I am so excited to share these images with you!!
I am adding more families to my repertoire this summer. It is so fun to work with the energy of these littles and their parents. I felt their energy while shooting, as well as while I was editing. I was smiling from ear to ear without realizing it. I LOVE this family!
I have a minute and I thought I would take a peek at and update my website. The last time I posted a blog was 2014! This might be the loneliest blog on the planet.
I thought I would just update the world as to my goings-on. In 2013, I decided to pursue a Bachelor's degree. I had a bit of a personal shake-up during 2013 and into 2014, so why not add full-time school on top of that. Easy peasy, right? Nope.
I had to "upgrade" (i.e., the Canadian way of saying to complete the prerequisite courses required) to get into the very competitive program that I was aiming for, then I got into the program I wanted, and I have now completed two years of that program. There have been very few constants through this process for me, and one has been my photography. You see, I am a very abstract thinker, which is great when I am doing creative things, like photography. The degree I am currently 18 months away from finishing is a bachelor of Nursing degree - ie., the sciences, and it is one the most demanding degrees you can get. Photographing weddings and family has been cathartic to drag my brain away from med calculations, dressing changes, physical assessments, memorizing pathophysiologies, writing papers and untangling my brain from its participation in the famous difficult nursing exam questions meant to intimidate the most serious of students.
I have laid low the last few years, but I have been found by the most extraordinary wedding couples and families that were already clients and friends or became new clients and friends. I have also added more families to my repertoire the last few years, which I will add to this site soon.
I have learned much about myself the last three years and one thing that I love is working with and helping people. Their joy brings me joy. I also want to be someone people can lean on in times of sorrow and hopefully I will be of help because I have walked through sorrow too. Because of hardship and sorrow, I have a kind of empathy and wisdom I would not have otherwise.
What does this mean for the future of my photography business? I will continue to photograph on a limited basis for the next 18 months, then expand again once I am finished with my degree. In the future, I will employ myself in both careers, drawing on the strengths of both skillsets. (Who knows...it might be handy having a registered nurse at your wedding.)
I have loved getting an education. My blog posts might sound a bit different after this. I've developed critical thinking, knowledge, and a whole bunch of opinions, which tend to come out. That is what an education is for, right?
Life feels so fantastic to me. Joy, strength, love and peace bubbles up from within. I love unleashing that upon the world.
I'm feeling like a kid at Christmastime right now. After reviewing what I have and have not shared on this blog, I realized that there are a bunch of wedding image collections I have not shared from last year. I had quite a stressfull year that was full of a bunch of speedbumps and things that caused me to slow down and pay attention to my life. I have had the most amazing clients who have been so kind and understanding. I have booked myself very light this year because I need to still take care of myself.
I would like to share Allie and Joel's wedding image collection from last summer. I competed the very last image into professional image competition (PPOC), which was accepted into the salon, so I am very happy about that. I loved working with Allie and Joel and their families. :-)
I love this gorgeous girl. I've known her parents since 1995 when our oldest children were babies. I watched Jaylene as a little girl at times when her mom was in school and working, and if I had to work, my daughter would go to their house. My own family photo archives has many pictures of Jaylene playing alongside my daughter at the park, or at birthday parties, or other outings we went on. Jaylene has grown into a sweet, beautiful woman and it says a lot about Zach that they chose eachother - he is a GREAT guy.
I usually fall in love with my brides and grooms, but this wedding was a little different. It felt like I was photographing my daughter's wedding. There was an extra layer of love like a cherry on top of a sundae at this wedding. I watched her grow up! I felt highly privileged to be the one to document her day. It was a very 'circle of life' experience for me seeing her marry the man of her dreams and also seeing my good friends as the parents of the bride. It was a beautiful day and I wish them nothing but the happiest life together. :-)
If you'd like to see more images in a slideshow, please click here: slideshow.
There is a dance school here in Lethbridge that opened up a few years ago. Brittany is the fearless leader and owner of Urban Beat Dance Studio (website). I've been photographing for them since their beginning and they have grown so fast! Brittany is educated with a Master's Degree in Kinesiology and she knows her stuff. The second thing that makes this studio stand out is that it is such a positive space with positive people. It is the most fabulous environment for a child to learn dance. They have done well in the competition scene as well. They have grown so fast, that in a few short years, they have needed to expand their space.
I love going in there. I love that I will always be greeted by Brittany's smile. If anything ever goes wrong for this girl, I'd never know it. I love being a part of her team.
If you are looking for dance education for your child or for you - I would HIGHLY recommend this dance studio. I've taken dance pictures for many years, and this environment really is a unique and wonderful place.