Ten on Ten June: A Personal Photo Project

Some of you know that I live in one of Toronto’s best kept city secrets (shh!). Two private lanes tucked away from a main street in the heart of Corktown, a downtown area surrounded by the burgeoning revitalization of Regent Park and the West Don Lands. Admist that all of the noisy construction, dust and traffic, reside our townhomes and all of our awesome, happy kids.

This summer,  I’ve decided to take on the creative task of creating a blurb.ca book of my boys and all of their lane friends. I’ll shoot all summer long and then select the best 50 or so images of our kids. The focus will be on their outdoor play, their special friendships, their blossoming personalities and occasional moods as well as all the things they hold dear in this Summer of 2014…..skateboards, longboards, dolls, tea parties, secret tents, hide and seek, freezies, ice cream, and so much more, I’m sure. I’m excited to see how they embrace their long-awaited summer! ( Not all of our kids are photographed here).

I don’t think our kids are fully aware of the blessing bestowed upon them. They live in the moment as they should. But as their parents, we still marvel at the ‘it takes a village’ approach of raising our kids and keeping them safe and savvy in our little oasis in the city.

Life is Good.

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I hope you’ll stop by Niagara-based family photographer Sarah Libby-Hancox’s Ten on Ten here and then follow our blog circle of 8 participating Ten on Ten photographers!

June 10, 2014 - 5:06 pm

Natacha Jagodic- Silber - I just adore these Diana! THe light, the wide angle… Great documentary feel.

June 12, 2014 - 1:15 am

Angela Auclair - love these images:) ( natacha got me here somehow!)

June 12, 2014 - 4:47 am

Kylie Dunlop - You are right! the perfect little oasis for a summer of fun! Can not wait to see the summer unfold in the lanes. Kx

June 12, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Laura Reive - Love your processing! Great images and what wonderful memories for the kids to hold onto.

June 13, 2014 - 12:54 am

Robyn Russell - Gorgeous photos Dee! And yes, your neighbourhood is amazing!!

June 13, 2014 - 2:00 am

Melissa Weicker - it’s always a treat to see what you’ve been up to. and i want to live on your lane, it sounds like such an awesome little community you’ve got going on there. love the way you approach photographing kids (as always). you are such a talent with a big heart!

June 13, 2014 - 5:51 pm

Tam Lovebert - How lucky are your kids to have such a great village to grow up in. These images are gorgeous and your neighbourhood looks amazing to shoot in. Good luck on your project!

MAMA SNAPS! A Unique Digital Photography Workshop for Moms and their Babies!

I’m excited to return to Gymboree Play & Music Toronto to offer another MAMA SNAPS digital photography workshop for moms in partnership with Modern Mama Midtown Toronto!
When: Friday, May 30
Where: Gymboree Play & Music
Time:: 12-2 pm
Cost: Modern Mama Midtown Toronto Members $38,non-members $48

Learn how to take awesome and authentic photos of your kids with your digital camera.



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I’m very excited to offer a photography workshop for teen girls this summer!

This workshop was inspired by the girls I taught photography as part of an after-school mentorship program held at the Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre, a couple of years ago. The compelling portraits these girls made during our time together  highlighted for me the potential of photography to serve as a profound creative outlet for girls. Through photography the girls felt empowered to  express themselves, to explore their identities as young women, and to take full ownership of their authentic perspectives and artistic voices.

Since then, I’ve worked with kids of all ages but have been eager to facilitate another photography workshop just for girls. Fortunately, the pieces came together in the form of invaluable support from hErVOLUTION, a non-profit whose mission is to expose young girls and women to the opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). We are partners in this project and will be working side by side to provide girls with the tools to make this project a memorable experience for our participants.

And we are grateful to the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club for serving as our workshop venue and for providing our participants with a state of the art computer-r0om, art room, and studio space with lots of great lighting!

If you’re parent to a creative teen girl with a strong interest in photography/digital arts or maybe a girl who could benefit from exploring their creative side in a safe, non-judgemental environment then they will certainly flourish during this workshop. We have space for up to 10 girls so please reserve a spot soon.

For more information please email us at [email protected] or call 416-320-0546.

We look forward to hearing from you!






Exploring Self-Portraiture

CAMP DESCRIPTION: This one-week intensive summer camp is designed to empower girls to express themselves through the art and craft of self-portrait photography. Through a series of photo assignments, field-trips, and slideshow presentations participants will be introduced to the creative fundamentals of photography such as composition, perspective, tone, space, timing and how to use light and shadow to create compelling and artistic photography. Participants will also learn basic photo-editing skills, create and design a Blurb book featuring their self-portraits and writings, and curate a photo show for family and friends.

For Girls ages 13-17

DATES: August 11-15    9am-4 pm

LOCATION: Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club, 101 Spruce St., Toronto (Cabbagetown) 416-925-2242

FEE: $297 (First Six Participants to register receive and Early Bird Special fee of $247)

WHAT TO BRING: Participants should bring a digital camera, preferably a DSLR so that they can take full advantage of a camera’s manual mode functions, a memory card and camera battery and charger. Participants should also bring their own lunch and snacks. Bottled water will be provided. If your teen doesn’t have a camera, please let us know. We may be able to secure a rental camera for her to use in-class.



(Would you like to sponsor one teen to attend this unique summer camp opportunity? Please contact me for more information or call 416-320-0546.)

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This was a well spent Saturday afternoon with Lesley and her guys. (Lesley was the raffle winner of a Family Photo Session at the last Mums for Mount Sinai Beads for Babies fundraising event I donated to last year, hosted by Embella Party.)

Torran treated me like a royal guest, and introduced me to his favourite stuffed animals, toys, and love of all things culinary. And Lesley and Bruce were both equally engaged in making this a family photo shoot to remember. They filled each room with copious amounts of laughter and happiness, something I’m sure they do even when I’m not around!

And I got to meet another mom on a mission. Lesley writes about her everyday journey as Torran’s mom, who was born premature and weighed only two pounds when he was born at Mount Sinai’s NICU 6 years ago. You can read her blog, realwomendrivestick here.

One sweet family.

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10 on 10 APRIL

My Ten on Ten for April featuring my youngest Spykid and his best friend Lukas. I love the glee of their faces…all in celebration of what felt like the first real Spring day in Toronto!

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Ten on Ten is a collective of family photographer’s across North America and the globe who post 10 photos of their kids, their lives, or the things that make them happy, on the 10th of each month.

I hope you’ll spring over to Australian family photographer’s Kylie Dunlop’s Ten on Ten here.

April 12, 2014 - 12:46 am

Sarah Libby-Hancox - Those boys look pretty happy to be outside :) . Well done as always.

April 12, 2014 - 2:30 am

Tam Lovebert - I love fun and friendship captured in these images D. So Great!

April 14, 2014 - 8:03 am

Robyn Russell - I love it, they’ll appreciate these photos when they’re older! Great captures D!