• Children,  Couples,  Maternity

    The Family We Choose

    Meet the Little Family…

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    They are our family. Not by blood, but through years of growing, memories, good times & hard times, much laughter, many bottles of red wine (soon Char can toast with us again), and a whole lot of love. We’ve been through so many of life’s roller coaster events together, and I am so honoured to be a part of documenting this next exciting chapter for their beautiful family…baby #2.

    Our plan was to rent a Studio location downtown to achieve the full-of-light, ethereal, romantic feel we were going for, but they were thrown a big curve ball when Char went into pre-term labour. Thankfully, they were able to stop the contractions; however, at a cost of one Momma at home for the next few weeks putting her feet up and relaxing.  This is no small task for active, vivacious, full-of-energy Char.

    So an at-home session it was, and I’m really pleased with how it all turned out. Sometimes things are just meant to be.

    Shy, proud to be 3, and her little buddy Duke…

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    She’s going to be the best Little big sister ever…

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    She’s so adorable! She’s our little buddy.

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    Her Mom and Dad shower her with a ridiculous amount of love and support…

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    Char is glowing at 34 weeks…

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    Char and Barry compliment one another perfectly. They are an amazing couple who we love and respect so much…

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    Thank you for another great session! I can’t wait to meet “Mini” Little.

    From my heart to yours,

    Christine

  • Children,  Couples,  Family,  Maternity

    Cassey will soon be a Big Sister!

    Meet the M. Family…

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    They will soon welcome a new addition to their family…

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    Cassey has a lot of love to give! She’s going to be an incredible big sister. She’s already named the baby, and her amazing parents have decided to actually use the name Cassey has been calling the baby for months. How cool is that?!

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    We’ve gotten together for the past four years for photos, and I truly appreciate the time they put into driving to see me. At some point during previous sessions, Cassey finds her way to a big pile of leaves. This year was no exception…

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    Isn’t she adorable?!

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    I asked her to pick whatever pose she wanted for this next shot, love it!

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    Thank you so much for travelling to see me, I can’t wait to meet your newest addition!

    From my heart to yours,

    Christine

  • Children,  Couples,  Family,  Maternity

    Acreage Life with the O. Family

    I’ve photographed the O. Family through the years, before they were engaged, expecting their first baby, welcoming beautiful Brynn, a family session, and yesterday I made the trip to their beautiful acreage to capture their next exciting chapter…

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    The best part is, they didn’t find out what they are having. Perfect surprise, I vote girl.

    We were blessed with the most beautiful sky that changed with every minute that passed allowing rays of sunlight to flood through…

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    The acreage photo-bomber…

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    Brynn’s Dad brought home these matching tops from Mexico. We looked around their beautiful property for the perfect place to take the last photos.  We thought the garden would be fitting; Mom and Daughter by the garden they plant, weed, and eat together. These are the types of photos daughter’s treasure when they grow up and look back on their childhood. There is something so special and memorable about Mom’s garden…

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    Thank you for once again asking me to capture your amazing family! I can’t wait to meet your newest addition.

    From my heart to yours,

    Christine

  • Couples,  Maternity

    Niki & Josh

    Meet Niki and Josh (and their baby bump too)

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    This beautiful couple happens to be family. In March, they will welcome a new addition to their lives, their first baby. I’m so happy for them.

    I love that they wanted outdoor snow photos for their maternity session and they were troopers as they stood in the snow listening to me repeat “Just one more shot” over and over. Thankfully a couple of blankets and heated vehicle seats made for some relief between shots.

    Despite the chilly temperatures, they sure do exude a whole lot of warmth and love…

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    I’ve been waiting for just the right couple to photograph by this blue wall to make those blue eyes pop.

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    Thank you for travelling to see me. I can’t wait to meet your sweet baby. Congratulations!!!

    Christine

  • Couples,  Maternity

    Trevor and Rachel

    Meet Rachel and Trevor

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    In 5 short weeks, they will welcome a baby boy into their world. This was my first time meeting them in person. I was immediately struck by their positive energy and love for one another. I had e-mailed Rachel back and forth leading up to the session; when I finally met her in person, I had no idea she would be sporting THE BEST Australian accent!

    They are a fun couple with a zest for life. They radiate excitement as they await the arrival of their much loved Valentine’s baby.

    I love the way Trevor looks at her…

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    LOVE the striped socks too…

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    Rachel rocks pregnancy with style and grace…

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    Thank you for travelling to see me; I had so much fun! I can’t wait to meet your baby boy.

    Christine

  • Couples,  Maternity

    The Best Surprise of All

    Meet M. and A.

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    They will soon be welcoming a new addition to their family.  This is their first child and they have no idea if it’s a boy or a girl.  There are few surprises in life and this will be the best surprise of all.

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    A. is glowing and she’s so photogenic!

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    As I was photographing them, I was touched by their tender and loving connection.  They laughed through out the session and they both have the best laugh ever! It’s the kind of laugh that makes you want to laugh along with them and you just can’t help but feel happy in their presence. I know they will be incredible parents and a strong example of love and devotion just as they have built within their strong marriage.

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    Thank you so much for the wonderful evening! I can’t wait to hear if it’s a boy or a girl!

    Christine

  • Children,  Family,  Maternity

    Welcoming a boy into the mix

    If you’ve visited my blog before, you will recognize the G. Family…

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    As I was getting ready for their session, I realized this will be our 11th session together. We’ve laughed through maternity, newborn, and family sessions for 4 years. This session was bitter sweet. Exciting changes happened for their family and they are moving to the States for a career opportunity. Dad was missing from the photos as he is already working there, but he’ll be back to Canada very soon to join in the waiting game as they prepare to welcome their newest addition.

    We’ve become friends through our 11 sessions together. Their sincerity, generosity, and kindness has made a memorable impact on me. They’ve invited me to their kid’s birthday parties, brought me home-made chocolate treats at Christmas, and most importantly they’ve shared the gift of their time. Truthfully, I have tears in my eyes as I write this blog post…I feel such a close bond with them as a family and I sure will miss them.

    Very soon they will be welcoming a baby boy into the mix of all-things-girl. A BOY!!!!

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    J. is stunning as always. She’s an incredible Mom and pulls off the role with grace, patience, and beauty…

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    We took a small break for snack time, and even during their snack-break they provided the most adorable displays of love to photograph…

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    Thank you so much for asking me to document this exciting time in your life, and for the memories through our previous sessions as well.

    Much love (mixed with sadness that you are moving, but also mixed with excitement for your future),

    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. 😉

    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

  • Couples,  Family,  Maternity

    Christmas Bump in the Snow

    Meet my dear friend Linda…

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    Isn’t she stunning?

    Linda and Greg are so excited for the much anticipated arrival!

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    In just 6 weeks, Linda and Greg will find out if they are welcoming a boy or a girl. Oooooh, there is nothing better than a surprise, I can’t wait to find out!

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    Meet their adorable puppy Max (love his crooked Santa hat). I must say, he doesn’t sit still for long so photographing him was a bit of a challenge! As I was taking pictures of Linda and Greg, he poked me several times with a stick (actually it was more of a log) wanting to play. He has a HUGE personality. 🙂

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    You are absolutely glowing my friend!

    Thank you both so much for braving the snow. I’m so happy for you! I can’t wait for the newborn session…coming soon. xoxo

    Love, Christine