Canadian Thanksgiving

I always meant to post a blog about Thanksgiving.  Luckily for me if I’m too busy during the Canadian Thanksgiving I can just hold off until the American Thanksgiving!  Besides – who says you can only be thankful once a year? That’s just silly.  And so – here are a few things I’m feeling thankful for today:

  1. My girls.  Obviously.  They fill my world with so much laughter and fun and love.  Sometimes I sit and think about where I would be if they had never happened.  I think my life would be far less rich without them in it.
  2. My parents.  If you had asked me ten years ago how I felt about my parents you would probably gotten a less than enthusiastic answer.  But as I have become an adult and gotten a bit of a view into what makes a family work I have also developed a deep appreciation for all that my parents are.  When I was 15 I couldn’t wait to get away from them.  As a 25 year old, one of my favourite places to be is in their company.
  3. My dearest girlfriends.  I can’t believe how lucky I am to have you in my life.  I don’t think many people get to experience such deep love for their friends the way that I do.  You guys support me and care for me and laugh with me and call me out when I’m being ridiculous.  I’m so very blessed to have you.
  4. The Dearhearts.  This kind of goes in with #3, but I think it also deserves it’s own bullet point.  The opportunity to express this new side artistic expression of myself alongside two of my best friends has been life giving in so many ways.  It’s opened up a whole world to me and has given me a platform to see outside of myself and to meet so many new people.  I love traveling and singing and loving with these girls.
  5. Lauren Hamm Photography.  I was just saying to someone a few days ago that living an artistic life doesn’t always mean you’re necessarily doing the right thing.  I’ve tried all sorts of artistic expressions – acting, singing, drawing…  And while I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and even found success in some of these different areas I never felt quite as right as when I started this business.  It has only been through photography that I feel without a doubt that I’m doing what I am supposed to be doing.  I love it, and I am so grateful to all of the people who have trusted me with documenting them and their families.

Below are some of my favourite images from our annual Hamm Family Thanksgiving Camping Trip.  It’s always a bit cramped and almost always too cold but every year we go anyway.  I’m so very grateful for my family (and our various tag alongs – I’m looking at you Chantal!) and that we always make time to invest in each other.


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Impostor Syndrome

There’s a moment before I do anything big.  Sometimes the moment lasts only a second, and sometimes the moment lasts years.  In that moment I am frozen.  I can’t make a decision.  I can’t say yes.  My dad thinks I hold back because I am afraid to succeed.  That I’m afraid of the attention that might come with success.  I’ve always thought that it is because I’m afraid that people will know that I’m not “good enough”.  I’m afraid to stand up boldly and declare “this is who I am – this is my work and I’m proud of it” because I’m afraid that someone will call me out right then and there.  They’ll remind me that any success I have is due to luck, or timing, or my ability to trick people into believing I’m more than I am.  That one day everyone else will also be able to see what a fake I am.  There’s a name for this I’m told.  It’s called impostor syndrome.  And as much as I like to consider myself unique, I hear that this “condition” is actually quite common – particularly among women.  It’s unfortunate.  How many people, artists, musicians, writers,  photographers have held themselves back because they’re afraid?  Not that they’ll fail, but that other people will write them and their work off as fraudulent.  As a fluke.  And the truth is… the fears aren’t actually based in any truth.  In fact, it’s when I rally the courage to take those steps forward to face and pursue my deepest insecurities and desires that I’m met with the most encouragement and support.  

Find out what makes you feel at home and chase it.  Better yet, fight for it.  Because I think it’s only then that we are able to stand behind our work with pride and confidence, knowing we are doing exactly what we should be doing. 

Chasing the Light…

– Lauren.


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Caleb Gordon Superstar

This guy was a delight to photograph.  Not only is he devilishly handsome, but he is also funny and intellectual and so full of story.  He has such a way with words (as demonstrated by his blog which can be found here) and has a unique way of seeing and encountering the world around him.  If you want to follow his career (which believe me – you do) you can find his artist page on Facebook here.  Enjoy a few of my favourite shots from our headshot session together!


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Eat Your Hearts Out

I am just so lucky to have such beautiful friends.  Here are the headshots I got to take of my dear friend Brynn a few weeks ago.  Eat your hearts out boys.


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Lovely Leah

This year for her birthday, Leah gifted herself a mini-session with me.  As I look through these photos that I hope capture Leah’s gentle and fun loving soul and I think what a wonderful way to spoil yourself a bit.  I love these individual sessions that I have had the opportunity to shoot because they allow me the chance to stop everything in my busy life and just SEE someone.  Truly.  Just see them.  Leah is so many things.  An actor, a writer, an artist, an encourager, a friend, and a truthful, vulnerable woman of God.  As the sun kissed the valley with it’s last bit of autumn warmth we headed out into the forest to savour this fleeting light.  I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do!


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Grand Finale

“Fall has always been my favourite season.  The time when everything bursts with it’s last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for it’s grand finale…”

| Lauren DeStefano |

I hope you enjoy a few of my favourite shots from this beautiful fall family photo shoot!


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Jillian

JILLIAN.


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