Thursday, June 30, 2011

Burnham Family - Edmonton Family Photography

I had the pleasure of going up to Edmonton a couple weekends ago to hang out with some fabulous ladies. While I was there I was able to take family photos for one of my dearest friends. Her kids are SO cute! My Livie still talks about Jackson and how she's going to marry him. I love it.

You can see why she still talks about him right? Total stud!

And this little guy - Maren, can you imagine all the trouble our two boys would be in if we still lived up there? haha

Ok, this little missy steals my heart. I got to spend some time with the kids that weekend, but Ellie and I became best buds during that time. I love that she would snuggle up to me, jabbering away like I could understand. Oh how I miss them!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Rose - Calgary Newborn Photography

Meet baby Rose. Her mommy is one of my good friends and I'm so glad I was able to do maternity and newborn photos with her. Rose joined this world a whopping 9lb 3oz and 23 inches long! And she is the sweetest chubby babe ever.
Thanks for letting me use your studio and props Laura, and for all the help posing.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Graduating - Calgary Senior Photography

Every year about this time I think back to when I graduated. On one of the last few days of classes my English teacher read us "Oh! The Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss. I still get a little teary eyed to this day as I read it. The end is probably my most favorite part...

" So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)

Kid, you’ll move mountains!"

That being said, it was an absolute pleasure photographing these youth (and needless to say, brought back some fond highschool memories). The girls looked beautiful in their grad dresses. And oh how I LOVED the location - it was AWESOME!! I loooooove the old truck.

Friday, June 17, 2011

29 Down, 11 to go... - Calgary Maternity Photography

My beautiful sister in law is expecting baby #2 in August only days before my younger brother's birthday. We're all so excited to find out what this little munchkin is and my kids can't wait to have another cousin to play with. We went out for a half an hour before the sun set and I'm SO glad we did! I'm glad I convinced Ashley to do photos - hope you like them Ash!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Baby Blake - Calgary Newborn Photography

I love when newborns come in to see me for photos. I love getting to snuggle them and rock them to sleep. They are just so precious!

Here's sweet baby Blake. Aren't those cheeks awesome? I love me a chubby baby. Congrats Kirstin and Craig - he's simply darling.

Have to have at least ONE picture with zebra print, right?!

Monday, May 9, 2011

"The family is one of Nature's masterpieces" - George Santayana

I love this family. I know I probably say that about all the families I photograph, but I truly do. I met Natasha back during my Edmonton days while my hubby was in law school. I have so many fond memories with her and we've had some fantastic photo shoots together. I felt very honored that she and her family were willing to make the drive down from Edmonton for me to take their family photos.

And I just want to give a little shout out to Laura for her help and all the props that day. Thank you!

The kids were starting to get a little restless so we hopped in our vans and drove to McKay's Ice Cream Shop. The twins had their first ice cream cone ever and I'm so glad to have been there to catch their reactions. They LOVED it! Little Gloria wasn't quite sure what to do with it and kept trying to eat the cone first. They were covered and enjoyed every second. Wesley was so sweet and would come and share his with Laura and I. I just love these kids.

And really what can I say about Natasha... She is simply stunning. A photo I took of her a few years back won an International photo contest - need I say more. I love love love photographing her. She knows exactly what to do without any direction and makes my job that much easier. And Glen, you were great also :) Thanks for being awesome you two!

Monday, April 25, 2011

"Dance is the song of the body" - Martha Graham

Kim is an insanely talented dancer! After taking a quick peek at the first shot of the day with her I knew things were going to be AWESOME! She totally exceeded my expectations. Being completely out of my element I decided to do a little "research" on dance poses/moves/positions before the shoot. I had my little drawing page with stick people posing all ready to go just hoping that she'd be able to do some of the poses. Kim did them all and more!!

She started dance for fun when she was about 10 years old. After 2 years taking a musical theater/jazz class on Saturdays, she then started at Centre 58 Dance Arts in Calgary where she considers her "real" dancing to have begun. Since grade 7 is considered pretty late to start dancing, her instructors pushed her hard to catch up with the other dancers. She started ballet and pointe, then went on to musical theatre, jazz, tap and competed with her first solo (to Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas).

Her freshman year of university she danced with the BYU Cougarettes, whom she danced with for 3 years. She's performed at Disney World and danced in the Electric Light Parade, worked with NappyTabs a few times (two of my all time favorite choreographers from the show So You Think You Can Dance), taught tap at BYU and has performed with a number of groups and teams.

Kim is now heading off to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She will be serving for 18 months in the Utah Salt Lake Temple Square mission. When she has finished serving for the church she plans to return to school. She's working on her dance education major and has 3 semesters left. Hopefully she'll come back and teach here - after seeing the pictures my girls were trying to reenact her moves and both said they wanted to start dance. I'd love for her to teach my girls :)

Thank you Kim for sharing your beautiful talent. I had a great time with you that day and wish you all the best on your mission and as you continue on in school and dance.