otto’s baby portrait – invermere, bc

last fall i photographed the beautiful mama-to-be tilly in an outdoor maternity session. i met sweet little otto briefly after he arrived and was so excited to have the opportunity to photograph this little munchkin!

we planned for an outdoor session and tilly had been hoping to capture otto at 8 months to recreate some photos that her mother had taken when she was an 8 month old baby. the 8 month mark came and went and between busy schedules, visiting family from south africa and poor weather, we postponed until august.

it turned out perfectly and we chose a great morning to photograph otto with all of his wonderful toys in a spot that tilly loves on the slr trails overlooking lake windermere.

she had some cute ideas with a basket and balloons, a bare baby bum and all of otto’s favourite toys. i just loved photographing this cute little baby boy… he was an absolute delight.


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lionel & shannon – wedding at copper point resort, invermere bc

lionel and shannon were married at copper point resort this summer surrounded by their most precious people. it was an emotional wedding filled with laughter and heartfelt tears. it makes me smile when i look back at the photos of the day.

this was a unique wedding filled to the brim with the most amazing and beautiful details. lionel and shannon hired teal minisofer and reflections weddings and events to come out from calgary and coordinate the entire occasion. teal happens to be the daughter of shannon’s dear friend and maid of honour deb. there was so much attention to detail and love that went into every centrepiece and place setting… i was thrilled to be capturing it all. the chairs were brought out from calgary along with the gorgeous table clothes and much more. there was a stunning arrangement of flower petals in a filigree pattern designed by willow & whimsy that created the aisle for the ceremony.

the roses travelled all the way from holland and the stretch suv limo arrived from calgary… there were beautiful glass vases filled with flowers on the outdoor patio and little touches like lemonade with sweet striped straws. everything was absolutely lovely and i think it was made even more beautiful by lionel and shannon’s enjoyment of their celebration. as i mentioned initially, it was a day filled with tears and a warm joyful energy. there were lots of moments that will be so memorable for these two and their children.

the wedding was also captured by the talented team of bow-tied videographers at airau. they came all the way over from lethbridge and i am excited to see their video of this special day.

one of my favourite moments was the garter toss, when lionel surprised his new bride by dancing to the entire song of ‘poker face’ by lady gaga. he had some spectacular moves that kept the crowd roaring. it was so much fun to watch!

congratulations lionel and shannon… you have a beautiful family, a beautiful connection and i wish you so much happiness together!

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hensby anniversary portrait – fairmont hot springs, bc

ted and barb hensby are celebrating 50 years of marriage this year and their daughter in-law jocelyn contacted me about taking some family photos of the hensby clan while they were vacationing in fairmont this past august.

the portrait session was a complete surprise to the happy couple and we had a beautiful evening for the photos.  brad and mike are the hensby boys and they both have lovely wives and sons. it was fun to capture some photos of this family… mike and karen have adam, who is twelve, while brad and jocelyn have dillon, who is almost 3.

it took a little coaxing to get a smile out of pre-teen adam but when i did, it was awesome. the smiles came easily when he was playing with his little cousin dillon. dillon was full of smiles and seemed to love having his photo taken and running around the damp grass as he played.

ted and barb are sweet and some of my favourite shots are when i had them snuggle and canoodle a little in the long grass. those couples that have been together so long sometimes have a little sparkle in their eye when they appease my requests for those moments.

congratulations ted and barb! i trust your vacation was fabulous and the anniversary was lots of fun with the family.

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danny & jocelyn – wedding at fairmont hot springs resort, bc

danny and jocelyn make a perfect pair… jocelyn’s tenacity is balanced by danny’s laid back attitude and they meet nicely in the middle. i had the pleasure of photographing danny and jocelyn for their engagement session last fall and we had lots of fun. jocelyn has a great smile and it seems to be out a lot when danny is around.

their wedding was at fairmont hot springs resort this summer on a beautiful day that turned out to be more than any of us expected. the sun was hot and we all walked away with a some toasty cheeks and shoulders!

danny and jocelyn are popular people… they both had lots of people standing up at their sides while they declared their lifelong commitment to one another. it made for some fun photos having such a large bridal party… lots of people to pose and danny always looked like he had a swarm of body guards around him. as much fun as it was to have the bridal party out for some photos, one of my favourite parts of the day was when it was just danny and jocelyn. those photos that we capture of a brand new bride and groom are completely magical to me… i find their connection and quiet moments so lovely and sweet.

both danny and jocelyn have a special place in their hearts for the columbia valley. they ventured out here with family when they were kids and have never stopped coming back. jocelyn’s parents have a place out in canal flats that allows for lots of time by columbia lake and the surrounding area.

jocelyn wore her grandmother’s veil and we had grandma put it on for a photo. i’m always so touched by moments like this… they strike me as important parts of the story and of jocelyn and danny’s history. jocelyn also wore pearls that belonged to her other grandma.

thank you for sharing your day with me danny and jocelyn. it was a pleasure seeing how surrounded you are by so many wonderful friends and family. i wish you all the best in your lives together!

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bankowski family portrait – invermere, bc

kathryn and chad are from saskatchewan… they were vacationing out in the beautiful columbia valley this august and contacted me about getting some photos done while they were in the area. as an original prairie girl myself, i know how amazing it is to come out to this area and enjoy the purcells and the rocky mountain ranges in every direction. when you don’t get to see it every day it’s always such a treat when you pass calgary headed west and that distinct horizon line appears. it’s such a beautiful place and the bankowskis know it pretty well. they come a few times every year to golf and ski with their two kids and often some extended family.

the bankowski’s are pros when it comes to portrait sessions, they’ve done a few and daughter avery is especially eager to have her photo taken. her brother noah would rather be out on a golf course, but did an awesome job of doing everything i asked. it was really sweet when avery said she wanted a photo of just her and her big brother… we took a few. avery was helpful with the posing and we took a special shot just of her at the end. (noah passed on the offer for his exclusive.)

kathryn’s ombre dress looked amazing against the natural setting of the grass and all of the colors that this family was wearing worked perfectly together. the mountains were gorgeous on this particular evening and we definitely took advantage of the views. thanks for a fun evening bankowskis!


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