Have you ever stepped outside to feel the cool breeze on your face and thought "change in on its way". I felt that yesterday and it brought a big smile to my face. I've been working away this year making things run more smoothly, and I can see my direction clearly...
All great things start with a rustling of the wind and restlessness in the soul. Something you can feel and taste, but can't quite put words to yet. I've been thinking the past couple of months about my business and brand, and how I haven't grown them in keeping with my style and service as a photographer. I want something soft, bright, delicate, and romantic that reflects the photographer I choose to be. Designing a logo and revising your identity is a daunting task, but this time I am excited. Crazy, wildly, unreasonably excited. With change comes possibility and the opportunity to put another foot forward to show people what you're made of, and what you can do for them. It is a special kind of freedom that comes with being thankful for what you have worked toward, and knowing when to leave your past behind. Big things have been started...
As a family photographer I am witness to so many beautiful stages of life from birth through 90th birthday parties. A new life is one of the most exciting things I get to document, and knowing when to set everything up can be overwhelming for mom and dad. The good news is that I try to make the scheduling as painless as possible.
I recommend doing maternity pictures around 36 - 38 weeks, depending on how you're feeling. It's nice to go out when your belly reaches the full round stage, but before you start to tire easily and start to feel a little puffy as it sometimes happens in those last couple of weeks. We can accommodate any limitations, and these shots are mostly for documenting the journey. Once you see those newborn pictures you won't need as many of the bump!
The newborn session schedule is completely up to you. I recommend within the first 10 days to capture the curled up newness that they tend to hold for a few days, but your comfort level matters most. I come to you in your home, so once you're back there and settled in you can send me a message to pick a day and time that works with your schedule. I have done newborn pictures over four weeks after birth, so please don't worry if you're just not feeling up to it that first week. You can find my Newborn Session Guide here, and if you have any questions, let me know!
First date, first kiss, first I love you... relationships have so many beautiful milestones. Each relationship has those moments - the first time you look into your baby's eyes, The first time you say husband or wife; your first shared secret with a new friend... all of these beautiful moments we have in our lives and I am the one lucky enough to witness so many of them.
Your first pregnancy is pretty amazing. You don't know how your body will change, and you can't imagine how your spirit will be lifted with the passing months and little kicks. Marriage might get a little more interesting with a newborn who never sleeps and always eats, but if you're lucky it will bring you so much closer. I know my husband and I learned so much about each other and how to make our little family thrive. I miss those first days a little bit when I meet a couple expecting their first, but I really live for today knowing how lucky I am to have these amazing people right here in my life.
I first met James and Kristine for Christmas pictures and you could plainly see how happy they are together - imagine my excitement when Kristine messaged a couple of months later about maternity pictures!? Eeek it just makes my heart so happy when I get to know a family and see them grow. Soon there will be an itty bitty little one here to cuddle and I know that they are going be over the moon in love.
Another chapter begins. Graduation is just around the corner, and I started grad photo season much later than usual this year (thanks to all the rain we've been getting here in Swift Current). It poured all day before my session with Ally on Monday, and thanks to some great timing, the skies cleared and the sun came out just as we were leaving for our first location. We were blessed with those "after the storm" vibrant colours, and a sky that came alive with clouds without dropping any rain on us... the perfect combination!!
Cassidy and I were a little bit luckier with clear skies and wind that died down at the very last minute like it waited all day for us to step outside. We fought harsh wind out on the prairie, but battled swarms of mosquitoes in the sheltered areas of town. Summer in Saskatchewan has arrived!
Congratulations graduates of 2016!
Every year I tell myself that I will take some time to shoot a project or two just for me. Every year, our small children get busier, my business grows (throwing out a big big thank you to all of you right here!!) and I can't decide on a project to pursue. So, this year I am going to try something a little different. I am going to try to incorporate some of my ideas into elaborate mini sessions for kids! We are starting off with Fairy Garden Mini Sessions at the end of May/Start of June. I'll keep you posted on details!
Luckily for me, all newborns fall into passion projects. Finding containers, wraps, accessories, and props is really half of the fun. There was a little baby boom for me in March/April and I'm so excited to share...
For so many, the wedding is the beginning, but for John & Joanne and their two adorable kiddos, their wedding was a beautiful celebration of a very real love that anyone near them can plainly see. They shared their day with family, friends, and the two cutest little people on this planet - Karli and Adam. We're wishing them the very best in a long and happy life together!!
We live in a fearful society. There are scary things in this world, and how you react to those things will determine the impact you make in this world. Awareness is only part of the solution, and right here in Swift Current, something amazing is happening. People are gathering to stand up for those who need us most, and coming together to create change.
IGNITE is a Social Justice Conference forming a platform of inspiration, hope and courage in the battle against issues of injustice; while focusing on merging gaps and forming collaboration on a local, provincial and national level. Swift Current hosted this year's event April 1, 2, 3, 2016 with an impressive turn out. If you were unable to attend, the recorded sessions can be accessed here.
January was full of gorgeous, squishy, soft baby snuggles, and I call that the perfect way to start off a new year. February was packed with little ones and families, and now March has started with warm Spring weather days and a brand new pair of six day old twins (oh, yes, one girl and one boy!!). I can safely say that I love where the year is going!
We have a few days of holidays we're taking in mid-March, and then April brings the start of my 2016 wedding season! Look out Graduates, it will be cap & gown season soon!!
We're coming up to my four year photography-birthday, and so many of you know it's been an uphill climb. Our youngest has a deadly milk-protein allergy (on contact) so we were never able to find reliable child care when they were young and we needed it most. Me staying home without pay wasn't even an option, so my good friend Tara pushed me to expand my graphic design work into photography. I haven't looked back.
Every single family I've worked with has been a breath of fresh air and life into this business, and I am so incredibly grateful for your patience while I learned how to grow. It is through your support that we've found our groove and have a system in place. A two week turn around on proofs in something I've wanted, but struggled with when toddlers were awake day & night, and some days I just couldn't sit down for more than twenty minutes before someone needed mom. Right through my 4 am editing marathons I was rocking a baby and taking a toddler back to bed for the thirtieth time, and then back up at six when they woke for the day. My kids both hated sleep. We are finally at that two week turnaround time (for regular family/newborn sessions), and I'm so excited to see it in action this year.
For all of you who have been so graceful and patient, I would like to say a big THANK YOU!! Everyone who paid for a family or newborn session & package in 2015 will get one session fee at half price this year. I could not have done it without all of you!
Another success!! Babble and Jackson Designs have a wonderful habit of partnering up for mini sessions. We put on accessory sales, treats, and add in a little fundraising while we do it. For Valentine's Day this year we chose the Heart & Stroke Foundation. It's a cause that's near and dear to our hearts, and we're so thankful to all who came out to help us donate! I can't wait to see you all again!
Thanks so much for stopping in.
When you welcome me into your homes and let me be part of your milestones in life, you are helping me give back to local organizations that make a difference right here in our home town.
I photograph fundraisers throughout the year for our local United Way, as well as other community events like the Ignite Conference that Swift Current hosted in April.
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