Spring in Edmonton means getting outside. It means a break in our seemingly never ending hibernation and breathing in fresh, warm air and the scent of the blossoms and fresh cut grass.
We had talked about finding some blossoms for these two for their engagement photos. When the snow disappeared we set the date and crossed our fingers. We did find some gorgeous white apples trees in bloom as well as some gorgeous golden hour light. But what I thought ended up being even better was that Ryan loves to fish, so when we stumbled across the canoe storage, it felt like the perfect spot for a couple of shots.
I’m really looking forward to this beautiful wedding in September. Cora you are going to be an absolutely stunning bride! We’re going to have so much fun.
For years I have wanted to do a photo shoot here. I have been coming to this lake for 25 years this summer – and I swear to you the beauty of the place only seems to grow for me. I must have taken advantage of it when I was young, but as a photographer, and as a mom, I continue to look around in wonder.
There have been countless times I have spotted a location – “ohhh that would be amazing!” or “oh wow that’s a perfect spot” and yet we’ve never done it. I asked clients to come up last summer for a camping themed engagement session, but the timing never worked out so it never happened. No one’s fault, it just didn’t work out. But I got really discouraged and assumed no one would want to make the 2 hour drive for their photos.
On a whim I tried again. I asked a family who started out as clients and have become wonderful friends if we could do their maternity session at the lake. I was nervous, even bashful, asking them if they would drive that far. And what do you know, they were thrilled to make the trip!
We made a day of it, the kids played in the water and the sand, we ate yummy camping food, and Gareth cooked us all a beautiful steak dinner over the fire.
Then our set time to start the photo shoot hit, and it was still WAY too bright at the dock. I panicked a little. This wasn’t looking the way I wanted! The photos are going to be horrible! I dragged them all the way out here for nothing!
Deep breath, Gareth took over for a minute, and we wandered around the campground while the light softened. Kara and Grant are so easy going and go with the flow – they just wanted the shoot to go well and to hang out.
I couldn’t have asked for a better turn out. The sun turned to liquid gold and enveloped Kara – showing off the gorgeous little life that she’s growing inside of her. We took a few photos. We stopped and chatted for a few minutes to wait to see what the sun was doing. We’d shoot a bit more. Wait a bit more. We were just friends sitting on a dock witnessing a stunning sunset. And we were lucky enough to capture it.
I learned so much from this shoot.
- Always ask. Keep asking. Even if I keep hearing no, I need to keep asking.
- Take a deep breath. Don’t panic. If things aren’t going exactly the way you thought they would, just changed directions for a few minutes and see where it takes you.
- Take the time to enjoy. Don’t rush. Sometimes sitting and waiting for the sun to set is the best thing I can do.
- Enjoy. Every. Moment.
Thank you so much for indulging me for this photo shoot you guys. You have a beautiful family already and adding the next little girl is just going to enhance it. It was an absolute honour to capture this moment in your lives, and I can’t wait to help you celebrate when the next phase begins.
if you’re booking a shoot with us and you’re up for the drive, let me know and I’m there. In a heartbeat.
I think this is super cool. The image above and the image below were taken at the exact same time – I love that we can work together and show our different points of view. I love providing this to our clients!
Mr. Milano came out small and mighty! He’s so sweet, so loved, and so calm. His mamma doted on him and his dad proudly watched him the whole session.
It just melted my heart.
Thanks for bringing him to see us you guys. It was my pleasure to meet him, and our pleasure to help welcome him into the world.
Gareth and I have decided to really focus on the connections of families during newborn sessions. Instead of just setting up the perfect set (which we still want to do!) we really want to help show the love between a family, how welcomed and loved and cherished these new little lives are.
Welcome Milano. I can’t wait to watch you grow.
Be sure to check out Maria’s maternity photos here! Such a stunner.
Jill and Tyson were married this past Friday. Wow – what a day. Honestly these two got married with more intention than anyone else I’ve ever seen. They were so focused on their marriage. It was truly amazing to watch.
The day was relaxed, the entire wedding party a blast. It was a hot summer day, but these guys took it all in stride (even swatting all of the misquotes away).
A big congratulations to both of you. Everyone who attended your wedding were definitely rooting for you!