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.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sharna - Calgary Maternity Photography

I don't know how to say this without sounding creepy, but I totally love pregnant bellies. I mean, I'm not some crazy person that'll go up and rub your belly or anything like that! But there's something about it all that is just so incredible.

I'm SO glad that Sharna was up for prenatal photos. I remember what it's like to be 35 weeks pregnant and just NOT feeling it. BUT I totally and completely regret not having a single picture of me taken while I was pregnant. I have FOUR kids, so I had ample opportunity to do it... But that's besides the point.

When Sharna said she was up for maternity photos I was so excited! She had tried to convince me that she's not photogenic. I completely disagree! She totally rocked these photos. So Sharna, I don't ever want to hear you say you're not photogenic ever again. I will gladly take your photo any day :)

Oh, and guess what... She's having a GIRL! I can't wait to make a ton of cute little headbands to use for her newborn photos.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Meet the rest of my crew - A personal post

I am so in love with these little munchkins. I posted a few photos of my daughter Ella, and I just wanted to share a few of my favorites of the other kids.

Meet my baby, Will. It's hard to believe that this little man will be 3 this summer. And it'll just be the two of us come fall, as my little Livie Lou will start kindergarten!

Little Livie - my little ham. I'm so happy she still lets me take photos of her and plays things up for the camera. She's such a sweet girl and it makes me sad to think she'll be leaving us to go to school. I'm excited for her, but Will and I are really going to miss her.

And last but not least, my man, Austin. He starts middle school this year, and I'm just not ready for it. He's such a great help around the house, and is the best big brother the younger ones could ask for.

Please, someone tell these little ones to stop growing up! I just want to keep them way they are.