bricks.....

That's going to be Elizabeth (who I constantly refer to as E) next year....she will be starting pre-kindergarden.....

THIS IS OUR LAST YEAR AT HOME TOGETHER FULL TIME.

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Our Summer Memories - Family Storytelling - Jessica Hachey Photography

Our Summer Memories - Family Storytelling - Jessica Hachey Photography

How is it possible that the summer is gone already?! The lazy summer mornings and hot afternoons filled with adventure are winding down as the cool air and earlier sunsets creep up on us. Though the autumn in the Hamilton region are filled with wonderful festivals, trails and adventures to be had, I'm always a little sad when those warm and lazy summer days are gone.

Our summer was absolutely filled with adventure and fun!

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How To Throw A Surprise Wedding - Darien and Myron - Point Farms Provincial Park, Goderich, Ontario

How To Throw A Surprise Wedding - Darien and Myron - Point Farms Provincial Park, Goderich, Ontario

"Hey, we were chatting last night and decided to get married! Can you photograph our wedding instead?" Of course, I was delighted and thrilled to reply, "absolutely!!" 

My excitement grew as she filled me in on the details! I learned they were not only planning an intimate, casual wedding in the woods, it was all going to be a surprise event for both their families. Darien and Myron; having been a loving couple for years, as well as parents to two beautiful children, decided that what they both wanted, was to "make it official" while sharing an occasion with close friends and family that remained true to their relaxed and offbeat personalities.

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How to Entertain a Toddler - Strawberry Picking at Josmar Acres - Lynden, Ontario

How to Entertain a Toddler - Strawberry Picking at Josmar Acres - Lynden, Ontario

My girl...she is...OBSESSED....with strawberries. She eats them year round...fresh, frozen...it doesn't matter. They are absolutely her favourite thing to eat. She will shove them in her mouth until she can't fit any more...honestly...to the point of choking...she loves them that much. I worry about it sometimes...

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My Why - The Real Reason I'm Driven to Photograph Memories

My Why - The Real Reason I'm Driven to Photograph Memories

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory" ~ Dr. Seuss

I value the time I have to spend with the people that I care about, doing things we love together and making memories. These are the absolute most important things in my life.

 

I love taking photos. I have since I can remember. I’ve always played around with taking photos of places I’ve been, concerts I’ve attended, family and friends. It fun and keeps me out of trouble as my mum would say haha!

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Edith Victoria - A Birth Story - St. Joseph's Hospital - Hamilton, Ontario

Edith Victoria - A Birth Story - St. Joseph's Hospital - Hamilton, Ontario

There really are no words to describe Andrea. Actually, scratch that, I take it back, I would describe her simply as Strong.  I have been photographing her family of four for a couple of years and when she announced she was expecting her third, she asked me if I would come and photograph it for her. She recalled so little of her first two births as they were quick, and such a blur of emotion, she didn't want to miss a thing this time around. As this would likely be the last addition her her family, she wanted to remember each moment. 

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Three Ways to Get Your House Ready for an In Home Photo Session

Three Ways to Get Your House Ready for an In Home Photo Session

Do you love the idea of having meaningful and genuine moments of you and your children captured for you, where you really live, but you’re worried that your home is just “not quite ready” yet?

Your home is the backdrop to the life and love shared between you and your family.  Choose to love the stage you’re on.  Choose to love the stage you’re in.  Here’s how…

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How To Collect Your Best Family Memories Using Photography

How To Collect Your Best Family Memories Using Photography

If you pull out your old box of photos and look at your favourites, I’ll bet those particular photos vibrantly (with all 5 senses) allow you to revisit your BEST stories. They have recognizable pictures of the people you love. And when you think about how these pictures make you feel, it’s so wonderful. It can bring back laughter, tears, stories, happiness and a true feeling of nostalgia for that time and place with the people in those photographs. 

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In the Garden with Grandma - Photographing Family Memories

In the Garden with Grandma - Photographing Family Memories

Reliving childhood memories. Its one of the surprises bonuses of parenthood. You have a great excuse to play with playdoh, run around laughing and screaming at the park and jump in puddles. Great fun!

And if you are just lucky enough, you get to watch your parents play and share with your little one just like they did with you. 

One of my favourite memories of my mum, is watching her work in the garden. I remember the smell of the dirt and how she would always wipe her gloved hands on her jeans.

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200 Days of Memories

200 Days of Memories

I was lucky enough to snag a mentoring spot with one of my favourite family documentary photographers, Kirsten Lewis. She has a photo journalistic approach to family photography that I am so drawn to. She captures the every day life, mess, craziness, flaws and all. The funny moments, the silly faces, the connections between family and loved ones. It was a challenging mentorship with much work, an overwhelming amount of information, lots of critique and growth in my personal work. I'm hoping to mentor under her again in the very near future!

But in the meantime...

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