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. :-)
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.
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.
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...
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.