I just love, love, love extended family sessions. I love capturing the big, “all together” family moments, especially with the grandparents and grandkids – those always tugs on my heartstrings for sure.
I think though what I am really drawn to, are those sweet moments that happen when you sneak away with a little portion of the family for a few quiet minutes and capture some just for them….
Just a few moments. sometimes thats all you need.
If your kids are anything like mine, they love to get ready and wear their costumes (almost out) well before Halloween and play dress up. All. The. Time. Their imaginations, and energy, are unlimited.
Well, I love to indulge them their imaginations and create a world for them that only exists in their minds…until together we make some magic 🙂
My middle boy LOVES Harry Potter. Is a HUGE fan, and always pretends to dress up and play the leading role. When I asked him what he wanted to do, this was his first choice. And he wanted a petronum – a stag just like he saw in Harry Potter.
This image was inspired by Joel Robinson, an extremely talented Canadian fine art photographer who gave a great tutorial to make the magic happen and the petronum come to life.
So how does it all come together?
Two background images…
Layered on top of each other to stretch the canvas.
Add in a willing subject.
A stag clip art from ClipartAvailable and a few magical waves of my wand and…
You have a miniature “Harry Potter” and his petronum.
I will be doing a few more of these as we get closer to Halloween. I’d LOVE to see the photos of your kids in their costumes too – anyone else have kids who dress up way before too?
Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Its been a while since I have posted. Just one to welcome fall.
I have lots of sessions to share, many thanks to the amazing families I have been fortunate enough to photograph this year. I am grateful that I am booked for 2017, and look forward to releasing information on my Holiday Event soon.
There is so much I absolutely love about newborns, from their incredibly sweet sleepy yawns, their tiny toes and fingers, right to their peach fuzz cheeks. Being asked to capture the first session with a newborn is such an incredible experience that never gets old.
The only thing better?
Seeing a sibling’s response to that new little baby brother or sister. It’s priceless and ranges from awe to well…..
..to this reaction to the”give your sister a kiss…”
I think her reaction is the best 😉
Its been a very busy summer here! I am always looking for new and innovative sessions to offer clients and I just adore breastfeeding sessions and milk bath sessions, so am always looking for ways to combine both. This is one time that worked out with both, even complete with a little bath bomber 😉
These sessions are perfect if you are looking for something different and one of a kind to celebrate your bond with your child and make a great gift for a new mom, or even a special maternity session. There is just something so intimate and fleeting about these sessions that stirs my soul overtime.
A few of my favourites…
I received some news that I am excited to share! I recently was awarded from Masters Photographers International two Prestige Awards, one in Child Portrait Story and one in Maternity. I also received an Award of Distinction for the Underwater Portrait category. I am really thrilled about the underwater images especially – its such a challenging field! There are only a few competitions which have it in a separate category that I am aware of, and it means a lot to receive such a high level of recognition from the judges. Many thanks to all those who work so tirelessly behind the scenes at MPI and all the judges – this is always one of my favourite competitions to enter because its so well organized and the judging is excellent!
And now the images!
Who says studio sessions have to be boring? I was honoured to be asked to photograph this family’s last session before they packed up and headed onto new digs down south. They were FUN. Like seriously fun! The girls were full of energy and really playful – just the sort of family I love to get in a family studio session! We danced, hung upside-down, read books, jumped really high and topped it off with a walk outside. Mom said she really wanted to capture how close they are as a family and to remember their time in Calgary. I think we got that in spades. Here are a few of my favourites, which I had a hard time narrowing down…
I hope you enjoyed your family’s last session in Calgary and I wish you all the best in your newest set of adventures.
Whether you are traveling to visit the Rockies, or live in the Foothills, mountain sessions in the Banff and Kootenay areas offer a wonderful way to capture your family in one of the most spectacular parts of the world. Experience and capture the beauty of the Rockies forever with a an experience your family will never forget.
Mountain sessions are some of my favourite ways to spend time with families and capture their summer vacation memories. And Moraine Lake is one of my favourite spots. It never disappoints and as a bonus, it isn’t as cold as it was last year….yes I am in the water almost to my waist for this photograph 😉
I just saw this video by Cottage Life about the oldest living maple tree in the world, the Comfort Maple. It was this tree I used as a location in two pictures which placed in the National Association of Professional Child Photographers International Image Competition. I remember seeing it in the field as I drove past on a visit to my family, and immediately knew I had to photograph a family there. One of pictures I took that night ended up in New York Times Square when I won the 2014 Photographer of the Year.
I knew the tree had a long history and was aware of some of its original owners, including Laura Secord, a Canadian heroine of the war of 1812. It was really the why I wanted to photograph a multigenerational family under it. I was looking for the meaning of family, and I felt the family would tell the story of the tree, and the tree would tell the story of the family, and all the roots and branches which make up both their histories. The tree is by far the biggest maple tree I have ever seen, and you can almost feel all the families that have had picnics beneath its canopies, the kids who have swung on the rope that is still there, and the history it has seen, including the birth of a nation. And yes it is held together by wires and cement, but its still an incredibly beautiful tree with a lot more stories to tell.
There is magic and mystery and stories all around us and I am awed that this tree, once owned by someone who helped define a nation, continues to provide inspiration and ultimately ended up wrapping its branches around another family, and ended up in New York Times Square., adding to the tree’s rich and varied history.
The images I took that night.
Take a look at the video – let me know what you think!
I am looking for a number of moms who will be about 28-36 weeks pregnant in August for a very special underwater maternity project I am working on. Must be comfortable in the water and available in the evenings. Please feel free to pass this along to whoever you know might be interested in this unique opportunity.
Let’s make some art together!!
Cant wait to meet you (and your little one!)
Contact Jennifer at 403-608-1875 or email@example.com