One thing I don't get to share a lot on my social media accounts is the work I do with animals. If you know me just a tiny bit, you know I am obsessed with pets. I have 5 dogs and a kitten (who's is basically my son) and have an elaborate plan to own goat and a pig named bacon in the future. So, it only seemed absolutely necessary to allow pets into all of my photoshoots. From shooting adorable puppies, kittens, horses, and even a guinea pig, I continue to fulfill my lifelong goal of petting all animals in the world.
There is a special place in my heart for people who seek out my photography services for portraits of their pets
I have a soft spot for animals, there's no doubting that. I recently shared that I have been working on a project this past year with the Gananoque Humane Society. Being a smaller town, they do not have as many donations or support for their shelter. I have recently taken over helping update their website and taking pictures of all of their adorable animals. It has been shown that having more professional photos of animals assists in getting them adopted. If I can do a small part in helping these adorable little fur babies, I will. Plus, I get to spend hours playing with them so who is the real winner here? I absolutely love shooting kittens and cats... they are a lot more docile than dogs, and actually manage to stay still for more than two seconds. Plus, the little "click" of the camera captures their attention, making for the purrffeccttt picture.
One of my favourite parts of capturing animals, is getting them in action. Shooting pets takes special techniques, tricks, and a bit of patience. It's a good thing they are so cute! Whenever I go into a session with animals, I always suggest brining a favourite toy or treat, because nothing gets a better reaction from your pup than when you pull out their favourite toy or a bone smeared with peanut butter (YUM)!
Capturing the moments between humans and their pets are some of my favourite shots. There is something incredible authentic and special about these images, when you can see the love that these animals have for their humans. Like humans, you can see the emotion in an animal's face, eyes, and body movements. You can see the wrinkles on their skin, and the colours of their fur. You can see the reflection of their eyes, the softness of their hair, and the excitement in their smiles. It is magical.
A photo-journal of all my favourites, so you can hopefully enjoy these just as much as I do
Places to study
1. At home with my dogs
2. Local Kingston Coffee Houses, such as Crave, Panera, and Balzacs
3. Always down to do work with a Caramel Machiatto in my hand at Starbucks
What we all need: The BestCoffee
1. Homemade Starbucks Caramel Machiatto with Lactose Free Milk
2. Crave Coconut Cream Latte
3. A stash of your favourite MUGS (From Winners, Pet value, Homesense, and Amazon)
Camera Equiptment - For the photographers
1. Nikon 4 life
2. Lenses 24-70 and 50 mm
3. External charger when your out and about
4. Usb charger - when theres no outlet
5. Lightroom and Photoshop Subscriptions
6. Pic-Time Online Gallary service
1. Chapters (for everything)
2. The Autumn Rose Project by Anna Fraiberg - Clothing and Accessories
3. Winners and Homesense
4. Steel Style Garage in Gananoque - Clothing, hats, and accessories
5. Jewelry by Heather Haynes Designs
6. Crochet by Cassidy Webb at alldaycrochetshop
7. Pandora Rings
8. Kate Sparkle Rings
1. Hockey - Whenever and wherever
2. Boudlering at Kingston Boulder Coop. and The Boiler Room
3. Pole Fitness at Kingston Pole Fitness
4. Paddle Boarding at Campbellford Paddle
5. Golf at Trillium or Blackbear in Belleville, Greene Acre Golf Club in Gananoque
6. Hiking at Rock Dunder
1. Jaquie Cosmetics - Ottawa
2. Makeup by Joselin Green - Ottawa to Belleville
3. Cove Esthetics by Jenn Murphy- Kingston
4. Rapunzel Studio of Hair Design - Gananoque
5. Ashley Cook Esthetics
6. Jenny Grant at Truth North Tattoo in Kingston
Places to visit
1. British Columbia - Whistler and Victoria
2. The Here and Now (Air B and B) in Prince Edward County
4. The Sanctuary (Air B and B) in Wellington
1. You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
2. Girl wash your face by Rachel Hollis
3. This is All: The Pillow Boo of Codelia Kenn by Aidan Chambers
4. Leave your Mark by Aliza Licht
5. Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba
6. The Subtle art of not giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
Last week I was lucky enough to get the email that my outdoor shoot with Megan, Ryan, and their adorable dog Toby, was published in the Daily Dog Tag. This moment was especially exciting for me, as it was the first publication of my work. Being friends with Megan and Ryan made this session that much more special, I couldn't have done it without them. Having been an avid supporter of adopting pets, and volunteering at humane societies, I am honoured to share this rescue story.
When Megan and Ryan asked me to take some picture of them with their new puppy, I couldn’t be more excited! Megan and Ryan adopted this adorable pup, Toby, in September from the Forever Family Dog Rescue, Training & Rehabilitation. Only recently did they find out that this man is a mix of German Shepherd, Rottweiler and Boxer! Their love for their new pup and each other was easily spent throughout our session together. On the first big snowfall of the year, it was cold and wet, but no one cared because we were having so much fun in the snow. Toby may not have “loved” his new Santa hat, but he defiantly loves his new family. I can’t wait to see them all grow together.
There is something incredibly special about adopting a dog. You are not only providing them with a new home, but also a family with unconditional love. All over the world, dogs have undoubtedly continued to show why they deserve our love. Every pup deserves a home, just like this precious dog Toby.
If you want to read more about Toby, and our photography session together, please check out the article by clicking HERE on the Daily Dog Tag Website.
My first wedding was May 2018. While it was a long time ago, I remember it like it was yesterday. I was so incredibly nervous the night before, I think I double checked my photography equipment about 20 times, wrote myself a hundred notes, and changed my outfit too many times to count. My dad used to tell me that being nervous just means you're excited... it means you care. I couldn't agree more, I did care because I wanted to make sure that I was able to capture this beautiful couple's special day.
I knew Hannah from a friend in high school. She is sweet, kind, and has a great sense of humor. I remember certain moments when people were getting very emotional (understandably, given the day), she always knew the right time to crack a joke. Her husband Nick was quiet when I first met him, but quickly let his wonderful personality shine. His love for Hannah was so evident throughout the whole day, as was the love that embodied everyone there, both family and friends.
Their day was beautiful. With a simple, intimate setting and cool breeze in the air, these two lovebirds were married under a gorgeous white tent, lined with twinkling lights. As a bright sunset filled the sky, family and friends gathered for their reception to dance, laugh, and listen to speeches. Everyone is always a sucker for the emotional, loving speech by the best friend, parents, or loved one, and there were plenty of tears in the audience during these ones. But, Nick's sister delivered the funniest speech I have heard to date. It was filled with inside-jokes, but that didn't matter, everyone was killing themselves laughing. I am pretty sure I saw someone on the floor at one point clutching their stomach, unable to speak or even make a noise because they were laughing so hard. It was wonderful.
Yes, it has been a while since this wedding. But, I wanted to share this day because it was so important to me as a photographer. I learned so much this day, and felt such honour getting to be there. I hope you enjoy these pictures from this special day just as much as I do.
Photographer: Madison Robertson Photography
Hair Styling: Komosos
Venue: Trillium Woods Golf Course
On the weekend of December 1st and 2nd I held my first ever Holiday mini session, and it did NOT disappoint. Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year, I love finding the perfect gift for my loved ones, decorating the house, watching Elf, and drinking Lactose-Free egg nog! These sessions actually came at a very hard time for me, as I had a lot going on personally. However, as the first family showed up (with their pet guinea pig in hand) and I pulled out my camera I was filled with excitement. I turned up my Christmas playlist, full of Michael Bublé songs, and tackled this weekend head on.
Held at the beautiful Air B and B, Cozy Flat in Kingston, many of these sessions were new to me. I haven't done many indoor sessions, especially in only 30 minutes! So, this weekend was the perfect time to remind myself why I started photography: because I love it and I want to challenge myself.
These sessions were a friendly reminder that no matter what you are doing in school, work, or your life, it is incredibly important to continue to challenge yourself. Without pushing yourself, you will never know what you're capable. That might sound "cliché", however many times people get stuck in what's comfortable.
One new session that I was able to shoot this weekend was boudoir. Many people have different ideas of what a boudoir session is, but to me it is a chance for anyone to get a little outside their comfort zone, and gain some more self-confidence! My goal is for these sessions to empower individuals, allow them to improve their confidence, and create some incredible pictures. This session was a great experience to learn, as a photographer, how important and meaningful boudoir shots can be! I am hoping to hold more of these types of sessions in the new year (stay tuned for more info)!
I also got the chance to shoot some newborn pictures, which is fairly new experience for me. It takes a lot more patience and thought to get their pictures. You can’t exactly tell a baby to what to do, though sometimes I swear they understand you. A huge part of me worries taking on new projects and different kinds of shoots. In one weekend I did family, couples, newborn, and boudoir sessions!! But another part of me is just so excited to learn new thing and try different styles. I am a firm believer in lifelong learning. There’s always something new to learn or try, so why not? You never know what you can achieve or what your good at unless you try it.
As a final point, before you get to see some more adorable pictures of the kiddies, I just want to encourage people to continue to get outside their comfort zone, whether it's getting in front of the camera, taking on a new project, or learning a new skill. It's so much fun, and who knows... you might find a new hobby that you love!
With that in mind, I wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday! Take lots of pictures, and keep the memories of these special moments with family and friends alive. Cheers!