Saskatchewan skies and the Fairbain's

It's been a busy summer, but early in July, while visiting family, I had the pleasure of hanging out with the Fairbain's.  And of course their dog.  We had a blast.  They played cards and had ice cream and then we headed out to meet the evening prairie sky.  There's nothing like a Saskatchewan sunset.  It's pure magic.  There is so much love and laughter in this family.  It was an honour to spend time with them and capture their joy.

 

Father's Day

It's Father's Day.  And there is no way I can say what I need to say in one Facebook post, so I thought I'd write a blog.

Yesterday,  Finn took out an old photo album and was asking all kinds of questions about each photo.  It was so neat to see him turn the pages and look at each photo and ask details about each one.  And then he said " You should delete this one, it's blurry."  And Michael and I roared with laughter.

When I think about my own father, I think about all the amazing photos he took of me and my sister together.  And how I can hold those photos in my hands and remember the moments.  And of all the photos of him and I together.  It's such a gift to me, and for Finn to look at those, and see my childhood through his eyes.

But here's the thing.  We hardly print photos anymore.  They are all on a hard drive somewhere, or on our phones.  One of my friends is recently diving back into film. And her photos are incredible.  Remember that?  Where you couldn't edit a photo?  You had to wait for the film to come back?  We didn't know it then, but there's a magic and a nostalgia for it that is missing in this digital world.

So, I guess I'm saying on this Father's Day, after you take the photos of your kids with their Dad's,  print them.  Don't just put them up on Instagram and Facebook. (and this isn't blame, I'm guilty of this too.) Get them up on the walls, put them in your office, show them to your kids in print form.

I took this photos of Finn and Michael yesterday morning, and the light and the moment was perfect.  And I'm totally going to print them.  So that Finn can hold and remember this moment years from now,  instead of it being deleted.

Happy Father's Day.

Jen and Mike's wedding day

Jen and I met in music class with our little ones when they were babies.  I was instantly drawn to Jen's energy and her lovely smile.  When she contacted me to shoot her wedding day,  I immediately said YES!  I was so happy she had found love, and as the day approached, and the weather looked like it was going to cooperate, I knew it was going to be a magical day.  And it was!  Two families joining together can be challenging, but Jen and Mike have made it work, and the two of them are amazing parents, and very much in love.  Thank you for inviting me to be part of such a wonderful celebration.

The Standeven's with baby Benjamin

One of my favourite kinds of sessions is coming a home freshly after a new baby has arrived.  There's a quiet magic in the air, and a special energy that is like no other time in your life. This is how it felt when I walked into Kim and Kevin's house.  Baby Ben came a little earlier than planned, and was oh so tiny, but the love for a new brother was evident immediately.  I love spending time with families as they go about there day, and I'm just there to capture those moments that we so often forget in the fog of parenting in those early days. 

Easter with Melissa and her family

When Melissa contacted me to capture her family traditions on her family farm,  I had no trouble saying yes.  This family was amazing to spend time with, and participate in their annual Easter celebration.  There was an egg hunt,  playing ball in the grass, a trip to the barn to see the cows, and a new stuffed bunny for a sweet boy.  There is so much love in this family, and I was honoured to be there. 

The Coutt's Family

It was a cool evening when I met up with the Coutt's family at their BEAUTIFUL home.  The children were finishing off a snack, so I was able to capture a few photos of their life.  They showed me their rooms, and they all danced in the light bouncing off the glass table in their living room.  We headed out to Cultus lake, threw rocks and sticks in the lake, and watched the sun set.  It's my favourite thing to capture love and connection,  which was easy to do with this happy, high-spirited family.

The Lacoste's

It was a BEAUTIFUL fall morning, and I found my way to Fort Langley, to hang with this lovely group of people.  Their home was right by the river, and the light that morning was stunning. LOVE was in the air, and you could feel it from every angle and every moment.  I could have spent all day with them.

The Lyon's

This is the second time I have been lucky enough to spend time capturing this lovely family, and their spunky, happy children.  One of my favourite ways to get to know a family is to take photos in their home.  It's a safe and comfortable place, and everyone relaxes and is content to be themselves.  This is where magic happens, and it's really what life is about.  I believe it's these moments that we want to treasure when we look back on life. 

The Goertzen's

I had soooo much fun with this amazing family!  We spent time playing dutch blitz, twister, basketball, and just hanging out in their beautiful new house.  There is so much love for these three boys, and I have to say they are the coolest.  There was so much respect for each other, and I was honoured to spend time with them and capture their connection as a family.

 

The Braun's

It was a lovely evening when I met up with this gorgeous, (and tall!) couple at the Popkum wetlands.  The sun was setting and we spent some time laughing and sharing in the anticipation of the new little one about to join there lives.  I really have to say that these two are so in love, and there will be no shortage of love for this new baby.

 

Nolene and Family

It was a cloudy, windy but beautiful evening when l met my friend Nolene and her extended family at Harrison Lake for a fun family shoot.  They were celebrating the anniversary of her lovely parents, and you could just feel the love they all had for each other.  And I must say, there are some pretty adorable children in this family.

Breanne and Dallas

It was a rainy rainy day on Granville island in Vancouver but we still found ways to capture the love of this beautiful couple.  I was honoured to capture their special day and the joining together of two lovely and joyful families.    A candlelit ceremony and a group of amazing friends and family came together to witness a magical evening. 

Courtney and Colin

It's been a crazy few months since this session, but I'm catching up on my blog posts. These two were such a hoot and so excited for their little one to arrive.  Courtney is an incredible E.A where I teach and Colin is a wood working teacher and both are amazing with children.  After this session they were blessed witha beautiful little boy and he is so lucky to have such wonderful parents.

Annie and Alex

It had been raining all day, but as soon as we stepped outside, the sun peeked through the clouds, and it was a perfect afternoon for a walk through the forest.  This lovely couple are expecting their first baby, and you could feel the love as they spent time in a secret forest they walk every week.  I was honoured to tag along and capture their excitement as they wait for their little one to arrive.