• Welcome to Open Shutter Photography!

    Coming from small-town Ontario and being old-school in every sense of the word, I enjoy things in life that have true lasting power; pyrex, canning, traditions and, of course, the perfect shot!

    My specialty is Lifestyle Photography …..Weddings, Maternity and Newborns; all the real tear-jerker stuff! Being a lover of all things sentimental, I understand the true importance of capturing those magic moments that make life extraordinary. Extensively trained in newborn posing, safety and natural lighting, I take the well being of your little one (whether it be in the form of a bump, or the baby that’s already made its arrival) with as much care as I would my very own; creating timeless images that capture those fleeting, adorable moments forever.

    I want to create an experience for you that is really enjoyable, and that makes you feel comfortable being in front of the camera. I want to take pictures of you being you! Pictures that you will look back on and remember, not only for the faces and love, but for the fun we had taking them too! I, myself, am a sensitive, romantic soul who has married the man of her dreams. Together we have created three little angels of our own. Living and Loving through our crazy life is an amazing adventure that I am so happy to be a part of. Life passes us by so quickly, it’s important that from time to time we stop to smell the roses and take the poses.

Baby Kennedy isn’t a baby anymore! ~ chatham-kent ontario baby photographer

This special little girl was the start of something great! Not only is she the first born to her lovely little family and that makes her pretty special. She was my first ever newborn client in my studio! A long time labour of love, my studio, a slow and steady progression and the beginning of lots of my dreams coming true. SO…. I kinda like her a lot.  🙂  I always thought once I found my specialty I would walk away from all other forms of photography but nope, couldn’t do it! I get pretty attached to all my clients and families. I just can’t miss out on watching them grow up. This is one of the many reasons why I love milestone session clients.  SOOOO here it is a year of Kenny…. you can check out her newborn session here.

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Open Shutter Photography is Chatham-Kent Ontario’s premier newborn photographer who also specializes in maternity, lifestyle and wedding photography. Service areas include but are not limited to South-Western Ontario.

B Family Fall (chatham-kent lifestyle, family photographer)

Over the next little while I will be catching up on blogging and sharing some of my favourite fall family chatham-kent lifestyle sessions.  After taking a few workshops in this style of shooting I have fallen in love. There is so much more to getting family photos taken than sitting down in matching outfits.  I want photos to show the connection and love that exists in your families.  A funny face a baby just learned or a cool move your too big little boy just mastered will bring bigger smiles to your face years from now than a rigid formal photograph. Like the way little Teddy is looking up at his mama in this first photo.. just melts my heart!  So relax and just BE with your families at your next session. I promise you wont regret it and you may even forget the camera is there.  Moments are so much easier to capture when they are real! SO just be you because thats the best you anyways!

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Open Shutter Photography is Chatham-Kent Ontario’s premier Lifestyle photographer who also specializes in newborn, maternity, and wedding photography. Service areas include but are not limited to South-Western Ontario.

Maternity / Newborn PROMO ~ Happy Birthday to me!

It’s almost my birthday and I want to celebrate by giving a gift to you!!  Im giving away a free mini maternity session to every newborn booking between now and April 30th!   Share the love and tell a friend or share this image from my Facebook page and be entered to win a free Family session!

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Maternity and newborn photography special promotion

 

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Open Shutter Photography is Chatham-Kent Ontario’s premier newborn photographer who also specializes in maternity, family, child, baby and wedding photography. Service areas include but are not limited to South-Western Ontario.

Holly Matthews - Hi there, I am due on October 4, 2015 and am interested in getting some newborn photos done as well as some maternity photos.
Can you let me know what types of packages you offer and the best time to have the photos taken?

Thanks very much!

Holly Matthews

Chatham-kent newborn photographer ~ Baby Olive

Little Miss Olive has two very proud big sisters to love on her everyday all day.  I am happy to see this sweet little girl growing strong after coming into the world a bit earlier than expected.  Just the sweetest little peanut!

 

 

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Open Shutter Photography is Chatham-Kent Ontario’s premier newborn photographer who also specializes in maternity, family, child, baby and wedding photography. Service areas include but are not limited to South-Western Ontario.

Chatham-Kent Newborn Photographer ~ Baby Ryan

Little Miss Ryan was a sleeper….. We never saw her eyes, except for a few minutes at the end of the session.  What a dream to photograph. But…. This isn’t always the case. What happens if your sweet baby decides its party time when you arrive at the studio?

“I never got those sleeping newborn photos done of my babies (even though I wanted to) because I really didn’t believe that they would stay asleep for them”

Well, first off. They will! A combination of tricks of the trade, patience and preparation is the key!  A portion of my training is soothing, but I rarely use it.  I prepare instead, so I don’t need too.  I prepare the parents, I prepare my studio, I prepare my assistant and YOU prepare your baby.  Parents receive a lot of communication prior to the session to plan for the shoot, you are the foundation of a successful session. From how to get your baby sleepy to picking the items used in your images.  Sometimes they really just need to be awake for a bit.  So we wait… patiently, we cuddle and admire then, while we wait we get some shots of that sweet awake little face! Soon enough with some baby whispering magic they are off to dream land in no time.

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Open Shutter Photography is Chatham-Kent Ontario’s premier newborn photographer who also specializes in maternity, family, child, baby and wedding photography. Service areas include but are not limited to South-Western Ontario.