My name is Viara and I am a family photographer based in Kingston, and serving Toronto, Ottawa, and Southern Ontario.

me with my three children while on holiday

I was born in Bulgaria, and have lived in the United Kingdom, Saskatchewan, Toronto, and the Netherlands.

Before becoming I photographer, I was a parenting scientist. I got a PhD, analyzing thousands of mothers playing with their babies and I learned to notice tiny changes in facial expressions, small movements, and family dynamics. These are important to my photography today.

I now live on an acreage near Kingston, with my husband, three children, and a menagerie of animals. My days are spent with the crow of roosters out the window, while I drink ALL the coffee and spread the joy of loving your life, loving your real self, and being forgiving of yourself as a parent.

Check out my interview (below) for the Depth of Field podcast, and for ImageSource's Photographer's Eye series. I also love to write science-fiction: you can check out two of my short stories here and here.

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You should connect with me if:

amsterdam, nl 2014 (photo credit: galina Madjaroff)

amsterdam, nl 2014 (photo credit: galina Madjaroff)

  1. You struggle with parenting. You sometimes feel guilt for not being the perfect parent.

    As a former parenting researcher, I can tell you this is a nearly universal feeling. Parenting in the 21st century is as challenging as it ever has been. As a photographer, I’ve made it my life’s mission to tell parents through the stories of their lives that what they are doing for their children is wonderful, loving, and perfect.

    A family documentary photography session captures exactly those moments which you don’t see, or often take for granted - all the caregiving and loving that you give of yourself each and every day.

  2. You wish there was a better way to do family photos

    There is! I have built my photography so that we both feel good: you feel it, because you choose exactly what you want to do and where, and I feel it because I get to do the thing I’m really good at. This is all about capturing YOUR life, no fakery. No matching outfits are required ;)

  3. You are uncomfortable in front of the camera

    I understand exactly what you’re feeling, which is why I end up looking like the Jim Carey at his comedic best when I try to pose for a photo. For that reason, I’ve built my business around the belief that the best family photographs are un-orchestrated. I make people feel comfortable, because I’m more akin to a visiting friend than a conventional photographer.

  4. You like to do things your own way

    Candid photography is perfect for you if you value discovery, and you aren’t afraid of new chapters. It is for you if you are an optimist at heart. If you love to be just a little bit different from the crowd, to make your life your own way, and not care too much about trends.