Two Girls Make the World Go ‘Round

The best family photo session begins at home where your kids are most comfortable…where they are surrounded by the four walls you created with them in mind. It ends perfectly with an adventure, like a walk to a favourite nearby park or beach, or local café.

But the best images materialize in all the in-betweens and to and froms. This is why I love photographing Timo and Sasikhan and they’re beautifully, very bubbly little girls. They trust that whatever they do during their session will result in the truest of memories … the pure unrehearsed magic that’s captured when you’re just happy being in each other’s company.

They make my camera very happy.

xo

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To book your summer family session contact me here. I’d love to hear from you!

Beyond The Selfie Project Campaign

There are many things that one can do with $25 and supporting a crowdfunding campaign is one of them! 

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 We are happy to announce that have started our campaign in support of our Beyond the #Selfie Project. With a minimum of $25 you can help girls from underprivileged households to attend our summer photography camp while giving them an experience to last a lifetime.

Most kids have access to a camera or a mobile device that can take pictures, but how do they process what they see? How do they portray themselves? How do they communicate in the language of images in a digitally saturated society that produces over 60 billion images each month on Facebook alone?

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 creative 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 and curate a photo show for family and friends, and create and design a photo book featuring their self-portraits and writings.

This is an opportunity of a life time for the girls attending this camp as the experience does not involve learning about photography alone but, most importantly, about their self esteem intersecting technology and entrepreneurship.

The most valuable aspect of this camp is that the girls are able to share their learning by showcasing their end product to their family, friends and their community allowing them the opportunity to sell the photo books and make their money back. The girls will be able to go beyond making their money back and raise funds for their school, a charity of their choice and/or their college fund while spreading the important message of positive self esteem to girls around the world!

Girls will be engaged in fun and empowering hands-on and collaborative learning while having access to valuable resources allowing for self expression and becoming inspired to make the world a better place. Your support is crucial and I am grateful for any and all contributions. Please use this link to get to the crowdfunding campaign. Remember that you will only be charged when the campaign reaches its goal and, because sharing is caring, please share this campaign with anyone and everyone you know. We only have 8 days to reach our goal!

We need your help to support girls who come from low income families and diverse backgrounds to access such camp and develop skills which will take them to the next level in their life while making the world a better place through self empowerment. The funds raise will allow 5 girls to access this camp at no cost to them and cover the cost for their materials needed to run this camp successfully.

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We thank you for your support!

Diana

 

 

BONNIE AND HER BOYS

I was so happy to finally get my friend Bonnie and her family in front of the lens! I love her boys, and her husband A is one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. Bonnie has always been supportive of my work and is always full of insightful ways on how to approach and achieve my many creative goals! I was fortunate to meet Bonnie at a Toronto Mom Now event. She owns Network to Grow, and specializes in training entrepreneurs how to expand their networks to attract more clients and profit. I eventually began attending her networking events where I met a lot of great women and picked up some serious networking skills (Thanks, Bonnie!). I’ll never forget when I told her I couldn’t attend one of her networking dates because I coulnd’t find a sitter for my boys that evening. She called me back and told me her hubby would by happy to watch my boys so that I could make it. He really hit it off with my boys and even took them to the bowling alley in their condo complex! Ever since then we’ve been helping each other out whenever we can.

I think her email tag perfectly sums up how she approaches life:

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”
-Zig Ziglar

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To book your summer family session contact me here. I’d love to hear from you!

Just the two of us

This session was a Mother’s Day gift for Olivia and Matthew, a mom and son duo I thoroughly enjoyed meeting mainly because I always feel honoured to capture that special bond a mom shares with a son.

I have a busy summer with my own two boys, one of the a new-anointed teenager! But I’ll never forget how much I loved and enjoyed them at Matthew’s age.

hope you’re having a good summer!

xo

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To book your summer family session contact me here. I’d love to hear from you!

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!