• 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 Mason (chatham-kent ontario newborn photography)

Sweet Mason! Such a squishy guy.  How is it that baby boys always get the dreamy eyelashes!  No fair! But ohhhh so adorable.  I hear over and over from parents whether it be clients or just general conversations since i started this adventure that is newborn photography.

“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, let me tell you sometimes it isn’t an easy task.  Some babies no matter how diligently mom and dad follow my prep guide, are just ready for a party when they arrive at my studio!  Not a problem this is a great time to get some awake shots and style the session with parents while baby decides I really am quite boring and falls asleep. We are in no rush here!  A portion of my training is soothing.  SO I am prepared… but this isn’t magic! Wouldn’t every mom have loved to have a sprinkle of that magic if it were. How amazing we would all feel days after delivery if we could all just wave a wand and have our newborn magically sleep for a few hours!  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.  A combination of tricks of the trade, patience and preparation are the key!

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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.

Baby Grace (Chatham-kent newborn photography)

Baby Grace rocked her session as a 3 weeker.  I love photographing “Oldborns” (hehe) first off who doesn’t love a challenge and secondly every baby no matter at what they arrive for their session can be photographed beautifully.  So please don’t be afraid to contact me and check availability if you were unable to pre book your due date. Sometimes I can wiggle scheduling around enough to fit you in just like little miss Grace! It’s so worth it!

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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.

Sweet Baby Molly (Chatham-Kent Ontario’s premier newborn photographer)

Sweet Little Molly! All 5 + pounds of her! She was so sweet to us! This session included one of my favourite Mom baby shots to date! Check out the little praying hands image below.  Her mom is pretty sweet too!  She is one of my two lovely newborn session assistants!  Safety first!!!  ALWAYS.

Mom and Baby shots are some of my very most favourite images to photograph.  All to often us moms get lost in the background! We forget to take a photo with the kids at the zoo, because we are so busy capturing their smiling faces.  I find photographer or scrapbooker moms are super guilty of this, as they are just so excited to get the shots of the kids they forget about themselves.  Well, please don’t forget! And get in front of that camera ladies!!   When Mom’s come to the studio, over and over I am quietly told that they would like to pass on photos of themselves with the new baby…. WHAT?!  I always, ALWAYS, try to persuade them to give it a go! When talking to moms that have passed on photos with their little ones in past, I was told…. “I didn’t do them, I didn’t feel comfortable getting my photo taken after I had my baby” there was an overwhelming sense that these moms really wished they had taken that leap and had some pictures with their tiny babies. No matter if not another soul ever see’s these special photos… YOU and your family will cherish them forever.  No matter how you feel or think you look after birth (you’re gorgeous by the way) or how tired you are, getting photos with your new precious little one is never a bad idea.  The love you feel for your baby, the excitement and emotion of it all transfers so beautifully to the image.  When you step infront of the camera just feel that love. Don’t be nervous or worried about how you look I promise you wont regret it.

That sweet little baby will only fit in the palm of your hands for a short short time! Embrace it, and try not to worry about getting pooped on! 😉

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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.

Lacey Eggert - These are absolutely gorgeous! You are so right… I passed on photos during my first daughters newborn session and I would do anything to go back to that day to have those memories of her and I.

Chatham Kent Wedding Photographer | Rustic Wedding| Ontario Wedding Photographer ~ Alyssa and Brett tie the knot

Such a Beautiful day for a Beautiful wedding! I loved all the details from this rustic wedding! Not one went un-noticed… Lots of love and care, from the hand planted thank-you’s to a hand painted mural from the brides sister for the reception!  You may remember this couple from their beautiful engagement session.

Reception : The Retro Suites Hotel

Flowers : McKellars Flowers

 

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

Mike Breault - These pictures truly made a great day even better.

Lacey Eggert - Sooo beautiful!!