Monday, December 29, 2008

Natasha & Chris-esession

Natasha and Chris are an adorable newly engaged couple who love the mountains. So, naturally we headed out to Canmore for their esession to enjoy some breathtaking scenery and fresh mountain air....and when I say "fresh" I really actually mean "bone-chilling". However, these two didn't complain about the cold for a second and were up to most of my ideas ( though my snowball fight idea was denied). We walked across picturesque bridges, down forest paths and through snow swept fields. I forgot how much I missed the mountains! Thanks for bringing me south to see a little bit of Alberta's paradise.

Natasha & Chris, you seem just too perfect for each other and your love is infectious. It was so much fun to see you together laughing and smiling like you were the happiest kids in the world. Thanks for rubbing a little of that off on me :)


Toly Family

I had the pleasure of photographing the Toly Family this past weekend. It's always a treat to hang out with the kids every year for family pictures. Even though it was freezing cold we were able to get a few really quick shots before running inside to warm up. Next year we will aim for shooting in the fall again...brrr!
See you all again soon,

Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all my fabulous clients, friends & family!

May you have a wonderful holiday surrounded by the ones you care about while you enjoy your families traditions, whatever they may be. The Nielson's? We are watching the World Juniors, singing Karaoke and enjoying an outrageous amount of Mom's baking. Way too much fun!

Also, you may notice a slightly new look to the blog... more exciting changes coming to my little company in the next week, keep tuned :)

Enjoy your holidays and best wishes for the New Year!


Monday, December 1, 2008

2008 Charity Christmas Challenge

It's that time of year again!

It was a tough choice choosing my Christmas Challenge 2008 idea, but coming home from Latin America to freezing cold Edmonton sparked something. We walked off the plane without jackets or warm clothing and we were quite cold....but only until we got our car to grab our winter jackets and made it to our nice warm home.

Now, what if that wasn't a possibility? What if we had no warm place to go home to and no extra layer of clothing to put on against the cold winter nights.

So this year I am asking for big, warm blankets for the Blanket Alberta in Warmth campaign. Please do not drop off little knitted throws, but just large comforters warm enough to help people make it through our long winters. These blankets will be given away to low income families who may not be able to afford the high price of natural gas or to the homeless on our streets. These blankets will distributed through various organizations, churches, and agencies in, and around our community, where they are needed most. As well warm winter jackets in any size are also always needed in the Edmonton area for those less fortunate then ourselves.

So here's the deal:

For every big warm blanket (new or gently used & clean) or every winter jacket (men, women's or child size) brought in before December 31 you will receive a 8x10 Custom Photographic Print ($50 value) of your choice. This applies to all clients from 2008 and new wedding clients from 2009. You can choose an image from your Engagement, Wedding or Family session to be made into a 8x10 (up to 10 prints per Client). Prints can not be "doubled up" to receive the next largest size, this challenge only applies to 8x10 prints. Not only can you can complete some Christmas shopping but you can help someone really in need in our Community.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at and if you need to set up a drop off appointment please call the office at 780-231-1899.

Last year with our 2007 Christmas Challenge we collected 135 Toys for Santa's Anonymous and I enjoyed making just as many 8x10's. Let's try to break that record this year and Blanket Alberta in Warmth. My clients are all so generous and such amazing people I have no doubts to our success!

Looking forward to seeing many of you back in our home this holiday season!

Cheers & Happy Holidays,


Friday, November 28, 2008

Provincial Image Competition 2008

Although I was out of the country for the actual competition, I was greeted with some good news upon my return. In the 2008 Professional Photographers of Canada- Alberta Branch's Image Competition I had some great success. But first I want to say thank you to my wonderful clients for allowing me to photograph your most special days and be a small part of your lives. Without you all, none of this would ever be possible. I truly don't take your trust in me or your business for granted. So again thank you very much! I am in incredibly grateful every day that I have the best job in the world!

Now my three new awards :)

Best in Class- Photojournalistic Wedding Image 2008

"Helping Hands":

Thanks to Alicia and her beautiful (and very attentive, I must say) bridemaids for falling into a perfect form to create this Photojournalistic image.

Best in Class- Feature Album 2008

This is a category I had never entered before. It is a album of your choosing, but no wedding images/albums were allowed. Lots of people enter family albums or Commercial work and I decided to enter a engagement album into the category and happily it won.

Here are some pages from my album "Michelle & Adam":

Best In Class- Wedding Album 2008

And finally my favourite Category, Wedding Album of the Year. This year, after lots of debating I decided to enter Alicia and Cody's album into Competition. There were so many beautiful weddings this year, it was a incredibly hard choice. But I guess it was a good choice because for the third year in a row I won Alberta's Wedding album of the year!

Here is a very small peak at a few pages in Alicia and Cody's Award Winning Album:

Thanks again to my clients, friends and family for your support. I am already looking forward to entering National Competition this Spring :)


Central America

We safely arrived after a wonderful long month of adventures yesterday. It feels awesome to be back in our beautiful country again, sleep in my own bed and not have to live out of a back pack. Tim and I made lots of great memories and experienced things I wouldn't even imaged. Central America is such a diverse place and each country held it's own special charm. We experienced amazing beaches throughout, diverse & delicious food every day, unbelievable snorkeling in Honduras, gigantic volcanoes in Guatemala, abandoned political prisons in Nicaragua, breathtaking Cloud Forests in Costa Rica.... I could go on and on. One of the most amazing things was the people. For example Nicaragua had been at civil war for nearly 50 years and is only beginning to experience tourism in the last seven years. These people were nothing but welcoming and friendly.... even after living through war and with many surviving on less then 2 dollars per day. We saw bullet holes still in the some walls and extreme poverty in areas, yet they are full of smiles and warmth. I was constantly wide-eyed amazed throughout our travels and was always grateful to be a free Canadian. It was interesting to cross through the border to Costa Rica and see the extreme differences. Costa Rica was beautiful, developed and even expensive in areas... a completely different experience then it's northern neighbors and fantastic part of out trip. I loved each part of our adventure in unique way and could never choose a favourite place or part. I am sharing some very random pictures of our travels to give a little taste of some of things we experienced going on this backpacking trip of a lifetime.

Doors from the city of Granada, Nicaragua. A city with a rich Colonial heritage that escaped the damage that was done to a lot of the country in the 80's. The thousands doors in the city are a symbol of pride for the people and have been quite well preserved. A Coffee bean plant in Costa Rica. We went through a small farm and I was completely surprised to learn how sugar cane and coffee are produced. We also saw & tasted fresh pineapples, oranges, and other fruits and veggies that I had never seen before and won't even begin to try to spell :)

Walking through the Cloud Forests in Monteverde, Costa Rica. A wonder to behold and a must see. These forests are similar to rain forests except they are so high up in elevation that they receive all their moisture from the clouds. Walking through them is like walking in the clouds...misty and serene.

Tim zip-lining through the cloud forest. We zipped through the forest on 12 cable systems, the longest at 770 meters, and 130 meters high. It was not only a crazy adrenaline rush but also offered amazing views of the forest from above.

On the island Ometepe in Nicaragua. It is a unique place because it is made up of two Volcanoes: ConcepciĆ³n and Maderas, and the volcanoes are joined together by a low isthmus to form one island in the shape of an hourglass.

Another view of Ometepe from a plantation.

Some monkeys that parked themselves in front of our cabana. So cute until they start baring their teeth to protect themselves from the camera. Yeek.

Backpacking is a great way to see a lot of places on a very modest budget.... although transportation and accommodation may be a little rough around the edges. We took this local ferry out to the island. That is my bag being thrown from the dock across to the boat and as you can see it is rocking like crazy. Got a bit sick on that travel day.

This is a shot of the still smoking Volcano of Mayasa. The smell was so toxic we had to wear gas masks and I still struggled to breathe. My eyes burned but it was amazing to look over the edge and see the glow of lava.

Some chickens outside of homes in rural Nicaragua.

Trying new street food and sampling a fruit called sweet lemon...which is exactly what it is. Yummy.

The kids would make me laugh. They'd play shy and laugh but loved the attention. I'd take their picture and show them the back of the camera to their absolute pleasure. It was so fun to share that with them.

Beautiful pottery we watched being handmade. The detail was extraordinary and we wanted to take so many home.... however carrying pottery in a backpack is just asking for disappointment when you unwrap it at home.

Honduras' famous Mosquito coast.

Tim walking through Ruins in Guatemala.

Spanish Ruins in Antigua. The city was breathtaking and a joy to just walk through.

Spanish Catholic church orginally built in 1543.

Another shot of Antigua, it's most famous landmark.

So that's a small taste of my last month travels. Next time your over I'd love to share more with you :)
PS. I almost forgot one small part of our travels and wanted to to say Thank you to Kristine and Nolan for their thoughtfulness. I had mentioned we were going to drop off School supplies at a School in Central America on my blog before I left, and to my great surprise, before we left Kristine & Nolan showed up with a bag of Pencils, crayons and other goodies. I was so grateful and impressed by their generosity. I know my clients are all amazing, but that went above and beyond. Tim and I had a blast visiting a Nicaraguan School. Walking in there with our bags of supplies felt a little like being Santa Claus. The children screamed with excitement and jumped out of their desks for hugs and gifts. I nearly cried. It could have possibly been the highlight of my trip. It was slightly crazy carrying the amount of stuff we had along with us for so long, but was so worth it when we were finally able to deliver it all in person, I'll never forget it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

And I'm off

Hey Everyone,
Just another quick message to let everyone know that I am now out of the office till November 27th . I am leaving on an awesome backpacking trip through Central America with my Husband this afternoon! Please note I will not be returning phone calls during this time away. I will still have periodical access to my email, so please be patient if you are waiting to hear about wedding availability ect. Kelly will be helping those clients who are waiting for albums & orders in the next couple of weeks and will contact you as soon as your order arrives.

Have a great Halloween & November,


Sunday, October 26, 2008

My little Buddy Grayson

Grayson is the new son of my good friends Sarah & Dean, who you were introduced to earlier when I photographed their Maternity session. He was born on September 20th and I was lucky enough to meet him & take some pictures in the hospital the day after he was born. Then Sarah came over last week and we did some 4 week pictures of the sweet little guy. He is absolutely adorable and just a completely content little guy. I didn't think he had changed too much in 4 weeks till I compared some of the shots... he is growing like a weed! It is hard to notice changes until you see photographs side by side. He is definitely bigger, has more (blonder) hair, is less wrinkly :), and more alert. I just want to snuggle him!

Here's to 8 week pictures, and 12 week, and 16 week....that's what happens when you have a childless photographer as a friend!

Miss him already,


Grayson in the hospital one day old, just checking out his new world.

Those tiny wrinkly newborn feet :)

Big Yawn! Those first 24 hours must be exhausting!

At my house last week, 4 weeks old. Quite Contemplative.

Look at those baby blues! Just relaxing
Little naked guy. I think that's his surprised face.... wondering what in the world is going on. But he loved being naked, that's for sure. Just quite a challenge keeping those legs together, lol.
There are so many fun ones I can't wait to share with you both. See you in Decemeber!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Packing up for November

For those of you who don't know, my husband Tim and me are headed off for a wonderful month of backpacking in Central America. We start off in Mexico and are slowly making our way down to Costa Rica while enjoying Ancient Ruins, Volcanoes, beaches, Colonial cities and rain forests. We also will be visiting orphanages & bringing some much needed school supplies to villages with a GAP Tour. Hopefully we can make a very small difference. I can hardly wait to experience all the different cultures, new cuisines and spend some much needed time with Tim. If you have any orders to pick up, have any questions or have new orders to place, please do so before next Wednesday. I am available at and 780-231-1899 up until next week, but after that I will only have limited email access.

Can't wait to post pictures from our many adventures...and knowing how we travel there will be no shortage of crazy events:)

Big Smiles,


Monday, October 20, 2008

Kristine & Nolan- October 18 2008

Kristine and Nolan were my last wedding of 2008, and all I can say is Wow! What a great day! An amazing couple both with great families and a day filled lots of love, you couldn't ask for more. The wedding ceremony was in a gorgeous old church, Robertson-Wesley United, follow by chilly outdoor portraits in the river valley. We narrowly missed being poured upon, but got really pretty clouds the moments before. Their reception was held at The Faculty Club, and I need to admit that I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. The speeches were heartfelt and hilarious, and your entire reception was there to support you & love you. And of course, the night ended with just a great party...the way a reception is meant to be. I was even a little sad to leave as your (crazy, in a great way) DJ pumped out the 80's hits :) I am sure the rest of the night was just as good as the beginning.....

Nolan, never stop complimenting Kristine's toes.
Kristine, never stop adoring him for doing so.

You guys just make me smile :)

With love,