Children are not a distraction from more important work.
They are the most important work.
- C.S. Lewis
This quote has always spoke volumes to me. How easy we get distracted and roll through the motions of life. Family photos with our children being another thing to check off the list. But really, if we really truly see our children, then they can bring so much meaning and joy to all of the routine we are obliged to take part in. Documentary photography with families allows children to be themselves, to capture who they are in their play.
Terri and I have been on the same page since day one when it comes to our vision for a photo session. Two years ago when she first contacted me for newborn photos of her youngest daughter she shared that she wanted natural photos, nothing posed, "I'd much prefer to look back on these photos as a representation of how we were when this person entered our family". When I read those words I knew I was the right photographer for them. My goal when I enter a home is to capture the real moments, the laughter, sometimes even the tears. These are the parts of life that you will truly remember. Children are our most important work.
Standing and smiling at a stranger doesn't hold as much weight as running around your backyard with your kids until they squeal with laughter. It's always an honour to be invited in to capture these raw moments in someone's life.
Hope you can treasure these photos for many years Jon & Terri!
Jordan and Randy have become one of my favourite couples. They are so perfect together and I'm pretty sure I teared up at least three times on their wedding day! If you love dogs and adorable First Looks, you definitely need to scroll through the photos below. Their adorable Boston Terrier, Dillon, not only attended their wedding but he even signed their wedding certificate. He would've stolen the show if it wasn't for how beautiful inside & out Jordan is, and how much Randy absolutely adores her. The way he looks at her is magic. Not to mention their style is spot on!
For their first look, they were surrounded by beautiful gardens just off of the water, at the Sycamore House in Kingsville. It is a gorgeous and intimate spot. The rest of their day was held at Mastronardi Estate Winery in Kingsville Ontario, where a team of amazing professionals takes care of everything from the decorating to the food.
Photographer - Karitas Photography
Second Shooter - Kerry Trepanier
First Look Venue - Sycamore House
Venue - Mastronardi Estate Winery
Dress - Stella York, Its Your Day Bridal Boutique
Hair - Jen Senechal, Amici Salon
Makeup - Lidia Badaoa
Suit - Freeds
Flowers - Jacob's Flowers
Decorator - Eadie Mastronardi & Laura Schiefer
DJ - Joe Faubert, Elev8 Productions
Donuts - Lakeside Bakery
Loved celebrating with you two... Congratulations!! - Emma
To inquire, shoot me a message and we can chat over a drink!
Lead Photographer at Karitas Photography
Some weddings you photograph and just can't stop smiling. Melody & Tom's wedding was one of them. Every single moment was so truly authentic and during the processional there wasn't a dry eye, including the groom. It was beyond evident how in-love these two are with one another. Tom couldn't contain his feelings as he first saw Melody, and Melody couldn't stop telling everyone how happy she was. It's days like these that make me love this profession. love to give people their memories back so they can relive them for generations.
On another note, they had a Cinnabon tower for a cake! Scroll through for a peek into this beautiful celebration.
Venue - Water's Edge Event Centre
Dress - Nobility Clothing Designs
Hair - Michelle Elyse Traveling Stylist
Makeup - Rebecca Belisle
Suit - Colwell's Clothing
Vintage China - Steeped in Tradition
Linens & Pillar Lights - Gail's Flowers and Event Decor
Cinnamon Buns - Cinnabon
Decorations - DIY
Sweets table by Roseann Biafora-Panzi & Sweets made by family
Congratulations Melody & Tom!! - Emma
To inquire about your own wedding photography, shoot me a message here. We can chat over a drink!
Working with Danny & Hannah has been amazing since day one. They are both such kind and laid back people which is totally my jam. Back at their engagement session in October of last year, I knew their wedding was going to be amazing. They let me run with the planning so for portraits we piggy backed on their engagement photos and went back to Maiden Lane with just the two of them and then met up with their bridal party at Goose Bay Park for some group photos. Such a fun bridal party. We laughed a lot and then went off to their party.
Sometimes you work a wedding and don't want to leave because the party is hopping. This was one of those weddings! But unfortunately it did come to an end and here we are. Thank goodness for photographers for keeping the memories alive ;)
Congratulations Danny & Hannah! Love you guys.
Photographer - Emma Davidson // Karitas Photography
Second Shooter - Kerry Trepanier
Videographer - Tyler Stenlund
Hair - Amanda Facciolo
Makeup - Refresh Day Spa
Dress - Its Your Day Bridal
Bride’s Shoes - Nine west
Groom’s Shoes - Vans
Venue - Torino’s Banquet Hall
Flowers & Decor - Anything and Everything Cake - Catherine Colautti
Are you getting married? I'd love to hear from you and chat about your dreams for your day! - Emma
Family is the most important thing to Tamara & Mario. Mario is Croatian and Tamara is Serbian, both are so similar and they speak the same language. Their cultures are so intertwined that being together happens so naturally for them. Today the bridal party stands out in magazines at the forefront but when I first spoke to Tamara and we were chatting about what is important to them on their wedding day, she said family. Their whole wedding day was all about being surrounded and supported by family from getting ready with her mom and sister, to their buying of the bride ceremony surrounded by family and friends.
I'm a sucker for intimate weddings, outside weddings and small restaurant weddings and their day was all of these things.
Congratulations Mario & Tamara, it was an honour to spend your day with you! Wishing you both (and your pup Leo) a very happy life together! - Emma
Photographer: Karitas Photography
Second Shooter: Kerry Trepanier
Florist: The Bourbon Rose Floral Design Co.
Hair: Adeo Beauty
Makeup: KES Beauty & Imagination
Video: Couture Film
Bridal Dress: Marisa Bridal, Kleinfled Toronto
Suit: Tiger of Sweden, Freeds Windsor
Ceremony Venue: Willistead Manor
Reception Venue: Il Gabbiano Ristorante
Officiant: Cathy Meloche
Limo: TDS Productions Inc
To inquire about your own wedding, engagement or elopement, shoot me a message here. Can't wait to hear from you! - Emma