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farewell 2017, thank-you.

If you follow along, you might know that this has become a favourite tradition of mine - a look back at the year in Heather Lynch Photography's world. More specifically, it's my love note to all of you who have trusted me to capture some of your most special moments with your most cherished people. 

If you follow along, you also might know that 2016 was a trying one, personally (last year's farewell). My only wish for 2017 was to heal, just a little bit more. Thank-you to all of you that have touched this year. It's been a good one - full of happiness and joy and creativity and more healing than I could have hoped for. 

As a music lover, it's difficult to say that this song is my all-time favourite, but I will say that whenever I hear 'Nightswimming' by R.E.M. it's hard to believe I have ever loved another song in this life ;) It was my obvious choice to wrap up this particular year with a personal touch. 

Thank-you for sharing your stories and your journeys with me. Whether you knew it or not, you were an important part of mine. Please enjoy my farewell to 2017 below.

With a grateful heart.

Only love.

Heather  {London Ontario Photographer}

FAREWELL 2017 - A LOOK BACK

farewell 2016, you were a monster.

This is one of my favourite rituals. Some of my favourite photographs of 2016 paired with one of my favourite songs of the year. Choosing photographs is always heart-led, but deliberate; soulful photographs that tell a story. Oddly enough (maybe not), this is how I choose the song - a song that has me head over heels in love with it. This year it’s Donovan Woods’ “What They Mean”. You need him in your life --> {HE'S HERE}

2016 is a year unlike any I’ve experienced. It was a hard one. Do you agree? A monster. It seemed like the world turned on itself in so many awful ways and suffered loss, profoundly.

Very personally, it felt like my world went dark. In early 2016 I lost my dad. 12 years after the loss of my mom, my heart…and my compass…had taken a beating. 2016 became the year of healing and questioning…my world, my life, my path, and my work. In the wake of loss I wasn’t sure if I could put myself in the middle of all the joy and love that you share with me…and still see it the same way.

For a while, my path and my work were already set. Months of bookings were confirmed and I made the decision to surrender to my photography schedule as it was. In every other moment, I was a mom and a daughter. Only. And both of those women needed to heal.

In that early whirlwind of chaos the separation made sense, but I quickly realized how connected the photographer, the mom and the daughter were. We all needed healing. And in the same way you never know who will truly and unexpectedly show up when you’re down, photography was a lifeline, for all of us.

During a year when THE world and MY world could, at first glance, seem hopeless I was shown just how much light and love live in this world. I’m leaving 2016 behind a little worse for wear, but wiser, full of love and more thankful than ever. Every year I find it hard to express how grateful I am to the friends and clients of Heather Lynch Photography – this year…I can't begin to find the words.

So here it is. My love note. My endless thanks. My look back at the year and all of the love and trust you have honoured me with.

Thank-you.

Love,

Heather   {London Ontario Photographer}

well, hello there.

Let's give this blog some lovin' shall we?

So many sweet, gorgeous, wonderful, breathtaking, quiet, monumental moments and photographs to share since last we met. Let's do this...

To begin, my yearly love note and a look back at 2015...in September of 2016. Oh for goodness sake. (click below)

Be back soon,

Heather

farewell to 2014

this has very quickly become one of my favourite holiday traditions – babies asleep, me, alone in my studio, completely immersed in an entire year of photographs (it sort of feels like art school…minus the sleeping babies). poring over thousands of frames and stitching together a story - your story. as ‘handcrafted’ a gift as I can manage and made by me with just as much love and heartfelt gratitude for the invitation to witness your story. it’s a way of reflecting back how truly beautiful your lives are and a way of saying thank-you. click below to have a look.

thank-you to the friends and clients of Heather Lynch Photography for a 2014 full of the sweetest connections and moments shared. i wish you a 2015 full of moments…peaceful, joyful and most of all love-filled :)

Heather xo

p.s. thank-you to the amazing Jenn Grant for creating ‘No One’s Gonna Love You (Quite Like I Do)’. simply stunning.

Farewell to 2013, love and gratitude

2013 was a landmark year for me in so many ways - the heart of it, welcoming Niall's baby brother Feargus. But my other baby - my photography - was a most welcome companion every step of the way. For that I will never be able to thank the friends and clients of Heather Lynch Photography enough. Your love and openness and the invitation into your beautiful worlds remain the sweetest honour. Thank you. Two words that will always fall short when I think of the gratitude I feel. It’s with a full and happy heart that I send wishes for a 2014 full of 'those' moments (you know the ones)…grab them, live them and love in them. As much as possible.

Love,

Heather xo

P.S. Love to Royal Wood for creating the *perfect* ‘Forever and Ever’ (2013).

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If ever there was a session that let me know I am doing exactly what I am meant to do, it is this one. If ever I was inspired, awe-struck and moved so completely by a person, it's by Leanne.

Leanne is my high school friend - one of those rare people at that time who was consistently kind, quietly confident and mature beyond adolescence. A gem...at a time when gems hadn't quite come into their own...and she hasn't changed a bit :)

Today Leanne is Mom to three precious children, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, but most importantly, a fighter. She is fighting for her beautiful life. I couldn’t be more firmly in her corner and I am just one of an army who feel the same way. Please read some of Leanne’s story {here}.

I spent a breath-taking evening with her and her family. So many laughs, lots of nostalgia, even some action-adventure ;) I clicked until the last ray of light fell behind the trees.

It truly is a beautiful life.

Love. Always.

Heather

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My Irresistible Boy

In the coming days my family and I will welcome our newest addition. We are overjoyed.

It has been a whirlwind year with a ‘new’ 100 year-old home, a major renovation, a full shooting schedule and the wonderful news that we were expecting again. It has been the very best kind of whirlwind and now we’re almost at the point where the spinning stops – only for another kind of spinning to begin :)

In the days leading up to our new arrival, I find myself soaking in the beautiful moments I have with my sweet Niall. More snuggles, more whispers, more kisses…just more. He will be the coolest big brother, but for now he is simply my irresistible little boy.

Love,

Heather xoxo

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