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Kids Photowalk

I am thrilled to announce an event that has been sitting at the back of my mind for the past year. Ever since I began teaching children and teen photography courses I have been thinking of all the ways in which photography truly helps to inspire, develop and speak to our children. It is a hobby that you can do for your entire lifetime. It is something that each of us can own in our individual ways. It does not exclude genders or look for a certain “type”. Photos are defined by the way WE see our world.

On May 23rd I will be hosting a photowalk at Waterloo Park for kids ages 7 to 16 along with their parents. I have an incredible team of assistants and volunteers gathered to help that morning to lead the groups. There will be photography activities organized and  time for a snack in the park at the end!
There is no monetary fee to this event. Simply bring a donation to our Waterloo Region food bank.

Please email to sign up and I hope to see you there!



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Celebrate Mom


Mother’s Day.

We all know that Mother’s Day really is every day but there is something very special about having one day on the calendar stand out a little more than the rest.
Children, Sisters, Moms, Grandmothers, Aunts. Celebrate and honour those relationships that have helped to guide and love you in this life.

Saturday May 9th. My studio. Kitchener, Ontario.

12 spaces available. 30 minutes. 5 images. Up to 4 people Each additional person is $25. Maximum 6 people. $225 plus hst to book.

Whether you are in your home, a field or a studio……you take yourself where ever you go. No matter the form. It’s the importance of documenting the people that we love.

Hope to see you soon. 

Hilary xo 






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A group of young souls that have become such a huge part of my heart and work. A group that I first started photographing casually three years ago has turned into quite the event  twice a year. A group of 60 is now over 100 strong.

These children and teens can dance. And they can sing. Really sing. I love how they break out into song at every one of these sessions. I encourage it actually! I love singing. Something I cannot do.

I want to take this opportunity to thank some people for helping “behind the scenes” with these 3 photoshoots. My wonderful photography and real life friend, Mandy Blake, for coming to assist at every session but more importantly re-touching close to 200 photos this past week for the program and promotional use.

Thank you to my most awesome co-op students, Rachel and Jessi. They are now experts in holding a fan. More wind! More wind!

Thank you to Jen Scott and Jeannine Faubert for doing make up for the girls. It now takes a team to execute these program photos twice a year and I am lucky for all of the support.

To the beautiful faces shining out from these photos….I love you all and I look forward to the show in May!

Hilary xo 

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Jacquie Williams

Don’t get a proud grandmother started….. !!!

Jacquie Williams

Don’t get a proud grandmother started….. !!!

Sarah Willett

I love them all SOOOOOO much!

Steve Lehmann

Awesome! We love you!

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i heart faces conference 2013

WARNING…LONG post. Yes…heading off into a tangent (the girls at IHF now know what that is).

Dear I Heart Faces Conference Attendees,

This post is for you.

It really is hard to believe that I am writing this wrap up post for the 2013 I Heart Faces photography conference that was held last weekend near Columbus, Ohio. It was a year ago that Angie and Amy asked me so kindly to be a part of the speaking and teaching team. I accepted this opportunity because it was Angie and Amy… was for I Heart Faces.

Weeks of preparation behind the scenes by a small team of us got me ready for this conference. I could not have done it without them…Gillian, Mandy, Brittany, Alex and Jen. I have the most incredible women around me. I am so  blessed and grateful. Thank you all. xo

The week leading into the conference I woke up with a constant flutter of nerves in my tummy. I have done more public speaking in the last year but I still had a few jitters about standing amongst a group of photography peers to talk about my journey for the very first time. However, my greatest anxiety came from wanting so desperately  to NOT fail any of you. I wanted each of you to take away one thing that would make you think…whether it be a marketing strategy, a shooting tip or simply and most importantly a stronger belief in yourselves that you CAN make your photography dreams happen.

To say that I gave it all I had was an understatement. That first morning of talks when my room filled and I looked out onto my “sea of photographers”  I was speechless inside (clearly not on the outside though….ha ha). To see you nod your heads, tear up and walk away with new hope made me the happiest person alive that day. I am grateful for every single one of you. Everyone that came to hear the talks. Everyone that took the time to speak to me, write me and stay in touch since we left. And to those who gave those Canadian Lays ketchup chips a try!

I won’t ever forget any of you and the experience you gifted me as a person. I do hope to see you all again someday.  A big thank you to my conference helpers too!

Dear Conference Speakers and Leaders,

Where do I start to express the pure gratitude and love I feel for all of you? (Big lump in throat as I type this) I walked into the room that Thursday night before it all began not knowing anyone but Angie and Amy. I was over tired (we won’t go into the GPS freezing story thing…), anxious and in awe of the talent that sat in that room. You ALL made this middle aged Canadian gal from Waterloo, Ontario feel welcome, equal and cared for within minutes. To say that I am lucky isn’t enough. You are some of the kindest, most talented and genuine people I have ever met in this industry. I am beaming proud to call you all friends and I look forward to keeping in touch with you all! I feel connected to each of you for different reasons and each of those reasons is very special to me. We are so fortunate that we were brought together by two amazing women. Good people attract good people. End of story.

Dear Angie and Amy,

There isn’t any way to properly thank you for giving me this opportunity. You believed in me before I believed in myself. I will never forget this. Ever. You have brought the winds of positivity into my journey and have given me the chance to inspire others as I have been inspired by great people that have been with me along the way. I look forward to all that is ahead of us. Thank you thank you thank you.

And to my Jess and Melissa,

None of this would ever have happened if it weren’t for that photography workshop we attended three years ago this August in Ohio. Not knowing a soul there; bonding each night at Starbucks in that cute little town. It was the best $3000 I ever spent:) I have appreciated every ounce of your friendship and support. I have roomed with you both now and I can say that it’s a good thing ONE of us keeps their crap in the corner!!!! I look forward to the next time I see you both. You are lights in my photography life.

Dear Families,

I am honoured that you chose me to work with. You all made my job so easy. Beautiful children, loving connections and patience. The light followed me to Ohio…and I could not have been happier to have shared this experience with each of you. I am looking forward to you having your images as a little reminder of our time together. And to my most amazing family from Georgia…I still cannot believe you came all that way for photos with me! Your appreciation and gratitude is overwhelming. You ALL remind  me of the very clients that I am so fortunate to work with here in Ontario. You fit right in! xo

One last thank you. Karen. My new Ontario photographer friend. Thank you for enduring our 6 hour drive turned 11 hours on Thursday, for listening to me practice all of my talks in the car and then attending every single one of them…even though you heard the material. And for getting us home safely through 6 hours of pouring rain so that I could allow my brain and body to let go. Best part is…you are here. xo

Journey on ladies and hold tight to our experience together.

I will see you again next year?….EH?:)

Hilary xo

A few iphone snaps from our 3 days together at the Cherry Valley Lodge!



My amazing families….

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Kelli Taylor

So sad I couldn’t be there! You are so talented Hilary, anybody would be lucky to learn from you!

Adrienne Zwart

Hilary, it was such an honor to meet you! I’m so glad I was able to sit in on one of your classes. I look forward to seeing you again next year!

Caylee Secretan

Thank you Hilary for sharing your talent with us, I loved all of your classes! Hello from the other side of Canada ~ so glad we met! :)

Angie Arthur

Reading this meant the world to me Hilary! I still think back to the first day we met and instantly clicked…so thankful to have you in my life!

Karen Meissner

Hilary, It was wonderful to meet/drive/adventure with you. Thanks for everything. Your words mean more than you know. I have big, big plans now!

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I Heart Faces Conference 2013

It was almost a year ago that Angie and Amy from I Heart Faces asked me to be one of the creative leaders at their 2013 conference in Columbus, Ohio. This is something I have thought about doing over the years. It just needed to be the right time for me and the right environment. I did not have to think twice about taking this opportunity. Angie and Amy have created a kind and giving community at I Heart Faces to photographers of all skill levels. They work incredibly hard for this organization and I am very honoured to be speaking and teaching at this exciting event!

This year has been a blur for me. Many new projects have been launched, new opportunities presented and many many photographs taken. I am looking forward to taking a little road trip and some time out of the field to sit amongst a group of photographers face to face to share what I know about starting, building and nurturing a long and healthy business in family and children’s photography.

My courses are for the working photographer. The person that loves their clientele, their community and wants to grow and maintain a long term business. On Friday October 4th, I will be teaching an add-on course for ten photographers that want to further develop their businesses and to gain a deeper understanding of their market. I am grateful to the photographers that have signed up for my course and each time I hear from one of you – the more I look forward to sharing my experiences from my wonderful corner of the world in Kitchener/Waterloo and the amazing road I have traveled to grow One for the Wall photography. I am here to help you do the same.

I believe in dreams. But I believe more in action. We will work together on your community plans so that when you leave from our time together you feel inspired and ready with a clear vision! There is so much to learn and know about photography itself. But just as important, if not more, is to know how to establish your business within your community. Owning your own business is not an easy road to take. It can be lonely, it can be difficult and overwhelming at times. But I don’t think many of us would trade what we are doing for any other profession. I am here to help, inspire and guide you to reach your own dreams and goals.

There are only 10 days left to register for this amazing conference! Here is the link to register and to see the line up of talented and wonderful women ready to share with YOU!

There are two spaces left for my add on course for anyone still looking to sign up!

Much love and anticipation,

Hilary xo 

To learn a bit more about my journey you can read about it here and listen to it here!

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