Introducing Your Cambridge Children’s Photographer…

“ME”

I am a Mother of three.

I love my children, my husband, my wiener dogs and my Canon.

I find the smell of wet sand nostalgic, I don’t drink enough water and I occasionally enjoy a good big mac.

I love life – and I love seeing life through my lens.

 

Nicola Toon is an award winning photographer based in Cambridge Ontario.  Nicola services the Kitchener / Waterloo area and beyond with her lifestyle photography, family photography and newborn portraiture.  

Nicola has gained international attention for her lifestyle and family imagery.  Her work has been featured in Professional Photographer magazine, The Fort Magazine and Chic Magazine

For as long as I can remember I have felt more complete with a camera in my hand.  Even at a young age I remember always trying to get “the shot”.  The one that would be worthy of my little desktop frame.  Today my little desktop frame has been replaced with a more grandeur version of it’s former self.  My home is adorned with art.  My art.  Our art.  The art that my family has created in our memories.  My little frame has graduated to wall displays, canvases and photo books.  Each the perfect package for the moments in time that they preserve.

As your photographer it is my job to capture YOUR new moments that you are creating with your family.  To take those moments and turn them into art.  Your art.  To get all of those incredible memories off of your computer and into their rightful spot – into your grown up version of your own little desktop frame – to be presented to the world and loved and enjoyed as they should be.

Contact me at info@hulahoopphotography.com to book your own photo session and create your own family heirlooms.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Cheers,

Nicola


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Laurie - My cell is 2892597309 and I am interested in getting pictures takes of my materiny I am currently 26 weeks pregnant. Please contact me. Thanks!!

ella - HI I WOULD LIKE TO COLLABORATE ON A MATERNITY SHOOT WITH YOU. PLEASE EMAIL ME IF INTERESTED SO I CAN GIVE YOU MORE DETAILS. THANKS

Jen - Hello,
The email above wouldn’t work so I’m post if here! Sorry!

I am searching for a photographer who travels to Sauble Beach that would be able to take some family photographers as a present to my mother in law for her 60th birthday.

It would be 7 adults (3 couples and my mother in law) and 3 children (ages 1, 1.5 and 4 years old – all walking)

Just wondering if I could get an idea of pricing and if you’re available any time between the 20th and the 24th

Thank you so much for your time! Your images are breathtaking :)

Jen

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“I’m an open vagina” – Photographer in Cambridge

“I’m an open vagina.”

That’s exactly what my friend Kim said to me after I asked her if I could photograph the birth of her fifth child.

Kim and I used to work together in my past life when I spent my days sitting at a cubicle while every creative bone in my body was sucked dry.  Kim and I grew so close and came to know so much about each other during those years.  I’ve always loved her no holds barred attitude and organic style.

A couple of boyfriends, no kids and a few dogs between us.

If you’d have told us that years later I’d be photographing the birth of her fifth child in her home we’d have never believed it.

And yet there we were.  Called to her home in the middle of the night on August 5th where I watched my brave and dear friend rock it through every single contraction.  Her four children sleeping down the hall and her golden retriever taking up sentinel outside the bedroom door.

With a team of two amazing midwives, a beautiful doula and her incredible husband we all watched as Kim brought her beautiful little boy into this world with practically no help at all.

Baby Millar was born at 7:01 on the morning of Friday, August 5th.

Thank you to Kim and Dave for letting me into this amazing part of their lives.   I bawled like a baby and will never forget the day that William George Alexander Millar greeted this life with the rising of the sun.

xoxo

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Kim Patry - Can I shed any more tears of joy and wonder? I can’t possibly fall even more in LOVE with my husband David Millar while looking at these documented photos of his strength, love and concern all wrapped up in our history, present and future right there. Nicola Toon, you never cease to amaze me. Thank you from the depths of my heart. Beautify written. Perfectly captured. Thank you for being there.
Kim

Melissa A - The photos of her husband holding her made me cry

Jacky - OMG!!! These pictures are absolutely amazing. ???? Brought a tear to my eye – life is so incredible! Well done Nicola & congrats to you and your family Kim on the newest addition to your beautiful family. Xx

hulahoop - big love, kim lu. xoxoxox

hulahoop - Melissa – I cried like a baby when he came out. I was thinking. I’m totally not cracked out for this job. LOL

Jodi Herault - I’m a very close friend of Kim’s and I am so happy to have had the opportunity to see these beautiful pictures , you captured every beautiful moment truly made me feel so much emotion and joy I felt goose bumps and tears of joy, what a beautiful life xoxo

Tammy - WOW!! what an amazing, beautiful, loving experience of childbirth. You captured such emotion in every picture. Kim wishing you and your beautiful family joy, happiness and an abundance of love with your newest addition <3

Suzanne Peers - First of all from every pore of my being saying thank you to Kim and Dave for allowing us in to see such an amazing miracle! These photos are so intimate,, so intense, so breathtakingly beautiful…a year ago I watched my grand daughter come into this world and these pictures brought me right back to that incredible moment of utter awe and amazement. Words cannot express the respect and admiration I have for you both to show this private moment of such pure love & strength. They are beautiful and you are beautiful xoxo

Deb Lowry - Kim, you are so awesome. I have tears in my eyes and I am just in love with your little one. Wow. Those pictures are beautiful. I love the smiles on the kids faces when they meet him.
You are a rockstar! Way to go.

Anne - What an incredible moment to capture! I have goosebumps and misty eyes. Kim, David, and Family, a heartfelt congratulations. Nicola, your work is as stunning as always (or perhaps more so this time around).

Katrina - Wow this took my breath away! So beautiful. I was instantly taken back to the birth of my second child which was a similar natural experience. You’re confidence and beautiful woman instinct is captured so well here. Thanks for sharing

Lori Dagg - I have known Kim since high school, lost connection with her until a couple of years ago, thanks to FB! I have to say I had a midwife for 2 of my 3 children and the experience is unbelievable!
I am so happy to see this birth documented and so happy for the family, from the pictures you can FEEL the love and support these people have for each other!
I hope these pictures inspire and teach people the meaning of love and support

YOU ROCK KIM!!!!

thanks for sharing,
Lori (soucie) Dagg

Brenda - Thank you so much for sharing your miracle with me. It happened 33 years ago for me and it brought me right back and I shared happy tears once again !

Lorri - Congratulations Kim and Dave and welcome earthside sweet William!!
YOU are beautiful Kim and the pictures are amazing!
I look forward to giving you a hug and meeting you William at The WOMB!!

A year in their life – Lifestyle Photographer from Cambridge

These are the moments that our lives are made up of.    These are the things we will crave when our little ones have grown and gone.

It’s something we all do.  Each of us has parents has gone through the potty training journey.  We’ve all been there.  The frustration, The accidents, the bribery, the celebrations of a successful trip to the toilet because we can see a light at the end of the diapering tunnel.   It’s just one of those things that we can scratch of the seemingly never ending list of what we’ve got to do to turn these tiny humans into fully functioning adults.  It’s exhausting and at times we want to pull out our hair because for the love of peanuts – can’t you just sit down on the pot and pee?!?!?!?

But I bet you in a few years time you would look back at these images and smile from ear to ear.   When your once upon a time toddler is at his girlfriends house (again) and the house is quiet these images will be what you have left from the time when he needed you more than anything and everything – and that is why I wanted to challenge myself to attempt some documentary style family photography.

I’m extremely hopeful that July will bring a very special session with my clients.  We are all sitting on pins and needles waiting for babe number three.  Will I make it to the home birth?

You’ll have to stay tuned to find out.    :)

 

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Kim Patry - I’m 9 months pregnant too. These photos tell such a big story. Made me weep.

A year in their life. Month Two. – Ontario Lifestyle Photographer

I have had SO much great feedback about my “Year in the Life” series.

This project is really very personal for me.  It’s something that I have wanted to do for a long while and I’m so happy that it’s finally come to fruition.  I have had clients, fellow business owners, friends and virtual strangers approach me and say how much they love the idea of photographing a family for a year.  No frills, no fuss – just those everyday moments that we all too soon forget, and find ourselves pining for once they are gone.

During our first month together I spent a little bit of time getting to know Brigitte and Dimitrije (Dimi).  This month I met the rest of the crew.  Brydie who is the most amazing helper / big sister.   I *might* have wanted to steal her away to my own house – I could use a little Brydie in my life;) and Nikola (yep – pronounced just like mine).

Nik came home to a house that smelled of home made lasagna and also a photographer that he had never met.  He was a great sport about it though and they carried on while I tried to be as invisible as possible….

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Proud Mary – A mother’s day post for World Ovarian Cancer Day

Two weeks ago I got the chance to meet Mary and her amazing family.

Mary and her family came to see me in the studio for a very emotional family portrait session.  I received the following email request from her daughter just a week before…..

“My mother was just diagnosed with Ovarian cancer. I’d like to get some pre treatment pictures of her with the people who love her the most to help motivate her and remind her of how much she is loved in the coming days.”

This year World Ovarian Cancer Day and Mother’s  Day share May 8th on the calendar – and unfortunately there are far, FAR too many of us out there who’ve had to share our Mother’s with this b*tch called cancer.

Mary’s daughter told me that Mary wanted to help create some awareness about ovarian cancer.  She herself had virtually no symptoms at all and was diagnosed with stage three cancer.

Here are a few facts about Ovarian Cancer

- All women are at risk for ovarian cancer

- Ovarian cancer is often times diagnosed at a late stage of progression

- Pap tests will NOT detect ovarian cancer

- symptoms include, abdominal bloating, difficulty eating, feeling full quickly, abdominal or pelvic pain

- Early detection of this disease can save your life

 

Today I wanted to share the images from this beautiful family session.     In honour of Mary  - a mother, a grandmother and now a fighter.

I wish you luck on your upcoming treatments, Mary.  You have eight people who are rooting for you – and I am too

Love,

Nicola

xoxoxox

 

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Shirley Otterman - My amazing cousin, Mary! Thanks for these pictures.

A year in their life – Ontario Lifestyle photographer

I recently took on a project that is very personal to me.   I have always been drawn to photojournalistic style photography and would love to be able to bring that style of photography to my clients.  There is nothing quite like photographing a family in their home, documentary style.  The problem is that it’s hard to convince clients to invest in the mundane moments.  The hum drum routine of every day life can feel very unglamorous indeed and at times absolutely exhausting.  BUT, but – I can guarantee that in 20 years from now it will be those insignificant moments that you will yearn for.   The chaos, the mess, the noise the absolute devotion and adoration from your little ones because this – this will not last forever.   Sure – the non stop questions and requests for just “one more hug” at bed time can be annoying – especially when you want to just head downstairs and grab a chunk of the couch for some peace and quiet, finally.  But in time the questions will become less, the hugs too.  And you will find yourself making excuses to be allowed into their room at night – or maybe sneak in to steal a snuggle and kiss once they are asleep and can’t protest.

I offered to photograph a family for a year.  Once a month for a year I will go into their home and photograph them.  No fancy outfits, no forced smiles, no clean and pristine homes.  Real life.   Real you.  Real emotion.

I had over 50 responses to my call out for a family.  I loved reading everyone’s stories and it was so very hard to pick the family that I would work with.  In the end I feel like I picked the perfect match for me and what I was looking for, which was ultimately someone who would let me feed my creative need and had a home with pockets of perfectly delicious light.

I would like you to meet my family -

Brigitte, Nik, Brydie and Dimi (plus one on the way)

I so look forward to photographing this family over the next year and hopefully I will even be present during their home birth in July.

Our first meeting was so lovely and low key.  We had some tea.  Nik was at work and Brydie was at a play date so it was just Dimi, Brigitte and myself.  I will let you take a look and see how our visit unfolded for yourself…..

Presenting the story of Brigitte, Nik, Brydie & Dimi (plus one) from April 2016 – April 2017.

Month one…..

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Diane Koehn - That seriously had me welling up with tears and I don’t even know these people. I think your mission and rationale is awesome. This will truly preserve the little details of everyday life we will yearn to have back some day when we actually have time to sit down to drink tea. Coupled with gorgeous photography, this project is already well in the road to amazing.

hulahoop - Thank you so much, Diane. I am really, really looking forward to seeing this project through with this family. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings and I do hope you will follow us as we go :)

Kim Patry - Why did his make me cry? You captured something that I already know. Something to see through another’s perspective put together so beautifully. It took me back to being that baby. Not just a Mother who has to clean up the milk. This will be so wonderful to watch this year. Thank you for your art. And thank you to his lovely family.