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Chelsey – Lead Photographer

I’m an empath; my gift is that I can feel what you feel and understand your connections. I use this to create beautifully intimate and meaningful images for my clients and their families.

I believe in connection but I also believe that every connection is unique. I don’t use shot lists or cookie-cutter poses but I will gently guide you through your session to help you shake away any nervousness or hesitancy you might be feeling (…after all, it’s not often people take professional photos anymore, so I’ll happily guide you through the process.)

I walk into sessions and wedding days reading the room, looking for the nuances and taking the time to truly be present. Just as more and more people are having unplugged weddings so that their guests can be truly present; it’s so crucial that your photographer is truly present and focused as well.

I’m a quiet person, an introvert – this is what helps me be a rock for my clients to lean on. I’m calm even among chaos. I love listening. I love learning about people. I love seeing stories unfold both at a large scale but also all of the little nuances of the day too. Weddings – like people – are not cookie cutters. Each is different and you need to be open about capturing all the moments, not just the ones that might look good on a blog.

I wear my heart on my sleeve and give everything that I am to my clients. I do this by making sure that I take the time to recharge. I’m a reader and always have at least one book on the go. I re-energize with my partner and with my dog; we explore locally and worldwide (although sometimes the doggo has to stay home).

I photograph weddings because I can provide you with meaningful memories that reflect exactly who you are as a couple.

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Watson Porter Pavillion Wedding

Having a Watson Porter Pavilion at Fanshawe Conservation Area  means a few things. First, it ...
September 18, 2019
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Thompson Hotel Wedding Photos

This Thompson Hotel wedding photos make our hearts absolutely burst with excitement.  Everything was ...
October 11, 2018
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Kortright Center Winter Wedding Photos

In Canada, a good majority of weddings take place indoors - even in the summers.  Sure, those fancy ...
August 14, 2018
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Hotel Ocho Wedding

Here are just a few of our faves from this couples beautiful music inspired Hotel Ocho wedding.  We' ...
August 13, 2018
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Ashley & Alex

We are in love with these images that Chelsey captured at her recent Kendron Dells Gold Club Wedding ...
February 11, 2018
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Jessie & Rob

If you're into into Rockabilly and if the idea of a unique wedding makes you #swoon, these Parkwood ...
February 11, 2018
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Sarah + Christian

When Chelsey photographed this Enoch Turner Schoolhouse wedding in Toronto this past summer, I'm not ...
February 10, 2018
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Leo + Zach

I am in love with these images of an LGBT Elopement in Toronto that Chelsey recently shot.  We are p ...
February 8, 2018
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IT'S PAID FOR ITSELF

A worthwhile investment

The detail I got from Erika was more than I ever expected.  She really listens and cares about you and is able to understand your business and what you need to do to help yourself out.  She was really open about everything and wasn't afraid to say what I needed to hear.  My bookings are up, I'm getting clients that match me and I'm so confident in my brand now.  I'm so glad I worked with Erika!

HONEST + PURE
EVERYTHING YOU COULD WANT
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EVERYTHING YOU COULD WANT

Communication, artistry, passion and more

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IT'S PAID FOR ITSELF
PILLAR OF STRENGTH
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LIKE WORKING WITH AN OLD FRIEND

Erika and her team are so professional.  Everything from quick answers to our questions to helping us through some of the more stressful parts of our wedding day.  It didn’t feel like we were working with just another “vendor”, it felt like we were working with a friend.

EVERYTHING YOU COULD WANT
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A TRUE REFLECTION OF THE DAY

We didn’t want to look too posed in our photos but we also wanted someone who was comfortable working with people who needed some guidance too.  We feel like “us” when we look at our photos and we were so comfortable the entire day.  I’m so happy with my wedding photos!

PILLAR OF STRENGTH
IT'S PAID FOR ITSELF