Amazing |Calgary Family Photographer09.29.10

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I was absolutely amazed at the stamina of these two little ones. A baby and a toddler typically have a “photography endurance” of about an hour…particularly a 9 month old baby who is not feeling particularly well. These little guys were awesome – not a whine or cry, so I kept on shooting…and shooting;) So I got to see all of the tricks and cuddles and had a blast playing in the gorgeous weather! I had to start off with my favourite. Look at that face as she shows me how she can wink! Love it! B and B it was great to meet you! I hope the girls had a big nap for you after;)
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Fog | Calgary Child Photographer09.22.10

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It was really fun and foggy this morning in Calgary so I grabbed my camera and the little one and headed to the park. Unfortunately by the time we got out there the fog had already lifted significantly. My little ghost still had fun though;)
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Fashionista or Fashionistor??? | Calgary Family Photographer09.20.10

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I am not going to lie…this session started out with a few factors against us. First, the weather…despite being the best day of the week it was chilly. Second challenge…outfits…one of the little guys did not want to wear his sweater that mom had chosen. Seriously poor mom…you spend all of this time getting everyone organized for a photo shoot and then to top it off the photographer suggests taking the sweater off. But it worked;) So we did a bunch of the fun pictures (which in the end mom really wanted) and by the end…the sweater was back on because, well, it was chilly;) And the Pedalheads logo that is in some of the shots…well, it can be removed;) Sorry, Pedalheads!

These little guys LOVE the water and despite the cold they were right there wading in the river. FUN! And we ran and jumped (yep, partially to stay warm).
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This last series makes me laugh as the little guy was “chomping” his sister’s hand. It was close to dinnertime by this point;)
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Someone forgot to tell me…|Calgary Children Photographer09.16.10

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…how hard and rewarding parenting was going to be…and all at the same time! This fall is bringing a lot of change in our household. My son started Gr. 1…at a new school. Although it was a change that we knew would happen and tried to prepare for…it came with a bit of a transition. He is pretty shy so working into a group of children that went to kindergarten together was a bit difficult. There have been a lot of trips to the school to make sure he is okay (even the ones where you just stand there just so they know you are there). As a parent it is hard to stand back (especially given my personality;) and watch them work through things on their own. But on the other hand is it super rewarding! I am happy to report that he is settling in, loving his teacher, enjoying homework (thank goodness as this is only the beginning, my friend!) and making friends.

The little one on the other hand has started preschool this year and COULD NOT WAIT TO START! She did not want to leave the orientation and then was very upset when she learned that I was the designated parent helper and would be attending the first class with her. Needless to say, she is having a blast!

She has also started dance this year. Aside from soccer last season this is really the first taste that we have had after school activities. Wow, it definitely adds to the planning. BUT is so much fun! I am not sure who is enjoying it more, me or her. It was so funny to see her in a dress (and happy to put it on). She has been a bit like her mother, in that dresses are typically worn with jeans;) Yep, we are fancy here!

So with new schools, new activities, new schedules,… It definitely has taken a little bit to get into the swing of things. Seriously the food planning that comes with all of this (particularly since I am a bit of a health nut as it is) – CRAZY! Coming up with healthy, energy sustaining, nut-free, low waste (from a packaging standpoint), variable meals and snacks that the children will eat is, let’s just say, FUN. I do get that this is a “stress” I add to myself but I rate this as a fairly high priority. Given the discussions that I have had with other moms lately I think that a lot of us do. I will be trying to share some of the ideas that I am come up or have heard from others because I have been getting a lot of feedback about it and hopefully we will get ideas back;) A few of my ideas that have been working so far is sending a smoothie or homemade muffins to school for a snack. I am finding that these seem to be getting eaten (as compared to the lunch). There seems to be too many distractions at lunch so snack time seems to be the “more substantial meal”. I have been sending a smoothie in a thermos and am adding hemp to get a little protein in. The muffins have a bunch of different flours and grains that seem to carry them through a bit longer. The recipes for the muffins are from Slice. The authors of this cookbook are from Calgary (it is always nice to support local;). I have been finding some great, easy recipes in this cookbook. I even tried the roasted red pepper hummus (featured recipe on their website) for my event last week and it got great reviews. It did from my children too paired with some homemade pita chips. Because, seriously, we all have time to make these;)

I hope that everyone else is settling into their fall nicely! Here are a few pictures from the last few weeks.
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Fall is in the air | Calgary Family Photographer09.14.10

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Or maybe it is winter:(  The leaves have started to turn quickly this year and I am just hoping that they do not disappear as quickly as they did last year!

This was from one of the first sessions capturing the leaves.  I was really excited when I found out that one of the things that this family likes to do is geocaching (treasure hunting within the community).  We headed into Griffith Park in Discovery Ridge on a hunt! FUN! So off we went taking pictures along the way. At one point we stopped to do some shots and an elderly gentleman offered to take the picture so that I could get in. Haha!

We had a blast as they showed me all of the places that they like to hang out.  They even took me to the area where the cougar had be spotted a few weeks ago.  It was a very fun little adventure.  I hope that you enjoy your sneak peek and I will be sure to have more of our adventures out soon.
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