Portraits of Three Generations at Gage Park, Hamilton Ontario

Despite a few early threats from Mother Nature, the weather was perfect for this Gage Park family portrait session. Kells Natural Photography was contacted to capture a group portrait of three generations — preserving this precious time by capturing a group portrait of three generations before the littlest member grows.

 

Gage Park offers diverse backgrounds for Hamilton family portraits, within a single location (read: great variety, with little walking distance!). Of course, the main focal points are the majestic fountains, surrounded by florals in vibrant colours — perfect for summertime! One of my favourite images from this session features the entire family gathered at the base of one fountain. Because of the perspective used, the fountain appears taller than the trees behind it, giving the structure a majestic importance. I also love how the family chose to coordinate one main colour for their outfits, which mirrors the shimmering blue water around them, placing them in the scene.

 

This family loves baseball, and the particular pose captured in the image below is a tradition which began at the couple’s wedding, several years prior. Adding a few small props, or choosing a location which holds a sentimental importance is a wonderful way to personalize your Hamilton family photographs.

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If you are looking for a beautiful location for your family photographs, consider Gage Park in Hamilton. Learn more by contacting us at 905-920-4947 or on the website here:http://www.kellsnaturalphotography.com/contact/

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Celebrating Spring with Mini Sessions in Gage Park

It was that time of year again — mini sessions at Kells Natural Photography! The theme was a celebration of springtime, perfectly timed to chase away the winter blues. The Hamilton, Ontario, outdoor park location was particularly well suited, with bright floral gardens, lush tree cover, and playful fountain ponds. As you can see below, several of our participants were quite excited by the flowing water!

 

Mini sessions are perfect for young children with short attention spans. We work quickly to keep them engaged, starting with a few formal portraits of the entire family, and then encouraging playful interaction between family members. In some cases, little ones wonder off to explore their surroundings. These “in-between” moments often tell the most genuine story, showing the inquisitive nature of youth, and the joy they experience in exploring the natural world.

 

As a Hamilton family photographer, I also find mini sessions are also ideal for those with particularly busy schedules. With two working parents, one child in baseball camp and the other at ballet practice, it can be difficult to arrange a longer portrait session. Mini sessions work well around your schedule, as you can select the time slot most suitable, often from a choice of two dates.

 

Mini sessions are frequently announced on our Facebook Page. We have a variety of themes throughout the year, but spaces fill quickly! “Like” us HERE: https://www.facebook.com/KellsNaturalPhotography

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My Son, Cian. Yes, My Son Who Wears Dresses

I'm an amazingly lucky mother to my fabulous 5 year old son Cian.  We live in Ancaster Ontario, just outside of Hamilton.
Our story recently went viral over a blog post I wrote on Bored Panda found here: http://www.boredpanda.com/my-son-cian-yes-my-son-who-wears-dresses/
But, I'd love to share it with all of you here as well.  My son is a part of my life and my photography.
 

Being a Parent means a lot of different things to many different people. What does being a parent mean to me? It means, putting someone before myself. It means, loving someone more than anything in the entire world. It means, raising a child to become the best version of themselves. To encourage. To respect. To inspire and develop the next generation of our society. Becoming a parent no longer is about US. It’s about THEM.

In 2012 I became a parent. Becoming a parent changes you. Sometimes for the best and for some, for the worst. Having my son changed me for the best. I need to be an example for my son. I want my son to grow up knowing he has a voice. Grow up knowing he can do and be ANYTHING he wants to be in this world. Grow up having the confidence to express himself. Grow up being able to LOVE himself. So, I made sure I did (and still do) these things for my son.

This is my son Cian and he loves to wear dresses.

Cian also loves to wear a cape and play Superhero. He loves Ironman, Paw Patrol, Hiking, playing cars and cutting his hair short to look like other men he sees. My son is a boy. He knows he’s a boy. We are teaching him that girls have a vagina and boys have a penis. ** He has a penis, he is a boy. ** He doesn’t use his penis to be able to wear a dress, nor does he use his penis to operate the dolls and cars he plays with. His gender does not dictate what he should wear or what he should play with because he does not use his gender to operate or use it. My husband and I are raising him without gender stereotypes.

We’ve never taught it to him “This is for girls and this is for boys” and we never will. Why should we? What difference does it ACTUALLY make? I am indifferent if you agree with what I’m encouraging my son to do with expressing himself. I’m aware that it’s unconventional. I don’t expect you to agree. What I DO expect is respect. What I DO expect is not to be treated like I’m abusing my son. What I DO expect is for people to see that my son is HAPPY and realize that that is all that matters at the end of the day. Because I became the parent he needs me to be, he has more confidence in his little finger than most adults will ever have in their entire life. Because I am the parent he needs me to be, he knows he is able to love and express himself without shame. That me and his father will love him without fail. I’m not only the parent he needs me to be, I’m the parent I WANT to be.

This is my son Cian and he is a five-year-old boy.

**(We don’t believe this is always the case ie: trans-gendered. Some days he says he wants to be a girl with a vagina and we simply tell him, “When you’re an adult, you can certainly make the decision to change to that if you wish”. He’s 5. He also wants to be a Mermaid and Ironman. We’re keeping it simple right now lol. We support our child in whoever they are and look forward to seeing how their gender expression manifests as they age. The most important thing to us is the health and happiness of our son.)

Kindergarten Graduation Portraits in Hamilton

Graduation photographs at a young age are incredibly important in a child’s overall outlook on their academic career. As a Hamilton child photographer, I believe that the process of preparing to have portraits captured, then later viewing the photographs which celebrate their achievement can encourage young children to set future goals. Photographs can also help young children develop self-esteem as they feel important throughout the process of being photographed, and have pride in showing the resulting images to family and friends.

One of my favourite images features a young girl posing with her Dr. Seuss book. As it is always my intention to capture the honest essence of each subject, I enjoying taking the time to engage each child by discussing their favourite academics, sports and hobbies before we begin. In this case, she became comfortable with my camera by firstly being photographed with her book — bringing out a genuine smile! Following this, we documented a more formal portraits, giving variety within a short graduation portrait session.

I can’t wait to photograph these little ones in the future — they have big dreams ahead! 

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