Delaney Grad Session| May 2015

To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don’t worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest.” ~ Napoleon Hill

This beautiful girl came into my life when she was just small. I became her ‘second’ mom as I cared for her while her parents worked. Typically shy and quiet much of her life, we enjoyed many fun and fabulous times together but as she reached the stage where she wanted to spread her wings more we spent less and less time together. We connected at family events and gatherings and then one day she was part of the adult conversations at those gatherings, part of the laughter, part of the sharing of life lessons… even contributing to those conversations.
She has grown into an incredible young woman. She is more outgoing, witty and charming. A smart girl with a good head on her shoulders. She has a plan and excited about what lies ahead. I could not be more proud of this beautiful woman.
Congratulations Delaney on your graduation!

 

Quinn Girls in the Fall | Okotoks and Area Photographer

We enjoyed an unseasonably warm and long fall… I’m sure this was the first year I have seen so much orange and red. With beautiful days like that who can resist getting out for a few photos. I spent the morning adventuring and exploring a new location with Dylann and then spent my afternoon enjoying a little quiet time with Devynn (although I’m sure Dylann would have rather hung out with us instead of the dentist).

It’s always fun to get out and play.

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.

 

Sweet Little Mr. Johnston

I was so excited when I received a message from this lovely mumma about wanting to book a small session…  ‘I would like just a few photos of my son as a newborn’. I was excited for a couple of reasons; this mumma who isn’t really a fan of having her photograph taken still wanted to ‘record’ this time in her son’s life, to capture when he was so small and tiny and this would be my first newborn little boy!

This session was photographed on location in their home. I find it so much easier for new parents to be in their own space, they are more relaxed and have everything they could possibly need for baby. We talked about color palette options and the style of images ahead of time and chose a nice bright location of the house. Little Maddux wasn’t totally sleepy when I arrived, we tried to get him settle without being held but he had different plans. After a feeding he was ‘milk drunk’ and happy to settle in for his quick little session.

I am incredibly grateful that mum and dad were easily talked into a few images that included them… it was so wonderful to meet this ‘Little Man’. I look forward to a few family photos as he grows.

Katelyn & Justin’s New Years Eve Wedding

 

“… 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.

Mick & Michelle’s Saskatoon Farm Wedding

Michelle is one of the most kindest people I have met. She wears her heart on her sleeve and it was evident how much she wanted her guests to enjoy themselves with so many special touches right down to ‘take home’ blankets to snuggle up and keep warm. Brilliant right? I loved all the bits of beauty and how every little detail was fussed over. Mick was just happy to see that his beautiful bride would be thrilled with everything coming together. He loves when she lights up with joy. I can see that planning this magical day was fun. A touch of color against the bright white. It was a beautiful day for a winter wedding and no better a venue than the Saskatoon Farm. The staff there are always so amazing. Life just couldn’t get any sweeter for these two than being surrounded by family and close friends to celebrate their wedded bliss. I am honored to be part of their day celebrating love.

Cedar Family | Calgary and Area Photographer

Often clients don’t realize that bright overcast days are beautiful days to photograph and light rain or just after a rain often offers some of the best opportunities for dramatic skies or rich vibrant color. So when the rain threatened our session I was super happy that this family was willing to bring along some umbrellas and go for it anyway. The rain had just let up and there was a bit of a fine mist in the air by the time we arrived at our location. Perfection!!

Thanks so much Cedar family for coming out to play.

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