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23 May 2015

Taking Bookings for Summer/Fall Portrait Sessions

Thinking about getting that family photo updated? Have you been putting it on the back burner for a few years? Well, there’s no time like now to get your session booked! And no more excuses!

Today we are sharing a montage of some of our favourite photos from the last few years. We love working with you to create the artwork you will love to have on your walls for years to come. We are currently booking sessions over the summer months and into fall.

Portrait sessions can be booked for Headshots, Family Portraits, or fashion forward High School Senior Photos. All sessions are held on location outdoors weather permitting. We will give you assistance with what to wear, and what locations work best for the size of group you have. Unlimited number of people are allowed at the session. Sessions run up to 60min. We even bring little goodies for those sometimes difficult kiddo’s who don’t love getting their photo taken.

30 Apr 2015

Calgary Wedding Photography :: Zayna & Ryan

This sweet intimate wedding was not about the details. It wasn’t about extravagant linens, and uplighting. It wasn’t about perfect gift favours, or perfectly folded napkins. Ryan and Zayna wanted to spend as much time as possible visiting with their guests. And it was perfect! Down home Calgary weddings never disappoint!

We met up with Ryan and his buddies getting dressed in the comfort of their own home. They were relaxed and excited to meet up with the girls. We were able to get some shots of just the guys together before the day got under way.

From there, we met with Zayna and the girls as they primped together in one of the beautiful rooms at the Kensington Riverside Inn. The sun streamed in the french doors with a beautiful gentle breeze, and the smell of their leftovers from breakfast, delicious looking blueberry pancakes, filled the room. Zayna proudly showed me the gorgeous diamond earrings she and Ryan had created from old jewelery that was originally owned by their grandparents. A beautiful special touch!

Their wedding was sweet and intimate expertly hosted by the lovely Tamara Jones. And then Ryan and Zayna took time to see their guests in between a few group family shots. When we originally sat down together, Ryan and Zayna told me that they were more interested in the candid moments between them and their guests, so we took a very quick hour away from the party to get some formal images of just the two of them, then returned them to their guests for a wonderful dinner at Bonterra Restaurant.

I’m sure you’ll agree, we got some wonderful images in paparazzi fashion of their guests enjoying every minute. We even caught an intentional finger up the nose when one of the guests noticed us with the camera pointed in his direction that cracks me up every time I look at it. I snapped the photo, and then he and I shared a great giggle.

Ryan and Zayna made this day special in exactly the way they wanted it to be, and I’m so honoured to have been along for the ride! Congratulations, and all the best you 2!

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Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bonterra Trattoria
Bride’s Dressing Room: Kensington Riverside Inn
Ceremony Officiant: Tamara Jones
Ceremony Guitarist: Jason Delaney
Flowers: Treehouse Treehouse Flower Shop

10 Feb 2015

Banff Wedding Photography :: Michelle & Raul

Well it’s certainly been a long time since updating the blog. The last post I made was back in July!! New Years Resolution #1- update the blog frequently!!

First up in the update lineup is this gorgeous wedding I had the pleasure of shooting Aug 8, 2014. I met up with Michelle and Raul in beautiful Banff, AB, Canada where this sweet couple was having a great time showing their out of town family the majesty of our beautiful Canadian Rockies. The wedding took place at the gazebo beside the river, and we were so lucky that the rain stopped long enough for them to complete their ceremony. We got chased around Banff a little by storm clouds, but it always seemed to hold up long enough to get their photos done at each stunning location.

They wrapped up the night at The Maple Leaf Restaurant on main street Banff with an intimate group of family and friends. I feel so lucky to have been a witness to their special moments!

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Special thanks to the following vendors:

Videography: Engaged Films
Wedding Planning: Perfect Day Ventures
Violinist: Ken Nogami
Limousine: HighlandVIP
Venue: Maple Leaf Restaurant 
Commissioner: Klaus Ohlhoff

23 Jul 2014

Calgary Portrait Photographer :: Friesen

Calgary Portrait Photographer :: Calgary Family Photographer :: Friesen

 

When Jennifer approached me about getting some family photos done to put up in their brand new home, I couldn’t be more excited to get out with this growing family! Their little gem Ayla had just begun crawling and was such a cutie to play around with!

Families usually ask what age is appropriate to get portraits done with young children. I think photos should be done whenever you feel you want updated artwork in your home, or whenever you realize its been too long since the last ones were done. Photos are a great way to document growing children, growing families, or even quiet moments together. Sure, toddlers can be a challenge at any family photography session, but I find the great trick is to give them something to do, something that is new to them and let the moments happen. There are lots of great poses to do with toddlers too, and like those below they create dynamic images that last forever.

The christmas season is fast approaching, so contact me early to get your updated images to send to family for the holidays while the weather is so beautiful!!

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28 May 2014

Calgary Wedding Photography :: Concept Shoot

I love meeting other vendors in the Calgary Wedding Market! Concept shoots and stylized shoots provide the opportunity for vendors to come together to showcase new ideas, and to collaborate together keeping our ideas fresh for you!

I had an idea to do a wedding themed shoot with a fairytale undertone. My thought was to have contrasting brides in classic and couture gowns with contrasting light etherial and dark smoky makeup. I couldn’t believe my luck when Monica of Wishahmon agreed to donate some of her glorious gowns to the day. Wishahmon has a unique blend of consignment gowns both simple and classic, and trunk show gems that bold discerning brides to be would surely love! She brought this funky black lace gown with her to the bridal show, so you may remember it! We contrasted beautiful Amanda’s blonde bombshell looks, with Cheyenne’s smouldering bright eyes and dark hair to add further contrast to the selected gowns.

Then Cassidy Andrews (Ca Va Bien) added her magic. She used two hair techniques sure to be popular among this years brides. A classic Bun with added flair, and a romantic loose braid trailing down the nape of the neck. She added sparkle to both ladies faces, and their eyes became the staggering feature of each beauty! While the girls sat in Cassidy’s chair, we laughed and giggled about things only girls would understand, and I could tell that Cassidy instantly put both models at ease that day.

And then there was Cole. Oh Cole!!! Another local photographer, Cole and his lovely over 6 foot frame graced me with his time and came out to model as our groom. And. He. Rocked. It! Lovely bubbly Marjie over at Derks kindly outfitted Cole in this gorgeous tuxedo shown 2 ways, and I couldn’t pick my jaw up off the floor! I mean Come ON!!!! Nothing beats a man in a beautiful suit or tux.

Lastly, we plugged in some elegant headbands, earings, hairpieces, and necklaces to work with each of the girls 2 gowns, and stars were born!!! Polly at Mi2 hand picked these intricate additions from her colossal stock, and thank god she did, because there was No way I was choosing!! Her selections were perfect additions to complete the look for each of these ladies.

And now, no further adieu needed……the images!!

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Special thanks to: Wishahmon, Derks, Mi2, Cole Hofstra, Amanda, Cheyenne, and my lovely assistant Karolina Ghrus!!

30 Jan 2014

Calgary Maternity Photographer :: Warkentin

Calgary Maternity Photographer :: Warkentin

Trina and Tyler are awaiting the arrival of their first baby!! We headed out on a beautiful winter day to grab some belly photos, and Trina has the roundest belly ever!!! The beautiful coral colour of her shirt stood out perfectly against the bright snow.

Their 2 French Bulldogs, Jorge and Mosleigh, were perfectly attentive to having their photos taken! Trina says they may have some difficulty adjusting to not being the center of attention once the baby arrives, but I think they’re going to be perfect fur-siblings.

I cannot wait to meet this little one in just over a month!!!

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10 Jan 2014

Calgary Wedding Photographer Gets Engaged Herself!

Calgary Wedding Photographer Gets Engaged Herself!

Did you know that December is the most popular month for an engagement to occur? I’m glad my fiancee didn’t know that when he was planning our elaborate engagement, because he told me that he wouldn’t have done it in December! But he did.

And. It. Was. Perfect!!!

Jason knows, being a photographer, having lasting images is SO important to me. So he planned out a tonne of details and made sure to have someone present to capture the whole thing.

So what happens when a photographer gets engaged? Take a look at this!

Jason set me up on a fake photo shoot with our beautiful, wonderful, awesome, amazing friend Dawn Ives. She totally had me fooled that she wanted to learn her camera a bit better, so she came along with me on the shoot, and I set up her camera settings and gave her a few quick tips. “The Couple” I was photographing conveniently brought along a series of signs stating things like “I knew it was Love from Day One”. We went through various poses with their sweet signs, until I read a sign that just had my name on it……..

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Then the tears started….

Someone magically got my camera out of my hands at some point.

He got down on one knee and asked for my hand.

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I remember vividly that I knew that I needed to force out the word “Yes” somewhere in there.

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Jason put this stunning ring which he tediously designed on my hand. My. Heart. Melted.

It was a moment that I will never forget, but more than that, I am so over the moon excited that I have images to help us remember it forever!!!

What next? Well of course I did what any wedding photographer would do…..The ring and I had a little mini-photo shoot!

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Having these photos has reminded me how special it is for all of us to “Catch the Moments” that are near and dear to our hearts. An image gives you a unique way to share with the world, while preserving a moment in time.

I am so excited to be sharing the wedding planning process with my couples this year, and I look forward to being the photographer to Catch the Moment for my special clients in the year ahead!

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3 Jan 2014

2013 Year in Review

2013 Year In Review

WOW! I cannot believe that year flew by. I had the pleasure of photographing so many wonderful people!!

From anticipation of soon to be parents, to the first days into meeting their babies; Growing families wanting to document their year, to puppies adopted into a new home; To women finding some self confidence for a sexy shoot; and of course lots of wonderful couples allowing me to spend the most precious moments of their wedding day with them; This past year has been truly amazing and such a blessing to me.

2014 is already looking like it is going to be such a great year. I already have lots of weekends booked for engagements and subsequent weddings. I look forward to working with all the couples getting married this year! There is still availability for 2014 if you’re still looking, please get in touch with me ASAP to arrange a consultation as I am booking up quickly!

There are also some patient parents-to-be awaiting the arrival of their little bundles of joy and I look forward to the opportunity to do these babies first photographs!

This year will be a little different for myself as well as I got engaged over the holidays too! So it will be a different experience for me to go through the planning process with each of my couples, hopefully with a better understanding of some of the stresses my couples are going through, and allowing me to know how I can better help my valued clients as well.

I am SO looking forward to every moment I get to spend behind the camera this year, collecting the snapshots of your life, “Catching The Moments”, and building lasting relationships with each of you.

 

Thank You All for a brilliant 2013, I hope to see you again in 2014!

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And Thank You for your continued support of local business!

❤ xoxo
Erin

5 Dec 2013

Canmore Wedding Photographer :: Terri & Darryl

Canmore Wedding Photographer :: Terri & Darryl

The sun was rising beautifully as my team drove into Canmore Aug 25, 2013. We met Terri and Darryl separately to start the day. Both nurses, Terri and Darryl were calm, cool, and collected while getting ready with their bridal party members. The excitement of the day was built slowly as we inched closer toward the reveal.

For the reveal, Terri met Darryl in the field by the abandoned coal mine entrance. They were so excited to see each other for the first time, and we couldn’t resist the urge to play with the moment a little. We had Terri edge slowly toward her groom, and she was happy to play with us as we had her cover Darryl’s eyes, and hug him, all while he couldn’t see more than her forearms. When we finally let him turn around, they shared a few moments to themselves, and only we were there to witness it. They embraced for quite some time and you could tell they were really caught in the magical moment.

We spent some time getting the formal shots out of the way so that they could go straight from their ceremony into visiting and partying with their guests. Right before the ceremony on the lawn at the Canmore Nordic Centre, the clouds rolled in and it looked for a minute like it might rain, but then the clouds opened back up and they were showered in the most beautiful sunlight at the altar.

The guests were ready to party, and after a few great speeches from family, and an entertaining round of the newlywed game, Terri and Darryl took to the dance floor to start the party off.

It. Was. Perfect.

Dress| David’s Bridal
Ceremony & Reception| Canmore Nordic Centre
Catering| Mountain Events Catering
Preparation Venues| Georgetown Inn & Silver Creek Lodge
Photography| Touch of Pink Photography

 

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3 Dec 2013

Calgary Maternity & Newborn Photographer

Calgary Maternity & Newborn Photographer :: Robert’s Family

 

This beautiful couple just welcomed their little girl into their family and since I’m so far behind on blogging, you get to check out their Maternity session coupled with their Newborn photos!

Kim and Shawn had a long road leading up to their pregnancy, and the birth of their little miracle was nothing short of emotional. I always encourage families to bring out pieces of anything that are near and dear to their family to incorporate into their photos. Kim had a few very special images of her dad, one in a frame and one in a beautiful vintage locket that we were able to work into the props. We even got dear little Sarah to pose holding onto the locket with her grand dad’s photo in it, someone who she’ll never meet, but who’s presence is surely felt around this family.

I had such a distinct honour of capturing the images of Kim and Shawn excited for the arrival of their little one. Their love for each other was so profound that I hardly had to coach them into showing each other some love at their maternity session. The follow up with Sarah’s first photo-shoot was such a pleasure for me to be a part of. Kim graciously snapped a few pullbacks of me posing and taking photos of Sarah that can be seen on my Facebook page. Feel free to go throw a Thumbs Up “Like” on my page if you like what you’re seeing here!

Welcome to the world Sarah, this world just became a brighter place because you’ve arrived!

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