The Monster Mash! Birthday Cake Smash Portraits in Hamilton, Ontario

Before the littlest ones are covered in icing, I enjoy capturing a few family portraits. Any time a session takes place at a family home, I love to incorporate details of the space. This result in a more personalized gallery of images. The tiny bench we found in the backyard was just the right size for the birthday boy!

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It is always fun to see how different little ones will react to their first birthday cake. While some are eager to dive in, filling their fists with icing, others are more methodical in their approach.

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I loved how this young lad’s monster-themed cake reflected the characters on his neck tie. Planning outfits in advance often is a worthwhile investment of time, as the colours and patterns chosen help tell the story in each image. As an example, vibrant colour accents create an uplifting tone perfect for celebratory events and children’s portraits while earth-tones suggest a warmth and are well suited for family or couple’s portraiture. As a Hamilton, Ontario, photographer, I am happy to offer general guidelines to those planning their session with Kells Natural Photography, in order to ensure a fantastic result!

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Like father, like son!

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You can certainly see the resemblance between brother and sister in the image below! Both children were excited to have an entire cake to themselves!

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I also like to make sure I capture the special moments as family when I can. Children's Birthdays are special for EVERYONE!
Be sure to contact me today to book your Family shoot and/or Cake Smash!!
kellsnaturalphotography@yahoo.ca

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Hamilton Waterfront Anniversary Portraits at Bayfront Park

Mike and Nicole's Anniversary shoot took place at Bay Front Park in Hamilton. They wanted something along a shoreline, since their wedding last year took place at The Lakeview, a charming waterfront wedding venue with views of the Toronto skyline in the distance.

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Bay Front Park is a lovely location for couple’s portraits. Although the beach area is absolutely gorgeous, the park also features a variety of hiking trails and open grass space that offer plenty of variety in a single location. I met with Mike and Nicole in the early evening on a bright, sunny day. We began our portraits near the boat launch and marina, setting the scene for this nautical Hamilton photography session. Including the boats in the background helped to contextualize the images, while keeping focus on this lovely couple. Later on, Mike and Nicole were eager to get their toes wet — I love working with couples who really embrace their location — for some romantic photographs with the setting sun.

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If you are looking for a special way to remember your wedding day, or other important occasion, let’s chat!

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Great Gift Idea for The Person Who Has Everything - Book a Family Portrait Session Today!

When the Bury family wanted to surprise Grandma Lynn with a gift that would make her smile every day, Kells' Natural Photography was happy to help! Especially with little ones growing, tangible memories are so important. This family portrait session was planned to coincide with their lakefront family reunion, the following summer.

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In addition to portraits of the entire group, Kells' Natural Photography loves to capture each individual family unit, giving everyone involved some time in the spotlight! In many cases, a couple’s wedding day is the first time they are professionally photographed together. As the years after that celebration pass and they grow their family, having portraits done may not be at the forefront of their minds. When the opportunity is presented, the focus of many photographers is often on the children. Kells' Natural Photography makes a point to spend time with all couples present, separate from the little ones. One day those tiny people will grow and these images of their parents and grandparents will become an important piece in their history — something to treasure dearly.

 

If you are looking for a wonderful gift idea, consider scheduling a portrait session for the loved ones in your life. Give us a call; we would love to work with you! (905) 920-4947.

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Iconic Dundurn Castle Family Photographs

Everyone expects to receive gifts during major holidays including Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Day. Kells' Natural Photography loves to surprise our followers with “just because” gifts on ordinary dates — this is exactly what happened on April 19th, 2017, when we put out a call asking our online friends to celebrate joy in the world by telling us something that made them smile that ordinary day.

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Once a few portraits of the entire family have been captured, I love to work with the children individually from their parents, while maintaining a visual connection between all members. It is at this point that the individual personalities shine — the boys are great dancers and were eager to show off their “dab” move.

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I love the combination of architecture and natural backgrounds, all within one location. This variety helps to tell a more complete story.

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Weir's Lavender Farm Family Portraits at Golden Hour

Located 40 minutes West of Toronto, but seemingly a world away, Weir’s Lavender Farm opened in 2009 with a small field containing several varieties of the beautiful purple flower. It has since grown to include a native wildflower garden, bee-keeping practice and store.

A venue which takes pride in their deep community roots, the location celebrates the connection between families and nature — a perfect venue for portrait photography. As a Hamilton family photographer, this location offered an incredible sunset glow from behind the field, and a seemingly endless backdrop that set the stage. I love engaging each individual with a few laughs before we get started, and then letting the moments unfold. As a family portrait photographer, it is my role to showcase each and every subject at their best — from little giggles of tiny tots, to the heartfelt connection of a couple in love — capturing authentic moments is all in the timing of each image.

One of my favourite images features a family of four, near the end of the event. As they held hands (mother and daughter, father and son) and made their way through the rows of lavender, I saw the sun drop down towards the treetops. With scattered clouds overhead, the purple field was mirrored above, and the warm glow of light brought a crisp clarity to the image. Quite simply, Weir’s Lavender Farm has some of the most beautiful light locally. It certainly inspires me, as a Hamilton family portrait photographer. 

I loved working at Weir’s Lavender Farm and hope this will become an annual event. Thank you to all who participated.

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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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