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,

Michelle

The Sweetness of Olivia | Newborn Session

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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.

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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Wanderings | Personal

I never seem to tire of wandering.

I love the quiet exploration of the world around me and with every adventure sometimes familiar places are seen in a new light. The discovery offers a new connection, a deeper look into soul, a stirring within and upon return a feeling of recharge, of gratitude or simple happiness.

I tend to wander when I feel the cusp of change, an unsettled kind of feeling within and so often when things change in our lives, we have such a resistance to the change. This is because when people see a big change appearing they are often fearful that it is something bad. But it is important to remember that when something big changes in our lives, it means something better is coming. There cannot be a vacuum in the Universe, and so as something moves out, something must come in and replace it. When change comes, relax, have total faith, and know that the change is ALL GOOD.

All good indeed…Abandoned-House-2-Dec-2015Abandoned-House-1-Dec-2015Abandoned-House-Dec-2015

 

 

And often the best is discovered when we surrender…

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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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Tara & Mya Family Session | Okotoks Photographer

Sometimes its hard to make time or coordinate schedules to fit some family photos in. I was thrilled when Tara called suggesting that it was ‘time’. We have been working together creatively for a while now and Mya was feeling that they should have some photos done together. We found some beautiful light, trees and even chickens on a friends property. I discovered that Mya has a phobia of mice and any kind of creep crawlie things that might be lurking in a pile of leaves. It’s something I think about every time I see a pile of leaves now, especially ones that were raked some time ago. (Sorry Mya… I get ya now!) We even had fun taking selfies with the chicken!!  What a great evening.Tara-Watts-Family-18-Oct-2015Tara-Watts-Family-17-Oct-2015Tara-Watts-Family-15-Oct-2015Tara-Watts-Family-14-Oct-2015Tara-Watts-Family-13-Oct-2015Tara-Watts-Family-11-Oct-2015Tara-Watts-Family-10-Oct-2015Tara-Watts-Family-8-Oct-2015Tara-Watts-Family-7-Oct-2015Tara-Watts-Family-5-Oct-2015Tara-Watts-Family-4-Oct-2015Tara-Watts-Family-3-Oct-2015Tara-Watts-Family-2-Oct-2015Tara-Watts-Family-1-Oct-2015

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