Ohhh these two; how do I even begin to express how happy I am to have had the chance to meet and get to know them over these last couple of months. Meeting Allie and Nick didn't feel like meeting strangers; rather, it felt like walking into a comfortable space and catching up with two people who I felt I had to have known for years prior, or perhaps in another lifetime even.
This past Saturday night was spent sun-soaked and outside of the city with Emily + Nathan. We met them a little ways out of Calgary at their home, where we spent some time capturing some wonderfully summery images to celebrate their engagement. Keep a look out for these two again in September for their elopement up at Emerald Lake Lodge in Field, BC!
You know those humans that you come across that just radiate positivity and inclusivitiy and lead their life in such an intentional manner? Meet Stephanie + James, a big-hearted duo that we are so fortunate to call our friends. Last weekend, we got together at Bridgette Bar downtown to start off what I think has been one of my favourite sessions thus far to be a part of.
I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about photographing couples, and what having their moments together captured means to them, as well as to me. I've always had a firm belief behind why I do what it is that I do, but I've been feeling an expansion with that lately--delving more into what it really feels like to see these types of images of yourself wrapped in the arms of your person--and it's been such a fun exploration lately that I can't wait to soon share more of.
For the past couple of weeks, I've felt the tug of delving back into blogging really pulling me back to the computer; I've missed daily and weekly casual/journal style posting, and if my feeling is correct, then I'm thinking that being at home most days with babe is going to catapult me back into the blogging that I've always loved (and have recently been missing).
Yesterday I was overtaken by the reality that I’ve known to be coming for almost a year now. I don’t know what it was in that moment that made things feel so different; so palpable, so present, so here and now. I kept using the word scared in between streams of tears, but even know I know that it wasn’t fear that I was or am feeling.
Being pregnant in general has been my ultimate lesson of patience over these last nine months; but nothing compares to the patience that I'm learning throughout these final few weeks of waiting to see when this baby is going to decide to make it's journey out to join us in our physical space. It's a whole other level of anticipation knowing that something so huge is on the cusp of happening, while literally having no indication as to when it's going to take place; it's strange, and exciting, and can easily bring along a little anxiety if I don't keep my thoughts in check.
I first met Vanessa almost two years ago when she inquired about having a Free Spirit Session done with me; we had spent a beautiful summer evening together down by the river getting to know each other + capturing photos. Fast forward a few months to that following Spring, and I had the chance to learn even more about Vanessa when she attended a retreat I had co-created out West on Vancouver Island; I was lucky to have the chance to photograph her once again in a Free Spirit Session setting.
Growing up, skincare and having clear skin wasn't something that I necessarily needed to think about; I was fortunate enough to have really clear skin throughout all of my adolescence as well as teenage life. Throughout high school, I also wasn't one to ever wear hardly any makeup with the exception of a little mascara; the same went for my earlier years at University.
Using a Chemex for our coffee has been our most coveted brew method in the mornings for the last couple of years now; and although there is a bit of a learning curve, once familiarizing yourself with the process, it becomes a really straightforward and relatively quick way to make enough delicious coffee for yourself (or to share if you’re feeling generous).
There are times when I could honestly talk about branding and specialization for days on end; it’s a topic of business that literally creates a fire in my belly. Specializing changed my life, and that’s not me being dramatic; I honestly believe it to be true. Here is an excerpt from a blog post that I wrote a while ago that I feel fits really well into this one:
I could not believe my eyes this morning when I opened my “what to expect when expecting” app and was told that there are only five weeks until baby (and obviously that’s some approximate timing, give or take a week or two). Whoa. I know I’ve said before that I’m so shocked at how fast their due date is approaching, but these last couple of weeks have felt even quicker than the rest leading up to this point.