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Photographing children for




the loveliest of families, worldwide.



We are the storytellers.

welcome note

Photographing children for




the loveliest of families, worldwide.



We are the storytellers.

welcome note

Greetings,

more about Me

If you're anything like me, you adore watching the children in your life grow from pudgy little toddlers into children with more questions and opinions than you ever thought possible!

One day they're tiny and the next they're nearly teenagers!

Thank you for the privilege of photographing them while they're still small. It's my absolute joy!

When I was a teen, I asked my dad what he considered to be my greatest strengths. 

Immediately he replied, "Connecting with people".

It's true. I easily connect with people, and now that I'm older I can appreciate just how much of a strength that is, especially as a portrait photographer.

I'm often asked how I capture such genuine expressions from children in a studio setting and it's precisely because I can quickly engage them on their own level.

Without a strong connection with the photographer, your child's portraits will fall flat.

It's my goal to draw out your child's personality allowing him or her to shine in front of my lens.

Hannah Marie

My favourite things

I absolutely love when my Nana (95) pulls out her old family albums and shares stories from nearly a century ago. I treasure our time together, flipping through the pages and seeing her photographs that were printed so long ago.

Printed heirlooms

Photo: Carter family Private Collection

Travel, and finding amazing food while we travel; two of my favourite things that I could talk about for hours.
Charleston, SC., and pretty much all of Japan are two favourites! And Bali.

travel      food

Photo: Janhunen family Private Collection

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I love to see healthy strong marriages. We bring loads of intention to our relationship and I enjoy sharing ideas & learning from others to ensure we continue to grow.

Thriving Marriages

Photo: Michael Anthony Photography, LA

I love to cook, bake, and host dinner parties.
My specialty is home-baked doughnuts in flavours like dark chocolate salted caramel!

fresh ingredients

Photo: iPhone snap of Hannah Marie's doughnuts!

As an introvert, when life feels overwhelming, I retreat to a quiet place, sit down and soak in the stillness. Often, I'll take long slow breaths and meditate on this Bible verse:
 "Be still & know
that I am God."

quiet spaces

Photo: iphone snap from Grundy Lake

I'm a total sucker for actual, real life, need a bookmark, flip the pages, books. I love the smell of old books and taking care of new ones (and sometimes cringe if someone folds my cover back.) I'll often be found pairing a book with a cup of earl grey or a lavender-mint latte.

real books     tea/Lattes

&

Welcome

more about Me


If you're anything like me, you adore watching the children in your life grow from pudgy little toddlers into children with more questions and opinions than you ever thought possible!

One day they're tiny and the next they're nearly teenagers!

Thank you for the privilege of photographing them while they're still small. It's my absolute joy!

When I was a teen, I asked my dad what he considered to be my biggest strengths. 

Immediately he replied, "Connecting with people".

It's true. I easily connect with people, and now that I'm older I can appreciate just how much of a strength that is, especially as a portrait photographer.

I'm often asked how I capture such genuine expressions from children in a studio setting and it's precisely because I can quickly engage them on their own level.

Without a strong connection with the photographer, your child's portraits will fall flat.

It's my goal to draw out your child's personality allowing him or her to shine in front of my lens.

Hannah Marie

Your children grow and change seemingly overnight so we're going to do things right the first time. My priority is to shoot what you need.

Whether you're looking for playful portraits to decorate the walls of a bedroom, or a portrait of your little bookworm to hang over the fireplace in the study, we'll shoot exactly that.

And, if you caught wind of our annual family portrait album and can't wait to start your own set, we'll plan a shoot to tell the story of your family at this age and stage.


Consultation

Portrait sitting

VIEW & ORDER APPOINTMENT

WHITE GLOVE INSPECTION

Begin With the end in mind

Enjoy the love

Next Step

The Process

Whatever your needs, no portraits are taken until we know exactly what you're looking for. Hannah's process ensures you receive precisely what you want.

Your children grow and change seemingly overnight so we're going to do things right the first time. My priority is to shoot what you need.

Whether you're looking for playful portraits to decorate the walls of a bedroom, or a portrait of your little bookworm to hang over the fireplace in the study, we'll shoot exactly that.

And, if you caught wind of our annual family portrait album and can't wait to start your own set, we'll plan a shoot to tell the story of your family at this age and stage.


Consultation

Portrait sitting

VIEW & ORDER APPOINTMENT

WHITE GLOVE INSPECTION

Begin With the end in mind

Enjoy the love

Next Step

The Process

Whatever your needs, no portraits are taken until we know exactly what you're looking for. Hannah's process ensures you receive precisely what you want.

In the same way that you take the colours of a painting into consideration before buying it for a particular room, we need to coordinate all the elements of your portraits so they complement your home decor.

Four weeks before your shoot, you will meet with Hannah for a consultation to discuss the following:

-Wardrobe, hair & make-up (colours, formality, style, etc.)

-End goal (portrait for the dining room vs. a family album vs. a full gallery wall)

-Size and shape of wall space where your portraits will be displayed. For example, do you need horizontal or vertical portraits? Will the final product be grand or mini? All of these details determine how she shoots.

The consult pulls the details together.

Consultation

Begin With the end in mind

Portrait sitting

VIEW & ORDER APPOINTMENT

WHITE GLOVE INSPECTION

Enjoy the love

Next Step

The Process

Whatever your needs, no portraits are taken until we know exactly what you're looking for. Hannah's process ensures you receive precisely what you want.

Consultation

VIEW & ORDER APPOINTMENT

WHITE GLOVE INSPECTION

Enjoy the love

Begin With the end in mind

Enjoy this day. Soak it in. Make memories together that will last a lifetime.

Our time together during the portrait sitting is just a small portion of your day. Bring intention to your morning & evening plans - your portraits will be a reminder of them.

Enjoy a morning of pampering at the spa with your girls. You'll feel relaxed and gorgeous after a blowout, mani & pedi, and professional make-up application.

Getting dressed is stress-free as a result of your styling consultation.

During the portrait sitting, enjoy watching your child connect with Hannah as she engages them on their own level.

Since you're dressed up, enjoy a special dinner out as a family or enjoy a date night.

Next Step

Portrait sitting

The Process

Whatever your needs, no portraits are taken until we know exactly what you're looking for. Hannah's process ensures you receive precisely what you want.

Your View & Order Appointment is the time to finalize your order, so it is essential that all decision-makers are present.

The time and thought invested to ensure every element of your shoot comes together is revealed at this appointment.

First, you'll see a slideshow of your portraits. Then, using professional software & photos of your home, Hannah will show you your portraits on your very own walls, helping to determine the perfect print and size for the space.

You'll also select the portraits for the album that will tell the story of your family at this stage of life.

VIEW & ORDER APPOINTMENT

Consultation

WHITE GLOVE INSPECTION

Enjoy the love

Begin With the end in mind

Portrait sitting

Next Step

The Process

Whatever your needs, no portraits are taken until we know exactly what you're looking for. Hannah's process ensures you receive precisely what you want.

When your beautiful artwork and album arrive, approximately 6-8 weeks after placing your order, Hannah will give each item a white-glove inspection.

Once they have received her stamp of approval, you can pick them up or opt to have them delivered.


White glove inspection

VIEW & ORDER APPOINTMENT

Next Step

Consultation

Enjoy the love

Begin With the end in mind

Portrait sitting

The Process

Whatever your needs, no portraits are taken until we know exactly what you're looking for. Hannah's process ensures you receive precisely what you want.

Now that the work is done, all that's left to do is enjoy your new portraits and soak in the adoration from friends of how beautiful your children are.

More importantly, though, studies show that children who grow up in a home with portraits on the wall have a greater sense of belonging and self-esteem. Portraits tell your child a very clear message of "This is your family, where you are valued and loved. You belong here."

THAT is what I love most about creating meaningful portraits; they reassure each child that they are valued and belong. Because they are loved and they do belong.

That's priceless.

Enjoy the love

Begin With the end in mind

Consultation

Portrait sitting

VIEW & ORDER APPOINTMENT

white glove inspection

Next Step

The Process

Whatever your needs, no portraits are taken until we know exactly what you're looking for. Hannah's process ensures you receive precisely what you want.

The Process

Whatever your needs,
no portraits are taken
until we know
exactly what you're looking for.

Hannah's process ensures you receive precisely what you hoped for.

Consultation

Portrait sitting

VIEW & ORDER APPOINTMENT

Delivery

Begin With the end in mind

Enjoy the love

Read more:

Whatever your needs, no portraits are taken until we know exactly what you're looking for.

Your children grow and change seemingly overnight so we're going to do things right the first time. My priority is to shoot what you need.

Whether you're looking for playful portraits to decorate the walls of a bedroom, or a portrait of your little bookworm to hang over the fireplace in the study, we'll shoot exactly that.

And, if you caught wind of our annual family portrait album and can't wait to start your own set, we'll plan a shoot to tell the story of your family at this age and stage.


Consultation

Portrait sitting

VIEW & ORDER APPOINTMENT

Delivery

Begin With the end in mind

Enjoy the love

Next Step

The Process

In the same way that you take the colours of a painting into consideration before buying it for a particular room, we need to coordinate all the elements of your portraits so they complement your home decor.

Four weeks before your shoot, you will meet with Hannah for a consultation to discuss the following:

-Wardrobe, hair & make-up (colours, formality, style, etc.)

-End goal (portrait for the dining room vs. a family album vs. a full gallery wall)

-Size and shape of wall space where your portraits will be displayed. For example, do you need horizontal or vertical portraits? Will the final product be grand or mini? All of these details determine how she shoots.

The consult pulls the details together.

Consultation

Begin With the end in mind

Portrait sitting

VIEW & ORDER APPOINTMENT

Delivery

Enjoy the love

Next Step

The Process

Enjoy this day. Soak it in. Make memories together that will last a lifetime.

Our time together during the portrait sitting is just a small portion of your day. Bring intention to your morning & evening plans - your portraits will be a reminder of them.

Enjoy a morning of pampering at the spa with your girls. You'll feel relaxed and gorgeous after a blowout, mani & pedi, and professional make-up application.

Getting dressed is stress-free as a result of your styling consultation.

During the portrait sitting, enjoy watching your child connect with Hannah as she engages them on their own level.

Since you're dressed up, enjoy a special dinner out as a family or enjoy a date night.

Portrait sitting

Consultation

VIEW & ORDER APPOINTMENT

Delivery

Enjoy the love

Begin With the end in mind

Next Step

The Process

Your View & Order Appointment is the time to finalize your order, so it is essential that all decision-makers are present.

The time and thought invested to ensure every element of your shoot comes together is revealed at this appointment.

First, you'll see a slideshow of your portraits. Then, using professional software & photos of your home, Hannah will show you your portraits on your very own walls, helping to determine the perfect print and size for the space.

You'll also select the portraits for the album that will tell the story of your family at this stage of life.

View      Order Appointment

Consultation

Delivery

Enjoy the love

Begin With the end in mind

Portrait sitting

Next Step

The Process

&

When your beautiful artwork and album arrive, approximately 6-8 weeks after placing your order, Hannah will give each item a white-glove inspection.

Once they have received her stamp of approval, you can pick them up or opt to have them delivered.


Delivery

VIEW & ORDER APPOINTMENT

Next Step

Consultation

Enjoy the love

Begin With the end in mind

Portrait sitting

The Process

Now that the work is done, all that's left to do is enjoy your new portraits and soak in the adoration from friends of how beautiful your children are.

More importantly, though, studies show that children who grow up in a home with portraits on the wall have a greater sense of belonging and self-esteem. Portraits tell your child a very clear message of "This is your family, where you are valued and loved. You belong here."

THAT is what I love most about creating meaningful portraits; they reassure each child that they are valued and belong. Because they are loved and they do belong.

That's priceless.

Enjoy the love

Begin With the end in mind

Consultation

Portrait sitting

VIEW & ORDER APPOINTMENT

Delivery

Next

The Process

Your story             Our services

The Details

Hannah firmly believes that creating beautiful portraits of you and your children, and allowing you to order exactly what you love is the best way to serve you.

Children who grow up in a home with family portraits on the walls have a greater sense of value and belonging - they can see in a very clear and simple way where they fit.

Hannah believes so deeply in fostering value in children that she takes the utmost care to plan your portrait sitting with the final prints in mind.

As one client said, "It isn't a photograph until it's printed - until then, it's just an image."

Awards

Philosophy

Albums & prints

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The Details

Philosophy

Hannah firmly believes that creating beautiful portraits of you and your children, and allowing you to order exactly what you love is the best way to serve you.

Awards

Albums & prints

Upon booking, you'll receive a guide that will familiarize you with Hannah's beautiful product line.

The Heirloom Family Album is handcrafted with archival materials. Customize your cover with genuine Italian leathers, European linens, or Japanese fabrics.

The wall art is printed on the finest Hahnemuhle papers, with with pigmented, archival inks for an archival rating of 100+ years.

Albums & prints

next

Your story             Our services

&

The Details

Philosophy

Hannah firmly believes that creating beautiful portraits of you and your children, and allowing you to order exactly what you love is the best way to serve you.

Awards

Albums & prints

Hannah is an internationally acclaimed portrait photographer, having won 7 world-class awards (through Wedding & Portrait Photographers International, and Professional Photographers of America (the world's most respected print competition dating back to the 1800's).

Hannah won second place overall in the "Portrait: Engagement" category at WPPI's Annual 16x20 print competition as well as gold and silver awards (the global photography industry's equivellant to the Oscars).

A competition for professional photographers, WPPI's "The Annual 16x20" attracts 3200+ entries from over 32 countries annually. (See winners gallery here).


Awards

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Your story             Our services

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Children who grow up in a home with family portraits on the walls have a greater sense of value and belonging - they can see in a very clear and simple way where they fit.

Hannah believes so deeply in fostering value in children that she takes the utmost care to plan your portrait sitting with the final prints in mind.

As one client said, "It isn't a photograph until it's printed - until then, it's just an image."

Awards

Philosophy

Albums & prints

next

The Details

next

Upon booking, you'll receive a guide that will familiarize you with Hannah's beautiful product line.

The Heirloom Family Album is handcrafted with archival materials. Customize your cover with genuine Italian leathers, European linens, or Japanese fabrics.

The wall art is printed on the finest Hahnemuhle papers, with with pigmented, archival inks for an archival rating of 100+ years.

The Details

Awards

Philosophy

Albums & prints

Hannah is an internationally acclaimed portrait photographer, having won 7 world-class awards through Wedding & Portrait Photographers International, and Professional Photographers of America (the world's most respected print competition dating back to the 1800's).

Hannah won second place overall in the "Portrait: Engagement" category at WPPI's "The Annual" 16x20 print competition as well as gold and silver awards (the global photography industry's equivellant to the Oscars).

A competition for professional photographers, The Annual attracts 3200+ entries from over 32 countries annually. (See winners gallery here).


The Details

Awards

Philosophy

Albums & prints

next

"We have worked with Hannah as our photographer of choice since 2006 and possibly even earlier. Our photo shoots with her are always joy-filled and intentional.

Hannah has always taken the time to talk to us ahead of time to talk about what our goals for the photo shoot are, what sort of shots we want and gets us to think about how we are going to present ourselves. Do we want a playful and casual look or do we want a more serious, business self presented? Or maybe a bit of each?

There is a lot of thought given and understanding of our collective goals BEFORE the actual day. She has a full roster of people who she can refer us to for hair, makeup or styling. She is truly well-connected to our community and has a good sense of “quality people” to connect her clients to.

On the day of the photo shoots, Hannah was fully prepared and professional. She took the time to re-arrange furniture and place camera for the optimal setting for our family portraits but at the same time found fun and innovative ways to capture us. Her ideas were creative and seemed spontaneous – although I suspect she gave a great deal of thought into how the day would go. The poses felt natural – at ease - and we were so pleased with our results because they really captured “our best selves”. We all looked fabulous and relaxed and that was how we felt when we worked with Hannah.

We know she is an international and multi-award winning photographer and to us, we can see why…we like to work with quality people and Hannah is one of those people genuine and passionate about what she does…and it shows in every work she puts out there.

She is a true artist with a gift!

L iz F.

(Google Review)

Client Love

"I recently did a maternity shoot with Hannah and I can't begin to tell you how amazing of an experience it was. This is my second pregnancy and I was unsure if I even wanted to do a maternity shoot.

Hannah shot it in a way that made the entire experience feel like it was more about myself as a woman, my evolution into motherhood and my strength instead of just my pregnant belly.

The photos convey real, raw and intimate emotions, are so beautiful and will forever remind me of such a special time in my life. I highly recommend her if you are looking for top quality, high end work. She is a lovely and truly unique photographer.

Gabriela S.

(Google Review)

Client Love

"We would be so excited if you would be able to do another shoot for us.

The pictures from our last photo shoot were beyond compare and our family has grown and we cannot think of another person we would trust to capture our memories."

Maggie W.

Client Love

Frequent Questions

1

Q

Is there really no session fee?

There really is no session fee.
 
A booking fee is required to secure your date however, 100% of it returned to you in full at the beginning of your ordering appointment. There is no minimum order required.

The booking fee is kept only in the scenario of a "no-show" to compensate for the time we've invested and set aside for you.

FAMILY PORTRAITS

Styling consult

Minimum order

Session Fee

Digitals

what to wear

Location
& Travel

Head
Shots

2

Frequent Questions

Can we have the digitals?

Q

You will receive the fully edited digital file for each printed portrait you order.

The digital files are delivered via online gallery where you can download & share each of them.

Session Fee

Digitals

FAMILY PORTRAITS

Styling consult

Minimum order

what to wear

Location
& Travel

Head
Shots

3

Q

What do you recommend we wear?

Hannah Marie will work with you to finalize the wardrobe details right down to decisions about shoes and accessories.

Click here to learn more about the styling consulatation.

Frequent Questions

Digitals

what to wear

Session Fee

FAMILY PORTRAITS

Styling consult

Minimum order

Location
& Travel

Head
Shots

4

Q

Where are you located?

Hannah Marie is based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

She is available worldwide and has photographed clients in the following locations:

NYC, Hong Kong, Bali, New Brunswick, The Bahamas, Mexico, Montreal, Toronto, The Muskokas, LA and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Frequent Questions

Location
& Travel

Digitals

Session Fee

FAMILY PORTRAITS

Styling consult

Minimum order

what to wear

Head
Shots

5

Q

Do you photograph family portraits?

Yes! Hannah is available for a select number of family portraits each month. Usually these sessions are reserved for past clients and direct referrals but it's always worth a call to see if there is an opening available.

Frequent Questions

FAMILY PORTRAITS

Digitals

Session Fee

Styling consult

Minimum order

what to wear

Location
& Travel

Head
Shots

7

Q

Why do we need a styling consultation?

In the same way that you take the style & colours of a painting into consideration before hanging it for a particular room, we need to coordinate all the elements of your portraits so they compliment your home decor.

Also, wardrobe selection is one of the most stressful aspects of having portraits taken. This helps relieve that stress so you can arrive confident and relaxed!

Frequent Questions

Styling consult

Digitals

Session Fee

FAMILY PORTRAITS

Minimum order

what to wear

Location
& Travel

Head
Shots

8

Q

Some photographers have a minimum order. Do you?

There is no minimum order required.

Hannah Marie believes the best way to serve you is to charge you only for what you love. As such, you may order as many portraits (or as few) as you like.

It can be difficult to narrow down your selections, fortunately, the more you buy the more you save in our bundled collections.

Frequent Questions

Minimum order

Digitals

Session Fee

FAMILY PORTRAITS

Styling consult

what to wear

Location
& Travel

Head
Shots

Frequent Questions

1

Q

Is there really no session fee?

There really is no session fee.
 
A booking fee is required to secure your date however, it is returned to you in full at the beginning of your ordering appointment.

The fee is kept only in the scenario of a "no-show" to compensate for the time we've invested and set aside for you.

100% of the booking fee is returned at the beginning of your ordering session and no minimum order is required.

FAMILY PORTRAITS

Styling consult

Minimum order

Session Fee

Digitals

what to wear

Location
& Travel

babies

2

Frequent Questions

Can we have the digitals?

Q

You will receive the fully edited digital file for each printed portrait you order.

The digital files are delivered via online gallery where you can download & share each of them.

FAMILY PORTRAITS

Styling consult

Minimum order

Session Fee

Digitals

what to wear

Location
& Travel

babies

3

Q

What do you recommend we wear?

Hannah Marie will work with you to finalize the wardrobe details right down to decisions about shoes and accessories.

Click here to learn more about the styling consulatation.

Frequent Questions

FAMILY PORTRAITS

Styling consult

Minimum order

Session Fee

Digitals

what to wear

Location
& Travel

babies

4

Q

Where are you located?

Hannah Marie is based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

She is available worldwide and has photographed clients in the following locations:

NYC, Hong Kong, Bali, New Brunswick, The Bahamas, Mexico, Montreal, Toronto, The Muskokas, LA and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Please inquire for travel rates however near or far.

Frequent Questions

FAMILY PORTRAITS

Styling consult

Minimum order

Session Fee

Digitals

what to wear

Location
& Travel

babies

5

Q

Do you photograph family portraits?

Yes! Hannah is available for a select number of family portraits each month. Usually these sessions are reserved for past clients and direct referrals but it's always worth a call to see if there is an opening available.

Frequent Questions

FAMILY PORTRAITS

Styling consult

Minimum order

Session Fee

Digitals

what to wear

Location
& Travel

babies

6

Q

What age is best for baby portraits?

There are several milestones throughout each baby's first year of life.

With five specific ages being ideal for different purposes it's best to call and discuss what you'd like documented so we can determine the best age for your goals!

Frequent Questions

FAMILY PORTRAITS

Styling consult

Minimum order

Session Fee

Digitals

what to wear

Location
& Travel

babies

7

Q

Why do we need a styling consultation?

We will take into consideration where in your home you're planning to display your new wall art to ensure the wardrobe blends with its surroundings.

We'll also ensure the formality of the portrait matches the formality of the room.

Wardrobe selection is one of the most stressful aspects of portraits and this will help to guarantee that all the final details fall beautifully together.

Frequent Questions

FAMILY PORTRAITS

Styling consult

Minimum order

Session Fee

Digitals

what to wear

Location
& Travel

babies

8

Q

Some photographers have a minimum order. Do you?

There is no minimum order requirement.

Hannah Marie believes the best way to serve you is to charge you only for what you love. As such, you may order as many portraits (or as few) as you like.

It can be difficult to narrow down your selections, fortunately, the more you buy the more you save in our bundled collections.

Frequent Questions

FAMILY PORTRAITS

Styling consult

Minimum order

Session Fee

Digitals

what to wear

Location
& Travel

babies

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hannah@hannahmarie.ca

57 Albert St.
Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 3S1
CANADA

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