• Children,  Your Story

    Meeting a Superhero in an Alley

    I met up with the most adorable little superhero in an alley…

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    Sawyer turned 4! Every year we get together to celebrate his birthday so I can capture exactly who Sawyer is at each year of his active little life.

    His parents give him complete freedom to do whatever he wants during the session (which is awesome for me as a photographer). The results are 100% Sawyer…

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    A little superhero love after saving his damsel in distress, all in a day’s work…

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    Every superhero needs a side kick, lucky for Sawyer his side kicks enables him to fly…

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    Thank you for another fun session, I can’t wait to see what year 5 brings!

    From my heart to yours,

    Christine

  • Artists,  Headshots,  Your Story

    Brandy’s Back!

    You may remember Brandy from last year, she’s back with even more focus and determination and ready to compete once again!  When we began our session, I immediately saw differences from last year’s shoot. First of all she has this glow!

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    We thought it would be fun to do another comparison shot. The white backdrop photos were taken exactly a year ago (six weeks apart from one another) and the black backdrop is this year. I can definitely see you added more muscle and definition Brandy!

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    Look at that back!!!!

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    Stay tuned for part 2 of our session, Brandy and her two gorgeous girls (yes, this strong woman as 2 kids!).  We had lots of fun together and I loved photographing their connection.

    Thank you Brandy, best of luck in your competitions!

    Christine

  • Artists,  Your Story

    My Beautiful Friend Amy Tatreau

    Meet my hilarious, talented, smart & beautiful friend Amy Tatreau…

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    When I met Amy a few years ago, I instantly liked her. She oozes confidence in a way that’s so welcoming because of her genuine spirit. It goes without saying, she is always entertaining. We got together so I could photograph the many faces of Amy.

    I’m proud to call her my friend! Without further delay this is my fabulous friend Amy…

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    These next two photos are so very Amy…

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    Thank you so much for asking me to capture you Amy!

    From my heart to yours,

    Christine

  • Children,  Your Story

    Three Fun Years of Sawyer!

    Meet Sawyer (I adore this boy)!

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    I’ve been taking photos of Sawyer and his sister since they were babies. Every year their parents book me for their birthdays to document exactly who they are at each stage of life. The BEST part about this arrangement is their parents give them complete freedom to do whatever they want during their sessions. It’s completely unstructured and I just chase them around for an hour.

    Because they each get their very own birthday shoot, the only tricky part for the kids is that it’s frustrating when it’s not their turn.  Take for example Sawyer’s expression during his sister’s artistic birthday shoot earlier this year…

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    Now it’s Sawyer’s turn and he’s into dump trucks, playing in dirt making mud pies, exploring with walking sticks, and making “alphabet soup potion” in the water.

    He’s lively, inquisitive, energetic, talkative, and 100%  hilarious.

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    He was enthralled with making mud pies, until he realized he was dirty…

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    Then he beckoned for wipes…immediately. STAT.

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    All clean…

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    His big sister and Dad joined in for a couple photos (by the way, that tree trunk has magical powers).

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    You may not be able to tell from these photos, but he’s really fast. He had us all running the entire session!

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    Happy birthday Sawyer!

    Thank you for yet another fun session. I can’t begin to explain how much I love documenting the kid’s milestones.

    From my heart to yours,

    Christine

  • Grad,  Personal,  Your Story

    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!

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  • Artists,  Headshots,  Your Story

    Beautiful Brandy Six Weeks Later

    If you follow my blog, you will no doubt remember buff Brandy!  She booked two fitness shoots six weeks apart to document her hard work as she trains for the Alberta’s which is only days away.

    Click HERE to view her fitness shoot from six weeks ago. My jaw literally dropped at the difference in her body within such a short six week period!  I have so much respect for her dedication, motivation, and work ethic.

    Here are two comparison shots to show what Brandy has accomplished with her hard-work!

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    You amaze me Brandy!

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    Good luck Brandy! I have no doubt you will be successful.

  • 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

  • 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