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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Brotherhood – Family Photographer in Cambridge

It’s that time of year again!  The time when I get to see my favourite foursome for their annual Christmas portraits.

I can’t get enough of these little men – and their Mama is my best friend, Carla so of course they all have a special spot in my heart.

Carla and I always have so much fun planning out these boy sessions and let me tell you – photographing boys is so much FUN!

This year she knew exactly what she wanted – a graffiti wall – and it just so happens that I have one within a stones throw of my photography studio in Cambridge!  (I swear I have the *best* location in Hespeler – so much variety all within a short walk)

So I present to you – The Love Boys – 2017

 

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Baby at home – Guelph area newborn and family photographer

So – it’s legit been a donkey’s age since I have blogged one of my family photography sessions.  Which is totally weird because I have produced, what I feel, has been some of my very best work this past year – and now with the end of 2017 drawing nearer I haven’t shared nearly as much as I should have.    I have had the pleasure of photographing some of the most incredible families this year and have produced some of my all time favourite family portraits to date.

I promise in the coming weeks to share more of my family portrait work – and today I shall start.

I have photographed this wonderful Guelph family enough times to almost consider them family.  It is the biggest compliment to have a client return time after time for their family portraits and this time around we welcomed a new member to our (I mean their) family.  Welcome, Harper.  You are pretty lucky to have these people on your side.  They are pretty amazing <3

What a beautiful lifestyle newborn session it was.

 

 

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Canada 150 sessions – Family Photographer in Cambridge

 

 

UPDATE – THESE SESSIONS ARE SOLD OUT

In celebration of Canada 150, session fees for July sessions will be just $18.67!   That’s a $230 savings off of your sitting fee.

Please note that all other session costs apply.

Appointments will be available for weeknights in July during the golden hour (7:30 – 8:00pm) and will be taken outdoors in Cambridge.  In the event of inclement weather your session date will be rescheduled

Single family only  (no extended families).

Print pricing ranges from $85 – $500 and digital files are $750.

All ordering and viewing sessions will take place in the Cambridge studio.   As a business practice we do not do online viewing galleries.

Please contact info@hulahoopphotography.com to schedule your portrait sitting with us.

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Our trip around the sun – A year in their life – documentary style family photographer

A year ago I started out on a personal journey.  My goal was to document a family for a year of their life.

Just doing what they do.

Just being who they are.

I needed to do this.  I wanted to see if I could make the ordinary seem extraordinary.  Find the beauty in the chaos and the magic of the every day.  I didn’t want a home that was filled with light, or always perfectly prepared.  Many times I would arrive at my family’s home and the sink would be full of dishes, or the laundry making itself apparent.  Toys in the corners and children still in their pyjamas with breakfast on their face.  It was perfect.

I want to thank the Cimbur’s for letting me in.  For opening up and being raw and real and ready.    I can’t wait for you to see all of your finished images and I hope that you enjoy looking back on this year of your life.  Your trip around the sun with me.

Forever love.

Nicola

xoxo

 

April 2016

May 2016

June 2016

July 2016

August 2016

September 2016

November 2016

December 2016 (photo credit to Taylor Wideman – my amazing co-op student)

January 2017

February 2017

March 2017

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Letting go of Roxy

I can remember the first night with my puppy so clearly.  I had put her in her crate beside my bed and she cried and cried.  It was the most heartbreaking sound in the world.  Finally I caved and brought that tiny puppy into my bed.  She curled up right beside me and from then on we both slept soundly taking comfort in each other.   Last night, 13 years later I held my dog beside me in bed for what was to be her last night on this earth.  Again, we took comfort in each other’s presence knowing that we were there for each other as we have been all of these years.

Tonight we say goodbye to Roxy.  I have been dreading this day since the first time I picked up my beautiful pup and fell instantly in love with her.   Since that moment I have wondered how I will ever live without her and today I will find out.  Some of you might read this and think “it’s just a dog”.  I can assure you that Roxy is the furthest thing from “just a dog” that there is.

She has been my confidant, my best friend, my nurse maid and my therapist.  She has been there with me through break ups, illness, my marriage and the birth of all three of my children.   It was HER photograph that I took with me into the delivery room when I had my first baby. It was her that stood sentinel by my side with every challenge that life threw my way.   She is my happy place.

Last night I had a dream.  I dreamed that I faced some of my demons and set myself free.  In my dream my demons had placed Roxy in a tiny cage.  She lay crumbled on the floor unable to move and in very bad shape.  I let her out of her cage and we ran away together.  At first she struggled to walk, but as we got further and further away she started to run and wag her tail.  She was free.

I truly feel that Roxy was sending me a message last night as we lay together.   She was telling me that I’ve got this.  That it’s time to set her free and so I shall.   I shall free her the way that she has freed me for the past 13 years.

Last night my sister said to me “How lucky that you had a relationship so beautiful that it hurts so much when it ends.”  I couldn’t agree more.  We are the lucky ones.

Rest Easy sweet girl.  You will never ever be forgotten.

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Kim Patry - Oh my Dear friend. Your heart. My Love to you.

Kerry - Dogs change your life for the better. They are the one constant pretty much every day, and see you through more life changes than most of your family and friends. From someone who’s heart has been made bigger through gaining a soul hound, my heart breaks for you. X