Cherry Four new location |Calgary Children's Photographer05.10.10

As many of you know Cherry Four, a children’s boutique in Calgary, is a commercial client of mine.  After many years in Inglewood, Cherry Four is moving to the very trendy main road in Kensington.  On Friday I dropped off the display piece (shown below) for the front window and was already so impressed with the new space.  With this move Cherry Four is seeing a bit of a rebrand with a new logo and an updated look to the space.  There is no doubt that Fev’s attention to detail, unique, top quality products and AMAZING customer service will still continue to make Cherry Four one of Calgary’s top children’s boutiques.  The exact address is 1111 Kensington Road NW – only a couple doors down from Crave Cupcakes so go have a little look around and then grab a snack;)

Fev and I are planning a few things over the rest of the year so stay tuned!

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Happy Mother's Day |Calgary Baby Photographer05.07.10

I received a handout at my Fitmom class yesterday titled “Motherhood inspires personal growth” by Andrea Page (the founder of Fitmom). Andrea speaks of her story of motherhood and the success of her business, some of which I could relate to. She then goes on to speak about things that she has learned through motherhood and I could relate to lots of it and thought that I would share.

1. We have not been groomed for motherhood. What I mean by this is that unlike other cultures where getting ready for mothering is the focus of a young woman’s upbringing, our culture aims to get us ready for “success”. So I know that I am not alone when I say that I have found becoming a mom is something that I am still learning. The most important lesson of all is that I MUST let some stuff go, I will not be perfect. I also have no desire to prove anything to others. I actually find strength through humility and find my close mommy friends appreciate my honesty about imperfection.

2. Having a child means double duty on all fronts. In mothering you will be conjuring up at least double the energy expended in a day to meet the needs of both you and the child. In addition, your will be facing double the expenses and often half the income. My advice is keep it simple; take really good care of yourself in terms of fitness and nutrition. Use your time as a mom as a reminder that daily personal reflection will help you focus on your personal values and try not to get drawn into the competitiveness our society perpetuates.

3. It’s okay to screw up. Social pressures that define the perfect mother/career woman set us up to constantly be dropping the ball, so to speak. Learn to laugh at this because unless you have a caregiver for each child and a personal assistant you will come up short a lot. Before becoming a mom I was able to control most of my life. Learning that I can’t control a lot of things with my kids has helped me grow immensely as a person.

4. Motherhood changes your life. Although this one is straight forward, I have never seen more blood sweat and tears from the women I know once they become moms. I have seen young teen moms turn their lives around, career women reinvent themselves, women build businesses, grow change and evolve in miraculous ways. Motherhood is a bumpy road of self-discovery I am very blessed to be on.

5. Motherhood Can Change the World I believe that mothers are meant to change the world because their investment in the world around them is driven by a deepened awareness. Once you experience the successes and failures of mothering your own child, the pain of mothers around the world has new meaning. Mothering has taught me that I have the power to make change in myself and in the world around me!!

These are all points that I think about and work on everyday and I know I am not alone. It is always nice to be reminded though…ease some motherly guilt.

This weekend is both difficult and awesome for me having lost my own mother (the person that I looked to to teach me how to be a better mother) but then awesome in that I am a mother with two AMAZING children who continue to teach (challenge) me. I love to learn and be challenged and will continue to grow and develop with my children!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Moms | Calgary Children's Photographer04.23.10

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Being a parent is the best job in the world but can also be the most challenging.  As I came across this shot, I reminded me of the milk ad with Angie Harmon and her girls with a similar message.

I promise to have more than one image per blog post next week;)  Have an awesome weekend!

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Three Bars Ranch | Calgary Family Photographer04.20.10

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This post has been a long time coming. As most other photographers, my family pictures rarely get processed. Particularly when I go away just prior to my really busy season (September) and take almost 700 pictures. I have to admit, part of what prompted me prioritizing these was the fact that my cousin (who hosted us) was pregnant in this pictures. Her little guy is now three months old…oops, might be time to get these out!

So we visited my cousin who lives at and is one of the hosts at Three Bars Ranch just outside Cranbrook, B.C.  As you can see it is absolutely gorgeous.  Despite being very urban children (or maybe that is just their mom), they were very comfortable and had a ton of fun with all of the animals.    We also visited my grandparents at their cabin…a place that brings back very fond memories for me as I spent many summers here.  I love the water and have spent lots of hours in this chilly mountain run off.

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calgary family photography 2One was a little fearful at times, while the other was instilling a little fear.

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Boys | Calgary Children's Photographer04.18.10

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Had to share as I was downloading from this morning’s session. Mom and Dad need a little treat;)
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