I absolutely love when I get to photograph a family every year, see how the kids have grown and the family changed by that growth. So I love it when I get to photograph my friend Katie and her family every autumn. And this year I got to do it on the most beautiful day in the evening sunshine at Mary’s Farm!
On Saturday I was honoured to offer my services for Blossoming at the Farm's first Family Fun Day. This fundraiser was to help highlight the programming of this wonderful school, the beauty of the farm and the work they do there and the proceeds went towards providing accessible programming for children and youth.
The whole day was amazingly fun. There were farm games, face painting, animal interactions (who doesn't like feeding llamas?) disc golf and so much more! I was there to photograph the families or fairies that crossed my path and I had a ton of fun with it!
And of course I have to give a special thanks to my two little men who helped me all day (glitter count down anyone?) and had the biggest smiles on their dirty, candy fuelled faces at the end of the day!
Here are some of my faves from the day!
My favourite kind of Fairy photo shoot is the collaborative kind. This shoot was so special because it blended two families (and playmates) together for a lovely little tea party at the end. These girls worked up an appetite playing fairies in the woods on such a beautiful day so we quickly finished all the yummy treats and lemonade and then got to work spreading some fairy dust around the farm.
Yesterday I had the honour of capturing three fairies and a little elf running through the woods up at Mary's Farm. These little fairies were excellent at fairy poses and we had a blast exploring the woods spreading magic before we headed into the meadow to have a little tea party!
I have only had a quick glance at these photos since I was snapping more photos of fairies today at the Wind and Willow Children's Fair but here is a sneak peek as I know their mom's can't wait to see! :) I'll have more up tomorrow!
My lovely, talented and generous friend Tania runs a beautiful forest school; Blossoming at the Farm. I love to follow their Instagram and see what beautiful art they are creating, the adventures they go on, the things they learn in nature and how they interact with the animals and farm.
I was overly excited when she messaged me and asked if I would come do a little "Lost Boy" and Fairy session with some of the kids because I know that they truly are Fairies and Lost boys at heart and I was not disappointed. These kids jumped at the chance to get dressed up, to be creative with their costumes, and most importantly to run barefoot through the November forest and embrace the characters they made! It was a morning of pure magic. And the horses even cooperated when their friends came over to visit in costume! And even Tania's daughter Hannah, who teaches at the farm, got dressed up for me!
I can't say enough times how amazing and fun this shoot was and I hope we do it again soon!
I was so excited to have these two little best friends come for a session together. Every moment, especially the tea party, is more fun when you have a friend to join you. We headed all over the farm for these photos, starting in the wildflowers and ending near the most beautiful old tree. We had a lot of magical animal encounters during our session, a few slugs and snails, a mama deer and her two babies, and finally a little visit with Peanut the farm's new baby goat. But the highlight of the whole session for me was watching the girls enjoy their tea together, clinking cups and sharing cookies. Tea parties are made for best friends! I hope these two are still friends many years from now and can look back on these captured memories together.
Her fairy session was the first time Taylor had done professional photos and she rocked it! We had a lot of fun in both the forest and field of wildflowers and I had a little bit of fun doing some "magical edits" to a few of her photos. It was so awesome to see her dad helping out fixing her crown and hair and he tells the best knock knock jokes to get some smiles! And then Taylor got to enjoy her tea party with her Grandmother which was so special.
My first two fairies last weekend were Matthea and Nathaniel. I have been photographing them since before they were born and I was very excited to dress then up as Fairies. Luckily their mom is also a creative, talented lady and had the perfect outfit for Nathaniel as my first boy fairy, and she made some beautiful flower crowns on the spot!
Yesterday was my very first Fairy Event! It started off a little rough, with a message saying it was raining buckets at our location at Mary's Farm. After a stressful few hours of planning alternatives and doing a lot of hoping the rain stopped and the sun made more than a few appearances throughout the day.
I could not have been happier with the way the day turned out. All my little fairy visitors were full of smiles and personality and we all had so much fun, even when a few drops of rain fell. It was magical.
Here is a little sneak peek of my fairies from the day. Each fairy will get her own blog post shortly too!
This event could not have happened without some very talented friends, but one person in particular deserves my endless thanks. Thank you Tania for assisting me all day, dressing up like a fairy to serve tea and making every child's day when they met a "real" fairy!
Also a huge thank you to Sabrina from Vibe Hair for coming out and producing perfect fairy curls, and Dot who made the most delicious and beautiful cupcakes for me, and to Mary's Farm for being the perfect fairy location! I could not have pulled off this event without the talents of all these ladies!