Okotoks Maternity Photography

We had a lazy summer evening eating grapes and drinking iced tea while my friend and make up artist, Karlie from Love and Colour did her hair and make up in my studio before we headed out to create some images in the golden hours before the sun sets. Maternity sessions are my favourite....I say that all the time. Watching couples blossom into parents as they go from maternity to newborn sessions is just one of my most favourite things. I simply cannot wait to meet this little one later this summer.

A quick note about availability--I am mostly booked for the summer, so if you are hoping for a session, contact me soon so that I can get you in my schedule. September is starting to book now. I know that I am definitely not one of those parents who are on top of things, but if you are thinking that 2017 is your year for family photographs, now would be a good time to solidify one of the coveted best spots(3rd and 4th week of September). 

And, if you are having a baby, I'd love to see you in and out of the studio to help you create some amazing images to celebrate.

At Home Engagement Session | Okotoks Photographer

At home sessions are always my favourite--for a number of reasons, but mostly because people feel the most comfortable when they are in their own space. Also a bit because the space that you create to live in says a lot about who you are as a family. 

This is a special family to me. I became friends with this mom right about the same time as when she was embarking on a new journey of being a single mom. She launched a ridiculously successful business (Rebel Bean Coffee) and was doing just fine on her own THANK YOU VERY MUCH when she made the fateful decision to hire this really great guy named, Chris, to build her a fence. Things after that are, as they say, history. They are getting married in the new year, but to celebrate their engagement, I knew we had to include the fence that brought them together. And, as any single mom will tell you, when you marry her, you marry her kids--so, it's more than just an engagement session. It was their first session as a family. With their cat and their brand new little puppy, their backyard was the perfect location. 

I just want to add that I have never seen a groom to be who just could not for the life of him stop smiling. These two are just ridiculously in love and ready to get married. It is a beautiful thing to witness. I cannot wait until their wedding day.

Some big love to start the week off right :)

~ Dana

Jack Graduates from Grade 9

You can tell that Jack is so excited to let his mom take these photographs. But, I don't care. So there. 

His style influence is Dev Patel. Can you tell? ;) Truly, he wouldn't let me cut his hair so...there you are :) At least he let me go into the dance which is more than lots of his friends let their moms do. The invitation said 'parents welcome from 6:00-7:00'. Of course it also said 'semi-formal', but I guess that there are multiple interpretations to both phrases.

But, in all honesty, my sweet boy has grown up into a very tall, sweet young man. I am so proud of him...not because he is so handsome(I mean--he is...come on)...not because he is so smart(trust me on this one, he is), but mostly because the friends he has chosen to walk through junior high with are all outstanding young men. Funny, sweet and caring young men who will no doubt remain his friends through to high school graduation. I feel like we will be seeing the same boys in his grade 12 grad photos and I love that about him. 

Grade 9 graduation means different things to different schools. To his school, it means that the grade 9's get a special day that includes a massive water gun fight--they fill a pool and let the kids fill their weapons from that....the teachers reportedly had buckets as their weapons. They then enjoy a bbq before coming home to change for the end of the year dance. Their school has two gyms. One of them is set aside just for grade 9's with snacks, 2 photos booths, a lounging area of couches, and general chaos. I shoved these awesome young men into the photo booths. They indulged me by wearing the props--most of the kids would not do this, but these boys ROCKED THOSE PROPS ;) Especially Jack with his tiara which he kept adjusting in his mass of epic hair. (he hates when I say epic so I added that in just for him).

These are some of the photos we took to remember the day....

To all of the mamas of little ones out there...take all the photos you can, but remember to take it all in as well. Stop and experience the moment from time to time. Because, in a blur that toddler will be almost 6' tall in the photo booth of his grade 9 graduation.

Much love to my sweet boy...watching you and your sister grow has been the greatest gift of my life.

~ Jack's mom