Blog

See Me.

Hello to everyone!

Just over a year ago, a fateful conversation took place in my studio that has since brought more purpose, gratitude and love into my life. I accepted one of the most important projects of my career so far.

Early last fall I photographed 31 children and adults for the Waterloo Region Down Syndrome Society’s annual fundraising calendar. True to my Type A personality just taking the photos for the calendar wasn’t enough.

Last October we launched a project entitled, ’31 days 31 faces’. Every morning we released a child’s photo and a quote from their parent(s). The feedback, support and interest in the project was overwhelming. Messages both publicly and privately came in from all over Canada and the US. At the end of the campaign, WRDSS had sold four times the number of their annual fundraising calendar over the previous year.

During the winter I began to think of this years calendar. I thought of these wonderful human beings that I met last year and their families. How was I going to create something special for them again?

This year I began photographing in August. I decided to take the photos in my studio and to present a collection of black and white portraits which focus on the face and soul each individual. Over the course of 3 days 50 people with Down Syndrome in our region from the ages of 4 months to 44 years old came to have a photo taken and to participate in this years calendar.

My studio was filled with laughter, a few nerves and so many wonderful people. I am incredibly honoured to present this years project entitled, ‘See Me.’ My name for the project is simple. Everyone just wants to be seen. Not for what they look like on the outside; tall, short, large, thin, black, white, brown, old, young, disabled or not. But seen for who they are as human beings. Compassionate, friendly, funny, empathetic, supportive, helpful, caring. People with aspirations, likes and dislikes. People with friends and families who love them.

It wasn’t that long ago that babies born with Down Syndrome were not seen. Many of these babies, children and adults were institutionalized and did not live full lives. They were made fun of, were not understood or valued as members of our society.

Thankfully this has changed and still needs changing. Children with disabilities are integrated into our schools, their families have found support groups and the life expectancy of people with Down Syndrome has improved greatly due to better medical care and support from our communities.

It is important to continue to support diversity in our communities and beyond and to teach our children to really SEE people. Please help support this project by sharing these beautiful faces throughout the month of October. Calendars go on sale November 1st. You can see the photos posted daily on the WRDSS Facebook page, One for the Wall Photography Facebook page or on my instagram @oneforthewall. I present…See Me.

31 days 31 faces Collage3

 

Share On Facebook! Tweet This Post! Email Post!

Nicole

Hello to everyone!

Ok let’s make it five posts for tonight and then it’s off to bed!  This session happened late this spring. I feel like I was just staring down the beginning of my outdoor shoots only days ago and now I have one non-snow season left to wrap up 2015.

I met Nicole when she came along to the headshot sessions for the KW Youth Theatre. She is one of the directors/coaches for many young aspiring actors.

Nicole. Actor. Performer.

Hilary xo

Nicole 34 copy
ni1
ni2
ni3
ni4
ni5
Nicole 22 copy
ni6
ni7
Nicole 09

Share On Facebook! Tweet This Post! Email Post!

Family That Loves

Hello to everyone!
What you are experiencing tonight is very much a reflection of my personality. I know two speeds and always have. 120% and 0. Tonight it’s 120% which explains the 4 blogposts in a row!

How is it possible that I am this lucky to have so many incredible families come my way? It is a fact that I never take for granted.
Beautiful August night. Five stylin’ people (of course they are – Mom is an interior decorator). Thank you for your positive energy and pure love.

Hilary xo

1 copy
kah1
kah2
kah3
kah4
kah5
kah6
16 copy

Share On Facebook! Tweet This Post! Email Post!

Ben Skipper

Hello to everyone!
I am actually really looking forward to blogging more of my headshot sessions. Working with someone one on one is a much different dynamic than interacting with multiple people and the interactions between them. It’s just you, the camera and one person that you set out to tell their personality to the world. I love it.

Ben Skipper. Actor. Singer. Performer. Pure awesome.

Enjoy!

Hilary xo

 

Ben 14 copy
skip1
skip2
skip4
skip5
Ben 04 copy
Ben 16 copy

Share On Facebook! Tweet This Post! Email Post!

Danielle Wade

Hello to everyone!
Until this date I have only blogged my children, newborn and family sessions on One for the Wall. As many of you know, I have a secondary photography business under Hilary Gauld Commercial. I will be celebrating two years in my studio in December of this year! Many good things happen in my favourite green spaces and family homes in the KW Region and equal amounts of good in my studio. So here starts my “headshot session” posts! Many more to come!

Danielle Wade. Actor. Singer. Performer. Amazing human being.

Enjoy!

Hilary xo

 

d2
Danielle Wade 11 copy
d1
Danielle Wade 15 copy
d3

Share On Facebook! Tweet This Post! Email Post!

F A C E B O O K
T W I T T E R
P i n t e r e s t
S U B S C R I B E