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baby Violet

March 7, 2014

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Meet baby Violet just 3 weeks old! I had a great morning hanging out with Mark, Kelsey and Violet in their downtown Victoria condo. It was a beautiful spring day and the sun poured into their suite. We chit chatted about her pregnancy, amazing midwife experience, new business ventures (she is a co-owner at Parlor Salon here in Victoria) and the Top 20 under 40 Business + Community award Mark recently received for his work with the Victoria Highland soccer team! It has been an exciting couple of months for M + K, with so much to be thankful for. Violet was a joy to work with! And can we just say THAT HAIR!! Adorable! She rocked that wee little headband with so much style ; )  Violet was calm and alert for the beginning of the session but after a snuggly cuddle with dad she drifted right off! It was so great to meet people I had long heard about (friends of friends of friends and a small town – you get the picture!) and connect with them in their home capturing them doing life. Thanks again!!

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Hardison – 1 YEAR!

February 25, 2014

Filed under bambinos, family

It’s amazing how time flies and little people grow! Hardison celebrated his first birthday the day before this session. We had a lot of fun re-creating some photos from his new born session just 12 months before! Of course this time he was MUCH busier and curious about my camera. We had fun playing most of the morning! Some of his favourite things include – his books, his blue striped stuffed dog, his chevron blankey and his nanny (who made a guest appearance in this session and was a huge help getting the giggles out of him!). Things we LOVE about Hardison – his soft curly hair, his many different expressions, the way his face crinkles up when he cries, his toothy grin, how HAPPY and loving he is, and how his version of peek-a-boo looks a bit more like “face-palm”!. Ohhhh I could go on… : )

His parents wrote him this note that they published on facebook on his birthday. It really struck a cord with me and I hope they don’t mind if I share. It’s so GOOD!

“One year ago we said hello to the most amazing little boy. Just like the cliches lamenting “how time flies” we find it hard to believe that he is a year old already, and it is especially hard to watch the weeks go by now that he is developing faster and faster all the time. On the one hand we are so happy to see each new step, but at the same time we really just want to hang on to each little moment! (it would also be nice to hang on to some of his clothes for more than a week! #sprouting).

We feel extraordinarily lucky, and we feel grateful every day that he is the kind of beautiful, loving, joyful, pleasant, incorrigibly happy (#clapyourhands) and hilarious little boy that he is, and that we are becoming a family more amazing by the day as a result of his rather boisterous assistance (#insistence).

Mostly, though, we are especially proud of the fact that he has already learnt both of his first names, “Hardison”, and “Don’t Touch!!”, and is learning to ignore them both equally well (#perseverance).

Hardison, on your 13th birthday, when you are old enough to log into whatever archival system holds this ancient inter-web Facebook thingie and read this note, know that we love you with all our hearts. (mind you, we will probably print this out and paste it into your baby book, so maybe try there first… #ancient) xoxo, Mom & Dad (#sappy).”


 

Walter family – photo time!

December 25, 2013

Filed under family, just for fun

Do you know how hard it is to get 5 walter’s to meet up in one place? HARD. It bring’s the term ‘herding cats’ to a whole new level. Walter boys climb trees and well…you can just imagine.

One night after work we planned this mini family session with but a sliver of last light to spare. Note – this shoot started at 4pm in November with thick west coast overcast!!  Lighting is a bit “cooler” and ummm darker than I usually aim for but I think we got some great results regardless!  Everyone showed up looking their best and even the families fur baby “Dude” gave us a smile or too (pepperoni sticks may have helped!). ALSO big thank you to Megan for jumping in and snapping a couple of the mister and myself!

Happy Holidays from all of us on the west coast : ) xo

  

 

Clauzel Family – Osoyoos, BC

September 12, 2013

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I had the pleasure of meeting up with one of my favourite families the Clauzel’s this summer. Check out their session from 2 summer’s ago HERE. It’s amazing to see how much the girls have grown up since their last session! They were so sweet and booked an early morning photo sesh that wrapped up right on the lake just as the temperature started to rise for the day. We started at their fun beachside summer home, jumped in the boat and headed to Osoyoos’ famous white sands beach that we had almost alllll to ourselves (unheard of in August!). A mid-session water fight was thrown in the mix – awesome right? The session wrapped up with a cruise around the north end of the lake and an epic photo bombing attempt by Glen : )

Thanks for the fun Leah, Glen, Vanessa and Amanda  - you guys are the best!

this is what summer in Osoyoos is all about – family, sun and beach! my favourite shot of the day…

one of my favourite B + W’s!

 

Family Session!

August 6, 2013

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I followed up with Jodi + Morgan and their little man Clark in July for a quick outdoor session with their furry friends! These two fur babies missed out during Clark’s newborn session in the Spring. Enjoy the photos!

The Carter’s

December 28, 2012

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I’ve been waiting a long time to post these photos for Ryan, Gillian, and Colin – as they were a surprise Christmas gift for their momma (my Aunt)! Happily I introduce to you some family from M’s side – some of my favorite cousins to hang around with its always a great time when we get together! Gill and I started making plans for a morning photo date in October at a family dinner – the date was set, she picked a location special to their family and a yummy cafe for brunch! The morning we arrived at the location it was SUPER windy and threatening rain. The Carter clan rolled in, ridiculously good-looking (naturally) in their HOT new rides. Obviously *wink*. We decided to eat breakfast first and wait off the wind. Yum! Sure enough the weather broke just long enough for us to get in some gorgeous photos, we even got to watch a family of river otters playing on the rocks! It was a great excuse to tromp around the forest and spend some time together. Even M tagged along : ) The large print gifts were a big HIT with Auntie Daphne and with the rest of the family too!


 

 

 

 

 

Proud new parents Mitch + Michelle welcomed this little sweet pea at the end of May! I was so happy to meet the little lady V when out to visit in July. Luckily I got to combine this with lots of quality girl time with Michelle!  Vienna is so precious and I can’t wait to watch her grow up – this was her photo shoot debut and I think she rocked it like a natural! Get used to it baby girl…love Auntie E : )

 

 

Meet baby boy West : ) great name, great great name! Proud parents Sarah + Robin couldn’t be happier! More happy family photos to follow…just a tease for now. He’s SO CUTE!

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when I was home in Manitoba for a visit, long long long loooong time friends of mine Randy + Shelley were getting ready to celebrate the arrival of their second wee babe! we got together one evening to visit and, of course – snap some family photos. Bella was as chatty as ever and her imagination ran wild as we searched the woods for silly monkeys and angry tigers! she fell in love with the neighbours cat, and so to add to the smile factor Randy + Shelley also posed with the cat. hehe! so much FUN!

we wrapped up the session just as a rager of a wind and lightening storm rolled in. A perfect way to end the evening in my books! I sure love a good prairie thunderstorm ; )

Randy, Shelly + Bella welcomed a new little man to the family on June 1 2012. Jacob Ryan Froese! Congratulations to you both. I can’t wait to meet him!

 

while mom and dad weren’t looking….”here kitty, kitty, kitty….”

i think we found the silly, monkey…

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Temos Family – Chemainus, BC

April 19, 2012

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It was a gorgeous sunny day in the colorful little town of Chemainus when I met up with Amanda, Chris and their family! A + C were in town to visit his mom and brother with the newest and smallest member of their family, Dace! Amanda + Chris recently located to Osoyoos, BC where I used to live and we juuuust missed each other by a few weeks. I learned from Amanda that we were nearly neighbours! Im so happy they tracked me down on Van Isle to capture the sweetness of their little one and their awesome family!  Amanada + Chris are planning a wedding for 2013 and couldn’t be happier :  )

 

now look at those baby blues!

say hello!