The Stewart Family

I had the pleasure of spending time with the Stewart Family on the weekend.  Here are a few of my favourite shots!  (Click photos to enter gallery)  Make sure you scroll down and see the beautiful Reams Family shots too!

 

The Reams Family

I had such a great time with this adorable family the other night!  I went out to their place, which had so many beautiful spots for photos – the lake, fields of flowers, old rustic sheds… it was a photographer’s paradise, minus the mosquitoes and black flies!  Thanks so much Becky, Dan, Joy and little Makelia for your beautiful smiles and great attitudes!  I loved taking and working on the photos, and I hope you enjoy the results as much as I do!

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Such a good looking couple!

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enter Makelia, cutest baby in the WORLD!!

enter Makelia, cutest baby in the WORLD!!

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how cute are they?!!

how cute are they?!!

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Hey everyone!  A couple photos from the last few days.  I had something scary happen this morning at Shasta’s birthday party. I had snapped a couple of pictures of him admiring his cake(below) and then when we started singing happy birthday and whatnot, I switched to a different lens, and then my camera stopped auto-focusing!  I tried everything I could, made sure it was on auto-focus mode, tried different lenses… nothing worked.  I was so frustrated.  When I got home I googled the problem and tried a couple of things to no avail.  When I looked again I found that someone had suggested to clean the inside of the camera.  I have a little camera duster brush so I used that, and I blew inside the body a few times – and it did the trick!  Phew.  Although I was annoyed I missed some good shots of Shasta blowing out his candle, I was thankful that 1) I got a pic of him beforehand and 2) this didn’t happen during my photo shoot I had tonight!  And now I know what to do if it happens again.  So, sadly these are the only in-focus pictures I have from this morning.  We had fun eating cake and splashing around in the lake.  It was short and sweet and I think we all had a fun time.

85mm

85mm

Tamron 16-300mm

Tamron 16-300mm

oooooh!!  Tamron 16-300mm

oooooh!! Tamron 16-300mm

I'm so proud of my cake. I found the idea on Pinterest.  How I love that website...

I’m so proud of my cake. I found the idea on Pinterest. How I love that website…

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Here’s my catch-up from Project 365!  A couple will be repeats from Ryleigh’s shoot and Atlin.  My favourite is from today, the self-portrait I took in the backyard.  Yes, I had a treat in my hand.  It took me about 10 tries to get that shot, but it was worth it.

I’ve been keeping all of my Project 365 photos organized on one page.  To see the pics month by month you can click on “Project 365″ at the top of the blog below the main picture.

Baby Ryleigh

There are stressful newborn sessions, and there are peaceful newborn sessions… this one was definitely the latter!  Ryleigh fell asleep just as we were about to get started and there are few things more precious(and easy to photograph) than a sleeping baby.  Spending time with this little gem made me so excited to have another one of my own in a few months.  They are just so small, so innocent, so beautiful.  Congratulations Mike, Marie and Jack on your new arrival!  She is perfect!

 

Atlin Arts and Music Festival 2014

Nuni and I just got back from a wonderful weekend in Atlin at the Music Festival.  It was such luck and a blessing that we were able to go.  We had been planning on going since the beginning of the year, arranging for Shasta to stay with his Godparents.  But at the beginning of June I found out that the tickets were all sold out.  I couldn’t believe it!  I felt annoyed at myself for not buying tickets sooner.  A few weeks later, I met a lady who told me I should join an email group called ArtsNet, because she had seen people selling their tickets on it.  So I did, and once in a while there were people selling, but I was never quick enough to claim them.  I’d pretty much given up hope, but on Thursday at 11:30am, there was another email for two tickets + a quiet camping spot.  I left a message the number provided and miraculously I was the first one he called back.  So we got them!

I was pretty apprehensive about leaving Shasta.  It was our first time both being away from him.  But I also knew that we wouldn’t get the opportunity to spend a weekend by ourselves again for a while, especially with our new addition coming in October.  So we went for it, and I’m very glad we did, even though there were a few anxiety filled moments… I just had to trust that he would be alright.  And he was.  I actually cried a little bit when I saw him again, out of happiness and relief that he was alive and well.  Thank you so much to everyone who helped look after him.

And now for the pictures!  Nuni asked me if I was excited to take pictures in Atlin and I thought, “What am I going to take pictures of if Shasta isn’t with us?!”  But I managed to find a few photo ops :)  Surprise, surprise, eh??  I used my new Tamron 16-300mm lens the whole weekend.  I’m still learning about it but so far I really like how versatile it is for day-day shooting.

Be sure to check out last year’s Atlin pictures too!

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Hey y’all.  I can say y’all today because it’s Independence Day(don’t be fooled by the date posted, it is still July 4th in my part of the world!).  Also Happy Canada Day!  We spent some time out at Lucky Lake where there was a bunch of stuff going on.  Shasta’s favourite thing was walking around naked in the lake and throwing his truck in it over and over.  He also loved the bouncy castle.  I didn’t take any pictures of him in the water because I can’t be distracted for even a second!  Last time we were there he fell face first into the water on more than one occasion, so I knew I had to be ready for anything!

In other news, I got two new lenses this week, which was very exciting!!  I got a Nikkor 85mm and a Tamron 16-300mm.  So far I’m enjoying both of them very much.  I’ll use the 85mm mostly for photo shoots and the Tamron lens for every day stuff.  I wanted something with a zoom and a wide angle so that I can capture fast moving children more easily :)

Tamron 16-300.  It's also a macro lens, not bad!

Tamron 16-300. It’s also a macro lens, not bad!

you've likely already seen this one... but it's one of my favourites from my latest maternity shoot.  It was taken with the 85mm.

181/365 you’ve likely already seen this one… but it’s one of my favourites from my latest maternity shoot. It was taken with the 85mm.

This one was taken with the Tamron lens.  One thing I missed about not having a wide angle was capturing whole rooms in our house.  I love that this one can "see" so much of my surroundings.

This one was taken with the Tamron lens. One thing I missed about not having a wide angle was capturing whole rooms in our house. I love that this one can “see” so much of my surroundings.

Full team gear sent from Shanghai from my awesome uncle Hilaire!  Nuni and I watched the game today while Shasta napped.

Full team gear sent from Shanghai from my awesome uncle Hilaire! Nuni and I watched the game today while Shasta napped.  This one was taken with the Tamron lens.  There clearly wasn’t enough natural light but I didn’t want to make them pose too much so this one had to do :)

Kyla and Chris: Maternity

Tonight I had the pleasure of spending time with Kyla and Chris, soon to be parents of a brand new little boy!  It was so easy to feel the love, and I really enjoyed capturing a bit of their bliss!  Congratulations, and best of luck to both of you!  (Click any image to enter slideshow)