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Leah at the Lake

Meet my beautiful niece Leah.

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Leah graduated this year from high-school. We live a couple hours away from one another, so unfortunately I wasn’t there to photograph her on her actual grad day.  We decided the perfect time for a grad session would be during our family vacation at Loon Lake, SK (Makwa Lake).  I come from a large family; I’m one of six girls. Every year since my sisters and I were little, we’ve vacationed at Loon Lake.  We have many great family memories spending our summers together swimming, boating, fishing, and huddled around campfires talking over one another . We’ve continued our yearly vacation tradition as we’ve all grown up and now have kids of our own.  Leah is my sister Sharon’s daughter, and she’s the youngest of three. Sometimes it’s hard to believe she’s grown up.  I still have flash backs of Leah as a little girl sporting her huge smile and long flowing black hair.  I feel a special bond with Leah, and she often gets told that she looks a little like her Auntie Chrissy.

We started our session on Jumbo Beach.  A special thank you to my sister Brenda, and to my niece Dianna for helping me for Leah’s shoot. You made the perfect “wind” and held the off-camera flash at just the right angle. 🙂

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At Steel Narrows there is a gorgeous view of upper Makwa lake that I’ve admired every time I’ve driven past it. I’ve always wanted to photograph it…this was the perfect opportunity.

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It was just after 8 p.m.  The sun was setting over the lake and the weather was perfect.

Here’s a behind the scenes shot of my sister Brenda helping us out.  After 5 minutes of holding the light stand like that, I realized I didn’t tell her that she could simply drop the legs and tilt it rather than hold it up. Ooooopsie Daissssey 😉

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Just when the light was at it’s prettiest, we heard the coyotes howling. At first it was just a few, and they sounded (to me anyway) like they were far away. My sister looked at me with big scared eyes and says “WOLVES!!! We are surrounded by Wolves!” and I replied “It’s just a couple of coyotes, keep holding the light.”

All of a sudden in the opposite direction, more coyotes joined in. I will admit they did sound very close and I’ve never actually heard that many all together howling. I looked at Brenda and she was panicking…running around in a small circle holding my light stand.  Her panic transferred to Leah who thought for sure we should run for our lives. Both of them were screaming “Wolves!!! Let’s get out of here! The shoot is over.”

And what did I do?  I just kept shooting, even when Leah tried to run away. “Don’t move! Stand still. Don’t look so scared. it’s perfect light! They won’t hurt us I’m sure. Brenda stop running in circles and hold the light steady.”

I will admit, when I got home I kind of expected to see 200 coyotes (or as Brenda would say “Wolves”) in the background of these photos. That would have been awesome!

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I can only assume the coyotes were scared off by Brenda and Leah’s screaming, and as quickly as they started…they stopped and we continued on for the best light of the night.

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Thank you so much Leah for the fun night! Love you and I’m so proud of you!

Auntie Chrissy

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