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And I Darken

I was a big fan of this book, I loved being lost in an era that I knew very little about, with characters very flawed but likeable. @authorkierstenwhite did an incredible job immersing the reader in the Ottoman Empire, following the story of Lada Dragwyla, a strong, unorthodox heroine. Lada

All Your Fault

All Your Fault by JC Lewin was a quick read, it held my attention really well. There were several plausible suspects, and the characters and dialogue were written believably. I thought there were a couple of weaker points to the story, the mother of the missing girl seemed really deatached and I

The Date

The Date is a quick reading thriller about a woman who wakes up the morning after her date with no recollection of the night before. She has also lost the ability to recognize faces, which makes it extremely difficult for her to know who to trust. I enjoyed the book, it was fast-paced and had a

Leah on the Offbeat

Oh, it was so much fun to be back in Simon’s world again! This time seeing their senior year through Leah’s perspective. Becky Albertalli writes with such an honest teenage voice it’s hard to believe she’s not a teenager herself. Such a fun quick read, if you read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder

The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder has been compared to The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Nighttime, one of my most favourite books, ever. I can see why, as this novel is also a mystery with a boy with autism, although instead of Asperger’s, the main character has synesthesia, a condition

The Book of M

I was so impressed with this dystopian/post-apocalyptic novel. The concept was so intriguing, people losing their shadows and then their memories. The story follows husband and wife Ory and Max, and what happens when Max loses her shadow. I think what impressed me the most about the book is that

Pachinko

I finished this beautiful, sweeping historical novel last night and I feel so satisfied yet also sad that my time with these characters has come to a close. This was another #bigbookbuddyread and I am so happy that I joined these other readers to tackle books I may have never read otherwise. I

The Goldfinch

I read The Goldfinch as part of a #bigbookbuddyread and it helped me tackle something that’s been sitting unread on my shelf for a few years. This novel was so rich and vivid, the characters felt incredibly real – frustratingly so sometimes. While The Goldfinch was a thick one, it never

When Life Gives You Lululemons is the latest Devil Wears Prada novel and features Emily Charlton. It was a funny, light and very quick feeling book, I really enjoyed it – it was the perfect book to read on the way to a girls’ trip! Motherhood, suburbia and CT – the subject matter was

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

I absolutely love Ruth Ware and was thrilled to receive an advance reader’s copy of her latest before it hit shelves on Tuesday! I think all of her books have such an easy readability, they always hook me immediately. The Death of Mrs. Westaway was a quick and clever mystery/thriller. While I

The Favorite Sister

I so enjoyed Jessica Knoll’s first novel, I thought it was original and had a great twist, so I was exceptionally thrilled to receive an advance copy of her latest novel from #netgalley. Unfortunately, I didn’t love the book, it felt like it took forever to read. There wasn’t much thrill or

Furyborn

I’ve started to really dive into the fantasy YA genre, and Furyborn was a solid fit. The premise was fascinating to me, one queen tasked to seven trials, and one a tough bounty hunter. Which queen will save the world and which queen will destroy it? I very much wanted to know more about how

FALL MINIS ARE BACK – September 13th and 20th

It’s that time of year again! I’m so excited that this is my 10th year of offering mini sessions, and to celebrate I have created never-before seen pricing for these exclusive sessions! A 15 minute session and 10 digital files are just $250! There are only a handful of spots

Baby Donut

I’ve gotten so behind on blogging, somehow it works out that I only blog my gorgeous niece Delaney, who Max has affectionately nicknamed “Donut” because he cant say Delaney. Delaney’s mom Liz and Auntie Rachel came to visit us in Canada a few weeks ago and I got to

2016 Calgary Mini Sessions

I’m so excited that the timing of this new baby worked out that I can still do mini sessions this year! Because first pick always goes to previous clients and newsletter subscribers, there are limited sessions available now, but I will still do my best to squeeze everyone in! The mini

Delaney Charlotte

We were so very lucky to be in Connecticut before Josh’s sister Liz gave birth to our little niece! She ended up coming 10 days late, which was awesome for us but maybe not so great for poor Liz, lol! We got to visit them in the hospital and then again three times more, and she is just the

Actor Headshots

It was so much fun meeting this young lady – she has such personality and poise! She’s an actor and needed new headshots and I’m so glad she was referred to me! She’s performing this summer at Storybook Theatre in Grease – so grab some tickets and be sure to check it

Whoa Baby!

This is one of the biggest maternity galleries I think I’ve ever done! I couldn’t stop taking pictures of this stunner and her handsome husband. I had so much fun during the session, they are both so in love and excited to be parents, it’s infectious. Thanks so much to come and

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Last week we traveled to Connecticut for Josh’s sister’s baby shower. While we were there, I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph her maternity session and it was so much fun! Liz and Ben got married two summers ago at Aria in Las Vegas and now Baby Smith is due to make her

Coming This October!

Guys, I feel so crazy. I know so many of you are looking at me like “DANG, THAT GIRL IS CRAZY”. Two under two. AT 41 YEARS OLD. I blame Josh convincing me to have another at juuuuuuust the right time – my hormones must have been off whack that day. But decide to try we did, and

That Was A Long Break!

Does anyone else get haunted by horrible guilt when you don’t do the things you are supposed to do? I usually try to bury the guilt down by completely ignoring my to-do list and pretending nothing is wrong. As you can imagine, it usually goes pretty sideways. I have a lot of big ideas but I

Sweet Little Neil – Calgary Newborn Photography

This was such a fun session for me to do because it meant that I got to reconnect with an old friend that I haven’t seen in years! It was also the first session in the new studio and it actually created so many more options for us because I didn’t have to pack everything to take it on

Princess Blake

I’ve been taking photos of Blake since before she was born, lol! Every year we do a family session in the fall, but when I saw this dress that her mom picked up for her – I knew we had to do a photo shoot! We had a great time exploring the Fairmont Palliser in downtown Calgary, the

2015 Mini Sessions

It’s that wonderful time of year again! Kids are back at school, the leaves are gorgeous, and pumpkin spice lattes are finally out. Mini sessions at Baker Park are also back, at just the right time to take advantage of the gorgeous scenery! Due to this being a very busy autumn, there is very

I’m Back!

It’s fall. How did that happen? I haven’t posted in ages, which is TERRIBLE because I went to a blogging conference in June. I learned a ton but it didn’t stop me from having the busiest summer ever! I want to do a big recap post but let me sum up in case I never get around to

A Very Special Family

This is a family very dear to me, I’ve been photographing them since Izzy was in her mom’s belly! I just adore taking their pictures, they are always fun, real and just all around super people. We took a stroll through Bowness Park last month, I’m so excited that it’s back

Happy Half-Birthday Max!

Oh gosh, time flies, doesn’t it? I can’t believe Max is already six months old today! I still haven’t posted his newborn photos here yet! He’s such a good little baby, we are so very lucky. He has the happiest disposition and just loves life! Right now his favorite things

Max’s Baby Birth Announcements

I think you might have heard that we had a baby. I mention him here and there and I fully realize that I have yet to post his newborn photos on the blog, even though he is almost six months old! As I try to be a more prolific blogger I will be posting more and more. I admit that I head to

I’ll Eat You Up, I Love You So

When we were deciding on a name for Max, I had one stipulation – it had to have a literary connection. Josh had one stipulation as well – he had to be named Max. Luckily for us Where The Wild Things Are is an amazing book that we both love. Now that Max is here, it’s been fun to

Sydney

I met Sydney downtown last week and we had the best time! Her mom let me know that she’s a little shy, but I think she did a great job of modelling for the camera! I had so much fun meeting a new little friend, and trying out a new green location before it’s green everywhere else was

March 10 on 10 – Emma Headshots

This month’s 10 on 10 is a quick little test of my backdrops for some head shots. Emma has dove fully into the world of theatre and in class they discussed actor head shots, so of course she immediately came home and asked for some! She’s been taking classes at Storybook Theatre for

Calgary Spring Mini Sessions – Book Now!

After spending quality time with our new baby born in January, I am absolutely THRILLED to announce these upcoming mini sessions! Never before have I offered spring minis, Calgary’s spring is fickle and often snowy. The downtown location for these mini sessions will give the fresh look of

Lighting! We Picked our Lighting!

Oh happy day! We finally chose all of our lighting for the entire house! Thank you to all that chimed in with ideas and help – they were so very much appreciated! Here is a snippet of what we chose, we are very excited and can’t wait to see everything in our new home! Great room. This

Spring Mini Sessions are Coming!

I’m so excited! I’m offering spring mini sessions for the first time ever! Details will be sent out TOMORROW, and newsletter subscribers and previous clients will get first crack at these VERY limited sessions in an amazing location! Sign up for the newsletter or send me an email at

Hobbling Around Like a Little Old Woman

When you are pregnant, your body releases a hormone called Relaxin. A brilliant little hormone, it makes your ligaments all loosey goosey for the baby to get the heck out of there. What can happen however, is that the hormone loosens everything up so well, that your pelvis gets out of whack. Which

New House – Cabinets

We’ve been super busy this week so I fell behind in my daily blogging. The good news is that we are making a lot of progress in our every day lives! We met with the cabinet maker this week and signed off on the cabinetry designs for the new house. I’m really excited about the look of