My second shoot during my camping/working trip was to take pictures of one gorgeous grad from Wainwright. A few years ago, I took grad pictures for her sister (who’s stunning as well I might add), so it was nice that I was able to come down and take pictures for Kyla too. Kyla loves soccer, so we had fun incorporating her love of soccer into her pictures. More to come Kyla, thanks for being such a great sport!
At the end of the shoot, I overheard her Mom chatting about Kyla’s new tattoo. Our last shot, is one of my favourites.
This past week-end, my family and I travelled to Riverdale Mini-Park between Vermilion and Wainwright. Not only was it a camping week-end, but I had a couple of sessions booked. First up: Sandra and Angie of Advantage Insurance & Investment Advisors in Vermilion. Need insurance or want to invest? Look no further…
I went down to the “Why Box When You Can Scrap”store in Leduc today and I could have spent all day in there. I’m not a scrapbooker, but I love digital design. Thanks Lisa for hooking a sista’ up with some cool digital scrapbook stuff. I could get into this…
My three fun-lovin’ kids at the Devonian Gardens last week…
Many of my clients and friends know that I used to weigh 242 pounds. I am very thankful that I have been able to maintain my goal weight for the past three years. I spent many years unhappy, frustrated, and trapped in an obese frame, and I can clearly remember the moment when I decided enough was enough. I poured all of my energy into getting the weight off of me.
There was a particular moment after a workout that I will never forget. I weighed around 220 pounds at this time; I had finally found an exercise and eating program that I was comfortable with and one that I was confident that I could continue with for the rest of my life. I sat back in my worn and tattered workout clothes, red-faced and out of breathe with a huge smile on my face as I realized that I couldn’t wait until my friends and family could see the changes on the outside that had already happened on the inside. I had no doubt that I was going to reach my goal weight, it was a matter of time, a lot of sweat, and a few smart food choices away.
As far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a passion for photography and an ability to see beauty in a fleeting moment. I have been taking pictures on the side for a few years now, but this past year my hobby has turned into what I can only describe as an obsession. These past few months feels like it did when I was losing my weight. I have felt the passion for photography for so long, and now I have the opportunity and most importantly the confidence and belief in my dream to make it a reality.
This winter I wrote down on slips of paper a few goals that I wanted to work towards. One was to learn more about photography, another goal was to help someone in my life move forward, and another was to meet new people and make new friendships as I haven’t lived in Leduc for very long. One month after writing my goals on paper, I found a link to photography workshops put on by an amazing photographer named Hope and through these workshops, I have met fellow shutterbugs who share a passion for photography.
Soon after that, an acquaintance I met through my son’s playschool called me asking about photography, and I forwarded the workshop info on to her as well. She is no longer an acquaintance and is now a friend who is just as happy to spend an hour talking about aperture, f-stops, and ISO settings as I am. I have been in awe at the huge growth in Amy’s work over a few short months.
My Mom’s group in Leduc has also been a source of inspiration and new friendships as well. I’ve had the opportunity to photograph a few families through the group and because they are friends I feel fortunate that I can really connect with who they are and translate this in their pictures. I can’t begin to tell you how amazing these past few months have been and how excited I am to continue in this career. I have met so many amazing people along the way!
Because I started my family when I was only 20 years old and wasn’t able to go to University for a degree, I never thought I would be one of those lucky people that would find a career that I truly loved. What I have also learned is that you never have to settle for mediocrity and the only person that can hold you back from your dreams is YOU. Thank-you to my friends and family for your continued support!
This morning I had twin boys to play with and they ran me off my feet! They just celebrated their second birthday and what better way to document the beginning of year 2 than with pictures at the park.
Even though they are twins, they couldn’t be more different and my goal with their pictures was to allow their personalities to shine through. Thank-you for your patience this morning Mom and for allowing me to click picture after picture while the boys explored. I’m looking forward to meeting the next little miracle :0)
I want a kiss!!!
Look Mom I blew a bubble!
Months ago when I decided I was going to start a blog, a sweet little girl named Addison graced my very first post. She’s back and she’s grown a bunch! This time we were able to get the whole family in on the session at the beautiful Devonian Gardens.
Addison loves playing in the water and as a result, Mom had to change her pants three times during the session!
I couldn’t plan this shot if I tried…one sweet little girl in a tub, bubbles, a bridge, and a curious squirrel. I had to stifle a squeal of delight when the squirrel ran into my frame!
I love this little girl (and her Mom’s a pretty cool chick too). Her cheeks are so scushy (that’s the highly technical term for it). I have been anxiously waiting to photograph those scushy cheeks for awhile now! Thanks for a wonderful morning.
This big brother loves his sister to bits. I saw the love with every exchange between them so it made my job of capturing the love really easy. Later the bubbles came out and the kids raced after the floating orbs; one trying desperately to catch them, the other trying to karate chop them! Tia you have a beautiful family! Thanks for coming to play at the park :0)
I had to add this last one because it’s just plain comical!