Today, I couldn't imagine doing anything else besides photography. Whether it be a lifestyle session at home, an in-home newborn photoshoot, or a wedding; I now live and breathe by seeing great light and connection between humans.
What seemed like a lifetime ago, I found myself miserable as I sat in my cubicle under flickering fluorescent lights, exhausted and depressed. I didn't know what was wrong. In my heart I always knew that I didn't love math or science. However, being a daughter of immigrants I was always taught to be a good child, achieved through hard work and by becoming a professional. I put my head down and charged forward to obtain a degree in Engineering at the University of Toronto and then a degree in Commerce at the University of Windsor. I won a Canada-wide University Entrepreneur award and got a job at one of the Big 4 accounting firms. I passed all the exams, but I wasn't happy.
With my very first auditor's paycheck I bought my first DSLR. I took photos of everything. It started with a focus on food. I ran a little food blog and was very active on Chowhound. My husband E encouraged this as an outlet for me to express myself. I loved writing about food and documenting what I ate and experienced. Life eventually brought me to Boston where E started his career. With that sudden geographical change, I found myself without a job and without direction. E suggested it was time for a fresh start. I was scared, but he was right. One day at a local coffee shop in Ball Square, I saw the most spirited curly-haired kid and asked his parents if I could photograph him. They agreed and ended up hiring me to document their growing family later that year because they loved the photos so much. That chance led to more and more opportunities and here we are now.
Today I still can't believe I'm invited into people's homes and lives as they reach milestones. To be able to document the everyday to the huge moments in people's lives; it has all been a dream come true. I never take a day for granted and I work incredibly hard to capture those fleeting moments so that they can be enjoyed for years to come. Those heartfelt emails and letters I receive after sessions and on anniversaries remind me of how important my job is and how much I mean to the people I've photographed. Thank you for being a part of my story.
From the beginning I always believed in being upfront and transparent. I want families walking away with their hearts full and minds relaxed knowing that there won't be a sales pitch after the fact. We all live busy lives and making decisions is an added stress. I wouldn't want a family to have regret about not being able to purchase all that they wanted. If you book with me, I don't hold anything back.
Back when I was researching my own wedding photographer, I wanted someone to capture the day to the fullest and in the most beautiful way. I searched for someone that was upfront with pricing and provided digital negatives as a keepsake. Part of my process of hiring someone included wanting to see consistency. My wedding photographer kept his brides up to date with new wedding sets showcasing real brides on real wedding days. Every week I saw new work which showed me his dedication to each one of his brides no matter her budget.
When designing my business I knew I wanted to be as forthcoming as well. I wanted to show it all. I wanted to show how I captured each unique family. I wanted to show real families so that future families could see themselves having a session with me.
This lead to my decision to implement the same all-inclusive package when I started my photography business. In order to show my skill, I require a full and constantly updating portfolio. Your model release helps me achieve that. I charge a nominal $150 flat fee which amounts to less than $2 per image if I cannot share your images.
The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell. - Ben Okri
My style of photography is a mix of staged & directed, lifestyle (minimal direction) and total chaos (the end of the session free-for-all). This results in a multitude of images that will be added to your gallery. I don't do a whole lot of staring at the camera and sitting still. If this is what you're looking for, please reach out to another studio that will better serve your needs.
Your session fee includes your on location experience that lasts about an hour. Basic retouching is included for my favourite 30 images. The balance are adjusted for exposure and colour by hand. If you are okay with my model release, you will receive these high resolution digital files complimentary with your session fee. You can use, share and print to your heart's desire. For private sessions, digital images from your session may be purchased for a flat fee of $150 on top of your session fee, which amounts to about $2 per image. Lead times for images change, but typically you can expect your gallery to be done within 3 weeks. You will be presented with a USB and 10 complimentary 4x6 prints of my favourite images so you have something tangible to keep from your session. The gifted prints are a thank you to those that send back all signed contracts within 4 business days of receiving them. Everyone hates admin work and chasing documents, so I reward those that make my life a little easier.
For wedding coverage, all of my couples receive a complimentary engagement session so we can get to know one another better and I can coach you on posing. This way there are no surprises for your big day and you know what to expect in terms of quality and style. You get a gallery for your engagement session and your wedding day.
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"We recently wrapped up our baby 1 year package and Bella is just wonderful! She was so patient and understanding while dealing with our independent, strong willed daughter. When I was convinced we couldn't possibly have any good shots, she proved me wrong all three sessions with beautiful photos that we will have for forever. I can't recommend her enough! We will definitely continue using her for all of our family photos."
- Deanna, mom of Eden
"Bella I've just gone through my pictures again to send some to C's granny and I have to say they are just so gorgeous!! We love them!! I so highly recommend you and can't wait to use you again!!"
- Claire, mom of 2
"Bella is the best! She takes her time and is extremely patient. I am in LOVE with our photos from both our maternity session and newborn session. She can make even the most sleep deprived mama of a newborn look good! Bella is extremely talented and has provided photos to my family that we will cherish forever!"
- Megan, mom of Lilah
" Bella is an amazingly talented photographer who is also easy to work with. She makes you feel at ease from the very start and makes it her number one priority to get you the images you want. We've hired her twice now and couldn't be happier with her work. Worth every single penny!"
- Amanda, mom of 2
"We had Bella as a part of our vendor team during our May 2016 wedding and we are so happy we did! She made us feel very comfortable during the engagement session and was very organized throughout our wedding. Her work is absolutely stunning and we are lucky to have these memories captured beautifully by Bella. Definitely will be going to her again whenever the time comes for us to start a family. She is extremely talented and I cannot recommend her enough!"
- Jessica, bride