Seth - Newborn Session

I took these newborn photos in January, and am, oops, only blogging them now. 

There's nothing like giving a pregnant mama even more baby fever than she already has like taking photos of her brand new nephew when she is 33 weeks pregnant, haha! My uncooperative hips made it semi-difficult, but it was worth it. Simple newborn photos will always be my fave. 

On that note, I have limited spots available for October and November. Get on that train now if you want to snatch them up! I would love to chat with you. 

Now, enjoy squishy baby Seth. He is the sweetest ever. 

Shawn and Miranda | Fall family session

I often get asked if I still take family photos. And the answer is: yes, I would love to take your family photos for you! BUT. There is a but. BUT they will not just be posed and "Stand here" and "Put your arm there". No. (Not that I am against those types of sessions! Many photographers I know do an absolutely phenomenal job with their portrait sessions! It's just about personal preference!) But my aim with my sessions is that the photos you get will tell a story. They will show you, years later, what your life was like in this year, this time, this day. They will show un-posed interactions and traditions and rituals. They will show the mess in your house (if there is any, not so much in this case! Miranda keeps the most organized home in the world and I am amazed every time by her!) and the honest emotions of your kids. I do not aim for perfection and "say cheese!" smiles. This kind of session feeds my soul, but I also think you will be thankful for them, especially when you are out of whatever particular season of life that you are in. I really do! 

I came to Shawn and Miranda's house while Miranda was prepping for supper with a baby in her arms and two kids at her feet, waiting for Shawn to get home from work, and kept photographing them until bedtime. Life with three little ones can be hectic and crazy, but they handle it with grace and a lot of laughter, and a whole lotta love. Oh so much love.

There is something else I have to share with you, and it is not to toot my own horn. This was Miranda's response after seeing the end result from their session:

"I just finished looking through the pictures. They are so perfect, IT MADE ME WISH I WAS PART OF THAT FAMILY, and that that was my life. Oh wait, it is. Pinch me. I'm not convinced you didn't pull these pictures out of a magazine. By far the best family session I've ever seen."
 

I share this because this was the first session where I truly shot from my heart. One hundred percent. I slowed down my shutter speed to catch the motion. I blurred those faces when I needed to capture emotion. I aimed for emotion and not for perfection. I threw technicalities out the window and just jumped into the moment and shot from my heart, the way I shoot my personal work. And SHE FELT IT TOO. That, my friends, is worth so much. Miranda, thank you for being such a wonderful client and friend, for trusting me, for seeing my vision. Photographing your family is an honour. 

 

September || Personal Work

"Strange, how the rustle of dying leaves can sound like possibility." Lori Hetteen (follow her IG account, she is fantastically brilliant.)

Photographically speaking, I am super sad that September is over. The September light is hard to beat. But I am going to do my best to soak in October in all it's unpredictability. Really dig into homeschooling, keep on growing this baby, and try to find all the ways to get through the horrid two-year molar phase. Wish me luck! :) 

2016 Harvest

A few years ago, my parents bought some farmland about an hour's drive from their home, that already had a quaint little house on it. We have since been so blessed to spend time there with them during seeding and harvest times, helping where we can and just spending time together as a family. Last week, Trevor took the week off and we hauled his brother's trailer out there and showed our kids the full farming experience. 

They absolutely loved everything about it. Going for rounds on the combine (that brings back SO many memories of my childhood!), bringing back grain to test, helping Papa test the grain ("Nana, we're just back from the field to test. I'm helping Papa test!"), pulling a neighbour's tractor out of the mud with Papa's tractor (or, attempting to, anyway), watching the auger from the safety of the pickup, going for ranger rides on the field, Cruz learning to "drive" the ranger and combine, discovering that the combine relaxes Zeke like nothing else and is totally his happy place, eating Nana's delicious meals together for every meal, camping in the trailer, adventuring in the woods, keeping a lookout for bears, and on and on. 

It was totally our kind of vacation. Almost no cell service or internet access, so it was quiet and peaceful. Crisp fall mornings and leaves starting to turn. Being able to help with the harvest and all the good memories that come with that. Spending time with different family members that came to visit throughout the week. And just good conversations with family over whipped cream-filled lattes and tomato sandwiches. Thankful for God's goodness. Happy Harvest! 

July || Personal Work

I'm neck deep in editing Fresh 48 photos from my newest nephew's arrival and decided to give my brain a little break and put together a blog post of a few fave photos from the month of July. It was an exhausting month for me, which was 100% due to the typical first trimester fatigue (yes, Wolfe pup #4 is on his/her way!) so I didn't pick up my camera as much as I usually do. But we did have a wonderful month, and here are a few photos to prove it :) 

Baby Josiah || Fresh 48

"Honey is sweet. A little baby is even sweeter." {unknown}

I have an exciting few weeks coming up, filled with birth sessions, fresh 48 sessions and newborn sessions. And I'm OVER THE MOON about it. And because I'm on call and can't concentrate on anything but waiting for my phone to ring telling me that one of the mamas is in labour (it's like I'm waiting for my own baby, you wouldn't believe the constant butterflies in my belly these past few weeks! haha) I thought I would post a throwback to last summer when I got to photograph the sweetest Fresh 48 session. I never posted it then because I didn't have my website up and running, so this felt like a good time to do it! 

Ashley and Tyrell have the cutest little family, and spending time with them in their first few hours as a family of four was just the best. The hospital room was filled with so much love and happiness, with big sister taking on her new role with pride and her tired but happy parents watching their two kids in awe. New babies are just the very best. 

June || Personal Work

I found a quote by the exceptional Sally Mann the other day, and it said this:

"Unless you photograph what you love, you're not going to make good art." 

I have been mulling those words over and over in my mind, and come to the conclusion that she was 100% right. I can take a million perfectly focused photos that follow all the rules and show everyone cheesing at the camera, or beautifully reading a book on the bed together, or whatever it is, but if it's JUST a photo to me and doesn't move me in some way, it's not good art. It might be a good photo, but it's not good art. 

I think this is why i keep shooting. All day, every day. I shoot. I shoot to get to know my heart, to know what I love, to feel what moves me. I shoot so I can make good art, not just make a good photo. And I'm not there yet, but I think that's the beauty of it. I keep striving, keep working, keep reaching. 

And with that, here's a little taste of what I loved this month. Summer, you're so good to us.

Sarah | Graduation

This session is atypical from what I usually shoot these days, but there's a reason for that. I photographed Jake and Suzanne's two oldest sons on their high school graduation days, so when she asked me if I would continue the tradition and capture Sarah's monumental day as well, I had to say yes. Besides, spending time with this family is always a good idea. I told Suzanne that seeing her with her teenage kids makes me look forward to that time with my kids. Just a really incredible family. 

And Sarah. Seriously, this girl. I am convinced there was never a more relaxed and chill girl on her graduation day. Barefoot and fancy-free, with mosquitoes stuck in her gorgeous dress and twigs in the tulle, she laughed and said "oh don't worry about it! Nobody will see it anyway." She climbed to the top of her old treehouse and ran through the bushes in bare feet. Coolest girl around, this one.  :) 

 

 

Shawn & Miranda || A maternity session

“I always wanted to be a hero--to sacrifice my life in a big way one time--and yet, God has required my sacrifice to be thousands of days, over many years, with one more kiss, one more story, one more meal.”  Sally Clarkson

 

One of my favourite things has got to be photographing the same family year after year. It is so much fun to see the changes in the family dynamics as kids grow up and more babies get added to the mix, and it gives me a unique perspective into the inner workings of a home. I have long admired Shawn and Miranda's way of intentional parenting and they are raising strong and compassionate children to love the Lord and serve others. 

The best thing about an in-home session is being able to capture specific things that only last for such a fleeting time. In this case, Sayje started walking a few hours after I left their home, and now her mama has photos of that sweet crawling stage that is gone forever. Kids can completely relax and be themselves, which lends itself to more natural things happening during the session. My fave!

This was supposed to be a mini session, but I just couldn't seem to stop photographing the goodness. Enjoy a little look into their home as they anticipate the arrival of their baby boy!