Monthly Archives: September 2013

Elyse & Jessie’s Engagement Photo Sneak Peek


Elyse is an old friend with a new fiancee. I was thrilled when she and Jessie asked me to collaborate on some one of a kind engagement photos to mark the occasion. Since their wedding date is nearly two years off, we thought it was a good idea to document this romantic stage in their lives with some slightly styled portraits. We set up a picnic for them in a secluded area, and the rest is history.

I took all kinds of adorable snaps of Jessie and Elyse yesterday–then I got all excited and stayed up all night sorting and editing this preview. Congratulations ladies, I couldn’t be happier for you!

Aren’t these two super cute together? Show J & E some love in the comment section at the bottom of this post. Cheers!emily-beatty-imagery9714edit_webemily-beatty-imagery9399edit!_webemily-beatty-imagery9541edit_web emily-beatty-imagery9513edit_web emily-beatty-imagery9683editSQ_web emily-beatty-imagery9345edit_web_EBI9650edit_webCan’t wait for our follow up shoot this Thursday in a very unique vintage trailer. Stay tuned!


Big news! I’m starting a new tradition called, ART BARN 2013, and you’re invited! Check out the details below, then visit this page again in the coming days and weeks to meet featured vendors, view photos of Steckle (that’s STECK-LEE) Heritage Homestead, and stay up to date with any news concerning the sale.
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Photo art by Emily Beatty Imagery available for purchase.

Photo art by Emily Beatty Imagery available for purchase.




The St. Jacobs Farmer’s Market Fire of 2013



It has been just over a week since a devastating fire leveled the main building at the St. Jacobs Farmer’s Market over the Labour Day weekend. The following morning, my Facebook feed was absolutely blasted with people sharing their shock and disbelief about the fire. According to a recent Globe and Mail article, of a community of 300 regular vendors, “67 vendors lost their place of business,” and “25 more had places under a perimeter awning”. Fortunately no one was hurt, but the general consensus is that with harvest season upon us, this is just about the worst time of year that something like this could happen.

When you live in this community, the Market is an ingrained ritual, a place to enjoy warm apple fritters with friends, stock up on fresh local veggies for the week, and maybe to treat yourself to a $5 bouquet of seasonal flowers. We locals know to show up around 2 or 3 o’clock, near the end of the day for unbeatable deals on fresh, local produce. I hate to say it, but I had almost started to take the market for granted- until an event like this makes you stop and reflect on just how much this market means to people in our community. And I’m not just talking about St. Jacobs, or even Kitchener-Waterloo. There are people that regularly make the drive here from Toronto, Caledon, Orangeville and other not so close cities to enjoy the increasingly romantic notion of a traditional farmer’s market.

Now, a week after the devastation, authorities have ruled out foul play. With all the wooden timber in that building, no one seems surprised at how quickly it went up in flames. Despite quaint visions of Mennonites coming together for an epic barn raising type rebuild, the SJFM is owned and run by the Mercedes Corp, and they will go through the usual insurance procedures required to rebuild the main building. It’s the individual vendors that lost their entire stock of handmade arts and crafts that I feel the worst for. Meat and cheese will be replaced, but some of the artwork housed on the upper level of the main building is irreplaceable.

For now, the best thing people can do to support the market community is to go purchase goods from vendors as usual on Thursdays and Saturdays. As a professional portrait photographer, I’m lucky¬† to have control of my day to day work hours. When the market put out the word that they would be open as usual for Thursday Market hours, I shuffled some commitments, threw my camera bag in the car and headed for St. J’s to document the damage. Less than one week after the fire, here’s what I saw._EBI7817edit_web_EBI7826edit_web_EBI7822edit_web_EBI3596edit_web_EBI3628e_web_EBI3625e_web_EBI3605e_web

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The strangest sight I encountered: a lone, uprooted carrot, roasted in the fire.

The strangest sight I encountered: a lone, uprooted carrot, roasted in the fire.

These 2 buildings are still intact, thanks to local firefighters that focused their efforts on containing the fire to one building.

These 2 buildings are still intact, thanks to local firefighters that focused their efforts on containing the fire to one building.

Sign posts next door are warped and bubbled from the heat.

Sign posts next door are warped and bubbled from the heat.

_EBI7854edit_web_EBI7845edit_web_EBI7848edit_web_EBI7972edit_web_EBI7989edit_web_EBI7871edit_webLearn more details in a CBC news article on the fire, and make sure to visit the St. Jacobs Farmer’s Market throughout this harvest season to help support the vendors that are still able to work there. I know this community will have the main building up and running again just as soon as humanly possible.

Kindly show your support for the SJFM vendors, or share a personal story of yours from the market in the comments below.



Miss E’s Fun First Birthday Portraits

MIRACLE BABY TURNS ONE!Baby girl first birthday portraits. Miss E is a miracle baby. Her parents were told they wouldn’t conceive a child together naturally, and yet here she is, already one year old! I first met Erika, her mother, Stacey, and their family back in October for the baby’s first ever photo shoot. We all got along great and I was thrilled when S called me up at the beginning of the summer to plan a second shoot for Miss E’s first birthday.Purple portrait of baby girl with pink teddy bear.We briefly considered doing a cake smash, but S told me that she wanted something a little more unique to celebrate E’s first birthday. We discussed the backdrops and colour schemes that we wanted to include, and one August Monday morning, I drove out to their home in St. Clements with a carload full of equipment and coordinating props for our shoot.zebra themed portraitSmiley one year old baby girl in white dress.Luckily, Stacey’s parents were both on hand to keep their granddaughter smiling and full of snacks throughout her big day. It was a real treat to have 3 sets of adult hands assisting me with these photos. Attentive family members behind the scenes can make all the difference when it comes to photographing little ones. Thanks for your help J & D, and happy birthday Miss E!Grandpa and his one year old baby girl.First birthday hat for Miss E.Birthday photos for one year old baby girl.birthday portraitBirthday cake portrait.Outdoor first birthday pics.One year old baby girl.Birthday balloons.Minnie mouse and purple for this birthday portrait._EBI6833edit_webBirthday girl turns one!outdoor birthday photos with balloonsMiss Erika's zebra print birthday portriats.First birthday portraits.One year old girl and her mom.cutest face everBirthday Balloons for this one year old baby girl.One of the best parts of being a portrait photographer is watching your clients grow up right in front of your lens. It was a pleasure to document Erika at both 2 months, and one year. Here’s hoping we have many more fun photo shoots together in our future.