Hi there, my name is Mandee.
I am the owner and artist here at Bewilder Photography. I'm a Muskoka local with a studio outside of Huntsville Ontario, in the little town of Sprucedale. Specializing in custom designed timeless portraiture of early childhood and the parenting journey, my mission is to provide service that is unrivaled in our area by customizing the design of each session to suit my client's personal style and home decor.
The majority of the art products I offer are finished myself, in house and were custom designed with cottage country in mind. Here at Bewilder we use only archival grade papers and inks that are rated to last at least 100 years with proper care, for true heirloom quality.
When we see imagery we are taken back to the experience, so I make sure the beauty starts there.
I focus on connections and showing the love between my subjects, while trying my best to get you out of your shell and laughing together, even if it's at me!
My favourite things to photograph are newborns, baby and toddler styled sessions, and children being themselves. I also love creating custom digital paintings, and doing outdoor sessions on the beautiful trails we are blessed with in Muskoka!
I spend my days on our property with my boy and my dogs in tow, exploring the backwoods and sharing my love for nature with him. Teaching him everything I can, and leading by example. My son loves the camera, so we take lots of photos together too!
I'd love to plan a session that is tailored just for you, lets chat today!
"Highly recommend Mandee. She did a photoshoot for me last year and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I always thought shoots were awkward but she did a great job making me comfortable and having so many great suggestions the whole time. She was also very friendly and easy going and made the whole process way more enjoyable. Definitely a 10/10." - Kelly S
"Mandee is very professional and friendly! Always makes your feel comfortable and works with you to get the best pictures ever. She has done many photo shoots for me in the past including maternity and my sons newborn photos and I wouldn’t have trusted anyone else with the task!" - Savanna L
"Mandee is a great photographer. She has done picture for my son almost every year since he was born and we are going on 6. We have many of her pictures in all my parents homes decorating their mantels and telling wonderful stories of how he grows. She does an excellent job with the little ones and always has a smile when they are causing trouble. Even though she has relocated this year I know I will be making the trip to find her for this years photo shoot." - Keri B
"I highly recommend Bewilder Photography! She is wonderful to work with and very professional! She did my after birth photos as well as a few photo shoots with my son, as well as myself! She has always gone above and beyond and her passion shows! I can't wait to set up my next shoot with her!" - Tasha D
"I can't stop staring at our photos. My only word for it is stunning. Please don't ever stop being a photographer. You know how you read an author’s book and you just love the way they write so you read every book they've written. That's how I feel about your photography. I love when you post your work on Facebook because I see all the beauty in it and I know you are so passionate." - Amanda G.
"Over the past two years, Mandee Simas has captured every important moment in my family's life. She's been there for our engagement, wedding, the loss of our first child, my second pregnancy and gender reveal, and the arrival of our rainbow baby. She has given us a wonderful gift by preserving these memories, through beautiful photos that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.
When we met with Mandee for our engagement shoot, we knew right away that we had made the right choice when selecting her to photograph our engagement and wedding. She was very professional and a blast to be with. My husband and I were nervous to be photographed, but Mandee made us feel at ease. By the end of the shoot, we were all laughing and it was impossible to keep a smile off of our faces. Mandee had every shot planned out- she knew exactly what poses she wanted to capture.
For our wedding, we opted to have Mandee cover both our ceremony and reception. She brought a second photographer with her (Jacky) to help her capture even more shots. We were overwhelmed with the amount of amazing pictures that were captured that day! We had a variety of candid and posed shots that showed all of the positive emotions that we felt that day. Mandee also photographed a variety of detail shots to help us remember our special day- our flowers, cake, decorations, etc. Flipping through all of our wedding photos allows us to relive our favourite moments from that magical day.
As a present for my fiance, I asked Mandee to help me with a boudoir shoot. She once again, maintained the professionalism that makes her so easy to work with. I was extremely nervous about this shoot- a lack of self-confidence and a history of body dysmorphia made this a very challenging project for me. Upon starting the shoot, Mandee selected poses that were a bit more modest, to help ease me into the process. As we continued through different poses, I started to gain confidence. Mandee was extremely thoughtful, in that she selected poses that would help me become more comfortable the parts of my body I was originally uncomfortable with. She posed me in a way that highlighted my curvy-ness in a positive light, and made me see the beauty in myself. Not only did my husband love the photos, but I gained something even more important from this shoot- self love.
When I confided in Mandee that we had lost our first child to an early miscarriage, she wanted to show her love and support by helping us preserve the memory of our baby. This photo shoot was different from the rest- the tone was much sadder than usual, and Mandee handled all of our emotions with extreme professionalism and empathy. She not only created photos that paid tribute to our little Bean, but she also captured the strength between my husband and I- a much needed reminder during such a heartbreaking time. Mandee was very respectful about keeping these photos private until we were ready to share them with others. She never pushed us to share them on social media, and even created a password to protect them on her website.
Not long after, we learned that we were expecting again. At 20 weeks pregnant, Mandee planned our gender reveal. My husband and I wanted to find out the sex of our baby together. Mandee kept our secret for a week, before revealing it to us at the shoot. She captured the very moment that we learned we were having a little boy. These were the most candid photos Mandee had ever captured for us. We weren't posed- we were just us, and our expressions were real. Thanks to Mandee, we will always be able to look back and see exactly how we felt in that moment.
When I was 34 weeks pregnant, Mandee planned my maternity shoot. For the first time in my pregnancy, I finally felt like I had the "glow"- that magical feeling that every woman should experience during pregnancy. Mandee helped me feel beautiful. She had created a beautiful rainbow crown for me to wear- a symbol to represent my rainbow baby. The setting that she chose for the shoot was absolutely perfect- a beautiful, natural landscape. Mandee took a variety of photos- some just of me and some of both my husband and myself. These pictures were perfect for marking another special time in our lives.
Our most recent shoot was for the arrival of our newborn son, Patrick. Mandee had taken details of our lives to help create the perfect poses for this shoot. For example, she used props that reflected our favourite things- Harry Potter for me, and Ninja Turtles for my husband. Our favourite photo, by far, is the "teacher's pet" pose, created to pay tribute to my career as a teacher. Throughout the entire shoot, Mandee handled each and every pose with safety first. I never worried about the safety of my child, as there was always a set of hands on him, to keep him stable (we were thankful that Jacky was there to lend a helping hand). Even when Patrick would get fussy, we would stop taking pictures, and I would comfort him for as long as needed. Mandee never lost her patience.
After every photo shoot, Mandee always completes the editing process in a timely manner, and she even provided me with sneak peaks along the way. If I ever had a question or request about a photo (i.e., editing a photo to be in black and white), she was always quick to respond. Mandee has always been flexible and creative when planning photo shoots, and her passion shines through in every photo that she creates. She never loses her patience and always listens to the requests or concerns of her clients. I highly recommend her to capture all of your precious memories.
Thank you again, Mandee, for all of the memories you helped preserve. We are forever grateful. " -Sam and Steve