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Oh wow!! It has been a while since I have blogged. I have really let time slip away on me lately. This past summer was a whirlwind of weddings, and the fall blew me away with so many family photos that I barely had a chance to do anything but eat, sleep, shoot, edit. Now that things are getting quieter around here (snow in the forecast, anyone?), I will have more time to update my blog and show you all the fabulous shoots I have been doing over the past few months.

Todays blog features a fun and sweet couple, Keri and Kurt. These two had such incredible chemistry with each other, I can only imagine how amazing their wedding day will be. I am so excited for that big day next year. Here are a few from our beautiful autumn evening engagement session. Enjoy.

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A beautiful day, and a beautiful couple! It was so great to see my friend Lisa tie the knot. I went alllll the way out to Provost, AB for the very first time to shoot the wedding. If there was a theme for the day, it was definitely FUN! You know a wedding is great when all the guests and the entire bridal party are having a blast.

I wish them all the best and a life of pure bliss! Congrats Matt & Lisa!

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So, last week I got home from the most amazing girls trip to Las Vegas. We did all the “girly” things like go to Celine Dion (HIGHLY recommend!!), eat at cute cafe’s and shop!! We also snuck in a mini photo shoot! Was it even a question??? If I could go back, I would have done a shoot a day… just because that city has a new unique location every time you turn around! It’s also so great to travel with such beautiful models! I love my cousins… always camera ready *smile*

 

Where do I start? Beautiful Cancun wedding, gorgoeus bride, handsome groom and hillarious bridal party! This wedding could not have been any more perfect. It was my first time at a destination wedding and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was not disappointed! The bride and groom were calm, cool and collected the entire week, and the big day was no different. From their first look to the last dance, their love was evident.

They were meant to be.

Forever.

This is it! My favorite images from 2012. Initially I just wanted a top 12 of 2012… then I realized that would be impossible. I could NOT possibly narrow it down that much, so I selected a handful of photos and grouped them into categories. I still have sooooooo many more favorites that I didn’t post, because if I would have… this would be the longest blog in history!! So, here are my favorites. I would love for you to comment below and let me know what YOUR favorite image is whether it made the blog or not. Enjoy!

Newborns and Children

Sophie was a near perfect newborn. She has quickly become one of my favorite clients.

Sweet Baby Reid
I was lucky enough to photograph Draydens home water birth AND his newborn photos!
One of my favorite mother/child moments.
Had to add another photo of Spohie. These were her 6 month photos and I just smile every time I see this image of her.
The award for the best style goes to Leo! He’s such a dapper little boy.
Aubrey had the most incredible enery during her shoot. So much personality for such a little girl.
This was my first styled child shoot. Kennedy was the PERFECT Audrey Hepburn. People driving by kept honking at her!
My daughter Kaylee. I had this cape special made just for her to do these photos. Perfection if I do say so myself!
From her tippie toes to her chubby hands, this photo shoot in her bedroom couldn’t be cuter.
Kaedyns 10th birthday photos. Such a great idea to capture your children on milestone birthdays.
I did a whole black and white series on Ella playing tennis. My most action packed shoot for sure!
This image made my top favorites because of the pure innocence of her in that moment…. just the way children should be!
A rare indoor session… Joshua and Julia rocked it! I need to start doing more studio shoots… now to just get a studio!

Couples 

 

I enjoyed every moment with this adventurous couple! They were just a total blast!!

This photo was taken during a family session, but it was definitely my favorite one

Another amazing couple in love after 11 years of marriage

The original idea for this shoot was supposed to ba a light and airy feel, but as the weather turned we were BLESSED with the moody sky and vibrant colors

The cold weather haze made this photo go to a whole new level!

These were taken as a 10th anniversary gift from the husband to the wife!!! Now THAT is a good man!

 

Family

 

 

A mother son moment that takes the cake! Mom even had this one blown up on canvas!

These are family friends of mine, and the reason that this made the top favorites is because this is basicly a typical moment in their life! Three crazy boys and mom and dad just chillin’!!! LOL.

A very special photo! Zoie had shaved her head for cancer and mom wanted family photos to remember this moment.

There is nothing like a mothers love for her children

A total change for me, I LOVED shooting on the graffiti

I love families and sun flare! This image is FOR SURE in my top 10 favs!!

Loving the clothing color combo! This is a great example of coordinating, not matching! Just the way it should be!!

Loved shooting this family in Banff. The backdrop was breathtaking

This is my lovely sister and my niece. It HAD to make the cut!!

Maternity

It was great finding that perfect pocket of light to photograph Alex

 

Love the glam feel. She makes pregnancy look easy!

This was a spur of the moment session… Jen called me saying she was going to be induced right away! Baby was born less than 24 hours later!!!

 

 

Teens

Three of the most fun girls I have had the pleasure of working with. They were so mature for their age and loads of fun! I think we need to do it again!!!

This was my first time doing a whole shoot on a teenage boy… I was nervous at first, but then Colin showed me that guys were just as fun to photograph as girls! I have to say, I get more comments on this image than most others!!

Another young handsome guy proving that they can rock the camera as good as any girl can!

This makes the list as one of my personal favorite shots to date!

A soft airy garden was the perfect backdrop for this shoot!

The color contrast and flowy dress make this shot a top contender!

Grad beauty at its finest!

An 18th birthday photo session in -23 degree weather! Bonus points to Chase for making it look AMAZING!

Urban chic is always going to make my list of top photos!

 

Women | Glam and Beauty

 

What’s not to love about this photo?

I tried REALLY hard to pick just one photo from the Hair Wars series, but honestly… I wanted to put them ALL on my favorites list! So, this is 1 of 2 images I selected from this shoot. Everything about this shoot just lined up so perfectly… the hair, wardrobe, location, lighting, models… EVERYTHING! I just love it!

This is the other image I selected from Hair Wars. Again…hair, makeup, wardrobe… all of it was incredible. A major changing point in my photography, as I was a featured photographer for an online magazine because of this shoot.

The feeling of wind was created by having someone throw the fabric in the air right when I clicked the camera. I was so lucky to photograph 4 beautiful belly dancers that day!

Another image from the belly dancing session. Beautiful girl + sun flare is sheer perfection in my eyes

A sister photo shoot. What’s not to love?

 

Weddings

 

Taken at my first wedding EVER… Still my favorite bouquet shot

Grandpas cuff links… need I say more!

Sweet and chic all at the same time

I always felt this could be a bridal advertisment! It’s just so cute!!!!

Taken at night, the sparklers were the only light source in the photo. Another one of my VERY favorites!

My very favorite ring photo! These stunning rings were designed and shipped from Australia! Gorgeous

Sun and sand make for beautiful photos and amazing memories

Could this be my #1 favorite photo??? It just might be! It may have something to do woth the fact that my handsome husband is the one on the far right!!

 

Pets

I would love to photograph more pets! They are such a big part of most families, yet often get overlooked. What a great keepsake!

 

 

 

 

Sometimes I have to pinch myself…I have only been doing photography for a little over a year and somehow I keep getting these incredible opportunities knocking on my door. This has to be one of the BIGGEST knocks I have ever had! Randi Boulton is a local singer/songwriter who is so incredibly talented. When she contacted me to photograph the cover of her new CD as well as do photos for posters and brochures and I almost fell off my chair! I didn’t even have to think about that one… the answer was YES!!!!! It was so fun to work with her and to say that I had a small part in her success (ok, I know I had no part in her success, but don’t burst my bubble!! LOL).  You MUST check her out!  http://randiboulton.com/

 

 

After this shoot I can officially say that I LOVE photographing teen boys! Seriously… Chase was a dream to work with! Not only was it his 18th birthday, but we were shooting in -23 degree weather!!! In fact it was -28 degrees with the windchill factor! Not an easy task for anyone to keep their swagger while freezing their butt off, but he did incredible. One of my favorite shots is the one where you can see his breath in the air… definitely not a picture you could get on a warm summer day, so it was all worth it!!!

 

Looking for something different to put in your Christmas cards this year?  Well, I am offering to all my past clients the option of placing your photos inside an ornament or snow globe. Now, these are just photographs, no actual ornament or snow globe will be made…. it’s just a fun way to send out your photos!! All you have to do is pick the ornament you like, tell me which picture you want in it, and I will have the digital image emailed to you within 48 hours. Each digital image is $25. Have a peek at what I’ve been doing…

 

So, if your last name is Winter, you do winter family photos right? OF COURSE! And… they knocked it out of the park! What an incredible family to shoot. Each one of them looks like they stepped out of a magazine making my job pretty darn easy. The weather wasn’t as warm as we had thought, but they were so brave facing the chill in the air to get the perfect shots… and it totally paid off.

I’ve been itching to blog this shoot ever since I did it. I had 4 beautiful women who are BELLY DANCERS ask me to take some photos for them. If you know me at all you would know the answer is YES YES YES! I love doing things out of the box and these were definitely different. The outfits were to die for, each one got better and better. I was in my creative glory! The best part of the day was when the sun hit the trees and made the yellow leaves nearly glow. I can’t wait to do it again. I really hope these ladies buy more outfits so I have an excuse to do more pictures.