Posted on November 16, 2017
I find young love inspiring… the moments where the newness starts to fade away into a comfortable way of being together. Still keeping your own uniqueness as the lines begin to blur between you. It reminds me to seek the uniqueness in others, to enjoy the comfort while making new discoveries. Living life out loud, with wild abandon and exploring all that there is.
I enjoyed listening to these two laugh while sharing different parts of the same story while we walked along the trail. I was grateful for their willingness to share a part of their celebratory day with me. So blessed to experience the warmth they share.
Life has a tendency to test your strength, your commitment to yourself and having someone in your corner who will listen or just hold you makes all the hurdles so much easier. I love their young love.
Category: Couples Tagged: Alberta Photographer, Calgary and Area Photographer, couple session, creative, creative portraits, hike alberta, Kananaskis country, lifestyle photography, lifestyle session, long exposure, love, mgierphoto, Michelle Gier Photography, Troll Falls, waterfalls, young love
Posted on September 26, 2017
‘To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched — along with body — making pregnancy a time of transition, growth and profound beginnings.’
~ Anne Christian Buchanan
There is this magic that is felt when a woman is pregnant, the stirring of a new little being slowly etching their way into your heart. It is a time of change… growing belly, sleep patterns begin to shift and towards the end you find yourself slowing down. All this in preparation for a wee little arrival. I was happy to capture this time for Kaylyn. She is simply glowing and radiant with a perfect baby belly. So much love for this little one already… a little one I, too, can’t wait to meet!!
Posted on January 27, 2017
“… the souls of some people shine so bright, that even their shadows bathe us in light.” ~ Shakieb Orgunwall
A beautiful New Years Eve wedding… it was a day that was truly amazing right down to the tiniest detail. So much love and connection for two of the most kindest people. I was truly honored to share in this day with them.
Every little detail was thought out and planned so that nothing would be missed. It was a dream ‘itinerary’ for any photographer and designed so that everything would be captured just the way they wanted. A relaxed and wonderful getting ready morning, laughter and tears between girlfriends, special moments and love shared, daddy’s first peek at his beautiful daughter… and she was a most breathtakingly beautiful bride. We even managed to capture a couple images in the beautiful little chapel before the next wedding would arrive. Moments captured at places of significance, little details, laughter and love.
It was truly a day to be remembered.
Congratulations Justin and Katelyn may the love between you be your favorite place to go when your mind is searching for peace.
Category: Weddings Tagged: Alberta Photographer, bride, bride and groom, Lethbridge, Lethbridge Lodge, Lethbridge Wedding Photographer, love, love story, Michelle Gier Photography, New Years Eve, Photography, Relationships, Southern Alberta, wedding, wedding dress, Wedding Photographer, wedding photography, winter wedding
Posted on November 3, 2016
With the wet summer we had this year I was thrilled to be enjoying a beautiful fall. The leaves had a chance to really turn colors and offer that rewarding ‘crunch’ sound when you stroll through all the natural spaces about town. With fall arriving so does the desire to capture some fabulous family photos… a new update and something perfect for ordering those Christmas cards. I love that I get to see the Christie Family year after year and as always the boys are tough to keep up with but this year it was easier to get them in the same frame. The pooches came along too but being labs their focus was more on the water and happily being free rather than on leashes. It was a gorgeous day and a fabulous location.
Category: Families, Family Tagged: Alberta Photographer, boys, dogs, explore, fall colors, fall season, Family, family time, fun, laughter, lifestyle, love, Okotoks and area Photographer, Okotoks Family Photographer, outdoor photography, outdoors, Photography, photos, Portrait photography, Portraits, Sheep River, smiles
Posted on September 28, 2016
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.
Category: Personal, Travel Tagged: Alberta, Alberta Photographer, beautiful, Canada, Cat Creek Falls, explore, Fall, get outside, hiking, joy, Kananaskis, Kananaskis country, landscape photography, landscapes, love, Okotoks and area Photographer, outdoor photography, photographer, Photography, picturesque, rural, Travel Alberta
Posted on April 5, 2016
I’ve always said…
“Good things happen to good people”
I’ve just never consider myself part of that category, I’m always talking about someone else when I use the phrase and there are many good people in my life.
It was difficult at first to accept such a gift but the excitement grew on the two of us quickly and in no time we were looking through traveling guides and planning things to do on our 10 day trip to Maui, Hawaii. So many recommendations and only so much time. We decided to not book any excursions ahead and just go with the flow when we arrived.
The first big hurdle was the flight… and I more than survived!! I even held my ‘cookies’.
Maui was unlike anything I had ever imagined from the open air airport to palm trees to beautiful views everywhere I looked. It was just so much to take in and utterly surreal. Every day was full of adventure, beauty and awe.
We started our trip of with a Flytographer Photo Shoot at Po’olenalena Beach and the lovely Erin Lodi. That was an awesome experience in itself, so much fun and laughter, especially when we were overtaken by a wave that almost took Erin’s off camera flash too. We set our alarm for 3:00 AM to visit the Haleakala Crater at sunrise (8 C) to experience the amazing ritual as the sun came up over the cloud line. The greeting song shared with hundreds of people… incredible. We explored the swap meet at the University and found all kinds of cool treasures to bring home. Explored the Maui Ocean Center, checked out the Dragon’s Teeth, Nakalele Blow Hole and enjoyed the one lane roads through Honokoua in search of the Best Banana Bread Shack in the world. Saw countless beaches… but specifically sought out Black Sand Beach and Red Sand Beach. We walked Big Sand Beach in Makena State Park to discover Secret Cove and played in the ocean. Every evening was an amazing sunset enjoyed at Kama’ole Beach right across from the condo. We traveled the Road to Hana (all the way around… 11 hours) with countless stops to see all kinds of beautiful water falls, lava tubes, quaint villages, Red Sand Beach, old churches, an old taxi, Seven Sacred Pools and finished out the trip with a stop at the winery sampling the fruits of their labor. We tried snorkeling, dined at several restaurants, enjoyed the most delicious fish tacos and fruit smoothies from the food trucks. We visited the North Shore to watch the huge waves at Ho’okipa Lookout, stopped at Ho’okipa Beach to see the Honu come ashore. We experienced Pai’a, Kula, Haleakala, Kihei, Lahaina and Kahalui.
I think we covered the island from lush tropical rainforest jungle to dry desert and lava rock… every ounce of it incredible and amazing. These images are just a snippet from our trip and I just can’t wait to visit again.
Category: Personal, Travel Tagged: adventure, Alberta Photographer, beaches, beauty, experiences, Haleakala, Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands, Honu, Island, Kihei, Leisure, love, Maui, Maui 2016, Okotoks and area Photographer, paradise, Road to Hana, sand and surf, snorkeling, Travel, Trip, trip of a lifetime, Turtles, vacation
Posted on March 23, 2016
I 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.
Posted on March 15, 2016
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.
Category: Babies, newborn Tagged: Alberta, Alberta Photographer, at home session, Baby girl, beautiful, happiness, lifestyle change, lighting, love, newborn, Newborn Photographer, newborn session, Okotoks and area Photographer, on location, photographer, Photography, portrait, proud parents, Raymond Alberta
Posted on February 24, 2016
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.
Category: Couples Tagged: Alberta, Alberta Photographer, beautiful, beautiful day, Calgary, Calgary and Area Photographer, Canada, celebration, couples session, Fish Creek Park, happiness, love, mini session, Okotoks and area Photographer, outdoor photography, Photo shoot, photographer, Photography, winter, winter fun, young love, YYC
Posted on February 24, 2016
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!!