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Best Family of 2018

2018 Toronto Family Sessions Nikki Mills Photography

With 2018 behind us, I thought it would be a great time to revisit some of my favourite family photos from the past year!  I was able to capture some really amazing family photos in 2018 in and around Toronto, and here is a collection of images from some shoots I really enjoyed.

Toronto Family Photographer in 2018 | Nikki Mills Photographer

Last year, I did a lot more family photography than I have in previous years, and I absolutely loved it. In 2019, I would like to keep expanding this side of my photography business because it’s so rewarding.  Mainly, I’ve been focusing on real life, in-home and lifestyle type photo sessions.  I tend to avoid the sort of cheesy, posed family photos, where everyone wears the same outfit and stands together staring at the camera – it’s always nice to have some classic portraits mixed in, but I don’t think they are a photos you will treasure the same way.

Ever since I had my daughter Eve, I have felt so comfortable with kids.  I really appreciate how precious these years are when they are growing up and changing so quickly.  I love the idea that as our children grow older, they will be able to look back on these beautiful photos and memories from when they were young, and see how much their parents adored them.

Recently, I moved to the beaches in Toronto.  Some of my favourite images are the shots I’ve taken in the area around the beach and by the water.

Meeting so many beautiful families in 2018 was really special to me.  It was really rewarding to send a gallery after a session.   Sometimes, during the session, parents would just see their kids acting crazy and it would feel so hectic and out of control.  They’d laugh and ask, “Did you get anything?!”  But, then they would see the photos — they could see all of the good stuff I was seeing during the shoot.  It felt great being able to capture their lives in motion.

Documentary Family Photos

All in all, 2018 was an amazing year. If you’re looking for documentary family photos to hold on to through the years to come, please reach out. I would love to listen to your ideas and see what we can come up with.

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2018 in photos – by documentary wedding photographer Nikki Mills

As always, I ended up with way too many photos in my end of the year blog post, and there are still so many photos that didn’t make it from the favourites folder, I suppose these are good problems to have. Also a lesson to blog and share more, maybe 2019 will be the year of blogging!  If you don’t make it all the way to the end, no hard feelings 😉

Many clients ask me to describe my style, it’s difficult to say, I would say at the core I’m a documentary wedding photographer, but I like a bit of magic in photos and like things to look their best. Capturing the spark between people is what interests me the most. And most importantly I like some structured time for fine art portraits that show off the natural beauty of the spaces and places around you. Putting all those pieces together is how I approach a wedding, or any photos really.

Looking over these photos brings me so much joy, it reminds me of all the places I have been from spring through to the fall, so many parties and people, and new beautiful places I hadn’t seen before. I do this job with my whole heart and I feel something when I look at each of these photos. For a change I have decided to do a separate post with a small selection of family photos from 2018 as well, which should be cute at the very least 🙂

I’m a huge Brene Brown fan, and one thing she talks about is connection, and one of the ways we can feel that strongly is to witness and be a part of collective joy and pain. Weddings are full of these deeply sincere moments, and not always in the places that you think you will find them. Every one of us carries around stories of love and pain from our pasts, and it all bubbles to the surface on a wedding day. I’m always moved to see this and it draws me in again and again.

2019 is looking great, I’m feeling excited about all the new people I will get a chance to work with and meet along the way. I have a few weekends left for 2019, and I’m booking 2020 dates now. If you like my photos and what I have written, please reach out, I would love to hear from you if you’re looking for a documentary style wedding photographer.

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These dad first looks are the cutest!

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Nestleton Waters Inn

I ended up at Nestleton Waters Inn twice this year, which is funny, I haven’t been in a few years. They do a great job hosting weddings and you can tell they really make the effort for each bride to have a perfect experience. Christine’s dress was just incredible, it was designed by Whyte Couture and her veil was just a stunning addition. I have so many photos I want to share from this wedding season that it makes my head spin, so here is one for now.

 

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Elegant laid back wedding at Estates of Sunnybrook

Caroline and Peter’s wedding is exactly the kind of wedding that I love documenting, and Estates of Sunnybrook is such a gem of a venue. It was 100% all about the people, the connections, the beautiful relationships and love. The Estates of Sunnybrook was the perfect venue for these two, it was classy and elegant and really needed no extras, which is great, considering Caroline and Peter planned this event over the time frame of only two months!

Definite highlights for me include the gorgeous outdoor ceremony in which Caroline and Peter walked down the aisle together (there was not a dry eye to be found!), the super intimate first look and of course, Caroline’s beautiful dress.

I loved Caroline’s dance off with her sister to kick off the dance floor, it wasn’t long until they pulled in their mum and they were just radiating happiness. I love the moment when the dance floor opens, all the tension from the emotions of the day are finally released – the build up to the ceremony, seeing everyone you love, and speeches, people are ready to let loose and celebrate.

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Ian + Jill’s Modern Storys Building Wedding in WeddingBells!

I’m thrilled to see Ian + Jill’s modern Storys Building wedding featured in WeddingBells magazine – their day was beyond beautiful, I loved the modern decor and flowers, working alongside Sweet Woodruff and Blush & Bowties for planning, they made Ian + Jill’s vision come to life. I think they did a perfect job harmonizing nature with the industrial backdrop of the Storys Building.

This wedding season has been amazing so far, but a whirlwind for me. I have been doing so many family sessions this year on top of weddings, which is so much fun, but it’s keeping me extra busy. As if wedding isn’t busy enough on its own, I move in 4 days. I can’t even believe it, even though I’m sitting in an office FULL of boxes and furniture, things are getting real. I’m making the move from the west end to the east end, it basically feels like I’m moving to an entirely different city.

Looking forward to sharing my 2018 work with you, so far Instagram is the only reliable place I post my work, I will hopefully share some work on here soon. I hope you check me out there, and if you think we could be a fit for 2019, please reach out!

 

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