kristin sjaarda photography

I'm sure many of you are familiar with photographer Kristin Sjaarda. If you don't know her by name then for sure you know her work. She has been photographing the Hello! Neighbor stories for me for over a year now. She's super talented and I'm so lucky to have her on board providing beautiful photos of interiors for me (and you!)

It all started when I asked her to shoot her own home. I've known Kristin for a few years now and appreciated that she was a professional photographer before three boys under the age of seven put that pursuit on hold. Her home was only the third in the series and up until that point I had been shooting the homes myself (or asking my husband).

Kristin was excited to get behind the camera (as any mum who has been changing diapers incessantly can testify). She took the whole day to shoot her own house and loved every minute of it. When the time came to shoot the next month's house she volunteered to shoot it and our partnership began.

Since that time we've photographed over 26 houses together. We've also seen our stories picked up by 2 for Couples Magazine and several of the homes we first featured here have ended up in major print publications like Per & Elana's (Style at Home), Rachel & Paul's (Today's Parent) and Jana & John's (Toronto Life).  None of that would have happened without Kristin!

This weekend Kristin had some shots in The Globe and Mail (pictured here). In fact, her shot made the cover of the Style section. She's also just launched her own website built using 4ormat dedicated to her photography of interiors. If you're looking for home inspiration than you will definitely want to check it out. It's chock full of goodness!


For more on this kitchen and its owners, John Bell is the host of HGTV's The World's Greenest Homes and his wife Patsy is a stylist, check out The Globe and Mail story. The space features many green features you might be interested in learning more about.