Posted on February 12, 2018
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.
Category: LIfestyle, Uncategorized Tagged: Calgary Family Photographer, creative ideas, creative portraits, Dancer, fall colors, fun, inspiration, learning, lifestyle photography, Michelle Gier Photography, Okotoks and area Photographer, outdoor photography, Photography, portrait photographer, Portrait photography, rural Alberta
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 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 October 23, 2016
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.
Posted on October 6, 2016
We typically meet up to capture this beautiful family during the fall when life has started to settle into a routine, kids have gone back to school (except Layne), dance lessons are starting back up and life is finding its groove. Often Mumma has some ideas in mind but I certainly wasn’t expecting white shirts and sneakers and it was the perfect ensemble for the silliness and laughter that just seemed to pour out of this group. The weather was perfect, the colors beautiful and we could wait to capture some creative images in the old rail cars… wait… what!!???? NO RAIL CARS!!!! Well… I guess we would need a plan B. I didn’t really have a plan B but being quick on my feet we found some inspiration and had a total blast.
It was truly a beautiful evening.
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 May 10, 2016
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.