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}

the value of a photograph | london ontario portrait photography


Stolen from my own Instagram page ;)

I’ve probably said these words at one time or another, but here I have to give the credit for them to my beauty of a husband. He said them the other day with intention and such clarity - it was like a Christmas cracker full of sparkles went off and I was hearing them for the first time. (He’s very good at this btw. ) I feel these words in my bones, they are undeniable in my heart, but my artist/dreamer mind sometimes struggles with getting to the root simplicity of things...lucky for me he’s got it mastered :)

The value of a photograph only grows over time. Truth. A record of the past - a memory you can revisit and hold on to. A gift that is more precious with the passage of time. All truths.

Photographs made me a photographer. My earliest memories are of sitting on the floor surrounded by old photographs. Photographs of the grandparents I would never meet, photographs of my parents being parented and family I longed to know in places far away. Photographs of a time and world I might never have known had it not been for those images. ♡
Fast forward to me picking up my camera everyday and creating photographs - the memories that will be held in the hands of loved ones in the years to come. It’s a feeling of awe mixed with understanding the meaning of documenting personal stories, all wrapped up in pure joy when I stop to realize that I LOVE what I do. Truly. ♡
Photographs are so important to our sense of belonging and personal histories. 9 times out of 10 the ones that are cherished are the ones that you didn’t know were taken, the ones you didn’t know you wanted, the ones that pushed you into ‘real ness’ and out of the show of it all, the ones you may have deleted off of your phone had you been in charge ;) The investment of having someone truly see the value of a moment or a photograph before you do, is priceless. Whether it’s me or another photographer creating the image, the value of a photograph only grows over time. Truth. .


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.



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,


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.


Heather xo

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

'farewell to 2013' Heather Lynch Photography from Heather Lynch Photography on Vimeo.

Christmas Mini-Sessions!

Is it just me, or is it beginning to feel A LOT like Christmas?! ;) Due to the high demand for Fall portrait sessions, Heather Lynch Photography is offering a WHOLE day of Mini-Sessions!

Get ahead in your holiday preparations. Capture your family photographs in time to share with loved ones AND enjoy beautifully-designed, customized Christmas cards featuring your portraits! blogcard

SAVE THE DATE! Mini-sessions will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2012

  • A 30 minute session suitable for up to 4 people, on-location in London, Ontario
  • 25 customized 5x7 full colour flat Christmas cards with envelopes
  • 10 fully edited high resolution digital images on DVD
  • All for $225

Spaces are limited, so don't delay.

For all the details and to book your session, email heather@heatherlynch.ca or call the studio at 519.902.9955 today!