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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

Where I’ve Been

Ok, so I know that some of you are probably thinking to yourselves – didn’t she JUST go to Italy a couple of months ago? I did, but it would not have been possible to go if my mom hadn’t taken two weeks off of work to come to my house to look after my kids. So when my mom’s

Dance of the Leaves

I have lots of adorable, smiling shots of these kids from their session at Baker Park. But as soon as I saw all of these images, I knew they were the ones I wanted to blog. I don’t know what says “being a kid” more than playing in a big pile of leaves on a fall day. I love how

It’s Movember

This was the perfect blog post to do a little shout-out about Movember. It’s all about moustaches this month, baby! It’s a great cause and such a unique campaign. I don’t even know how to write about this session. I love this family like we have been friends forever. They are

These kids can fly!

I’ve been gushing a lot about my clients lately, but I want you to know that it’s completely sincere. Every single client that I meet, becomes someone special to me. Whether it’s because we have the same sense of humor, the same sense of style or just because they trust me enough

I love the shy ones

These little sweetheart was SO shy when we first met. I’ve been accused of being too loud (shocker, I know), and every time I’d open my big mouth, she’d cover her ears, LOL! She was completely adorable, and she melted my heart. What really made the session special was that by the

At The Park

I had a TON of sessions at the park this fall. Fresh Sugar clients really took advantage of the 1 week of autumn that Calgary gets, lol! I met this family on a Saturday and we had a great time just hanging out and walking around the park. I’m still in love with this little cutie’s

I feel old.

Shezy was the very first person I met when I started junior high. We had a lot of classes together on that first day, and oddly enough, it turned out that my parents had bought a house that was just 3 doors down from hers! So we became fast friends and I have so many hilarious memories of sleep

Marcy

Ok, this is how behind I am on blogging. This session was from when the grass was green and not white and brown. Marcy has had her baby already. I’ve done the newborn session. I’m beeeeeehind. Which makes me a bit of a behind myself. Ba dum dum! So this is Marcy. You’ve seen her

We Were Ghosted!

There’s a neat little thing happening in my neighborhood right now, we were Ghosted! On Saturday night, our doorbell rang and when we opened it up – all that was there was a bag of treats and a note! Some areas call it getting “Boo’ed”, some use “Ghosted”.

From The Darkest Days . . .

I was having a bit of an off-week, lots of things went wrong, lots of weirdness. Then this past weekend, I had a couple of friends do very lovely things for me, and it made me think about silver linings, doors opening, and all those cliches. Today while I was editing this session, I remembered what

Expressive

It’s always the highest honor for me when a gift certificate client comes back. When someone else is doing the buying, you never know if the actual recipient is going to enjoy your style of photography. I am very pleased to say that I think this wonderful family from Cochrane did! It was just

The Sweetest Kids

I absolutely love sessions with these adorable kids. Not only are they SO cute, but they are so much fun! We always just have a great afternoon laughing and playing, and what’s even better is that Mom wants images of just that! Making silly faces, jumping on the bed and drawing with chalk

That’s not a toe!

Haha, sorry for the cryptic title for this post, but it was a phrase from this newborn session that STILL cracks me up. Considering that I often shoot little nakey newborn babies, you can probably figure it out. And no, I can’t show the image that inspired the wisecrack. LOL This is the

I love this crew!

Chantal has been a client since Jack was first born, and we’ve actually developed a friendship because she is so sweet and I see them so often. I love when she books a session because not only do I know that we will have a lot of fun, but that the family will have the most amazing

Happy Baby

Remember the gorgeous mom from this post? She had her gorgeous little baby and life is even better now for this happy family! I’m always so impressed when I enter a home where there’s a newborn and everyone is so calm and relaxed. I definitely wasn’t either of those things with my

Sticks And Stones

I’ve been thinking about bullying quite a bit lately. After hearing about the teenagers that felt driven to suicide after being bullied, I’ve been thinking about my own teenage years and what life will be like for my daughters. A lot of celebrities have been coming forward the past few

Firenze

The final part of the Italy trip was Florence. Dave had a conference there and one of my besties and Fresh Sugar office manager came too! It was so great to meet up with friends in a foreign land. Our first day consisted of climbing the bell tower of the Duomo. 414 steps up a VERY narrow, dark and

Roma

After Milan, we hopped on a train down to Rome. Don’t I make that sound easy? It really wasn’t – I spent an hour and a half on the Trenitalia website the night before booking tickets. You can make the site in English, but it’s often poorly translated and crazy confusing. We

Milano

So I might have mentioned something about blogging everyday while I was gone. And that might have been a bit ambitious. The wifi in the hotels we stayed at was sketchy at best, and I had a very difficult time uploading photos. I started this blog post on the train from Milan to Rome, so I