A Beautiful Thing

MY STORY

I never met my mother’s parents. They both passed before I was born, but from the stories my mother has told me about them, I imagine that they are primarily responsible for my sense of humour. And thanks to many (many) photographs like in their wedding album, I can put faces to their shenanigans playing out in my mind.

Why I Do What I Do

MY PASSIONS

Family photos are powerful! They house all of the feelings we have for the people in them. Whether it’s a big life event like your wedding or your yearly portrait with your growing kids, photos have deep meaning to the people in them and to the people who love the people in them. Most people know this… But most people don’t like having their photo taken.

The Dirt On Me

ABOUT SOPHIA LEMON

Once upon a time, I was one of those people. I thought I wasn’t photogenic, and I didn’t understand why my friends kept insisting that I looked great in photos. It took some work, but I eventually started to see what they were talking about. That I didn’t have to look like the women on Instagram to look good. That no amount of dieting, makeup, or contorting my body into uncomfortable poses makes me look better than I do when I’m laughing hysterically.

Love Is A Big Deal

MY MISSION

This is my mission. It is to help the beautiful, hilarious, and talented people I work with see themselves the way their family and friends do. It is to help them slow down. It is to help them embed these ridiculous memories in their minds. To help them recall every taste, touch, and smell from our time together… To help them laugh a little bit harder. It is to help them feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera and to help them carry those feelings of confidence into the rest of their lives.

Living In The Real World

ALBUMS + ARTWORK

You live in the real world with four walls and a roof. Like my grandparents, you don’t live in Facebook. That is why I’m going to send you home with real life, printed artwork

Each of my packages includes printed pieces. Whether in the form of a custom album, for your wedding, a beautiful book for your boudoir session, or a portrait print credit to put towards your custom artwork. I’m even going to help you pick the perfect photos to print, where to put them, and how big they should be!

TESTIMONIALS + REVIEWS

Collingwood family photography review

Frischs

If you couldn't tell from her branding Sophia is such a people person. I think that's why her work is so great, because she's fun and brings out a lot of natural joy and laughter out of her subjects. As a marketing professional, I have recommended her to many of my clients for personal branding photos and all of them have been extremely happy with the process and results. Sophia also photographed my family including all 3 generations. She was a lot of fun to work with but also incredibly organized and professional when it came to reviewing the proofs and ordering prints. I will continue to recommend Sophia to anyone looking for great photography because I know they will not be disappointed.
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Ashima & Avneet

Sophia was amazing!!!! She coordinated with my fiance over a few weeks as they secretly planned the proposal, and when it came time it was a very cold day and she stuck it out and photographed us and our family without any pressure to wrap up! Did I forget to mention that Sophia turned around our edited pictures THE SAME DAY?!!!! We were on such a high and to have the pictures sent to us that evening to look at them as a family just made the day even more special! Lastly, that day it happened to snow quite a bit and Sophia's edits made it look so magical like it was a true winter wonderland!
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Leanne & Leon

Leon and I were very lucky to have Sophia photograph our wedding this past summer. We had a budget conscious 1 hour shoot at the Arboretum in Collingwood. The scenery, lighting, and overall results were amazing! Thank you so much for capturing a special moment in our lives. Thank you as well for all of the pre-organization and follow-up too. Now we'll need to get some baby shots this coming summer...
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Bricklin & Dustin

Sophia was the photographer for our wedding and engagement photos and she is amazing! It has been two years since our wedding and I still go back almost every day to look at the beautiful photos she took. She was punctual, professional, and was able to handle my demanding family with grace. She made sure that only mine and my husband's wishes were followed and followed up to make sure all the photos on our wish list were taken. My husband and I don't feel photogenic but Sophia was able to prove us wrong. I admired Sophia's work for years always saying "if I ever get married, I want her to be the photographer" even when I didn't think I would ever want to get married. I just loved the way that everyone in her photos were happy. Now we have those photos of everyone smiling and it's of us and our family. I can't recommend Sophia enough.
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Sarah & Levi

We decided to go with Sophia for our wedding photos after she beautifully covered my cousins wedding a couple years before. She was very great to work with and professional. My husband and I are both awkward when it comes to having our photos taken, but Sophia made it so easy! Every photo turned out so beautiful and we are extremely happy with how they turned out. Looking at our photo album brings us back to that day and allows us to relive it through every photo. We highly recommend using Sophia to photograph your day! We will definitely be going to her again for all of our photography needs.
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Jan

Great experience having my photo taken by Sophia. She is creative, efficient and relaxed. Super studio in a convenient location, too.
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Jessica

Sophia was AH. MAZ. ING!! I had contemplated hiring a photographer for a rebranding photoshoot for some time, but had not gotten around to it. Then I had a friend highly recommend Sophia, and after browsing her gallery I was instantly in love with her style and artistic eye. The day of the shoot was a total breeze. She was organized and had the best make up/hair artist (thanks again Katie), so I literally showed up, got beautified and had a fun photoshoot. Sophia was super easy going, funny and had a ton of great ideas. When I got my pics, I was entirely blown away! I knew they would be good, but they exceeded my expectations by miles. Thank you SOPHIA!!! You are amazing at what you do and I would hire you again in a heartbeat!
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Kathryn & Leigh

Sophia has been superb to work with! We love the natural style of her photography. Since our first interaction, she has been communicative, transparent, professional and easygoing! We had our engagement shoot with her recently, it was such a fun experience and the photos came out great! We are looking forward to having her apart of our big day!
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Chels & Ty

Sophia was just amazing to work with for our engagement shoot. My fiance and I are not the most photogenic people but quickly realized that didn't matter. We were able to just be our pure natural selves and Sophia captured true moments that came out just beautifully. Her eye for the surrounding scenery is amazing. My only request for scenery was that it had greenery, water, and rocks. She was able to suggest a location with all of that. I can't wait to see our wedding photos now… just have to wait another 13 months. Definitely recommend Sophia for anyone looking for an excellent photographer that takes pride in their shots, catches natural moments and doesn't do typical poses.

RECENT PRESS + FEATURES

COVID-19 Coverage in Owen Sound Sun Times

Click here to read about the impact that COVID-19 is having on the local wedding industry and engaged couples in the Owen Sound Sun Times.

Better Photography: Create Better Images for Social Media Webinar

Learn how to take better photos for your social media with the camera you already have (including your smartphone). Watch this full webinar recap!
how they asked proposal photography feature

Christmas Proposals on How They Asked

Camellia and Romel's proposal has been featured several times, and this is their second time on How They Asked. Tap right here to see the full article.

Family Photography Presentation in Collingwood

If you're wondering how to prepare your family for their photo session, this is the perfect presentation for you. Check out one of my latest presentations in the Collingwood area here!

Photographer Feature Presentation in Collingwood

You'd be surprised by what the most important part of my job is. It is not creating beautiful photographs. Watch this feature presentation to learn what my true job is!

More Than Meets the Eye Presentation

This presentation is all about my experience in photographing participants in the More Than Meets the Eye project with the Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce. I share more about how this project changed how I see and speak about people living with dementia, and how the project aims to help others see how there is much more to the participants and people like them. Click here to watch it.

Ridiculously Happy Love Stories Presentation

In PechaKucha Night Collingwood vol 1, I share a selection of super simple love stories that will never be told in the movies. These are the behind-the-scenes moments that stick out to the people I work with. The bits and pieces that outsider might gloss over, but that mean everything to the people living the moment. Click here to see it!

More Than Meets the Eye Featured in Sun Times

I had the pleasure of volunteering on a very special project with the Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce over the past couple of months! The More Than Meets the Eye project features 10 portraits of people living with dementia along with highlights from their lives. Click here to read more.
COVID-19 Update

NOW BOOKING ONLINE!

Yes! I am shooting.

I am currently booking immediate families, extended families, couples, and business people.

Sessions may be held in my studio, on private properties, and available public properties. I will wear a mask for in-studio sessions, and 6ft of distance will be maintained between myself and my clients for outdoor sessions.

Consultations and photo premieres will be held via video chat.
BOOK NOW ONLINE
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