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Back From Boston

We just returned back from an absolutely beautiful wedding in Boston. My dear friends Jenn & Josh got married and we made it into a little vacation to also celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. We really had an action-packed six days – visiting Harvard and MIT, the Cheers bar, taking

Finger Painting – Calgary Maternity Photography

I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Anjali last week in a rare warm Calgary evening. The sun was out and beautiful and I couldn’t have asked for a better model. I told her after we did the indoor finger-painting photographs, that I was sure that other people would be requesting a

ONE HOUR PHOTO – 47 minutes

Here’s the thing. I am so incredibly lazy. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about art and photography these days, and kind of wondering if I can ever truly be the artist I want to be because I am so lazy. I don’t really like spending hours upon hours working, no matter how much

Happy Birthday Carla!

It’s this gorgeous mom’s birthday today so I wanted to get her sneak peek up as a little gift to her. This family has twins and now a new baby boy to make their busy household much, much busier! This little man had a scary stay in the hospital after he was born, so we had to wait until

A Week In Their Kitchen – Day Six

I used all the cabbage! I used all the cabbage! It was a happy day this morning when I chopped up the last of the cabbage and added it to the hash browns for breakfast. My kids are sick of cabbage now, but I will admit – fried in butter it tastes pretty good. Although what *doesn’t*

Blog Carousel – Framed

I’m involved in a blog carousel with some other photographers. It’s a way for us to push ourselves creatively and have a little fun by allowing our readers to visit other blogs in the carousel. Make sure to check out the link at the bottom of this post to continue on and see the other blogs that

A Week In Their Kitchen – Day Five

No pictures today, I had a session this morning and skipped breakfast I’m afraid. Dave and the girls had cereal. For lunch we all had soup, and then Emma had a birthday party this afternoon. I told her she could have whatever she wanted, I said before that I’m not out to punish the

A Week In Their Kitchen – Day Four

One of the coolest things about doing A Week In Their Kitchen are the conversations I’ve had with people about the Food Bank. Almost everyone I’ve spoken to has said the same thing after reading my posts – that next time they donate to the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank, they will

A Week In Their Kitchen – Day Three

Today has been the toughest day so far. The novelty of what we’re doing has worn off for most of the family. While they are resolved to do this, even the girls, I can tell that they are starting to miss their creature comforts. Charlotte wanted McDonald’s after gymnastics. I told her we

A Week In Their Kitchen – Day Two

Today was our first full day doing this challenge, and I’m super pleased to say so far so good. We were lucky to receive a lot of breakfast type foods, foods that we would have eaten anyway. Emma had some sort of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal with milk, and Char had reduced fat Apples and

A Week in Their Kitchen

I was asked to participate this year in a blogging project called A Week in Their Kitchen. The whole fam is spending the next week living off an emergency food hamper from the Calgary Inter Faith Food Bank. I have no idea how this is going to turn out, but am excited and scared all at

You are SO PRETTY!

Ok, I am seriously laughing out loud because these were my first words to this client. I guess that’s one way to break the ice. LOL Seriously though, I always say how much I love my maternity sessions, and I get so super excited because my mat clients are always some of the best looking and

So, I’m in a book . . .

Last summer, I got a phone call from the fab Erin Manning, television host and book author. She was writing a new book and asked if I would be a part of it – doing an interview as a professional portrait photographer. I have been writing on and off my entire life, so to be asked to be in a

More favorites? How can this be possible?

Basically, there’s not a client that I get that I don’t like. But I looooooove my repeat clients. Because they are always fun and wacky and goofy like me. Yup – I totally just called this family goofy. They are the best, so much fun, so creative and really sweet and positive

Superhero Dork

Yesterday morning I was doing a little work before enjoying Mother’s Day and Charlotte came downstairs with a couple of my photo props on. I immediately sent her back upstairs to put on a supergirl costume so we could get a few photos. It was a quick 5 minute shoot, but I am loving the fact

Favorite Families – Calgary Newborn Photography

I know I talk a lot about my favorite families. I know I have a lot of them. (and I know that I spell favorite the American way and I just can’t help that so please bear with me). The reason why I have so many favorite families is because I see so many of my families again and again and

Three Songs on a Tuesday

I was driving in the car listening to Taylor Swift’s Our Song (yes, I love her – she’s too sweet and adorable!) and it got me to thinking about my own “songs” with Dave. We have plenty. Or at least I do. I’m kind of wondering if asked what he would say is

Blog Carousel – Monochrome

I’m involved in a blog carousel with some other photographers. It’s a way for us to push ourselves creatively and have a little fun by allowing our readers to visit other blogs in the carousel. Make sure to check out the link at the bottom of this post to continue on and see the other

We can pretend it’s spring

This is what I kept saying over and over at this fun maternity session. It was snowing, as usual, but I know that all of Calgary is sick to death of yucky weather, so we pretended it actually felt like spring! I make my prenatal clients head outdoors in all sorts of weather, the increased body

Something in the water

Ok, first things first, I am extremely embarrassed to realize that I haven’t blogged in almost a month. I am usually a very good blogger, but this weird weather in Calgary has got me all turned around I think. Plus we went on vacation to Disneyland for a week, and in between editing and

For me

It’s been a long long long time since I’ve taken any photos of my own. Sometimes life gets in the way, I’ve got too much work, or I’m just lazy. All of these reasons still existed for me yesterday, yet I decided to take 20 minutes and just take photographs of Charlotte on my

Little Elf

This little cutie was wide awake for our session, I guess he didn’t want to miss a thing! It was such a fun morning hanging out and chatting with his awesome parents. I love my job! 20+ comments will earn this family a surprise gift!

Almost 3 Years Later

Almost three years ago I got to photograph the lovely Carla when she was still pregnant with twins. Now those twins are running all around the house and Carla is ready to welcome another baby into their warm and happy home. They are such a beautiful family and she is still one of my favorite people

The hardest thing I’ve ever had to write.

Being an open book has served me well in my life. I like to speak frankly about myself, to not have any illusions about what I am and what I am not. I have no problems being on Twitter, FB, this blog and telling the world anything about myself. Except that I don’t. Not really. Speaking about

Off to Vegas!

As usual this time of year, I am off to Las Vegas for the annual WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) convention. It’s a great time to connect with friends, see some amazing speakers (if you are going – do NOT miss Jennifer Hudson!) and do some typical Vegas-type

Finally – a GIRL!

There’s been something funky in the water in Calgary these days (and it’s not the fluoride, lol). Every single newborn session I’ve had since October has been newborn baby BOYS! And of course, it was after I got some sweet little girly things to use in photo shoots. I was so

Gulp – that’s ME in Rangefinder magazine!

Honestly, I am almost at a loss for words when trying to explain how it felt to open up the latest issue of Rangefinder and see an article about me inside. Almost. Last year so many great things happened for me both personally and professionally. One of them was winning WPPI’s Fresh Faces

Holy Moly, It’s Been Awhile.

So here’s the scoop. I haven’t blogged in over a month. I was crazy busy for the rest of December because we started renovations on our house. Then came the holidays, then came more renovations, then kids back to school and I was off to San Antonio for a photography conference. In

Giving is Awesome

For the past few years I have been doing Giving is Awesome – where people can come and nominate someone they know for a free session and digital files from me. It’s someone who can’t necessarily afford custom photography at the moment, but would cherish it this holiday season. I

Redecorating

Ahhhhh, I am still in the middle of holiday orders – sending orders to the lab, packaging items, shipping and meeting clients. But in between all of those things (and sessions, ballet, gymnastics, school, etc) I’ve been obsessing about redecorating our living room. People always ask me

Royal Oak School

As many of you know, I live in the community of Royal Oak in NW Calgary. We moved here almost 8 years ago, before kids and not really understanding how the school system worked. We naively thought that the “future school site” sign in the field a block away from our house would mean

A Baby is a Gift

I met this family through a unique sort of way. I know their good friend Natalie, who used to be Fairy Natalie that owned Enchanted Events – where my daughters had birthday parties and went to fairy camp. Natalie is also a friend of some other friends, and we happened to be at the same

Intimate

Intimate. Isn’t that a word that just invokes so many feelings. You can be intimate with someone, you can have an intimate wedding, a concert can be in an intimate setting. This was the word that kept popping in my head when I was editing this maternity session. The gorgeous mom-and-dad-to-be

Newborn Boys are EVERYWHERE!

Ok, holy moly. I don’t know what was in the water 9 months ago, but there are a bajillion baby boys around these days! I haven’t seen a little girl in ages, but that’s ok – I love these little men! Have I mentioned how much I love this family? I know I say that about lots of

Boomdiada

I had the pleasure of seeing one of my favorite families this fall, they are just so much fun and so gosh darn NICE! It doesn’t hurt that they are absolutely gorgeous as well! While editing this session, I kept singing the Boomdiada song from the Discovery commercial. When I went to do a

Another Fall Family

I was so happy to be able to work with so many past clients this fall. I have known this lovely family since their eldest was a newborn. It was so great to see them again and see how everyone has changed. The girls are so adorable, and it’s pretty amazing to see how much their youngest looks