The M* Family

I realized with a rather unpleasant shock today that I never did blog a rather fabulous family session that I shot in October 2014. It was an amazing afternoon with the most dreamy, golden, late-summer sunshine. We met at Castlegar’s Millennium Park, and spent an hour or so together running through the tall grass, laughing, and adventuring. It was just beautiful. Mom, Kristi, is the brilliant mind behind the inspiring home-design blog Making it in the Mountains. She is a wealth of inspiration, class, and charm. It was a ton of fun collaborating with her and her beautiful little family for this gorgeous session!

Without further adieu, I’d like to share the images with you now. Here is the M* Family:

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The G Family

I was in Vancouver recently for a week, and had the pleasure of catching up with one of my favourite little families while there.

I met Becca & Alex back in 2012 when we got together at Fraser River Park to shoot their Engagement. We had a great time wandering the park and getting to know each other. In the fall of 2012, I met with them again to shoot their beautiful wedding at Burnaby Village Museum. A year after THAT I returned to their home to welcome (and photograph, obviously) their new baby boy, Eli.

(I am realizing with horror right now that I never did blog that session! Shame on me!)

While I was in Vancouver this most recent visit I was able to meet with them AGAIN. This time to mark their son’s 1st birthday. One year of life for Eli. One year of parenthood for Becca & Alex. Everyone survived! Here is to many more happy years, and hopefully many more photoshoots to mark the occasions.

Love. Marriage. Baby Carriage —-> I get to be there for it all. I have the best job.

Welcome Eli! {Castlegar Kootenays Newborn Photographer}

Welcoming a new baby, whether it’s #1 or #4 is always special… But there is really something extra special about getting to see older siblings welcome a new baby into their clan. The G* Family had me over to mark the occasion of baby Elliott’s grand arrival when he was just 7 days-new, and I could not be happier for them.

Elliott will grow up with two fabulous older brothers, and one doting older sister to turn to for advice, help, encouragement and fun! Not to mention, two thrilled (but, perhaps, slightly overwhelmed at the moment!) parents.  What a lucky little guy, and what a wonderful family!

Congratulations G* Family, and Welcome Little Eli!

Sweet Little Lana

Carolyn and Ross are long time clients of mine. I had the honour and privilege of shooting their STUNNING Hycroft Manor Wedding back in the summer of 2013. It was a perfect day, at the perfect venue, with the perfect couple. Then, in September 2014, just over 1 year later, I met with them again. This time to photograph Carolyn’s growing bump… and again everything was perfect. (Almost ridiculously so! I’d hate these two for being so damn perfect if they weren’t so fun, and down to earth, and genuine!)

One thing you should know about Carolyn and Ross is that they are straight-shooters. Despite their hollywood good looks and their fancy wedding- They don’t like frills. They don’t like gimmicks. They don’t do ‘cutesy’ or ‘posey’ or ‘gaze at each other lovingly while thinking about buttercups and faery-dust‘. From the very first day that I sat down with them over a beer to chat about their upcoming nuptials, they have been VERY clear about what they don’t want in their photos– cheese.

I have to admit, when they approached me about maternity photos this past fall, I was a bit surprised. Maternity photos? For Carolyn and Ross? Surely that’s too “cheesy”?! They were quick to add that they would never have approached ANYONE but me for the task, because they knew that I ‘got it’ and would keep the session down to earth and true to them. It was flattering to be trusted so implicitly. It is refreshing to work with clients who understand & appreciate my style so well… and vice-versa.

So, now here they are. Welcoming their newest addition a (…you guessed it) absolutely perfect little girl. Lana. She’s full of life, vivacious, & endlessly charming…. not unlike her wonderful Momma.

Welcome, sweet Lana. I can’t wait to watch you grow.

C* Family {Rossland Family Photographer}

The C* family are avid golfers and live just across the street from Rossland’s RedStone Golf Resort so it was only fitting that this beautiful club be the backdrop for their sunny family session.

We spent an hour together zipping around on golf carts and snapping photos as we went. I’d never been on a golf cart before and could not believe how rugged they were! I had also never been to RedStone and was so impressed with the beauty of the course & the friendliness of every golfer and staff member that we met. What a gem!

The C* Family especially requested a family shot at Hole 11 because of it’s stunning view of Red Mountain in the distance… When I saw the spot for myself, I was more than happy to oblige (see above).

The M* Family {Burnaby Family Portrait Photographer}

I first met the M* Family just over a year ago when their sweet little girl was born & we did a newborn session in their lovely Burnaby home. So it was with great pleasure that I found myself there again, 18 months later, this time getting to shoot in their absolutely amazing backyard. (I use the word ‘backyard’ loosely. It would probably be better described as a secret garden or, better yet; an idyllic oasis.)

Their sweet little girl has grown up to be a just-as-sweet spit-fire of a toddler. Clever, crafty, quick to laugh and extremely jovial…. We had such fun together!

Here’s hoping that I get to see them again in a year or two!

G* Family {Castlegar Family Photographer}

I can’t believe how far behind I am with my blogging. Terrible, terrible! This summer has been all about transitions for my husband and I… Our first summer in our new home here in The Kootenays. Our first summer as husband and wife. Our first summer driving to and from Vancouver for work and family. Our first summer.

And just like that, our first summer flew by, and now we are staring autumn squarely in the face. Incredible how that happens.

In June, when summer was still young, I had the pleasure of working with the fabulous (and beautiful!) G* Family. We went back and forth with location ideas, before finally just settling on a simple field behind a local elementary school. The results? Fantastic. Simple, timeless, & warm. This was a busy session with 3 active kids. It was full of running, and laughing, and fun– just how I like it!

Enjoy!