• Children,  Family,  Love,  Newborns

    The Story of Halle

    It was only three weeks ago, when I photographed the L. Family as they anxiously awaited the arrival of their baby girl. It was a trying pregnancy with preterm labour at 32 weeks, a successful stopping of contractions that led to bed rest, and a fast delivery 24 days early.

    Welcome to this beautiful world sweet and perfect-in-every-way Halle Bri!

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    She is one loved Little girl. The L. Family are cherished friends to our family, we are very thankful we get to share so many of life’s poetic moments together. Halle was dreamed about for a couple of years before the happy news was finally brought to their hearts when they were least expecting it.

    I will never forget the text I received from Char sharing their amazing news with us. I think our faces tell the story of just how excited we were for their family…

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    Halle must have known how lucky she is to be a part of this loving family, that she arrived ahead of schedule. Happily so…

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    Shy is the best Little big sister ever, she adores Halle. What a beautiful duo, friends for life…

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    There are few things in life more adorable than newborn details. From her tiny toes, rosebud lips, delicate fingers, to wisps of peach fuzz that covers her tiny body.

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    I love photos that tell a story through the years. The top photo was taken in 2010 when Shy was just days old, the bottom photo was taken a few days ago: Shy (3 1/2 yrs), her little sister Halle (10 days), and their protector Duke…

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    The L. Family: 22 days apart, grown by 2 feet…

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    Char and Barry are completely in love with their perfect little princess…

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    A predestined football fan…not sure how this one will pan out as Mom and Dad have different favourite teams ūüėČ

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    Either way, she’ll be happy to cheer along with her family…

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    As we took a break so Halle could eat, I had this vision of the girls as adults looking back at these photos and seeing how very loved they were from day one.

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    Shy has much to teach her. She’s full of personality and spunk

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    Thank you for once again asking me to document your family love story. Can’t wait to see what the next years hold for you all.

    From my heart to yours,

    Chrissy

  • Children,  Family,  Love,  Newborns

    Welcome Sweet Payton

    Meet my Cousin’s newest addition, sweet baby 2-week-old Payton. She’s a doll.

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    I’ve photographed their family story starting with their wedding, to their maternity session when they were expecting their first, to Logan’s newborn session. And now look at him…He’s growing up so fast!

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    I was happy to photograph this next step in their family love story. They are so blessed to have such a beautiful family full of love, faith, and happiness.

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    They now have matching photos of the next two images below, we did this same pose with Logan.

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    Welcome to the world (and to our big, loud, crazy family) Payton. You are one loved little girl.

    Congratulations Rob and Kendra!!!

    Love: Christine

  • Children,  Couples,  Family,  Love,  Maternity

    Hanging with the K. Family

    Meet the K. Family

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    They are lots of fun…

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    I was so excited when Megan asked me to photograph this amazing time in their lives, and also a little nervous since Megan is a talented photographer with such a genuine, pure, and unique style.  She rocks. Check out her work here if you want to feel a whole range of tug-at-your heart emotions: http://www.megankellerphotography.com/index2.php

    As I was getting ready for their session I was remembering my Elementary school days. ¬†Why? Because Megan’s Mom Mrs. Bauer was my favourite Elementary school teacher. She was (and still is) the most patient, engaging, and fun music teacher IN THE WORLD. ¬†She had this commanding yet gentle fun way of gaining the whole school’s attention during assembly. ¬†She would clap a rhythmic little series, and we would clap back. ¬†Vermilion peeps, you know what I’m talking about, there’s undoubtedly clapping going on in your mind right now and if I say “Ta Ta Tee Tee Ta”, you will revert back to your Vermilion Elementary School days.

    So onto more of the story…Megan is creative, talented and musical. We grew up together in the same church and I watched her grow in talent and beauty. The best part about Megan is her authentic, quirky, fun, and genuine personality. ¬†She later fell in love with Kyle who is a funny, kind, and gentle soul. They are a PERFECT match. He’s also a talented musician and they would often lend their musical talent to the Sunday morning worship team. After I moved to Leduc, I was back in Vermilion to shoot a wedding and I ran into Megan at the wedding. She told me she had a passion for photography and I told her about Hope Walls who I was taking workshops from in Edmonton. Megan took the workshops the next year, and we had the opportunity to both be a part of team “Clickin’ Cancer’s Butt” photographing the Edmonton Relay for Life a few years ago.

    Fast forward to today…Megan and Kyle have a sweet, curious, full-of-energy 2 year old little boy named Sully, and baby #2 on the way. Yesterday, I was lucky to capture this incredible stage in their lives. I was so excited when Megan told me her Mom would be coming along to the session, it brought back great childhood memories and I wanted to clap when I saw her. ūüėČ

    Without further adieu…Meet the BEST music teacher in the world, Mrs. Bauer (who is obviously head-over-heels in love with her grandson)

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    Enough talk, onto a sneak peek of their fun family love story….

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    Thank you so much for the fun morning. You are so blessed (and the best part is: you know just how blessed you truly are).

    Love: Christine

  • Family,  Love,  Maternity

    The F. Family of Four, Soon to be Five

    Meet the F. Family…

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    They will soon welcome a new addition! There is no doubt this baby will be surrounded by a lot of love….

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    These two love birds celebrated their anniversary the day after our session.¬†There’s so much tenderness and love between them. Happy Anniversary!!!

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    You are so beautiful C.!

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    I was just about to take the photo below, when at the very last second, sweet T.

    popped in behind Mom and Dad. The look on her face is full of love.

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    Congratulations F. Family! I can’t wait to hear if it’s a boy or a girl. You are one lucky family.

    Christine

  • Children,  Couples,  Family,  Love

    Canucks, Moustaches, & Family Love in Movember

    Meet the ridiculously beautiful R. family…

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    They also happen to be a family that I love so much! I first met them soon after we moved to the Edmonton area. They had also recently moved from B.C. and not long after we met, Tawny approached me to take their family photos. Click HERE to peek back to 2008. ¬†It’s funny looking back to that blog post, because I clearly remember that while I was taking those photos, I wished I knew this family better. They had this amazing connection within their family that was full of warmth, acceptance, love, and fun. Little did I know then, that years later Tawny would make a profound and amazing impact on my life.

    I consider myself very blessed to count her as a close friend who knows me better than

    I know myself. ¬†She supports, loves, and gives with a generous heart, and she has this uncanny way of knowing exactly what to say at the exact moment I need to hear it. ¬†I’m so thankful that our roads to a new place met…even if embracing the snow in Alberta is tough (although snow seems to show up in symbolic ways). She has a selfless and beautiful Spirit: http://christinehopaluk.com/blog/2010/01/17/tawnys-spirit/

    If you have the pleasure of spending any amount of time with this fun family, count yourself lucky! They always give more than they take (and they rarely take).  They are the gatherers of friends for special occasions, opening their home with an endless supply of love, acceptance, and a whole lot of laughter.

    Simply put: They. Are. Amazing.

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    Jay has a huge heart, and he’s growing his Moustache out for Movember in support of Men’s health. http://ca.movember.com/mospace/990704

    This photo seems only fitting! Happy Movember ūüôā

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    Now, I have to end by saying that even though I love them to death, there is one ‘lil annoying, competitive, and at times aggressive part of our friendship. This Oiler Girl has to put up with this during Hockey Season….

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    Thank you for meeting me for photos! Love you!

    xoxo,

    Christine

  • Children,  Family,  Love

    A Stroll Down Memory Lane with the B. Family

    Meet the B. Family

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    We’ve shared many great memories as families, and I’m so thankful our paths crossed in life.

    I took a stroll down memory lane to dig out this photo. How much stuff do two families need to bring for a day at the beach? ¬†Apparently, this much….

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    They’ve also been great sports when I get bored and want to do a creative shoot simply for the fun of it.

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    It’s been almost two years since we met (on toboggans) for photos, and I was excited to capture their beautiful family once again. If you have the good fortune of spending any amount of time with them, you will see a lot of laughter, love, and fun within this family. ¬†Yup, they’re amazing (and wildly entertaining I must say)…

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    Back in 2007, I took this photo of Rob and Michelle….

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    We thought it would be fun to reproduce it…These two just get better as the years go by.

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    Thanks for the fun afternoon mini-session. As always, it was a pleasure.

  • Children,  Family,  Love

    The G Family’s Love and Gratitude

    Let me introduce you once again to the G. Family.

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    I’ve photographed this loving family many times over the past three years as their lives have grown in love and gratitude. ¬†It’s always a pleasure! ¬†Every time I photograph them, I leave with a full heart and a big smile. They are amazing.

    The girls are so sweet together, and their close sisterly bond is beautiful.

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    Thank you once again for asking me to document your family story. It’s an honour!

  • Children,  Couples,  Family,  Love

    Sawyer is Two!

    Meet Sawyer.

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    It’s been a year since he smashed a cake in the park, the very same park we met when he was a newborn.

    And now he’s two. Full of spirit, curiosity, laughter, and energy. He’s quite the talker now! I was shocked when he ran up to me and said “Hi Christine!” He’s such a sweetheart.

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    I love that his shoelaces are untied in the photo below. It accurately depicts exactly how much energy he has…he runs his laces loose.

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    Happy birthday little man! Thank you for a fun evening!

  • Children,  Family,  Love

    The K. Family One Year Later

    Meet the K. Family. ¬†It’s been a year since our last session together. ¬†One of my favourite parts about being a family photographer is that I’m asked to document a family’s story and so much changes in just a year. The kids grow in size and personality and their parents fall even more in love with each of their amazing little personalities.

    These girls pack a lot of personality in their small frame.

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    Ava had an idea for the end of our session to dress up as pirates. She has a vivid imagination and her parents foster her great imagination with confidence and love. Perfect. Thank you for the entertaining evening!

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  • Connection Sessions,  Couples,  Love,  Trash the Dress,  Your Story

    Trevor and Bonnie Trash the Dress

    My beautiful friend Bonnie recently married the love of her life, Trevor. ¬†I’m so happy for her! ¬†When she asked me to capture her Trash the Dress session, I was so excited. Trash the Dress sessions are a newer idea, rather than dry cleaning and boxing the dress as they did even a few years ago when I got married. The boxed dress never again sees the light of day. Many people don’t understand why a bride would “Trash” her dress. ¬†In reality, it’s a celebration of the dress and the marriage. It allows the bride to wear her dress all over again and have fun with it without worrying about getting dirty like most do on their wedding day. ¬†In fact, that’s the goal of the session…to get messy and have fun. ¬†Bring on the water!

    Bonnie wanted photos on the beach, so we were on the search for a local lake that would work for their session. ¬†We decided on Miquelon Lake, AB. and lucky for us, the beach was completely clear of people as it had just rained. ¬†For once I didn’t stress about rain during a session. The more water, the better. Trevor and Bonnie braved the cold waters and had lots of fun with it. ¬†They have such a great connection, like they’ve known one another for a lifetime already.

    Their marriage is full of fun, laughter, and love. Congratulations you two!

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    Thank you for asking me to document this amazing moment in your lives. I had so much fun with you both!