Alyssa and Brad | Couples Session

When I first was contacted by Alyssa via email my first impression was that she was a gentle soul who really seemed to know what she wanted. Very polite. She was asking for a session that would land in the middle of my family time during Christmas. It would only be a quick session and I had now found myself really wanting to met this lovely gal.

Brad and Alyssa have been together for a long time (longer than most their age) and the two of them would be celebrating their 5th ‘Anniversary’ mid December. They were looking to commemorate the occasion with a photo session. What is truly remarkable is that the past two years they have been making the ‘long distance’ trek with Brad attending school more than two provinces away. I was more than happy to help them celebrate this particular anniversary with photos and to work within a tight time frame during the busiest time… Christmas time.

We both had hoped that the weather would work out in our favor considering it would be late December and a desire for an outdoor session. Mother Nature was kind, sunshine and reasonable temperatures truly a perfect day for exploring Fish Creek Park.

Both were such wonderful people, I did have a whole lot of fun and it was easy for them to immerse themselves into each other. Simply perfect!

Young love, their love… certainly a beautiful thing.

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Nicole & Ricky | Maternity Session

Pregnancy is a rare and fleeting time in your life. Your body is transformed in beautiful ways to reflect the growing life within. The excitement of becoming a mother, of becoming parents. Nicole and Ricky were certainly getting quite excited to meet their new little bundle of joy. I was honored that the two of them decided to make the trek to my neck of the woods for their maternity session… outside in the snow!!

We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon filled with sunshine, cold noses and layers of sweaters. I was overjoyed that they were looking for some outdoor images and both were quite happy to play in the snow.

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The Moraes Family at Big Hill Springs | Alberta Family Photographer

It’s been awhile since I last captured some photos for this beautiful family. Life has a way of keeping us busy as we ebb and flow through changes and growth. It was so wonderful to be met with beautiful smiles and enthusiastic children… made my heart swell immensely.

We ventured out to Big Hill Springs on the last warm weekend in November. Matthew is such a little gentleman, helping his Mumma down the wooden steps making sure she didn’t fall, always nearby to help his sister out. Grace is a total sweetie but the poor girl was struggling with a cough, good thing for brothers and blankets to snuggle up with.

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Enjoying the Autumn Light | Children Session

I love seeing the world through the eyes of the littles in my care. I love seeing the light dance in their eyes, their little noses get a touch red and adventurous smiles.  I love outings with this little girl. I find myself giggling more, stopping more, enjoying more. I love the Autumn light.Dylann-2-Oct-2015Dylann-Oct-2015Dylann-1-Oct-2015

Getting in the Creative Flow | Growing Session

Spending time with a creative hairstylist is a bit like having every single tab open in Windows. There is just so much going on and I like to just hang on for the ride and go with it. Tara introduced Shea and I to Gillian (turns out I already met Gillian once before) and we spent the morning hanging out getting to know each other while hair was teased and make up applied. Gillian looked great  and then it was my turn and I still find myself feeling quite reserved in this realm of posing. By the time I get all settled in the session is over and we are packing up to head home. It’s this creative area where I would love more practise, especially with communication and just to allow the image to evolve rather than worry about making sure I get a photo of this and a photo of that for everyone else. It’s time to really expand… maybe it’s my turn to plan a creative session.

I am incredibly grateful to Gillian for opening up her home and herself to our whims and allowing her inner goddess to come out and play.

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Baker Creek Tradition

We have been visiting Baker Creek for a long while now and although it is a very favorite place of ours to get away to we did decide that it was time to explore new country and create another ‘new’ favorite place. For our last visit we had some goals… a hike up to the Lake Agnes Tea House from Lake Louise and dinner at the Primrose Restaurant at the Rimrock Hotel in Banff and who better to share our last stay with, Kelsey and Cassandra. We had a total blast. Baker-Creek-Weekend-23-Oct-2015Baker-Creek-Weekend-22-Oct-2015Baker-Creek-Weekend-20-Oct-2015Baker-Creek-Weekend-198-Oct-2015Baker-Creek-Weekend-17-Oct-2015Baker-Creek-Weekend-15-Oct-2015Baker-Creek-Weekend-12-Oct-2015Baker-Creek-Weekend-11-Oct-2015Baker-Creek-Weekend-10-Oct-2015Baker-Creek-Weekend-7-Oct-2015Baker-Creek-Weekend-6-Oct-2015Baker-Creek-Weekend-4-Oct-2015Baker-Creek-Weekend-2-Oct-2015

‘Best’ Pups Around | Fall Family Session

I loved meeting these two beautiful black labs. Maylor is 3 years old and Raveyn is just 3 months old. Bundles of trouble and fun… Maylor is a hunting dog and listens to instruction incredibly well. While we were out back behind their home some people came strolling by with their dogs, with a quick catch of Raveyn and a grab of Maylor’s toy there was no risk of having to catch runaways. My own two pooches are getting on in years and it was so fun to enjoy the pup playfulness.

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The Tompkins | Fall Family Session

I have known this family since, well… almost forever… okay maybe not forever but it’s been 17 years. I have been blessed to have cared for and watch each of their three children grow, each of them learn to walk and find their words, discover the world through play and adventure. It has been awesome and amazing.

Not all the family is fond of the camera but I am always excited when I get the call that it’s time to capture some family photos and this year it’s been an amazing fall. I love catching up with everyone as always but I truly enjoyed the impromptu ‘Macarena dance’ that broke out with Dad and the kids while I was capturing a few beautiful images of mom.

Thanks again Tompkins family for the laughter and the love, you guys really are awesome!!Tompkins-Family-13-Sept-2015

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This is what I captured of the impromptu ‘Macarena’…

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Mrs Weavers Finest – A Collaborative Affair

“Wow, you made me look so beautiful.”

Its one of the best compliments a photographer could receive but the camera truly records what it sees. The beauty is already there. Tara and Alanna did an amazing job doing hair and Dalyn is an amazing make up artist . It’s not easy to come to the ‘parlour’ and be vulnerable and raw. Don’t be afraid of your own beautiful femininity. I just worked to draw out the natural you, to help the timid and nervousness fall away and together we greeted the sweet excitement of the vintage shoot. I believe that women spend much of their time taking care of everyone else and typically spend very little time focusing on themselves. It is so awesome to be reminded from time to time how incredible we are as individuals and as women. Beauty is so much more than pretty. It’s inside and outside pretty. It’s vulnerable and feminine pretty. It’s strength and power pretty. It’s all the complicated bits and pieces of a woman’s soul vibrating together to make up that magnificent being that is so much more than can be defined by one word.

So blessed to have met such amazing women and their enthusiasm to recreating these vintage images for Mrs. Weaver’s Finest Unmentionables – custom lingerie for Every Body! ‘Mrs. Weaver’ says in her blog post… “The intention for this shoot was to take beautiful vintage images, like the ones I’ve collected on my Vintage Beauties Pinterest Board, and recreate them or use them as a basis for inspiration. The women who posed for these modern photographs are real women and the images haven’t been photoshopped – with the exception of a bruise that was erased from someone’s bottom. The shoot was designed to be a celebration of the inherent beauty in all women and the results have surpassed my wildest dreams.”

I am incredibly honored to be part of this journey and look forward to where this adventure will take us. To these women who came together for this creative session and to the future women who will come I want to strive to empower and uplift you but I also want to thank you for trusting me to capture your innate beauty in a respectful manner but also for having courage and believing in yourself enough to celebrate you.

Well done ladies!

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Keegan & Chris… Young Love | Couples Session

In my previous blog post I had mentioned that I was really hoping for a thunder shower at the location I was shooting a boudoir session… well the sky was really showing some potential so I texted my daughter and asked her to stop at the house grab a few items and meet me where I was currently shooting. By the time she arrived and visiting happened with the property owner the crazy threatening sky turned a beautiful blue and the sunshine came out to play. So we changed gears and snapped a few photos of my girl and her guy…

I think we made the most of the moment. Lots of laughs too.

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