Ballerina Beauty | Okotoks and Area Photographer

I love when a creative idea grows to the point where I just need to get out there and try. The idea came as part of an Offbeat52 challenge where we were to submit images that were our own interpretation of the week’s theme. This particular week the theme was  #BetweenWorlds and as always up to our interpretation. My first thoughts were to put a classical orchestra in the forest but that provided so many challenges… the top being… where do I find an orchestra? I decided that maybe a ballerina in the forest would fit the theme nicely and it would be easier to find a ballerina… right? Kind of.

I put the word out on Social Media that I was looking to find a dancer, in particular a ballerina with pointe shoes and a tutu. There were a few tags of people and I reached out to all of them. I connected to this wonderful girl and her mumma. We chatted and pulled a quick session together in the fading fall light. So grateful that they were willing to come out and play.

I used one light (OCF) camera left. I enjoyed the practise and play. I still would have loved to put a small classical orchestra in the forest but this rocked too.

Maybe one day.

 

Kaylyn’s Maternity Session

‘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!!

Christie Family | Okotoks and Area Photographer

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.

Keegan | Portrait Session

This girl… my girl… is often my muse. Whenever I was to try something out she is always willing and tries to be available. This time it was her request. She came to me with some pretty concrete ideas of what she was looking for and even masterminded a plan to have her guys truck available without his knowledge. She wanted to create something special for him.

A little something for him?

What better to give than a gift of some photos of this two favorite things… his beautiful girl and his sweet ride. It was a glorious day might have been a little better if we had a bit of a breeze. Need a breeze? No problem… a reflector and some arm muscles… voila, we have a breeze! This session I was quite happy to have an assistant and also helps in the laughter department.

Truly a great evening.

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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

Bo | Male Modeling

It’s sometimes daunting to take a step in a direction you’ve dreamed about. Bo has had a interest in modeling and felt he could be good at but never really shared his thoughts with anyone else. When he finally decided that he would apply I was thrilled and even more so when he asked if I would take a few photos for his application.

He’s a total natural and the camera certainly loves him. I know that this truly is just the tip of the iceberg for Bo and if you find yourself looking for a male model check out Bo’s profile with Numa Modeling Calgary. Young and enthusiastic, his energy and vibe is simply fantastic, calm nature and so easy to work with. I wish him the absolute best in his modeling career.

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Maui Adventures | Personal

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.

 

 

 

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.

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.

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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.

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