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Welcome to our old blog!

(Update: We have officially launched our new blogsite!  So head over to the new site to see all of our most recent work @ www.melanieandjustin.ca.)

Bonjour! We are Mélanie and Justin Driedger and we are wedding & portrait photographers based out of Guelph, Ontario.  We love meeting new people and working with them to create crisp, clean, and creative images.  If you like what you see and think "I love Mel and Justin's style"... then you should contact us!

Also, you can find us on  facebook! We'd love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Elora Gorge Engagement Photography | Jenna & Rich

I love hearing couples’ unique love stories… and Jenna & Rich’s story is one that I love!  They spent many years seeing each other at conferences and conventions, not knowing that one day *BAM* they would see the “light” and fall in love.  Now, they’re engaged and will be married in September (YAY!)  Unlike, mine and Justin’s story… sometime it just takes awhile for us to come around, but when we do, it’s such a beautiful thing (I’ll have to share our story sometime).

Last weekend we drove to the Elora Gorge and snapped a few photos of the two of them.  The Gorge is such a beautiful place to take photos… And it was even more delightful to work with a ‘really bright-minutes-before-a-thunderstorm’ sky!  But there was also lots of pressure to get all the shots we wanted before the big rain… luckily we did!  Enjoy!

Rich probably made us laugh the entire time and Jenna’s smile was outstanding… There’s no doubt that we’re going to have a blast photographing you guys in a few short months!!! Looking forward to it!

Guelph Maternity Photography | Melynda & Calvin

Happy Sunday everyone :)  I usually never take the time to blog on the weekends… but as I started looking ahead at this week, I realized I won’t be able to share some beautiful photos of a lovely couple Justin and I had the chance of meeting on Thursday!  And that’s just not cool.  So here it is, some beautiful maternity photos of a couple who are so down-to-earth and easy to be with!  We loved our time with them.  Not only did we take some great shots, but since Melynda’s about 7 weeks ahead of me (and its their first baby too), they had some really good tips to throw our way… THANKS!

Here’s a shout out to Melynda who may or may not be reading this (considering she’s due any second!  How exciting!)… but if you are, I hope that your upcoming birth goes fabulously!  I’ll be thinking about you!

they are such a happy couple!

please note that all the cool shots are thanks to Justin :)

another great shot by Justin!

I love the next 4 photos of Melynda… she’s a beautiful preggo!

Guelph Baby Photography | Ravyn Leigh | Mélanie Driedger Photography | Guelph Wedding Photography | Toronto Wedding Photography | 519.994.1325 - [...] me introduce you to baby Ravyn Leigh born to our lovely couple Melynda & Calvin.  I was so excited when Melynda wrote me to tell me “I successfully delivered Ravyn [...]May 17, 2010 - 11:37 am

Guelph Baby Photography | Baby Leah

It’s baby season!  Everywhere I look there’s a newborn… I love it!  If you follow my blog, you already know about Miss Leah Joy Vienna.  Her parents, Chris & Christine, are some of our best friends and we are so happy to celebrate their new family with these special photos!  Enjoy this beautiful life :)

I have no words for most of these photos.  She’s just too adorable!

Daddy’s going to have to try real hard to resist these little eyes… ha!
Only 11 days after giving birth and Christine is looking mighty fab.  Yes you are, my friend!

Every baby needs this shot for their album!

LOVE!
ohhhhh little hands & feet… you just make me melt!

We laughed so hard at her little toe… apparently just like dads’!

I have to finish with my favorite shot… Momma was trying to calm Leah down and it was just too precious!

We love you Baby Leah :)

Jeannine Driedger - what amazing precious pictures!April 23, 2010 - 12:36 am

Will Natividad - Congrats Chris and Christine! She is gorgeous!!!!April 22, 2010 - 10:07 pm

Christine Martin - I just cried looking through these! Thanks so much guys for capturing the beauty of our little girl!April 22, 2010 - 2:43 pm

Geoff - OKAY!! She is adorable! Congrats again Chris and Christine!April 22, 2010 - 2:31 pm

Guelph Baby Photography | Aralyn Rayne

Today I had the chance of visiting Alicia and her new baby girl… Aralyn Rayne (another great baby name).  This little sweetheart is only 1 week and 4 days old!  She was awake the whole time while I was in their home, and we managed to get some great shots of her and Ellie.  When photographing babies, there’s always the hope to get some snuggly sleepy photos, but what I’ve learned from my experience with little ones is that you can only work by their schedule!  So that’s exactly what we did… and thanks to Ellie, her big sister, for being such a great help :)

I think Ellie is going to be the best big sister ever!  She’s been waiting for this day as long as mom and dad!

beautiful!

sweet little feet…

Aralyn Rayne

She loves swinging her arms around… maybe she’ll be a dancer like her aunt Bronwyn!

and a little sneeze…

Welcome to the world Aralyn Rayne!!

Jeannine Driedger - Well I just realized I never changed my last name on your site lolApril 17, 2010 - 1:20 pm

Jeannine Boyd - Perfect pictures as usual. Love the one of the 2 girls in the chair!April 17, 2010 - 1:19 pm

Jennifer - There is something amazing to be said about a photographer who takes pictures that bring tears to my eyes without words. Your photos evoke such emotion in me Mel. I look at them and feel moved by them...beautiful! As for my story about preparing to be a mom...well it's hard to remember sometimes since Tyler is almost 18, but I do remember thinking ALOT about all of my shortcomings and worrying that somehow I would corrupt my offspring...haha. The thing that kept me grounded was knowing that The Lord had given me this life because He trusted me. He knew I could handle it! There is no real way to explain the change that happens inside of you the moment you become a parent...you just have to experience it. Whatever you ARE expecting, is paling in comparison to the joy awaiting you. When they place Eli in your arms, all of the expectations will be blown out of the water!! Expect this though: Everyday you will discover little and large joys that were hand delivered directly to you, by The Lord to enrich your marriage, your family, your faith and your entire life. All because He trusts you and Justin, and He loves you and He wants to lavish all of His goodness upon you! Eli is already blessed, and you and Justin are already equipped with all that you need. With so much love... JennApril 17, 2010 - 12:41 pm

Alicia - YOU ARE AMAZING MELANIE!!!!!!!! LOVE YOU! XOApril 16, 2010 - 11:40 pm

am I ready?

The days are counting down quickly to the arrival of our little Eli, which will turn our family of 2 into a family of 3.  I have to admit, I have complete mixed emotions about this ‘event’ on a daily basis.  I have moments of freaking out “EVERYTHING’s GOING TO CHANGE” to “I CAN’T WAIT to meet him”.  Here’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately:  How can I better prepare myself (emotionally/mentally) for this baby?  I know everyone tells me “you’ll never feel ready”… but I’m wondering if there are any unique ways that helped some of you mother’s out there prepare yourselves for your first baby.  I’d love to hear your stories!

On another note… Last Saturday, Chris & Christine had their baby girl Leah Joy Vienna (isn’t that a great name?!) and I can tell that even since meeting her something inside of me got really excited for Eli.

Here’s a few pics of baby Leah Joy whose not even a day old!

More of Leah to come soon…

Guelph Baby Photography | Baby Leah | Mélanie Driedger Photography | Guelph Wedding Photography | Toronto Wedding Photography | 519.994.1325 - [...] I look there’s a newborn… I love it!  If you follow my blog, you already know about Miss Leah Joy Vienna.  Her parents, Chris & Christine, are some of our best friends and we are so happy to [...]April 22, 2010 - 2:10 pm