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to paris with love | london ontario photographer

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Like so many others in the world, my heart was heavy as the news of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris fire spread. Paris holds a deeply special place in my heart and Notre-Dame is as special a place as I have been. I don’t think I’ve ever shared photographs from my travels in Paris, but in light of the news sharing a few from Notre-Dame feels like a small way to honour my memories of her, her stories and this new chapter for her and for Paris.

It was art history that began my love for Notre-Dame. It seems like Paris or Notre-Dame was a major player in every art history course I’ve ever taken, ever (only a slight exaggeration). I first visited Notre Dame at 17 and I’ve been so very lucky to visit her more over the years. I’ve sketched at her doors, lit candles, made wishes, climbed the centuries-worn stone steps to the bell tower (387 to be precise), made friends with the gargoyles and gazed skyward at her spire - All the while in awe of her presence in the world for over eight centuries. So lucky, I was, and I knew it - yet I still took for granted that someday I’d sit in her presence again, just as she was. I’m heartbroken for what’s been lost and for the people of Paris, but hopeful for someday. ♡

Heather x {London Ontario Photographer}

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An elephant and a heron are included in Notre-Dame’s protective cast of of characters.

An elephant and a heron are included in Notre-Dame’s protective cast of of characters.

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The view from the top of Notre Dame, toward the Eiffel Tower.
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Wyvern of Notre-Dame, the two-footed dragon.

Wyvern of Notre-Dame, the two-footed dragon.

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Interior of Notre Dame, vaulting.

Interior of Notre Dame, vaulting.

Interior of Notre Dame, looking toward the altar.

Interior of Notre Dame, looking toward the altar.

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Styrga, arguably the cathedral’s most famous chimera, faces toward the Eiffel Tower.

Styrga, arguably the cathedral’s most famous chimera, faces toward the Eiffel Tower.

farewell 2018, you were lovely.

Another trip around the sun. Another look back, in order to look forward again. Oh. My. Heart.

Thank-you 2018, you were lovely.

This year’s song choice is a sweet little favourite…a SHORT favourite: “Happy Everafter In Your Eyes” by Ben Harper. The struggle to feature all sessions and clients was very real. In the end, it was impossible. Lol. Mental note for next year :)

I’m very thankful for this look back - it forces me to pause and reflect on the year that’s passed; to revisit the stories and special moments that were shared with me. I hope there never comes a time when I don’t shed a tear (or a bazillion) or laugh out loud or sit with a silly grin while I pour over the year’s images. Thank-you never ever seems to cut it, but I am thankful beyond words. The invitation into your stories and precious moments is a gift and the ultimate trust - my heart is full and so very grateful.

Please enjoy this year’s love note from me to you.

With a grateful heart.

Only love.

Heather {London Ontario Photographer}

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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