July 07, 2014
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.. and of course Lexie too ;). I absolutely love the three of them together. I don’t think I could have picked a better person than Brie to complete this adorable family. She’s got such a big heart, it makes me very happy that she’s found the love she deserves in both Nathan and Lexie. I can’t wait for their big day in September, I know it’s going to be amazing.

Calgary engagement Photographer

Calgary engagement Photographer

Calgary engagement Photographer

xo.

-j

May 28, 2014
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It doesn’t get much cuter than this family. This little man showed up a little earlier than expected, but his early arrival was definitely welcomed with open arms ;) Check it out, and leave these cuties lots of love!

bragg creek newborn photographer

bragg creek newborn photographer

bragg creek newborn photographer

xo.

-j

May 16, 2014
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You might remember these two wonderful people from the Style Me Pretty feature from last week. Rachèle & Beau’s Heritage Park Wedding was equally as beautiful. While the weather did not cooperate (snow in May? Really!?), it was one of the most beautiful love filled weddings I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of. I couldn’t have hand picked two better people together, and their families together made my heart very happy. Louise & Tracey from Perfect Day Ventures made sure everything went smoothly, and was perfect and it definitely was. Hair and makeup by Deborah Boccabella, and a big thank you to my awesome second shooter Allison Seto

Hotel Arts Wedding

Hotel Arts Bride

Hotel Arts Bride

Stephanie made these. And homemade pop tarts. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t impressed.

hotel arts bride

hotel arts bride

This makes me so happy. Thanks Allison!

Heritage Park Wedding

Heritage Park Wedding

Heritage Park Wedding

Heritage Park Wedding

Heritage Park Wedding

Heritage Park Wedding

Heritage Park Wedding

Heritage Park Wedding

Heritage Park Wedding

Heritage Park Wedding

Heritage Park Wedding

Heritage Park Wedding

Heritage Park Wedding

Heritage Park Wedding

Heritage Park Wedding

Railway Cafe Heritage Park Wedding

I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place.

Railway Cafe Heritage Park Wedding

Railway Cafe Heritage Park Wedding

How beautiful is this!? I loved every little detail in Rachèle’s vision.

Railway Cafe Heritage Park Wedding

tim tam slam wedding

If you haven’t had a Tim Tam Slam before, I highly recommend trying one. Beau’s Dad asked if I’d had mine yet, and I told him how I don’t drink coffee.. he told me to try it with hot chocolate, so that night I went home and tried it out and I ended up spending the next 24 hours telling everyone I saw how amazing it was haha.

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Congratulations you two, thank you for letting me be a part of such a beautiful day.

xo.

-j

April 29, 2014
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One of my favourite things about shooting in my clients homes, is how at ease everyone always seem. This session was no exception. We were extremely lucky we shot it when we did, because someone decided to make his grand entrance 5 weeks early ;)

Seriously, how cute is he?!

calgary bragg creek maternity photographer

 Stay tuned for baby Williams blog post later this week!

xo.

-j

 

April 28, 2014
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I don’t know what I love most about this family. They’re incredibly sweet, and made my job a breeze. Not to mention Eva is a pretty big ham ;)

Thank you for inviting me into your beautiful home, and allowing me to spend the day with you!

xo.

-j

April 24, 2014
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In elementary school I ran a successful Iced Tea stand outside my house in Kensington. I’d take all the money I made, and walk over to Safeway and buy Bridal Magazines. Yep. Bridal Magazines. The cashiers would always look at me like I was nuts, but I would spend hours flipping through them, circling all the things I loved. When my Uncle was getting married (I must have been about 7 or 8), I remember standing in their kitchen and asking if I could be a flower girl but it turned out they already had one. I cried. I’ve loved weddings for as long as I can remember, which I guess is why wedding photography made so much sense. I love the emotions, the details, the sentiment.. I love it all. This wedding season is going to be AMAZING, and the best part is that I’m kicking it off with my own. Since I know a lot of you out there love weddings as much as I do, I figured I’d fill you in!

Why Paris? Have you been before?

Why not Paris? Haha. The real answer is that we had been talking about going to Hellfest in France (a huge metal festival), and I had joked prior to getting engaged that we should get married before Hellfest so that we could have our honeymoon in Europe. Once we started talking about having an intimate destination wedding, it only made sense to have it in Paris. I mean after all, it’s the city of love! Our biggest priority is our photos (duh!), so we figured Paris would be the perfect backdrop.  We haven’t been before, in fact none of our family has which will make the trip that much more exciting.

How did he propose?

As some of you know, a sales person at the store he purchased my ring let the cat out of the bag (why was there ever a cat in the bag?) right after he ordered it. Since I have super small fingers, we had about a 3 month wait from the time she spoiled the surprise till the ring was on my finger. As much as I love grand proposals, I knew that an over the top proposal just wasn’t him and I didn’t want it to be forced. The first week of December he kept fake proposing. We’d be lying in bed in the dark and he’d pretend to start to put a ring on my finger and ask me, and for a moment I’d actually think he was proposing haha. So December 7th I was laying in bed in my pajamas editing some photos of puppies for AARCS, when I heard ‘Will you marry me?’. Unfazed, I replied ‘Yep!’ without even lifting my eyes from my screen. There was a silence, when I realized he was on one knee with a ring. I think my response after that was ‘Oh shit!’ as I put my computer down and gave him a huge kiss. He took me to the Wiener-Schnitzel Haus for dinner afterwards to celebrate, since he knows how much I love Spätzle. He was originally going to propose after dinner, but was too nervous. It was sweet and simple!

How come you’re not having a big wedding?

I get to shoot big beautiful weddings every year. I love them, they’re amazing and so much fun. When I was a little girl I dreamt of a huge elaborate wedding, but the more weddings I shoot the more I realized the importance of having the wedding reflect your personalities. I wanted to spend the day enjoying his company and spending quality time with the people nearest and dearest to me. I guess in a sense I get the best of both worlds, I get to have my intimate destination wedding while living vicariously through my brides big elaborate ones.

Advice for other soon to be brides?

Your wedding should reflect you as a couple. You don’t have to colour in between the lines, just do what makes you happy. I just finished sending out our wedding invitations, and I definitely recommend stamps or stickers for the addresses. My hand was sore for a good day from writing out all the envelopes. Your invitations should also reflect the two of you, and your wedding since they’ll set the tone for your big day. I had mine done by Jennifer of Heart & Fox, she was amazing and very accommodating (especially considering how picky I am, haha).

custom wedding invitations

I’m extremely happy with how they came out, so thank you for your hard work Jennifer!

custom wedding invitation

If anyone has any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll answer!!

xo.

-j

April 05, 2014
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I don’t think it gets much cuter than this..

My favourite time, is nap time.

calgary newborn photographer

She has the prettiest eyes. Thank you for letting me into your beautiful home and allowing me to capture such an important time in your lives. Hope everyone has an awesome weekend, make sure you leave this ridiculously cute family lots of love!

xo.

-j

February 18, 2014
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So, I pretty much love these two. I met Rachèle a few years ago when she was a judge for the Bridal Expo’s booth awards, and I was taking photos for it. She’s the type of person I wish I was more like. Posting photos on instagram of her making homemade dumplings, crafting and just being all around awesome (her instagram handle is akajolie for those who are wondering). She also happens to have an equally awesome blog. The day of their engagement session there was a heavy snowfall warning in the mountains. We went back and forth about whether or not to reschedule, and decided to go for it and I’m so glad we did. Even though we had to drive through a blizzard, this is one of my favourite engagement sessions to date.. the cutest mountain engagement session. Not only did she wear a gold sequin dress (have I mentioned my love for gold sequin dresses!?), but the two of them together are ridiculously cute. Definitely worth the embarrassingly high amount of times we all fell in the snow, haha.

xo.

-j

December 29, 2013
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Being able to drive to the mountains for engagement sessions makes me really appreciate where I live. Alberta is gorgeous. Chris and Michelle’s engagement session took place on a cold day in the mountains, but boy was it beautiful. Their wedding is going to be amazing, I can’t wait.

Alberta Engagement Photography

Alberta Engagement Photography

Make sure you leave these two lots of love!

xo.

-j

December 04, 2013
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Adrianna & Rodale’s wedding took place on a beautiful fall day. It was perfect timing, since the leaves on the trees were still beautifully coloured which added the perfect pop of colour. They have the most beautiful little family, and I’m so happy I got to be a part of their big day. The ceremony took place at St. Mary’s Cathedral, and the reception was held at the Sheraton Cavalier. Big thank you to my talented second shooter Allison Seto for being awesome.

calgary wedding

calgary wedding

Make sure you leave them lots of love!

xo.

-j