“You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all.” -Maya Angelu
My love affair with photography and capturing life's seemingly ordinary yet deeply profound moments began in high school when I first picked up a camera and enrolled in an elective photography class. Over the years, I dabbled with photography in my personal life when I felt compelled to document a moment but it wasn’t until attending births as a doula (in addition to photography, I am a birth worker and childbirth educator) many years later that drove me to revisit my passion.
Inspired by what I was witnessing in my work as a birth doula, I started taking photos at births, as well as chronicling maternity and newborns more than 5 years ago. Since this time, I am proud to share that I have received numerous awards for my photography.
Over the years, my work and passions have morphed to also include photographing intimate weddings and couples. While weddings and births may appear to be starkly different, the common thread that runs between them is that they both represent examples of the most intimate, monumental and life-changing moments of our lives, which is why I love capturing them so much. My passion and creativity are fuelled by the deep bonds of human connection, the vulnerable demonstration of raw emotion and the memories created in moments of deep intimacy.
A bit about me when I’m not behind the camera: I grew up in northwestern Ontario and have lived in various locations throughout the province before settling in Barrie (about an hour north of Toronto), where I currently reside, doing life with my steadfast partner and our three magical little humans. My life and work are heavily influenced by my insatiable need for wanderlust, adventure and curious exploration.
A little known fact about me: I was a HUGE theatre nerd growing up. I was frequently cast in leading roles, won awards for my dramatic and musical performances and absolutely loved performing arts! Once upon a time I had dreams of moving to NYC and being on Broadway.
“It has taken me 2 weeks to be able to put into words how happy we are with our engagement photos. Toni did such an incredible job at capturing who we are. She fully took the ideas I had about what I wanted for our pictures and turned them into so much more than I could have ever imagined! Toni, you made us feel so comfortable and we had SO much fun during our session. We can not wait to have you at our wedding. I could not have asked for a better photographer!!”