The VanDyk Family. It all started with just two people - John and Joyce. Next came 6 boys, weddings, new daughters and then grandchildren. And now here they are, a full group with another grandchild on the way! I LOVE photographing large families like this! There's a lot of laughter, commentary, and it's always busy, just the way I like it! It's groups like this that make me thankful I've got 5 kids, and excited for the years to come! These guys were amazing to work with, and a family I could hang out with any time. Our evening in Fish Creek:
Shooting in the mountains as much as I do, I'm starting to get a lot more clients from out of town who want family pictures while they're here. Guys. SO SMART! The mountains are stunning and majestic, and so different from what a lot of people have at home. So taking advantage of the place and getting your pictures done here is such an amazing idea! Bailey and Christian are from Saskatchewan, and have been driving back and forth to Edmonton for appointments. This trip they decided to take a little stop and get a family session - and I'm so glad they did! It was a touch chilly, but they were all so amazing, relaxed and these little boys were SO SWEET! A little look at our evening:
My sweet friend Jaimie has been waiting for a third baby for what feels like forever. And in the end, the long wait was absolutely worth it - meet Layla. The perfect addition to this sweet little family. While Dad was already off to work, Mom and her kids were home to spend some time with their sweet new baby while I took pictures. Layla is so loved and adored, and I couldn't be happier for these guys.
Ryan and Alexis - their wedding day was the first time I met them, and I loved them from the start. Smart, sincere, caring, and full of genuine love for those around them. And the love they had for each other - it's the kind that makes me excited to see them promise to spend the rest of their lives together! We were promised rain and snow for the day, and got stunning dark clouds with nothing coming down - my FAVOURITE! At one point Ryan said he was weirdly lucky, and gets up counting on about 15% of his day being luck. Guys. That's REAL! It was perfect weather, and they even managed to pull of the ceremony outdoors without a drop! Once we went in for the reception, the snow started falling, and I drove home in a full on snow storm. My luck doesn't run quite as deep. hah!An amazing day with incredible people! A little look at their wedding day:
A big thing that almost every photographer wants is for their clients to print their photographs. 'What's the use of getting pictures done if they're just going to sit on a USB or on your computer? Hang them on your walls, put them in an album!' I'm a big believer in this, but I also realize that sometimes things are easier said than done. And this can sometimes be one of those things. There's so many more options than buying a couple frames that all perfectly match that must be hung in a row. Mix it up a little! Be creative! I've spend a nerdy amount of time and effort doing just that in our home. We have pictures EVERYWHERE. No room is safe! I love having our memories up and around where we can look as we pass by, or sit down and go through an album. There are so many times the kids will point something out and ask about it, or recall where we were or what happened that day. I display more than just our professional family sessions, though those are definitely up as well. Some of them are just the shots from home - the ones that bring up good feelings or memories - the shots that make me happy. I thought I'd put together a blog post showing you how I display the pictures in our house. Hopefully this will give you some ideas and inspiration! These are not all 'I'm so creative and thought of some cool things'. ...
Becca and Cole: a wedding I won't soon forget. These two were made for each other, and the joy and emotion that filled this day was incredible. This wasn't just a day when Becca and Cole to become husband and wife. It was a day when Becca, Cole and Ava officially became a family - when Cole promised to love Ava forever. Oh gosh. SO MANY TEARS! The day was perfect, and it was such an honour to be able to photograph it. A small look at their wedding:
I've gotten a little behind in posting these, but still taking a picture every day! I love looking through these already, and documenting the small, every day things in our lives.
Celia & Robert - Gosh, this was a good day! This group was a blast! Tons of laughter, tons of fun! The snow this day was heavy and wet - and so, so gorgeous. What looked like possibly a brown wedding day ended up being the perfect winter wonderland.The day took place at The Ranche and it was amazing! This gorgeous little waiting room for the bride to wait turned into the perfect place to do portraits, and warm up from the winter cold. Celia's dress was like none I had ever seen and suited her perfectly, and Celia and Robert are perfect for each other. Here's a little look at their day!
Week 9 in the Kowalenko household :)
About two and a half years ago, I shot THE most gorgeous wedding at Lundbreck Falls, with one of the easiest, sweetest couples. They were up for anything, easy to work with, and so awesome to hang out with! So when Karis messaged me to do their newborn session, I was so excited to see them again, and meet their brand new baby! Little Cameron is all kinds of beautiful, with a full head of hair and tiny and sweet! Here's a look at a bit of our time together: