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

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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.

Brittany & Dan

Sophia was absolutely amazing to work with! My fiancé and I booked an engagement photo session with her and the entire shoot felt relaxed and natural. Normally, we both feel awkward and uncomfortable in front of the camera but Sophia made it seem as though she wasn't even there. She picked some great locations for photos and the pictures turned out even better than we could have ever imagined. We truly recommend her!

Susan

Getting my photo taken is one of my least favourite things to do, kind of up there with going to the dentist! It was a necessary thing to do for my business so I dug deep and made the call. Sophia assured me that it would be a pleasant experience, one I would actually enjoy and she was right. First thing she did was organize my hair and makeup to be professionally done and the results were fantastic. From start to finish of the photo shoot, Sophia made me feel comfortable in my own skin and helped me to relax and have fun...

Christina

I am not comfortable getting my photo taken but Sophia made the experience comfortable and fun! She kept the atmosphere positive and the pictures turned out great! If anyone is looking for a photographer I would highly recommend Sophia Lemon.

Jamie

Accommodating! Fun! Communicative! Loved the turn out! Was nervous at first but didn’t want the session to end!

Bill Simpson

It seems to me that professional photographers mostly speak a language that the rest of us do not: aperture? Shutter speed? Light bounce? When I have worked with Sophia, I have been impressed at how informally she goes about her work and how she has a natural skill for putting people at ease...
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Mary & Jordan, Pt 2.5

For two people who are SO nervous in front of the camera, Sophia made it fun and easy-going. Throughout our wedding day there were some hiccups with guests (and maybe the wedding party!) but Sophia handled everything and we were able to share a laugh afterwards! From start to end our process with Sophia was so positive. She is quick to respond to emails and texts during working hours - and her website is so easy to use!! I highly recommend using Sophia Lemon’s photography skills... and following her on social media, she has great posts and CUTE pets!! We will be recommending her to everyone...

RECENT PRESS + FEATURES

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.
ontario proposal photographer feature

Camellia & Romel on Something Turquoise

Just over a year ago at Christmas, 2017, Romel proposed to Camellia in Collingwood, Ontario. Well, I'm proud to say that the photos of their romantic holiday surprise in the snow has been picked up by Something Turquoise!

Brenna & Jordan on The Wedding Clique

Brenna and Jordan's Black Creek Pioneer Village wedding in Toronto, Ontario has now been published on The Wedding Clique. Their spectacular spring wedding was filled with vintage details to suit the antique feel of the village. To see more from their wedding click here to see their blog.

Wedding Advice from Bethany on Let's Bee Together

Collingwood Wedding Photographer, Sophia Lemon, has been published again on Let's Bee Together along her photographs of Bethany and Adam. See more from this couple and their beautiful ski club wedding here.