• Shari Saysomsack Photography

    Hi, I'm Shari. Welcome here! I am a photographer in the small town of Oliver, located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of BC. You're invited to check out past client sessions here on my blog and take a look around to get to know me. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, would like to book a session or just want to chat.

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This has got to be one of my favourite “photo sessions” to date.  Back in February, I had a draw on the blog for a complimentary “real” lifestyle session.  I met B at the Moms with a Camera club that I’ve been coordinating, but had only ever had a couple of conversations with her. She’s pretty awesome with the camera herself!  This style of photography was something that I had wanted to do for a long time simply for the purpose of learning and growing in my photography skills (and because it’s what I already like to do with my own kids).  Well, I think that it’s more than safe to say that if I ever decide to go into business with photography, this is exactly the style of photography that I would specialize in (even though David thinks that no one would be interested in this kind of session, my momma heart disagrees).

I LOVED it, as in over the moon, head over heels, heart singing, couldn’t stop smiling the whole way home, LOVED it.  Not surprisingly, this is where my heart is.  Capturing the beauty of family; there is not much better in my books.  I think that there is no place better to capture the beauty of family than in the home, it is by far the most intimate.  This is where we’re free to be ourselves and where there are touches of the personalities that live there.  The home is the most meaningful place and loved place for most of us.  Yes, the home has got to be my favourite photography location. This “session” was exactly what I had in mind and all that I hoped it would be.  I spent nearly four hours with the Schellenberg family, just documenting everyday moments; dinner time, play time, bedtime, etc.  I think I gave them direction/pointers no more than five times throughout the evening.  I just captured life as I saw it.

B and T, thank you so… much for allowing me to come into your home and capture your ordinary, yet extraordinary life.  When you look at these photos, I truly hope that you see how beautiful your family is and the emotions and love between you all.  You are blessed.  Yes, life and family aren’t perfect. However, there are perfect moments. The difficult part can be seeing those beautiful perfect moments amongst the chaos, find them and embrace them.  Being someone that truly values seeing mom in photos, I tried to focus a little more on B since she’s always the one behind the camera.   B and T, you have gorgeous children (I’m sure you hear that often), not to mention lovable!  I still can’t believe how welcome and loving your kids were towards me.  Anyways, enjoy!  If you prefer a slide show version, check that out hereI look forward to sending you the (rather large) set of images!

I had asked B to cook a meal while I was there, specifically one that was a special favourite for their family.  She wowed me by making homemade noodles with the kids.  It was AMAZING!!  Loved these photos.

Yes, probably way too many photos for a post, but considering how many I took and love this is the best I could do as far as narrowing it down, if you want to see more (but still not all of them), check out the slide show here .

Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity Schellenberg family!

 

  • bea - i can’t stop watching the slideshow… surreal. can’t stop smiling. and sometimes crying 😉 THANK YOU, Shari! i feel these pictures are r-e-a-l, and have frozen this beautiful time in our lives.
    these are going to be finding a special place in our home ASAP!ReplyCancel

  • Sonya - Wow! Really beautiful photos Shari! I love this kind of session too.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi Peters - Love, love, love…Absolutely gorgeous pictures…captured the family just beautifully!! Aunt HeidiReplyCancel

 

Over the weekend, Sonja and I spent a night in Vancouver.  I was so long overdue for a girls weekend!  Most girls would probably want to go shopping, see a show, go dancing, etc.  Not us, we took to the streets with our cameras and tried our hand at street photography.  A purist street photographer would likely have thought of us as a joke with our DSLR’s.  However, we held true to the 50mm and faced our fears.  I felt so… out of my element.  At times I felt like I was all thumbs over my manual functions just due to sheer nerves and the unfamiliarity of it all.  But I recognize that it’s these types of opportunities that make us grow.

Why street photography you may ask?  This is so different than the style of photos that I normally take.  Well, I truly believe that it’s only a good thing to stretch oneself and learn different genres.  One of my goals this year is to get out of my comfort zone more often in regards to my camera and talk to strangers (so did this!!).  Street photography is all about the art of observation.  The ability to stand still or be a part of a group and yet be fully aware of all the details that are going on around yourself.  To look for the unexpected, to find unique locations and be patient for unique people to enter them.  I learned that the human experience fascinates and motivates me.  I am constantly drawn to emotion and connections between people.  These are beautiful, regardless or the person or whether I know them or not.  Street photography is an art form. And let’s face it, it was wonderful to have a break from photographing children.  I know that this experience will only help me as a photographer, especially in regards to environmental composition, photographing with black and white in mind, travel photography and the art of observation.

I have no idea what I’ll do with these photos, probably nothing. However, it was a wonderful experience in so many ways!  I am so thankful that everyone I asked, all agreed to let me photograph them as they were jut doing their thing.  And for those that didn’t know, well, I was just a fly on the wall.  Here’s a sampling of a bunch of my favourites from the day.

This was my first experience asking someone to photograph them. Actually went inside the café to ask if I could take their photo from outside.  Such great sports!

 

I loved looking for shapes and reflections.  And off to China Town…

In the evening we set out to get some night photos.  I have never had this opportunity, so I was pretty excited with the possibilities.  Thankfully, we met another hobbyist photographer named George that was taking photos along False Creek as well.  He let us use his tripod and shared some tips/ tricks with us. We were so thankful for the use of the tripod (without having to carry it around with us all day), since it allowed us to get these types of shots.  Thanks George!

 

  • Rebecca - These are great Shari! So glad you took the opportunity to get away with a friend and explore your craft together. Beautiful shots! (my favorites are the ones of Vancouver at night)ReplyCancel

  • Anna - Great pictures 🙂 Love the night shots, that’s something I would love to try.ReplyCancel

  • Elsie Rogers - These are beautiful ladies!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sonya - Shari, every one of these photos is amazing! You are truly talented.ReplyCancel

  • Rachelle - truly Breathtaking! You have such a beautiful perspective on life.ReplyCancel

  • 2014 Photography Goals » Everyday Little Moments - […] them in order to build up my courage: Check, two days spent doing street photography in Vancouver, here and […]ReplyCancel

One of my personal growth projects has been to practice taking portraits.  I believe that it’s a good thing to develop my skills in a variety of photography areas, since everything seems to build and connect with each other.  I put out a “model” request on facebook the other day and Donna sent me a message saying that she would be willing.  I was so beyond thrilled that she contacted me!  Donna just shared her “story” at our women’s retreat a week and a half ago and I was so touched and inspired by the woman that God has created her to be.  It’s funny, it seems that anyone by the name of Donna is truly amazing in my books.  I have been blessed to have relationships with several women that are old enough to be my mom (in all honesty).  We may not talk all that often, but you are very important people in my life .  These women continually inspire me, challenge me and model what a Godly woman should look like.  You amaze me with your compassionate hearts, faithfulness and willingness to serve others.  I can only hope and pray that I can be the same kind of women down the road.

Even though I have only known you for a fairly short time, Donna, you are all of these things to me.  You have experienced a life of ups and downs.  You have endured more than your fair share of challenges and obstacles in life.  However, you are a testimony to God’s never ending faithfulness and a life lived with joy for Christ.  It was a true pleasure and honour to take photographs of you. I had such a fun time with you!  I hope that these images show you how beautiful you are, not just on the inside but out as well.  You have such a genuine, warm, contagious smile.  The kind of smile that can easily light up a room.  I hope that you know that.  Thank you for sharing your heart and being an inspiration to me.  I am blessed to have you in my life.

Donna is an Hawaiian dancer, so of course I had to ask her to bring along her traditional dress so that we could capture some images of her dancing as well.  It was such a beautiful experience to see her dancing in the field!

She is so beautiful!

Don’t forget to leave a little comment love for Donna on this post.

 

  • Dawna - Beautiful… how wonderful to catch these moments..ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - You have beautiful wrinkles Donna! Years of smiles and laughter! (and yes I really do love wrinkles!) The black & white images capture your beauty so wonderfully! I also love the coloured one of you lying in the grass and the one of you dancing with the one outstretched arm. Awesome job Shari!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - Warmest eyes ever–and captured on film!ReplyCancel

  • Donna - Thanks! Shari truly has a great gift for photography. It was so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - Absolutely stunning photography of a very stunning woman! Donna truly is an inspirational woman and has blessed so many. Wonderful work!!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn - You have truly captured the beauty that is Donna. Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • Janet Zarowny - What beautiful pictures of Donna! You’ve captured the sparkle that has always been in her eyes and the openness of her heart! Yes, she is a remarkable woman! She is my friend!ReplyCancel

  • Romina - you look beautiful in every picture, you´re an amazing person and i´m glad i meet you, big hug!!!ReplyCancel

My mom and Gord got engaged a few weeks ago!  We’re so thrilled for both of them as they plan their upcoming wedding and look forward to their life together.  It was such an honour to have the opportunity to take photos of my mom and Gord.  I’ve always thought of my mom as a beautiful woman (inside and out), but when I was looking through the images at home I was once again struck by how beautiful she really is.  When I think of my mom I think of her warm contagious smile, her loving personality, her faith in Jesus and compassionate heart.  Anyone that knows my mom would likely agree that she’s a gem.  I couldn’t ask for a better mom, your heart is always in the right place.  As a child, you always let me know that you loved me and would take care of me.  As an adult, you have been one of my closest and dearest friends.  Life hasn’t always been easy, our family has indeed experienced ups and downs.  Mom, you have come out of those experiences an incredible woman. One that I respect and admire.  I love the woman that God has molded you to be. I know it sounds strange for a daughter to say this to her mom, but I’m so proud of you.  Lots of love!

Mom, I’m so glad that God has given you Gord.  He clearly adores you!  He is a wonderful man with a heart for God.  I am so happy that you have found each other.  I wish you a wonderful future together; praying God’s blessings for you both!  Looking forward to the wedding!  Thank you again for the opportunity to take some engagement photos for you!

Congratulations Mom and Gord; we’re so happy for both of you!

  • Debbie - These are beautiful, Shari! You really captured their hearts and their love for one another. Your mom truly is a gem.ReplyCancel

  • Sonya - Beautiful photos Shari!

    I agree…your mom is a very beautiful woman and I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful cousin.ReplyCancel

  • Melody Davis - I LOVE them! both as individuals and together!!!!! I am so excited for this next season of their lives:) Love it!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • marge - These are beautiful photos Shari. You are so right. Yourmom is truly beautiful inside and out. I’m so glad for both Susan and Gord.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - Stunning!
    Susan and Gord you guys look so great and these pictures really capture a true happiness. My favorite is the one of you sitting on the fence laughing.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Sears - Awesome photos Shari! I’m so excited for Auntie Susan – she deserves to be happy and Gordon is a wonderful man!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Currie - Beautiful, joyful photos of your mom. Enjoyed looking at them.ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine - Awesome! I’m lovin’ it! So very happy for you both and your children. May the Lord shine His face upon you and give you peace.ReplyCancel