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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

To Blog or Not To Blog

I am constantly talking, in fact, I even talk to myself. If you are a client, you have probably said “pardon me?” only to have me tell you that I was actually talking to myself. So because I talk so much, I also don’t have a problem with writing. Not that I am a great writer or

Spoonful of Sugar Mini Sessions are BACK!

As most of you know, I’m taking off to Italy for the better part of September. Which couldn’t be worse timing business-wise because fall portrait season in Calgary is the busiest season of all. So to make sure I am able to fit all my clients in, I am opening up two full days of

She’s Delicious

Another fun repeat client, for their first baby they traveled down from Edmonton for their session, now they are a little closer, only having to drive an hour for the session. Trust me when I say that this means a TON to me, it makes me feel so honoured to have families not only come back but to go

Hi, I’m Brandy Anderson. You might remember me from . . .

One of my best friends is a PR Girl-extraordinaire. Every single time I win an award or get featured in something, I almost cringe waiting for the email from her to come in. “Why haven’t you posted about it?” “You need to sell yourself, girl!” “Why haven’t

They make really, really, really cute kids.

I was so excited to hear from this family again, I first saw them a few years ago to take maternity and newborn photos for their first adorable child. She was born around the time of Suri Cruise, and I remember commenting on the resemblance. (I always think people look like celebrities). She was

I want her hair. And her house. And her iPads. Oh yeah, and her body.

This session was an absolute DREAM, a dream I tell you. Firstly, she is gorgeous. Like SO NOT EVEN FAIR gorgeous. Secondly, she was super nice, and almost shy! Then I find out that she sent her other two kids to the park so we can have a session that focuses on her and her new baby. Score! But

That was then. This is now.

Just one (or two, I guess) to share before the weekend. I first met this little man last year at his newborn session, and it was so great to be able to see him again now that he’s one and all grown up, lol! I’m reallllllly behind on the blogging, and I am so sorry to all my wonderful,

She’s One!

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this family 4 times in the past year, and I’m excited to say I will see them at least two more times because Mom is pregnant again! I adore this family, you all probably recognize little Izzy by now. She’s the happy little girl with a loving family

Be Brave

I’m back in Canadaland from my trip last week to Boston. I’ve never been there before and my knowledge about it roughly added up to tea parties, Red Sox, Harvard, New Kids On The Block and beans. I was at an amazing workshop put on by the extremely talented Jenn Hudson and Josh Kane. I

Get Thee To A Modelling Agency!

I love this family. LOVE them! I love when I run into them at the ballet, when we chat on Facebook, and especially when we have a session. Bella obviously means the world to them, she is loved in a such a wonderful way. She’s a confident, beautiful young lady, and has a natural flair. She is

Howdy howdy howdy!

You either love it or you hate it. I don’t know too many people who are indifferent to the Calgary Stampede. We love it, although I would agree that this year had several things that could have been done better. But I love this city we live in, and I love that we all pull out our western wear

She’s 12. Can you even BELIEVE IT?

When it’s not raining here in Calgary, we’ve been getting the most gorgeous evening light. So when Lisa from Sugar Shack Cakes asked me to take some photos of her daughter Haley, I was excited to be able to photograph someone whose bedtime isn’t 7pm, lol! Haley is the most

Friday Night in Inglewood

I don’t know how she does it, I honestly don’t. I spent the evening with a lovely mom of 4 – a 1 year old, 2.5 year old twins and a 5 year old. I know that it was the hardest I’ve worked for a session in a looooooong time, so I can’t even IMAGINE keeping up with the

25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

I read US Weekly religiously, and one of my favorite parts each week is the 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me. I love learning random facts about people, so I thought I would write my own for the blog. For any bloggers out there reading this, I’d love to read yours, so make sure you

He’s one of my favorites

This year has been a banner year for repeat clients. I don’t think I’ve seen more previous clients than I have this year, and it’s wonderful! It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy because it means that they liked their experience (and me!) enough to come back. This is the third

Don’t Hate Her Because She’s Beautiful

I have been so super lucky to get the MOST beautiful pregnant ladies in Calgary as my clients. It’s so much fun, it’s like photographing models. (Which, yes – this particular client was, lol) There’s something just so fantastic about a maternity session – the whole