In this day of every sort of social media platform, where “instant” friends and virtual bffs turn up at every click, it’s not hard to find people with common interests and make instant connections. But sometimes, when you filter out all the social noise, you realize there’s a deeper connection that requires a collaborative effort and this shoot late last fall was the culmination of just that. When I met Charmaine Mallari and connected with her I knew instantly I wanted to work with her. Charmaine is Winnipeg based, and I grew up in Winnipeg so we had that in common for starters. And on top of that, we both love horses and cake and photographing and eating them. (cake, we like eating cake… there were definitely no animals harmed in the making of this shoot). We were incredibly fortunate to have so many extremely talented Winnipeg vendors on board for this shoot. The stylists, the models, the location, and vendors were all so incredibly generous and amazing!! And the result made all the planning and hard work SO worthwhile. But I don’t need to tell you that when the photos say it all so much better than I can.

Makeup Artist & Male Grooming//Elan Hair Studio
 Hairstylist// Les Beaux et Belles
Male Model//Aaron – Panache Management
Female Model//Afton Vadacchino
Dress & Hair Accessory//Bliss Bridal Boutique
Florals//Oak & Lily
Stationary & Calligraphy//Julie Doan
Cheese Platter//The Cheesemongers
Tablescape & Cake Table Linen//Planned Perfectly

Blue Vintage Glass Jar Decor//Something Borrowed Wedding Rentals

It is so amazing to me that I am able to join in on the journey as these clients of mine grow into little families. I photographed a beautiful winter engagement session with these two, which led to photographing their gender reveal party last fall, followed by the birth of their adorable baby daughter, Lily Grace. Lindsay and Mitch are such incredible individuals with he biggest hearts ever, I just know you two will be outstanding parents. Not to mention, Lily will definitely be the best dressed lill doll around! Congrats, L & M. Enjoy this new adventure!! xx

 

Baby crown & tutu: Emilyz Embellishments

And so… the adventure begins.

Meet: Weston Miles.

In March of 2014, I photographed
Alicia and Kevin’s wedding,
so it was awesome to be able to
do a follow up 2 and half years later,
and document the first stages of
life as a family of three.

Weston was, no exaggeration, the easiest
baby I’ve photographed to date.
We had limited time (which is never good
for a newborn session) however,
this little cutie delivered like a pro.

Ten days old remains to be my favourite
stage to capture newborns.
They are so easy to shape and mould,
like I don’t even know how limbs can bend that way!
I guess after doing 9 months of yoga in the womb,
that makes you pretty flexible.

Congratulations A + K!
Relish in these moments…
I hear they don’t last forever.
xo

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This year the snow came before the actual winter did,
so we took advantage of the mild temps combined with fluffy,
white, untouched snow, and planned one last quick styled shoot.

The local ski hill hadn’t yet opened to the public so we decided to shoot the session there.

Cassie is always a pleasure to work with. Kyle, you’re not so bad either ;)

It’s not very often that I get to photograph outdoor winter sessions and not have to edit out
the rosy red cheeks and slightly blue lips afterwards. This was a perfect way to wrap up the season.

 

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When this session was shot on November 2nd
I thought then we were just barely getting it in before the snow came.
I guess stranger things have happened.
But probably not many.

I was so happy when Hannah of Honey & Betts
contacted me to shoot their holiday session,
and I’ve loved getting to know her!
She’s honestly such a gem,
and has the sweetest little family!!

We teamed up with with some awesome local
vendors to create a beautiful
pine-scented, cozy holiday shoot.

Seriously, my car smelled amaazing after transporting
our gorgeous and giant wreath made by
the lovely Rachelle at Flowers by Willows.

And the sweets!?
We asked The Art of Cake for some gingerbread men,
and they built us an entire house!
It was a work of art indeed.

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Click here to view the post on Honey & Betts
for styling details and links.

I’m so excited to finally be able to share this shoot! You may recognize this beauty from ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelor in Paradise’. When I found out Jami was from St. Albert, a stone’s throw from me, I knew I had to work with her. Earlier this year I met Joelle with Hitched by Joelle at a local wedding vendor event and we clicked immediately. Shortly after, we met again for lunch and this magic was born. Our vision for this shoot was a european picnic in the park. Joelle set up a glamorous picnic scene under a big oak tree with a palette of pretty pinks and glittery golds. Wild Rose Cakes created for us a gorgeous gold foiled cake. Flowers by Willows put together a bouquet that was to die for.
Joelle even found a stunning chandelier that we hung from the tree branches above. It was right out of a fairy-tale. Everything came together so smoothly- including (I think it was the day before) getting our paws on an actual pink vespa! It was awesome to collaborate with so many talented local vendors- these people were so great to work with!!

Creative Director and Planning // Joelle with Hitched by Joelle
Floral // Rachelle Willows with Flowers by Willows
Stationary // Cheri Shaw with Cheri Shaw Design
Hair & Makeup Artists // Pamela Barker and Haley Mackinnon with HP Makeup Artistry
Cake // Kristianna Squirechuk with Wild Rose Cakes
Charcuterie Board // Cured Wine & Bar
Wedding Dress // Joanna Romanyk with Novelle Bridal
Men’s Clothing // Chad Helm with The Helm Clothing
Female model // Jami-Rose Letain
Male model // Joel Eden
Rentals // Jenn Deeth with Backroads Vintage Rentals

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