Nearly ten years ago I photographed their wedding. A few years later, their first born child….then their second.
We have developed a tradition.
Gwen’s family has a cottage on Canoe Lake, in Algonquin Park. Almost every summer I drive out there, meeting them at the dock for the short, scenic boat ride down the lake to their cabin on the hill. They have made several trips to see me as well, in both gallery locations as the time has passed on, but regardless of where the session happens, we see each other annually to record their growing family.
My favourite sessions are always at their place, though. Lucas and Grace have developed a real love of nature in their short lives – no doubt due to the passion which has trickled down through the generations. Gwen and Gavin met while they were working at camp in Algonquin, so getting hitched in the woods near by (years later), was the obvious choice. Gwen’s father was so heavily involved with the park, friends of algonquin and also a writer and artist, anyone who met him would see in an instant his passion for the environment (and in particular the park).
Gwen and Gavin have really become friends over the years, which always makes for a lovely session, but I think another thing that makes me love doing their family portraits so much is the casual approach Gwen and Gavin have. They allow the kids to be themselves and have their personalities really shine through in the images.
Gwen and Gavin will celebrate their 10 year wedding anniversary this year, with a big party at the very location they celebrated their wedding day at.
I can’t wait to be there; I know it will be another fabulous time and there will be plenty of images made to inspire their memories, and continue in this tradition.