I loved spending the afternoon with Sarah & Josh as they take in these last few moments before they welcome this little baby into the world!!
Guiding Light By Foy Vance & Ed Sheeran
As Lauren and I alternated between photographing each other, it gave me more perspective of being in front of the camera, which is something I need to be reminded of more often. I need to put myself in the person’s shoes who I am photographing and communicate my vision to them more often. Sometimes I get caught up with making sure the light, background, angle and composition is in place and I forget to draw more of my focus on the people that is in front of my eye.
The Flood By Joshua Hyslop
Guys, when I say this festival was unreal, I mean it was unreal.
A bunch of my good friends started up a music festival in their backyard one summer and three years later, it has evolved to this! It is awesome seeing a group of people so passionate about getting a huge crowd of people together to enjoy and jam out to some extremely talented local bands.
Being the official photographer for the festival was awesome for many reasons, one of them being that I could challenge myself and try something completely out of my comfort zone. It also gave me the chance to give the festival great photographs that would show outside people what the vibe and experience of the festival was like.
If you’re curious about how they got started and to learn more about the festival, visit their website HERE! The 2018 festival will be from August 17-19th so be sure to buy your tickets when they go on sale and put it in your calendars!
I had such a blast photographing this event and you can be sure to see me up there next year on stage documenting the energy of the performers and the excitement of the crowd!! Can’t wait to see you there!
Waves By Good Nature
I think we all left this session with a lot of joy and frozen toes, hands, noses.. etc.
My good photographer friend Natalee, was visiting me in Calgary and we really wanted to shoot a cute couple in the mountains together while she was visiting. I instantly thought of my roommate (who doubles as my best friend) and her boyfriend to come with us! I mean c’mon, they are adorable and so laughy.
Press play (to listen to one of the best bands EVER.) and KEEP SCROLLING!
When I opened up my Lightroom catalog to go through the thousands of images I had taken this past year, I thought of picking a word and keeping it in mind as I went through the photos.
The word that kept coming up was alive.
Allow me to clarify what I mean by the word alive. When you see a photo of a baby with the biggest smile on their face – you can’t help but feel their joy through that photograph. That is because joy is contagious – feeling alive is contagious and photographs have the power to spread the emotions someone is experiencing.
These photographs remind me what it is to feel alive.
They remind me to love.
They remind me to laugh.
They remind me to be still, look up at the sky and thank God for being here.
They remind me that I need to keep taking photographs of humans and keep believing in myself. This is one of the gifts God has given me to show people to keep loving one another, keep spreading your contagious joy, keep welcoming peace into your life and to stop every once and while and remind yourself of how far you’ve come.
Isn’t it interesting that we can look at a photo of a stranger who looks full of joy and we can’t help but feel a sliver of that emotion? Isn’t it beautiful how we can look at photograph of when we were a child and we could almost go back to that moment in our minds and remember what it felt like to be that age – so innocent and full of curiosity. Sometimes we can’t help but wish we have of done our lives a little bit different – but that is the wonderful part of it all, we can change now. We can feel alive now and we can make a difference now.
Every single person you see in these photographs has touched my heart in some way or another. I wish I could express how much joy they have poured into my life and tell you how much they have taught me this past year. During a wedding day I capture how families come together – by the way they show their support by sitting in the pews, clinking their glasses and sharing a hug or two. Being a wedding photographer is SO much more than taking pictures – heck, that is the tiniest part of being a wedding photographer. So much thought, emotion and love goes into the process of being a wedding photographer. I had no idea that I was getting myself into one of the most beautiful and rewarding careers out there. I did not expect to make so many friends and connections through this job and how much joy it would bring me every single day. Lastly, I did not know that I could care so much for people that I had just met over coffee once and man, I especially did not expect this many people to open so much of their heart to me. I am BEYOND thankful – thankful doesn’t even cover it, not at all.
Something I always look forward to in this job is sitting down and listening to the honest story of how two people met – I wish I could record each persons love story and replay them over in my head because those love stories have taught me one of the biggest lessons in life. We all need each other, we all need to love and to be loved every day of our lives. It makes us feel alive.
I love you all.
This was the most influential song for me in 2017, I probably listened to it at least one hundred times.
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