Charlotte is One | Toronto Family Portraits

Toronto Family Portraits | Jessica Blaine Smith

Miss Charlotte recently turned one year old and what better way to celebrate than with a portrait session?! I met her and her parents at Sunnyside Beach this summer where we wandered in the afternoon light to create portraits together.Toronto Family Portraits | Jessica Blaine SmithToronto Family Portraits | Jessica Blaine SmithToronto Family Portraits | Jessica Blaine SmithToronto Family Portraits | Jessica Blaine Smith

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Family Photos | Edwards Gardens, Toronto

Toronto Family Photo | Jessica Blaine Smith

It should come as no surprise that I love your kids. I adore other people’s children and one of my favourite things about being a photographer is that my camera allows me to meet so many of them! I have been photographing the Loh family for years now, ever since their eldest was just a wee thing. The last time that I saw them was when their middle child was not quite walking.  I was really excited when Dad emailed me to book a new session as they were now a family of five! We met at Edwards Gardens in Toronto to do some family photos. A place that allows space to wander and discover and to create a lot of great images in the end. When the session had wrapped and I walked back to my car, I felt awesome. The Loh kids are wonderful little humans and they had lit me up with their enthusiasm and humour.Toronto Family Photo | Jessica Blaine SmithToronto Family Photo | Jessica Blaine SmithToronto Family Photo | Jessica Blaine SmithToronto Family Photo | Jessica Blaine SmithToronto Family Photo | Jessica Blaine SmithToronto Family Photo | Jessica Blaine SmithToronto Family Photo | Jessica Blaine SmithToronto Family Photo | Jessica Blaine SmithToronto Family Photo | Jessica Blaine SmithToronto Family Photo | Jessica Blaine SmithToronto Family Photo | Jessica Blaine Smith

Suzanne Alyssa Andrew of Biograflyer

Suzanne Alyssa Andrew | Jessica Blaine Smith Photography

I feel the same about having proper portraits done as Suzanne feels about having a proper biography written about yourself: it is so very important! And this is why she started her company Biograflyer. If you are a working professional, it’s important to have something professionally written about yourself that describes just who you are, what you have done and what you are currently up to. The same goes for having a professional portrait made of yourself: you need to have an image that shows you as you naturally are. Something that gives some insight into who you are as a person and what you would be like to work with. What you portray to your future clients in your images and bios says a lot.

I recently met up with Suzanne for a Lifestyle Portrait Session. She was in desperate need of having her nearly decade-old headshot updated. She wanted her new portraits to be more natural and taken in an outdoor setting. We met one late afternoon at Trinity Bellwood Park in Toronto and made photo magic happen!

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Lifestyle Portraits of House & Hook

House & Hook | Jessica Blaine Smith

The beautiful thing about traveling is the people that you meet along the way. In January we spent nearly five weeks in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, which is one of our most favourite places in that country. While we were there, we met a family from Toronto who were living there for four months. They were taking a sabbatical from their city life to assess their goals and reconnect as a family. Through the process of this adventure of theirs, they created House & Hook, a website dedicated to inspiring family travel and keeping couples thriving throughout parenthood.

When we met, I naturally suggested that we do a lifestyle portrait session. I wanted to create images that documented their life in Puerto Escondido and that conveyed exactly what this family is all about. La Punta is the neighbourhood in Puerto Escondido where we all stayed and it is a tiny nook of paradise (at least, my kind of paradise!). La Punta is all about a slower-paced life, dirt roads, fresh food, no shoes and meeting on the beach as the sun dips over the horizon, feeling thankful for another day. Our portrait session was about all of these things. Real portraits and images taken in a beautiful place that is close to all of our hearts. Images that show a family in all of its moments, perfectly imperfect.

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