Candid family photo sessions are the specialty of local photographer Emily VanderBeek.
The graduate of Sheridan College, who moved to L’Orignal from the Niagara region two months ago, has had a busy fall schedule with her business Emily VanderBeek Photography. With her fall sessions sold out, the family photographer is now focusing on Christmas sessions to be held in early December at the Hawkesbury Golf and Curling Club, which themselves are already almost full.
VanderBeek developed her informal style over several years of working on her craft with her business based in St. Catherines, Ontario. She is continuing that style with photo sessions in L’Orignal and the surrounding area.
“The key word is candid, because I’m all about unposed, authentic memories,” she explains. “I want it to be a fun experience.”
Shots taken outdoors in beautiful settings, with the children being themselves are VanderBeek’s specialty, rather than formal sittings.
“I’m just so not like that,” the family photographer says of sit-down portrait sessions. “When kids aren’t actually looking at the camera, it makes for much better images.”
When she is not busy capturing memories, VanderBeek can be found baking chocolate chip cookies or walking a dog and getting fresh air. The move to L’Orignal and its proximity to the Laurentian Mountains has enhanced both her walks and her photo sessions.
“We love it here,” says VanderBeek, whose partner has family in Grenville, Quebec. “The colours here are even more beautiful than Niagara.”