As much as we crossed our fingers, toes, and hairs for no rain, it didn’t work. Nope. It poured on Kevin and Kristena’s wedding day. South Surrey is usually a little better for weather than the rest of the Fraser Valley but it rained rained rained. Luckily, I had scoped out a wicked location in the case that we got this type of weather. I think I checked the forecast at least 100 times in the week leading up to this date.

Last wedding of 2012 for me. Bittersweet! I’m looking forward to a little break, but seriously, you get into this groove and you kind of don’t want to lose it. You stop being sick with nerves before each wedding and start getting a little more confident (especially with the awesome season I had this year!). But I have to take a little break, and enjoy my family!

So this couple, I really enjoy. We shot their engagement session in July and I learned that their company is something I just love. They are so easy to talk to, and funny! Kristena’s smile is so bright and wide, it brought sunshine to our cloudy wedding day. The wedding party were super troopers! When you have six on either side of the bride and groom, it’s imperative that everyone listen during portrait time or we spend a lot of time repeating ourselves, precious minutes, people! But they were awesome and they rocked it. The ladies in a beautiful blue, the men in grey, a little white here and there, it was perfect!

Thank you guys for following my direction so well, and for being ridiculously good looking!

The Chateau Cargill was a welcome warm and dry spot for the ceremony and reception, and they are always so awesome and easy to work with! Love you guys. The reception area was decorated so beautifully, simple and elegant, white with some blue accents. It was just gorgeous, and suited Kevin and Kristena so well!

Another huge thank you to Ashley Burnstad for being my second shooter, she toughed out a flu and still rocked my world with her shots.

Okay I better give you some photos to look at now!

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This is something that has been stewing in my brain for months now. I’m really really excited to finally offer the Saturday Morning Sessions!

Wait…what the heck is a Saturday Morning Session?!?!!?!

It’s a documentary family photography experience. For many years I have been snapping shots of my kids doing their daily things. Colouring, eating breakfast, helping me bake, jumping on the bed, I could go on. These are the photos that they will look back on and laugh about as they get older, say “remember when we used to make cakes together?” or “I LOVED making forts with the sheets!”. Recently I wondered how I could offer this gift to my clients. To be able to fill the pages of a family album with real life photos, more than what you can get from your cell phone or point and shoot (plus, aren’t you always behind the point and shoot? Someone is missing from the photos!).

 

 

For a Saturday Morning Session (which, by the way, does not need to be on a Saturday morning, it can be any time your family spends quality time together), you can expect me to come into your home and follow the action of family life for up to two hours. The result? Unbelievable, unforgettable memories. Photographs which you can put in an album and talk about for years to come. I will include up to 100 digital files with each session. What you do with the digital files is up to you, but please, do them justice and print them! I can, of course, offer you albums, canvases, and other extremely delicious goodies to display throughout your home. This way, you can look over them, just like Garcy and Vienna are doing here:

 

 

During our session, I encourage you to forget your work week, and play with your children. Slow down and read books together, snuggle, tickle, build forts, laugh! There will be very little direction, I may only make suggestions of activities, that’s it! Kids love this, and I have never seen so many natural, free smiles from young children in any portrait session I’ve done. In their element, with all the attention from their parent or parents, they are in their glory.

 

 

Saturday Morning Sessions will become available in January 2013, and I am taking bookings starting now! Just email me and we will discuss dates and I can provide any other information you might need.

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I find myself in South Surrey more and more lately. I’m good with it, that’s my hometown! And seeing people who went to school with myself and my sister is always fun! This family is so cute. Oh wow. I took one look at Jayden and knew he was an old soul. Dustin looks exactly like his dad, it’s unbelievable! And when Heather came down the stairs with little Wyatt, he was a snuggly little bundle of cuteness! And Heather looked amazing! No way did she give birth just days before. When I told my older sister that, she said “yeah, Heather is permanently cute”. Truth!
We had a relaxed, lifestyle inspired family session with a little focus on Wyatt in their home. Wyatt stayed WIDE awake the entire time. I decided not to push it, and to make the most of the wakeful moments! Besides, baby sneezes are cute.

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The Seller family is VERY close to my heart. Kendahl is hands down one of my best friends, I feel I can rely on her for anything, and she is truly there for me through everything. I have been photographing her family since before the children! I can’t believe how fast they are growing now. Chris and Kendahl are a perfect match, and they make some gorgeous boys! Love these children!
We met up at Campbell Valley Park and trotted around taking some photos. Even with two energetic boys (Chase is really into eating rocks, and Jakob is really into wielding sticks), we got some awesome shots. I think I have figured out a surefire trick to making boys aged 2-6 stand still and smile. SHOCKING hey?! If you have a 2-6 year old boy, I’d love to test my trick out on them!
Okay my son is waking up as I type this so I have to slap the images up!
Heeeere we gooooo!!!!

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I’ve known these two for a while. Lex for a lot longer than Kris, since childhood. But Kris has livened up my life for about 10 years now. Hanging with them is ALWAYS a good time. Lex is an amazing party host, she makes amazing food, and often it is their place that I go when I get out of the house for a little party, or some fondue. We have many many memories. Kris FINALLY popped the question recently. After being together for like, 9 years or something ridiculous. I think they always knew they were getting married, it was just a matter of timing of when to have the wedding. They are PERFECT for each other. They are hilarious together. I love themmmmmmm sooooooo much!!!!!!
At their wedding next year, I will be attending as a GUEST. I can’t tell you how excited I am to truly relax at a wedding with my hubby on my arm. So excited to see these beautiful people get married. Lex was smart and made my sister her maid of honor. My sister has experience in floral, decor, and planning as well as coordinating weddings. I hope both her and I can take our work hats off and enjoy the wedding day when it comes. It’s going to be a good one!
So we met up recently to have an engagement session, and we fulfilled a few visions they had, and added a few more (haha, the jumping shot). I loved photographing them, it was relaxing and entertaining. Lex dabbles with photography herself, and we had lots of conversations about gear, what is on our Christmas lists, etc. Kris was bored and told us about what kind of trees we were posing under (he’s a horticulturist). I already forgot. Sorry Kris. Okay wait one was a Hemlock, but the one I blogged here, I forget. Something that starts with an S. Fail.
Okay well I’m babbling here. They stood, sat and walked. I snapped. They made out a bit. I snapped some more. The end.
Oh and ps….their children are going to have the most beautiful eyes EVER.

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