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Archive for June 2010

June Maternity Session | Kitchener Maternity Photographer

Sunday, June 27, 2010

What a lovely session! The rain actually held off for the first hour of our shoot and we hit up Victoria Park in Kitchener for some great outdoor shots.


My Mother-to-Be was absolutely radiant and looked so graceful posing for her pics. I'm excited to get the rest of the images to you!

I was also very excited my couple brought Nora, a beautiful Lab/Chow mix, who was just so sweet and cuddly the whole time! There was absolutely no hesitation to pet her and return home to test my husband's "allergies." Not only did his nose NOT run, but he didn't seem to suffer from itchy eyes/skin or sneezes - surprise, surprise. This is well over my third attempt at inducing an allergic reaction from my husband.....Honey, I believe your daughters would like a puppy....


Maternity Slideshow for Lauren + Wes | Waterloo Maternity Photography

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

How do I spend a rainy afternoon? I watch a Barbie movie with Madeleine and create a slideshow for two Parents-to-Be of course! I hope you enjoy the film! Please visit the facebook fanpage to watch (my slideshows play much better there than on Blogger, for some reason).

Music credits go to Faultine & Joseph Arthur for their cover of Wild Horses.

St. Jacobs Farmers Market | Waterloo Photographer

Saturday, June 19, 2010


Yet another warm, Summery Saturday spent at the St. Jacobs Farmers Market! We hopped on the train at Waterloo Station and took in views of Waterloo Park, the University of Waterloo, & RIM before our drop-off at the market. The train ride was free for fathers and my husband, Joseph, even won a surprise draw (a wrench set)!!! Lucky Guy!

Our market bounty included sweet peas (HUGE ones!), fresh corn, cherries, apples and a little potted thyme plant. The Girls have already eaten half of their peas and we're having our corn with tomorrow's Fathers Day dinner (flank steak, arugula and parmesan).

Happy Fathers Day boys!


More Maternity Shots | By Novella Photography

Friday, June 18, 2010


Here are just a few more shots from my Maternity Session with Lauren, Wes, Stella & Baby! I found a few nifty (and free!) storyboard templates from Coffee Shop. They are SO easy to use and really add pizzazz to the presentation of your pics. Rita, the wonderful, independent woman who runs Coffee Shop also offers free Photoshop actions, tutorials, custom blog & logo design, textures and a slew of other great tools for dressing up your images!



Summer Maternity Session | Novella Maternity Photographer

Thursday, June 17, 2010



This evening I had the greatest pleasure to meet and shoot Lauren, Wes and their sweet little dog, Stella. Here is a sneak peek at their maternity session with Novella! There is MUCH more to come but, egads! It's 11:30PM and I'm pooped.


Fresh, Local Strawberries | Novella Food Photography



Madeleine and I thoroughly enjoyed a big bowl of fresh Ontario strawberries for breakfast this morning! They were insanely delicious and perfectly ripe. They have also inspired me to write up a quick Summer Faves list:

1. Warm evenings and wine in the garden
2. Fresh, local fruit from the St. Jacobs & Kitchener Markets (going this Sat!)
3. July raspberry harvest from the garden
4. "The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott" by Kelly O'Connor McNees (which has received the Oprah-bump as one of her top Summer reads!)
5. Family, Maternity & Newborn shoots galore!
6. The Girls' slip-n-slide (which I play in every chance I get)
7. My Holga, which thrives in hazy, bright summery light
8. Our Cardinal family
9. Just Us family reunions
10. New Summer wardrobe from Modcloth!

I'm going to be out tonight enjoying my first Summer Maternity session of the year! Check back for a sneak peak tonight!

A Trip to St Jacobs | New Props!!!!

Saturday, June 12, 2010



I LOVE antique shopping! The Family and I headed into St Jacobs this morning to check out the Antique Market and had some glorious finds, including my vintage silk-flowered hat ($12) and three plastic pearl necklaces ($3 ea.). My lovely Husband found a vintage-inspired Pin-Up book featuring all pin-up paintings by artist Gil Elvgren. In addition to being a painter, Elvgren was also a photographer and his work is quite the inspiration to vintage boudoir portraitists.


Above is my absolute favourite Elvgren painting. You might not be able to see the image on the magazine but the woman pictured is wearing a blue feathered hat (Ms. Redhead's inspiration for her probable attempt at plucking her bird's feathers to make her own).

If anyone has the location of a great antiques store to visit please don't hesitate to list it in the comments section!



Little Grif Portraits | Novella Photography

Friday, June 11, 2010


Here are some more stills from the evening!

What a little man!



Film & Photography Show | Child Portraiture by Novella

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This evening I had the chance to film and photograph the sweetest little boy with the biggest, bluest eyes I've ever seen! The filming and photography took about 20 minutes with 2 hours of post-production editing work. Credit is very much due to Canadian musician, Basia Bulat, for her gorgeous melody titled "The Secret." She is, hands down, my favourite singer and I've seen her 4 times! She's just come out with a new album titled Heart of My Own. My husband and I had the pleasure of seeing her in Toronto at the Phoenix this past weekend and we had such a blast! She's absolutely incredible live and if you get the chance to see her or give her a listen then I highly recommend you do! For all of you local hipsters, Basia is playing at the Hillside Festival in Guelph this Summer. Sun + Outdoor Venue + Basia Bulat = GLORY!

Back to the video! I have been having so much fun editing together little slideshows and it has been much, much easier than I thought it would be. It's a perfect marketing tool for all of you photographers out there. As I stated above, iMovie is incredibly easy to use and as long as your camera can shoot in HD you're golden. I'm going to try and include a small film + photography slideshow with every session I shoot although I have yet to check and see how much room on my CF card the HD video took up! At the least, they'll be short and sweet :).

Special Advertisements | Novella Photography

An another advertisement I'm using for Wedding promotions! Liz was my first Spring Bride this year and her and her husband made my job so easy that day! What a gorgeous couple!


(by the by, all of my adverts are printed by an amazing, Canadian printing company called Willow Paperworks. Printing, processing and shipping is insanely fast and the quality of the final product floors me every time).

Just a quick peek at my new advertisement for Boudoir Portraiture! My gorgeous model is Ms. Kat Lanteigne of GromKat Productions in Toronto Ontario. GromKat is currently hosting an awesome event called Revelry at the Revival Fundraiser on Wednesday, June 16th and proceeds from the event go towards supporting the Revival's CO-OP production of 12th Night! Doors open at 7PM and stay open until 12AM. Please click on the above link for more information regarding entertainment and the Silent Auction (the latter of which I am thrilled to be a part of!!!).

First Waterloo Wedding of the Season | A Novella Photography Slideshow

Thursday, June 10, 2010

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On April 3rd, 2010 I was incredibly fortunate to begin my Wedding Season with this insanely in-love couple! All the way from Australia they brought their sweet little wedding to Waterloo's Grist Mill, on the outskirts of Waterloo Park. We had a fantastic time cruising through Uptown Waterloo for a Hollywood-esque Wedding Party photo-op and finished the evening at Puddicombe House in New Hamburg.

Some of the images included within this slideshow were shot by my awesome Assistant Tamsin Lambert of The Eye's the Limit. She took the great pics of the Groom and his Groomsmen getting ready as well as a divine shot of our Bride (and her beautiful veil) entering the Mill.

It was such a beautiful experience being able to photography Liz and Kieran and I wish you both all the best as you begin such an extraordinary and wonderful married life together!

All Things Baby Promotion! | Kitchener Baby Photography


Novella has a new Maternity & Newborn promotion spanning the entire Summer! Your Maternity or Newborn session will include the following perks:

* 1.5 hours with photographer Kate L. Emerson *
* Full Copyright & Ownership to ALL images taken *
* One image DVD with approximately 20-30 highest quality images *
* Complimentary Image Enhancements *
* One 8x10 print, two 5x7 prints, and four 4x6 prints *

This promotion begins at $150.00 (Additional time, album orders and extra prints are considered to be extra services). Please contact Kate for more information!

novellaphoto@gmail.com
info@novella-photography.com
519.886.6720


New Novella Photography Blog Home!




Decidedly it's much easier to create and manage a blog if it's managed anywhere else but in iWeb. I lieu of this "discovery" I've decided to re-create my Novella Photography blog with Blogger!

Here you will find my latest work (before it hits the fanpage and website!), as well as great photography-related finds (such as my wonderful printing friends at Willow Paperworks). Hopefully the blog will be as entertaining to read as it undoubtedly is to write and create!

Enjoy your morning coffee with Novella!