Fall in Edmotnon is fleeting. The wind is strong and sweeps away these gorgeous colours a lot faster than any photographer would want. When the snow fell early September I thought for sure we were going to miss out on the beautiful autumn colours.
Mother nature was good to me this season.
Alex and Jeremy kept telling me they didn’t know what to do in front of the camera. I just kept telling them to be themselves, and the rest would take care of itself.
It totally did. You guys laughed and played and cuddled and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Your photos are stunning, your company was lovely, and I can’t wait for your wedding next year. We’re going to have a blast!
Every time we met with Stan and Lyndsay the year leading up to their wedding, they were so laid back and chilled out, I got the impression their wedding was going to be really low key. Not a lot of fuss, not a lot of detail, just the two of them getting married.
Holy man was I wrong. Lyndsay spent the year doing SO many DIY projects to make this wedding exactly the way they wanted it to look. They drove into Planet Organic and bought their cream in the pretty glass bottles for a year so they could use them in the decorating. Seriously, so many beautiful, tiny, impeccable details. And every time we talked to them, it seemed like there was barely any stress. I really love to see that – a couple enjoying the time they’re engaged, really getting into it and having some fun.
Wishing wands, burlap, pearls and a typewriter, this girl thought of everything.
Their wedding day was warm, sunny, and so relaxed. Even when the limo broke down on the way to the ceremony, Lyndsay laughed, took a drink of bubbly, and waited for some wedding guests to come rescue us all.
I met this family through the small Edmonton grapevine. I’m so glad they found us. We chatted as moms, which I always feel so lucky to do at so many of our sessions. I learn a lot from my clients, and I’m so grateful we can swap wisdom and support one another.
Meeting Brynn was wonderful! She was so cooperative – sleepy and lovely.
Congrats to you all, I can’t wait to photograph your family again!
I’m sure I write this every time I blog about this family, but I just love them. The more I photograph people, the more comfortable they get with me. The more comfortable they are, the more they act like themselves – laugh and play and show me their real smiles.
My biggest goal as a photographer is to follow families right from their weddings, into having kids, and as their family grows. I feel so honoured that this family has allowed me to do that.
Fall in Edmonton, beautiful family, and big, big belly laughs.
This past summer I got to be a part of something I wish for, for every single one of my friends. I watched my kind, fun, loving friend marry the man she is going to spend the rest of her life with. Soon after they started planning their wedding they got another pretty huge, pretty amazing surprise – one that Shandell has wanted for as long as I can remember. They were going to have a baby. Very few plans changed, the dress was exchanged, and everything continued as planned.
In the span of a year, my friend’s dreams came true.
It was a unique day for us, as we only photographed the ceremony and creative photos afterwards, so we were able to enjoy the day and celebrate in style with everyone.
Their little girl, Aubrey, has since been born and she is beautiful.
Thank you so much for letting us capture this step in your lives. I am so, so happy for you, for all three of you.
Three weeks ago I met up with an amazing family. There are so many reasons this photo shoot shouldn’t have happened when it did. Getting nine adults from one family together for a shoot often takes a lot of coordinating and figuring out. I had announced that I was full for the month of September, so Candace wasn’t even going to ask me. But we were hanging out one day and she just mentioned that she really wanted to do updated family photos for her mom’s birthday. She said to me – I know you’re all booked up, I can find someone else. But I know how much photos mean to people, so I pushed back the time of my family dinner and fit them in.
I have known this family for 12 years. I met Cam, their son, in high school math class. He fell asleep just about every class and then beat me on every exam. He pointed it out to me every time. And at least once a year since.
The day was warm, sunny, the leaves still beautiful and yellow. Cam drove up after we had to call him, ignoring my instructions on where to meet us. I asked him to grab some chairs from my car and carry them for me. Usually he would have chirped at me before doing it. But I shared some news with him that day – Gareth and I are expecting our second little one. Cam immediately became softer, gentler, more protective. He grabbed my keys, and his brother Cody, they grabbed the chairs and we were off.
I chose a path that was a good 10 minute walk away. Cam chirped a bit about how long the walk was, but Cody really gave it to me. I even think Calvin asked me if we were walking to Saskatchewan.
If I would have known that was the last walk I would take with Cam, you better believe we would have been walking a hell of a lot further.
We said good bye to Cam on Saturday. We’ve been trying to say good bye to him all week. He was tragically killed in a car accident on the QE2 highway. And let me tell you what I’ve been telling everyone all week – this is bullshit.
Cam, over 1500 people showed up to say good bye to you. The room was full of everyone you made an impact on. Everyone who loved you. Some couldn’t be there, but you can be damn sure they were sending all their love that day.
The service was perfect. Your brother and sister made us all laugh during the Eulogy, something I never, ever expected to do in that room.
This baby growing inside me was kicking like crazy during the service. More than it has before – Gareth even felt it for the first time. I’m going to choose to believe you were right there with my babe, keeping it safe.
Scott, Brett and Matt said a few words on behalf of all of your friends, and they summed it up perfectly – “Our wish for our children is they find a friend like Cam”. How I wish that for my kids. You never, ever wavered. Once you were my friend, there was no getting rid of you. The day I came home from Australia and you found out I was back, you drove straight from hockey practice to my house. You had told me when I left on that trip, 18 and scared as hell, that I wouldn’t last three months. Every time I got homesick and wanted to come home, I remembered that you had said that and it pushed me to prove you wrong. If you hadn’t pushed me, I might never have finished up that trip, followed through with my dream. Met my husband Gareth.
Thank you for accepting Gareth with open arms, right from the time he came to Canada. There was one point I hadn’t heard from you in months, and you called me up asking if Gareth wanted to go to an Oilers game. I gave you a hard time for not inviting me, but no way, Gareth was going with you. You even brought him a jersey to wear. It’s still the only Oilers game Gareth has ever been to.
Cam, you are so incredibly loved. So many of us who are angry for losing you, but we’re thankful you were our friend. Had such a big heart. Never gave up on us. You brought everyone together on thanksgiving weekend. I saw friends I haven’t seen in a long time, hugged people I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.
We’re all going to miss you every day. Every second. We’re all going to think of you. Laugh about you.
Life isn’t fair. We were reminded about that this week. But I will forever be grateful that I had the opportunity to know you.
I will forever be grateful we had the chance to do these photos. That I was behind the camera to capture you and your family just as you were in that moment. They will mean the world to me, and to your family, forever. And I will always be so grateful we took that last walk together.
You are forever loved. And you will be forever remembered.
I knew Lyndsey a long time ago. It doesn’t feel that way, but time really has flown by.
This job is so cool because I get to reconnect with people I probably wouldn’t have the opportunity to see from my past. Lyndsey is a really, really lovely girl, and meeting her husband AJ showed me he’s just as great!
I don’t think our evening could have gone any better. Perfect sunset. Parents-to-be excited and almost giddy about their upcoming arrival. And Lyndsey’s beautiful outfit choices were pretty perfect too.
We have since met their little man, Tucker, who was amazing for us during his newborn session!