45 years! | Calgary Family Photographer07.27.11

One of my clients contacted me in the spring to see if I would do an extended family session for her family to celebrate her parent’s 45th wedding anniversary…needless to say I was honoured!  During the consult it was pretty clear that we were going to have a great shoot –  discussing dogs (and how our dog and their past dog may be related) over coffee one morning.  The shoot was great although I very quickly realized that I need to touch up on my jokes.  One of the little boys asked me to tell them a joke so they would laugh.  In my attempt of a joke, I ran two together (the only two I know:)) resulting in blank stares…oops!  So I turned over the joke telling to him.  B family it was great to work with you!

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Associate Photographer | Calgary Family Photographer07.07.11

I am super excited to announce that I have added another photographer to Tot Shots – Jess Bobyn!  Some of you will have met Jess and others will have heard of her working behind the scenes with me for the last couple of years.  Jess comes with a photography degree from ACAD and a load of experience with children and families.  I am so excited to have Jess on board.  Not only is she one of the sweetest people that I have met but she is a ton of fun and it shines through in her work.  I have provided a couple of samples of her work here and the rest of her portfolio has been added on the main website.  I know that she will be an awesome addition to Tot Shots!

So, what does this mean…well, you will have the choice of two photographers. Due to the increase in demand (as my clients continue to refer Tot Shots – thank you very much!) and with the increased amount of wall art I have been working on,  I am having to limit the number of sessions that I take in each month – I am currently booking two months in advance.  If I am booked and you like Jess’s portfolio, you will have the opportunity to book with Jess or wait to get in with me.  There will still be flexibility in scheduling due to newborns and rescheduling but I do encourage you to contact the studio if there is a specific date/month that you know that you would like.  Jess has become very familiar with the Tot Shots processes over the last couple of years and will continue to offer the exceptional service that Tot Shots clients are accustom to.  Welcome Jess!

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Loose tooth | Calgary Child Photographer05.05.11

So I have been MIA for the last couple of weeks. I scheduled last week and this week to work on my business rather than in it. There are a couple of things that I am working on and needed to focus as much attention on them as I could. I apologize for being cryptic at this point. I am hoping that everything will come together in the next month and I can finally share!

Of course, I never really take a break from shooting because there is always something awesome going on with my kids. My son has his first loose tooth! This is big news at almost 7 and MUST be captured:) This was a quick shoot before school one day because that was all he would give me;) Fortunately I did a shoot with them laughing a little while ago to really capture his awesome toothy smile/laugh. I am shocked as to how much this milestone is affecting me. My little boy is getting so big!

As I was prepping for this weekend sessions, I got the little one to come and test the lighting with me. I will add she was not thrilled to model but I ADORE what we got. This picture is totally her! Her very mischievous self! This picture was a result of her shaking her head in protest – which, of course, I captured as well:)

I will be back with regularly scheduled blog posts now with lots of things to share.
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Dog Sledding | Calgary Family Photographer04.14.11

A few weeks ago we headed out dog sledding for the first time.  I tend to be a fairly mainstream winter activity person…skiing mostly…so this was a bit different.  The funny part was that I probably would not have even thought about it, if a friend (from NY) had not recommended it when they were here visiting at Christmas.  It is pretty sad that it takes visitors from another country to recommend activities in your own backyard but that is typically how it goes.  Although I will totally take her recommendations in New York:)

I have to give a shout out to the company that we used – Snowy Owl Tours.  They run a fantastic operation and it absolutely apparent how well the dogs are cared for and how much the employees and dogs love their jobs:)  It is encouraged that everyone give the dogs some love for the great job they do.  Well, you did not have to tell my children twice!  I totally would have thought that the dogs would be a little skittish but I was wrong.  They were rolling over on their backs taking in the belly rubs (my lab does not even do this:)

My son even had the opportunity to drive (with my husband’s help).  He loved it!

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Wall Art | Calgary Family Photographer04.13.11

Well, I am glad that I did not commit to a weekly wall art series:)  I have actually had this post prepped for awhile and just needed to take the shots.  You would think that would be simple here:)

This is a collage of Gallery Wrapped Canvases that I have displayed in the studio.  This has been a very popular way for clients to display art and tell a story from their session.  I love canvas for the simplicity and clean lines.  However, I do like that canvas offers the option to hang pieces very linear or more with more of an eclectic collage look.  I have recently done a similar collage for a client but with a more eclectic format as their home is not as contemporary as the studio is.

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