When Karen asked me to photograph her family at a cottage in Pike Bay near Tobermory, Ontario, I was ALL in! First of all, if you know me even a little you know that our family cottage is in Tobermory and I have a super soft spot in my heart for Northern Bruce Peninsula. I arrived on a warm Monday evening, rolling up to the cottage just before golden hour and finding the smiling Meissner crew ready to go. We started near the cottage, getting a few standard images done before we headed for the fun of the waterfront. We marched out the dock next and took a few more frames before finding a little spot where the kids could leap rock-to-rock, an age old pasttime on the Canadian Shield. The sun shone brightly as the kids splashed and jumped and took pleasure in expertly photobombing each other as I tried to take individual portraits.
We went back to the cottage for the kiddos to change into swimwear and get ready to hop in the lake. Can I just tell you how much I love being in the water? And then you let me photograph your family as you hang out in and around the water - HEAVEN! Of course, I was quickly soaked and not even mad about it, as the kids snorkeled, dove and found tiny zebra mussel shells clinging to the dock crib. Once we got out and realized we were all a bit chilled, we went back for one more quick change before grabbing a few more frames.
The sun was setting as they snuggled on the end of the dock, wet hair, tired eyes and looking pretty darn happy for it all. We wrapped up the evening with shots of Mama and her loves, since as a photographer she is not in front of the camera with them as often as she would like - I know that struggle.
Thank you all for sharing a tiny part of your vacation time with me and for being up for anything, I loved every moment I spent photographing your awesome family!