A few weeks ago, the end of December 2016, I was contacted by a family about maternity photographs. The minute she mentioned maternity I was literally begging in my head "please book me, please book me" as I have wanted to do a maternity shoot for a while now. So, when the family agreed to work with me, I was pumped. I immediately began thinking up elaborate idea's about the "perfect shoot."

    The first thing I did was to look up the weather. For anyone who has lived in Edmonton, Alberta or the prairies before, you know it gets COLD here. So, I look up the day and to my great dismay, it's suppose to me -25C. Awesome.....With the disgusting knowledge of the unfortunate weather report, I began to come up with an alternate plan. I decide to move the photoshoot to Victoria Park in the river valley of Edmonton. With the ODR, that's Out Door Rink for those that don't speak Canadian, there is a beautiful complex that is heated. That way when the family gets chilly, and they will, we can warm up in there. Crisis averted!

    The day arrives and we meet at Victoria Park and have a quick chat about how the photoshoot will go and if they have any other idea's or feelings that they wanted to capture. After our chat I spend some time with their little one, she's two and so cute, so she can get use to the camera and me. Then we head out to struggle through the cold and get some amazing shots. However, the little one had other idea's.

    I absolutely love taking photographs with children because you never know what you are going to get. It is always fun to come up with new and exciting ways to convince them that what you want them to do is exactly what they want to do. It's like inception for children. How can I make my idea become their idea and also be super fun so they they laugh and giggle and want to keep doing it. This little one was hard to outwit. She knew what she wanted, or should I say didn't want, and she stuck to it. No was the word of the day. Not in an angry, yelling way but in a casual "noooo, I don't think I will do that" kind of way. It was hilarious!

    Regardless of the numerous "no's" I got, it was still an amazing shoot that was very natural and authentic. The reaction that I got was "yup, thats us" and I loved that about the photos. I want to capture exactly who you are but make you look good so that when someone sees your photos they get a better understanding of your family.

    I was so happy to have the opportunity to capture the love and happiness of this family and their excitement for un-named baby that is nearly here. Thank you for letting me capture your families life adventures and share  your #departuremoments!



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