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    Thank you for stopping by for a visit. I'm so happy to have you here!

    I'm the face on the left...in the middle of my two inspirations! I call them that, since they were really my reasons for pursuing my photography dreams. While, I've always loved photographing people and landscape, it wasn't until I welcomed my two precious babes into the world, that I decided that photography was truly a creative path in life that I needed to follow.

    While photography was my full time career for five years, in January of 2014 I was offered a full-time contract in a completely different career field. For days I struggled with what to do with my photography business and even still, I'm not sure what the future holds for my photography business. I just know that I need to continue on creating personalized works of art for others through digital imagery.

    Throughout 2014, I will be fulfilling all current photography contracts and distributed gift certificates. However, I will be restructuring my business in coming months, to focus solely on newborn, baby's first year and boudoir photography. I love my creative studio space so much, that I just can't bring myself to give it up. Because of this, I will be focusing on the photography I love in a space that I love. In saying that, I now only offer gift certificates for newborn, baby's first year and boudoir sessions.

    You will find all of my current newborn and baby photography here on my Jakal Photography website, while any of my boudoir work can be found over or my Beautifully Refined Boudoir website.

    I hope you enjoy your visit here and I look forward to this new chapter of my photography career!

    Love and smiles, Darlene

Little Man ‘H’ {newborn lifestyle photography}

While I’m sure that everyone is always excited to see their images appear on the blog and I know that I’m over half a year behind, I LOVE looking back through the images and memories that I’ve captured for others.  It allows me to relive the moments spent with these fabulous families, as they celebrate a milestone in their lives.

I’ve photographed this beautiful family again since this session, but Little Man Henry is just way too cute not to share.  Here are some of my favourites from their session last summer!

Love & Smiles, Darlene


Emy turns One {first year photography}

A couple years back, I had the pleasure of photographing Ryan & Marie’s wedding day celebration.  They are such a cute and wonderful couple.  And it’s no surprise that their sweet baby girl is such a happy, beautiful little thing!  She came to the studio for her first birthday and reminded me so much of both of her parents.  Just look at that SMILE!  I love it!!!

Love & Hugs, Darlene



Little Miss “M” {newborn photography}

I love this family….seriously!  They have been coming to me time and time again over the last few years and I feel like we’ve been friends for a lifetime, even though we’d never even met before their very first session.  We can chat about anything, we exchange gifts, we keep in touch (even when it’s not photography related) and they are beautiful inside and out!  I truly believe that people come into our lives for a reason…and while I haven’t pin-pointed exactly why I’ve been so blessed to have these wonderful people in mine, I know that there will always be a bond that keeps us connected.

So, when Greg & Lisa announced that they were expecting baby #2…I couldn’t wait to meet this sweet baby girl.  Miss M is just as beautiful as the rest of them…and a wonderful addition to this fabulous family!  Enjoy!

Love & Smiles, Darlene



Awaiting Little Brother “C” {maternity photography}

This post has been a long time coming, but in this frigid weather…it’s a great reminder of the warmth that’s to come.  I have been capturing milestones and memories for this family over the last several years.  I’ve loved spending time with them (maybe more than they’d like…as my vehicle left me stranded once…lol) and it’s been great getting to know them.

Last summer when they told me that Cooper was going to be a big brother, I couldn’t wait to visit them on the farm to capture some memories of their anticipation as they awaited the arrival of little brother Colson.  The weather was perfect…as were the farm and the models!  I even discovered that Cooper may grow to be my competition…as he decided to take some photos with my camera too…check out one of his images below.

While Colson has since long made his appearance into this great big world, I had to share some of my favourites from before his arrival.  Enjoy!

Love & Smiles, Darlene


Part-time Photography {new business direction}

Firstly, I’d like to start off by thanking all of my clients, my friends and my family for a fabulous 2013!  Words cannot express how grateful I am to have such wonderful people in my life.  It was a year full of creativity, learning and restructuring from a business perspective!  My main challenge last year was to attempt to find a happy medium with regards to work-life balance, while maintaining a successful business.  And a challenge it proved to be…feeling torn from time to time.

While I have always loved my photography career and my clientele, there comes a time when I have to think about the best interests of my family and our futures.  I knew it would soon be time for some changes and began looking at the potential of a different career for my future.  The opportunity has presented itself a little sooner than I’d originally thought, as I have recently been offered and have accepted a full-time contract position with the AMDSB.  Now the changes with my business begin.

I recognize and appreciate that have commitments to uphold to wedding client contracts, previously booked sessions and clients holding gift certificates, but I have decided on a restructure for the duration of 2014.  While I would love to continue to photograph everything that I have in previous years, I feel that it’s just not possible to do this while working elsewhere full-time.  Running a photography business isn’t just time spent with fabulous people, capturing the images…it’s the editing and the daily activities of maintaining a business that takes a lot of my time.

I’m taking a little break from some aspects of my business and will revisit these decisions later in the year, adjusting for 2015.  I know some of this will come as a surprise and I apologize for any inconvenience.  I feel the need to make these adjustments to ensure that I am able to provide great service and quality of images to my clients.

So, here’s the scoop.


Hours of Operation – By appointment, I am available for certain types of sessions (see below) on evenings and weekends only.

Newborn & Maternity – I will continue to accept bookings for newborn & maternity sessions.  I love my natural light studio and have invested a lot in setting up a space for these sessions.  Please ensure that you are contacting me well in advance with your due date, so that I can ensure to leave adequate availability to capture baby in early life.

Boudoir – I will continue to accept bookings for boudoir sessions.  Again, I have set up my natural light studio to capture beautiful images of beautiful people.  Please book your session at least 6 weeks in advance.

Weddings – I will be photographing engagement sessions and weddings that have already been booked.  I will not be taking wedding bookings for 2015 at this point.  I will revisit this decision in September and will ensure to update the wedding photography booking status at that time.

Families & Lifestyle -  I will only be photographing family & lifestyle sessions that are currently booked and will accept bookings for those currently holding gift certificates.  I will not be taking new bookings for family sessions for the remainder of 2014.

Mini-Session Specials – I haven’t yet decided on whether I will be offering mini-sessions and if I do, it will be at least autumn before I run my first special.

Gift Certificates – While I will be honouring any outstanding gift certificates, the only certificates available for sale at this point are those for maternity, newborn, early life and boudoir sessions.


Thank you once again for all of your support throughout the years.  I am unsure of what 2015 will bring, as the position I have accepted with the board is a one-year contract, but I will be sure to post updates here on the blog and on my facebook page.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Love & Smiles, Darlene