To my clients, I am more than “just a photographer”, I am their friend and someone they trust when they need help. I've been told I go above and beyond my job as a photographer (as quoted from my past bride, Maddy)!
Earlier this year, I contacted Purple Hill Lavender Farm in Creemore, Ontario to inquire about using their property. My plan was to offer small sessions to people who wanted updated portraits or family photos, but didn’t have to commit to a long session. As Emma (one of the owners of Purple Hill) and I were finalizing the plan, COVID-19 hit. Purple Hill Lavender Farm closed and photographers were deemed “non-essential” which meant we couldn’t go ahead with our plan (obviously).
When Ontario moved into phase 2 of reopening, Purple Hill Lavender Farm was able to re-open their doors, and photographers could go back to work! As soon as I saw Emma’s announcement on Instagram, I immediately reached out to ask if our original plan could still continue or if we should hold off until next year. She gave me the green light and we went ahead with securing the date!
As soon as I could, I put together an offer and published it to Facebook and Instagram. The offer was for 20 minutes of photography coverage and 10 digital images. The traction I received was AMAZING and, to this day, I am in awe of how well my Lavender Field Session event was received. These photo sessions were originally scheduled for July 11th and I also reserved July 18th as the rain date. Low and behold, it was stormy on July 11th, so the photo sessions were moved to July 18th.
When I arrived to Purple Hill Lavender Farm on July 18th, I touched base with Emma in the shop before heading to the field to wait for my first client. The day was sunny and hot but I wasn’t complaining. The sun would make for some gorgeous glow for my first set of clients! I decided to wear a long, flowy purple skirt (purple is my favourite colour) and I ended up matching the plants as well!
Now, there’s one thing I learned about lavender fields – which is quite obvious – and that is bees love them and buzz around all day. During my first two sessions, I took to jumping over the plans to get from row to row. Later, I learned this wasn’t a great idea in a skirt because as my third client arrived, her and her family had to turn around as I lifted my skirt to get a bee out. The bee flew away, but not without biting me on the bum a few times! (Honey bees will bite before they sting, and the pinches didn’t feel as bad as stings do). My client was so understanding and even asked if I needed help or if there was anything she could do. How sweet of her!
Below are a few of my favourite photos from each session. The sessions started at 4pm and ended at 9pm. As you scroll through, you will notice the lighting changed as the evening went on which tends to change the overall look of the photos. I try to make my work look consistent by making sure the skin tones remain true-to-life and consistent throughout.
A HUGE thanks goes to Purple Hill Lavender Farm for hosting me and my clients for the evening!
These two are going to be brand new parents and I’m just in LOVE with their mini maternity photos.
This family got lost along the way, but when they made it I managed to squeeze them in!
This family below are the ones who had to turn around while I lifted my skirt to get the bee out. This was their first ever professional photo session, so I’m sure I made it an experience they would never forget!
Isn’t this little baby boy adorable?! Him and his family are so photogenic and he was SO good for me and my camera.
Look at how cute his little camera prop is!!
Maddy and Nathan are a bride and groom of mine from 2018. They’re now expecting their first baby! View their wedding blog post here.
This family was the sweetest and their girls were so good. I’m in love with the “glow” they have in their photos!
These two munchkins got along SO WELL. I joked with the parents that my siblings and I NEVER got a long that well.
This sweet family has the most energetic boy and a baby with an adorable “perma-frown” – ha ha.
This couple were my last clients of the day. I just love the softness of the sunset light that was in front of them in their photos – much different from the glow the sun gives when it’s still above the horizon and behind my clients!
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