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Seriously, spring? – Calgary child photography

I will do a bigger blog post next week, but I had to post one from this morning’s session. I just laughed at the expression on his face – I can imagine him saying “Seriously, spring?” and it echoes my sentiments exactly.

Harry Potter Exhibition – Edmonton

We surprised the girls with a quick trip to Edmonton to visit the Harry Potter Exhibition last weekend. Emma’s finished the Harry Potter series, much to my delight, Charlotte has finished the first book, and Josh is being introduced to the movies. The exhibit is MAGICAL. Sadly, no photos or

10 on 10 – March

If you remember the 10 on 10 project that I joined in February, you’ll realize that we got a bit behind again this month. In fact, I scrambled to take some images yesterday, so this month’s entry is a hodgepodge of home life. Charlotte just lost a front tooth, Emma is very much a TWEEN

Scary Internet Friends

The internet used to be a kind of scary place to meet people. I remember going to some bulletin board meetups with my friend Kim, back in the early 90’s, she met her boyfriend online and it was kind of like the weirdest thing ever. You want to date someone you’ve never met? Now, in

Brandy Anderson, CPP

I started Fresh Sugar back in July of 2005, which kind of seems forever ago, but in reality – it’s really not all that long as a career as a photographer. Next year will be my 10th year in business, which I will say is an accomplishment I’m proud of, as I’ve seen

Kananaskis

I think I’ve talked about the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis here before, we head out there every Easter. This year we decided to sneak out there for the February break, excited to do some sledding, skating and swimming! We LOVE the Delta Kananaskis, they have such an amazing hotel for families.

Those eyes! Those lips!

I met one of these little guys when he was just a baby, and now he’s a big brother to a energetic 10 month old that is just as cute as he is! These two have such striking features, they are absolute stunners and were a ton of fun to spend the morning with. This post is featured on Fresh

10 on 10 at 10

I’m so excited to take part in a blog group called 10 on 10. The idea is 10 images on the 10th of the month., to capture more of your family and daily life. (I know, it’s the 11th, it was a different date this month, lol). I decided to use Emma to have a fun photoshoot, adding another

Crochet Mood Blanket

Ah, the wonderful world of Instagram. Due to my love of documenting all things that happen to me, I’ve been able to participate in some really neat things lately. The first is the Crochet Mood Blanket. My grandma used to crochet all the time, and I remember learning enough as a kid to chain,

Waterlogue

So oh my gosh, Waterlogue is by far my most favorite app on my phone. After taking watercolor classes last spring, I’ve been only slightly watercolor-obsessed. This new app ‘paints’ your everyday iPhone images into absolutely stunning watercolor masterpieces. I play with it almost

Two Normal Girls go to Sundance

A couple of weeks ago, I met my best traveling partner (amazing senior photographer Jess VanLue) in Salt Lake City to travel up to Park City, home of the Sundance Film Festival. We got the idea for this trip sitting in a cafe in Paris (seriously, whose life is this?) last April. We wanted to choose

Cold Hands, Warm Heart

            While the snow is falling in January, it’s time to be cuddly and cozy inside! Fresh Sugar is having a special baby event now until the end of the February: PURCHASE ANY NEWBORN SESSION AND RECEIVE A MATERNITY OR SIX MONTH SESSION FREE!

Dream

I’ve been seeing a lot about choosing a word for 2014. Something to inspire you, something to motivate you, something to anchor you. I’ve decided to try this approach and easily chose DREAM for my word. Maybe I should have chosen PLAN, or FOLLOW-THROUGH, because those are definitely

Let’s Do List

After spending two days trying to set up a “universal” remote and trying (and failing) to book hotel room for Sundance, I’m feeling frustrated and decidedly NOT relaxed. Every holiday season I think I’m going to take time off, spend time with friends and family and just live

Another Gorgeous Family

I can’t believe how lucky I’ve been this fall, getting to photograph Calgary’s cutest families!

Clarity

I’m home from the most amazing trip and I’m full of energy and more importantly, clarity. Much to blog about, and soon!

Cousins

This was such a fun session, I’ve photographed Blake and her mom and dad for many years now, and it was such a pleasure to get to meet more of the family! This post is featured on Fresh Sugar’s Best of Calgary Family Photography page!

This Boy

I’ve known this boy since he was just a few days old. He has always had the most beautiful, soulful eyes. Sometimes he smiles big, and sometimes he just watches me. He is quiet and sweet and fun and I just adore him. This post is featured on Fresh Sugar’s Best of Calgary Family

Friends

I’m so lucky to have this family in my life! Our daughters are best friends, and so are we! Wine, crochet, True Blood, water-colour, iPhones, dinners, beers, the list goes on and on and on. They are true friends, and have been there for me and the girls in such amazing ways. So yeah, I love

My heart

My heart has been breaking for this family this year. My heart soared to see them again, to see them gluing themselves back together, piece by little piece. My heart feels bigger for knowing them.

Red

I just love love love these smiles and these kids. I look forward to seeing them every year, I adore how the family always coordinates so awesomely!

Mini Halloween

I love that this mom thought to bring some Halloween costumes to their mini session! I’ve know Jen and the boys for years and years and she always has fun ideas for her sessions. The blog for the next little while will be a big gushy mess of love because I’ve had so many repeat clients

B

When little B was much littler, I had the most amazing time meeting her and her family. I’ve gotten to photograph them through the years, watch her grow taller and more beautiful. I’ve become Facebook friends with her fiery and fantastic mother, and have witnessed some of their huge up

WEBSITE DOWN! WEBSITE DOWN!

So as Murphy’s Law would have it, after sending out the info for the mini sessions, freshsugar.ca is down. I’m working hard to get everything back up – but in the meantime please email me at info@freshsugar.com for any booking inquiries or questions.

2013 Mini Sessions

It’s that time of year again! Fall is quickly approaching and snow will be here before we know it. (sigh) Due to Bowness Park being closed from the June flooding, this year’s sessions are being moved from the newly busy Baker Park to a beautiful and quiet location in Royal Oak, NW

Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation

I’m so excited because this year I get to do three separate shoots for the Children’s Hospital here in Calgary. I’ve said many times that these are my favorite shoots to do, I look forward to them all year! I’ve met some really amazing, genuine, gorgeous kids this year so

Rainy – Calgary Children’s Photography

Just one that caught my eye today while editing. With the weather in Calgary lately, I think we could all use a raincoat, rain boots and a juice box.

Paris

Oh Paris. It’s taken me a long time to sum up my feelings on this amazing city. It was a whirlwind six days, walking, taking the metro, eating cheese, drinking champagne. Laughing so hard it hurt, crying over my Bordeaux because I like to get emotional when I drink, lol. Talking about

Cohen – Calgary newborn photography

I smiled while editing every single one of Cohen’s photographs. He is such an expressive baby, and I don’t know if I’ve ever photographed a newborn with so much eye contact! He is such a sweet little peanut.

Watercolor

Ack! I have so many blog posts kicking around in the brain. Lots of photos from Paris, client sessions and just things that I’m working on! My friend Laurel and I started a watercolor course a couple of weeks ago and I am having so much fun. I’ve actually never considered myself artsy,

Dear Emma

Dear Emma, Today you are 10. It’s been an entire decade of knowing you, of loving you. Today you got a got a guitar, a camera and a tripod. The three things you wanted so very much. You are my first child, my biggest hope, my largest dream. You have always brought so much happiness and

Spring Break

Ah! How is spring break half over already? As usual, I start the vacation off with so many big plans. Skating at the Oval, maybe Telus Spark and/or the Glenbow, geocaching and crafts. Oh, and some spring cleaning! (FYI – the Oval is actually closed until July for public skating) What have

I’m going to PARIS! PARIS, FRANCE!

I had to say France because as seen by the above, the closest to Paris I’ve ever been is the hotel in Las Vegas with my friend Reese. I’m going with my lady-wife Jess VanLue who is a soul-mate kind of friend and one of the best traveling companions I know. We’re leaving in one

Amanda

I just got back from such a great trip out to upstate NY to visit my wonderful friend Amanda. Amanda and I first met a few years ago on a photographer’s cruise to the Bahamas. Since then we’ve traveled to North Carolina, Las Vegas, Oregon and I had the ultimate pleasure of attending her

Valentine’s Day is Almost Here!

I just got back from taking the girls to DisneyWorld for a week, and somehow Valentine’s Day is upon us! I didn’t have any time to do the multiple crafty things I wanted to do – but you can check out my V-Day Pinterest board if you want to try something out this week! I’ll

Cake Princess – Calgary baby photography

More of the gorgeous Stella! This post is featured on Fresh Sugar’s Best of Calgary Baby Photography page!