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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Laughing | Calgary Child Photographer04.06.11

This is the sound that I have been hearing a lot from my children as they are playing together (don’t let me fool you though…there are fighting sounds too:).  The throw-your-head back, fall-off-your-chair, belly laughs have definitely stood out  though as they have been enjoying each other’s company lately.  I must also add that many times it is as a result of toilet talk that they have incorporated into whatever they are playing together but other times they are just being silly and they think each other are hilarious.  I have snuck up and caught them on video to get the sound but I really wanted to capture it as a still as well.  I wanted to make sure that I could see their baby teeth as amazingly they both still have them and I wanted a simple dark backdrop so I dragged each of them into the studio last week during Spring Break.  I was also playing with B&W’s and I had to include a detail shot I love:)

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Mexico | Calgary Family Photographer03.30.11

Just a few vacation pictures from our annual trip to Mexico to see my in-laws.  It seems that we have not made enough trips to Saskatoon to see them as my daughter kept asking my mother-in-law “which room was Daddy’s when he was a little boy?”.  Very cute.

It was a wonderful trip filled with swimming, beach critter hunts, runs on the beach (without jellyfish incidents this year) and most importantly relaxing!  Here are a few pictures.

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I am hoping to have a new dive partner very soon:)

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My (disgusting) little dophin…amazing she did not get sick!

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What I am typically looking at with this one!

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One day (soon) there will be a decent picture of me.

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Just one for now | Calgary Family Photographer (in Mexico)03.20.11

This is a little treat for my mother-in-law from our trip to Mexico a few weeks ago. I know that she and my father-in-law are missing their grandchildren so had to share one. My daughter and mother-in-law have spent a bunch of time on the beach each year that we have visited them and concocted many pots of “soup”. This was one of their trips down to the water for “broth”. In case you are wondering, I shot this with my lensbaby. It had been awhile since I used it so decided that it was one of the two (yes, only two lens) that I would take this year.

I will share some more soon. It was so nice to get out and shoot for myself so I will definitely share a few more of the moments that I captured:)
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