Carrie Duncan Photography's day-to-day blog


Everything happens for a reason

Recently I’ve been running into some difficulty trying to get one of my sessions booked thanks to the weather. This was supposed to be an outdoor shoot, as was mama-to-be Paula’s preference. With the rain, and the cold days we’ve had in May, I couldn’t justify taking her and her daughter out into the nasty weather for photos.

Then, by some small miracle, this past Saturday’s forecast was sun all day. I couldn’t believe my luck! Although I had a booking in the afternoon, I decided to try to get this session done in the morning, and I’m so glad I did. You see, if I had done the session during the week, I wouldn’t have gotten her husband Chris in the photos, and I would have missed out on photos like this one.

Thankfully, Paula brought some spray-on sunscreen, because I’ve had some terrible streaky incidents with the ones you rub on (a post for another day). And she brought coffee, which puts her in the running to be my new BFF. We strolled and snapped stopping under beautiful weeping willows and down by the boardwalk on the waterfront. By some twist of fate, the boardwalk which I had chosen to take them to while I was out checking out the park earlier in the week, was right by the condo tower that Paula used to live in. Isn’t it nice when things just have a way of working themselves out?


Mother’s Day

Last year on Mother’s Day, I was eight months pregnant and anxiously awaiting the arrival of my little one. Seeing Lauren this year on Mother’s Day brought back some pleasant memories of pregnancy. I only wished I had looked this good at the end of my pregnancy.

Like Lauren, I carried a mixed-race child. I had resigned myself to the fact that my baby would most likely resemble my darker-skinned husband more than me. So imagine my surprise when this child emerged barely a shade darker than me, with the same almond shaped-eyes that have (although they are nearly black), soft wavy hair, with my husband’s full lips, broad shoulders and large hands and feet. He had features that captured both of us, and as I stared at him, I thought: ‘I couldn’t have designed a more beautiful baby if I had tried.’

This week, he turns 11 months and my husband is threatening to disown him if he doesn’t darken up a bit this summer. Most people recognize that he is mixed race, but what that mix is, they usually can’t tell, unless of course my husband is standing with us.

It’s been a challenge trying to be mindful of our diverse heritage while raising my son. Being a French-Canadian in Toronto is almost equivalent to being a Caribbean-born person in terms of minority population. Still, I’m proud to say that he is blessed with family on both sides who are active in his life and will help him reconcile the two.

Motherhood has been an amazing and incredible journey so far. My son makes me laugh everyday, which is a good thing, because he also tests the limits of my patience and sanity! Still, I wouldn’t trade a minute of the last 11 months for anything, the good, the bad, the laughing, the crying, it’s all part of a journey that I share with all other moms. Welcome to the club Lauren!

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The blossoms are here!

If you’re in Toronto, and wanting to check out the cherry blossoms at High Park, they are now in full bloom. They only last a few days, so get out there.

I snapped this photo of a lovely mama and her little one last Thursday, just as they were opening up.


I was invited to be the photographer at the United Martial Arts Annual Dodgeball tournament to raise money for Ronald McDonald House.

Over two days both kids and kids at heart launched balls at each other for charity. I had to stand, sit, kneel on the sidelines and try to avoid getting hit by the stray balls.

I’m sure they had almost as much fun as I did! To the participants, visit my website to see all the photos and order yours today!

Cheeky monkey

Check out the tongue on this little guy, it really made me laugh!

He was all smiles for the camera.

Poetry in motion

I can only hope that the pictures I captured tell some of the story of this talented gymnast.



Time after time

One of the best compliments a client can pay me is to return to their home a few months after their original shoot to do some more images of their little one.

When babies are this young, every parent wants to capture their precious moments on a regular basis. This shoot is a three-month-old girl, who I also captured as a newborn.

For more information on milestone moments, see my pricing page.  You can save by investing in a longterm package that will see you through your little one’s first year.