• cake smashing,  Children

    Cake Smashing with Caris

    Meet Caris.  She has amazing cheeks! Isn’t she adorable?

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    She’s turning 1 in a few days!  To celebrate the event, she came over for a cake smashing!

    Her mom made the cake and what a beautiful cake it was!  I am so impressed with your cake making skills Carmen. Can you believe this is the very first fondant cake she’s ever made? Amazing! 🙂 Even though the cake gets smashed, it’s such a treasured keepsake for Caris…captured in photos. Nice work! I have to tell you Carmen, motherhood looks stunning on you.

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    Caris is just learning to walk.  She’s almost there.

    Onto the cake smashing!  The best thing about cake smashings is that you really get to see their personality come out in how they smash the cake. Caris took her time before she sampled the cake. It was like she understood how much time and work her Mom poured into that beautiful cake.

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    Don’t you just love her Sumo Wrestler pose?

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    Happy Birthday sweet Caris! Thanks for the entertainment!

  • Spirit Sessions

    Sarah’s Spirit

    Meet Sarah. She’s simply stunning.

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    “Your Spirit” sessions are a celebration of who you are…right now at this stage of your life.  Sarah just turned 30 and wanted to celebrate this next stage with a photo shoot.  How amazing is that!?

    You can’t tell through these pictures, but Sarah sports an English accent. Everything she says sounds fancy! 🙂

    On a personal note, I have to tell you how I met Sarah.  She used to live in the UK and along with her husband, daughter, and a son on the way, they bravely decided to pull up roots and move to Canada.  I was part of an online group for individuals who were new to the Edmonton area.  Sitting in her home in the UK, Sarah googled “Online Mom Groups in Edmonton” and happened upon the same group I was part of  (which our friend Tawny moderated) and we “met” there countries apart.  So yes it’s true we “met online”.

    When I first met Sarah face-to-face I immediately loved her.  She has a heart of gold. She is soft-hearted, kind, silly, fun, cheeky, welcoming without judgement, and carries with her an infectious zest for life.  She has a laugh and smile that transfers to the people in her presence.  She’s one of those people that is a giver of energy.

    Since we’ve met, I have watched an amazing transformation within Sarah over the past 2 1/2 years that brings a smile to my face.  Since moving to Canada, she has welcomed a beautiful baby boy to their lives, has continued to foster the curiosity and bright spirit within her daughter, and is a great strength of happiness and support to her husband. She’s a treasured friend.  She has recently gone back to work as a hairdresser and let me tell you, she is wicked at what she does!  She has a real talent for bringing out the confidence in her clients.

    Amy and I were so excited to capture her spirit. She exudes a vintage vibe with a modern flare.

    A little background over the theme behind her photo shoot…The suitcase and train tracks symbolizes the journey she has been on which honours her routes but also holds so much possibility for her bright future.  This is also the reason for her choice of wardrobe…It’s a mixture of old and new. Past and Present. Honour and Promise.

    Without further ado…this is Sarah’s Stunning Spirit.

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    And one last one that shows her fun side when a farmer happened upon our little photoshoot…

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    Thanks Sarah…to steal one of your sayings “I Loves Yer Heaps Sweet Pea”. XOXO

    To view Amy’s capture of Sarah’s Spirit, visit her blog post HERE.

  • Children,  Family

    Freckles and Cheeks

    Meet the P. family.

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    They were in need of some family photos, and I happen to take family photos…so it was a match!

    They have an amazing connection.  I could feel the love and adoration for one another through out the session.  Makes the heart happy!

    Meet  J.

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    Don’t you just love his freckles?!

    Meet his sweet sister A.

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    She sports the BEST set of scushy (is that a word?) cheeks that you have to hold yourself back from pinching!

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    J. is so loving to his sister.  He is, and will continue to be in the years ahead, a great protector.

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    Thanks for spending the evening with me and putting up with all those mosquitos!  🙂

  • Just for fun,  Personal,  Photography

    What is Beautiful?

    What is beautiful to you?  It’s different for everyone.

    As a photographer I find beauty in love, in the strong bond of family, and within a person’s soul…the very essence that makes them who they are.  Beauty comes in all forms and to me has little to do with what is on the outside: shy, witty, outgoing, peaceful, kind, loving, powerful, reserved…it’s all beautiful.

    I recently read an article where a bride was told that her wedding wouldn’t grace the photographer’s blog because he only blogs “publicity worthy” couples. Are you serious?  I was so angry for her.

    Some of you know that I have two blogs. This one, and a blog called “Reclaiming Life”.  I haven’t shared my Reclaiming Life blog here, because it’s quite personal, but I’m going to now so you know where I’m coming from.

    Here’s my story of losing 90ish pounds.

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    Through the years of losing the weight and to this day of keeping the weight off, I have learned…no I have fought to remember…that I am NOT defined by the clothes I wear, by what the scale says, or by how I age as I grow another year older and wiser ;).

    My laugh lines are here because I laugh.

    My stretch marks are here because I was blessed to have three amazing children.

    The dark circles that appear under my eyes is often because I stayed up late with friends laughing or because my kids were up in the night and needed me.

    The reason I have worn the same dress to the last few functions is because I detest shopping. My favourite dress is comfortable and I feel good when I wear it.

    I rarely wear heels because I am clumsy and I will fall in public.

    I often sport roots because I don’t have the time to spend three hours in a hair salon, but when I do go I love it and have a swagger in my step.

    Now…does that make me any less worthy than someone who is aesthetically more “Beautiful” by society’s standards?  Am I anymore worthy to grace someone’s blog at 150 pounds than at 242 pounds?

    I am the same person in so many ways, only now I don’t walk with my head down. I walk with my head up…shoulders back…and a smile on my face because I have found out who I am and I make no apologizes for it.  It’s not because I weigh less.

    I will blog every single person I photograph (unless it’s their wish that I don’t) because you are all beautiful and you are worthy to be celebrated just as you are.

    That’s it. That’s all.

    From my heart to yours,

    Christine

  • cake smashing,  Children,  Family,  Love

    Family Love & a Cake Smash

    Meet Brynn.

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    She just turned one!  She’s grown so much since I took newborn pictures of her!

    Meet her sisters…Madison

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    and Rylee…

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    She climbed a tree on our last family session too 🙂

    We first met for family photos before the big cake smashing in honour of Brynn’s first birthday.

    They are such a beautiful family full of love and laughter.

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    Madison’s a little artist as well!

    Jackie, who I am also blessed to count as a friend of mine, makes the job of Mom to three girls look effortless.  Madison and Rylee wanted to take a few pictures with my camera, so here’s a little behind the scene’s look! 🙂 They are already little photographers!

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    Now onto the cake smashing!  Jackie made the cake. What a special memory to give to her girls!  Is there anything this Mom can’t do?!

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    Brynn’s patient sisters were waiting in the wings for a chance to join in!

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    And to end it all…the token “I’ve had too much, I’m overwhelmed, come save me” cake smashing shot…

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    Happy birthday Brynn!

    Thanks for the fun!
  • cake smashing,  Children

    Cake Smashing with Sierra

    I have taken pictures of Sierra a few times since she came into the world.  She turned one a couple of days ago!  Where did the time go?

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    To celebrate her birthday, she came over to smash a cake. 🙂 Thank you to Penny Zulke for once again creating a beautiful cake.

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    Sierra loved it!  She was very focussed on eating all the pretty flowers.

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    At some point in every cake smashing, the birthday babe gets a little overwhelmed…

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    But, the look she gave her Mom when she had enough was priceless!  Baby stink eye…

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    Happy birthday sweet baby girl!  Thanks for spending the morning with me.

     

  • Children,  Family,  Newborns

    Welcome Baby Evan

    Meet Anna.

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    It’s been two years since I took her pictures and has she ever grown up!  She still makes me smile. 🙂  She’s such a character!  She’s also a big sister now to the sweetest little boy named Evan who is just two weeks old.

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    She’s a very proud big sister.

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    What a beautiful family…

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    Evan has the longest toes!  So cute!

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    Congratulations S. Family!  You are very blessed.  Thanks for spending the morning with me.

  • Maternity

    A New Chapter for Jackie & Kyle

    Meet Jackie.

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    She’s a glowing mamma-to-be… such a beauty.

     She’s also my cousin.  As we visited at our family reunion, I decided we needed to do a little photo shoot together.  I didn’t really give her an option.  🙂

    You have to document these special moments in life…especially one as monumental as your first baby.  Congrats to you both.  I can’t wait to meet the newest member of our family.

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  • Family,  Personal

    My Amazing Grandma

    Meet my Grandma…Hazel Dicke.

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    I have dreamed about taking pictures of Grandma for a long time, but when we all get together…well, it’s rather hectic.  We have a very big family, and Grandma is most often in the centre of it all holding a baby, recounting fond memories of times past, or handing out her knitted treasures.

    Let me tell you a little bit about my Grandma.  She is kind…so very kind.  She is an unbelievably strong woman of great faith.  She lives her life for God and for others.  She has overcome obstacles during her 93 years with great dignity, pride, and with an immeasurable amount of strength.  She has done so with a smile on her face, love in her heart, and a spirit of joy and resilience.  She’s amazing.

    During the 100 year celebration of the farm, it was my mission to steal Grandma away for a little photo shoot.  It almost didn’t happen as the program ran well into the evening. But just as the sun was setting over our family field of green, we had a few minutes together for photos.  I’m so very thankful for that.

    My cousin Kevin picked out the chair that he thought most screamed “Grandma”.  Good choice Kev, it’s a very “Grandma” chair.

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    After our little photo shoot, Grandma was in a hurry to get back to the family to give out her hand knitted wash clothes.  I’ve never seen her more proud than she was at the reunion.  She’s a very special woman to so many of us.

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    Grandma with her twin brothers

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    Grandma and her kids. Missing from the photograph is my Aunt Marion who is in Africa and my Aunt Lorraine who passed away.  Missing you both so much.

    The row of trees in the background is the old homestead that is now 100 years old.  When my Grandmother first moved there, there were no trees. It was a bare field.  She planted everyone of those trees.  It’s a homestead full of trees but most importantly great history and memories.

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    This final picture is the epitome of my Grandmother: Holding her Great Grandson Logan.

    I love you Grandma!  Thank you for passing down such an amazing legacy and for always being such an powerful example to all of us.

  • Family,  Personal

    At the Farm with my Dad

    Meet my Dad…Ralph Dicke.

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    I just returned home from family holidays.  The holiday started out at the farm where we celebrated 100 years of the farm.  It was a amazing week-end of stories, pouring over old photographs, and many laughs.

    As soon as I drove the gravel roads surrounding the farm a few miles south of Vermilion, Alberta, I realized how much I miss the peaceful place where I grew up.  I’m most definitely a farm girl at heart.  The peace and quiet, wide open spaces, fields of green and yellow, and the haze of dust that hangs in the air after a truck cruises by instantly puts me at peace. It’s an unspoken truth: as soon as you pull off paved roads onto gravel…you always wave at whomever you pass.  How great is that?!

    So, now let me tell you a little bit about my father.  He’s a talker.  He has this welcoming spirit and huge smile, and amazing laugh lines as a result.  I used to work at the Vermilion Town Office.  They told me that years ago they took a survey around town: “Do you know who your Town Councillors are?”  My Dad took a great majority of the vote.  He’s never been on Town Council.  He just loves to visit. 🙂  I love that about him.  My son Tyler recently took a trip to the grocery store with Dad. Ty told me it took them an hour to make it down two isles at the store because he knew everyone.  I replied: “Welcome to my childhood”.

    So here’s a few pictures that I snapped around the farm that I believe capture my Dad’s amazing spirit.  Love you Dad.

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    Below: Dad is the second one in.

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    This picture above reminds me of all the times Dad came in from the field with purple lips from all the berries he ate through out the day…he has his favourite Saskatoon bushes all around the farm.

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    A few of us 6 girls were in Sheep 4-H.  To this day, Dad attends the yearly Sheep 4-H sale and purchases a sheep.  I don’t think it’s a coincidence he chose this lamb to purchase as the girls are red heads…as are 3 of my sisters.