May 11, 2015 Orchard Friends

Every year, our kids and their “soul sisters and brother” get together to play in the orchard and do photos. This year as they get older, we found we didn’t take as many photos – but man! do those kids love hanging out together! So much fun!

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This year – Madi and Aliah were happy to “perform”, and much of our time was spent asking “Where’s Eden? Where’s Caden?” and so on. So you will see more photos of some kids than others! ha ha.

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And where it all started from – my high school friends who are my “soul sisters”. This year was extra special too as it was the first year that coordinated with our husband’s schedules and we were able to do family photos too!

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And what better way to end then with a picnic of treats? Cotton candy – yes please!

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And I’ll end with this fairy sighting…. icon wink Orchard Friends

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Krista

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April 16, 2015 Baby Gray

Almost 7 years ago, I photographed baby Violet. Two years later it was time to document her little brother Desmond’s arrival. And so I was so excited to be asked back last week to document the newest addition – a beautiful little girl, Gray. To say she is well loved is an understatement. I think there are more photos of Gray being kissed by her siblings and parents, than not. She is absolutely adored – and it’s easy to see why with her blonde hair and blue eyes and sweet disposition.

This was also fun for me to document as these are the same ages and genders as me and my siblings – fun to imagine what it was like all those years ago as I was the baby being smothered in kisses! icon smile Baby Gray

Marnie and Andrew are so relaxed and in love with Gray, Violet and Desmond – such a fun afternoon with them documenting their family! Loved that when I got there it was the boys getting the little princess ready…

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You know, I could have done an entire album just of Violet and her living doll, Gray. These two are so sweet together.

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Violet read to Desmond and Gray the book “I’m a Big Sister” – and did such a great job reading!

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Then it was time for some mommy and daddy cuddles! I love how these two adore their kids. Marnie is sentimental like me, and at one point just as she sat there admiring her little Gray she started to cry. Out of love. So sweet.

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Krista

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April 14, 2015 Baby Delilah

It is always so exciting to walk into a home you’ve been in before, to visit those you’ve known for years – who have now made the transition to parents. Everything suddenly changes. To see a little life that did not exist mere days before – incredible.

I was excited to meet Delilah after getting to know her parents through their engagement, wedding and maternity photos. She is such a doll and could not have been better behaved!

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Krista

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March 28, 2015 Karen’s Headshots

I met Karen last Fall when we were both speaking at a conference. We clicked right away as we had both spent time in Kibera slums, Kenya and had a heart for social justice issues and travel. Karen is one of the 100 finalists for the MarsOne Mission. You can read one of Karen’s interviews about going to Mars HERE. Karen is a lot of fun – and wanted some fun photos as well as more serious ones for her headshots. I brought my girls along as they love Space and science – and they enjoyed interviewing Karen about space, and about her years as a journalist – some of her fun expressions are from interacting with the girls while I snapped away. A fun morning!

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Krista

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March 19, 2015 Baby Avery

I’ve known Deb & Oliver for a number of years – and loved documenting their rain filled engagement session and amazing outdoor wedding celebration (complete with swing dance lessons!) over the years. So when I got the call that they were now parents and wanted to document their new son Avery – I was so excited! I knew these two would be naturals as parents – as well as a lot of fun! It was fun to catch up with them and their dog Theo in their home and document this new family addition. When I photograph a newborn – I want it to be natural. I typically did not put my babies in big hats and baskets as a new mom – so this isn’t how I want to remember those days. I did though spend hours rocking them, singing to them, admiring their little fingers and counting their toes. Spending days just in awe of this miracle in my care. These are the moments I love to capture – as these are the moments I want to remember as a mom, and want to share with parents as a photographer.

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Krista

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February 3, 2015 Les and Heather Waiting

Yet another couple that I have the joy of documenting from engaged couple – through to new parents! Love this honour!

About a year and a half ago, I documented Les and Heather’s Toronto wedding. Now, I met up with them in their new home as they eagerly await their new arrival!

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December 16, 2014 Penelope

Almost 5 years ago, I had photographed Bryan and Andrea’s wedding in Hamilton just a week after he returned home from Afghanistan! And then a week later, I went to Ottawa to photograph a cocktail party reception for their friends at the Army Mess Hall which was stunning. I hadn’t seen them since… then on Facebook Andrea noticed that I Was going to Edmonton. SHe messaged me that they are living there now and had a new addition recently – Penelope! She asked if I could come and document their family in their new home – was thrilled to. Always fun to reconnect with past clients!

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Penelope was so excited to have Bryan come home from the army base that morning – a daddy’s girl already! I asked Bryan if he could keep his army attire on until we had a few photos – love the contrast against Penelope’s perfect skin!

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Penelope had recently discovered her belly button and toes – so exciting.

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Krista

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December 8, 2014 Christa’s Boys

Always enjoy my time with Christa and Mike and their boys. Since photographing their wedding, Christa and I have become good friends. It has been so exciting to see her develop as a wife, and mother – and artist. Christa is the talent behind Anista Designs, stunning custom paper goods, that has been featured all over the place (including Vogue!).

For this year’s session we wanted to incorporate a “day in the life” feel – some of the boys favourite activities. This included playing cars in the dishwasher (they choose to wash dishes by hand and leave this as the boys racetrack and car storage), playdough under the kitchen table (it’s going to end up there anyways), wrestling, fort building, collecting rocks… and more wrestling (they are boys after all). So much fun! We started with trying to get a family photo – and then came back home to enjoy the boys favourite activities!

Every mother does this, right? Sometimes with a face cloth – sometimes with spit and fingers.

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Sharing candies while they wait for mom and dad…

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Back home we go….

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December 8, 2014 Smiling Eyes

I have known Dick and Cheryl’s family for years – they are such a sweet, fun, loving family. I recently heard that Dick was diagnosed with cancer and so I was more than happy to offer their family a Smiling Eyes session. I loved seeing the family laugh and enjoy each other’s company. They are such a strong family and so well loved – we will continue to keep them in our prayers as they face this fight ahead.

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December 7, 2014 Miss Anna

I loved photographing Lyndsay’s maternity session this Fall (LINK) and was so excited to come back and document their new arrival – Miss Anna. Big sister Abigail just loves her – and mom and dad are pretty smitten too! I have enjoyed our own two girls – and visiting their family brought back lots of memories of those early days! So much fun – and so much more to come!

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And while Anna needed some time with mom – I slipped in to peek on Abigail and dad…

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And while this peaceful scene happened upstairs – downstairs Kirk and Abigail were playing as only dads and daughters do…

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Krista

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