Finding My Way | Personal

It’s been a long while and I’m just not sure where to start… I thought about just starting where I left off chronologically but then I realized that I just need to write a post, a personal post, marking my spot, where I am at right here right now.

My summer left me re-evaluating the important things. Things like my family and the changes in our life, my health and how taking care of myself is as important as taking care of all those around me (maybe even more important because you just can’t give from an empty cup), discovering just how hard it was to say goodbye to a beloved pooch and the quality of life I want to live, to live for me.

It was a summer of slowing down, being still and reconnecting.

Now there is a crispness in the air and the leaves are changing and fall is upon us. I often looked at this time of year as a new page, crisp and white. This year September has me feeling like change is just around the corner; the start of a new chapter is on the horizon. At the moment I am just not sure what that will look like and I am trying my best to embrace the unknown and that isn’t always a comfortable feeling for someone who is always feeling the need to be ready for what’s coming. Not something you can prepare for if you have no idea what IT really is. So, I have decided that my fall personal project will be a journey to discover a little more of who I am and doing a little soul reaching, soul connecting, soul surfing… soul lovin’. I am a little scared and a whole lot excited.

I read this the other day.

”I think midlife is when the universe gently places her hands upon your shoulders, pulls you close, and whispers in your ear:
I’m not screwing around. It’s time. All of this pretending and performing – these coping mechanisms that you’ve developed to protect yourself from feeling inadequate and getting hurt – has to go.

Your armor is preventing you from growing into your gifts. I understand that you needed these protections when you were small. I understand that you believed your armor could help you secure all of the things you needed to feel worthy of love and belonging, but you’re still searching and you’re more lost than ever.

Time is growing short. There are unexplored adventures ahead of you. You can’t live the rest of your life worried about what other people think. You were born worthy of love and belonging. Courage and daring are coursing through you. You were made to live and love with your whole heart. It’s time to show up and be seen.”

~ Brené Brown

Yup, it’s definitely time to show up and be seen.

Feels so good to be back blogging and sharing my art. I hope you enjoy this collection of fall beauty from a recent trip out to Cat Creek Falls, Kananaskis Country with my parents and my beautiful border collie girl as we adjust to life without our sweet Keeko.

Much love,


The Sweetness of Olivia | Newborn Session

Olivia-Newborn-9-Jan-2016Olivia-Newborn-8-Jan-2016Olivia-Newborn-7-Jan-2016Olivia-Newborn-4-Jan-2016Olivia-Newborn-3-Jan-2016Olivia-Newborn-2-Jan-2016Olivia-Newborn-1-Jan-2016Olivia-Newborn-Jan-2016Olivia-Newborn-BW-Jan-2016I am always in awe and amazement at the miracle of life, that we could create such a perfect little being so tiny and precious. Life is beautiful that way.

I was happy to be able to meet Brad and Lucy’s wee little one, Olivia. It was also good to give a little lovin’ to Blaze, the family pooch too. Tiny Olivia was just the prettiest little thing, and such a good girl for her newborn session.

Sweet and precious Isobelle | Newborn Session

Such a beautiful way to welcome the year… a tiny and precious wee baby girl.

Miss Isobelle was so good as we rearranged her house to make space for photographing her in all her newness. She slept nearly the entire afternoon. There is nothing more precious than the smell and warmth of a brand new baby and I was incredibly blessed to soak up as much snuggles as I could during my time there.

The pooches, Lola and Juno, were still a little unsure about this new little bundle that arrived on the cusp of Lola having to say goodbye to her last pup. There was still a sadness but I know that in a short time there will be a new sense of parenting as the two grow attached to Isobelle.

Such a beautiful and sweet girl.

Congratulations Nicole and Ricky.



Jordyn’s visit | Babies and Family

I had the pleasure of meeting sweet little Jordyn and her family on a crisp day late in December. Her grandparents were visiting and a few photos were on the agenda. Such a sweet little treasure, even Pop (the pup) is happy to have a new little one in the house. Her parents are pretty smitten and she is equally in love. In her daddy’s arms is her happy place and in minutes she’s off to baby slumber.


When My Family Gathers | Personal

When we were all younger ‘keeping up’ seemed like the name of the game. Running kids here, volunteering for that, date nights, family game nights, school activities, Main Stage, riding lessons, friend visits, camping, holidays… often we were exhausted but happy. Okay, most of the time we were happy. Raising children is an immense job and although there are moments when you wonder or question (depending on what stage you are at in your own parenting) it is highly rewarding.

We all have our moments… I had my moments, I still have them now and then but I just don’t seem to make them so grandiose anymore. I have been doing some growing up too. Now that my children are all pretty much moved out and living their lives I find the moments when they are home some of my most favorite times.

I can guarantee that we all seem to be together for the big holidays and events. Thanksgiving, Christmas, graduations, and for the August birthday celebrations. So this year when we all finally gathered together I made sure we acknowledged the event with a family photo. Set up the tripod, rounded up all the participants (dogs included) and even recruited a girlfriend to man the shutter button.



Left to right (back): Chris Cielen, Keegan, Dale, me, Ryane and Jason (front) Taylor, Keeko, Chelsea , Elijah and Ella.

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.



Lucy & Brad | Maternity Mini Session

A few quick photos to mark an amazing moment because there is not much more amazing than being pregnant, on the cusp of welcoming a new, precious wee one into your life.

I was surprised to discover that I had met Lucy before, years before. She has grown into a beautiful woman and I could not be more happy that she has found a wonderful man and was about to embark on the joy of becoming a mother. One of the most difficult yet rewarding positions to hold. So very exciting.

There was a shyness for Lucy and Brad (there often is in front of the camera) but Blaze the beautiful black lab was plenty excited for the two of them!!