Hamilton family portraits

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!!

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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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