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young family fun

I have to admit, shooting another photographers family photos is a little nerve racking. There’s a good thing that happens though, the kids of a photographer are ready, willing and able to get their photos taken.

No warm up needed!

The colourful fall season was cut short this year in Calgary do to an early, heavy snow storm but we managed to sneak in this session before winter came back full power.

PS- I love when a family comes ready to play and laugh!

emerey family cuteness

Holy cuteness overload!!!

Photographing younger children can be a bit of a challenge, but when they show up excited and ready to go… magic happens!

That’s how these two littles came to this shoot. 

RED-EEE - TO - GO!

I decided that I’d called them Wonder Woman and Bautista (Because Noah was a big Blue Jay fan, in fact the whole family are!)  They giggled when they were tickled and posed perfectly when I needed them.  Just look at those amazing eye brows little miss Wonder Woman has!

Come on , how cute is this family!

They also brought in some super fun ideas, like making the word L.O.V.E with their bodies, a giant picture frame and baseball gear.  So many options and choices to use and shoot.

Thanks Mom, Dad, Wonder Woman and Bautista!

50th wedding anniversary

50 years of wedded bliss!

Now that’s a long time. If he keeps this up she just might end up keeping him! 

Shooting a large group can be intimidating but if you think of them as a smaller size and not 15 people, slow down, look at everyone’s pose, face, and shoot multiple image of each set up just to make sure you get at least one shot with everyone’s eye open you’ll nail it.

paulson family session

I’ve known this family for a few years so I was thrilled when they asked me to shoot their family portraits.  We had a cold windy evening, in Fishcreek Park and we were praying the rain would hold off for us and it did.

Yippee!!!

They were so much fun, everything I wanted them to do, including the “super slow-mo walk, while pretending you’re having the time of your life”, they nailed.

Boom!

Just look at mom and dad’s amazing matching blue eyes!

...lazy Sunday

I love the quiet calm of a weekend morning.  Waking up early, fresh coffee and the quiet, calm of the morning is the greatest fuzzy, comfort way to start a day.  Not just any day, but a Sunday!  

Now, I have to admit, I've been feeling a little overwhelmed lately.  Life has been been a bit of a tornado for the last few weeks, and this was the first morning when the world felt like it was floating back to normal.  It felt good. As I sipped on fresh coffee,  Otis Redding was singing "Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa (sad song)".  I began to day dream of where I was going to drive off to and explore with my camera.  Then I thought such a beautiful morning shouldn't be wasted driving.  I live right beside Fish Creek Park, literally 500 meters away.  I began to think about how much I love it here.  So the drive was thrown out and my hiking shoes were laced up.  I filled up my travel mug, grabbed my camera bag and set off the explore my own back yard.

I didn't take long 'til I saw the first Osprey circling overhead. First one, then two, then finally three!  As I walked a long the path I hoped they'd lower their orbits and get within lens range.  In Fish Creek a few nest towers have been built in hope these predators will build on them so they won't use power poles and risk getting electrocuted. It has been very successful!  

I camped out in front of the nest tower, waited, hoped, prayed for a landing. It didn't take long, maybe 25 minutes and I was rewarded with a landing.  Now to say I was happy would be an understatement.  I was ecstatic looking though the view finder watching one coming closer.  I first thought she/he was flying with breakfast and as it came closer I realized it was holding a clump of grass.  They were adding soft bedding for their nest.... for their soon to be laid eggs!

I couldn't believe this amazing natural scene was happening in the heart of Calgary, a stones throw from my own home!  God smiled down on me this Sunday and gave me a great gift. 

What's in your backyard neighbourhood?  Maybe it needs to be explored by you!!!

"It has a sweet melody tonight
Anybody can sing it any old time
What in your heart puts you in a groove 
And when you sing this song 
It'll make you're whole body move, it goes

Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa" - Otis Redding

Home coming!