• Family,  Your Story

    Sun-Kissed Mariah in the Cherry Blossoms

    Meet beautiful Mariah…

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    Last year for a Graduation present, family friends got together and bought Mariah a photo session. We decided to book a date when cold, white Alberta turned green once again.  She picked the perfect week, rays of sunshine kissed blooming trees while orbs of fuzz floated lightly in the breeze like little pixie dust. Perfect.

    As I was going for a run wondering what location we would use, I ran by these Cherry Blossom trees which happened to be close to the train tracks.  The flowers were budding and I hoped they would bloom enough for her session.  Thankfully after a good rain pour and some sun, the vibrant pink blooms opened just enough to take advantage of them.  I love Cherry Blossom photos, but I’ve never hit the right time to use them for colourful framing.  Thank you Mariah for making it happen!

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    Mariah brought her younger brother Dylan with her. I quickly took advantage of his services and enlisted him as my lighting assistant. ha! Thank you Dylan for doing such a great job, you added just the right pop of light into the photos.

    I had to giggle because without even asking him, he walked backwards while holding the reflector for this shot. The quality of highlights just wouldn’t have been the same without you!

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    There’s an element of movement involved with almost every shoot (I’m a sucker for movement), and this was no exception…

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    Thank you so much for the fun night! I loved every minute of it!

    Christine

  • Grad,  Your Story

    Maddy Graduates with Old-Hollywood Flare

    Meet Maddy…

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    She graduates this week-end! I love her complexion…like a porcelain doll. She’s not only beautiful, but she has an amazing personality too. Kind, fun, witty, smart, sweet and cheeky all at the same time.

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    Her dress is stunning! Timelessly beautiful, with old-Hollywood dazzle. Love it!

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    She exudes vintage flare…

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    Her beautiful Mom (who I am honoured to call a friend) brought this intricate laced umbrella back from New Orleans. A perfect purchase to add to the glamour of Maddy’s dress.

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    Congratulations Maddy! I loved every minute of our session together. Enjoy your Grad beautiful!

    Christine

  • Grad,  Your Story

    Beautiful Brogan Graduates

    Meet Brogan…

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    This week-end is her Graduation! It was just three years ago that her sister Paige was over to capture her Grad photos. How time flies!

    Brogan was a dream to photograph, as was her boyfriend/escort Greg. They make a cute couple. 🙂

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    During the session, Brogan channelled a little Cinderella and a little Marilyn Monroe (both creative ideas from her Mom)…

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    Isn’t she stunning?! I just loved the movement of her vibrant dress.

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    And now for a little shoe envy! Love, love, love her shoes…

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    Congratulations Brogan! I had so much fun capturing this amazing time in your life! Enjoy every minute of your Grad.

    Christine

  • Children,  Couples,  Family

    From Baby to All-Boy

    It’s been almost a year since I’ve seen this amazing, full-of-love family…

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    My beautiful friend J. and I have known one another since high school.  We attended the same boarding school and became fast friends, spending hours talking and laughing in our dorm room.  Her fabulously infectious laugh (it’s more of a giggle really) has been singing in my memory ever since and it’s been such an honour to capture this amazing stage in their life: from their maternity session, to Jayden’s newborn session, to Jayden’s cake smashing session, to this year’s family session.

    She’s soon going to be a Yoga Instructor. Her eyes lit up when she explained she was almost done her training. Since our last visit, I could feel a transformation within her as she talked about life. Yoga is a powerful tool! I’m so proud of her…

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    Since our last session, Jayden has transformed from baby to all-boy.

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    He sure does love his Mom and Dad…

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    He’s so busy! It can be a challenge at this age to get a sitting still shot without blur, but one thing I’ve come to realize is that if you set up a shot of Mom and Dad leaving children out, they will join in on their own…just because it’s their idea. 🙂

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    Thank you for the fun evening! It was really good to see you all again.

    Love: Christine

  • Artists,  Your Story

    Jump Jordan Jump!

    Three years ago, my beautiful neighbour friend Michelle mentioned to me that she would like to capture her son Jordan’s Taekwondo skills since he reached 3rd Dan (which I learned means third degree black belt). Jordan trained at Tiger Studios in Leduc for 8 years.

    We never really set a date for this shoot but we would talk about it here and there. Finally, we decided last minute to do a sunset shoot given the beautiful +24 day we had. Poor Jordan was given one days notice and it had been three years since he last formally trained.

    I knew Jordan reached 3rd Dan, but I had no idea what that meant as far as his amazing capabilities. I was in awe of how high he could kick!

    We decided on a location near the water, and Telford Lake was our best bet and made for a beautiful sun-kissed backdrop for our shoot.

    Michelle brought her video camera along, like the proud Mom she is. I’m sure in the background of her footage you can hear Michelle and I yelling “Jump Jordan, Jump! OK now jump again. Jump higher! Jump once more! Jump Jordan, Jump! The sun is in the wrong spot, jump again. Jump over the sun. My timing was off, can you jump again? Are you hurt? No? Good, because I need you to jump one more time. I lied, jump again. Do that round-about-jumpy-thingy now.”

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    Do a hand-stand now Jordan! Do hand-stands have anything to do with Taekwondo? No? Wouldn’t it be fun to do anyway?

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    Jordan was a great sport, and I have so much respect for his technique and skill. Amazing!!!

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    Thank you for the fun evening, much respect Jordan!

    Your friendly neighbour,

    Christine

  • Children,  Your Story

    Artistic Addison Year 5

    I’ve had the pleasure of photographing Addison ever since she was a baby. Every year we meet for her birthday shoot, which is a story of who she is at each stage of her life.

    What I love most about her parents, is that they encourage Addy to lead the session; bringing along various items that she loves.  I just follow her around as she plays so that each session is a true reflection of who she is at each birthday.  Isn’t that awesome?!

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    Last year we went puddle jumping, and this year she’s into crafts, dance, and as always exploring.

    Here is the story of Miss Addison, age 5…

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    This is her brother Sawyer, he came along to help out…

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    Now here is the moment when Sawyer got a little overwhelmed with it all.

    And the award for the saddest face in the entire world goes to…

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    Addy wasn’t about to let a little crying interrupt her creative process…

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    Addy’s finished masterpiece…

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    Meanwhile in Sawyer-land…

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    Sawyer’s Mom asked if he wanted to blow some glitter into the air with his sister. The time between these two photos is about 30 seconds. Kids, they can turn off those tears like a faucet! 😉

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    And then Addy “snuck up” on some Geese.

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    The end!

  • Headshots,  Your Story

    Beautiful Brandy

    Meet Brandy…

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    I first met Brandy at the Leduc Recreation Centre where she works as a Personal Trainer. What I first noticed about her was her smile, which she wears most of the time.

    She dedicates her time to motivating and inspiring her clients, and she’s about to take it home as well!  She’s in the process of creating an in-home Personal Training space to better serve her clients.

    Brandy is one of the most dedicated and hard-working women I have ever met. You see she’s just a few weeks from competing at Alberta’s which will be her fifth show. She did her first three shows in 1999 and went all the way to Nationals. She took 12 years away from competition to have a family and live life, but after going to the Alberta’s last summer, she decided to get back on stage. She wanted to do something for herself since most of her time was allotted to her family and clients.

    When I asked how her training was going, she told me she hired the best guy in the business Ron Partlow, a friend and fellow competitor. Ron has been an amazing part of her success as she trains.  She competed at Muscle beach last October and placed first in Women’s lightweight and 3rd in Women’s Masters.

    This photography session is the first of two as she trains for the Alberta’s which is only a few short weeks away on June 23!

    Our kids go to the same school, so I am used to seeing her at school in her workout attire. Who knew that under her workout clothes, this is what her back looks like…amazing!

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    Brandy is focused, determined, motivated. I can’t wait for session #2 which will be 10 days away from competition. I have no doubt with her focus and hard work, we will see even more muscle definition and striations. Way to go Brandy!