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Monday, July 07, 2014 10:28AM
By Jen
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I'm feeling like a kid at Christmastime right now.  After reviewing what I have and have not shared on this blog, I realized that there are a bunch of wedding image collections I have not shared from last year.  I had quite a stressfull year that was full of a bunch of speedbumps and things that caused me to slow down and pay attention to my life.  I have had the most amazing clients who have been so kind and understanding.  I have booked myself very light this year because I need to still take care of myself.

I would like to share Allie and Joel's wedding image collection from last summer.  I competed the very last image into professional image competition (PPOC), which was accepted into the salon, so I am very happy about that.  I loved working with Allie and Joel and their families.  :-)

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 10:51PM
By Jen
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I love this gorgeous girl.  I've known her parents since 1995 when our oldest children were babies.  I watched Jaylene as a little girl at times when her mom was in school and working, and if I had to work, my daughter would go to their house.  My own family photo archives has many pictures of Jaylene playing alongside my daughter at the park, or at birthday parties, or other outings we went on.  Jaylene has grown into a sweet, beautiful woman and it says a lot about Zach that they chose eachother - he is a GREAT guy.  

I usually fall in love with my brides and grooms, but this wedding was a little different.  It felt like I was photographing my daughter's wedding.  There was an extra layer of love like a cherry on top of a sundae at this wedding.  I watched her grow up!  I felt highly privileged to be the one to document her day.  It was a very 'circle of life' experience for me seeing her marry the man of her dreams and also seeing my good friends as the parents of the bride.  It was a beautiful day and I wish them nothing but the happiest life together.  :-)

If you'd like to see more images in a slideshow, please click here:  slideshow.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:22AM
By Jen
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There is a dance school here in Lethbridge that opened up a few years ago.  Brittany is the fearless leader and owner of Urban Beat Dance Studio (website).  I've been photographing for them since their beginning and they have grown so fast!  Brittany is educated with a Master's Degree in Kinesiology and she knows her stuff.  The second thing that makes this studio stand out is that it is such a positive space with positive people.  It is the most fabulous environment for a child to learn dance.  They have done well in the competition scene as well.  They have grown so fast, that in a few short years, they have needed to expand their space.

I love going in there.  I love that I will always be greeted by Brittany's smile.  If anything ever goes wrong for this girl, I'd never know it.  I love being a part of her team.

If you are looking for dance education for your child or for you - I would HIGHLY recommend this dance studio.  I've taken dance pictures for many years, and this environment really is a unique and wonderful place.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 8:02AM
By Jen
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I'm in my 11th year of being a wedding photographer.  I love taking pictures of couples and trying to artistically document who they are, using skilled photography techniques.  This year, I have decided to take things slow.  I've booked myself light this season, and I can already tell how much I have needed this gift to myself.  For the last 11 summers, I gave myself the most impossible schedule.  I'm a very hard worker, and I love working with the brides and grooms that I have had.  Normally, on any previous summer, my camera is in my hands so much that I had spots of skin that rubbed off where my hand touched my camera constantly.  I don't even want to go into the long computer hours.  I didn't pay attention to back-aches, eating regularly, or restroom breaks at all.  I was in creative zone and I loved it there - so I lived there.

That lifestyle took a heavy toll on me.  So, I'm giving myself a break, and it is such a great thing.  Learning to move at a slower pace to care for myself is definitely a necessary education.

I met Christine and Shaun in Waterton for their engagement session.  When they drove up with their two fur-babies in their car, the dog-lover in me exclaimed, "doggies"!!  I was happy that they wanted to incorporate their "kids" into their engagement session.  

Waterton is my playground.  We are so blessed to have this amazing landscape so close to us.  I was so happy to be there with these two.  It was a relaxed session and Christine and Shaun were up for anything.  

It felt SO good to have my camera in my hand again.  My need to be creative is like my fourth child I need to care for, or an itch I need to scratch.  I HAVE to use my creativity.  I've always been this way because I am a creator.  I'm just giving myself rules, so I can balance my life.  

Enjoy this fun couple's images...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 6:53AM
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I have been looking forward to earning my Master of Photographic Arts (MPA) for four years, since I joined the Professional Photographers of Canada Association.  At the end of April, I was awarded the designation at a banquet in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  This hard-to-earn award is a lot of work of image competition success and dedication to serving the industry and teaching other photographers.  It shows demonstrated mastery in my field.  

The first image is of me in my hotel room right after they first put my medal on me and before I received the wall plaque at the banquet.  It was exciting.  I was glad I went.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2:57PM
By Jen
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*Stretching Fingers*

What a difference a year makes!

I don't usually get personal, but I'm going to get personal in this post.  (which makes me nervous).  Why?  Because I'm human - and I recently realized it.

My personality could be described as energetic and outgoing.  I was that person to charge through anything.  Put a challenge in front of me and I'll conquer it.  I'll work 18 hours a day, seven days a week for years on end.  Who needs sleep?  Not me!  Creativity and out-of-the-box thinking got me through a lot.

Through the last 12-14 months, life has seen to it that I learned some hard lessons that has taught me that I need to watch out for myself.  I now feel like a quiet introvert, managing a quieter life out of necessity.    If you think about chemistry - if you pour enough acid on something it changes it.  

Over the last year and a bit, but concentrating on last Spring, life caught up to me and delivered one major blow after another, generated from different directions.  It took a series of things that finally brought me to my knees.  They just kept coming and coming.  It was high time I learned I'm not immune to life's lessons.  

I've had to slow down - waaay down compared to my former pace.  

I will be scaling back from my former pace of business, and will be taking on fewer weddings for the next little while.

This all came at a time when I should be celebrating my tenth year in business and I should be celebrating earning my MPA (Master of Photographic Arts) designation in a few months.

Hiccups or crossroads like this can be an opportunity.  A big opportunity for growth, change and renewal but it requires that I pause and take a breath and decide in which direction to find the opportunity.  I love being the age that I am.  There is a wisdom that comes with it.  (I'm sure all you forty-plusses out there are agreeing with me.)  It is good to refocus on those close to me, appreciate those who are looking out for me, and judiciously sift through my life keeping what needs to be kept and discarding what needs to be discarded.  I have been through many difficult things in my experience, but not a string of them all at once.  Just....another....learning....experience.....right?

I love my clients.  I have been so lucky of the past ten years that brides and grooms that find me to be their photographer are top notch people - like AMAZING people.  

I have let my blogging lapse, but I am still here.  I'm still dreaming of the next award-winning wedding image I want to create.  I'm still designing albums.  I'm still thinking about white dresses and veils and what I can do with them against glorious skies or breathtaking landscapes.  I'm just giving myself a pause or a slower pace - it is a difficult thing for someone like me to learn how to do.  I am already beginning to feel renewed after the hardship of this Spring.  I will try to check in more often and share more of my summer wedding images.

Love to you all. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 1:04PM
By Jen
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I am quite excited to announce that I was recently successful receiving two more Accreditations from the PPOC (Professional Photographers of Canada).  In addition to Wedding Formal, Wedding Environmental, Wedding Story, Pictoral/Scenic, and Environmental Family, I have now added Travel Illustration and Couple's Portrait.  The process of accreditation is to submit 10 images in a certain category and have all ten accepted by a board of image judges.  This process is to designate expertise in certain genres of photography.  There are merit points that are also awarded alongside these designations that go toward other designations like CPA and MPA.  MPA (Master of Photographic Arts) is my next step and I am extremely close!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 1:04AM
By Jen
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This was a fun session.  The only part of their day I photographed was the formal pictures - which is my favorite part of the day!  We had a perfect time capturing interactions and beautiful imagery.  

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 8:45AM
By Jen
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This gorgeous couple took me to Costa Rica for their wedding this year.  I loved working with them!  I was just combing through their wedding images to try to choose which few I am going to put on the blog...I gave up, but I don't feel defeated.  Click on this link and it will take you to my wedding video-slideshows on my website.  Click on Candice and Cal and you can enjoy their images put to music in a slideshow!.   Below are a few of their Trash the Dress session images.  :-)  They are such a beautiful couple.