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.

Fish Creek Maternity Session

 

The weather has been hot, the hottest we’ve had in years so to plan a session later into the evening was brilliant for this mumma-to-be. Lauren and Sheldon are full of kindness and have this selfless love and could not be more excited for their new little bundle. This sweet little girl is going to be so, so loved.

We had hoped that the temperatures would cool enough to be comfortable but not too cool that we would be combatting mosquitoes especially since after taking some photos in their house and the baby’s nursery we ventured out to Fish Creek Park and chose a location close to the river. The evening light was so magical.

 

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.

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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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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The Tompkins | Fall Family Session

I have known this family since, well… almost forever… okay maybe not forever but it’s been 17 years. I have been blessed to have cared for and watch each of their three children grow, each of them learn to walk and find their words, discover the world through play and adventure. It has been awesome and amazing.

Not all the family is fond of the camera but I am always excited when I get the call that it’s time to capture some family photos and this year it’s been an amazing fall. I love catching up with everyone as always but I truly enjoyed the impromptu ‘Macarena dance’ that broke out with Dad and the kids while I was capturing a few beautiful images of mom.

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This is what I captured of the impromptu ‘Macarena’…

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Mrs Weavers Finest – A Collaborative Affair

“Wow, you made me look so beautiful.”

Its one of the best compliments a photographer could receive but the camera truly records what it sees. The beauty is already there. Tara and Alanna did an amazing job doing hair and Dalyn is an amazing make up artist . It’s not easy to come to the ‘parlour’ and be vulnerable and raw. Don’t be afraid of your own beautiful femininity. I just worked to draw out the natural you, to help the timid and nervousness fall away and together we greeted the sweet excitement of the vintage shoot. I believe that women spend much of their time taking care of everyone else and typically spend very little time focusing on themselves. It is so awesome to be reminded from time to time how incredible we are as individuals and as women. Beauty is so much more than pretty. It’s inside and outside pretty. It’s vulnerable and feminine pretty. It’s strength and power pretty. It’s all the complicated bits and pieces of a woman’s soul vibrating together to make up that magnificent being that is so much more than can be defined by one word.

So blessed to have met such amazing women and their enthusiasm to recreating these vintage images for Mrs. Weaver’s Finest Unmentionables – custom lingerie for Every Body! ‘Mrs. Weaver’ says in her blog post… “The intention for this shoot was to take beautiful vintage images, like the ones I’ve collected on my Vintage Beauties Pinterest Board, and recreate them or use them as a basis for inspiration. The women who posed for these modern photographs are real women and the images haven’t been photoshopped – with the exception of a bruise that was erased from someone’s bottom. The shoot was designed to be a celebration of the inherent beauty in all women and the results have surpassed my wildest dreams.”

I am incredibly honored to be part of this journey and look forward to where this adventure will take us. To these women who came together for this creative session and to the future women who will come I want to strive to empower and uplift you but I also want to thank you for trusting me to capture your innate beauty in a respectful manner but also for having courage and believing in yourself enough to celebrate you.

Well done ladies!

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Kiana’s Senior & Family Session | Calgary and Area Photographer

‘Beltline Calgary Beauty’

Typically June can offer up some pretty wet weather for us but this year things are greening up early and so far June has been beautiful. I watched the sky change as I drove into the city… I asked for the rain clouds to hold off or push off quickly to not dampen this beautiful girl’s session. We lost the sunshine, gained a little wind but thankfully the rain didn’t appear.

When we talked about locations, Rundle Ruins in Calgary was mentioned… not only had I not been there before but I hadn’t even heard about it. These are the remnants of the walls from the old general hospital way back in the late 1800’s. Cool lil’ piece of Calgary history and I was happy to be able to explore this space and capture images of this beautiful and fun family.

Congratulations Kiana on your graduation and I am sure you’ll enjoy your upcoming studies and experience at Simon Frazer University and I’m also sure you’ll enjoy being home for the ‘snowball fight’ at Christmas!!

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Ryane at 29 | Calgary & Area Photographer

Since the arrival of my grandchildren, we always take time to make sure we get together for their birthdays but not too often do I catch Ryane and Jason’s birthdays. This year we were lucky to have them come for a visit… and I made a point to capture some photos of her at 29.

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