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@hulahoophotography.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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Teens – Oakville family photographer

Funny – I get emails all of the time asking if I also photograph families with older children.

The answer my friends is a big, fat YES.  The fact of the matter is that I love photographing families with teens.  Often times this is the last family portrait that these families might get before someone is married, so these family portrait sessions are so very important and also so much fun for me to do.

I had such a lovely evening photographing this Oakville family.  Their connection and love for each other was so special and apparent.  I can only hope that one day when my little ones are teens that we can have the same kind of close relationship.

I’m so happy that they will have these beautiful portraits to grace their walls.

P.S. – one of the girls is named Nicola!!!  There really aren’t that many of us so it’s always cool when I meet another:)

 

 

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Christmas in July – 2015 Christmas sessions

 

 

I know, I know.  It’s July and I’m talking about Christmas.  A million apologies, but the truth is that this event is SO HUGE for us that I have to start early.

The 2015 Hulahoop Christmas sessions will be offered once again this year and here is the low down.

The cost of the session will be $275 plus HST and that will include :

-15 minute session

- 5o beautiful custom cards

-TWO digital files

- a sweet treat!

There *will* be the option to pre purchase all of your edited files (8-10 files) at the time of booking for an additional $100.   This special pricing is available only when pre purchasing your files.   If you decide to purchase them after your session the cost will be increased to $170

BOOKINGS will open to the general public on Sunday, August 23rd.  However, HOWEVER, you can sign up for the priority booking list by simply emailing me at info@hulahoopphotography.com

Those people on the priority booking list will have the opportunity to book their sessions 24 hours early starting on Saturday August 22nd.   In the past the sessions have sold out before the sale has been opened to the general public, so your best way in is to get on that priority booking list.

The set for this year is under wraps (pardon the pun) for the time being, but it’s going to be a good one!  I can’t wait to let the cat out of the bag.

I look forward to seeing you this October!

Nicola

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Family Session on Lake Rosseau – Family Photographer in Muskoka

This is the cottage photography session that started it all.

Last October during my Christmas card photo sessions, this family approached me and asked if I’d be willing to travel to their family cottage on lake Rosseau to do an extended family portrait session at the cottage.

Nine months later we found ourselves arriving at this absolutely stunning Lake Rosseau cottage and welcomed with open arms by this lovely family.

I want to thank the Yangs for inviting us up and for getting the ball rolling and for perhaps inspiring more family portrait sessions in Muskoka in the years to come.

Such a pleasure to work with you again.

 

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Lake of Bays Cottage Session – Muskoka cottage photographer

I have had requests to do cottage family portrait sessions for a few years now.   This year the stars aligned and I was able to make it happen.

Last week I travelled to the lake Joseph area to do some family portrait sessions in Muskoka.

Lets face it.  A key part of summer for many Canadians involves weekends at the cottage.  And families with cottages are so passionate about their little pieces of paradise.   What better way to celebrate the place that you love and cherish for four months of the year than to schedule a family portrait session at the cottage?

These sessions were a little bit lifestyle and a little bit posed.  They involved dips in the chilly northern lakes (by both the clients and yours truly), boating, hanging out on the dock and marshmallow roasting.

I look forward to offering family portrait sessions in Muskoka again next year, but with all of the planning that is involved I would suggest booking these photo sessions the cottage 6 months to a year in advance.

My first client who had a cottage on the Lake of Bays is a client that I see every year for family portraits in Cambridge.  This year we decided to change things up and photograph them at their cottage.  Their boys roasted some epic marshmallows and I was of course happy to taste:)

 

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five minutes with Franco – Photographer in Cambridge

Last week was definitely exciting times around the Hulahoop Photography studio in Cambridge.    The village of Hespeler was transformed into 1958 Texas, the setting for the 11/22/63 mini series, based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name and starring academy award nominee, James Franco.

The village was taken over by film crews, fans and of course James Franco himself!!!!

Day one of filming was rainy and drab, but that didn’t stop the star gazers for coming out and trying to catch a glimpse of Franco and Mr. King themselves and glance they did.  Both Franco and Stephen King were in the village that morning trying to stay dry between takes.   I was at the studio with only my old iPhone 4s on hand, but couldn’t get caught up in all of the Franco fever myself!

On day two of filming I figured I would go big or go home.  I brought out the big girl camera and my arsenal of lenses and was determined to get a good shot.

I was officially moonlighting as a paparazzo.  Camped out in one of my favourite local restaurants, Monty’s on Queen.  We got to watch all of the action with a front row seat AND with a few plates of their delicious frites – not too shabby.   Finally after over an hour of rehearsal with the Franco stand in, the main man himself came onto the set.      His scene had him walk right past those big front windows of Monty’s where yours truly was lying in wait.

So here it is…..my morning as a paparazzo right here in my own little Village, which has now been used for *three* different film sets and is being affectionately referred to as “Hespeler wood”

Fans came out in droves during the sunny weather to see the stars.  Unfortunately we couldn’t get anywhere near the filming as police had the roads blocked off and were holding crowds back.  We were trying to figure out our best vantage point.  I considered the fire escape on the side of Ernies and at one point was standing on a ladder from the studio…..

We had a great view of the crew, but the action was all happening on the street…

Very luckily for us we found out that Beal’s grocery over there on the left (aka Monty’s) was open to the public for lunch!  (Thank you, Adam!)  Bingo!  Front row seats!

Now seated comfortably in Montys with some cold drinks and some frites we were in the lap of luxury and sitting on Franco gold.  We found out that his scene would have him walking directly past those windows!

These children from the background company were adorable.  I couldn’t get over this little guy’s outfit!!

And FINALLY after a few too many frites – the main man himself is brought onto set!  I wish I had a shot of the salon across the street.  All of the stylists were piled into the windows with cell phones getting their own photographs:)

It took them almost two hours and countless takes  to film what was going to be less than 40 seconds of footage of Franco’s character walking down the street.

And here is is….my shining moment. Caught  on the front page of the Cambridge Times in full on paparazzi mode.  Just me and James together on the front of the paper.  No big deal;)

 

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